August 21, 2017

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Perennial success at Southport Flower Show -

Monday, August 21, 2017

Garden Bridge Trust announces the closure of the project -

Monday, August 21, 2017

Palmstead Nurseries workshop to focus on urban architecture -

Monday, August 21, 2017

Kew Scientists sequence a whole genome on a Welsh mountainside to identify a plant species within hours -

Monday, August 21, 2017

Instarmac achieves prestigious RoSPA Gold Medal Award -

Monday, August 21, 2017

NatraTex hard landscaping new animated video -

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Christmas at Kew 2017 -

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sky Heroes return to Kenley Airfield -

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The ‘On the Tools Awards’ shortlist is now live and voting is open to the public -

Saturday, August 19, 2017

How to effectively treat leatherjackets -

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Relax in style this summer with iVY and iRIS -

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Permeable pathway for Bermondsey roof garden -

Friday, August 18, 2017

House of Fraser’s new department at Rushden Lakes features 48m2 Fytotextile living wall -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ventrac dealer network grows apace across the UK -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Highlands business sows seeds for growth with UK-wide franchise -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Green-tech out in force to attend a record number of industry events -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Meeting increased demand in tree protection -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

RHS Master of Horticulture award goes global this autumn -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Call for local groups to join new Epping Forest Consultative Committee -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lucy Edge of Avanti Communications joins Eden Project board -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

  • Perennial success at Southport Flower Show

    C & W Berry have returned to Southport Flower Show this year with their take on the theme of Curious Garden. The entire garden appears to be set in a vast expanse of seemingly bottomless water. Minimal planting, brutalist structure, and subtle lighting, the garden is both intriguing and fascinating. Visitors can be transported into another world through apertures on the large black cube, revealing delicately neutral woodland planting in a room of mirrors. Japanese Forest Grass, Anemone, Astrantia, Ostrich Fern and Himalayan Birch form part of the extensive plant library. Entitled Kuro which translates in Japanese as black, this…

  • Garden Bridge Trust announces the closure of the project

    The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity established to build and run the proposed Garden Bridge in central London, has announced that it will be winding up the project. It has informed the Mayor of London, as well as Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport, who have both allocated public funds to the project, of its decision. The Trust has had no choice but to take this decision because of lack of support for the project going forward from the Mayor. On 28 April, Sadiq Khan wrote to Lord Mervyn Davies, chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, stating…

  • Palmstead Nurseries workshop to focus on urban architecture

    Dan Pearson and Laura Gatti will be keynote speakers at Palmstead Nurseries’ forthcoming Soft Landscape Workshop, where they will talk about vertical forests and gardens on structures. Dan Pearson, the RHS multi-award winning landscape designer and Laura Gatti, agronomist and co-designer of the ‘Bosco Verticale’ (Vertical Forest) in Milan, will speak about increasing biodiversity in design, selecting the right plants and trees for vertical, balcony and roof schemes as well as looking at the reasons why the industry needs to look in greater depth at greening every surface. In addition, leading independent soil scientist and landscape engineering consultant Tim O’Hare…

  • Kew Scientists sequence a whole genome on a Welsh mountainside to identify a plant species within hours

    In a paper recently published in Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, detail for the first time the opportunities for plant sciences that are now available with portable, real-time DNA sequencing. Kew scientist and co-author of the paper Joe Parker said: “This research proves that we can now rapidly read the DNA sequence of an organism to identify it with minimum equipment. Rapidly reading DNA anywhere, at will, should become a routine step in many research fields. Despite hundreds of years of taxonomic research, it is still not always easy to work out which…

  • Instarmac achieves prestigious RoSPA Gold Medal Award

    Instarmac Group plc are delighted to have been awarded the coveted Gold Medal, an honour only given to those who achieve 5 consecutive Gold Awards in the annual RoSPA Health and Safety Awards. In its 61st year, these respected awards are open to businesses and organisations of all sizes, across a wide spectrum of industries and celebrate those who are committed to raising health and safety management standards. The judging panel of 24 leading industry experts, measure the performance of each organisation on areas such as identification, assessment, prevention and control of health risks, wellness at work, communication of information,…

