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      Vlogging, boosting, and targeting consumers at the HTA Marketing Forum

      The HTA Marketing Forum took place at Horticulture House, Chilton, on 17 October. It aimed to give delegates and insight into the advances in marketing to help them stand out from the crowd. Covering all disciplines of marketing, the key takeaways from the day were: Reports of retail death are greatly exaggerated. Despite 69% saying they shop online to avoid queues, only 3% of Britons say they no longer shop in store and 64% of people still enjoy browsing in store. – Anthony Earl, POPAI UK & Ireland Graham Thomas, Eight Days A Week Print Solutions Digital marketing the way…

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      7 plants with the rudest names you’ve ever heard

      It’s been over two years since we shared the Gardening Express’ list of the top 10 plants with rude (but hilarious) names. So, we have scoured the glorious world of plants to bring you another seven with the rudest names that are sure to tickle you a little. 1.  Bastard Toadflax Latin name: Comandra A monotypic genus, the plant has a disjunct distribution. Its four subspecies occur in North America and the Mediterranean. 2.  Naked Man Orchid Latin name: Orchis italica Native to the Mediterranean, this flower blossoms into its highly amusing shape in mid-spring. 3.  Bushman’s Buttocks Latin name: Lithops…

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      Flexism in the workplace

      ‘Flexism’. The term meant for allowing flexible working hours is now commonplace in most businesses. This is essential in the modern day, as working parents or those with a duty of care for one another need hours that can work around the other integral and immovable parts of their life. This week, Pro Landscaper speaks with Giles Heap, managing director of CED Stone Group, about the principals of ‘flexism’ and how it affects his business. “While thinking about this subject and chatting to one of our employees, I realised that I personally did not think that we have any issues…

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      HTA introduces new campaign: Gardening is good for you

      New for 2019, the HTA’s ‘Gardening is good for you’ campaign reveals just how good gardening is for everyone.   This new campaign is an evolution of HTA’s Plant of the Moment campaign. The campaign takes a fresh approach to gardening through the context of health and wellbeing. It aims to provide a broad opportunity to promote both plants and gardening.   Supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers, the campaign covers the full sensory value and experience of plants. This includes the likes of their fragrance and flavour, plus topics including: Growing your own tasty fruits, herbs and crops Encouraging…

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      Truro is the RHS Britain in Bloom 2018 winner

      Cornish city Truro has won the ‘Champion of Champions’ in the RHS annual Britain in Bloom community gardening competition.   Winning the title for the first time, Truro battled what judges have declared the toughest year on record. Local communities nationwide fighting fiercly to keep blooms alive.   To beat the heat, Truro opted for exotic, drought-tolerant planting. This was including cacti, palms and Mediterranean herbs. The project made use of a purpose built solar powered rainwater harvesting system. It was able to wow judges with more than a thousand hanging baskets and floral features, urban tree plantings and a…

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    • chargepoint

      ChargePoint partner with Ground Control to grow electric vehicle charging

      Ground Control announces partnership with the largest electric vehicle charging network, ChargePoint. This is to drive alternative energy and help businesses attract and retain staff and customers.   Ground Control is heavily invested in caring for the environment. Its partnership with ChargePoint is promoting innovative methods to build a sustainable future. Ground Control’s new service ‘GC-ChargePoint’, supplies and installes EV charging solutions. It also supports and encourages the use of electric vehicles as an alternative energy source to fossil fuels. The partnership champions the growth of the UK’s EV charging network.   Vehicle manufacturers are expanding and developing an ever-growing…

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    • policy

      Have your say: LI policy, influencing and international activity

      On 2 November, the LI will hold its next board and council policy strategy session. Leading LI members will convene in Edinburgh to discuss and agree the organisation’s priorities for the coming year.   Ahead of this important meeting, the LI is keen to engage members across all regions to help shape our strategy. The team has devised a short survey to engage members on two key areas:   The LI’s policy and influencing priorities for 2019-20 What the LI should do internationally The LI is 90!   In addition, 2019 will be the Landscape Institute’s 90th Anniversary. We are…

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    • trustmark

      Government names TrustMark as new mark of quality for customers

      In support of the Government’s Green GB Week, TrustMark announces that it has expanded its remit to include repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI), retrofit and energy efficiency sectors. This is in order to cover any work a consumer chooses to have carried out in or around their home. TrustMark has extended its responsibilities following the industry led Government-commissioned Each Home Counts review in 2016. This identified a need for an all-encompassing mark of quality for consumers to recognise and trust. TrustMark was chosen to be the brand that the quality mark has now become with clean growth and energy efficiency…

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      Mary Robinson awarded Kew International Medal for climate justice

