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    • bonfire

      Bonfire guidance for landscaping waste

      There is no law in the UK that specifically bans bonfires in gardens, even in smoke-free zones. But there are laws against causing a public or statutory nuisance, and some restrictions that landscapers should be aware of being lighting a bonfire. If smoke makes its way on to a public highway, it can be classified as a criminal offence in some circumstances and leads to fines. Regularly burning material on private property could also be a nuisance in the eyes of the council, if it causes problems for neighbours. Councils could issue an abatement notice. What to burn on a bonfire A…

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    • MEDITE SMARTPLY

      Find MEDITE SMARTPLY at Futurescape 2018

      MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME (MTX) is a weather resistant MDF from MEDITE SMARTPLY.   This year, MEDITE SMARTPLY will be bringing MTX to Futurescape 2018, the leading UK landscape event. Find the company at stand B1 at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, on Tuesday 20 November 2018.   In a recent test of the uses of MTX, MEDITE SMARTPLY teamed up with Bakers Timber Buildings. This was to supply materials for their high-end, custom-made garden rooms. These outdoor spaces are usable year-round thanks to their insulation and durability gained from MTX. Another MEDITE solution, MEDITE MR was also used.   Bakers Timber…

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    • Royal Marine Garden

      Tivoli restores vandalised Arbroath in Bloom, Royal Marine Garden

      Following the vandalism of the Arbroath in Bloom, Royal Marine Garden earlier this year, Tivoli stepped in to help restore the garden to its former glory.   Hugh Wood, business development manager for Tivoli said: “We heard on the national news about the vandalised garden. We sought out Chic Grant, former Royal Marine, 45 Commando, and the force behind the creation of the original garden, to offer our services.”   On 27 October ten Tivoli volunteers, collected at the garden with 45 Commando veterans, to carry out the refurbishment.   Nine Sorbus Mountain Ash trees, donated by Tivoli supplier Craigmarloch…

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    • scary plants

      8 scary plants to fend off trick-or-treaters

      Nature can be pretty scary, and plants are definitely a big part of this – though tarantulas probably take the biscuit. From poisonous fruits to spike-covered branches, in the spirit of Halloween, Pro Landscaper has collated eight of the most scary plants in the world! Black bat flower Chinese myshetsvet This flower can grow to be as long as 12 inches and has ‘whiskers’ that can grow up to 28 inches in length. The Black Bat Flower is native to tropical regions in south east Asia. Bleeding Tooth Fungus Hydnellum Peckii The body of this plant can ‘bleed’ a bright…

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    • post-brexit

      How will health and safety be impacted post-Brexit?

      Since the EU referendum, surveys undertaken by independent bodies have revealed the two main reasons for people voting Leave:  Immigration  Sovereignty.  Health and safety did not find its way into the top two, but there are some strong opinions in the media as well as political party literature on the matter and what could happen post-Brexit. Some regard EU involvement as something which promotes high standards in all aspects of health and safety. Whereas, others dismiss these same standards, as onerous rules which stifle productivity and reduce the UK’s competitivity.    The EU has, via a series of directives, had…

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    • harrier

      Hayter announce brand new Harrier 48 and 56 Pro models

      Hayter, mower manufacturing giant, is announcing the arrival of two brand new Harrier models at this year’s SALTEX event.   Designed for landscape professionals, the Harrier 48 and 56 Pro are additions to the Harrier rear-roller mower lineup. Since the first Harrier professional lawn mower over a decade ago, the range is completely overhauled. Professionals will benefit from the enhanced features and benefits in the latest models.   Available in Spring 2019, the latest Harrier Pro mowers are robust and flexible to enable users to tackle a variety of turfs. The Harrier 48 Pro features: New cast Aluminium cutter deck…

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    • winter

      How to care for a garden during winter

      Pro Landscaper speaks with Tiger Sheds, who have surveyed the nation to unveil the UK’s garden habits. It reveals that a massive two in five (40%) of Brits don’t take precautions to prepare their garden or garden buildings for the cooler winter weather. What’s more, 52% completely abandon their gardens and fail to do any gardening throughout winter. Almost one in ten (9%) said that they don’t care for their garden in winter because they think that their plants will die regardless. 8% said they would replace anything that that the winter weather damages – but at what cost? Only…

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    • cornwall

      Wildflower Turf helps Green Infrastructure for Growth Project in Cornwall

      Wildflower Turf Ltd are set to be a key supplier for Cornwall Council’s Green Infrastructure for Growth (GI4G) project. The Hampshire-based wildflower experts are assisting Cornwall Council and their incumbent contractors Cormac. This will be with the delivery of a far-reaching programme that will see £3.5m of investment in public recreational areas. This aims to make them better places for people and wildlife. Seven Cornish towns are to receive investment through GI4G. The funding focus creates a habitat across an area equal to 35 rugby pitches. The project has consultation with environmental specialists from Exeter University. It also has guidance…