Latest

Relax in style this summer with iVY and iRIS

Aug 19, 2017

The leading supplier of artificial grass for landscape trade professionals, iGRASS, is now offering two new fantastic products in its exclusive range. Lush and deep in colour, iVY and iRIS are perfect for those looking to re-vamp lawns with a luxurious and natural look this summer. Both lines feature a polyurethane backing which makes them more durable and easier to work with. iGRASS continues to offer luxury products at different pile heights that allow landscapers and designers a wide variety of lawn styles to suit their client’s needs. The 25mm iVY and 35mm iRIS are perfect mid-length grasses that complement…

Permeable pathway for Bermondsey roof garden

Aug 18, 2017

It wasn’t long ago that the only thing expected from a roof was for it to protect a building from the elements. But times have changed and so has the role of the roof as we knew it. Increasingly this previously under-utilised space is being specified as a ‘Green’ or ‘Brown’ roof to encourage bio-diversity and wild life or as fully landscaped communal courtyards in areas where outside space is scarce. SureSet Permeable Paving sent a photographer to capture how well a roof garden they worked on nearly three years ago had settled in. And the roof garden project, for…

House of Fraser’s new department at Rushden Lakes features 48m2 Fytotextile living wall

Aug 18, 2017

The interior living wall at House of Fraser’s new department store at Rushden Lakes has been designed to impress visitors and to become a prominent feature, to be seen by shoppers using the escalators, with great views from both ground floor and first floor. It takes advantage of the natural light provided by the skylights in the centre of the store. The Green Infrastructure Consultancy has been in discussions with House of Fraser for some time about how plants could be used to improve air quality in their stores for both staff and visitors as well as improving people’s sense…

Ventrac dealer network grows apace across the UK

Aug 18, 2017

The Ventrac dealer network continues to grow in the UK with the appointment of two new dealers – Frank Nicol Farm & Garden Machinery Ltd and Cheshire Turf Machinery. Rupert Price, managing director of Price Turfcare, the UK and Ireland distributor of the Ventrac 4500 compact tractor, has been busy building his dealer base since taking over the franchise in January 2017. “We’re seeing a lot of sales momentum now following six months of extremely hard work travelling the length and breadth of the UK demonstrating the machines and attachments,” he said. “I’ve also been busy signing reputable dealers who…

Highlands business sows seeds for growth with UK-wide franchise

Aug 18, 2017

The Highlands-based bespoke garden design company WoodBlocX has announced a partnership with independent landscape provider, Urban Planters. WoodblocX will supply street furniture and planters for public spaces, accommodation schemes and retail and hospitality outlets. The two businesses will also work to offer a similar supply and installation service to domestic customers. After making their mark in 2012 with a successful appearance on BBC1’s Dragon’s Den, WoodBlocX’ products have been used up and down the country. Thousands of the Lego-like wooden planter kits have been sold for both domestic gardens and commercial installations, such as the entrance to Westfield Shopping Centre…

Green-tech out in force to attend a record number of industry events

Aug 18, 2017

From now until the end of the year Green-tech is attending a record number of events and exhibitions across the UK. The Green-tech team are familiar faces at industry events and between them are covering the country from Exeter to Edinburgh, attending an ambitious number of exhibitions and a further 10 CPD presentations. As well as holding their own open day for customers and suppliers on 7 September. This year Green-tech is sponsoring the WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition which is being run by the APL. Other events Green-tech are exhibiting at include: • AA National Amenity Conference, Exeter 2017 |…

Meeting increased demand in tree protection

Aug 17, 2017

British Hardwood Tree Nursery Limited (BHT) are at the very centre of the UK’s plant supply and tree protection business in more ways than one. Nestled in the heart of rural England in the Lincolnshire countryside, BHT are well-prepared and well-positioned for the forthcoming bare root season – and are ready to expand yet further. BHT are already benefitting from recent site investment in 2016, increasing capacity for plant protection and planting accessories with a new shed and extra mezzanine level. Riding on the success of this expansion, the company have now committed to a further mezzanine level in another…

