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    • Plants
      west ham park

      National Tree Week: new trees planted at West Ham Park

      City of London Corporation staff, Friends of West Ham Park and local volunteers will plant 1,250 shrubs and 38 trees at West Ham Park. This is to take place during national Tree Week on 24 November – 2 December.   The trees will be a mix of Willow, European Hornbeam and Hazel. They are part of the park’s South Meadow Improvement Project, after a £15,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund Community in July.   With roots going back to 1975, National Tree Week celebrates the start of the winter tree planting season. It is the UK’s…

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      Dial-a-Star, a Mexican wave for Poinsettia in Bethnal Green

      London celebrates the poinsettia, the UK’s number 1 Christmas houseplant, with an exciting installation co-created by Stars for Europe and McQueens Flower School. Highlighting the poinsettia’s Mexican heritage, ‘Dial-a-Star’ features an iconic London telephone box positioned within a landscape of white and red poinsettias, alongside some classically architectural cacti – joining to form the tricolour found within the Mexican flag. The title, ‘Dial-a-Star’ is a reference to the poinsettia’s other name of ‘Christmas Star’ as well as a playful nod to this plant’s popularity over the festive season. This ubiquitous christmas plant originates from Mexico and was introduced to the…

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    • Arboriculture
      biochar

      250 trees saved using enriched biochar and deep-soil decompaction

      A total of 250 trees have been saved by applying enriched biochar to the roots by Geo-Injector since 2017.   Apex Soil Solutions, the Ringwood-based tree health business, has successfully treated 250 trees using its deep-soil Geo-Injector and Carbon Gold’s enriched biochar products, Tree Soil Improver and Tree Fertiliser, since collaborating in 2017.   Biochar is a porous, high-carbon form of charcoal that improves the structure, aeration, water-holding capacity and nutrient retention of soils of all types, and provides the perfect refuge for beneficial microbiology. Carbon Gold’s Tree Soil Improver is enriched with mycorrhizal and Trichoderma fungi, seaweed and wormcasts…

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    • News
      Endeavour

      Kew Gardens launches Endeavour: Online resource available to UK schools

      The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew launches a new, free digital learning platform for primary and secondary education. Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the £15.6m grant towards the Temperate House Project made it happen. The platform brings leading plant science and horticulture to the classroom. Endeavour offers teachers and pupils opportunities to gain a greater understanding of plants and fungi. It also allows people to explore the pressing environmental issues facing the planet.   A tool for teachers Endeavour is written by teachers, for teachers, and is an interactive platform that can deliver Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3…

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    • Events
      Stoneleigh Park

      The Nursery Supply Show finds new home at Stoneleigh Park

      The HTA Nursery Supply Show, sponsored by ICL, is moving to a bigger and easily accessible home at Stoneleigh Park in Hall 1. This is directly connected to the HTA National Plant Show.   The show has moved halls to give more space for development. The new venue will ease flow of visitors between the National Plant Show and the Nursery Supply Show. The shows take place on 18 and 19 June 2019.   Hall 1 will offer an opportunity to solidify the Nursery Supply Show as a must attend event in the industry. It is showcasing UK horticulture and…

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      Remaining productive and profitable during winter

      Late autumn and winter mark the end of the gardening season for many, which is fine if gardening is a hobby but less ideal for businesses. There are plenty of ways to keep busy as a landscaper or garden designer during the colder months. Outlined below are some ideas to stay productive and profitable. Jobs Outside The arrival of winter brings new jobs and the beginning of a different type of gardening: Protect plants from the elements – Adding a light amount of compost to form a mound around the base of plants provides the roots with protection from frost.…

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    • Awards
      small project big impact

      small project BIG IMPACT winners

      The first Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards have been a resounding success. The winners are finally in, taking home an assortment of prizes kindly donated from the award sponsors, and receiving industry-wide recognition for their superb small projects. Pro Landscaper would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who entered and attended the ceremony at FutureScape 2018. Winners are listed below: BUILD UNDER £20,000 Sponsored by KEBUR Winner: Suburbian Hideaway, by GreenScape Gardens Ltd Judges’ comments included: “Superb creative space and excellent quality of work”, “superb use of materials built well with finite attention to detail. Looked…

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    • Events
      marina

      Public open day for new 111 Berth Marina in Milton Keynes

      Experienced marina operator Land & Water Estates Ltd will be hosting a public open day offering an early look at ‘Campbell Wharf Marina’, the brand-new facility on the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes, on Sunday 25 November 2018 between 10am and 3pm. The marina, which is currently under construction, is part of an impressive larger development by Crest Nicholson which will include apartments and houses, a canal-side pub, café, restaurant and an iconic new footbridge. Due to open in spring 2019, this is a unique opportunity to view the marina before it is filled with water. The marina will be…

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    • FutureScape
      FutureScape seminar

