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    • Inquiry announced into flood mitigation and resilience

      The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment has announced its 3rd Inquiry. It will look at the problems caused to the UK by flooding and examine the potential for greater mitigation of these problems and significantly improving flood resilience including the potential for adaptation to changing environmental pressures. It is now asking firms, organisations and individuals to submit evidence on how the country might best be able to deal with the problem posed by flooding and minimise the impact on homes, businesses, lives and the loss to the UK economy as a whole. The Commission is…

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    • Report reveals significant information on UK future cities

      An independent working paper on how future cities have been visualised, ‘what these projections sought to communicate and why’, is available this month as a free download from the Government Office for Science’s Future of cities announcements page. It has been written by Dr Paul Cureton, senior lecturer in design software skills and innovation at the University of Hertfordshire; Nick Dunn, professor of urban design at ImaginationLancaster and associate director of research at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts; and ImaginationLancaster researcher and PhD student Serena Pollastri. ‘By giving insight on which typologies have had the most influence on…

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    • BALI members elect new National Chairman

      Robert Field, a long-standing contracting member of the British Association of Landscape Industries, has been elected as the Association’s National Chairman, taking over from Q Lawns’ Chris Carr who remains on the Board as Immediate Past Chairman. Board member Paul Downer of Oak View Landscapes takes up the post of Vice Chairman/Chair Elect. Members at the National AGM, held at Saltex on 3rd September, also elected two new Board members – BALI Registered Designer Janine Pattison and Nigel Bowcock, owner and managing director of BALI Registered Contractor Acre Landscapes. They replace Paul Cowell, who has stepped down after serving on…

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    • Easigrass presents the UK’s first TV ad for the artificial grass industry

      The No1 home-grown artificial grass company, Easigrass, TX’s its first advertising campaign on a leading terrestrial television channel this week.  This is the first time that any artificial grass company has advertised on television within the UK.   Focusing on the quintessential brand motif, the Easibug, a grass-covered Smart car, this 00:30 second high-impact ad tells the story of four animated bug cars who are laughing on the top of a hill while a poor old human huffs and puffs mowing the lawn. According to Managing Director of the Easigrass Group worldwide, Anthony J. Gallagher:- “I am extremely proud that…

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    • URBED’s David Rudlin wins Wolfson Prize for garden cities

      David Rudlin of urban design and research consultancy URBED has won the £250,000 Wolfson Prize. His entry, which was selected by the independent panel of judges from the 279 entries submitted, was prepared in collaboration with Dr Nicholas Falk (also URBED), Pete Redman (TradeRisks Ltd) and Jon Rowland (Jon Rowland Urban Design), with input from Joe Ravetz (Manchester University). David’s submission argues for the near-doubling of up to 40 existing large towns to provide new homes for 150,000 people per town, built over 30-35 years. The entry imagines a fictional town called Uxcester to develop the concept. It argues that…

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    • The Chartered Institute of Horticulture makes history

      The Institute of Horticulture made horticultural history for professional horticulturists when it became Chartered on 21 July 2014. It is now The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH). The formal celebrations began on 1 September 2014 when The Marchioness of Salisbury, Patron of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture, hosted a Garden Party at Hatfield House to celebrate the grant of the Royal Charter, by Her Majesty the Queen. The Garden Party was a ‘thank you’ for Institute members, stakeholders, influential friends and sector partners for their support during the application for Chartership and a celebration of this landmark moment in the…

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    • First carbon neutral glasshouse open to the public in the UK

      The new carbon neutral Alitex glasshouse at Logan Botanic Gardens in Scotland (one of four gardens which sit under the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh parentage) has proved to be a big hit with visitors since its recent opening at the end of June this year. John Lawson, Director of Alitex, who was involved with the project from the outset said: “The Logan structure breaks new boundaries as it is the first public glasshouse in the UK to be entirely heated by green energy. In order to reduce environmental impact the Logan glasshouse is heated by an air source heat pump,…

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    • The Royal Parks at University of Greenwich

      The University of Greenwich is delighted to be collaborating with The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Guild to host this year’s Royal Parks Apprenticeship Scheme Awards Celebration. On the 10th September The Royal Parks will come to Greenwich’s Maritime campus for their annual graduation ceremony. The Royal Parks Apprenticeship Scheme offers work-place learning in one of the eight Royal Parks across London, providing entry into a career in horticulture and open space management. The collaboration is the first of several planned between the Landscape Architecture programmes at the university and The Royal Parks. The relationship was initiated by University…

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    • Round Wood offers discounts on Heveatech engineered decking

