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    • Year of Green

      New green ambassadors for Year of Green Action

      Leading environmentalists have pledged to champion and promote the Year of Green Action.   Environment Secretary Michael Gove has welcomed UN Patron of the Oceans and endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh, environmentalist David de Rothschild and TV presenter Jan Leeming. They will all help to educate and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.   They are among the first ambassadors to join the Year of Green Action. A year-long drive to connect more people with the environment and raise awareness about the simple steps everyone can take – in their home, garden, workplace or school – to make a difference to…

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    • BALI Awards 2019

      Entries now open for the 43rd BALI Awards 2019

      Entries are now open for the 43rd BALI National Landscape Awards supported by Headline Sponsor Green-tech. The awards returns on Friday 6 December at the JW Marriott, Grosvenor House, Park Lane London. BALI Registered members can now download the 2019 Entry Guidelines at baliawards.co.uk and enter their scheme(s). BALI Registered members can take advantage of this year’s Early Bird discounted rates. The first deadline for Registered Contractor, Registered Designer and Group members set for 24 April 2019. The Early Bird deadline for International, Affiliate Exceptional Service and Employer Excellence categories is 5 June 2019. BALI have introduced one new category…

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    • Wildflower Turf Ltd

      Wildflower Turf Ltd to enhance Leeds Skelton Lake Services

      Wildflower Turf Ltd will be helping to enhance the biodiversity of the £60m Leeds Skelton Lake Services when the ‘new concept’ Motorway Service Area (MSA) opens on the M1 later this year.   Leeds Skelton Lake Services will include a 100-bedroom Hotel and a Food Court Building. There will also be a Wildlife Centre and a dedicated Business Centre.   The new MSA occupying a lakeside environment. The integration of the Hotel and Food Court Building in a way that is sympathetic to its surroundings has been of the utmost importance.   Wildflower Turf Ltd are working with the Landscape…

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    • Leguan

      LEGUAN 135 Neo

      Leguan Lifts is releasing a new access platform – the Leguan 135 Neo, which is Leguan’s most user-friendly platform to date. All key operations are made with a single joystick, which allows multiple boom operations to be made simultaneously. The platform is equipped with both automatic, and manual levelling. The automatic levelling is made simple, since all this operation requires is a single push of a button. The automatic levelling function operates seamlessly on sloped surfaces as well. Leguan’s in-house designed automatic outreach control system measures the cage load and the maximum outreach is dependent on this automation. Taking the…

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    • Avant 800

      Avant Tecno introduces new Avant 800 series

      Part of Avants continued growth can be attributed to its continuously developing modular product range. We take a closer look at what we can expect from the new 800 series which will be launched at bauma 2019 exhibition in Munich, Germany on 8-14 April. The completely new 800 series is the largest and most powerful loader series from the Finnish manufacturer Avant Tecno. It pushes the limits of compact loader’s performance with 1,900kg lift capacity and 3.5m lift height. Still, its dimensions – width 1.5m, length 3.4m, height 2.2m and weight starting from 2,500kg – and articulated design make the 800…

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    • flexible working hours

      Flexible Working: Is flexism holding back businesses in 2019?

      It is widely accepted that only 6% of the British public hold a traditional 9 to 5 working hours role. Flexible working seems to be more important to the workforce in 2019 than ever before, but is ‘flexism’, the discrimination against people who work flexibly or want to work flexibly, holding businesses back in 2019? According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), flexible working describes a type of working arrangement which gives a degree of flexibility on how long, where, when, and how many hours an employee works. According to a recent BBC News article, 68% of people…

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    • Johnathan Snow

      Plants take centre stage on Jonathan Snow’s Trailfinders ‘Undiscovered Latin America’ garden

      Jonathan Snow has always felt that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is first and foremost about plants. This year Jonathan will be showcasing plants from the temperate rainforests of South America, specifically Chile. “Designing a garden at Chelsea is a team effort and I wouldn’t be anywhere without listening to the advice of my nursery when it comes to plants, so when Trailfinders invited me to submit an application for a Show Garden in 2019, I went straight to Dave Root (owner of Kelways Plants), and asked him for some general ideas on parts of the world which have interesting plants…

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    • Oban hill

      Oban hill completes Woodland Trust’s ‘rainforest five’

      Woodland Trust Scotland has taken over care of a prominent Oban hill, completing a suite of Scottish rainforest sites stretching from Argyll to Skye. Dunollie Wood is an 80 acre ancient woodland occupying two small hills on the northern edge of Oban. The wood is visible from the land and the sea. The Trust has been gifted the land on a peppercorn rent from Dunollie Estate for 99 years from this week.  Dunollie Wood sweeps down to the sea from the hills of Oban. Dunollie will fit into a chain of Woodland Trust Scotland sites up and down the west…