      Official presentation of the award and a lecture by Mary Robinson will take place on the evening of the 26 March, 2019.   The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is proud to announce this year’s Kew International Medal is Mary Robinson. A world-leading advocate for environmental and human rights, and the first female president of Ireland. The Medal is awarded to individuals for distinguished, recognised work aligned with RBG Kew’s mission.   Mary was chosen for her integral work on climate justice. The notion that the growing impacts of climate change are wiping out opportunities for the world’s poor. This is…

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    • festival dinner

      Festival dinner raises £36,000 for Perennial

      Perennial’s Festival Dinner, 12 October, brought in over £36,000 for the charity that looks after the horticulture industry. The event took place at the five-star Langham Hotel in central London, hosted by James Alexander Sinclair. The total raised came from ticket sales, event sponsorship and money from the auction and raffle. The auction alone raised over £16,000. This included a choice of luxury lots, such as a week’s holiday for four in Tuscany, attracting the highest bid. Other popular lots included a private dining experience for 12 at Roux at The Landau, a VIP cricket package at Lord’s and a…

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      The winners of the 2018 Tree of the Year

      A beech tree created to woo a sweetheart 100 years ago, which is still a popular place to pop the question, wins England’s Tree of the Year. The public voted overwhelmingly to crown Nellie’s Tree in Aberford, Leeds, its 2018 winner. The tree was grafted from three saplings to form an N by Vic Stead who would make a daily walk to see his girlfriend Nellie. They would later marry. The winning trees for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are also below, going live on the BBC’s The One Show on Wednesday 17 October. The winners of each country’s Tree…

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    • Block Blitz

      New Block Blitz products showcasing at SALTEX

      Yorkshire-based start up, Block Blitz, will be bringing its hassle-free paving treatments to this year’s SALTEX show this year. The show will be at the NEC, Birmingham from 31 October to 1 November. The company will be profiling its business and product range on Stand M180.   In 2016, Block Blitz unveiled the UK’s first block paving specific treatment. Since then, the company has seen the addition of several new products to its range. 2018 has seen the launch of two new products, Multi-pave and a products for artificial grass. This makes it even easier to keep outdoor areas clean and…

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      The Garden Company shortlisted for two SGD Awards

      The Garden Company Ltd is on the shortlist for two highly-respected national design awards.  Now in their seventh year, the SGD Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the garden design profession. They are the only awards dedicated solely to landscape and garden design in the UK.   The shortlisted Garden Company projects are:   Laurel Cottage in Northwest London Shortlisted in the Small Residential category. This garden adds extra ‘living/entertainment’ potential to the house.  The newly-created garden was a tranquil oasis in a suburban setting. There is a flow and connection from the house into the garden, terraces and a timber…

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    • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      Green-tech protect 65,000 trees in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      A new 50ha native woodland finds itself in the heart of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   The Summerstone Estate is within 1,400 acres of the Nidderdale Valley in the Yorkshire Dales. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of just 46 in the UK. Between them they cover 18% of the UK’s finest countryside considered special places, worthy of protection.   As well as recognition for its beauty, the Summerstone Estate is ideal for sporting enthusiasts. The surrounding countryside is a quality grouse and pheasant shooting site.   The estates owners advocate sustainable land management. They…

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      Multihog UK evolves into Multevo

      After 8 years of trading as Multihog UK Ltd, the UK distributor of Multihog products has now evolved to Multevo Limited. This comes as part of a rebranding initiative to continue to innovate to meet market demands.   Multihog UK Ltd, established in 2010, aiming to introduce the UK market to the Multihog tool carrier which was an unknown entity at that time.   Over eight years later, the company has six more Multihog models, with an endless amount of attachments. The firm now boasts a third of all councils are customers and at least 80% of airports and major…

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    • wildlife

      5 ways to invite wildlife into the garden

      With over 2.5 million grey squirrels and almost 600 different species of birds living in the UK, there are plenty of ways to welcome wildlife into the garden.   Pro Landscaper speaks with garden building supplier, Tiger Sheds to provide five useful tips on making gardens more wildlife-friendly.   1. Plant smaller shrubs   Planting woody shrubs and small berry bushes can provide ideal grazing spots for smaller birds. Low lying flowers are also a favourite with rabbits and provide some shelter for other small mammals.   2. Provide a water source Having a clean, water source such as a…

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    • uk parks

      The nation has decided the top 10 favourite UK parks

      More than 65,000 votes cast as the nation picks the best of British. Green Flag Award announces the winners of the 2018 People’s Choice vote for the favourite UK parks. There were more than 1,800 sites to choose from. All of these meeting the high standards of the Green Flag Award, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. The ten winners of the 2018 People’s Choice Award are: Cassiobury Park, Watford Borough Council Clifton Park, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Elsecar Park and Local Reservoir Nature Reserve, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Saltwell Park, Gateshead Council Strathaven Park, South Lanarkshire…

