• silent city

    Takeaways from the Silent City environmental conference

    Silent City, now in its fourth year, is a two-day conference held by leading equipment manufacturer Husqvarna. It focuses on the environmental impact that green spaces and landscaping has on the environment. The two days aim to inform attendees of how this can be reduced through best practice and cutting-edge equipment.   This year’s event was in Hamburg, Germany. A forward-thinking place, Hamburg is the first German city to ban older diesel cars and has green space conservation as a priority, making it a fitting location for the Silent City conference. Day 1 Day one began with talks from the World…

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  • saltex 2018

    See what has sold out at SALTEX 2018

    Event organisers have reported a significant increase in pre-show visitor registration ahead of SALTEX 2018. The event takes place at The NEC, Birmingham on 31 October – 01 November.   It is encouraging times for the show which will be celebrating its 73rd anniversary. Since moving to the NEC, the show has grown steadily in terms of exhibitors, floor space and visitor numbers. Current figures for this year appear to hint towards SALTEX 2018 continuing the trend.   Visitor pre-registration for 2018 is at an all-time high with current figures 11% up on last year. This reflects not only the…

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  • ash dieback

    Managing Ash dieback in woodlands

    An important part of both natural and managed landscapes, Ash trees can be relied on for a great display of autumn colour. From vibrant yellows and oranges to red and deep scarlet, they are an intrinsic part of the countryside and complement other native trees. If you have spent time on the road or rail network recently, you’ll have enjoyed the blur of colour as you look out the window. This makes the content of a recent document published by the Forestry Commission all the harder to stomach. Managing ash (Fraxinus excelsior in woodlands in light of ash dieback – Hymenoscyphus…

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  • Innovation Award

    SALTEX Innovation Award 2018

    SALTEX plays host to the most technologically advanced-equipment showcase in grounds management. After making its debut last year, the SALTEX Innovation Award is back for 2018 and visitors will get the chance to see every entry at the show.   Here is a snapshot of some of the exciting entries:   Sherriff Amenity – PrecisionPro. A dedicated spots turf app designed to help users measure, calibrate and apply granular products. Lantra – Integrated Weed Management. The latest training course added to Lantra’s Pest & Weed Management suite of training and qualifications. Trimax Mowing Systems – the Snake S2. A rotary,…

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  • grandstand mower

    Toro introduces new Grandstand Mower

    Toro has announces the launch of the new 36” (91cm) and 48” (122cm) Grandstand mower (models 74540TE and 74542TE). The new stand-on models have enhanced features and accessories including rear discharge and a recycler kit.   The Toro Grandstand combines the speed and comfort of a zero-turn mower with the benefits of a professional walk-behind. Fast and manoeuvrable, the productive mower ensures the user can cover maximum area in minimal time. The cushioned suspension, rear discharge deck and twin-levered steering controls also make mowing easier.   The Grandstand 36” and 48” both feature a fold-up operator platform. This allows the…

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  • isuzu

    Isuzu Grafter Green prove to be the ‘smart’ choice

    Midlands sister companies Smart Cut Ltd and TFN Landscapes purchase a further 10 of the latest Isuzu Grafter Green 3.5 tonne rigids. These are joining the 40-strong combined vehicle fleet on a progressive basis from May to October this year. The Isuzu N35.125 Grafter Green rigids represent over 35% of the Smart Cut and TFN fleets. According to Smart Cut and TFN, their aim is to become an exclusively Isuzu fleet by the end of 2019. “Our initial attraction to Isuzu came from the payload. An impressive 7 tonne GTW Grafter as a result of its 3.5tonne gross towing capacity. This…

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  • lcvt

    LCVT handover first grounds maintenance vehicle to Days Rental

    LCVT Ltd (Light Commercial Vehicle Technology) delivers the first Grounds Maintenance Vehicle to Days Rental. They company have depots throughout the Midlands, Wales & the South West.   The vehicle, based on a Vauxhall Movano, is specifically for the Landscaping/Grounds maintenance Market.   It comes equiped with 1,400kg of payload, a full width tailgate, removable working at height barriers and a unique aluminium deck. This offers high levels of grip for both machinery and operatives in all weather conditions. With all this, the vehicle will prove very popular.   Safety is a key feature of the vehicle. Chapter eight graphics…

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  • innovation hub

    New Innovation Hub at SALTEX

    New for 2018, SALTEX visitors can expect to see and experience the very latest groundscare ingenuity in a new area on the show floor which is purely dedicated to innovation hub for new concepts in grounds management. SALTEX plays host to the most technologically-advanced equipment showcase with hundreds of exhibitors pushing the boundaries with new products and services. Within this fast-paced and evolving industry, manufacturers are more forward-thinking than ever before to ensure their products match their client’s needs and with over 8,000 SALTEX visitors, these new technologies are certainly under the spotlight. According to the SALTEX 2017 visitor survey,…

