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    • Wildflower Turf

      Wildflowers embraced by the University of York

      Leading wildflowers expert Wildflower Turf has made the grade by providing the University of York with a biodiverse boost to newly-built campus facilities. Based in Hampshire but having recently expanded operations to include a new growing site in Yorkshire, Wildflower Turf worked closely with the University’s landscape partners to enhance the area around the recently completed Piazza Learning Centre. Situated within a picturesque lakeside setting, the Piazza Learning Centre is both sympathetic to the natural landscape whilst also being fully accessible to the University of York’s student population. The new building contains a range of high-quality learning spaces and facilities…

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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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    • IPM

      IPM launches new website

      National landscaping and grounds maintenance company IPM has launched a new website which it is encouraging visitors to explore. The website has been designed to offer the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality while allowing customers to see the full product range IPM can offer. In an industry such as landscaping and grounds maintenance, staying up-to-date with current technology is not always at the top of the agenda, but as a company which has always been leading in its field and looks at ways in which it can deliver more value to its customers, IPM has gone through…

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    • Tony Benger Landscaping

      Tony Benger Landscaping efficiency improves with mobile field service management solution

      Devon-based Tony Benger Landscaping started to use Re-flow to manage its team of 50 last year, and it has already helped to improve the company’s efficiency. The software provides the award-winning firm with the means to manage its staff’s workflow digitally through a mobile app. Each operative working onsite can access their job details and complete project task lists and forms including vehicle inspections, daily record sheets (hours and materials etc), site briefings, toolbox talks and risk assessments, all through their mobile phone or tablet. Re-flow speeds up processes by creating a completely digital audit trail from management to staff and…

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    • Urban Earth

      Devon company wins hat-trick at national landscaping awards

      Urban Earth, based in Exmouth, has been awarded with a triple win at the national Bradstone Assured Awards 2018. The company won the overall title of Installer of the Year, in addition to winning the Best Patio Transformation using Traditional Products and the Best Patio Transformation using 2017 Products. The annual awards, which took place at The Radisson Blu in Manchester on Friday 19 January, acknowledge some of the best garden landscaping the industry has to offer in design expertise and quality craftsmanship. Categories include Best Patio Transformation and Best Driveway Transformation, along with the prestigious Installer of the Year award.…

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    • Natural Paving

      Natural Paving Products goes Dutch with clay pavers

      Bringing the best the world can offer to the UK, Natural Paving Products is delighted to launch a new range of premium Dutch hand crafted artisan clay pavers. Baksteen Clay Pavers offer users a huge range of possibilities and will be available in nine colours. Baksteen Clay Pavers are remarkably versatile and can be used across a variety of projects. With its narrow, rectangular design the product can be laid at a variety of angles creating unique designs across a number of different applications. When laid on bed (the largest flat side) the pavers are ideal for pedestrian use and…

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    • Mitie

      Mitie raises funds for school using hanging baskets

      Mitie Landscapes partners with Vodafone HQ team at Newbury on a ‘make your own hanging basket day’, raising over £2,000 for the Avenue School – a special needs academy. The Avenue School is a special needs academy for boys and girls ages 2 – 19 years old, these students have complex special educational needs. An event was hosted for the school, sponsored by Vodafone UK and Mitie Landscapes along with other Mitie service providers. The event that was ran last month gave the staff at Vodafone and visitors the opportunity to get involved in creating their very own hanging basket…

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    • business

      Aura Landscapes named in ‘Small Biz 100’

      A family-run, award-winning landscaping solutions company from Southampton has been named among the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday, the campaign that concludes on the UK’s dedicated day for small businesses on 3 December. The company Aura Landscapes, which offers garden design, patio transformations, driveways and commercial landscaping services, will be among those featured one per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday. The company operates across the South Coast and is determined to change the outlook on landscaping and stamping out rogue traders. Paula Warman, who co-owns the…

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    • conran and partners

      Conran and Partners completes 20 hectare urban regeneration project

      Published by Jamie Wilkinson Conran and Partners has led Tokyo’s single largest development in the last ten years as both design architect and design supervisor. The scheme, won by the company against a list of international architects including Cesar Pelli, KPF and Kengo Kumi, comprises a total of 400,000m² of retail, office, leisure and residential building, as well as a new city park. The first phase of the project, launched in March 2011, was made up of 260,000m² of mixed use development including two department stores, a retail galleria, an office building, three residential towers ranging from 28 to 40…

