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June 21, 2018

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Talasey Group announces managing director and CEO -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Posh Shed Company to unveil new ranges at Hampton Court -

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

A designer’s guide to lighting outdoor social areas -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Give it some welly for Thrive this September -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Macmillan Southport Flower Show garden tells tale of life after cancer diagnosis -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket takes best in show at New Plant Awards -

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

Ecoscape

TOHA issues fake topsoil test report warning

Tim O’Hare, principal soil scientist at BALI Affiliate member Tim O’Hare Associates (TOHA), has issued a warning to contractors and landscape architects regarding the circulation of fake topsoil test reports.

TOHA undertakes routine topsoil testing for a large number of topsoil suppliers and contractors throughout the UK and has recently been made aware that some of their routine Topsoil Test Reports have been copied, altered, and reproduced by a third party, containing false information and/or test results. This practice has potentially costly and damaging implications for clients, landscape architects and contractors.

These reports do not represent an actual source of topsoil and they are now circulating across the landscape industry and being presented to suppliers, contractors, regulators and designers as genuine TOHA reports.

What to look out for:

These fake versions have a number of subtle inconsistencies when compared with bona fide TOHA reports, e.g.:

  • No client name
  • No date
  • No job reference number
  • Missing results
  • Inconsistent font size/spacing

If you receive a TOHA soil test report and you are unsure of its authenticity, please email info@toha.co.uk and the TOHA team will be pleased to confirm whether or not the document is genuine.

TOHA soil reports will always contain the following:

  1. 2-4 pages of written comment/advice and a test certificate as the last page of the document. TOHA never issue test certificates without a written report so if you just receive the certificate, please request the accompanying report.
  2. Each page, including the test certificate, will include the Client Name, Date and a unique TOHA reference number.
  3. All pages will have a watermark of the client’s name.

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