      As an introductory promotion, Round Wood of Mayfield are offering a 10 per cent discount on the eco-friendly Heveatech Engineered Decking Boards they are now exclusively supplying to the UK market. Their 145 x 20mm FSC Certified Heveatech decking has a list price of £44.50/m², but is currently available at £40.05/m². If you are looking for a wider board, their 195 x 20mm is now on offer at £43.65, reduced from £48.50/m². Heveatech is proving to be a popular innovation in the decking market. Unlike other environmentally friendly options it boasts an authentic, natural appearance, is exceedingly durable and is…

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    • Park garden to tackle social isolation within elderly

      Thousands of pounds could be spent on a Sowerby Bridge sensory garden to help tackle the growing social isolation issue amongst our elderly.  Environmental charity, Groundwork, has announced it will unlock a £10,000 ‘treasure chest’ in their X Marks the Spot campaign – encouraging people to celebrate treasured spaces in their community for the benefit of people’s health and wellbeing. But to release the cash, the community must do some fundraising. For every £1 raised, Groundwork will match fund this by £2; up to a maximum of £5,000. Beech Road Recreation Ground park was developed by a group of local…

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    • American research scientist to present seminar at Barcham

      Research social scientist Dr Kathleen Wolf of the College of the Environment, University of Washington (Seattle USA), is to present a seminar on Friday 19 September at Barcham Trees’ Ely nursery.  Entitled ‘Trees for a better human habitat, evidence of health benefits’, the event, which will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm, is free to tree care professionals on a first-come, first-served basis, and includes both complimentary breakfast and lunch. Dr Wolf conducts studies to understand better the human dimensions of urban forestry and urban eco-systems based on the principles of environmental psychology.  Her aim is to discover ,understand and communicate…

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    • Turfgrass Growers Association in drive to get more members

      The Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA) is embarking upon a major recruitment drive to encourage growers to get involved with its work.  Formed in 1996 the TGA has successfully represented, promoted and defended its members, and the industry, on planning issues crop protection and water issues as well as providing a platform for speakers at its many events. TGA Chairman, Robert Adcock, says “The TGA is now recognised as the voice of the turfgrass industry and we want to get more companies involved.  Going forward there will be many more challenges for us to face and we will be a stronger…

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    • SureSet launches at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre

      SureSet UK Ltd. manufactures and installs high quality permeable resin bound paving for residential and commercial projects across the UK. If you are looking for an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional paving, ideas or advice for your project, a visit to SureSet’s new permanent Stand (TV 154) will certainly inspire you.   “It’s great news to see another option for visitors to our Centre with this great permeable paving solution. “People are more aware of problems with flooding, and the answers.  Councils are being proactive and introducing legislation to ensure that driveways and paving are permeable. I am sure SureSet…

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    • SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE – PRO LANDSCAPER

      September 2014 issue – Pro Landscaper magazine This September issue is an 108 page edition with so much to look out for! Make sure you take a look at what you can expect from the two not-to-be-missed events coming up in autumn – Landscape Live (p30-31), and FutureScape (p62-63) ■News Shed: A round-up of news from the industry ■News Extra: Apprentices advice from four giants of the industry, and they each pick an apprentice in their ranks to look out for in the future ■News Extra: Social media, yes or no? The results of our survey are in ■News Extra: WorldSkillsUK competition,…

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    • A professional garden designer might require a Lottery win – but it’s worth it

      Emma Townshend: ‘Calling in the professionals to create an outdoor space might require a Lottery win – but it ain’t half worth it’ Late summer does tend to give rise to moments when things just bend. And sag. And then break off. Leaving your whole garden looking stupid. It’s at this low moment that the Society of Garden Designers Awards shortlist for 2014 arrives; along with the email come thumbnail images of the shortlisted gardens, which all look like jewels against a Scandinavian-blue backdrop. Calling in a professional garden designer is one of those things we’ll all be doing –…

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    • Lavish Retirement Village Receives Luxury Landscape from Tobermore

      Clifton Mews, the luxury retirement development in Portobello, Edinburgh, has recently had a selection of Tobermore landscaping products installed on the grounds surrounding the gorgeous residence. Designed by The Planning Bureau Ltd, Clifton Mews consists of 47 bedroom apartments with outstanding balconies which benefit from greater access to outdoor living areas and features a central atrium and shared garden with plenty of seating areas throughout. Ideal for those seeking retirement apartments in Edinburgh, the retirement village is situated on Baileyfield Road in Portobello, a popular seaside suburb of the city and close to the lovely areas of Joppa, Duddingston and Leith. The picturesque and popular Portobello beach and promenade is less…

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    • Endless City: London’s skyline of the future has arrived early

