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    • Majestic Trees

      Majestic Trees launches new Sponsored Travel Scholarship

      Majestic Trees has launched a new Sponsored Travel Scholarship with the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). The scholarship is offering up to £3,000 to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery and includes the opportunity for a work placement at Majestic Trees. Majestic Trees and the David Colegrave Foundation will help in finding paid placements at the best tree nurseries throughout the world, ensuring that the scholarship provides a life changing experience, in an environment where the student will learn and be stretched. After the student has returned from their placement abroad, they will have the opportunity, if interested and…

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      Green-tech protect 29,500 trees at East Midlands quarry

      Bantycock Quarry, a gypsum quarry operated by Saint-Gobain Formula has recently undergone a tremendous revival to preserve the environment and create an ideal habitat for a diverse range of wildlife. Glendale, a professional green service company who manage and maintain green environments were awarded the contract to regenerate 25 acres of the worked-out quarry area into native countryside. The Project Proposals were developed by landscape architects DRaW (UK) Ltd and agreed with the local authority to encourage biodiversity and enhance the landscape at Saint-Gobain Formula’s Bantycock Gypsum Quarry. Located in Balderton near Newark, this is a key industrial site in…

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    • YMCA Training

      BALI GoLandscape pledges support to YMCA Training

      The BALI careers initiative, GoLandscape, has forged a partnership with YMCA Training. This aims to support their work on delivering industry apprenticeships in the wake of a 28% shortfall in the number of apprenticeships undertaken in the UK.   Along with a decrease in apprenticeships, the Open University have recently reported that only 8% of companies in the UK have drawn from their levy. This proves that more support is needed to inspire, educate and encourage industry employers to understand the benefits of taking on apprentices as part of their workforce.   YMCA Training – part of Central YMCA –…

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    • Helen Elks-Smith

      Helen Elks-Smith: Winter garden design

      Many aspects of a garden, along with the desire to spend time in it, become dormant during winter. Careful design considerations can transform this, turning uninspiring winter gardens into beautiful, thriving settings. Pro Landscaper speaks with Helen Elks-Smith to pick her brain about designing a garden that retains its beauty during the winter months. Understanding Client Desires “For certain clients who may spend winter abroad, or when we design their holiday home garden which is not used in winter, a focus on this time of year is not appropriate,” Helen begins. “It is interesting when we speak to clients that…

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    • scholarships

      New scholarships available to students

      The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) scholarship season is open for student horticulturists. This year sees the launch of three new scholarships. This provides more opportunities to students with a passion for trees, sustainability or research.   NEW – The Majestic Trees Sponsored Travel Scholarship This is offering up to £3,000 to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery. This also includes the opportunity for a work placement at Majestic Trees, which could turn into a permanent position. The owners of Majestic Trees, Steve and Janet McCurdy, first met in California whilst Steve was working as an exchange student. Steve’s work…

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    • brands

      John Deere included among top 100 biggest global brands

      John Deere again features in a spot among the world’s most valuable brands in the annual ranking from Interbrand, a leading brand consulting firm. John Deere ranks 88th in the Best Global Brands research announced, moving up four spots from a year ago. Interbrand estimates the John Deere brand to now be worth approximately $5.4bn.   Charles Trevail, global CEO of Interbrand said: “A decade after the global financial crisis, the brands that are growing fastest are those that intuitively understand their customers. They make brave iconic moves that delight and deliver in new ways.”   Interbrand said its brand…

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      Health Secretary warns green spaces need protection for NHS

      Health secretary and chair of NHS England join calls to save parks   The decline of parks across Britain will pile more pressure on the NHS. The service continues its struggle to cope with an obesity crisis, the Health Secretary warns.   Matt Hancock backed The Mail on Sunday’s Save Our Parks campaign, saying: “The health of the nation is at stake.”   His intervention comes as the newspaper’s crusade to protect parks gathers momentum in Westminster. The Government is giving in to demands for 100 new parks to go under construction.    The chairman of NHS England, Sir Malcolm…

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    • garden designers

      Opportunity for garden designers and landscapers

      In the world of garden design and landscaping, finding a way to stand out is critical. Show gardens are a fantastic way of adding gravitas to a garden design portfolio and qualifying experience. But, for a first time garden designers and landscapers, a show garden can be intimidating in terms of sponsorship, resources, time and investment. BBC Gardeners’ World Live has the solution. The Beautiful Borders category is a stepping stone into the exciting world of flower and garden shows.   Beautiful Borders are a major visitor attraction at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. The event entertains upwards of 100,000 visitors…