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    • National nature reserves

      New research shows National Nature Reserves offer £36m of benefits to society

      New research published highlights that National Nature Reserves (NNRs) managed by Natural England offer huge value for money, with a wide range of economic, environmental and societal benefits totalling £36 m. National Nature Reserves are some of the most important sites for wildlife and geology in England.They conserve biodiversity and geodiversity, provide an outdoor space for education, learning and research, and opportunities to access, enjoy and engage with our natural heritage, championed within the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. A new Natural Capital Accounts report published 21 February provides an innovative insight into the health of NNRs as natural assets. It also…

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    • Avant Tecno

      Strong growth continues for Avant Tecno

      Following on from the news that Avant Tecno is launching a €10m investment plan, we delve into the reasons for the growth, as well as the details of the plan.   Strong growth continues for Avant Tecno Finnish compact loader manufacturer Avant Tecno Oy continues to grow strongly. The revenue of the company exceeded €100m for the first time in 2018, showing a growth of 17% compared with the previous financial year. The total revenue of Avant Tecno group which also includes three subsidiary sales companies and access platform manufacturer Leguan Lifts Oy was €123,5m. Exports account for 80% of…

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    • Purple Flag

      Towns and Cities urged to celebrate Purple Flag status with flowers

      Towns and cities which have achieved Purple Flag status are being encouraged to follow one of the UK’s ancient walled cities and celebrate their title with flowers. Chester’s BID team, CH1ChesterBID, last summer decorated its famous medieval rows. It decorated them with more than a hundred window boxes, barrier baskets and planters filled with purple blooms to mark their achievement. They done this with help from civic floral display experts Plantscape. It was the second year that they had appointed Plantscape to grow, supply and maintain their blooms. They were so bowled over by the success of 2017 that they…

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    • Podium Awards

      Pro Landscaper Podium Awards Shortlist Announced

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    • Green-tech anniversary

      Green-tech Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

      2019 sees Green-tech celebrate 25 years of supplying the landscaping industry. Green-tech has a calendar of events planned throughout the year to celebrate this significant milestone. These range from sales promotions where customers will enjoy a different offer on the 25th of every month, a celebratory open day at their head office in October and an invitation-only party after the BALI Landscape awards in December. Rachel Kay, Green-tech’s Managing Director comments, “We are incredibly proud of our achievements over the last 25 years. When Richard and I made the decision to start our own business it was just the two…

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    • Avant

      Avant launches new products as part of 10m investment plan

      On 14th February Avant invited Pro Landscaper to visit their factory in Tampere to reveal some of their new products and talk about the company’s investment plan.   Sales have grown steadily for Avant over the last decade. Main reasons for the success are a large market area with a continuously developing modular product range. Avant’s Vice President for production Saku Vastamäki says: “The current investment plan is about €10m. Our target is to increase weekly production by 50% from today’s figures. In practice this means a gradual production growth from 100 loaders a week to 150 loaders a week”.…

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    • Warner Edwards Distillery

      Bowles & Wyer to build RHS Chelsea garden for Warner Edwards Distillery

      Award-winning landscape contractors Bowles & Wyer will return to RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year to build a Main Avenue Show Garden for Warner Edwards Distillery, created by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith. The Warner Edwards Garden, which will be Bowles & Wyer’s eighth Show Garden, is inspired by the natural springs at Falls Farm in Northamptonshire – the home of Warner Edwards Distillery – and has been designed using a complicated sequence of structures and techniques to create multiple water features, which run quietly through different areas of the garden creating gentle arcs and streams before they emerge again in the garden. Drystone walls will form a central pavilion with two…

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    • small project BIG IMPACT

      small project BIG IMPACT awards 2019

      Based on the phenomenal success of last year’s launch, the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards will be back in 2019. This year sees the value increased to under 25k and introduced a brand new hard landscaping category to showcase more of the industry’s incredible work. The Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards 2019 will celebrate projects with a value under £25k. After all, these are just as important for the industry’s reputation as their larger counterparts. The Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards will be held at FutureScape event on Tuesday 19th November 2019. We will…

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    • Shared parental leave

      What is Shared Parental Leave ?