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    • scape

      Scape designs landscape for exclusive London housing

      Scape Design Associates has completed the landscape for a new residential development abutting London’s Primrose Hill and overlooking Regent’s Park. A mix of public courtyards and more secluded private spaces forms the external areas of the development, conforming to what Scape calls a ‘naturalistic’ and ‘gardenesque’ planting scheme. In keeping with the Regency buildings of the area, and the corresponding proportions of architect Squire and Partners’ building design, the landscape follows the formal and classical structure that radiates from an axial focus, a common feature in Regency and Late Georgian gardens. Peaceful, linear courtyards are formed in the sheltered spaces…

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    • Tobermore

      £10m Bishop Wilson School Complete with World Class Paving from Tobermore

      World class paving and walling manufacturer Tobermore supplied a large quantity of block paving products to help complete the £10m Bishop Wilson School. One of many additions to the North Solihull School improvement programme, the Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School in Birmingham was delivered by Morgan Sindally and now forms a key element in the North Solihull Partnership’s social and economic regeneration of Chelmund’s Cross Village Centre. The block paving products provided by Tobermore have been used to create the school’s striking new landscape, with the graphite Fushion and Silver Sienne paving creating a chic, futuristic look that…

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    • Green-fingered organisation create garden for Southport Flower Show

      A green-fingered Wigan organisation has created an innovative garden to be exhibited at the popular Southport Flower Show. Designed by Groundwork in partnership with Wigan and Leigh Homes, the garden is part of the planned environmental works at Alexander House. It is being built by apprentices from the organisation’s build team and is based on a huge 15 piece slider puzzle toy. This not only means that its appearance can be changed, but that the garden can also be used in different ways, by different users. Groundwork’s landscape architect and designer Ste Allan said: “We wanted to create a garden…

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    • Nine Elms on the South Bank – 2015 Open Days

      Nine Elms on the South Bank is the £15 billion opportunity area between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge, and is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe. The area will be transformed from one of the capital’s last remaining industrial districts into a world-class destination right in the heart of London.  Already home to Vauxhall and Battersea Power Station, the area will also be home to the new Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the new U.S. Embassy. Underutilised industrial land is making way for new public squares, parks, schools, Tube stations, homes, and businesses, which will…

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    • Final planting stage for the UK’s first Public Natural Swimming Pond at King’s Cross

      Hundreds of marginal and aquatic plants are being delivered to the site of the UK’s first public natural swimming pond at Kings Cross, where they will be planted by expert pool constructors Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd ahead of its planned opening to the public later this spring. Kingcombe is a UK partner of BIOTOP, Europe’s leading constructor of natural swimming pools and ponds.  The Kingcombe team has been working on the construction of the 411 m2 swimming pond in conjunction with the King’s Cross Development Partnership, and contractors Carillion since November 2014. The natural bathing pond has been designed as an…

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    • From TV presenter to garden designer – Cotswold Kate scoops gardening prize

      She’s been an actress, TV presenter, model and Mrs Heartbeat, but now Cotswold celebrity Kate Durr is adding another string to her bow – as a garden designer. Despite being just seven weeks into a year-long diploma course at the Cotswold Gardening School to train to become a professional garden designer, Kate has won a chance to build a garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in early May. The former presenter of Guinness World Records alongside Ian Wright has been busy raising children recently, but took up garden designing earlier this year. She has been named the winner of the…

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    • Arts, business and horticultural leaders back Garden Bridge as planting and maintenance plans progress

      Arts, business and horticultural leaders have spoken about their support for the Garden Bridge and the opportunities it presents people living and working in London as well as those visiting the capital. Teams from Kew Gardens and The Courtauld Institute are among those highlighting the value of the project, as the tender for the procurement, planting and maintenance of the 6,000sqm footbridge gets under way. The Garden Bridge will link Temple on the Northbank across to the South Bank, situated between Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges, creating a new green space which is free and open to all. It will include…

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    • Legal challenge over London garden bridge plans

      A legal challenge is being launched in the high court against plans to build the garden bridge over the river Thames. Campaigners have already attacked the wisdom of spending taxpayers’ cash on what they have described as a “luvvies’ folly”. Now a local resident is claiming the London borough of Lambeth unlawfully granted planning permission for the £175m bridge in central London. Michael Ball, from Tulse Hill in south London, fears its impact will be devastating and that some of the best views of the City and St Paul’s Cathedral will be compromised. Among those championing the pedestrian bridge is…