      BALI at FutureScape 2018

      The future is literally right around the corner for BALI and its members as they make last minute preparations for FutureScape 2018, one of the most successful industry trade events for landscaping, garden design, grounds maintenance and supply. BALI is proud to be supporting the Eljays44 operated event which once again returns to Sandown Park Racecourse in leafy Esher in Surrey on Tuesday 20 November. BALI’s stand number is 89 and is located in the Surrey Hall. Both BALI’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Darren Taylor, and Education Officer Stephen Ensell will be in attendance, supporting both BALI and its members…

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    • Associations
      members

      LI consults members on landscape apprenticeships and categories

      The Landscape Institute is seeking members’ views to help it remain a relevant and supportive professional body. In the run up to its 90th anniversary, the LI has begun a major project to improve its relevance to the wider landscape sector. Recent research conducted by the LI has highlighted a number of challenges facing the sector: Significant skills shortages The need for greater professional inclusion; and New and emerging opportunities for people to enter the landscape profession The LI Board, Council and employee team have recognised the need to update the LI’s approach to membership to meet future needs. Membership categories…

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    • Plants
      quarry

      Green-tech protect 29,500 trees at East Midlands quarry

      Bantycock Quarry, a gypsum quarry operated by Saint-Gobain Formula has recently undergone a tremendous revival to preserve the environment and create an ideal habitat for a diverse range of wildlife. Glendale, a professional green service company who manage and maintain green environments were awarded the contract to regenerate 25 acres of the worked-out quarry area into native countryside. The Project Proposals were developed by landscape architects DRaW (UK) Ltd and agreed with the local authority to encourage biodiversity and enhance the landscape at Saint-Gobain Formula’s Bantycock Gypsum Quarry. Located in Balderton near Newark, this is a key industrial site in…

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    • Associations
      YMCA Training

      BALI GoLandscape pledges support to YMCA Training

      The BALI careers initiative, GoLandscape, has forged a partnership with YMCA Training. This aims to support their work on delivering industry apprenticeships in the wake of a 28% shortfall in the number of apprenticeships undertaken in the UK.   Along with a decrease in apprenticeships, the Open University have recently reported that only 8% of companies in the UK have drawn from their levy. This proves that more support is needed to inspire, educate and encourage industry employers to understand the benefits of taking on apprentices as part of their workforce.   YMCA Training – part of Central YMCA –…

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    • Online Exclusive
      Helen Elks-Smith

      Helen Elks-Smith: Winter garden design

      Many aspects of a garden, along with the desire to spend time in it, become dormant during winter. Careful design considerations can transform this, turning uninspiring winter gardens into beautiful, thriving settings. Pro Landscaper speaks with Helen Elks-Smith to pick her brain about designing a garden that retains its beauty during the winter months. Understanding Client Desires “For certain clients who may spend winter abroad, or when we design their holiday home garden which is not used in winter, a focus on this time of year is not appropriate,” Helen begins. “It is interesting when we speak to clients that…

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    • Business
      scholarships

      New scholarships available to students

      The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) scholarship season is open for student horticulturists. This year sees the launch of three new scholarships. This provides more opportunities to students with a passion for trees, sustainability or research.   NEW – The Majestic Trees Sponsored Travel Scholarship This is offering up to £3,000 to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery. This also includes the opportunity for a work placement at Majestic Trees, which could turn into a permanent position. The owners of Majestic Trees, Steve and Janet McCurdy, first met in California whilst Steve was working as an exchange student. Steve’s work…

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    • Business
      brands

      John Deere included among top 100 biggest global brands

      John Deere again features in a spot among the world’s most valuable brands in the annual ranking from Interbrand, a leading brand consulting firm. John Deere ranks 88th in the Best Global Brands research announced, moving up four spots from a year ago. Interbrand estimates the John Deere brand to now be worth approximately $5.4bn.   Charles Trevail, global CEO of Interbrand said: “A decade after the global financial crisis, the brands that are growing fastest are those that intuitively understand their customers. They make brave iconic moves that delight and deliver in new ways.”   Interbrand said its brand…

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    • News
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      Health Secretary warns green spaces need protection for NHS

      Health secretary and chair of NHS England join calls to save parks   The decline of parks across Britain will pile more pressure on the NHS. The service continues its struggle to cope with an obesity crisis, the Health Secretary warns.   Matt Hancock backed The Mail on Sunday’s Save Our Parks campaign, saying: “The health of the nation is at stake.”   His intervention comes as the newspaper’s crusade to protect parks gathers momentum in Westminster. The Government is giving in to demands for 100 new parks to go under construction.    The chairman of NHS England, Sir Malcolm…

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    • Design
      garden designers

      Opportunity for garden designers and landscapers

      In the world of garden design and landscaping, finding a way to stand out is critical. Show gardens are a fantastic way of adding gravitas to a garden design portfolio and qualifying experience. But, for a first time garden designers and landscapers, a show garden can be intimidating in terms of sponsorship, resources, time and investment. BBC Gardeners’ World Live has the solution. The Beautiful Borders category is a stepping stone into the exciting world of flower and garden shows.   Beautiful Borders are a major visitor attraction at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. The event entertains upwards of 100,000 visitors…