      Shared parental leave provides an opportunity for eligible parents to take advantage of additional flexibility in the way they choose to care for a new arrival to the family. It allows parents to share caring responsibilities evenly or have one parent taking the main caring role, depending on their preferences and circumstances. Unlike maternity/adoption leave, eligible employees can stop and start their shared parental leave and return to work between periods of leave with each eligible parent able to submit three notices booking periods of leave (although an employer may allow more). In April 2015, the government allowed new parents…

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    • Exeter University Research Reveals Link Between Trees and Mental Health

      The location and size of urban trees plays an important role in providing health and well-being benefits, according to a new study by Exeter University.   Using National Tree Map data, created by aerial mapping company Bluesky, the study assessed the role of 600,000 individual trees in providing nature experiences.Those trees that are experienced by more people, more frequently, have the potential to provide greater health and well-being benefits.   With urbanisation emerging as one of the most important human health issues of the 21st century, the study concluded the contribution of individual trees was highly skewed. Using Bluesky’s tree…

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    • Tim O'hare

      Tim O’Hare Associates Celebrates Pro Landscaper Business Awards Win

      Soil and landscape consultancy Tim O’Hare Associates (TOHA) based in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, is celebrating winning the Soft Landscape Supplier category at the Pro Landscaper Business Awards.This is the first time a ‘service’ rather than ‘product’ supplier has won this award, reflecting the tremendous contribution to the landscape industry that Principal Consultant Tim O’Hare and his colleagues have made. Over the past 20-plus years, Tim has personally raised the profile of soil science within the landscape industry, demonstrating in project after project why soils are the absolute foundation of every successful landscape scheme. His company has been delivering soils science expertise…

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    • Greening Grey Britain

      RHS Greening Grey Britain application for grants open

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on communities across the UK to transform an unloved local space into a green haven this summer. Now in its fourth year, the RHS Greening Grey Britain scheme, supported by M&G Investments, is offering up to 50 intergenerational gardening projects across the country £500 worth of plants and materials as well as expert advice to help get their plans underway. Projects should help improve health and wellbeing, address environmental issues or support local wildlife. They might include turning forgotten littered corners into vibrant wildflower meadows, car parks lined with trees to slow down…

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    • Valentine's Day

      6 Romantic Flowers For Valentine’s Day

      Flowers have always been a popular choice for showing your loved one how much you care on Valentine’s Day. Pro Landscaper have picked 6 flowers that have a romantic side to them, so if you’re last minute shopping here’s some inspiration. Rose Rosa The most popular choice for Valentine’s Day is without a doubt the rose, particularly the red rose which symbolises love. The world’s most expensive rose is the Juliet Rose created by David Austin over 15 years and debuted at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2006 and is worth £3m. Forget-me-not Myosotis The forget-me-not is said to symbolise…

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    • Green-tech

      Green-tech delighted with win at Pro Landscaper Business Awards

      Leading landscaping supplier Green-tech, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year; has been named as the winner of the Industry Partnership category in the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2018. Sales Director, Richard Gill comments; “We are all so pleased to win the Industry Partnership category. Our submission was based on our unique partnership with award-winning commercial landscapers Ground Control and it’s one that means a lot to me. I have worked with Ground Control for many years and was instrumental in setting up this formal partnership in 2016. It’s been a great success and I’m thrilled that both companies have been…

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    • Eden Project

      Trio of Giant Olive Trees Planted in Med Garden at Eden

      Three ancient olive trees removed to make way for younger specimens have found a new home at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The monumental evergreens have been installed in Eden’s Mediterranean Biome. They are now taking root alongside hundreds of other plants from the climatic region. The trees are situated in a stunning setting near the entrance to the Biome. The towering trees are estimated to vary in age between 600 and 1,500 years, with the tallest reaching a majestic 3.95 m. Before Eden discovered them, they had been removed from farms in Alentejo in Portugal and Cordoba in Spain…

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    • RHS membership hits half a million mark

      Today, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) celebrates reaching a record membership of half a million, suggesting the UK’s leading gardening charity is now more accessible and relevant to people than it has ever been in its 215-year history. RHS director general Sue Biggs says: “We’re delighted to reach a milestone 500,000 members because it marks progress towards achieving our goal to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. “We’re fiercely committed to getting as many people gardening as possible because of the immense positive difference plants and gardens have on our health…

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    • Construction Design Programme

      London College of Garden Design launches new construction design programme

      The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) has today announced that it will be offering a new Construction Design Certificate programme from Autumn 2019. The course reflects the growing need for continuing professional development (CPD) training and a demand from designers and landscapers to enhance their knowledge of design and construction. Speaking about the new course Andrew Wilson, Director of Garden Design Studies said “We have received a growing number of requests over the past few years from professional designers and landscapers for a course like this and our new programme will offer the great content delivered by the leading…

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