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    • cambridge university

      Accoya in Cambridge University botanic gardens

      Accoya wood has been specified for the ‘Understanding Plant Diversity’ section of a project at Cambridge University, in the botanic gardens. The project is of the largest university-owned botanic gardens in the world.   Following a competition in 2016, Chadwick Dryer Clarke was appointed as the project lead to create a path structure to inspire and intrigue visitors. ‘The Rising Path’, a galvanised steel structure clad with Accoya wood balustrades and decking, was created to meet the brief.   The 65 metre long dynamic spiral, which has a three-metre high elevated viewpoint, features an interpretation hub designed to inspire visitors…

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    • fire magic

      Fire Magic launch contemporary new website

      Fire Magic, the premium outdoor kitchen brand has launched a contemporary new website.   Offering expert design advice and a range of outdoor kitchen products, Fire Magic offer information to all installers.   Website Highlights Cut out dimensions listed on page for every component Product Hotspots – highlighting key points about each different Fire Magic barbecue series Case Studies – bringing real projects to life Blog – understand more about Fire Magic technology, latest news and recipes Inspiration Gallery – now includes details of all products shown in the project plus a link to the project designer or contractor Technical…

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    • small gardens

      Design tips for small gardens

      Here we take a look at the various ways to maximise space and design stunning features, even with limited space in small gardens.

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    • composite decking

      The benefits of composite decking

      Composite decking is growing in popularity. Maybe because it’s more durable than wood decking, as well as a great low-maintenance alternative to wood.   Unlike wood, composite decking doesn’t need frequent staining, oiling or moisture prevention damage and rotting. This makes it the less time-consuming option.   However, whilst composite decking offers low-maintenance benefits, in some instances, it can look artificial. But Millboard decking is different. Due to the unique way it’s engineered, Millboard decking looks remarkably like the real thing, yet out-performs it in every way.   Inspired by the innate beauty of nature, it’s been hand-moulded from original…

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    • health and safety

      Essential health and safety considerations for outdoor landscaping

      Health and safety is an integral aspect of landscape design. Whatever the aesthetic considerations of a project, they must not put its end users at risk. For public or communal spaces, good safety practice is upheld by legal constraints. For example, the Equality Act of 2010 requires public spaces to be accessible and safe for use by disabled users. This includes those in wheelchairs, but there is a duty of care as well for projects commissioned by private clients.   Precautions around planting, such as avoiding poisonous species in areas with young children are essential. The safety aspects of landscaping…

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    • drivetex

      How to lay Drivetex by Growtivation

      ‘How to Lay DRIVETEX Driveway Membrane’ is the third in a new series of videos offering landscaping professionals straightforward, easy-to-follow, practical information on getting the best from the Product That Works range of landscaping materials. This new video outlines how to lay DRIVETEX driveway membrane, a heavy duty non-woven geotextile fabric for driveways and roads, which offers the best performance in ground stabilisation, filtration and drainage. This is the first in a series of videos. Please see the video category on the Pro Landscaper website to find even more.Or see the online exclusives to browse even more great Pro Landscaper…

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    • green future building

      Green Future Building helps bring children closer to nature

      Green Future Building (GFB) is a not-for-profit social enterprise, that helps young people gain employment in sustainable construction. It is also a business with the importance of nature at heart.   All projects led by GFB aim to benefit the natural world by working with the surrounding environment. They aim to create structures and spaces that will encourage wildlife and enable people to learn and grow closer to the landscape.   One recent project in particular is set to inspire and educate generations of school children for up to 50 years to come.   Built by Green Future Building, the…

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    • non-slip decking

      Alternative non-slip decking from Gripsure

      Non-slip decking manufacturer, Gripsure has expanded their range with Accoya modified timber decking.   Gripsure have invested in their facilities and developing their non-slip decking products. Having gained second tier distributer status, Gripsure now offer a decking board made from Accoya. Featuring two non-slip aggregate infills, Gripsure non-slip decking made with Accoya future proofs decking for longevity and safety.   Accoya wood is sustainably grown pine, modified by acetylation. This is a permanent modification from the surface of the timber board through to the core. The modification improves the timbers durability, stability and in service life. Classified within BS EN…

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    • biodegradable

      Green-tech launch new biodegradable tree range at APF 2018

      Green-tech has launched a new biodegradable tree range, known as Treebio, today at APF 2018.   The range consists of 100% biodegradable spiral tree guards and spiral vole guards, bio weed mats, bamboo canes and mulch mat pegs.   Sales director, Richard Gill said: “This is our response to the growing desire to reduce the use of standard plastics across the industry. We are very excited to unveil, after an extensive R&D period, Treebio – the new biodegradable tree range. Treebio is an eco-friendly, weed and erosion control range of planting essentials.   “We are always searching for plastic alternatives…