RHS Master of Horticulture award goes global this autumn

Aug 17, 2017

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Master of Horticulture (MHort) award, now accepting applications for autumn, has been revamped to reflect the latest industry research and developments and changing needs of employers. The degree-level award will also now be more accessible to distance learners across the globe, with more delivery taking place online. The award, which can be flexibly studied over three to five years, is aimed at those who already work within the horticultural industry and are in a supervisory role. It gives learners the opportunity to expand on their knowledge and skills in a broad range of areas, specialise in…

Call for local groups to join new Epping Forest Consultative Committee

Aug 17, 2017

The City of London Corporation, which manages Epping Forest, is calling on local groups to join a new consultative committee for the site. The committee will be a new open forum where Epping Forest management and policy issues can be discussed with representative user groups from across the Forest. Its views will feed into the City Corporation’s the Epping Forest and Commons Committee, which makes decisions about Forest policy. 16 local groups will be selected to sit on the committee*, which will be chaired by Philip Woodhouse, chairman of the City Corporation’s the Epping Forest and Commons Committee. Representatives on…

Lucy Edge of Avanti Communications joins Eden Project board

Aug 17, 2017

Lucy Edge, general manager of Avanti Communications at Goonhilly on the Lizard Peninsula, has been appointed a non-executive director on the board of Eden Project Ltd. Lucy is a physicist and engineer and a leading figure in Cornwall’s growing space industry. She set up the Avanti Communications Spacecraft Operations Centre, which operates a fleet of satellites providing global communications, and has managed the launch of rockets bearing satellites now controlled from Cornwall. She is also a non-executive director on the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, reflecting her passion for economic growth, inclusion and skills development. Outside work…

News

Perennial success at Southport Flower Show

C & W Berry have returned to Southport Flower Show this year with their take on the theme of Curious Garden. The entire garden appears to be set in a vast expanse of seemingly bottomless water. Minimal planting, brutalist structure, and subtle lighting, the garden is both intriguing and fascinating. Visitors can be transported into another world through apertures on the large black cube, revealing delicately neutral woodland planting in a room of mirrors. Japanese Forest Grass, Anemone, Astrantia, Ostrich Fern and Himalayan Birch form part of the extensive plant library. Entitled Kuro which translates in Japanese as black, this…

Garden Bridge Trust announces the closure of the project

The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity established to build and run the proposed Garden Bridge in central London, has announced that it will be winding up the project. It has informed the Mayor of London, as well as Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport, who have both allocated public funds to the project, of its decision. The Trust has had no choice but to take this decision because of lack of support for the project going forward from the Mayor. On 28 April, Sadiq Khan wrote to Lord Mervyn Davies, chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, stating…

Palmstead Nurseries workshop to focus on urban architecture

Dan Pearson and Laura Gatti will be keynote speakers at Palmstead Nurseries’ forthcoming Soft Landscape Workshop, where they will talk about vertical forests and gardens on structures. Dan Pearson, the RHS multi-award winning landscape designer and Laura Gatti, agronomist and co-designer of the ‘Bosco Verticale’ (Vertical Forest) in Milan, will speak about increasing biodiversity in design, selecting the right plants and trees for vertical, balcony and roof schemes as well as looking at the reasons why the industry needs to look in greater depth at greening every surface. In addition, leading independent soil scientist and landscape engineering consultant Tim O’Hare…

Kew Scientists sequence a whole genome on a Welsh mountainside to identify a plant species within hours

In a paper recently published in Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, detail for the first time the opportunities for plant sciences that are now available with portable, real-time DNA sequencing. Kew scientist and co-author of the paper Joe Parker said: “This research proves that we can now rapidly read the DNA sequence of an organism to identify it with minimum equipment. Rapidly reading DNA anywhere, at will, should become a routine step in many research fields. Despite hundreds of years of taxonomic research, it is still not always easy to work out which…

Instarmac achieves prestigious RoSPA Gold Medal Award

Instarmac Group plc are delighted to have been awarded the coveted Gold Medal, an honour only given to those who achieve 5 consecutive Gold Awards in the annual RoSPA Health and Safety Awards. In its 61st year, these respected awards are open to businesses and organisations of all sizes, across a wide spectrum of industries and celebrate those who are committed to raising health and safety management standards. The judging panel of 24 leading industry experts, measure the performance of each organisation on areas such as identification, assessment, prevention and control of health risks, wellness at work, communication of information,…