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    • News
      World War I

      Epping Forest honours World War I fallen

      Six life-sized aluminium silhouettes of British soldiers are now in Epping Forest to commemorate the heroes of World War I.   The silhouettes honour this year’s 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. The soldiers will become part of the City of London Corporation’s new interactive World War I exhibition. This exhibit is at The View in Epping Forest, its free visitor centre in Chingford. The exhibition captures the story of the Epping Forest Keepers who served in the World War I and runs until 30 November.   The exhibition includes a Family Story Tree. Here, visitors can…

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    • Events
      Soft Landscaping Workshop

      Palmstead Soft Landscaping Workshop 2019

      Green Connections ‘Empowerment through collaboration, Wednesday 23 January 09:00-17:00. Soft Landscaping Workshop – Ashford International Hotel, Kent.   In the world of horticulture the need to connect to landscape underpins everything Palmstead Nurseies does. Many believe that human beings are predisposed to want to find connections with the natural world. The common term for this is ‘biophilia’.   As human beings we are also tribal animals, craving social interaction. We gain pleasure and motivation from our interactions with each other. When we inhibit or remove our connections with the natural world and with each other we are limiting our potential. This…

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    • Online Exclusive
      theft

      How much theft is costing the landscaping industry

      Theft is rife in landscaping, with expensive tools and equipment targeted for their resale value and lack of traceability. This year has seen a sharp increase in tool theft, with a reported rise of over 30% in incidents. Pro Landscaper speaks with landscapers from across the UK to find out just how much this problem is costing the industry.  How big is the problem? To calculate the financial cost that theft puts onto the landscaping industry, one must consider several factors. These include the cost of any equipment that needs replacing, the increased insurance premiums from claims made and the…

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    • Awards
      Matthew Wood

      APL Awards 2019 shortlist

      The shortlist for the APL Awards 2019 has been announced! With the standard of entries always improving year on year, choosing the shortlist was harder than ever for our judging panel.  On the judging panel were industry experts: Richard Barnard as chief judge, Bob Sweet, Steve Smith, Robin Templar-Williams, Rupert Keys and APL general manager, Phil Tremayne. The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, takes place on Friday 15 March 2019 at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL. Book your place at – www.aplawards.co.uk/book-your-seat The finalists are: Project Value…

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    • Associations
      hta

      HTA Executive Team to drive member value

      Following a review from the Board of the HTA, the association’s Executive Team will strengthen in line with anticipated member needs.   Adam Taylor, president, said: “The Board has decided to install some improvements, including enhanced communication with membership. It also includes increased ability to influence government at a time of significant change. The Board is confident that this structure will drive HTA member value. I have no doubt that the HTA is in a position of great strength. The Executive Team, headed by Alex Vick, will drive the association forwards.”   Martin Simmons, taking on the new role of…

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    • Materials
      cotswold

      Cotswold Dry Stone Walling

      Cotswold Stone one of the most popular products for wall building for years. Its natural colour with its subtle honey characteristics has a desirable appearance.   Smiths’ Cotswold dry walling stone is quarried in the northwest corner of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. It has all the warmth and subtlety expected from the stone from this part of the country.   Increasingly it is being used for a variety of modern construction work. For example: building of new Cotswold styled properties, or conservation and restoration work. It is also used in new property walling, landscaping projects and exterior cladding. It can also…

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    • Kit
      attila

      Etesia unveil two new Attila brushcutter models ahead of 2019

      Etesia UK has unveiled two new Attila pedestrian brushcutters ahead of the 2019 season.   The new Etesia AK60 and AH75 pedestrian brushcutters work in the toughest of conditions. These powerful machines effectively deal with clearing vegetation from a variety of sites. These include: long grass, weeds, bracken and brambles on woodland paths, orchards and road verges. Ease of operation and maneuverability ensure total efficiency and high output.   Efficiency   Heavy-duty brush cutting (up to Ø30 with AH75 and Ø20 with AK60)   Mowing on the most difficult slopes (up to 20°) due to hydraulic transmission with differential lock…

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    • Materials
      green-tech

      Green-tech unveil 25th Anniversary edition Product Catalogue

      The new 2019 Green-tech catalogue is now in print and available for all customers, architects and garden designers across the UK.   The new 2019 product catalogue celebrates 25 years of trading for Green-tech. It is full with over 6,500 products for rural and urban tree planting, tree irrigation and ground, wind, weed and erosion control. It also has grounds maintenance, soils and growing media and wildflower and conservation products.   The catalogue features the new TreeBio range of biodegradable planting sundries. It also has a new range of liquid fertilisers and an extended range of ecology products.   Green-tech’s…

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