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      Robin Williams, VMM, FSGD, FIHORT, FAPLD (USA) 1935-2018

      On Friday 30 November 2018 Robin Williams sadly passed away at home after a long illness. Robin was a revered garden designer, lecturer and writer on garden and landscape design.  He was a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers of which he was a founding member and past chairman, a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (USA) and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. Robin was a recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society Veitch Memorial Medal, a past RHS council member and a past RHS show garden judge. Among many other…

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    • increase profit

      Grow Your Client Base and Increase Profit – the A.P way

      FutureScape bolstered its seminar offering this year, providing attendees with informative sessions on the latest products and materials available to landscapers, garden designers and landscape architects. These seminars took place in the Esher Hall, with visitors giving immensely positive feedback on all sessions. Specialist nursery Architectural Plants addressed an eager audience in the afternoon. Managing director Guy Watts, broke down the three keys to increase profit: finance, marketing and selling. More colloquially, Guy referred to these as: the boring bit, the fun bit and the hard bit. The financial aspect heralded keeping all costs tracked, ensuring everything is taken into…

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    • versatility

      Versatility in Garden Design

      FutureScape bolstered its seminar offering this year, providing attendees with informative sessions on the latest products and materials available to landscapers, garden designers and landscape architects. These seminars took place in the Esher Hall, with visitors giving immensely positive feedback on all sessions. Millboard’s Carl Markham took the audience through the decking solutions available to garden designers looking to bring their vision to reality. Carl’s material knowledge was paired with the garden designer know-how of Greenbird Gardening’s Chris Rixton, who explained the role of decking in bringing a show garden to life. Chris considered how lighting, plants and seating areas…

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    • HSBC

      HSBC UK helps Surrey horticulture business flourish with new acquisitions

      Nurture Landscapes, has acquired two new businesses with support from HSBC UK.   HSBC refinanced Nurture Landscapes’ existing funding package to total £35m. The bank has supported the recent acquisitions of Grace Landscapes, and Essex firm, Enterprise Plants. These have seen the company’s turnover increase to £80m.   Operating under the Nurture Landscapes brand from 2019, Grace Landscapes will help strengthen the company’s offering in the north of the country. Enterprise Plants will double the existing plant display business. It will also increase the Nurture group’s clientele across London and the home counties. The company’s recent growth has meant it…

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      Life-Sized Gingerbread House uses MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME

      Quite possibly one of the most unique building projects that MEDITE SMARTPLY has been involved in for a long time, the Savalen Hotel and Spa’s life-sized gingerbread house in the Norwegian mountains sets a precedent for creativity and effervescent fun – no matter the time of year. Nestled alongside one of Eastern Norway’s stunning lakes, amidst a landscape that could have inspired a Tolkien novel, the now famous gingerbread house reflects the vivacious nature of Savalen, and caters to those with a keen sense of adventure. For 70% of the year, this scenic part of the world is draped in…

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    • staff retention

      The importance of staff retention

      Staff retention can drastically improve business performance for numerous reasons. Pro Landscaper speaks with staffing experts to summarise the crucial reasons below: Consistency A moderate level of staff turnover is natural in any company and this can be a good thing. Fresh ideas and new approaches are good for development and morale. But a high level of turnover can be unsettling for workers and clients. Training and maintaining a high level of service and brand style can be challenging when constantly introducing new members to the team. Lowers internal morale Many people – clients and employees alike – value long…

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    • career

      Planting the seeds of a new career

      A young student’s dedication to learning the traditional skills of a woodsman in his spare time when not attending school has, years later, paid off having been named Apprentice of the Year 2018 at Northumberland College.   Jack Knights has completed a two year, level two Arborist apprenticeship programme in only a one year period as part of his career at Hauxwell Hall Estate, North Yorkshire, where since the age of 14 years old, he has assisted a five-strong forestry team in his spare time.   Fully supported by Sir Richard Dalton, owner of the 4,590-acre estate, who recognised his…

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    • Youth Ranger

      The Parks Trust’s Youth Ranger Scheme wins at Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards

      The Parks Trust receives recognition from the Institute of Outdoor Learning for its Youth Ranger programme.   The Trust received an award in the Environmental Awareness & Action category at the 2018 Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards. This aims to highlight innovative projects that encourage and enable more people to get out, be active, learn about and connect with the outdoors.   As well as receiving the award for its Youth Ranger programme, The Parks Trust was also a finalist in two further categories. These include: The Supporting Lifelong Learning Project for its Adult Explorers activities The Student Dissertation Award for…