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    • green spaces fund

      Heritage Lottery Fund and National Trust launch green spaces fund

      The National Lottery funding body, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and the National Trust have joined forces. They will find and back ambitious and sustainable solutions to protect and enhance public parks with a green spaces fund.   The Future Parks Accelerator (FPA) is a UK-wide £10m strategic initiative to enable up to eight local authorities and communities to develop and implement bold and innovative funding and management solutions for all their green spaces across their place, against a challenging backdrop of financial uncertainty.   The scheme is now open for Expressions of Interest. Applications close at 12pm on 19 November 2018. How…

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    • cleveland land services

      Cleveland Land Services look back on the last 50 years

      Cleveland Land Services dug into its past recently to unearth key milestones to celebrate 50 years serving the sector.   Today, CLS runs three divisions – CLS Sports, CLS Landscape & Earthworks and CLS Selfdrive. Its order book spreads throughout the UK.   After a decade of steady growth, the company appointed founder Frank’s son John in 1978. He took over the reins as managing director in 1996 after his father died.   Diversifying, John expanded CLS operations. Keen to embrace the booming sports surfaces, play park and landscaping markets as it spread beyond its Teesside roots.   Bringing sons…

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    • landscape services

      £11.6bn landscape services industry must be taken seriously

      A new industry report, commissioned by the Ornamental Horticulture Round Table Group (OHRTG), establishes the total size, breadth and contribution of the UK’s horticulture and landscaping sector. The figures found reveal that landscape services generated a total of £11.6bn GDP contributions in 2017. 47.9% of the total GDP footprint of the sector (55% of which were direct contributions worth £6.8bn). The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), is calling on government officials to give support to landscaping in the UK.   BALI says landscape services, which includes domestic and commercial construction, design and private and public grounds maintenance, also provides…

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    • battersea primary school

      Battersea Primary School garden plans need your help

      When garden designer Cleve West received a package of children’s garden designs from Christ Church Battersea Primary School, he responded with an illustrated letter saying: “Sorry, I’m busy at RHS Chelsea right now, but I will call by when I have the time.”   True to his word, a few months later, he visited Christ Church Battersea Primary School. This is the first and only school in London to achieve Gold Level Accreditation for Learning outside the classroom.   Pupils showed Cleve the wasteland, describing ideas to transform it into a stunning garden. He took their ideas, applied his skill…

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    • bees

      The best plants for supporting bees

      With a huge focus on keeping bee populations at a healthy, sustainable level, the right plants are essential. Bee’s importance in the public eye is at a high after the appointment of Chris Beardshaw as the first ‘Bee Resistant’ ambassador, and Alexandra Froggat’s garden promoting bee awareness. Bees are an essential part of the natural world, pollinating plants and allowing their growth. Estimations show that one third of food consumed is a result of bee pollination! In light of this, Pro Landscaper has collated the top six plants to help the bees, so they can in turn, help us.   Monarda…

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    • Year of Young People

      Lecture to inspire landscapers for Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018

      1 November 2018, presented by The Landscape Institute at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. The Landscape Institute is hosting the annual Jellicoe Lecture. This is a free event designed to inspire leadership within the landscape profession. The event will take place at the iconic Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland. The lecture will include a panel of global leaders and young luminaries in the fields of landscape and sustainability. They will aim to help inspire the next generation of landscape professionals. In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 (YoYP 2018) the lecture provides a platform for those in Scotland…

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    • chemicals

      Regulating chemicals in the event of a no-deal Brexit

      The Prime Minister says that she is 95% of the way towards securing a workable deal. Recent guidance released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) outlines arrangements in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit almost seems unnecessary. However, March 2019 is still several months away and, as someone once said, a week is a long time in politics. The guidance produced by DEFRA aims itself at businesses who produce, register, import or export chemicals. Whilst the guidance may not affect BALI members directly, it is worth at least being aware of the guidance.   Currently, the…

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    • milton jones

      Milton Jones to host IOG Industry Awards at SALTEX

      Milton Jones, funny man takes the reigns from Bake Off’s Tom Allen at IOG Industry Awards.   This year’s IOG Industry Awards will be full of high achievers although it won’t include scheduled comedian Tom Allen. Tom regrettably now has filming commitments with the Great British Bake Off.   No worries though, the IOG has signed up an incredible replacement, Milton Jones. The wild-haired ‘Prince of Puns’ is fresh off his UK tour. He will be sharing gags to a sell-out audience at the IOG’s annual awards night. The event is at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on the first evening…

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    • wick campus

      Green-tech supply wildflower seed for new Scottish Wick Campus

      The new £48m Wick Campus project; part of the Scottish Government ‘Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme’ was commissioned by the Highland Council. The 17,500m2 campus replaced the previous Wick High School and consolidated a number of existing primary schools, a nursery, sports facilities, a community library and swimming pool; into one integrated community facility. The campus formally called the East Caithness Community Campus was officially launched in the Summer 2018. Ashlea Limited, one of the UKs largest privately-owned commercial landscaping company, is part of the supply chain for Morrison Construction and has undertaken the soft landscaping to a number…

