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      idverde sponsors Colchester’s popular tree giveaway scheme for a second year

      idverde’s Colchester team was delighted to join its client, Colchester Borough Council, to deliver the annual Trees for Years event on Saturday 3 February. Now in its twelfth year, this much-loved scheme provides over 2,000 free trees and fruit bushes to local residents, community groups, schools and town or parish councils. This year’s event saw 2,018 trees available for free, and over 700 local residents braved the cold on the day of the giveaway, many arriving in advance of the advertised opening time of 10am to bag up to three trees for individuals, or 15 per school, community group, or parish…

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      Wetlands project opens up East London ‘open-air lung’

      An £8.7m visitor centre to open up access to one of the East End’s ‘open-air lungs’ has been completed at a strategic 500-acre Thames Water site. The Walthamstow Wetlands project allows visitors to enjoy and learn about the Walthamstow Reservoirs’ distinctive built and natural heritage, which is unique in London. Because the area includes water treatment stations and other operational sites it needed protection to separate public areas from CNI zones, for which Thames Water has ordered security fencing through Binns Fencing. Binns have installed ArmaWeave, HiSec and Axiom steel mesh from parent company Zaun around strategic Thames Water assets,…

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      Glendale Horticulture strengthens management team

      Following the untimely death of Tony Hewitt, Executive Chairman of the Parkwood Group, in late December, Glendale Horticulture are taking action to reorganise and bolster the senior management team. “Tony had been actively involved in managing the business and it’s important that additional resource is added to the team to ensure we drive the business forward and exceed our commitments for the coming season” says Mike Brunskill, Director. Andrew Bennett is being welcomed back to the business into the role of sales director. Andrew, who is well known in the industry, will contribute his substantial experience and key customer facing…

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      Makita’s 18V LXT brushless power cuts wheelbarrow effort

      Makita has harnessed the impressive power of the incredibly successful 18v brushless motor to reduce the task of pushing a fully laden wheelbarrow across a building site, a garden or rough pasture. Designed principally to reduce the physical demands in the construction industry the new Makita DCU180Z will prove popular in many operating fields.  Capable of carrying 130kg of blocks on the tubular frame, or similar amount of ballast in the barrow bin option, this power-assisted wheelbarrow has the Brushless motor integrated into the front wheel to ensure the maximum possible traction to the heavily ribbed agri-tyre.  This barrow has…

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    • Events

      RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2018 highlights announced

      From 6-10 June, the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) newest Show, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show partnered by Wedgwood will return to the magnificent 1,000 acre Chatsworth Estate with exciting new content including a river of 12,000 Cosmos and over 100 varieties of orchid, to satisfy inquisitive minds and fulfil the senses. During Joseph Paxton’s time as head gardener the Chatsworth Estate boasted one of the most extensive orchid collections in the UK, and at this year’s show Celebrity Floral Designer Jonathan Moseley will join forces with Double H Nurseries to bring one of the UK’s largest orchid displays back to the…

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      10,000 new trees to boost roadside wildlife habitat in the South West

      Highways England is starting a major programme of tree and shrub planting along the A30 and A38 in a bid to connect a 105 mile corridor of wildlife habitat. The work is taking place at 21 sites in Devon and Cornwall and involves the planting of 10,000 native trees and shrubs to fill or reduce gaps in hedgerow and woodland along the roadside. In total the planting will provide around three extra miles of vegetation and connect over 105 miles of habitat on the verge and land adjacent to the A30 and A38. The scheme is being delivered under Highways England’s…

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    • RHS reveals 2018 Britain in Bloom finalists

      Planters poised and dibbers at the ready as 76 community gardening groups prepare to battle it out in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) 2018 Britain in Bloom competition. Now in its 54th year, the nationwide competition pits rural villages, urban corners and city centres against one another across a range of criteria that includes horticultural know-how, community engagement, efforts to bolster biodiversity and climate change adaptation. Finalists are put forward to the national final based on their progress locally and will be scored by a team of RHS national judges in the summer. In 2018 the finalists will compete across…

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      Smiths self binding path gravel

      Smiths tells us about its self binding path gravel. For a fairly modest outlay the Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel gives superb results and of sensational quality – with its Cotswold hues and smooth finish, it’s a product that looks good in almost any situation. A perfect product for paths, tracks, walkways and cycle paths in both the domestic, civil and commercial markets. Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel is a very versatile product. It gives a firm compact surface, ideal for where wheel access is a priority, (for example wheel chairs, golf buggies/trollies or wheelbarrows etc.). But its versatility goes…

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      Michael Gove visits the UK’s largest new forest