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    • natural heritage

      Scheme to restore Bath’s natural heritage wins £1.65m lottery grant

      An ambitious scheme to restore and protect Bath’s natural heritage has secured £1.65m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).   The Bathscape Landscape Partnership officially launched the project delivery stage of Bathscape at an event held at the city’s Roman Baths following confirmation of the HLF funding award. The scheme will bring to life 25 projects over the next five years that aim to restore, and improve access to, the UNESCO World Heritage City’s landscape. Bathscape will also provide a wide range of training and skill development opportunities for local people. Chaired by Andrew Grant, founder and director of Bath based landscape…

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    • btl

      BTL confirmed as idverde’s Dutch masterpiece

      idverde announces the acquisition of BTL, Holland’s market-leading green services provider. BTL has principal operations in landscape construction and grounds maintenance. This is idverde’s largest deal to date and provides an opportunity for BTL to develop its domestic strategy further.   idverde has an annual revenue of €500m and employs over 5,400 colleagues. It already has a strong footprint through leading markets in France and the UK. The latter of these has recently announced its entry into Ireland. The group is now entering the Dutch market through the acquisition of BTL. It has the aim of pushing forwards its consolidation…

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    • chelsea 2019

      RHS announces highlights for Chelsea 2019

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) announces highlights at the Chelsea 2019, taking place 21 – 25 May. For the 10th year, M&G Investments is sponsoring the show.   Show Garden Highlights Encouraging people to reconnect with nature is a key theme at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Gardens are celebrating the beauty of the natural world.   Seven-time gold medal winning designer Andy Sturgeon is back for show sponsor M&G Investments. This year, his design draws inspiration for his garden from nature’s power to regenerate. Colonising the woodland landscape will be young trees, ferns and jewel-like flowers, interspersed with…

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    • scholarship

      New scholarship for ‘green’ student horticulturists

      A new environmental scholarship has been launched by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). This is in the name of flower seed trade legend, John Gibson.   The John Gibson Environmental Scholarship will award £1,500 to a student with a keen interest in environmental solutions and sustainable applications as applied to commercial horticulture.   John Gibson dedicated 65 years of his life to the industry, forging a fine international reputation. After starting his career at Bees Seeds, John went on to work at Colegrave Seeds with the late David Colegrave. He was at the forefront of the development of the market…

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    • driveway

      Paving the way to a top quality driveway

      There are three key challenges to achieving perfection when it comes to laying a driveway. These are ground stabilisation, filtration and drainage. All three are solvable with the right geotextile fabric.   Selecting and installing the right geotextile fabric for any landscaping project is crucial for soil separation, weed control, ground stabilisation, drainage and filtration.   With Growtivation’s Product That Worx range of geotextile fabrics landscaping professionals can be assured of achieving superb results for their clients every time.   Pick the right geotextile fabric for the job   A professional grade membrane, DRIVETEX is a non-woven geotextile fabric designed…

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    • aldi

      Mitie helps retailers Aldi and Matalan prepare for winter weather

      Mitie has won two large contracts with retailers Aldi and Matalan. This is to help them keep their businesses moving this winter as temperatures start to drop.   The company will clear snow and grit roads, car parks and other areas close to the retailers’ stores across the UK. This will ensure that employees and customers can come and go safely even when the weather turns icy.   Mitie has agreed winter maintenance work at 164 sites for Aldi across south Wales and the west of England. For Matalan, 61 sites and two distribution centres across the UK.   Mitie…

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    • Perennial

      Perennial celebrates 180 years with RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden

      Perennial returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019 with a Great Pavilion garden. The garden is by first time Chelsea designers Colm Joseph and Duncan Cargill. Inspired by Sir Roy Strong’s autobiographical The Laskett Gardens, The Perennial Lifeline Garden, highlights the long-standing role of Perennial in supporting those working in and retired from horticulture. The designers were chosen following a design competition run jointly by Perennial and the London College of Garden Design. Colm and Duncan’s garden celebrates Perennial’s role at the heart of horticulture. It captures the spirit of Sir Roy Strong CH and Julia Trevelyan Oman’s…

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    • garden animals

      Ways to help garden animals this winter

      As Christmas approaches, most animals have migrated or gone into hibernation. Pro Landscaper speaks with Caroline Birdsall of Millboard to find out how to help foraging garden animals this winter.   1. Sparrows, finches and nuthatches Their diet includes seed and grain, and this is generally enough in warmer months, but in the winter they can benefit from additional fat. Add fat blocks by mixing melted suet with seeds, berries and nuts. Once set, use string to suspend the blocks from trees.   2. Thrushes The thrush family, including the perennial blackbird, increase in numbers through the winter months. Thousands…