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    • horticulture careers

      Horticulture Careers launches new website

      Horticulture Careers in association with Pro Landscaper is happy to announce the launch of their new jobs portal. To satisfy the growing demand for committed and passionate workers, Horticulture Careers has created a bespoke site. This includes new features designed for ease of use, and to encourage candidates to keep up with vacancies in real-time.   New user-friendly interface A modern design makes the site easier to navigate and applications are simpler for the candidate.   Improved company profiles Jobseekers can choose to follow companies they have an interest in. This allows them to receive notifications when new vacancies come…

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      New scheme helps protect trees from pests and diseases

      The Woodland Trust is asking people across the UK to make sure any trees put into the ground are from – and have been grown on – home soil. The charity has created an accreditation scheme to highlight nurseries selling UK trees. This new scheme means that tree planters and garden lovers can make sure saplings have come from a safe source. This ensure they will not be contributing to the spread of pests and diseases from other countries.   Between the years 1970 and 2013, 267 introduced plant pathogens became established in Great Britain. Two thirds of these were native…

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    • toxic

      The 10 most toxic cities in the UK

      A new interactive guide looks at the most toxic cities in the UK. This factors in air pollution levels, active power stations, traffic volume and landfill sites. This highlights the importance of green space and public parks to balance these findings, and clean up some UK cities.   Leeds is the most toxic city to live in with five electrical substations and a staggering annual average traffic flow of 33,545 vehicles a day. The city is revealed to have one of the highest rates of carbon emissions, producing an astonishing 4,000kt per year.   Since trees can absorb up to…

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    • be safe

      Be Safe training modules with Makita

      Hundreds of students attending Merrist Wood College are benefiting from Makita UK’s Be Safe training modules. The College specialises in a variety of subjects. These include:   Animal welfare and arboriculture Landscaping Garden design Equine management Sport Public Services Horticulture   For students on the land-based courses Makita UK has started to deliver a series of Be Safe modules in grounds maintenance, landscaping and horticulture.   These are informative 90 minute Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) Correct and Safe Use modules. The course carries the LANTRA Awards Approved Training Provider badge of recognition. The main aim is to provide a grounding…

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    • breast cancer care

      Help support Breast Cancer Care with Husqvarna pink Automower auction

      Husqvarna, is raising money for Breast Cancer Care this year, marking a third year of support for the charity. This month, the manufacturer has launched an online auction for a Pink Automower®, with the proceeds going to charity.   The auction for Husqvarna’s robotic lawnmower will run until 18 October. This gives potential bidders the chance to get involved and own their own robotic gardener whilst also raising money for a great cause.   Husqvarna is pioneering the robotic lawnmowing industry since 1995. It produces industry-leading robotic lawnmowers from its Newton Aycliffe which sell globally.   Staff in Newton Aycliffe…

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    • winter

      Winter proofing a client’s garden

      Winter is traditionally the time when gardens begin to look a bit jaded. As the temperatures fall and the nights grow darker, it can be all too easy to abandon nature to its own devices. All landscapers, however, know that while winter does whittle plants away, this reduction in greenery can be useful. It allows a layout review to create new and exciting plans for the next year, and to focus on maintenance jobs. Focusing on the following areas will keep a client’s outdoor areas safe, tidy, and ready for the onset of Spring.   1. Clearance and Composting  …

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    • nick coslett

      The landscaping industry speaks on Nick Coslett retiring

      Nick Coslett, industry renowned plantsman with an illustrious career working as marketing manager for Palmstead Nurseries and previous BALI South Thames chairman, is retiring at the end of September. Pro Landscaper speaks to the people within the landscaping community who worked closely with Nick over the years to hear their thoughts on his career, what he means to the industry and some personal stories. Rae Wilkinson, owner, Rae Wilkinson Design Limited Nick has always been a fantastic front man for Palmstead – he is a natural networker and a warm and friendly man who is passionate about the industry. His…

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      Pro Landscaper October issue review

      Pro Landscaper’s October issue is jammed with your monthly dose of landscaping news and must-read features. Here we break down the highlights and features we believe will improve your business or spark your curious side. Let’s Hear it From: Steve Etheridge, owner, Esse Landscapes The Sussex-based landscaping businessman takes us through how Esse Landscapes operates as a contractor and the type of projects the company undertakes. Steve also tackles some hot industry topics, such as staffing, training and market saturation in the area his business operates, saying: “There’s enough work out there for everyone.” Crime Wave: Angus Lindsay Crime is…

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