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    • Garden Bridge: why we should be brave

      It takes guts to build something extraordinary – have we lost the courage to dream? Asks Mary Keen London seethes with innovation. Famous for writers and painters who break new ground, for fashion, music and design, this is the city where everyone wants to live. Enthusiasm for the new is, of course, always retrospective. Most people only applaud something once they have got used to an idea. Thousands went online to predict disaster before the opening ceremony of the Olympics, but the execution of Danny Boyle’s aim: “to reveal how peculiar and contrary we are – and how there’s also,…

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    • The overgrown memorial ground in Stortford that’s become a garden sanctuary

      A £10,000 injection of funds has enabled an overgrown historic burial ground in Bishop’s Stortford that was being used by drug-takers and rough sleepers to be transformed into a garden sanctuary for quiet reflection. The work on the Newtown Road memorial garden was carried out by landscape gardening company The Landscape Concept (TLC), from Standon, on behalf of the town council.  During the project, it was discovered that a tree had damaged the wall backing onto the Citizens Advice Bureau office in South Street. Emergency work was carried out to stabilise it and the council will be appointing a contractor…

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    • Quadron and Friends get Growing in Grange Park

      Grounds maintenance contractor, Quadron Services, was delighted to assist the Friends of Grange Park Play Area by sponsoring their autumn bulb planting event at Grange Park in Old Coulsdon, Croydon. Quadron donated 3,500 crocus and daffodil bulbs, as well as tools, gloves and other materials for the ‘Growing in Grange Park’ event, which took place on Saturday 8th November. Over 200 local residents braved the cold and showery weather to plant the bulbs, as well as enjoying activities including face painting and a cake stall arranged by the park’s Friends group. Adrian and Brian from Quadron’s Croydon contract led the…

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    • Brett Landscaping keeps true to Art Deco inspired development

      A paving solution from Brett Landscaping – including its new Black Fleck design – has been specified to add a touch of class to the exterior design of a dramatic Art Deco-inspired seafront development in West Worthing, West Sussex. The suitability of the paving, comprising Brett Piatto in addition to Black Fleck, was found to offer the ideal accompaniment for Roffey Homes’ lavish new apartment complex – the penthouse of which was recently sold for in excess of £1m. The development is named ‘Vista Mare’ and has been recently constructed within an area where striking Art Deco architecture has long…

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    • Creating your own landscape – bartholomew landscaping

      Barry Burrows from bartholomew landscaping reveals some of the secrets to being at home with your own landscape and making it work all year round. These days, gardens and outdoor spaces are designed as multi-functional spaces to function as a changing backdrop to provide colour, space, fresh air, light, shade, play areas, private areas, food, scent and entertainment to any house.   Personally, I like to think of a garden as a private haven and a public display, to bring it alive the house and garden should complement each other and create a seamless flow. Make your space work for…

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    • WorldSkills

      And they are off! APL WorldSkills UK finalists compete at Skills Show

      The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening final is underway at the The Skills Show at the Birmingham  NEC with six landscaping students competing for the ‘Best in the UK’ title. After reaching the qualifying benchmark at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July the six students this morning started on the challenge of completing a garden design in just 18 hours over the next 3 days. The garden has once again been designed by Alexandra Froggatt. Their creations will need to be completed by 11 am on Saturday 15 November with the winner being announced at The Skills Show…

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    • Garden Bridge one step closer to being built

      Lambeth Council is expected to grant planning permission to the Garden Bridge today. The increasingly controversial structure is a Thomas Heatherwick-designed footbridge that will span the Thames from Temple tube station to the South Bank, just in front of the ITV studios. Here’s a round-up of some of the major objections. Ironically, for a garden, the bridge’s construction will involve cutting down at least 27 mature trees on the South Bank. The application says this loss will be “outweighed by the significant amount of new planting and urban greening”. The 270 trees on the bridge will be restricted to 15m…

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      APL WorldSkills UK finalists going for Gold at Skills Show

      The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening finalists are ready to compete at The Skills Show between 13-15 November at the Birmingham NEC where one of them will win Gold and be crowned ‘Best in the UK’ in front of 75,000 people. Richard Carden from  Reaseheath College, Sam Birks from Bishop Burton College, and Robert Wylie, Dean Thomson, Jonathan Buchanan and Ronan McLarnon from CAFRE were all put through to the final after successfully reaching the qualifying benchmark at the APL Landscape Gardening competition at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July and will compete at the final at The Skills…

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    • Truro’s Boscawen Park play area design is revealed

      THE design of a £200,000 makeover for a major Truro park has been revealed. The Friends of Boscawen Park announced earlier this year that they had secured funding from Truro City Council, Cornwall Council and the Sita Cornwall Trust to overhaul the play equipment. To help choose the design they held an exhibition during Truro Day at the park and invited members of the public to select which equipment should be included. Now the Friends have settled on a final design which is revealed here for the first time. Hundreds of people gave their feedback on plans submitted by six…