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    • grey yorkstone

      London Stone offer Sawn Buff and Grey Yorkstone off the shelf

      London Stone announce that for the first time ever, Sawn Buff and Grey Yorkstone are now available off the shelf. Gone are the days of waiting 6 – 8 weeks for this admired, indigenous stone.   From September 2018, Britannia Buff and Grey Yorkstone will be available in standard paving sizes of 900×600, 600×600, and 600x400mm at a thickness of 30mm.   To complement the offer, 40mm thick Bullnosed step treads, in 2000x500mm and 900x500mm sizes, and Copings at 600x300mm with a neat Pencil Round Edge, are also available.   Managing director, Steve Walley says: “Gone are the days of…

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    • eco edge

      Eco Edge – Edging made entirely from recycled plastic

      become is taking the sustainability message to the great outdoors by launching a garden edging that is made from 100% recycled household plastic. Eco Edge is the latest addition to the become portfolio to meet soaring demand for all-things sustainable from consumers, businesses and public-sector organisations. Eco Edge is strong and as easy to work with as wood, making it an ideal edging for virtually all types of gardens and landscaped public space. Unlike wood, however, it is rot-proof, and environment friendly, making it supremely cost-effective, flexible and long lasting. It suits the widest possible range of users and uses.…

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    • gabion limestone

      Smiths 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 to enhance any smaller landscape or garden…

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    • How to creatively use recycled materials in garden design

      This week, Pro Landscaper sits with Robert Frier, garden designer at Charlesworth Design to discover some creative ways landscapers can reduce costs and do more for the environment with recycled materials. I guess the Yorkshire blood in my genes is why I have always been one for re-using and recycling. For many years I’ve always had the satisfaction of making my own compost. To get something free of charge for very little effort I think is most rewarding. Client’s like it if you can use things that are already a part of their garden – it goes towards keeping the…

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    • horticap

      Green-tech supports to Yorkshire charity Horticap

      Green-tech has donated over eight pallets of horticulture sundries to adult-education charity, Horticap.   Horticap provides adults with disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills. Alan Titchmarsh MBE is a Patron that works closely with the charity.   Green-tech, the landscaping product supplier is well known for its support of local and national charities. They donated a mix of pots, trays and hanging basket accessories which are being used by the students.   Horticap aims to provide students with learning disabilities a supportive working environment. They aim to help students extend their knowledge and social skills. This is…

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    • survey site condition

      How to survey site condition before install metal railings

      Phil Ball of Alpha Rail, provides advice on how to survey site condition before measuring up for metalwork.   When a project is specified to include metal railings, gates or guardrail, ensuring that they will fit first time is essential. This stops delays in other aspects work and will usually involve a visit to the site to carry out a survey to take measurements. This helps assess the length of the railings required for each section, as well as the ground levels and any curvatures. This will help us to determine if any raked or radius panels will be required.…

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    • ir reflecting

      IR Reflecting Masterbatch cools garden plastic fencing

      Garden plastic fencing is set to revolutionise the domestic and commercial fencing sector, a global market that will hit £5.5bn by 2024. These products are strong, maintenance free, cost efficient and will last for years.   Hybrid Fencing Ltd supplies a range of plastic fence and gate products to domestic and commercial customers. Its plastic fencing uses recycled materials engineered to offer high performance, sustainable products.   The plastic fencing uses recycled polystyrene that provides the core of each fence panel. This is then coated with a polypropylene skin. Approximately 80% is made from recycled materials.   Founder Tim White…

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    • landtex

      Video demonstrates How To Install LANDTEX Landscape Fabric

      Hot on the heels of the first Product That Worx ‘How to’ video comes the second in the series from leading landscaping supplies specialist Growtivation. The new video, ‘How to Install LANDTEX Landscape Fabric’, is designed to aid professional landscapers in installing this popular landscaping fabric, for heavy duty weed control in most types of landscape projects. Growtivation’s video guides are aimed at assisting landscapers in using the Product That Worx range of professional landscaping products by providing easy-to-view and easy-to-do information at their fingertips. In this latest video, Sales Manager Vernon Elsey and Marketing Manager Graham Elsey again show…