NatraTex hard landscaping new animated video

A new animated video on NatraTex explains the versatile and colourful nature of this leading brand of hard landscaping material. The video has been produced as a creative way of showing the company’s work in residential areas, retail, regeneration and recreation. These include roads, car parks, housing estates and playgrounds. Hard landscaping is a vital part of any development. The NatraTex asphalt products are divided into two distinctive lines, NatraTex Cotswold and NatraTex Colour, and are extremely low maintenance and long lasting. NatraTex asphalt has been designed and developed to be as straightforward to apply as possible. This great quality…

Christmas at Kew 2017

This winter, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will transform into an enchanted wonderland as the much anticipated Christmas at Kew returns once again. After the staggering success of the last four years, Kew has once again teamed up with entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd to create a brand new illuminated trail, featuring over one million twinkling lights. As they embark on the trail, visitors can expect a magical world that will fill hearts with seasonal cheer. The festive adventure will begin with a path lit by hundreds of illuminated globes winding through glittering trees festooned with silvery shards of light,…

Sky Heroes return to Kenley Airfield

RAF Kenley Airfield – the most intact fighter airfield from World War II – will be returned to its former glory for a free and spectacular ‘Sky Heroes’ event on Sunday 10 September, showcasing the site’s important Battle of Britain history and centenary as part of the Kenley Revival Project. The Project, which is a partnership between the City of London Corporation, Kenley Airfield Friends Group, Historic England and made possible thanks to support from National Lottery players, aims to preserve and protect the heritage of the airfield, which played a unique and important role in defending Britain from the…

The ‘On the Tools Awards’ shortlist is now live and voting is open to the public

‘On the Tools’ is now the largest online construction community in the UK with a Facebook following of more than 1.5 million. The annual ‘On the Tools’ awards are going to be here before we know it. Jewson have become the headline sponsor for the second year in a row. This year’s entries have now been shortlisted by expert judges and many categories are now in the hands of the public vote. The awards are not only a brilliant way to bring together communities but to also recognise the hard work, dedication and level of excellence provided by talented and…

How to effectively treat leatherjackets

Leatherjackets are the soil-dwelling larvae of the flies commonly known as daddy longlegs. Daddy longlegs appear towards the end of August and lay their eggs within days. Once they hatch, around two weeks later, the inch-long, legless creatures begin to feed on grass roots and stem bases, devastating lawns and plants. Nemasys Leatherjacket Killer is a safe and effective way to deal with a leatherjacket infestation, which can only be treated using biological methods. Nemasys Leatherjacket Killer is a natural product containing microscopic worms (nematodes) which seek out and kill leatherjackets. Nematodes attack the pest by entering natural body openings,…

Relax in style this summer with iVY and iRIS

The leading supplier of artificial grass for landscape trade professionals, iGRASS, is now offering two new fantastic products in its exclusive range. Lush and deep in colour, iVY and iRIS are perfect for those looking to re-vamp lawns with a luxurious and natural look this summer. Both lines feature a polyurethane backing which makes them more durable and easier to work with. iGRASS continues to offer luxury products at different pile heights that allow landscapers and designers a wide variety of lawn styles to suit their client’s needs. The 25mm iVY and 35mm iRIS are perfect mid-length grasses that complement…

Permeable pathway for Bermondsey roof garden

It wasn’t long ago that the only thing expected from a roof was for it to protect a building from the elements. But times have changed and so has the role of the roof as we knew it. Increasingly this previously under-utilised space is being specified as a ‘Green’ or ‘Brown’ roof to encourage bio-diversity and wild life or as fully landscaped communal courtyards in areas where outside space is scarce. SureSet Permeable Paving sent a photographer to capture how well a roof garden they worked on nearly three years ago had settled in. And the roof garden project, for…

House of Fraser’s new department at Rushden Lakes features 48m2 Fytotextile living wall

The interior living wall at House of Fraser’s new department store at Rushden Lakes has been designed to impress visitors and to become a prominent feature, to be seen by shoppers using the escalators, with great views from both ground floor and first floor. It takes advantage of the natural light provided by the skylights in the centre of the store. The Green Infrastructure Consultancy has been in discussions with House of Fraser for some time about how plants could be used to improve air quality in their stores for both staff and visitors as well as improving people’s sense…

