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    • Thrive

      Garden for Thrive to be unveiled at RHS Chatsworth

      The health and wellbeing benefits of gardening will be celebrated in a garden designed for Thrive at RHS Charsworth.   It will form part of a new Mindfulness Gardens category at the show, which runs from 5th-9th June.   Designer Richard Rogers is creating the Reflective Mind Garden. It aims to bring to life how gardening and gardens can help people facing stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.   Richard’s striking design will incorporate sculpture, water and angular blocks. As well as trees, hedging and several hundred plants.   Thrive CEO Kathryn Rossiter said: `We are delighted that the…

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    • Pro Landscaper LIVE

      Pro Landscaper LIVE Cheshire

      Following the success of the  Pro Landscaper LIVE events in 2018, the Pro Landscaper events team is delighted to announce that 2019 will see the return of the regional events.  Pro Landscaper will be taking to the road to educate, inform and inspire the landscaping industry in Bristol, Northampton, Cheshire and Kent. Much like 2018, the afternoon will take the form of a welcome lunch, a number of topical seminars and an industry debate including some of the most influential landscapers, garden designers, landscape architects, contractors and suppliers within the landscape sector. The day will be finished off with a drinks…

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    • Paul Stone

      Paul Stone appointed as new head of horticulture at Eden

      Award-winning garden designer Paul Stone has been appointed Head of Horticulture at the Eden Project in Cornwall.   With a 30-year record of building gardens, twice winning best in show at the Hampton Court Flower Show and four times winning gold at the Chelsea Flower Show, Paul is a well-known face in the horticulture world.   In his new role, Paul is in charge of a team of 50, working within the Eden Project’s Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, the outdoor gardens, 250-acre outer estate and the Eden nursery at nearby Pentewan.   Paul has been part of the Eden horticultural…

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    • Carbon Gold

      Woodland Trust partners with biochar supplier Carbon Gold

      The Woodland Trust has partnered with UK biochar supplier Carbon Gold to support the charity’s tree planting and preservation activities across the UK.   The announcement will see 10p from the sale of each of Carbon Gold’s biochar planting aids and soil improvers donated to the Trust. Philippa Borrill, Head of Partnerships at the Woodland Trust, says: “Carbon Gold is a natural fit for us as a partner. Their biochar products are proven to boost the health and vitality of newly planted and established trees and plants.   “We’re looking forward to seeing what this collaboration brings in terms of…

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    • McQueens

      McQueens highlights importance of bee conservation at 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      McQueens Flowers has been commissioned by the RHS to create two original art installations at the Chelsea Flower Show, 21 – 25 May. Honey, I’m home will be an interactive installation, inviting visitors to help create a swarm of giant honey bees flying home to their hive. The second will be a dramatic 20m long by 7m wide dark immersive tunnel Per Oculus Apum (Through the Eyes of Bees) complete with upside-down lavender field. Both will open visitors’ minds to how bees see the world and ultimately raise awareness of the recent decline in the bee population.   The installations…

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    • Flower Show Cardiff

      The Perennial Garden wins Silver Medal at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

      Designed by Irish garden designer Peter Donegan and constructed by Burnham Landscaping, the contemporary garden was created to help mark the garden charities 180th anniversary. It is the first time Perennial have exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show. Also the first time Peter (or any Irish designer) has had designs accepted to the flower show. In November 2018 Peter was selected by a French jury to represent Ireland. His design was to realise the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden at Chateau de Peronne in the Somme region of Northern France and see the garden in the dried up…

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    • Walmer Castle

      Lost Pleasure Grounds to open at Walmer Castle

      Part of Walmer Castle’s gardens, first laid out by William Pitt the Younger and enjoyed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, will soon reopen for the first time in over 100 years.   The former chalk quarry now known as the Glen – created by Pitt and his niece Lady Hester Stanhope – could previously only be glimpsed through a dense and tangled tree canopy. It was made possible following a £2.3m investment including £1.35m from the National Lottery. It has also involved a new collaboration with Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) and includes new education and visitor…

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    • Borde Hill

      Michael Marriott to hold a talk at Borde Hill’s Rose Garden

      At Borde Hill Garden this summer one of the world’s most respected rose experts, Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses, will be providing a talk and exclusive guided tour of Borde Hill’s renowned Rose Garden on 20th June.   In June, Borde Hill’s 750 + strong rose collection will be in full bloom, filling the gardens with heavenly scent. The Rose Garden at Borde Hill has been carefully developed over the last decade. It comprises formal beds bordered by box and lavender, red brick paths and is an array of obelisks and trellises adorned with roses.   The design was…

