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December 10, 2017

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Kubota’s enhanced machinery to offer turf proffesionals more at BTME -

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Allies and Morrison wins international design competition to restore, reimagine and rebuild Clandon Park -

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Boosting construction productivity could deliver £15 billion savings every year -

Friday, December 8, 2017

Paysalia – The “must” show for landscape, garden and sports ground professionals -

Friday, December 8, 2017

£2million National Lottery boost to innovate and improve public parks -

Friday, December 8, 2017

New resources launched for professionals in refugee and green space sectors -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Glendale community garden scoops industry award -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Perennial’s 2018 Special Events programme gets boost from Challenge Fencing -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

idverde scoops industry’s top accolade for grounds maintenance for fifth consecutive year -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December issue – Pro Landscaper -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Shed Grounds Maintenance wins prestigious Award -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

SME Golden Bridge, Trade & Investment Award 2017 Winners – Les Carrières de la Pierre Bleue Belge -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Chelsea Physic Garden has announced Nell Jones as Head Gardener -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

New Pellenc dealer in Cambridgeshire -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

National Infrastructure Commission announces winner of Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Knowsley agrees plan to protect financial future of parks -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bowles & Wyer wins six awards at BALI 2017 -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Viking Cruises unveils its Wellness Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Stunning new rose garden at Lowther Castle designed by Dan Pearson now under way -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Platipus Direct has arrived -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

  • Kubota’s enhanced machinery to offer turf proffesionals more at BTME

    Kubota will be showcasing a number of exciting new and enhanced machinery ranges at BTME 2018 as it continues to keep the needs of turf professionals at the heart of its product innovation. Visitors to the show are encouraged to drop by the Kubota stand to see a host of market leading and high quality groundcare equipment designed specifically to offer greenkeepers increased levels of performance. New for 2018, the ZD1211 will be on display and has been designed to meet the ever-changing needs of turf professionals, delivering exceptional quality, performance and durability for its users. Engineered specifically for superior…

  • Allies and Morrison wins international design competition to restore, reimagine and rebuild Clandon Park

    Following an international design competition which attracted 60 entries from some of the world’s leading designers, architects Allies and Morrison have been chosen to bring Clandon Park back to life after a devastating fire in 2015. Allies and Morrison is a leading UK architectural practice known for its inspiring designs and the variety of its projects, including work with historic places. From World Heritage sites to Grade-I listed buildings, their past projects in the heritage sector range from the award-winning refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall in London to the careful restoration of Blackwell in Cumbria, and the confident, modern…

  • Boosting construction productivity could deliver £15 billion savings every year

    New plans to improve infrastructure and boost the construction sector’s productivity could save £15 billion a year. New plans set out this week will revolutionise British infrastructure and boost the construction sector’s productivity in a move that could generate savings of £15 billion a year. The plans were revealed alongside the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, which sets out projects for the next 10 years. This £600 billion pipeline includes both public and private investment. It will give certainty to industry that there is great appetite to develop infrastructure and will encourage the sector to invest in the right technology…

  • Paysalia – The “must” show for landscape, garden and sports ground professionals

    The fifth edition of Paysalia returned to Eurexpo, Lyon, France from December 5 to 7, 2017. All professionals, suppliers, individuals, Public Authority representatives, managers and specifiers in the field of landscape, garden and sports grounds were invited to share their views on the challenges facing the sector and present their latest innovations. Today Paysalia is without doubt the top dedicated trade fair in France. Paysalia is an exceptional event bringing together over 650 exhibitors active in the landscape sector. For three days, participants took part in meetings, conferences and events on priority topics. Principal debates included the development of urban…

  • £2million National Lottery boost to innovate and improve public parks

    £2million of National Lottery funding available to test innovations in managing UK parks. Groups and organisations are being sought to test innovative ways of managing the UK’s public parks following a £2m National Lottery funding boost for the Rethinking Parks programme. Rethinking Parks – a partnership between Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Nesta – has today announced a £2m grant fund, matched by more than £300,000 in support from innovation foundation Nesta, which will learn from and share the most innovative and promising new business models for parks. The new funding will build on learning from the…

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Iconic London landmark development wins Grand Award for Maylim

Dec 4, 2017

At the 41st BALI National Landscape Awards, BALI Registered Contractor Maylim received the coveted Grand Award for One Tower Bridge, a stunning mixed-use development directly adjacent to one of London’s most iconic landmarks. A BALI member since 2013, Maylim has achieved the BALI Grand Award with the company’s first BALI Awards entry, an incredible achievement. The BALI National Landscape Awards, in association with Horticulture Week and headline sponsor Green-tech, are held annually at London’s Grosvenor House on Park Lane and are the largest landscape Awards scheme in Europe. They recognise the excellence in landscape design, construction and maintenance, and in…

