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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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    • Preparing green spaces for 2019

      With colder temperatures rolling in, it’s tempting to overlook lawn maintenance. Before settling in for the winter, be sure to prepare green spaces for the winter months, so to pick things up in spring 2019. Landscape experts at Hayter have put together some top tips to help prepare.   Give the lawn a clean This ensures that there are no nasty surprises in the garden come springtime. Removing all large objects from lawn areas, such as logs or garden furniture before the final lawn mow will prevent dead spots forming on the grass during winter. Dead spots can stunt the…

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      BuzzGrass: Expanding landscaping business with British manufacturers

      British factory BALI registered artificial grass manufacturer, BuzzGrass has over 11 years’ experience working with landscapers. The company provide high-quality, luxury grass across the UK. The factory opened 35 years ago, recently receiving a £1.7m investment into new machinery, R&D and a new warehouse. This allows BuzzGrass to further develop innovative and bespoke products for British landscapers. The BuzzGrass factory is capable of producing over 1 million metres squared of turf annually for trade and retail customers. Using a UK factory has many benefits for traders. These include convenient customer service, an easy payment system and access to industry experts.…

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    • World War 1 memorial

      The Royal Parks unveils World War 1 memorial at Brompton Cemetery

      Chelsea Pensioners lay “Battlefields to Butterflies” tribute wildflower meadow as part of World War 1 memorial.   Loyd Grossman, chair of The Royal Parks, will unveil a permanent memorial dedicated to the 24 Royal Parks and Palaces staff. It is also dedicated to all parks, gardens and grounds staff from across the UK, who died in the First World War.   The memorial will be unveiled at a service in Brompton Cemetery, West London, in partnership with The Royal Parks Guild and The Royal Hospital Chelsea. The inscribed memorial stone will be permanently placed on the wall of one of the…

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    • andrew wilson

      Andrew Wilson: Breaking into the garden design industry

      Andrew Wilson provides Pro Landscaper with an insight into the position of garden design graduates upon leaving the London College of Garden Design. He tackles the pressing issue of breaking into the market as a new designer and suggests what could assist them in such a competitive market. As I waved goodbye to our LCGD class of graduates in July, I couldn’t help but wonder: ‘How many of them will make it?’ I always ponder on this subject – in fact many of them do make a success of their new career, but it’s a long and winding road as…

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    • family nurseries

      Family nurseries team up to restore Grade II listed barn

      Two family nurseries, Johnsons of Whixley and Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd, team up to supply plants for a Grade II listed, newly-renovated barn.   Tithe Barn, is set within the grounds of the Duke of Devonshire’s majestic Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales. It has had developers Cripps & Co working on restoring the barn, built in the 1500s, back to its former glory.   Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd carried out ground works such as seeding, turfing and planting work. Fellow family-run nursery, Johnsons, supplied £19,000 worth of products. This included 78 trees, 13 pleached Quercus Ilex and over 3,000…

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    • on-board battery

      Pellenc launches the first professional on-board battery range

      Pellenc, the expert in battery-powered tools for maintaining landscapes, has launched the first professional on-board battery range. The Pellenc Alpha range.   The Pellenc Alpha range sees two new batteries (P260 and P520). These can be directly fitted to the tools or fitted to a new harness.   Comprising the Helion Alpha hedge trimmers and the Excelion Alpha grass strimmer, the 260 and 520, it was designed to bring together ergonomics and efficiency. With all these features, the range has what it takes to convert the last of the professionals who are hesitant to abandon petrol powered tools.   The…

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    • miles stone

      Driveway style with Miles Stone

      Miles Stone takes a trip out to the Hampshire countryside to look at the project of a long time client. This customer wanted to add impact and design style to the front of their home by installing a more attractive driveway apron. Previously this area was a rough concrete pad which did not complement the property. Using Tumbled Indian Sandstone Setts this home now has a beautiful entrance way, matching the high class materials used elsewhere in the build. Expertly constructed by Jez McCarthy and Mick Parker. Miles Stone have an assortment of other projects on their Vimeo account, so…

