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June 21, 2018

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2018 winners announced -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Timotay Landscapes return from BBC Gardeners’ World as winners -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Stihl expands Workwear range -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Perennial helps children of horticulturists with new Child Bursaries -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Gardens on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live showcase industry talent -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rare Eden pollen sent off to Germany for breeding project -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stark & Greensmith joins the RHS for new garden screen Parterre range -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 winners announced -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

British bred and grown Veronica hoping for a win -

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Flower Bus via RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show -

Friday, June 15, 2018

New Etesia fleet for Greenfingers -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to showcase the best of grow your own -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

London’s Limmo Peninsula enhanced by Wildflower Meadow -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bradstone features in medal winning garden at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Ecoscape

Royal visit to Wallasey’s transformed ‘old cage’ football pitches

A rundown concrete court that was transformed into two state-of-the-art all-weather sports pitches on The Wirral will receive a Royal visit on Thursday 14 September.

HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will visit Guinea Gap Leisure Centre in Wallasey, which boasts a 25m competition swimming pool, fitness studios and a sauna as well as the 5-a-side multi use games areas (MUGAs).

Wirral Council’s leisure, parks & events website is reporting that ‘pool and sauna opening times will change’ on Thursday due to the visit by the second in line to the throne.

The project to build the two short-sided pitches in place of the old ‘concrete cage’ at the back of Guinea Gap was part of a wider scheme of improvements at the leisure centre.

The old pitch and enclosure were ripped out and replaced with a new 3G astro-turf surface, enclosed by bespoke combined mesh fence panels and railings installed by Dawn Fencing of Leigh, which has been going more than 30 years and is the only fencing contractor dedicated solely to sports.

The pitches feature the new generation of artificial grass and provide the perfect surface for five or six-a-side football as it is hardwearing and can be used in all weathers while retaining the look and feel of natural grass.

The pitches are divided by a 3m divider fence to create two 20x32m playing surfaces.

To aid ball retention, the fencing goes up to 6m high, comprised of Zaun Limited’s Duo8 Super Rebound combined with 1.8m high blunt top railings on one side, all fixed to the same fence posts to maximise through visibility.

The twin horizontal wire panels are highly durable, low maintenance, ‘graffiti-proof’ and offer great rebound properties similar to a wall.

At the time, Wirral councillor Chris Meaden, cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, said: “The football ‘cage’ at Guinea Gap had fallen into a terrible state and needed replacing and we believe there will be a tremendous demand for the new, state of the art pitches which are currently being developed at the centre.”

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