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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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    • 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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