      Michael Gove has seen more than 1.3 million trees growing at the UK’s largest modern forest in the Ochil Hills in central Scotland. Confor arranged the visit to Jerah to demonstrate the wide-ranging benefits of modern productive forestry to the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Mr Gove was accompanied by Stephen Kerr, MP for Stirling. Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor, the trade body for the UK’s £2bn forestry and wood-using industry, briefed Mr Gove about the scheme’s benefits for the environment, economy and local community – along with Tim Liddon, of Tilhill Forestry, which…

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    • Awards

      TOPSOIL sponsors student success at SGD Awards

      At the sixth annual awards ceremony of the Society of Garden Designers, held on Friday, 2 February, British Sugar TOPSOIL’s Andy Spetch presented Nicky Burridge with the Student Design – Commercial award. Nicky graduated in 2017 with a Distinction for her Diploma in Garden Design from the London College of Garden Design. British Sugar TOPSOIL sponsored the award under its ‘HortLoam’ premier planting soil brand, a product that is becoming increasingly popular with garden designers for tree, shrub, perennial and vegetable planting schemes. Nicky, who holds a BSc in 3D Design and an MSc in Light and Lighting, worked as a…

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      Eden Project signs historic agreement involving world’s largest indoor waterfall

      The Eden Project took a major step towards establishing its first overseas attraction on Thursday February 1, during Prime Minister Theresa May’s trade delegation to China. David Harland, Eden Project International Limited chief executive, signed an historic agreement with Zhao Lintao of China Jinmao Holdings Limited, Eden’s partners in the landmark new attraction in the coastal city of Qingdao. Zhao Lintao is general manager of Eden Qingdao. The agreement sets out the terms of the future development of the Eden Project in Qingdao, including design, construction and operation of the attraction. The signing ceremony took place at the British Ambassador’s…

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      Confor says imports of high-risk plants and firewood must be brought to an end within five years

      Imports of high-risk plants and firewood must be brought to an end within five years, to safeguard the health of UK forests, according to a new report by industry body Confor. The UK’s elm, larch and ash trees have all been devastated by imported pests and diseases, and there are many more which threaten both timber businesses and native wildlife. Confor’s new report, available here, outlines the problems and identifies how to resolve them. One of the threats is imported plants in soil-filled pots, widely used by gardeners and landscapers. These enter the country with few checks or regulations and pose…

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      Nurture Landscapes acquires Gavin Jones to create £65m group

      Gavin Jones becomes part of the Nurture Landscapes group of companies as from 1 February 2018. This transaction brings together two leading privately owned companies that share the same passion for delivering a high-quality service and building long-term relationships with clients. The combined Group will have sales of £65m, employ 1,000 staff and service over 3500 clients across the UK. Gavin Jones has a reputation for excellence and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019. The company will continue to trade under the name Gavin Jones as a wholly owned trading subsidiary of Nurture Landscapes Holdings Ltd. Nurture Landscapes has…

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      Ministry of Justice launches new facilities management company

      Enacting the government’s robust contingency plans, the Ministry of Justice has announced the creation of a new government owned facilities management company. The new company will take over the delivery of the prison Facilities Management (FM) services previously provided by Carillion such as cleaning, reactive maintenance, landscaping and planned building repair work. Around 1,000 staff, including 100 contractors, who were previously employed by Carillion will now move across to the new company, Gov Facility Services Limited, with their terms and conditions of employment preserved. These services, which are provided to 52 prison establishments located across South West, South Central, Kent &…

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      New Rain Bird XFCV dripline with heavy duty check valve ensures highly effective irrigation of sloped landscapes

      The popularity of drip irrigation systems continues to increase as the industry recognises the benefits of dripline compared with other types of irrigation. Not only does drip irrigate plants directly for the most effective watering, but it also ensures that virtually no water is lost through evaporation and water run off is minimised. These highly efficient systems are also attractive to installers thanks to their ease of installation. Until now, however, using drip irrigation on sloped landscapes has been problematical because of the pooling that can be caused at the bottom of the slope. This is because water continues to…

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      Makita launches twin 18V (36V) split-shaft LXT multi-tool

      Makita has launched a 36v cordless multi-tool system for landscape maintenance operations together with a range of quick-fit attachments including the newly introduced Brush Cutter and Linetrimmer in addition to the Cultivator, Pole Saw, Hedge Trimmer and lawn Edging Tool.  The pole extension allows even greater reach for the Pole Saw and Hedge Trimmer. With the move to battery powered grounds maintenance machines becoming ever more popular, particularly at the demand of municipal authorities and public bodies, Makita offers a range of 18v tools and, more recently, an expanding inventory of twin 18v machines to give 36v power.  The power…

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      RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018 highlights

