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    • ‘Forgotten landscape’ of Lower Severn Vale Levels gets £1m

      More than £1m has been awarded to a project to preserve and protect the unique landscape and heritage of the Lower Severn Vale Levels, in Bristol.  The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded the cash for the project, A Forgotten Landscape, which involves the Levels between Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston. The ferry at Aust, the two Severn bridges and the community railway from Temple Meads to Severn Beach are also within the project’s scope. It will begin in January. The Levels once formed part of the wider Somerset and Avon Levels, but over the centuries they have become cut off by…

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    • National Grid extends network to cover low-carbon energy sources

      SLR Consulting’s environmental support to National Grid has informed the development of the North West Coast Connections project, which started its second round of public pre-application consultation on 4 September. This nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) is the largest undertaken in the UK by National Grid since the electricity transmission system was constructed, and will help it extend its network to connect new sources of electricity generated from low-carbon sources. The project will link Moorside – the proposed new nuclear power station to be built near Sellafield in West Cumbria, as well as an offshore wind farm in the Irish…

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    • Conference focus on UK Green Infrastructure issues

      A major one-day conference focusing on green infrastructure issues is being held in London on October 23 at the British Library Conference Centre near St. Pancras. The conference is organised by Green Social Engineering and supported by the BALI, Green Infrastructure Partnership, The Parks Alliance, the Institute of Horticulture and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (Europe). It is aimed at government and local authority senior staff, councillors, urban planners, architects, landscape architects, contractors, health directors, ecologists and environmental space managers. Content will be of vital interest to those interested in ensuring  the value and benefits of green infrastructure are realised for…

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    • Hospital garden is a haven for dementia sufferers

      Patients with dementia will find an oasis of calm in a new garden at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital. The garden, which opened earlier this month, sept 5 features a “stories telephone box”, a cabinet of scent and a sound system playing music from bygone decades. The garden was designed by Gardener’s World TV presenter and author Toby Buckland. “It was great to have someone of that calibre to work with us,” said project co-ordinator Stephen Pettet-Smith from Exeter Healthcare Arts. The design is an imagined Devon village green with a circular walk and a central pavilion where music and…

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    • Best ever year as open gardens raise £8,600 for Cornwall Wildlife Trust

      A “massive” £8,608 has been raised through the open garden’s scheme run by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, making it the “best year ever” for the scheme.  The money, nearly double last year’s total, will be used by the trust to protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places. This year the garden events attracted over 1,500 visitors from all over the county and beyond, with gardens in Truro, Falmouth, Wadebridge, Hayle, Lanreath, Delabole, Bude, Crantock, and St Austell opening their gates to guests. The trust says that one of the highlights was the opening of Pedn Billy Garden at Helford Passage, the first…

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    • UK company develops new approach to landform analysis

      A company that provides terrain modelling to the landscape design and planning professions is pioneering what it claims is a new approach to landform and visibility analysis. Convincing a new client to involve a landscape architect at the beginning of a project can be very difficult, says Gordon Citrine, director of Citrine UK, ‘but we’ve developed a useful tool to help them get an early foot in the door’. Landscape Visual Capacity Analysis is pertinent to planning and primarily marketed to developers, he explains, ‘but it is also relevant to landscape professionals since it offers a good way for them to…

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    • Managing change in Scotland’s landscapes

      Scotland’s diverse and distinctive landscapes and seascapes are not only of unique international importance but are imbued in the spirit of all of us who belong to Scotland. They lie at the heart of our national identity and culture. They are fundamental resources which serve a wide variety of purposes. We hugely appreciate the interplay between the natural and given and that which has been fashioned through the ages by farming and forestry and where so often we find harmony where the hand of man joins imperceptibly with the hand of nature. Such is our legacy. It is our collective…

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    • Scottish Landscape Futures event to tackle tree health

      This conference provides a timely opportunity to explore and discuss the possible ways forward in dealing with this significant issue for our landscape in the future and consider the potential scale of change and management implications. Native and exotic tree species in Scotland, as elsewhere in the UK and abroad are currently experiencing challenges to their health and longevity. Trees and woodlands provide key features and character in rural and urban landscapes in addition to providing important biodiversity and timber resources. This half day conference will focus on the current tree health situation in Scotland and elsewhere, and the issues…

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    • Waterfront park scoops Industry Award

      A South Tyneside riverside attraction has scooped a prestigious national award. Harton Quays Park on South Shields riverside has been recognised for its magnificent soft landscaping. The stunning waterfront attraction was the only scheme in the region to win a British Association of Landscape Industries award. Councillor John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “We’re thrilled that Harton Quays Park has received yet another accolade. “This is just one of our exciting regeneration projects which are breathing new life into the Borough. We are developing spaces that we can be proud of and creating a legacy for future…