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    • World War I

      Epping Forest honours World War I fallen

      Six life-sized aluminium silhouettes of British soldiers are now in Epping Forest to commemorate the heroes of World War I.   The silhouettes honour this year’s 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. The soldiers will become part of the City of London Corporation’s new interactive World War I exhibition. This exhibit is at The View in Epping Forest, its free visitor centre in Chingford. The exhibition captures the story of the Epping Forest Keepers who served in the World War I and runs until 30 November.   The exhibition includes a Family Story Tree. Here, visitors can…

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    • Soft Landscaping Workshop

      Palmstead Soft Landscaping Workshop 2019

      Green Connections ‘Empowerment through collaboration, Wednesday 23 January 09:00-17:00. Soft Landscaping Workshop – Ashford International Hotel, Kent.   In the world of horticulture the need to connect to landscape underpins everything Palmstead Nurseies does. Many believe that human beings are predisposed to want to find connections with the natural world. The common term for this is ‘biophilia’.   As human beings we are also tribal animals, craving social interaction. We gain pleasure and motivation from our interactions with each other. When we inhibit or remove our connections with the natural world and with each other we are limiting our potential. This…

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      How much theft is costing the landscaping industry

      Theft is rife in landscaping, with expensive tools and equipment targeted for their resale value and lack of traceability. This year has seen a sharp increase in tool theft, with a reported rise of over 30% in incidents. Pro Landscaper speaks with landscapers from across the UK to find out just how much this problem is costing the industry.  How big is the problem? To calculate the financial cost that theft puts onto the landscaping industry, one must consider several factors. These include the cost of any equipment that needs replacing, the increased insurance premiums from claims made and the…

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    • Matthew Wood

      APL Awards 2019 shortlist

      The shortlist for the APL Awards 2019 has been announced! With the standard of entries always improving year on year, choosing the shortlist was harder than ever for our judging panel.  On the judging panel were industry experts: Richard Barnard as chief judge, Bob Sweet, Steve Smith, Robin Templar-Williams, Rupert Keys and APL general manager, Phil Tremayne. The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, takes place on Friday 15 March 2019 at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL. Book your place at – www.aplawards.co.uk/book-your-seat The finalists are: Project Value…

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    • hta

      HTA Executive Team to drive member value

      Following a review from the Board of the HTA, the association’s Executive Team will strengthen in line with anticipated member needs.   Adam Taylor, president, said: “The Board has decided to install some improvements, including enhanced communication with membership. It also includes increased ability to influence government at a time of significant change. The Board is confident that this structure will drive HTA member value. I have no doubt that the HTA is in a position of great strength. The Executive Team, headed by Alex Vick, will drive the association forwards.”   Martin Simmons, taking on the new role of…

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    • cotswold

      Cotswold Dry Stone Walling

      Cotswold Stone one of the most popular products for wall building for years. Its natural colour with its subtle honey characteristics has a desirable appearance.   Smiths’ Cotswold dry walling stone is quarried in the northwest corner of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. It has all the warmth and subtlety expected from the stone from this part of the country.   Increasingly it is being used for a variety of modern construction work. For example: building of new Cotswold styled properties, or conservation and restoration work. It is also used in new property walling, landscaping projects and exterior cladding. It can also…

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    • attila

      Etesia unveil two new Attila brushcutter models ahead of 2019

      Etesia UK has unveiled two new Attila pedestrian brushcutters ahead of the 2019 season.   The new Etesia AK60 and AH75 pedestrian brushcutters work in the toughest of conditions. These powerful machines effectively deal with clearing vegetation from a variety of sites. These include: long grass, weeds, bracken and brambles on woodland paths, orchards and road verges. Ease of operation and maneuverability ensure total efficiency and high output.   Efficiency   Heavy-duty brush cutting (up to Ø30 with AH75 and Ø20 with AK60)   Mowing on the most difficult slopes (up to 20°) due to hydraulic transmission with differential lock…

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    • green-tech

      Green-tech unveil 25th Anniversary edition Product Catalogue

      The new 2019 Green-tech catalogue is now in print and available for all customers, architects and garden designers across the UK.   The new 2019 product catalogue celebrates 25 years of trading for Green-tech. It is full with over 6,500 products for rural and urban tree planting, tree irrigation and ground, wind, weed and erosion control. It also has grounds maintenance, soils and growing media and wildflower and conservation products.   The catalogue features the new TreeBio range of biodegradable planting sundries. It also has a new range of liquid fertilisers and an extended range of ecology products.   Green-tech’s…

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    • lazylawn

      LazyLawn seeks new licensees to add to network

      Artificial grass brand LazyLawn is searching for landscapers to join its team as the company continues to grow.   After receiving ‘Which? Trusted Trader’ status, LazyLawn is looking for licensees to add to its network of accredited installers. This network operates in Oxford, Northampton, Reading and Milton Keynes to name a few.   Installing at iconic locations such as Center Parcs, Canary Warf, The Shard, and Hilton Hotel, LazyLawn has trust throughout the UK. It has also installed for celebrities including Sam Bailey, Amanda Holden, and The Real Housewives of Cheshire’s Ward family.   LazyLawn offers a comprehensive range of…