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    • Ancient Woodland

      The Ancient Woodland Inventory for England gets new funding

      The Ancient Woodland Inventory for England is to get a radical overhaul to enable changes in national planning policy to be properly implemented. Last year, the National Planning Policy Framework was amended to give ancient woodland and ancient and veteran trees strengthened protection from inappropriate development. The Woodland Trust warned government this change would only be effective if planners and developers knew where ancient woodland was located. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has awarded a grant of £210,000 to the Woodland Trust. This is to kickstart a £1.5 million collaboration with Natural England to update the inventory.…

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    • Mitie

      Mitie wins extension to contract with NHS Property Services

      Mitie has won a fourth year of a major contract delivering engineering, landscaping and security services to NHS Property Services.   The new award means that Mitie will continue to deliver mechanical and electrical services, building maintenance, security and grounds maintenance to the public body which owns a portfolio of 3,500 buildings, representing about 10% of the entire NHS estate. The new term starts in April 2019 and run for another year.   Mitie has delivered these services since 2016. It is able to work at scale and with flexibility to meet the needs of NHS Property Services, which manages…

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    • RHS Cardiff

      RHS medals announced at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed the award winners at its first major outdoor event of the year the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019, supported by Brewin Dolphin. Nature’s Takeover was awarded the top title of Best Garden and Best Construction while Andy’s Air Plants was awarded Best in Floral Marquee. First-time designer Diego Carrillo from London teamed up with Smartscape Cardiff to build the Regeneration Garden which received the title after the RHS Judging Panel awarded it a Silver-Guilt medal. In line with the Regeneration Gardens category, Nature’s Takeover illustrates the simple beauty of nature as the space…

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    • Hedgehog

      Hedgehogs are threatened by development

      Hedgehogs and development Hedgehogs are disappearing at an alarming rate. The recent State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 report revealed that since the millennium, the population of the nation’s favourite mammal has fallen by a third in our towns and cities. The two wildlife charities behind this report, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species, launched the Hedgehog Street campaign to inspire the British public to help us protect our hedgehogs. Why are they in decline? Hedgehogs travel around one mile every night through parks and gardens in their quest to find enough food, nest sites and…

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    • PorcelQuick

      PorcelQuick Launches New Stainless Steel Edge Profiles for Porcelain Paving

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    • Confor

      Think Global, Plant Local to tackle climate change

      The UK Government has been urged to ‘Think Global, Plant Local’ to start tackling the damaging effects of climate change.   Independent advisers have told the Government that planting trees and building with wood is a “simple, low-cost option” to remove large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. A message that is also highlighted by Sir David Attenborough in his latest TV series.    But, the UK Government is still way behind its own modest targets of planting 11 million trees in England in the five years to 2022.    Now Confor has laid down a challenge by setting ambitious…

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    • bees' needs

      Bees’ needs: public urged to support pollinators

      Five simple actions to help pollinators such as planting more bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often were promoted to protect the vital contribution these insects make to our economy.   The five actions form part of a call to action launched by Environment Minister Lord de Mauley today at a conference organised by Plantlife, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and The Wildlife Trusts. The conference was focused on encouraging people to do their bit to help insects such bees and butterflies.   Pollinators provide variety in our diets and some crops, like raspberries, apples and pears, particularly need insect…

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    • Irrigation

      Considerations for landscape irrigation

      Peter Longman, Rain Bird’s northern Europe landscape area manager talks to Pro Landscaper about considerations for landscape irrigation.  Irrigation technology is likely to play an increasingly important role in ensuring that water is used to maximum effect in the commercial landscaping, sports turf , residential and golf markets. With efficient irrigation products and practices, it is possible to reduce water consumption by 25% or more without having to give up the plants, trees and gardens that add so much to the landscape. A fundamental requirement is to know the soil type involved as this is a factor in determining how…

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    • biosecurity toolkit

      LI launches new biosecurity toolkit for landscape consultants

      The Landscape Institute (LI) has published a new plant health and biosecurity toolkit. This toolkit will help landscape professionals tackle the pests and diseases that threaten our landscapes.   Plant health and biosecurity issues present a major threat to ecosystem resilience. And with the uncertainty in the UK’s trading future with the EU, it is crucial that those in the landscape sector implement biosecurity principles at every stage of their work. Background Plant pests and diseases are a normal characteristic of the environment and usually exist in equilibrium with their hosts, which naturally limit their spread. At a landscape scale, some pests and diseases can be…