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    • Etesia UK Announce Pellenc ‘Out with the Old, In with the New’ Promotion

      Etesia UK has announced a special offer which will enable anyone to trade in their old petrol machine which can be used as a cash discount on a brand new Pellenc battery-powered model. This special offer will allow you to swap your old petrol chainsaw, hedge trimmer or brush cutter for a brand new Helion hedgecutter (£150 discount), Airion leaf blower (£150 discount) or an Excelion 2000 brushcutter (£175 discount). With no more starting problems, no more filling of a petrol tank; your old machinery will belong in the past with these new light, odourless and noise-free machines. Then there…

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    • Kinley Systems Launches AluExcel at Galabau 2014

      Making it’s name as a firm favourite amongst landscape architects, designers and developers, Kinley Systems launches its AluExcel range of aluminium landscape edging as a global brand at this year’s GaLaBau exhibition in Nurnberg, Germany. Galabau is the largest exhibition of its kind in Europe, showcasing the entire spectrum of products and services for the design, construction and maintenance of urban, green and open spaces.  Spanning from Wednesday the 17th September through to Saturday 20th September, Galabau attracts some 61,860 visitors comprising; landscape gardeners, landscape architects, city and local authorities and representatives from the housing sector, schools, greenkeepers, building contractors,…

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    • Earl of Pembroke opens Salisbury Hospital’s new garden

      100 patients, staff and carers gathered at the Salisbury District Hospital on Saturday 13th September to see The Earl of Pembroke officially open the new Pembroke Unit Garden.  The garden, which cost £44,000 and was paid for by donations to the Stars Appeal’s ward funds, has been designed for patients who have had a stroke or need cancer treatment. The landscaped courtyard garden sits between the Farley Stroke Unit and Oncology Outpatient Clinic and has been built so that patients have a quiet area to relax. The garden features two circular patios and a smooth wheelchair- friendly pathway. It has…

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    • Decision day on £11m Northumberland National Park project

      Battle lines have been drawn up over a proposed major development in what has been described as one of the most sensitive landscape sites in England. Northumberland National Park Authority plans an £11m visitor and landscape discovery centre, called The Sill, with cafe, offices, and retail at Once Brewed on the central section of Hadrian’s Wall. The scheme includes an 87-space car park and a 93-space overflow car park. It would replace the existing 1970s Once Brewed national park visitor centre, while a new 86-bed youth hostel would replace the existing YHA facilities on the site. The development would cover…

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    • Birmingham school pupils get active on new LazyLawn

      Pupils at a Birmingham school can now get active whatever the weather after having a LazyLawn installed in their playground.  Youngsters at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Harborne will be running around in all weathers, after having a 700 square metre artificial lawn installed in their grounds by the UK’s biggest artificial grass brand. The new LazyLawn can be used all year round for playtime, PE lessons and after school sports clubs and will provide an additional outdoor area for the school’s growing number of pupils. John Blaney, a teacher at St Mary’s, comments: “Our school intake is growing…

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    • Work begins on People’s Millions garden at St Clare Hospice

      Work has started at St Clare Hospice to create an outdoor oasis for patients and their families after supporters helped secure a £49,832 grant from the Big Lottery.  Thousands of residents voted for the Hastingwood-based hospice as part of last November’s People’s Millions competition with ITV and St Clare were able to win the funding they needed to create a ‘Space to Breathe’ family garden. Work on the project, which is being carried out by Harlow-based landscapers The Whitelaw Brothers, started last week and is expected to take around two months to complete. Director of fundraising and marketing at St…

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    • Councils see RED over Gritting legislation change

      On the 1st November 2013 legislation changed which now permits Agricultural Vehicles to spread salt on the public highway using red diesel, when previously they could snowplough only.  Two councils who are pleased to see the change in this legislation are North Yorkshire County Council and Bradford Metropolitan District Council who recognised the usefulness of Tractors and Agricultural Vehicles as winter maintenance tools a number of years ago. North Yorkshire County Council provides tractor mounted salt spreaders and snowploughs for fitment to agricultural contractor’s and farmer’s own tractors to help provide extra resilience to the frontline gritting service. Richard Marr…

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    • BALI announces 2014 award winners

      51 BALI members out of 77 who entered over 100 entries have won awards in this year’s prestigious BALI National Landscape Awards in association with Horticulture Week and headline sponsor Rigby Taylor. However, not until the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London on Friday 5 December will they know who has won a Principal Award, Special Award or the coveted Grand Award.  Tickets for the ceremony are now on sale.  The Adjudication panel, chaired by Greg Allen, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Studies at Writtle College and dispute adjudicator, spent the summer visiting the shortlisted schemes and met at…