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    • protected pines

      Protected tree felling prosecution

      A Beckenham resident who knowingly felled three protected pine trees has been prosecuted.   Peter Clarke of Westgate Road, Beckenham, pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to carrying out prohibiting work. This includes felling, to the protected trees without the written consent of the local authority. He received orders to pay total fines and costs of over £15,000.   Councillor Kate Lymer, executive councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “Householders are responsible for their privately-owned land and its upkeep. This includes their obligations as custodians of trees with preservation orders on them. Enforcement and prosecution is always a last…

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    • songs about flowers

      13 hit songs about flowers

      The world of nature stems out greatly into popular culture. So much so, there are a plethora of hit songs released every year surrounding the diverse symbol, flowers. In light of this, Pro Landscaper has collated the top 13 songs about flowers that are sure to get your feet tapping. Flowers in the window – Travis (2001) Marigold – Nirvana (1993) Dead Flowers – The Rolling Stones (1971) Kiss from a Rose – Seal (1994) Build me up buttercup – The Foundations (1998) Supermarket flowers – Ed Sheeran (2017) Flower – Kylie Minogue (2012) Pushing Up Daisies – Lily Allen…

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    • garden city

      PRP appointed to lead masterplan in Ebbsfleet Garden City

      UK architecture firm PRP is now lead architect and masterplanner on The Western Village in North Kent. The appointment was by joint venture development partners, Clarion Housing Group and Countryside. Part of the Eastern Quarry section of Ebbsfleet Garden City, The Western Village scheme is set to deliver up to 2,600 new homes.   Designed by PRP, The Western Village will offer a strong sense of community for those that live there. The homes will respond to their rural surrounds, including a former quarry which will also provide a dramatic backdrop to the scheme. The homes will link to landscaped…

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    • glyphosate

      Glyphosate guidance

      Complete Weed Control has announced a series of roadshow events to provide essential guidance for the amenity sector dealing with the application of glyphosate. The half day seminars will detail the latest information from Bayer regarding glyphosate as well as informative sessions dealing with the application of glyphosate for hard surfaces utilising Complete Weed Control’s Weed-IT technology. In addition, there will invaluable advice with regard to handling public objections to weed control activities, with concise information to take away from the event.  Findings from the most extensive trials into Japanese knotweed and its control will also be provided along with…

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    • staff

      Handling staff during the Christmas period

      As fabulously festive as Christmas time is, the holiday can wreak havoc with many industries that find their workload increasing through the winter months. Grounds maintenance is a prime example. Colder weather strikes up the need for additional services such as gritting and snow ploughing, making staff attendance essential. Pro Landscaper sits with Eddy Griffiths, head of operations at grounds maintenance and landscaping giant CGM, to discover how he manages staff at this time of year. When asked how busy the winter period is compared with the rest of the year, Eddy starts by saying: “In theory the winter months…

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    • ProStripe 560

      Toro introduces new ProStripe 560 Mower

      The Toro Company is launching the new ProStripe 560 striping mower. The model combines the benefits of a precise cut and clean striped finish with the simplicity of a walk power mower. The compact lightweight design is ideal for striping smaller areas of turf. It can easily manoeuvre tight areas whilst offering precision, productivity and durability.   Key features include a two-piece ribbed roller designed to create the perfect finish and crisp stripe, without marking and damaging turf. It has a 3-speed transmission system to adapt to all weather and turf conditions and users can adjust the speed from 2.9…

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      Pro Landscaper November issue review

      The Pro Landscaper November issue sees an assortment of industry heavy weights, laying out their views on crucial issues that hit both the landscaping industry and UK businesses as a collective. Here we break down a selection of the must-read features in this month’s edition.   Agenda: Is ‘flexism’ affecting your business?   Managing director of John O’Conner, Matt O’Conner kicks things off by pointing out, “flexible working can benefit both employees and the company.” His company’s staff have the legal right to request flexible hours after 26 weeks continuous service, but he sees this is no bad thing, continuing:…

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    • amenity

      Wyevale Nurseries’ announce new 2020 Amenity Plant Range

      Eight new plants are taking their place in the amenity crop range for 2020 at Wyevale Nurseries. The plants selection based itself on their habit, colour and functionality.   Kyle Ross, production manager at Wyevale Nurseries based in Hereford, explained: “We have been trialling and testing these plants over the past two years. This is to ensure the crops we put forward are the absolute best for our customers.   “Trialling consists of reviews of the plant’s hardiness. Comparing different growing and pruning methods. Finally Wyevale go through monitoring their susceptibility to pest and diseases.”   The selection includes: Amelanchier…

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