Keep everything dry and cosy this winter with The Posh Shed Company

Dec 4, 2017

Log Stores from The Posh Shed Company are ideal accessories for storing your logs away from the cold and damp floor during autumn and winter, whilst keeping your garden looking great with the choice of a contemporary or gothic design. Measuring 1.20m wide by 0.66m deep by 1.63m high and with a capacity of 1m cubed, the Gothic Log Store with a pitched roof, features a decking base which allows any moisture to escape from the logs so that they are kept as dry as possible. With wooden cedar shingle roofs, the log stores are available in a range of…

England’s largest woodland planting scheme gets green light

Dec 4, 2017

More than 600,000 trees are set to be planted across Northumberland over the next two years, with England’s largest woodland planting scheme in decades given the go-ahead by the Forestry Commission. Thanks to government funding, Doddington North Moor has been given consent to plant a new 350-hectare forest near Wooler in Northumberland – the largest of its kind to be planted in England for over 30 years. The forest, which will span the equivalent of over 650 football fields, will help to enhance populations of the iconic red squirrel, while storing over 120,000 tonnes of carbon and helping to manage…

BALI Awards’ Principal, Special and Grand Winners 2017

Dec 4, 2017

The BALI National Landscape Awards are designed to showcase the highest levels of professionalism attained by BALI members each year. The event is now in its 41st year and is the largest landscaping awards scheme in Europe. A member of the independent judging panel of leading landscaping experts visits each award entry and the judges convene for final panel adjudication in late August. There are several categories covering domestic, commercial, grounds maintenance and interior projects, plus an International Award, and awards for Affiliate Exceptional Service and Employer Excellence. The Grand Award is presented to a BALI member whose scheme is…

Two Honours for the Society for the Environment Team at the Female CEO Excellence Awards

Dec 4, 2017

The Society for the Environment has been recognised twice in the inaugural Female CEO Excellence Awards, with an award for CEO, Dr Emma Wilcox, and for the Society’s environmental professional register. The awards are “truly well-deserved” says Chair of the Society, Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv. CEO Monthly launched the Female CEO Excellence Awards this year in recognition of the fact that the number of Female CEOs is currently at an all-time high around the globe. The reasoning behind the awards is described by CEO Monthly: “We feel that these innovative and hardworking businesswomen deserve to be recognised throughout their…

Adelaide Contemporary Design Competition draws global response

Dec 3, 2017

Competition organisers Malcolm Reading Consultants have revealed that the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition has attracted 107 teams made up of circa 525 individual firms from five continents. The global call for interest was designed to encourage Australian as well as leading international practices – a condition of the competition is partnership with an Australian practice at stage two. The majority of applicants, over a third, are led by Australian practices. Of the rest, over a fifth of entrants came from North America; just under a quarter from mainland Europe; a tenth from Asia (with a strong showing by Japan);…

Oak View Landscapes expands its management team

Dec 3, 2017

As part of its continued growth strategy Oak View Landscapes has recruited two new experienced members of staff to join its internal Management Team. Tom Robinson takes up the position of Contracts Manager bringing extensive contracting experience from within the landscaping industry. Francesca Davis has been appointed as Business Administrator, a new and much needed supporting role to the management of Oak View’s internal operations. Managing director Paul Downer commented: “I am delighted that we have been able to recruit two individuals of the calibre and expertise that Tom and Francesca possess. They will play an important and instrumental role…

Reach for the top with the ECHO HCA-265ESHD

Dec 2, 2017

Safety is a major consideration when cutting high hedges, so dispensing with the need for ladders, steps and platforms is good news. The ECHO HCA-265ES HD articulating hedge cutter is the latest addition to the ECHO range and offers an overall length of 2446mm (cutting length – 536mm), making it ideal for cutting tall or wide hedges with no need for a platform or ladder. Operators can adjust the angle of the cutting head with one hand, helping to reduce downtime for repositioning. The cutting head also includes nine cutting angle presets through 135° for maximum versatility. Looking over this…

Young people from Motive8 Bradford improve footpath

Dec 2, 2017

Young people from Motive8 Bradford have been working hard to help improve access in the Yorkshire Dales, taking a break from their training in areas such as sport, health & beauty and social care. Over two days, 20 young people learnt new skills and worked as a team to move 30 tonnes of aggregate to re-surface a footpath that is well-used by the community in Threshfield. Motive8 Bradford is a charity creating vocational training opportunities for young people who may not feel motivated by a mainstream academic approach. The team helps young people to succeed through a bespoke programme of…

Chris Beardshaw celebrates 20th RHS Show Garden Anniversary with The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC