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    • british sugar topsoil

      Video shines spotlight on British Sugar TOPSOIL

      A new three-minute video explaining the origin of British Sugar TOPSOIL products and the manufacturing process. It also highlights the stringent analysis and testing the products undergo. is now available on the company’s recently relaunched website at bstopsoil.co.uk. Commissioned by national TOPSOIL manager Andy Spetch, who provides the voice-over. He also appears in the film alongside some of his TOPSOIL colleagues. The video gives a unique bird’s eye view of parent company British Sugar’s Wissington sugar factory in Norfolk. It also contains aerial footage of lagoons that capture the prime arable soils washed off the sugar beet. The video also…

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    • Talasey Group Training Academy

      Talasey Group Training Academy launched

      The Talasey Group Training Academy has launched as part of its commitment to raising industry standards.   The Talasey Group Training Academy (TTA) began its City & Guilds accredited courses in its Doncaster facilities this summer. The TTA offers a professional learning experience, and provides delegates with accredited training.   Each course is designed by Talasey Group and support a wide range of industry professionals. These include college students and installers to designers and landscape architects. They are also useful to builders merchants looking to develop further skills and industry knowledge.   The courses cover how to install, maintain, and…

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    • artificialgrass.com

      UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant stocks ArtificialGrass.com

      ArtificialGrass.com have their contract extended with MKM Building Supplies until 2020. The contract includes the supply of stock, branch support, and installation training.   MKM Building Supplies will be stocking ArtificialGrass.com products across its 53 branches.   Brian Charlish, MKM account manager ArtificialGrass.com said: “This is an exciting time for us. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to extend our relationship and build together with MKM and their customers.   “We offer a high quality range of products and service package. These come with the option for landscaping clients to train with the experts.   “We work hard to provide…

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    • patioworld

      Landscapers invited to Patioworld launch

      Bradstone and the Frank Key Group invite landscapers to a trade launch of the anticipated Patioworld. The event will be at Brookfields Garden Centre, Nottingham, on Thursday 13 September. The event, open from 3:00pm – 7:00pm, is an exclusive landscapers’ trade evening designed to showcase Patioworld before it opens to the public. Alongside product experts, there will also be food and drink available throughout the event. Special offers and landscaping giveaways will also run during the event. Patioworld will feature displays of Bradstone paving products, as well as house stock. The area will be open seven days a week, all…

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    • recyclable plant pots

      Wyevale to introduce recyclable plant pots

      Commercial nursery, Wyevale is introducing recyclable plant pots for all its retail plants. This will allow customers to recycle them kerbside. In 2019 Wyevale Nurseries will be replacing its black plastic pots for taupe coloured pots, supplied by Aeroplas, to fight the war on plastic. Steve Reed, production director of the Container Division at Wyevale Nurseries, explained: “The taupe coloured plant pots are coming in next year for our retail plants and we plan to use more than 700,000 of the new recyclable pots. “There will be a big overlap for customers as everything we have potted this year is…

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    • kellaway

      Millboard brings Kellaway on board to grow distributor network

      Millboard decking is now available across the south-west from all branches of Kellaway Building Supplies. Millboard manufactures its high-quality decking boards from a unique polyurethane resin blend. Kellaway Building Supplies will be stocking Millboard products in two finishes – Weathered Oak and Enhanced Grain. These will be available in the full range of Millboard colours: Weathered Oak finish: Driftwood Vintage Enhanced Grain finish: Coppered Oak Golden Oak Jarrah Limed Oak Smoked Oak Brushed Basalt- new colour Kellaway Building Supplies is expanding its operation and renowned in the South West. The firm has branches in Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, North and South…

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    • flood expo

      ACO display intelligent stormwater management at Flood Expo 2018

      ACO Water Management will showcase its state-of-the-art cloud-based hydraulic drainage design software at Flood Expo 2018. Alongside this, it will also display products from its comprehensive flood mitigation portfolio.   ACO QuAD Hydraulic Design software is the fourth generation of ACO’s design software, and is accessible on ACO’s website. Users first select the application (Domestic, Pedestrian, Highways, Industrial, or Mixed-Use). This should be the ones that best describes their project, and then input the size of the drained area. The software calculates a variety of different hydraulic project data.   Unlike competitor models, ACO QuAD can accommodate complex and sloped…

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    • decking innovation

      A new decking innovation from Millboard

      Decking manufacturer Millboard has released another decking innovation – a Bullnose Board. Until now, there were few options available for quality, sturdy edges to decking. Building on the success of their existing popular Bullnose edging, Millboard has created the Bullnose Board. At 150mm wide, with a bullnose profile down one side, the new Bullnose Board provides plenty of surface area. This makes for a very stable fix, and provides a refined appearance to a deck’s perimeter. Moulded from genuine timber samples, the decking is hand coloured during production. The wood grain extends round the bullnose profile, maintaining the appearance of…

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