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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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    • Capita to develop masterplan proposals for new park in Preston

      Following the submission of a successful bid, Capita’s Blackburn Landscape Architecture team has been appointed by South Ribble Borough Council to develop long-term masterplan proposals for a new park just outside Preston city centre. The initiative was announced as part of the council’s fortieth anniversary celebrations and will take in parts of Bamber Bridge and Lostock Hall in the south, stretching north towards the River Ribble and Preston railway station. The proposals for a new ‘Central Park’ will envision a range of transformations and improvements to the 60-hectare site, says Capita, offering recreation and leisure benefits to residents, local neighbourhoods…

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    • Sherriff Amenity to Offer Fortetub in UK

      Sherriff Amenity has announced that it is now offering the Fortetub range of twin walled tree shelters exclusively to the UK market. The Fortetub range enhances plant survival on all Landscaping, Forestry and Agricultural planting projects. Manufactured using environmentally acceptable polypropylene, the Fortetub range has a unique design which creates a microclimate for the plant and with a bevelled top, damage to the plant caused by windburn is avoided. Its twin wall structure allows condensation and reduces moisture, resulting in higher plant survival rates. Tree shelters of this quality are extremely hard to come by in the UK which is…

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    • Creating green landscapes with manufactured topsoil

      This 7 minute video discusses the various options available to contractors in meeting a landscape project’s topsoil deficit and highlights the importance of sourcing quality manufactured topsoil that meets the British Standard for topsoil (BS3882:2007). The video discusses the benefits of using a manufactured topsoil made with BSI PAS100 compost and features the Jubilee Gardens, London where bespoke manufactured topsoils were successfully used. Article source    

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    • Industry Shows Support For New SALTEX

      The recent announcement that SALTEX (Sports Amenities Landscaping Trade Exhibition) will be moving from Windsor to the NEC Birmingham, has been met with enthusiastic support from both exhibitors and visitors. The new look SALTEX will take place on 4 and 5 November 2015. The announcement has been well received by exhibitors, with close to 100 already committed to exhibiting at the 2015 event – which will incorporate a wide range of educational seminars and turf debates, the unique ‘Ask The Expert’ clinic, and for the first time, will combine with the IOG’s annual conference and awards. The move has also…

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    • Clamp Hill Horticulture Project in Stanmore celebrates students graduation

      More than a dozen students were awarded diplomas as part of a horticulture project to help them find employment.  The qualifications came after months of work from those enrolled at the Clamp Hill Horticulture Project in Stanmore run by the Shaw Trust charity. The Mayor of Harrow Ajay Maru and MP for Harrow East Bob Blackman were just some of the guests of honour at the ceremony yesterday. They helped present certificates to those who had completed their City and Guilds diploma in practical horticulture. The Shaw Trust runs projects across and in Stanmore focuses on providing employment opportunities for…

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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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