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    • d-day

      D-Day 75 Garden celebrates D-Day Landings 75th anniversary at Chelsea

      The Normandy veterans’ charity D-Day Revisited has launched a crowdfunding page for a commemorative garden installation on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea at the 2019 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show to mark the 75th anniversary of the 6th June 1944 D-Day Landings, the largest seaborne invasion in world history.   The D-Day 75 Garden will provide a fitting platform for the public to celebrate and show their gratitude to the veteran generation and create a lasting tribute to the valiant actions these men and women undertook in 1944.   With the surviving veterans approaching 100 years…

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    • Borde Hill

      Borde Hill sees planting of regal Persian and Asian bulbs

      300 Fritillaria imperialis ‘Rubra’, commonly known as crown imperial, are set to wow visitors to the newly designed Italian Garden at Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex. The plant, related to the lily, has large and bright orangey-red bell-shaped flowers, blooming in late spring. Native to the mountainous regions of Turkey, western Iran and Kashmir, fritillarias are a favourite of Eleni Stephenson Clarke, the current custodian at Borde Hill Garden. Eleni says: “I wanted to make a real statement in the Italian Garden this year. There’s nothing more eye-catching than fritillarias in the spring. With the help of our head…

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    • Landscape Institute Awards

      Finalists announced for Landscape Institute Awards 2018

      Shortlist of best in landscape architecture, design, planning and management ahead of the Landscape Institute Awards 2018 ceremony.   The Landscape Institute announces the shortlist of finalists for the Landscape Institute Awards 2018. The projects showcase the breadth of exceptional work of the many different types of landscape professionals. This includes landscape designers, managers, planners and researchers and the power landscape has to impact people’s lives.   Over 160 entries came from around the world and the winners will receive their award at the ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London. The event recognises and celebrates excellence,…

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      Hat-trick of awards for Heligan

      The Lost Gardens of Heligan won Gold at the 2018 Cornwall Tourism Awards, in the ‘Large Attraction of The Year’ category. George Elworthy, managing director, The Lost Gardens of Heligan: “We are honoured to receive this prestigious award. The Cornwall Tourism Awards are fiercely competed, so to win Gold as Large Attraction of the year is incredible. This award is one for the whole team at Heligan, who have worked very hard throughout this year.”   The Cornwall Tourism Award judges made secret visits to each attraction. They also looked at all aspects of the business, such as online presence,…

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    • Tom Jarvis

      The Royal Parks charity appoints Tom Jarvis as director of parks

      The Royal Parks charity, which manages 5000 acres of historic parkland in the heart of London, has appointed Tom Jarvis as its new director of parks.   Jarvis joins The Royal Parks from the Windsor Estate, where he held the position of Superintendent of Parks for seven years.   No stranger to The Royal Parks, Jarvis first came to work for the parks in 1998 as a Horticultural Technician. This, before rising through the ranks to assistant park manager for Hyde Park. Later, he became park manager for Kensington Gardens. He holds a first-class honours degree in Landscape Management. He…

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    • edinburgh

      Major upgrade plan for Edinburgh botanic gardens

      Ambitious plans are underway to protect a important plant collection cultivated in Scotland. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RGBE) wants to refurbish and rebuild its ageing glasshouses.   And it has drawn up proposals for a new eco-friendly energy centre and a plant health suite to replace its existing nursery facilities.   Garden chiefs said the Edinburgh Biomes project was “potentially the most significant” in its history.   They claim their plans will safeguard the garden’s work for future generations. It will provide a “spectacular” new visitor experience for the public. Simon Milne, regius keeper of the RBGE, said the proposals…

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    • Remembrance day

      Bespoke Poppy Railings installed at War Memorial for Remembrance Day

      Remembrance day, on 11 November we stand together to remember those who sacrificed themselves for our freedom. Across the country people will be honouring the fallen with a two-minute silence. Many will visit War Memorials to pay their respects. It is a time to reflect and raise awareness among generations. It reminds us of how fortunate we are to live peaceful lives not affected by war.   For Alpha Rail, the commemoration of the sacrifices made by the nation’s war heroes is highly important. It has also gained them a reputation as a niche manufacturer of poppy style railings for war…

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    • lurgan

      Lurgan regeneration secures £2m National Lottery boost

      Almost £2m of National Lottery funding will regenerate Lurgan.   The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded the grant to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (ABC Council). The funding is in support of a five-year Townscape Heritage project to breathe new life into the commercial heart of Lurgan. It plans to celebrate its rich built and cultural heritage.   Announcing the award, Head of HLF for Northern Ireland, Paul Mullan, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this heritage-led regeneration will transform Lurgan’s historic streetscape. It will help to attract new residents and businesses to the town centre and boost the…