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    • ESL Landscape Contractors

      ESL Landscape Contractors launches new website

      ESL Landscape Contractors have launched a new website. This is to support ESL’s clients and stakeholders and those operating within the construction and landscape industries, with a focus on commercial landscaping.   Developed by website design company, Sussex Designs it is nearly three months in the making. The site will give a smoother and more intuitive user experience. It will allow visitors to navigate ESL’s service offering, news and portfolio with ease.   ESL is an experienced landscape contractor who has been delivering high quality landscaping services to the private and public sectors for almost three decades. The company provides…

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    • Smiths’ Gabion limestone

      Smiths’ Gabion limestone

      Smiths’ tells us about its Gabion limestone.  Smiths’ Gabion limestone has been primarily used to fill gabion baskets for ground stabilisation, for example, the retaining walls of terraces or the stabilisation of river banks, the railway and road embankments and bridge abutments. However, the way this simple un-seen stone product is being used is changing! Our gabion stone is a crushed Cotswold limestone with its typical Cotswold hues – warm creams and honey appearance – which offers landscape designers a softer more natural appearance to any large engineering project where the stone is left exposed. Equally this can be used…

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    • RHS Bridgewater Garden

      The RHS Bridgewater Garden comes to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      The RHS Bridgewater Garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is designed by Tom Stuart-Smith. It heralds the creation of the RHS’s new garden in Salford due to open in summer 2020.   The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford is one of the most significant and impactful events in the RHS’s 215 year history. The RHS is creating the stunning 154 acre garden by breathing new life into the grounds that were once the historic gardens of Worsley New Hall. One of the largest gardening projects in Europe, it is being master planned…

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    • Xardin

      Xardin supports new talent at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

      This year’s RHS Cardiff Flower Show in April will see award winning landscape construction and horticultural specialists, Xardin Garden, launch its programme to support new designers and artists entering the horticulture industry.   The inaugural programme, complete with bursary, enables designer Brent Purtell to create his first show garden called “The Xardin Urban Gallery” . This will showcase his take on urban regeneration for the Royal Horticultural Society. Brent recently qualified at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design after he decided to choose a new career making gardens. Edward Mairis, owner of Xardin said: “We celebrate the achievements of the…

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    • Kebur Trade Pro

      Launch of Kebur Trade Pro account scheme

      Kebur Garden Materials talks to Pro Landscaper about the launch of their new scheme.  Last month saw the launch of Kebur Garden Material’s Trade Pro account scheme. This is an exciting offer that further builds on the competitive discounts of up to 20% that the company’s trade account holders already enjoy. The new package of support is open to all trade customers and includes an enhanced reward scheme for those who buy in the highest volumes. Already renowned for its speedy delivery, Kebur Garden Materials is now offering trade customers a next day service on natural stone and porcelain orders…

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    • Stiperstones National Nature Reserve

      Help bring Stiperstones National Nature Reserve back to purple

      Natural England is calling on the public to donate to their campaign to raise money to buy and restore one hectare of land on the edge of Stiperstones National Nature Reserve (NNR) called Windy Corner.   Stiperstones NNR in Shropshire is famous for its wild and atmospheric landscape and nationally significant geology. The restoration and purchasing of Windy Corner is one more step towards the vision of creating a continuous heathland along the entire 10km of the Stiperstones ridge. This will allow an emperor moth caterpillar to be able to crawl from one end of this iconic upland landscape to…

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    • May's agenda

      April’s agenda question

      In April’s issue of Pro Landscaper we asked the question ‘ What can we do as an industry to help combat the causes and consequences of climate change.’ Six members of the industry explain how they are taking steps to tackle the increasing challenges of climate change. Dr Ross Cameron,Senior lecturer,Landscape Management The key element for our sector is to embrace green energy sources and encourage the government to provide opportunities/infrastructure for these. These need to be genuinely green – electricity from solar and wind, for example. We should also exploit the natural environment to mitigate the causes and effects…

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    • AVS

      AVS Fencing & Landscaping welcomes new managing director

      AVS Fencing & Landscaping has set itself up for a year of growth and change, as it welcomes new managing director Stewart Pierce. Stewart Pierce will oversee the brand’s strategic development plans and rebrand.  He joins AVS with 30 years of industry experience.    In his previous role as the financial and commercial director of Parker Building Supplies, he was responsible for their key growth strategy programme and staff development pathway. He will be responsible for driving the business forward and for the continuation of the rebrand and branch upgrades, as well as a widening of the product offering. Stewart Pierce…

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