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    • Work starts on the UK’s first Public Natural Swimming Pond at King’s Cross

      Work has begun this week on the UK’s first ever public natural swimming pond, as part of an exciting art project within the innovative King’s Cross Development.  The natural, chemical-free pool has been designed and built by Europe’s leading natural pool designers BIOTOP and its UK partner, Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd. Working in conjunction with the King’s Cross Development Partnership, and contractors Carillion, the Kingcombe Aquacare team has begun the first stages of ground works for the complex construction of the 411 m2 pool. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, when the pond will then…

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    • Sir John Soane’s listed Walpole Park officially reopens

      Located in the heart of Ealing, the recently transformed Walpole Park officially opened to the public today (24th October 2014). The redevelopment of Walpole Park is part of the major restoration of Sir John Soane’s historic country home Pitzhanger Manor, a Grade I listed structure which stands on the northeast side of the public park. Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery is being separately developed as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Heritage Grants programme, with the recent award of a £4.42m grant towards the £10.5m project cost. Pitzhanger Manor and the grounds which now constitute the 12-hectare park were bought…

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    • Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership wins MIPIM UK/Estates Gazette Award

      The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership has been named Public-Private Partnership of the Year in the MIPIM UK/Estates Gazette Awards.  The Awards recognise developers and their public and private sector partners for their contributions to revitalising cities and towns across the UK. The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership is the most significant body of its type in the UK today, responsible for co-ordinating the activity of multiple landowners and public authorities – committed to delivering a lasting legacy for local communities. The Partnership, established in 2010, includes over 200 people and is arguably the largest body of this nature in the UK;…

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    • Center Parcs flip for the pancake house’s new green roof

      A sustainable green roof at the new £250 million Center Parcs is set to thrive after Shropshire-based Boningale Nurseries supplied more than 7,000 plants for the extensive green roof. The new resort, which opened at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, in 2014, features a green roof on top of the Pancake House, one of the restaurants on site. The Albrighton-based nursery, one of the UK’s largest nurseries and environmental horticultural specialists, was asked by green roofing installers ABG to supply the SkyPlugs – robust plant plugs that Boningale Greensky, its green roof division, has developed specifically for green roofs – for the…

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    • First Touch Garden Opening

      At the end of September CED Stone Group were invited to attend the official opening of The First Touch Garden at St. George’s hospital in West London. We were delighted to accept. First Touch is a charity dedicated to the neonatal ward at St. George’s Hospital, and they have spent nearly 20 years dedicating their time to raising awareness and money to fund equipment and projects to improve outcomes for the babies treated in the ward and their families. Many of these babies are born prematurely, some of whom at only 24 weeks (40 weeks is considered normal). However, with…

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    • Britain’s Best Lawn Shortlist Announced

      Earlier this year outdoor petrol powered equipment manufacturer, Briggs & Stratton, launched its annual search to find Britain’s Best Lawn. Now, after months of lawns being tended to across the country, the Britain’s Best Lawn shortlist has been announced, with Facebook voting now open! Launched in April 2014, the competition has proved a huge success and entries have been whittled down to just three stellar lawns from around the UK. For the first time in the competitions nine year history, the judging panel which includes horticultural expert and journalist Martin Fish, will this year be joined by an extra judge…

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    • The Water Test on Permeable Paving by SureSet Uk

      SureSet permeable resin bound paving allows water to drain freely through the surface – meeting the requirements of Sustainable urban Drainage Systems (SuDS). By encouraging the rapid drainage of water, SureSet permeable resin bound paving eliminates the problems caused by standing water and contributes to flood prevention. SuDS is an approach to water management introduced by the Environment Agency in recognition of the need to manage surface water run-off more effectively. The benefits of permeable paving were highlighted in a recent report from the Committee on Climate Change which called on its wider use to help prevent flooding and pollution.…

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    • Historic Boringdon Hall Develops Classic New Landscape

      The grounds at Boringdon Hall Hotel, the seductive manor house in Devon, have recently been redeveloped. The premises boast a stunning new landscape consisting of beautiful paving supplied by world class manufacturer, Tobermore. Established in 1942, Tobermore supply a broad ranging collection of block paving, paving flags, kerbing and walling products to the commercial and private markets throughout the UK and Ireland. The history of Boringdon Hall is exceptional. The grand Devonshire manor became crown property following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1539. Luxury and style come together at Boringdon Hall, with exquisite Elizabethan architecture, imposing stone towers, secret archways, two tantalising restaurants and lavish four-poster suites which hint at…

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    • New memorial garden to open in Huddersfield’s Ravensknowle Park