Dec 1, 2017

Morgan Stanley is working with designer Chris Beardshaw for its 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show to create ‘The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC’. As with Morgan Stanley’s previous show gardens, this garden reflects the Firm’s longstanding commitment to the wellbeing of children and aims to raise awareness of the NSPCC, the Firm’s current charity partner and leading children’s charity in the U.K. Chris, who in 2018 will be celebrating 20 years exhibiting show gardens, began the design process for the garden in July 2017 when he visited the NSPCC to meet some of its practitioners and to learn more…

News

Kubota’s enhanced machinery to offer turf proffesionals more at BTME

Kubota will be showcasing a number of exciting new and enhanced machinery ranges at BTME 2018 as it continues to keep the needs of turf professionals at the heart of its product innovation. Visitors to the show are encouraged to drop by the Kubota stand to see a host of market leading and high quality groundcare equipment designed specifically to offer greenkeepers increased levels of performance. New for 2018, the ZD1211 will be on display and has been designed to meet the ever-changing needs of turf professionals, delivering exceptional quality, performance and durability for its users. Engineered specifically for superior…

Allies and Morrison wins international design competition to restore, reimagine and rebuild Clandon Park

Following an international design competition which attracted 60 entries from some of the world’s leading designers, architects Allies and Morrison have been chosen to bring Clandon Park back to life after a devastating fire in 2015. Allies and Morrison is a leading UK architectural practice known for its inspiring designs and the variety of its projects, including work with historic places. From World Heritage sites to Grade-I listed buildings, their past projects in the heritage sector range from the award-winning refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall in London to the careful restoration of Blackwell in Cumbria, and the confident, modern…

Boosting construction productivity could deliver £15 billion savings every year

New plans to improve infrastructure and boost the construction sector’s productivity could save £15 billion a year. New plans set out this week will revolutionise British infrastructure and boost the construction sector’s productivity in a move that could generate savings of £15 billion a year. The plans were revealed alongside the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, which sets out projects for the next 10 years. This £600 billion pipeline includes both public and private investment. It will give certainty to industry that there is great appetite to develop infrastructure and will encourage the sector to invest in the right technology…

Paysalia – The “must” show for landscape, garden and sports ground professionals

The fifth edition of Paysalia returned to Eurexpo, Lyon, France from December 5 to 7, 2017. All professionals, suppliers, individuals, Public Authority representatives, managers and specifiers in the field of landscape, garden and sports grounds were invited to share their views on the challenges facing the sector and present their latest innovations. Today Paysalia is without doubt the top dedicated trade fair in France. Paysalia is an exceptional event bringing together over 650 exhibitors active in the landscape sector. For three days, participants took part in meetings, conferences and events on priority topics. Principal debates included the development of urban…

£2million National Lottery boost to innovate and improve public parks

£2million of National Lottery funding available to test innovations in managing UK parks. Groups and organisations are being sought to test innovative ways of managing the UK’s public parks following a £2m National Lottery funding boost for the Rethinking Parks programme. Rethinking Parks – a partnership between Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Nesta – has today announced a £2m grant fund, matched by more than £300,000 in support from innovation foundation Nesta, which will learn from and share the most innovative and promising new business models for parks. The new funding will build on learning from the…

New resources launched for professionals in refugee and green space sectors

A new report and resources from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape open the way to increased use and enjoyment of parks by refugees. This week saw the launch in Bethnal Green, East London of a significant research project and resources, led by the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape and the Young Foundation, which look at ways of improving the ways refugees and asylum seekers can access and enjoy green space. Dr Clare Rishbeth, Landscape Lecturer at University of Sheffield, explained that parks can play an important role in supporting wellbeing and connection for refugees and asylum seekers….

Glendale community garden scoops industry award

Glendale has collected a prestigious award which recognises excellence in the landscaping industry. The national green services provider scooped a British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Award in the community and schools development category, for its work to create a community garden in Enfield. BALI supports professional landscapers, garden designers and suppliers to help promote an environmentally, ethically and commercially sustainable landscape industry. Glendale, which has headquarters in Chorley, was tasked with creating the garden by Enfield Council, in order to breathe new life into a neglected urban space on Monmouth Road in Edmonton. A team of three…

Perennial’s 2018 Special Events programme gets boost from Challenge Fencing

The range of exclusive garden tours run by Perennial through its special events programme will be boosted in 2018 by a new headline sponsorship agreement. Challenge Fencing is getting behind Perennial to help deliver its exciting line up of events, ensuring more of the profits from ticket sales go toward helping Perennial support horticulturists in times of need. The 2018 special events programme includes seventeen bespoke events across the country, many at gardens that are not usually open to the public, offering something for everyone who loves gardens and gardening. Of particular interest are two private tours of Barnsley House…

idverde scoops industry’s top accolade for grounds maintenance for fifth consecutive year