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      Bonfire guidance for landscaping waste

      There is no law in the UK that specifically bans bonfires in gardens, even in smoke-free zones. But there are laws against causing a public or statutory nuisance, and some restrictions that landscapers should be aware of being lighting a bonfire. If smoke makes its way on to a public highway, it can be classified as a criminal offence in some circumstances and leads to fines. Regularly burning material on private property could also be a nuisance in the eyes of the council, if it causes problems for neighbours. Councils could issue an abatement notice. What to burn on a bonfire A…

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      Find MEDITE SMARTPLY at Futurescape 2018

      MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME (MTX) is a weather resistant MDF from MEDITE SMARTPLY.   This year, MEDITE SMARTPLY will be bringing MTX to Futurescape 2018, the leading UK landscape event. Find the company at stand B1 at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, on Tuesday 20 November 2018.   In a recent test of the uses of MTX, MEDITE SMARTPLY teamed up with Bakers Timber Buildings. This was to supply materials for their high-end, custom-made garden rooms. These outdoor spaces are usable year-round thanks to their insulation and durability gained from MTX. Another MEDITE solution, MEDITE MR was also used.   Bakers Timber…

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    • Royal Marine Garden

      Tivoli restores vandalised Arbroath in Bloom, Royal Marine Garden

      Following the vandalism of the Arbroath in Bloom, Royal Marine Garden earlier this year, Tivoli stepped in to help restore the garden to its former glory.   Hugh Wood, business development manager for Tivoli said: “We heard on the national news about the vandalised garden. We sought out Chic Grant, former Royal Marine, 45 Commando, and the force behind the creation of the original garden, to offer our services.”   On 27 October ten Tivoli volunteers, collected at the garden with 45 Commando veterans, to carry out the refurbishment.   Nine Sorbus Mountain Ash trees, donated by Tivoli supplier Craigmarloch…

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    • scary plants

      8 scary plants to fend off trick-or-treaters

      Nature can be pretty scary, and plants are definitely a big part of this – though tarantulas probably take the biscuit. From poisonous fruits to spike-covered branches, in the spirit of Halloween, Pro Landscaper has collated eight of the most scary plants in the world! Black bat flower Chinese myshetsvet This flower can grow to be as long as 12 inches and has ‘whiskers’ that can grow up to 28 inches in length. The Black Bat Flower is native to tropical regions in south east Asia. Bleeding Tooth Fungus Hydnellum Peckii The body of this plant can ‘bleed’ a bright…

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    • post-brexit

      How will health and safety be impacted post-Brexit?

      Since the EU referendum, surveys undertaken by independent bodies have revealed the two main reasons for people voting Leave:  Immigration  Sovereignty.  Health and safety did not find its way into the top two, but there are some strong opinions in the media as well as political party literature on the matter and what could happen post-Brexit. Some regard EU involvement as something which promotes high standards in all aspects of health and safety. Whereas, others dismiss these same standards, as onerous rules which stifle productivity and reduce the UK’s competitivity.    The EU has, via a series of directives, had…

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    • harrier

      Hayter announce brand new Harrier 48 and 56 Pro models

      Hayter, mower manufacturing giant, is announcing the arrival of two brand new Harrier models at this year’s SALTEX event.   Designed for landscape professionals, the Harrier 48 and 56 Pro are additions to the Harrier rear-roller mower lineup. Since the first Harrier professional lawn mower over a decade ago, the range is completely overhauled. Professionals will benefit from the enhanced features and benefits in the latest models.   Available in Spring 2019, the latest Harrier Pro mowers are robust and flexible to enable users to tackle a variety of turfs. The Harrier 48 Pro features: New cast Aluminium cutter deck…

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    • winter

      How to care for a garden during winter

      Pro Landscaper speaks with Tiger Sheds, who have surveyed the nation to unveil the UK’s garden habits. It reveals that a massive two in five (40%) of Brits don’t take precautions to prepare their garden or garden buildings for the cooler winter weather. What’s more, 52% completely abandon their gardens and fail to do any gardening throughout winter. Almost one in ten (9%) said that they don’t care for their garden in winter because they think that their plants will die regardless. 8% said they would replace anything that that the winter weather damages – but at what cost? Only…

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