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  • the parks trust

    The Parks Trust recognised as one of the UK’s best green spaces

    Self-financing charity The Parks Trust has received a prestigious Green Flag Award for the second year in a row. This was awarded for all of the parks, woodlands and lakes the Trust manages and maintains across Milton Keynes. The Parks Trust continues to be the only recipient of the award for a complete network of parks across a whole town or city. This international award, now into its third decade, is confirmation that The Parks Trust’s green spaces across the city are of the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities. David Foster, chief executive…

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  • hottest

    What the hottest summer on record means for plant nurseries

    With the UK on the brink of setting a record for the hottest summer in over 40 years, paired with significantly below average rainfall, plant resilience is being tested. Pro Landscaper speaks with Palmstead Nurseries and Provender Nurseries to discover the affect this heat is having on the upkeep of plants, and how nurseries are economising water usage. Professional nurseries commonly stock all manner of plants for 12 months of the year to satisfy demand, presenting a challenge to the industry, as it must adapt to maintain a variety of stock in all types of extreme weather. Liz Hughes of…

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  • countrywide

    Countrywide Grounds Maintenance turns over a new leaf with COO appointment

    Countrywide Grounds Maintenance, the UK’s number one professional grounds maintenance contractor, has appointed James Kelly as its new chief operating officer, with immediate effect. Part of the Dwyer Group family of brands, James will be responsible for managing the business and will continue to support the growth and expansion of the brand across the UK. As part of his remit, he will also increase the presence of the business, which was acquired over a year ago, and provide the best professional solution for landscape maintenance and management. Since joining Countrywide in 2009, James has held a number of high profile…

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  • waterflow

    UKDN Waterflow releases report on tree root growth impact on urban drainage

    “With the onset of climate change, better understanding of the risks trees pose for buried water utility assets is vital to asset maintenance,” says UKDN Waterflow (LG) Ltd director Richard Leigh. Tree roots and their impact on drainage systems The paper highlights surprising findings from Swedish & UK researchers and the Arbroricultural Adivsory and Information Service (AAIS). Common perceptions suggest that tree roots directly cause damage to pipes. Yet research discovered in the majority of cases, roots only take advantage of previously damaged or vulnerable pipes. Tree roots can exert a pressure of up to 20 bar per sq. cm,…

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  • wilko

    Shed Grounds Maintenance wins contract with Wilko

    Shed Grounds Maintenance, the grounds and exterior maintenance contractors have secured a £46,000 per annum contract with retailer, Wilko. The UK wide contract started in May and includes maintenance at Wilko’s Head Office, two distribution depots in Worksop and Wales, and 42 of their stores from Castle Douglas to Bedminster. Since starting the contract, Shed has also been awarded additional services including Japanese knotweed treatment, site landscape improvements and tree surgery projects. Wilko’s was founded in 1930 in Leicester and sells homewares and household goods through its high street stores. Unusually, it remains in the hands of the founding family…

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  • ransomes

    Ransomes chosen for Palace Gardens

    Blenheim Palace, located in Oxfordshire, has taken delivery of a Ransomes MP495 cylinder mower to maintain its prestigious gardens. Delivered by local dealer The Turney Group, this purchase is a continuation of the long-standing relationship between Ransomes, The Turney Group and Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal English country house to hold the title of ‘palace’. The Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and welcomes around 800,000 visitors every year. Hilary Wood, Head of Gardens at Blenheim Palace, manages a team of 10 full-time and…

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  • cocker

    Darlington’s Cocker Beck receives TLC from Husqvarna

    Employees from Husqvarna, dedicated their working day on 11 June to the area around Darlington’s Cocker Beck giving it a much-needed makeover. The area, which was chosen by Husqvarna staff to benefit from its Husqvarna Loves Parks initiative, quickly saw an improvement as a total of 28 volunteers got hands on in clearing the area. Husqvarna outdoor power tools, including riders, chainsaws and brushcutters were put to the test, as specially trained staff members got to work in clearing the debris. A park bench which previously hadn’t been seen for five years due to overgrown grassland was unearthed and brought back…

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  • aid

    TREE AID striving to improve life in poverty stricken communities

    In Ethiopia, 11.9% or approximately 13 million hectares of land is forested. Between 1990 and 2005, the country lost 14.0% of its forest cover. This, coupled with frequent droughts, has seen the agricultural sector in Ethiopia suffer over recent years; having devastating effects on the communities living there who rely on the land for survival. TREE AID works with communities across Ethiopia and the African drylands (Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, and Ghana) to help lift them out of poverty – through the power of trees. Tackling poverty and protecting the environment are inseparable. One area where TREE AID has been working…

