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April Issue – Pro Landscaper

This month’s issue of Pro Landscaper includes an introduction from our first ever guest editor, John Melmoe.


  • Agenda: Is globalisation good for the British landscape industry
  • News: A monthly summary of the latest industry news from APL, ideverde, RHS, SGD, Glendale and Crown Group
  • APL 2017 awards winners
  • The Chelsea Diaries: Designer Manoj Malde and contractor Dan Riddleston will be keeping Pro Landscaper in the loop as they each prepare for their Chelsea 2017 gardens
  • Let’s Hear it From: Skidmores of Hertford Ltd
  • Company Profile: Aralia
  • View From the Top: Marcus Watson discusses Brexit’s impact on mergers and acquisitions within UK landscaping, and its potential effects
  • It’s not just a Man’s World: David Dodd notes the playing field in hard landscaping is still largely male-dominated and hopes that GoLandscape will be a catalyst for change
  • The March of Progress: Pro Landscaper visits Winchester to find out about the innovative strategies used by the city council to get residents into parks


  • Reclaim the Past: Portfolio looking at garden designer, Daniel Shea’s creation of a contemporary design for a country cottage garden
  • Summer Dreaming: Anji Connell looks ahead to balmy days and considers the hottest ways to cover up once the sun comes out
  • A Brief History of Time: As landscaping pioneer John Melmoe steps down after 32 years as managing director of Willerby Landscapes, he looks back on an incredible career
  • The Future of Willerby Landscapes: Rick Davies will be at the helm of Willerby Landscapes following John Melmoe’s retirement at the end of March – we ask how he plans to take the business forward
  • Bespoke Fencing: A look at the industry’s top fencing


  • Nurture News: A summary of all the latest occurrences from Hardy Plant Society, RHS and Provender Nurseries
  • Designer Plants: Nigel Philips works his magic on a late summer border in a country garden in Costells, West Sussex
  • Deer Fodder: Andy McIndoe advises on the best plants to keep rabbits and deer from snacking in your clients’ gardens
  • Nursery Factfile: Pro Landscaper finds out about Nederhoff Plants, a family-owned business of experienced nurserymen in The Netherlands
  • Mature Trees: Industry experts provide their Top Tips for planting mature tress
  • Natural Turf: Pro Landscaper hears from five experts on how to keep natural turf looking its best in shaded areas


  • Helping you make a Profit: In a new series Sam Hassall will be looking at a range of costs, starting with the core of landscaping work – namely labour
  • It’s good to Talk: Sean Butler says good communication  is key to any business’s success and offers advice on getting in right
  • High and Mighty: In the second of a three-part mini series, Paul Newman discusses the design of a roof terrace
  • Ethical Sourcing: Steven Walley explores how the landscaping industry can make good on intentions to source ethically, and why it isn’t always so easy
  • What I’m Reading: Fleur Porter discusses ‘Sanctum Garden Design’ and the inspiration it has given her
  • What’s Your Role: Pro Landscaper spoke with Colin Smith, Regional Account Manager at GRITIT Ltd, to find out more about his daily responsibilities

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