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    • Capel Manor College students enter the Young Gardener of the Year Awards 2015

      Capel Manor College students enter the Young Gardener of the Year Awards 2015 by preparing a sustainable garden for visitors to the Ideal Home Show. The annual Young Gardener of the Year competition was launched in November 2014 and Capel Manor College’s garden design and landscaping students are now busy preparing to build their garden entry at Olympia for the Show’s opening in March. Lee Sanders, Head of Garden Design at the College, explains: “The Young Gardener of the Year awards offer students a great opportunity to showcase their work and talent. Entry was offered to all our existing Level…

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    • Property tycoon’s new garden upsets neighbours

      Christian Candy, an upmarket property developer, has become embroiled in a dispute with wealthy neighbours including a celebrity doctor over his plans to renovate his new home and build a private garden next to it. The multi-millionaire has secured planning permission to turn a £200 million property in Regent’s Park, central London, into a 15-bedroom house for his family. However, the plans include taking control of a road outside for three years, to facilitate the work, which has upset fellow residents. Although Mr Candy owns the lease on a 200ft stretch of the roadway in Chester Gate, his neighbours fear the…

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    • Tender Opportunity – Wetland Restoration Works – New Forest

      SSSI WETLAND RESTORATION WORKS IN THE NEW FOREST FRAMEWORK NO: 304/HLS/15/1114 We will be awarding framework agreements for SSSI Wetland Restoration Works in the New Forest, part of the South England Forest District. Our intention is to award 3 Framework Contracts to deliver the programme of SSSI restoration work for a period of 4 years from the 5th May 2015. The typical works will include: • Meander restoration • Bed level raising / partial drain infill and narrowing using hoggin/rejects • Bed level raising / partial drain infill and narrowing / drain infill using heather bales • Complete drain infill • Debris dam creation • Ford…

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    • Chelsea Flower Show date for stonemason

      A Balfron stonemason has been chosen to build part of Australia’s entry for the Chelsea Flower Show . . . for the second time. Callum Gray (42) will construct a stone fire pit for Australia’s 2015 entry for the show, which takes place from May 19 to 23. Two years ago he built a dry stone wall as part of the ‘Trailfinders Garden’ created by Australian garden designer Phillip Johnson, which won a gold medal. Callum’s expertise was spotted by well-known Australian landscape designer Charlie Albone , who was at Chelsea presenting a TV programme. When Charlie decided to raise…

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    • APHA at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

      The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has commissioned a novel garden at the RHS Chelsea flower show. The “Beyond our Borders” garden shows one way in which the UK government is working with overseas botanic gardens to protect our environment against alien pest and diseases. In regions throughout the world, iconic British tree species are being used as ‘early warning’ sentinels (soldier or guard) to monitor and identify potential new plant pest and diseases that could threaten our natural environment. In the Chelsea Flower Show’s Fresh Garden section, the eye-catching and innovative display features three different climatic zones (Australasia,…

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    • Aralia Garden Design

      How Gardens are Built – Episode 1

      Ever wondered how gardens are built? Aralia brings you the first episode in a short series of videos following the progress of the construction of a contemporary courtyard garden belonging to a 14th century property in rural Essex. These broadcasts will give you an brief insight into the detail, complexity and skill required to execute a high quality garden design from start to finish. For more information, please visit www.aralia.org.uk

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    • Enfield council win bid to build new park’s games area

      A new multi-use games area will be installed at Palmers Green park after the council successfully bid for £45,000 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust. The improvements to Hazelwood Recreation Ground off Hedge Lane, will significantly improve the current five-a-side grass football pitch and tarmac basketball area, be free to use all year round and will tackle problems with waterlogging on the football pitch in the winter. Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “It’s vitally important that we instil in residents and especially young people the importance of keeping active and the council…

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    • Landscape Institute opens new exhibition: Rethinking the Urban Landscape

      The opening of the Landscape Institute/ The Building Centre exhibition Rethinking the Urban Landscape, was a great success with a large and varied crowd. Speaking at the opening, LI president Noel Farrer said: ‘This exhibition makes the case for landscape-first thinking. Many of the projects that you can see here appointed the landscape architects first.’ He praised the large and well-known projects, such as the Olympic Park, but added, ‘It is in the smaller-scale interventions that landscape genius is revealed. Landscape is communal. It really changes lives.’ He added, ‘The measure of success of the exhibition will be if we stimulate…

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