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    • universal credit

      Perennial prepares for busy winter as Universal Credit continues to bite

      Perennial is preparing for a busy winter ahead as the roll-out of the government’s flagship benefits programme, Universal Credit, continues to cause confusion and frustration among those it will affect. An estimated 600,000 self-employed people will be worse off under Universal Credit and so the Perennial team has increased its focus on support, training and preparation to help self-employed horticulturists, as well as single people and families, navigate the new system. Julia Hayne, Director of Services at the horticulture trade charity, says: “The government is coming under increasing pressure from cross-party groups and charitable organisations working with those who will be most affected, to delay its roll-out of Universal Credit. We are already…

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    • saltex 2018 innovation award

      SALTEX 2018 Innovation Award

      Reesink Turfcare, Sherriff Amenity and McConnel have been announced as the final three companies competing to get their hands on the SALTEX 2018 Innovation Award.  After making its successful debut at last year’s show, the SALTEX 2018 Innovation Award attracted even more entries from various exhibitors across the globe and included a wide variety of high-quality products, services and equipment. Judged by an independent panel of industry experts it was decided that the Toro Outcross 9060 from Reesink Turfcare, PrecisionPro from Sherriff Amenity and a product that cannot yet be named from McConnel were the stand out entries. The final…

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    • london corporation

      City of London Corporation wins Gold in Britain in Bloom awards

      The City of London Corporation has won Gold in the Town category at the RHS Britain in Bloom 2018 national awards. The City Corporation’s City Garden’s Team was praised in particular for its collaboration with community groups and businesses who are promoting biodiversity and protecting wildlife across the Square Mile. The 54th Britain in Bloom competition, organised by the charity Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), is the largest horticultural campaign in the United Kingdom. First held in 1963, Britain in Bloom is a year-round competition that allows groups to compete on a regional or national level by using gardening to transform…

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    • pub gardens

      Top 5 pub gardens in the UK

      Since over one third of houses now have no access to a private green space, pub gardens offer people an opportunity to appreciate beautifully crafted landscapes they may not otherwise have a chance to see. Pro Landscaper has collated the five finest pub gardens in the UK, worth the journey for both an appreciation of the greenery and a tipple of your choice. The Elephant’s Nest Inn, Tavistock, Devon This stunning garden has views of both Brentor church and the moor and even has its own cricket ground. The Church Inn, Knutsford, Cheshire The terrace here offers unrivalled rolling views…

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    • Alexandre Antonelli

      Kew appoints Prof. Alexandre Antonelli as new director of science

      The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew announces Professor Alexandre Antonelli as its new director of science. Alexandre is currently director of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, and Scientific Curator of the Gothenburg Botanical Garden. He succeeds Prof. Kathy Willis who last month completed her five-year secondment to Kew from Oxford University.   Brazilian-born Antonelli began his undergraduate studies at the University of Campinas. After this moving to Europe where he completed his Masters and PhD at the University of Gothenburg. As a Professor in Biodiversity and Systematics and leader of one of Sweden’s active research groups, he has recognition for developing…

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    • landscaping profession

      Attracting a wider audience to the landscaping profession, with Tim Howell

      I’ve written many times about the career opportunities within the landscaping profession, and the difficulties that we face in attracting and retaining talented individuals. It’s a challenge that isn’t going away and is one that will continue to affect our business’, or us personally, over the next decade. There are already industry wide actions in place to encourage school leavers to consider landscaping as a career. Now is the time to broaden our appeal and accessibility to a far wider group of people.  At Mitie we carry out an independent survey every year to measure employee engagement. It’s well known…

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    • john hillier

      John Hillier retires from the Hillier board of directors

      Hillier prides itself on its family involvement in the business. A key innovator over the last 60 years in driving the business expansion and new plants has been John Hillier. John has recently decided to retire from the Hillier board of directors, aged 83. He hands over to the new generation as two members of the fifth generation of the family join the board. Hillier, the UK’s largest grower of semi-mature trees, has 154 years of heritage in horticultural. Today, Hillier operates 12 Garden Centres and a wholesale nursery. It also specialises in supplying semi-mature trees to the landscaping industry.…

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    • uk future

      Vanishing gardens and landscapes threaten UK future

      A report by Oxford Economics for the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group reveals the value of the UK’s ornamental horticulture and landscape industries. In light of its economic importance, the industry contends that it isn’t taken seriously by Government. This is despite the immense benefits it delivers and that losing these could threaten the UK future. £24.2bn is the total GDP footprint of the UK’s ornamental horticulture industries in 2017. Parks, gardens and green spaces provide a £131bn aggregate boost to Britain’s house prices as part of the appeal of nature. Regardless, homes are built without private gardens are on the…

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