Ventrac dealer network grows apace across the UK

The Ventrac dealer network continues to grow in the UK with the appointment of two new dealers – Frank Nicol Farm & Garden Machinery Ltd and Cheshire Turf Machinery. Rupert Price, managing director of Price Turfcare, the UK and Ireland distributor of the Ventrac 4500 compact tractor, has been busy building his dealer base since taking over the franchise in January 2017. “We’re seeing a lot of sales momentum now following six months of extremely hard work travelling the length and breadth of the UK demonstrating the machines and attachments,” he said. “I’ve also been busy signing reputable dealers who…

Highlands business sows seeds for growth with UK-wide franchise

The Highlands-based bespoke garden design company WoodBlocX has announced a partnership with independent landscape provider, Urban Planters. WoodblocX will supply street furniture and planters for public spaces, accommodation schemes and retail and hospitality outlets. The two businesses will also work to offer a similar supply and installation service to domestic customers. After making their mark in 2012 with a successful appearance on BBC1’s Dragon’s Den, WoodBlocX’ products have been used up and down the country. Thousands of the Lego-like wooden planter kits have been sold for both domestic gardens and commercial installations, such as the entrance to Westfield Shopping Centre…

Green-tech out in force to attend a record number of industry events

From now until the end of the year Green-tech is attending a record number of events and exhibitions across the UK. The Green-tech team are familiar faces at industry events and between them are covering the country from Exeter to Edinburgh, attending an ambitious number of exhibitions and a further 10 CPD presentations. As well as holding their own open day for customers and suppliers on 7 September. This year Green-tech is sponsoring the WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition which is being run by the APL. Other events Green-tech are exhibiting at include: • AA National Amenity Conference, Exeter 2017 |…

Meeting increased demand in tree protection

British Hardwood Tree Nursery Limited (BHT) are at the very centre of the UK’s plant supply and tree protection business in more ways than one. Nestled in the heart of rural England in the Lincolnshire countryside, BHT are well-prepared and well-positioned for the forthcoming bare root season – and are ready to expand yet further. BHT are already benefitting from recent site investment in 2016, increasing capacity for plant protection and planting accessories with a new shed and extra mezzanine level. Riding on the success of this expansion, the company have now committed to a further mezzanine level in another…

RHS Master of Horticulture award goes global this autumn

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Master of Horticulture (MHort) award, now accepting applications for autumn, has been revamped to reflect the latest industry research and developments and changing needs of employers. The degree-level award will also now be more accessible to distance learners across the globe, with more delivery taking place online. The award, which can be flexibly studied over three to five years, is aimed at those who already work within the horticultural industry and are in a supervisory role. It gives learners the opportunity to expand on their knowledge and skills in a broad range of areas, specialise in…

Call for local groups to join new Epping Forest Consultative Committee

The City of London Corporation, which manages Epping Forest, is calling on local groups to join a new consultative committee for the site. The committee will be a new open forum where Epping Forest management and policy issues can be discussed with representative user groups from across the Forest. Its views will feed into the City Corporation’s the Epping Forest and Commons Committee, which makes decisions about Forest policy. 16 local groups will be selected to sit on the committee*, which will be chaired by Philip Woodhouse, chairman of the City Corporation’s the Epping Forest and Commons Committee. Representatives on…

Lucy Edge of Avanti Communications joins Eden Project board

Lucy Edge, general manager of Avanti Communications at Goonhilly on the Lizard Peninsula, has been appointed a non-executive director on the board of Eden Project Ltd. Lucy is a physicist and engineer and a leading figure in Cornwall’s growing space industry. She set up the Avanti Communications Spacecraft Operations Centre, which operates a fleet of satellites providing global communications, and has managed the launch of rockets bearing satellites now controlled from Cornwall. She is also a non-executive director on the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, reflecting her passion for economic growth, inclusion and skills development. Outside work…