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed an exciting line-up for the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018, bringing vibrant Show Gardens, floral displays, interactive activities and brand new Regeneration Gardens to the grounds of the Welsh capital’s stunning Bute Park from 13 – 15 April. Regeneration Gardens Competition Continuing the success of the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign, the Regeneration Gardens will show how small interventions with modest budgets can make significant changes to gardens and outdoor spaces. Following a competition which selected three designs from recently graduated landscape architects and garden designers, the gardens feature practical ideas visitors can…

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      Grass Direct opens first welsh store

      An online artificial grass specialist continues their bricks and motor expansion strategy by investing £160,000 and creating five new jobs by opening a new store in Newport – its first in Wales. On Saturday 20th January, Grass Direct officially opened a 6,000-square foot store on the town’s East Retail Park. Newport is the seventh, and biggest, store, the company has opened in the UK in less than a year, with eight more to follow over the next six months. Open to both trade and retail customers, the store includes sister brands Direct Wood Flooring; a leading wood flooring specialist and…

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      Kubota and Northampton Saints partnership marches on

      Kubota UK is pleased to announce it is extending its elite sponsorship of Aviva Premiership club Northampton Saints until 2020. The market leading machinery manufacturer and supplier of world-renowned Kubota engines joined forces with Saints back in 2015, the company’s first ever sponsorship with a top flight sports team.  Based on the success of the partnership, Kubota is looking forward to continuing its support for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons. Dave Roberts, Kubota UK’s Managing Director, said: “ Signing a new deal with Northampton Saints was an easy decision for us. Over the past 3 years that we have been…

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      Welcome boost to save UK’s rarest butterfly

      The High Brown Fritillary, the UK’s most endangered butterfly, has been thrown a lifeline for 2018 in a new conservation project by the National Trust and partners. The charity is embarking on ambitious plans to develop 60 hectares of lowland heath and wood pasture – the butterfly’s principle habitat – to give it a fighting chance for the future. The project has been made possible as part of a generous award of £750k made to the National Trust by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Over the last 50 years, the UK population of High Brown Fritillaries has declined rapidly, due…

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      2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show champions the immense power of plants

      The importance of gardening and growing power of plants to help tackle some of the biggest issues facing us today will be showcased at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22-26 May), sponsored by M&G Investments. Garden designs at the worlds most famous flower show demonstrate how plants and green spaces can improve lives and help mitigate against major environmental challenges as well as reminding us of the simple beauty of gardens and the positive effects gardening and green spaces have on our health and wellbeing. The power of plants to improve people’s lives is embodied in ‘The Lemon Tree…

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      Water

      Water experts urge government to end 7 year freeze in flood resilience rules

      Leading engineers, environmental scientists, water experts, landscape designers and architects have appealed to the government to ensure that the planned one million new homes are built to be resilient to flooding as planning rules are reviewed. New research by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) supported by a wide coalition of partners, urges government to ensure that drainage of surface water into sewers should be conditional on new developments including high-quality sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), which reduce flood risk by slowing and storing flood water using natural processes. The report…

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      Civic Engineers strengthens team with Urban Infrastructure Expert

      Fast growing structural and civil engineering practice, Civic Engineers, has appointed Michael Small, 33, as Senior Engineer. An expert in the practical and research side of engineering, landscape architecture and urban design, Michael joins the practice from CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) where he worked on the Environment / Urban Design team. He previously worked for WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Quinn Design Associates in Canada. Michael joins the 50 strong, award winning practice at a time of significant growth. With studios in Manchester, London and Leeds, he joins the London team and will work on projects across the…

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      Arup

      Arup part of consulting team for Jurong Lake District, Singapore

      The Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has appointed KCAP Architects&Planners, leading a multi-disciplinary team consisting of SAA Architects, Arup, S333 and Lekker, as winning consultant for the development of a masterplan for Singapore’s Jurong Lake District. The team submitted the best conceptual masterplan for the site. Integration of heritage and nature The team developed a high-density mixed-use concept masterplan for the area around the future high-speed rail (HSR) terminus in Singapore. The ambition is to develop the area into a new mixed-use business precinct and home to the future HSR terminus, which will further anchor Jurong Lake District as ‘a…

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      Green-tech supplies materials for Jewish Cemetery Project

      The United Synagogue recently commissioned a project to enlarge the UK’s most significant Jewish cemetery, a 16-acre site in London’s Green Belt, and to create two new prayer halls. The Bushey Jewish Cemetery, located in Bushey serves the Jewish community within Northwest London. The £9million development for the cemetery received planning approval from Hertsmere Borough Council in 2013. The extensive landscaping was completed in January 2017 with the buildings work nearing completion. The project has involved the collaboration of architects Waugh Thistleton, landscape architects JC Gibbons, civil and structural engineers, Elliott Wood and United Synagogues. The project has been delivered…

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