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    • cotswold

      Cotswold Dry Stone Walling

      Cotswold Stone one of the most popular products for wall building for years. Its natural colour with its subtle honey characteristics has a desirable appearance.   Smiths’ Cotswold dry walling stone is quarried in the northwest corner of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. It has all the warmth and subtlety expected from the stone from this part of the country.   Increasingly it is being used for a variety of modern construction work. For example: building of new Cotswold styled properties, or conservation and restoration work. It is also used in new property walling, landscaping projects and exterior cladding. It can also…

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    • attila

      Etesia unveil two new Attila brushcutter models ahead of 2019

      Etesia UK has unveiled two new Attila pedestrian brushcutters ahead of the 2019 season.   The new Etesia AK60 and AH75 pedestrian brushcutters work in the toughest of conditions. These powerful machines effectively deal with clearing vegetation from a variety of sites. These include: long grass, weeds, bracken and brambles on woodland paths, orchards and road verges. Ease of operation and maneuverability ensure total efficiency and high output.   Efficiency   Heavy-duty brush cutting (up to Ø30 with AH75 and Ø20 with AK60)   Mowing on the most difficult slopes (up to 20°) due to hydraulic transmission with differential lock…

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    • green-tech

      Green-tech unveil 25th Anniversary edition Product Catalogue

      The new 2019 Green-tech catalogue is now in print and available for all customers, architects and garden designers across the UK.   The new 2019 product catalogue celebrates 25 years of trading for Green-tech. It is full with over 6,500 products for rural and urban tree planting, tree irrigation and ground, wind, weed and erosion control. It also has grounds maintenance, soils and growing media and wildflower and conservation products.   The catalogue features the new TreeBio range of biodegradable planting sundries. It also has a new range of liquid fertilisers and an extended range of ecology products.   Green-tech’s…

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    • lazylawn

      LazyLawn seeks new licensees to add to network

      Artificial grass brand LazyLawn is searching for landscapers to join its team as the company continues to grow.   After receiving ‘Which? Trusted Trader’ status, LazyLawn is looking for licensees to add to its network of accredited installers. This network operates in Oxford, Northampton, Reading and Milton Keynes to name a few.   Installing at iconic locations such as Center Parcs, Canary Warf, The Shard, and Hilton Hotel, LazyLawn has trust throughout the UK. It has also installed for celebrities including Sam Bailey, Amanda Holden, and The Real Housewives of Cheshire’s Ward family.   LazyLawn offers a comprehensive range of…

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    • protected pines

      Protected tree felling prosecution

      A Beckenham resident who knowingly felled three protected pine trees has been prosecuted.   Peter Clarke of Westgate Road, Beckenham, pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to carrying out prohibiting work. This includes felling, to the protected trees without the written consent of the local authority. He received orders to pay total fines and costs of over £15,000.   Councillor Kate Lymer, executive councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “Householders are responsible for their privately-owned land and its upkeep. This includes their obligations as custodians of trees with preservation orders on them. Enforcement and prosecution is always a last…

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    • songs about flowers

      13 hit songs about flowers

      The world of nature stems out greatly into popular culture. So much so, there are a plethora of hit songs released every year surrounding the diverse symbol, flowers. In light of this, Pro Landscaper has collated the top 13 songs about flowers that are sure to get your feet tapping. Flowers in the window – Travis (2001) Marigold – Nirvana (1993) Dead Flowers – The Rolling Stones (1971) Kiss from a Rose – Seal (1994) Build me up buttercup – The Foundations (1998) Supermarket flowers – Ed Sheeran (2017) Flower – Kylie Minogue (2012) Pushing Up Daisies – Lily Allen…

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    • garden city

      PRP appointed to lead masterplan in Ebbsfleet Garden City

      UK architecture firm PRP is now lead architect and masterplanner on The Western Village in North Kent. The appointment was by joint venture development partners, Clarion Housing Group and Countryside. Part of the Eastern Quarry section of Ebbsfleet Garden City, The Western Village scheme is set to deliver up to 2,600 new homes.   Designed by PRP, The Western Village will offer a strong sense of community for those that live there. The homes will respond to their rural surrounds, including a former quarry which will also provide a dramatic backdrop to the scheme. The homes will link to landscaped…

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    • glyphosate

      Glyphosate guidance

      Complete Weed Control has announced a series of roadshow events to provide essential guidance for the amenity sector dealing with the application of glyphosate. The half day seminars will detail the latest information from Bayer regarding glyphosate as well as informative sessions dealing with the application of glyphosate for hard surfaces utilising Complete Weed Control’s Weed-IT technology. In addition, there will invaluable advice with regard to handling public objections to weed control activities, with concise information to take away from the event.  Findings from the most extensive trials into Japanese knotweed and its control will also be provided along with…

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    • staff

      Handling staff during the Christmas period

      As fabulously festive as Christmas time is, the holiday can wreak havoc with many industries that find their workload increasing through the winter months. Grounds maintenance is a prime example. Colder weather strikes up the need for additional services such as gritting and snow ploughing, making staff attendance essential. Pro Landscaper sits with Eddy Griffiths, head of operations at grounds maintenance and landscaping giant CGM, to discover how he manages staff at this time of year. When asked how busy the winter period is compared with the rest of the year, Eddy starts by saying: “In theory the winter months…

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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

      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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    • british

      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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    • heligan

      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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