Greenspace management company idverde is delighted to have received a coveted British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) Principal Award for grounds maintenance at Manor Gardens in Bexhill. The BALI National Landscape Awards, in association with Horticulture Week and headline sponsor Green-tech, are held annually at London’s Grosvenor House on Park Lane and are the largest landscape awards scheme in Europe. They recognise the excellence in landscape design, construction and maintenance, and in Affiliate customer service, achieved by Registered members of the British Association of Landscape Industries. 115 entries were received this year and 80 awards made. The Principal Awards are…

December issue – Pro Landscaper

INFORM Agenda: How much value can business consultants add to a company? idverde: A New Chapter: We speak to outgoing chairman Nick Temple-Heald and his replacement, Doug Graham ScotHort: Looking back on this year’s event FutureScape: All the highlights from FutureScape 2017 Let’s Hear it From: Jody Lidgard of Bespoke Outdoor Spaces View from the Top: As he steps down, Nick Temple-Heald reflects on succession planning Changing With the Seasons: How Oldham is using its green spaces to move on from its industrial heritage INSPIRE Breathing Space: Show garden style comes to a tiny back garden in Wiltshire, with impressive…

Shed Grounds Maintenance wins prestigious Award

Chesterfield based Shed Grounds Maintenance Ltd are celebrating after winning the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environment Award at the Derbyshire Times Business Awards held on 9 November at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield. The CSR and Environment award was judged on a business’s ability to demonstrate their commitment to the ‘triple bottom line’, focusing their impacts on ‘people, planet and profit’. Companies had to show details of their policies, demonstrate how these are achievable, and finally explain the benefits of the CSR and Environmental policies to employees, the business, and/or the local community. According to the judges, “Shed stood…

SME Golden Bridge, Trade & Investment Award 2017 Winners – Les Carrières de la Pierre Bleue Belge

Trans-European Stone Ltd have announced that their partnership with quarry Pierre Bleue Belge has won the 21st Golden Bridge Award for Best Small and Medium Sized Enterprise. Celebrating the export success of the world famous Belgian blue limestone (Bluestone) to the UK. The award acknowledges the consistent growth Pierre Bleue Belges exports to the UK, currently they export 28% of turnover with 5% going to the UK. The judges were particularly impressed with the ethically secure supply chain, in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act and environmental factors as the quarry is less than 200 miles from London. Belgian Blue…

Chelsea Physic Garden has announced Nell Jones as Head Gardener

A career in recruitment may not be the obvious start for many horticulturalists, but it was the path Nell Jones, the newly appointed Head Gardener at London’s oldest botanic garden, followed. For 16 years, Nell enjoyed her flourishing career as a head-hunter but little did she know then that a new adventure awaited her. She embarked on a journey that lead her to take the helm at one of the most significant and important gardens for plant discovery in the UK if not the world, Chelsea Physic Garden, London. In the early years of quitting the 9 to 5 office…

New Pellenc dealer in Cambridgeshire

Etesia, the exclusive distributor of Pellenc battery-powered equipment in the UK, has announced the appointment Scamblers who will now be distributing Pellenc’s complete product range in the Cambridgeshire area. Scamblers was first established in 1974 and the family owned business specialise in supplying compact tractors, bank tractors, mowers, utility vehicles and turfcare and groundcare machinery for every aspect of turf and grounds maintenance. Having seen the emergence of battery powered equipment over recent years, sales director Ed Scambler, admits that it has been a case of trial and error in selecting the ideal range of equipment suitable for his customers…

National Infrastructure Commission announces winner of Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) today announced the ‘VeloCity’ team led by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design as winners of The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition. Their vision was chosen for its low-impact blueprint for delivering much-needed new homes while maintaining a person-centred scale and retaining the existing character of the area. The all-women ‘VeloCity’ team included Jennifer Ross from Tibbalds, along with Sarah Featherstone (Featherstone Young), Kay Hughes (Khaa), Petra Marko (Marko and Placemakers), Annalie Riches (Mikhail Riches) and Judith Sykes (Expedition Engineering). The competition sought inspirational visions for the future of development…

Knowsley agrees plan to protect financial future of parks

Knowsley Council has formally accepted the recommendations of an independent review into the future management and funding of its parks and green spaces. The recommendation, put forward by the Knowsley Parks and Green Spaces Review Board, was unanimously agreed tonight (Tuesday, 28 November) by the Council’s Cabinet. It will protect forever 90% of Knowsley’s parks and green spaces, through the surrender of 10% of the borough’s parks and green spaces for new development over the next 15 years. The income received will create a £40 million endowment which will be held in and managed by a newly created charitable Trust….