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    • Young Horticulturist

      The Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition launches for 2019

      The 2018 Young Horticulturist of the Year Grand Final began at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show (www.flowershow.org.uk) on 28 April. It gives many of the eight competitors and their families their first opportunity to see this flower show.   The winner, after a tense competition, was won by the South East Branch Regional winner, Tim Miles who is currently working at the National Trust Garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.   Tim said, after the competition, ‘The entire journey towards winning the YHoY 2018 competition has been fun. I have enjoyed meeting members of the CIH as well as my…

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    • Students Win Competition to Design RHS Learning Garden

      Two landscape architect students have won a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) competition to design a new learning garden at RHS Garden Bridgewater. Stella Yang and Karsan Karavadra, from Manchester Metropolitan University, will see their winning design come to life within the RHS’s planned fifth garden when it opens to the public in 2020. The learning garden will be created within the historic 11-acre Walled Garden, one of the largest of its kind in the UK. It will sit alongside a Kitchen Garden designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medallists Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg; a Paradise Garden designed by…

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    • cheque for £6,400 to the Princess Alice Hospice

      Outdoor Deck Company present cheque to Princess Alice Hospice

      On Friday 15 November 2018 Mike Wilderink, MD of the Outdoor Deck Company presented a cheque for £6,400 to the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher. The Princess Alice Hospice is a local charity dedicated to providing high quality care and support for adults with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. Mike commented “I recognise and have experienced first-hand the important work the hospice does in the local community and I’m pleased to support the specialist care and work they provide in caring for patients and their families.” During the Summer the Outdoor Deck Company were commissioned by Martin Osborn, Facilities Manager to…

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    • humphry repton

      Gardens Trusts reveals new discoveries about landscape gardener Humphry Repton

      Culminating years of research, the Gardens Trusts have shed new light on the work of historic landscape gardener Humphry Repton at a symposium at the Garden Museum in November 2018. The new research was completed by hundreds of volunteers from County and Country Gardens Trusts across the UK as part of the celebrations in the bicentenary year of Repton’s death. In celebrating this important figure, who wanted to fill the gap left by the death of Capability Brown in 1783, the Gardens Trust encouraged volunteers from over 30 counties, and in Wales and Scotland, to present their longstanding research of the…

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    • National Tree Week

      Explore Milton Keynes’ Parkland This National Tree Week

      The Parks Trust wants to encourage people to get out and explore the city’s parkland this National Tree Week. This runs from Saturday 24 November to Sunday 2 December 2018.   To celebrate the many varied and beautiful trees that feature across the Milton Keynes landscape, The Parks Trust has devised a series of activities for people of all ages to enjoy.   A route for a self-guided walk. This covers several of the central parks, including Campbell Park, Newlands and the Tree Cathedral.   The route details which trees walkers should look out for. This includes the majestic oak…

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    • best business

      Yorkshire nursery celebrates best business shortlist

      North Yorkshire nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, is on the region’s best business shortlist for the second year running.   This list is compiled by York Business School, York St John University, Make it York and The Press publication. The ‘York Top 100 Businesses’ report has nominated Johnsons as 34th place in the ‘Top 100 Businesses’ awards for 2018.   The Top 100 shortlist uses an algorithm devised by York Business School. It considers key performance factors such as turnover, profit, growth and staff numbers. Johnsons placed at number 55 in 2017 – the report’s inaugural year.   First established in…

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    • Matthew Wood

      Matthew Wood named APL WorldSkills UK Champion

      Matthew Wood, apprentice at Myerscough College, won gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills final. The event taking place at WorldSkills UK LIVE from 15-17 November at the NEC Birmingham.   Sam Gordon, The Gardenmakers and APL apprentice, won silver, with Reece McKay from CAFRE took bronze.   The APL WorldSkills final took place last week from 15-17 November at WorldSkills UK LIVE. The event is at the Birmingham NEC in front of over 100,000 visitors over the three days. The first of four days was a training and familiarisation day. Then, the competitors had 16 hours to…

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      National Tree Week: new trees planted at West Ham Park

      City of London Corporation staff, Friends of West Ham Park and local volunteers will plant 1,250 shrubs and 38 trees at West Ham Park. This is to take place during national Tree Week on 24 November – 2 December.   The trees will be a mix of Willow, European Hornbeam and Hazel. They are part of the park’s South Meadow Improvement Project, after a £15,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund Community in July.   With roots going back to 1975, National Tree Week celebrates the start of the winter tree planting season. It is the UK’s…

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    • Landscape Institute Awards

      Winners announced in prestigious Landscape Institute Awards

      The Landscape Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards 2018. From 163 entries, the winners highlight an array of projects which focus on landscape design, community, sustainability and innovative thinking. The diversity of the projects showcases the efforts the profession makes to protect and develop the landscape. The Awards Ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London celebrates those who are at the forefront of the profession, leading new work in the fields of design, community engagement and health and wellbeing across both the UK and internationally. Adam White, president of the…

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