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    • Barenbrug UK launches Green Velvet – UK’s first premium grass seed range

      Now anyone can grow world-class lawns to match their lifestyle and environment  Grass expert Barenbrug UK has launched Green Velvet – a range of six premium amenity grass seed mixtures.  Using the same advanced techniques used for developing high quality products for professional groundskeepers; this is the first time Barenbrug’s quality grass seed has been available for consumers to buy. Now anyone can grow lawns of the highest possible standard and with varieties to suit a wide range of lifestyles and environments. The Green Velvet range includes: The All Rounder A multi-purpose everyday lawn for the rough and tumble of…

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    • New Willow Trail at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

      Cumbrian willow-weaver adds new works to North Yorkshire garden. On 6 September a new willow trail around RHS Garden Harlow Carr, created by willow craftsman Phil Bradley, was opened. Visitors can enjoy a walk that brings together Phil’s beautiful willow craftsmanship, from sculptured wildlife characters such as his popular boxing hares, to willow spiling and living willow fences. Phil grows more than 60,000 willow plants on his 3 acre farm in the Lake District and spends his time teaching willow working and creating willow sculptures, having created many installations in the garden at Harlow Carr over the past 15 years.…

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    • Trebah Gardens in Mawnan Smith opens new amphitheatre

      New amphitheatre has opened at Trebah Gardens. The project took 18 months and its first event was Miracle Theatre performing The Tempest Shaken and Stirred, with all 250 seats for the first night selling out.  Since the first turf was cut in November 2012, head gardener Darren Dickey worked almost single-handed to create the structure using locally sourced granite and finished with sandstone seats. Nigel Burnett, Trebah’s director, said: “The idea of an exciting new feature for the garden, that also provides a space for performing arts at Trebah, arose after the area was cleared of rhododendron ponticum with a…

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    • Orange Plant is to cover new Scottish Territory for GreenMech

      Orange Plant is to cover South West Scotland for GreenMech – the UK’s leading manufacturer of wood chippers and green waste shredders.  Working out of their depot in Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, they will be covering Argyll and Bute, Renfrewshire, Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Glasgow City and the surrounding areas. Glasgow is one of seven depots Newcastle-upon-Tyne based Orange Plant currently has around the country, and the most northerly – the most southerly being Burgess Hill.  They are firmly established in the hire, sale, service and parts for Wood Chippers and Stump Grinders with their hire fleet alone for wood chippers in excess…

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    • Aqua Corona water feature installed at Uri Geller

      Sui Generis’ striking Aqua Corona fibreglass water feature has been installed into the home of one of the world’s most investigated and celebrated mystifiers, Uri Geller.  Famous around the globe for his mind-bending abilities, Uri Geller, specified the contemporary water feature to sit alongside his outdoor modern art collection within the extensive grounds of his luxurious Thames-side home. Uri was searching for a ‘designer-piece’ to create an added focal point to his outdoor living area, and to double-up as a seating option for guests at his summertime garden parties. Uri Geller says: “I wanted to create a bold dramatic statement,…

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    • Public funding boost for Liverpool Festival Gardens

      Developer Langtree Group’s £250m housing development at Festival Gardens in Liverpool has been shortlisted for government funding as part of a billion pound infrastructure programme.  Festival Gardens is one of 36 schemes nationwide that will now enter a period of due diligence before qualifying for public finance. Langtree has planning permission for 1,300 new homes in 26 blocks on the 100-acre site, which is located next to the River Mersey in the southern part of the city. Part of the area from the 1980s Garden Festival adjacent to the site was restored using public money and opened in 2012. Delivery of…

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    • Mosaics man creating garden at Harrogate show

      Pebble mosaics and garden features designed by an Ilkley man will form the centrepiece of a garden at the prestigious Harrogate Autumn Flower Show next week.  David James set up business Olicana Mosaics four years ago, designing and making pebble mosaics and garden features. He works with the RHS, garden designers and landscape architects, as well as private clients. A number of his mosaics form a major part of an award winning public garden in Burley in Wharfedale . He exhibited for the first time this Spring at the Harrogate Flower Show, winning gold for the display, and had his…

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    • Landscapers earn place on WMN Countryside Awards shortlist

      Ahead of the WMN’s first Countryside Awards on September 11, Athwenna Irons takes a look at the candidates in the title of Best Landscape Project. The Conservation Volunteers The Conservation Volunteers have been reclaiming green places since 1959 and helping thousands of people each year to reclaim local green places. Through their environmental projects and network of 2,000 community groups, more and more are taking responsibility for their own local environments.  TCV have worked tirelessly to restore mire and blanket bog habitat in the upland moors of Exford, in the Exmoor National Park. Working in partnership with South West Water and…

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