      A special memorial garden is to open this weekend in a Huddersfield park. The Tolson Memorial Garden, created to commemorate the servicemen and women who have lost their lives since the end of World War II, is being officially opened on Sunday, October 12, in Ravensknowle Park. The garden, situated behind the Tolson Museum, is designed to create a place of tranquillity and contemplation with grassed areas and flower beds encircled by accessible pathways and traditional-style stone walls. The design incorporates three small flower beds, which are being planted by the Friends of Tolson Museum and Ravensknowle Park group, pupils…

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    • Quality & Service Ltd receive two RHS Britan in Bloom Awards

      Green Park, Reading (the 195 acre prestigious Business Park owned by Oxford Properties) is celebrating winning not one, but two awards within the RHS Britain in Bloom Campaign 2014:- Thames & Chilterns in Bloom 2014 – Regional Award for Best Business Park The Gold Award in the Commercial Landscape category – Reading in Bloom 2014. Leading independent commercial landscape company Quality & Service Ltd (trading as Q&S), in partnership with Broadgate Estate, delivers the landscaping for Green Park. Sue Payne, Managing Director of Q&S, is delighted to have received these official recognitions “We are extremely proud of our landscaping team…

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    • PSD Groundscare offer £1,000 cash back incentive

      Colne, Lancashire (October 07, 2014) PSD Groundscare are the exclusive distributor for the Eliet range of products throughout the UK. 20 years ago Belgium manufacturer Eliet produced the first mobile shredder the world had seen – the Super Prof. The idea behind the machine was simple but revolutionary; ‘bring the shredder to the green waste and NOT vice versa’. There are numerous advantages to mobile shredding including; the machine can virtually be used anywhere, meaning any workplace is accessible. Also the transport of the machine is easy as the shredders simply drive on and off a vehicle or trailer. This…

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    • Gillespies and LUC complete study on visual impact of pylons

      Landscape architecture practices Gillespies and LUC have completed a major study evaluating the landscape and visual impacts of National Grid’s electricity network on protected landscapes. A bespoke landscape assessment methodology has been produced for the study ‘in order to identify a shortlist of priority schemes for consideration by the stakeholder advisory board’. This was led by National Grid’s appointed landscape architect for the project, Professor Carys Swanwick, with support from Gillespies and LUC. The comprehensive methodology for the study includes: identifying those aspects of the landscape or people within it that are affected by the presence of the transmission line or…

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    • Discussion leads to promise of costings benchmark for landscape industry

      A recent workshop in Kent attended by 300 delegates delivered a promise to create the first-ever ‘benchmark’ or formula to calculate the cost of maintenance for designs and schemes.   Host Nick Coslett, marketing manager of Palmstead Nurseries, says his company wants the industry’s help in filling out maintenance workload/costings for existing designs, which could then be shared and used as benchmarks. ‘I think we have identified a strong demand across the industry to give higher value to the longer term care of plants and provision of benchmarking,’ he says, ‘which will help give designers tools to engage in the discussion with…

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    • Landscape designer rides high on housebuilder boom

      When the housing bubble burst in 2008, it wasn’t just the property developers that took a hit. Companies all along the housbuilder supply chain, from construction firms to landscape garden specialists, were affected. “We definitely caught the cold,” admits Simon Cashmore, boss of landscape design and installation company TCL. “The recession hit during my second month at the business.” When Cashmore took control of the company in November 2007, some 97pc of TCL’s revenue was generated from contracts with UK housebuilders. The recession sent a wrecking ball through the order book. “It was truly a baptism of fire,” says Cashmore,…

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    • Plans for £11m Northumberland visitor and landscape centre given green light

      Major plans for an £11m visitor and landscape discovery centre in Northumberland have been given the green light. After almost two weeks of waiting, an official decision means the plans for The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre have been given the go-ahead. The proposal by Northumberland National Park Authority, at Once Brewed on the central section of Hadrian’s Wall, was put on hold despite being approved by the park authority’s development management committee earlier this month, after a third party referred the application to the Department for Communities and Local Government Planning Casework Unit. But the £11.2m initiative passed a significant…

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    • Blackpool Victoria Undergoes £16.5 million Transformation

      Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Lancashire, has recently undergone an amazing transformation following a £16.5 million redevelopment project delivered by construction firm, Wilmott Dixon. Tobemore, the world class paving and walling manufacturer, are delighted to have been involved in this project, having a supplied paving for the unique landscape. Designed by Gilling Dod, this redevelopment scheme has meant that the hospital has been granted with a modern new 1,122 space multi-storey car park and entrance with four retail units. Prior to the work commencing in 2013, the Assistant Director of Clinical Support and Facilities Management at the Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Ian McManus, explained that the new car park will produce…

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