Mitie’s Tim Howell discusses how technological advances benefit the industry

Landscaping hasn’t changed significantly since the days of Capability Brown, inasmuch as it’s still people using tools and materials to build, manage and develop the green environment. Our industry is not usually considered hi-tech or highly innovative and, while the horses and scythes of the 18th century have been replaced by tractors and mowers, it’s not apparent that the industry has embraced high levels of technology – it’s still people using tools and equipment, right? Perhaps that’s the view that many people have of us – the cloth-capped gardener pushing a rickety mower – but if you look under the…

Griffin Glasshouses complete one of their largest and most challenging domestic structures in 50-year history

When Griffin Glasshouses first started talking to a Cheshire estate owner about replacing the historic glasshouses in a walled garden, little did they realise that almost fifteen years later the 123sq.m finished job would be one of the larger and technically challenging domestic structures they have built and erected in their 50-year history. The glasshouse as Ashton Hayes is “one of the most exciting and interesting design projects we have worked on” said Griffin Glasshouse managing director, Linda Lane. The Ashton Hayes estate owner, Mr Barry Searle, is “pleased and impressed” with the finish and attention to detail, even though…

Gristwood and Toms Lands Acquisition of Foremost Treesurgeons, bolstering turnover by £3M

Gristwood and Toms is delighted to announce the acquisition of Hampshire based arboricultural specialist and fencing contractor, Foremost Treesurgeons. The deal will add £3 million in annual sales across amenity and utility arboriculture and vegetation management, in addition to land clearance and fencing services. The move will cement Gristwood and Toms’ position as a major service partner for public sector, social housing and commercial customers. Enhancing operational capability and capacity across the south of England, the acquisition strengthens Gristwood and Toms’ position as the largest, privately owned, specialist arboricultural contractor in the UK. Foremost employs around 30 staff and Michael…

UK artists and practitioners invited to breathe new life into Waltham Forest’s unloved spaces

Making Places is an ambitious £1m arts and cultural programme, funded by Waltham Forest Council, aiming to revitalise the area with artwork, which will have a huge impact on local communities and surrounding neighbourhoods. Stage one of the Open Call launches with 14 sites on Wednesday 23 August 2017, closing on 8 October, with more to be announced in November. Proposals can cost up to £40,000 The judging panel include some of London’s creative elite from the Barbican, London Festival of Architecture and Soho Theatre Winning projects will be installed throughout 2018. Managed in partnership with Create, Making Places Open…

First ever ‘Hedgehog Housing Census’ launched to help popular UK garden residents

The UK’s housing crisis is often high on the news agenda, but this August, a more rustic type of accommodation, home to the UK’s smaller, spikier residents, is taking the spotlight. Today, 15 August 2017, the first ever national Hedgehog Housing Census has been launched by Hedgehog Street, a nationwide campaign set up by wildlife charities the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), to help combat the ongoing decline in native hedgehog population numbers. This survey is in partnership with the University of Reading and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Between now and the 31st October…

Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board

Simon Fraser, managing director of Ben Reid & Co in Aberdeen, has been appointed to the HTA Board. With a Diploma in Horticulture and an HND in Commercial Horticulture Simon has worked for a number of nurseries and garden centres in Aberdeen, Lincolnshire, Kent and New Zealand. This was followed by a six-year stint managing the family forestry business before a number of roles outside the industry. Now as managing director of Ben Reid & Co Simon is the fourth generation of his family that have owned and managed this Aberdeen business. Simon has represented Scottish members on the HTA…

Groundwork

10 days left for communities to nominate their local heroes

Community charity, Groundwork is reminding communities across the UK that there is only ten days to go before nominations close for the inaugural Groundwork Community Awards, a ceremony that will recognise the local people that fly the flag for making their local area a better place to be. The awards have been launched as a way of honouring small community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life in their local area and to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support. Visit the awards website: www.groundwork.org.uk/communityawards There are ten awards that are up for…

Choosing the best lopper for the job

Loppers are an essential tool for keeping trees and large bushes healthy and tidy. The long handles reach far into the plant or tree, and exert high leverage with minimal effort, making it easier to cut thicker branches. As with pruners, there are two categories of lopper; bypass and anvil, each being suited to cutting a different type of branch. Bypass loppers, are perfect for green wood, as they give precise, clean, cuts and avoid damaging the branch, with blades that are designed to pass each other smoothly as they cut. The General Purpose Geared Bypass Loppers (1111135WF) from Wilkinson…