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  • stormwater

    Business park adopts flexible stormwater soakaway configuration

    A Welsh Government-owned business park in Offa’s Dyke, Welshpool, has turned to ACO’s innovative StormBrixx HD stormwater management crate system to deliver flexible flood relief in a tight footprint, and protect against a one-in-a-hundred-year rainfall event. The system was designed by consultant engineers, Bradley Associates, as part of the construction of a new 5,500m2 facility for electro-mechanical variable speed drives manufacturer, Invertek. A key challenge for the engineers was delivering the hydraulic capacity  using Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) design principals, ‘BREEAM’ maintenance requirements in line with Welsh Government policy, and within a limited footprint. The finished system would also need…

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  • Tivoli

    Tivoli launches, following acquisition of ISS Landscaping

    Following completion of its acquisition of ISS Landscaping 1 June Tivoli (Tivoli Group Limited) has launched and begun trading. Tivoli Group Limited is owned by private individuals as part of the Sullivan Street Partners portfolio of companies. Sullivan Street Partners also manage Orbis Protect, a leading vacant property security business and take active roles in their businesses. As a well-funded independent business, the new company will cement its place as the UK’s leading specialist grounds maintenance provider. The strategy is to continue to self-deliver grounds maintenance, landscape construction, arboriculture, winter maintenance and interior plants and floristry services to its public…

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  • xlr

    Rain Bird introduces XLR Long Distance Water Jets for irrigation and dust control

    There are many large area installations where the ability to water as quickly as possible in the most efficient way is critical, whether for irrigation, dust control or other purposes. With the introduction of the new Rain Bird XLR Series of water jets, users can now choose from a wide range of solutions that the company claims will outperform and outlast competing long-range impact rotors. They will save water, time and money in many applications including large sports field and arena irrigation, dust control in quarries and mines, feed yards, stables, reclamation yards or industrial premises as well as for…

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  • forum

    Speaker line up announced for Amenity Forum annual conference

    The Forum has recently opened for booking for its popular annual conference and exhibition. In 2018 it will be held once again at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton upon Trent, on Tuesday, 9 October. The conference will be entitled ‘Change, challenge and opportunity’. Once again it has an impressive range of speakers and the full programme can be found at The speakers include Professor Michael Eddleston from the University of Edinburgh who is set to provide an entertaining and informative presentation on Human Health issues and Francesca Baylis from Royal Holloway who will report on her ongoing research into biological…

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  • question

    Gardeners’ Question Time & RHS join to help UK gardeners protect their plots

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time (GQT) join forces to highlight the importance of plant health at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (6-10 June) with an interactive feature to equip the UK’s gardeners with the knowledge and expertise needed to plan and maintain a healthy garden. The RHS and GQT report a recent increase in enquiries about plant health, illustrating a growing concern for serious threats to UK gardens with almost 1,000 pests and diseases listed on the UK’s Plant Health Register.* Award winning designer Stephen Hall has worked with RHS Plant Health…

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  • brugge

    STM and Espritt obtain prestigious order for City of Brugge  

    If you think of Brugge you almost immediately conjure up pictures of their spectacular waterway system. But they do have grass as well. This is the first season with STM/SCAG machinery being represented by Espritt, our new dealership in Belgium, their Dirk Allard has already obtained a prestigious order for ten SWZ pedestrian machines for maintaining the grass areas in the historic and beautiful city of Brugge. This is a very good order to have received, not only as it reflects well on Dirk and Espritt, but as it also puts the familiar orange SCAG machinery out and about in…

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  • removal

    The ethics of tree removal

    Paul George of Landmark Trading takes on the thorny issue of tree removal – what needs to be considered, and when it’s ethical to fell Tree removal has sometimes drawn an ambiguous line on ethics – something that has been highlighted more than ever in light of the events in Sheffield. The local government’s Streets Ahead programme, a citywide project aiming to upgrade the area’s roads, streetlights, bridges and structures, has led to widespread tree felling – which local protesters and Sheffield Trees Action Groups (STAG) are trying to stop. Here, arboriculture has turned into a political and social issue…

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  • coastal

    Top 5 hedges for coastal projects

    Coastal projects are an immense challenge, with highly adverse conditions making them a suitable growing environment for only the toughest of plants. Pro Landscaper has asked a range of designers for their top five picks for the best hedging for coastal projects – The results are in:    1) Quercus ilex Growing Habits: Bushy, slow growth                Max. height: 12m                Flowers: None Also known as Holm Oak, this evergreen plant will grow in full sun, or partial shade in almost any variety of soil. It is both disease…

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  • children

    Planting the future: Children help create England’s largest forest for a generation

    School children will plant the first of 660,000 trees in England’s largest forest for more than 30 years today.  Pupils from Wooler Middle School will help to begin the creation of the forest at Doddington North Moor, Northumberland. The new forest will provide real benefits to the North-East economy – short and long-term employment on site and a future timber supply to wood processors, including A&J Scott, which employs almost 150 people in nearby Wooperton. The trees to be planted at the site have been provided by regional nurseries – Cheviot Trees near Berwick-upon-Tweed and Trees Please in Corbridge. Environmental benefits…

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