      As a remarkable building housing thousands of people as well as shops and parks is unveiled, is the Endless City what our horizons will look like one day? The Loofah, God’s Bongo, and The Wonky Coffin are just three of the 230 buildings with 20 stories or more that are planned for London over the next decade. But none is more radical than the skyscraper unveiled by SURE Architecture this week. Christened Endless City, it is tipped to soar 300 metres – which would make it as high as the capital’s tallest building The Shard – and offer a total floor…

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    • Marshalls steps up recovery

      Landscaping and paving specialist Marshalls saw sales and orders jump as it benefited from the improving economy. The Yorkshire-based firm said revenues lifted 15% to £180 million in the six months to June 30, as trading conditions cheered across all its major markets. Pre-tax profits leapt 75% to £14 million. The firm, which was established in the late 1880s and operates its own quarries, added that if conditions remained favourable it was “likely” that annual sales and profits would be above expectations. Shares in Marshalls rose by more than 3% following the update. Chief executive Martyn Coffey said: “Marshalls has…

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    • Payers Park to open on Saturday as part of Triennial

      PAYERS Park will open this Saturday as part of the Folkestone Triennial which begins on the same day. The work, carried out by architects muf architechture/art, to the once derelict area on Grace Hill began in February and cost £1.5m. It will feature a graded boardwalk and other walkways, seating, planted and grassed areas and a central plateau as well as improving access between areas in the town centre. Owned by the Creative Foundation, the park will be managed by Shepway District Council. Leader of SDC David Monk said: “The renaissance of this previously uncared for space is breathtaking. For…

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    • Fields in Trust new move to protect city’s open spaces

      Fields in Trust, which was formerly known as the National Playing Fields Association, was set up by King George V in 1925. The aim was to ensure all people young or old, able or disabled, should have access to free, local, outdoor space for sport, play or recreation. The group’s flagship policy is called Fields in Trust which sets out to protect as many outdoor recreation spaces as possible as a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. Fields in Trust works with the owners of green spaces to protect them in the long…

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    • Wokingham’s green space plan ‘ill thought out”, says campaigner

      Approving plans for green open space before the final route of a distributor road has been decided was branded “ill thought-out” by a campaigner. Town and borough councillors and campaigners urged the planning committee to defer proposals to turn private farmland into public space, which will eventually connect to hundreds of homes in the North Wokingham Strategic Development Location (SDL). Despite campaigners’ fears the plans might have an impact on the final route for the Northern Distributor Road if the preferred Option B is chosen, Wokingham Borough Council gave developers Bovis Homes and Gleeson Developments the go-ahead last week. At…

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    • Landscaping work under way at Teesside University

      Landscaping work under way for latest phase of £30m Teesside University project Landscaping work is now under way for the latest phase of the £30m project to develop Teesside University’s central campus. The work on the section from Centre House, in Southfield Road, to the junction with Woodlands Road, in Middlesbrough, will include the removal of street furniture and major re-landscaping of the road surface, footpaths and immediate surroundings. The scheme will also feature a high quality, pedestrian-friendly granite finish with single-level disabled access, high-efficiency street lighting and new street furniture. The improvements which are funded as part of wider upgrades…

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    • £500,000 boost for community gardening

      New community gardening set to spring up after a community project received a funding boost. The National Lottery has announced £500,000 worth of funding for a three-year project by Brighton and Hove Food Partnership aimed at getting more vulnerable people in the city to benefit from community food growing. Sharing the Harvest will see the Food Partnership teaming up with local partner organisations to help set-up and run gardens in new spaces such as hostels, refuges and day centres. Volunteers at existing gardens will also receive assistance to develop new skills and look to support more vulnerable people to take…

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    • European project culminates in flood alleviation conference

      Floodcom.eu conference will share best practice on flood alleviation. Chelmsford City Council is one of the partners behind the Floodcom.eu conference. Copyright: trevorbenbrook / 123RF Stock Photo Free to attend, the Floodcom.eu flood alleviation conference will take place on Wednesday 24 September in Antwerp, Belgium. Key speakers will cover topics related to climate change, the social impact of flooding, building responses and emergency services responses to flooding. This topical conference is the culmination of a three-year European project involving five partners from four European countries. It is co-funded by INTERREG IV 2 Mers Seas Zeeën programme, Essex County Council, Chelmsford…

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    • Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam strike Gold

      Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam have scooped a global prize at the Singapore Garden Festival – South East Asia’s version of Chelsea Wilson and McWilliam won a Gold medal and Best in Show for their eye-catching nine-metre tall Sacred Grove garden design. Amazingly, the garden, designed to be both spiritual and reflective, was built in the gardens by the bay in just three weeks! Andrew said: “There were top garden designers from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and America there, so to win was absolutely fantastic. I heard that 100,000 people had passed through the gates throughout the festival too,…

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