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    • Brewin Dolphin announces garden at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019

      Wealth management company Brewin Dolphin will have a garden at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Skilled craftsmanship and fine artistry are the inspiration for this years garden. This marks the third consecutive year that the company will have a garden at the popular Derbyshire show. The Brewin Dolphin Artists’ Garden will be transformed into a feature-garden. It will combine the finest horticulture with exciting, interactive art demonstrations. It will feature five prominent artists creating their wares every day.   The five artists are from diverse geographical areas and have a range of craft skills between them. They include a…

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    • Smiths

      Smiths Self Binding Path Gravel

      Smiths tells us about its self binding path gravel. For a fairly modest outlay the Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel gives superb results and of sensational quality – with its Cotswold hues and smooth finish, it’s a product that looks good in almost any situation. A perfect product for paths, tracks, walkways and cycle paths in both the domestic, civil and commercial markets. Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel is a very versatile product. It gives a firm compact surface, ideal for where wheel access is a priority, (for example wheel chairs, golf buggies/trollies or wheelbarrows etc.). But its versatility goes…

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    • Pro Landscaper March

      Pro Landscaper March 2019

      March has been an exciting and busy moth for Pro Landscaper as awards season is upon us. In this months issue we bring you coverage of the Pro Landscaper Business Awards, SGD Awards and the Podium Awards shortlist. Pro Landscaper also takes a tour of Regent’s Park in London, uncovering its history and learning that even the most high-profile UK sites have not escaped the effects of austerity. Following on from her feature on recruitment last month, this month sees Holly Youde talk about staff training. Whilst Jamie Butterworth reviews how a no-deal Brexit might impact how we buy and…

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    • FutureScape Spring

      YOU: The People of FutureScape Spring

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    • Veterans Growth

      Perennial Garden at RHS Cardiff to be gifted to Veterans Growth

      It was announced in January that Perennial and Irish garden designer Peter Donegan had confirmed a show garden at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019. Now they have announced that the garden will be relocated to Veterans Growth based in East Sussex. It is a charity who run horticultural therapy courses for ex-service men and women who have been diagnosed with mental illness.   Also Peter Donegan will redesign the garden to fit the new location. Burnham Landscaping will rebuild it at Veterans Growth new home. It now has a bespoke kitchen hand crafted by Oxford Planters, stone gifted by CED…

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    • Recyclable plant pots

      Wyevale Nurseries phases in recyclable plant pots

      Wyevale Nurseries has started to phase out its black plastic pots replacing them with taupe coloured pots. Supplied by Aeroplas in the West Midlands, it is a bid to fight the war on plastic.   Steve Reed, production director of the Container Division at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, said:   “We’re pleased to announce that we’re now starting to pot up our retail plants into recyclable taupe plant pots starting with our Astilbes. These pots can then be recycled kerbside by consumers.   “We plan to produce plants in more than 700,000 of the new recyclable pots this year. There…

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    • John O'Conner

      John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance celebrates 50 years

      Family owned and run John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance celebrates 50 years in business this year. The award-winning Hertfordshire based business operates landscape maintenance contracts from the Scottish Highlands & Islands through to the Isle of Wight. It plans to mark the occasion with lots of 50 themed events with its staff, customers and the communities it serves.   The focus for the events will be to support community-based projects in the areas in which it works.   Some of the events already planned include:   · 50 Apprenticeship training opportunities created   · 50 Corporate Social Responsibility Projects   ·…

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    • Perennial Marathon Month

      Perennial’s Marathon Month for June 2019

      To help mark Perennial’s 180th anniversary, it has launched Perennial Marathon Month. A new virtual fundraising event taking place throughout June 2019. Perennial is challenging people to walk or run a marathon within a month and the best part is, every step counts.   Chris Crooker, Events Manager at Perennial, says:   “We know how busy life can be, especially for people who work in horticulture, and it can be difficult to fit training and fundraising in to life’s many demands. But so many people tell us they would raise money for Perennial if they had the time. So we’ve…

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    • Talasey Group

      BMF Regional Centre of Excellence at Talasey Group

      The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched another Regional Centre of Excellence at the HQ for Talasey Group in Doncaster.   Regional Centres of Excellence have been quick to open at various locations across the UK. This will give BMF members in the local area access to BMF training and events closer to home.   The launch of a centre at Talasey Group emphasises the network’s significant growth in the past year.   It also provides BMF members based in and around Yorkshire with a convenient facility, from which to attend events and training.   Talasey Group offer a diverse…

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    • FutureScape Spring

      It’s here: The FutureScape Spring showguide 2019

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    • Dan Riddleston

      RHS Chelsea 2019 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part one

      After a year off from building a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we’re back again. This year, we’re working with garden designer Helen Elks-Smith to build her first Main Avenue garden for Warner Edwards Distillery. Helen approached us last year and outlined her design to us – a garden inspired by the natural springs and aquifers at Falls Farm in Northamptonshire, home to Warner Edwards Distillery, featuring a complex series of water features flowing in and out of drystone walls. The central pavilion, designed with Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater in mind, will feature floating cantilevered roofs and…

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    • Makita PF1110 submersible pumps

      Makita pumps used at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      The 10th Welcome to Yorkshire garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, designed by multi award-winner Mark Gregory, features an authentically built canal with flowing water and genuine canal lock gates. A massive volume of water will be circulated by several Makita submersible water pumps. They will ensure the towpath, lock keepers lodge and, importantly, RHS Chelsea’s Main Avenue remains safe, dry and disaster-free.   This garden is inspired by Yorkshire’s history of industry, manufacturing and innovation. It is also inspired by the county’s unrivalled natural environment and green spaces. The working canal has two gates and a bypass sluice…

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    • mental health

      Johnsons of Whixley sponsors mental health awareness garden

      Johnsons of Whixley are sponsoring trees and plants for a show garden dedicated to mental health awareness at this year’s Harrogate Flower Show.   The Mental Health Garden has been designed by Jo Manfredi-Hamer Garden Design and is supporting Leeds Mind. The Leeds mental health charity which provides support and information when people need it most.   Johnsons is providing the trees and plants for the garden which also includes different shades of pebbles. The pebbles represent depression and improved mental health through counselling and support.   A semicolon, sometimes worn by mental health sufferers, has been incorporated into the…

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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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