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    • May's agenda

      May’s Agenda question

      This month we asked ‘How can we as an industry improve mental well-being in the workplace?’. We asked what companies are doing to improve employee’s mental health, how self-employed people can deal with additional stress and how landscaping can improve well-being on a larger scale. Paul Lynch, Managing director,Elmtree Garden Contractors Ltd Communication is the key. The recent awareness of mental health has definitely helped, but if the management team and supervisors open up about their own feelings and issues, it reduces the stigma and encourages others to do the same. If you bottle feelings up, it can make the…

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    • Pro Landscaper's Guide to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

      Pro Landscaper’s Guide to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

      The big talking point surrounding this year’s show has been the RHS Back to Nature garden, a collaboration between Davies White and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. On pages 6-7 you can read our exclusive interview with Davies White about this garden. Two gardens in particular have also been hitting the headlines this year for their sponsors; we talk to Joe Perkins on page 9 about working with Facebook and Jilayne Rickards on page 12 on working with The Campaign For Female Education (CAMFED). Earlier in the year some of you kindly answered our RHS Chelsea Flower Show poll and…

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    • Pro Landscaper May 2019

      Pro Landscaper May 2019

      This month’s issue tackled some hard hitting but important industry topics with the agenda question and Marcus Watson focusing on the issue of mental well-being in the workplace, and Shane McCormick of Talasey Group sharing his story of being diagnosed with melanoma. Also take a look at Life/Style with Kate Savill, Nursery Spotlight with Architectural Plants, What I’m Reading with Rhiannon Williams and What’s Your Role with Laura Hathaway-Jenkins. As well as, a choice of garden buildings to consider for your next design, a range of pedestrian mowers and top tips for turf in high footfall areas. We also shared…

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    • small project BIG IMPACT Awards

      12 reasons why you need to enter the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards

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    • Melanoma

      Broaching the c-word

      Shane McCormick, southern sales director of the Talasey Group, shares his story of being diagnosed with melanoma to encourage others within the industry to be more aware of the dangers of sun exposure. It was a Friday morning in late April when Shane McCormick was first diagnosed. The ex-landscaper, now southern sales director of the Talasey Group, was due to spend the weekend in Cornwall with his wife and friends. The car was packed, and routes were planned. The last thing for Shane to do was to attend a hospital appointment. Three weeks beforehand, he’d visited his doctor to ask…

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    • Green roof report

      Report highlights London’s rise up the green roof league table

      Goodman’s Fields – Berkeley Homes North East © A new report highlighting the increasing number of green roofs in London has been launched by London’s deputy mayor for the environment. The report reveals that the total area of green roofs in London is higher than in other cities around the world which are well known for such developments, such as Copenhagen, Toronto and Singapore. Launching the report Shirley Rodrigues, who was leading the Greater London Authority’s Environment Team when the first green roof policy was included in the London Plan in 2008, said she had been delighted to see green…

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    • small project BIG IMPACT Awards

      Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards return for 2019

      The Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMACT Awards are returning to FutureScape on the 19 November 2019. This year, the idea is to celebrate the projects valued under £25,000, as these are just as important as their larger counterparts. Often, the smaller projects throw up bigger issues, and creating a dream garden in a small space, or with a limited budget, is tougher than people expect. These awards will appreciate the minute details in the design, build and facilitation of these small but tricky jobs. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE This year’s categories are: Build under £25,000 Design under £25,000 –…

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    • Social Media

      How useful do you think social media is to your business?

      Social media is a part of most people’s everyday lives and businesses are using it more frequently. Hootsuite have reported that as of January 2019 3.48 billion people use social media, this is a 9% increase on last year and means that 45% of the worlds population are now using social media. Hootsuite also reported that 40% of digital consumers use social networks to research new brands or products. With such a huge number of people using social media it seems like a perfect way to promote your business, conduct audience research and engage with your clients/customers. However, in our…

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    • Mark Draper

      Mark Draper to run Stroud Trail Ultra 40 marathon for Cancer Research UK

      In May Mark Draper will be running the Stroud Trail Ultra 40 marathon for Cancer Research UK. Pro Landscaper caught up with Mark to find out more about why he’s doing it and how he’s been training.  I’ve been running now for several years, I find it a great way to switch off and it also keeps me reasonably fit. After completing numerous 10K’s, half Marathons and 5 marathons, I thought I would give an ultra-marathon a go. The training for the Ultra has been quite intense, five days a week, up to 60 miles in a week, with some…

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    • Pro Landscaper LIVE

      Pro Landscaper LIVE Cheshire

      Following the success of the  Pro Landscaper LIVE events in 2018, the Pro Landscaper events team is delighted to announce that 2019 will see the return of the regional events.  Pro Landscaper will be taking to the road to educate, inform and inspire the landscaping industry in Bristol, Northampton, Cheshire and Kent. Much like 2018, the afternoon will take the form of a welcome lunch, a number of topical seminars and an industry debate including some of the most influential landscapers, garden designers, landscape architects, contractors and suppliers within the landscape sector. The day will be finished off with a drinks…

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    • FutureScape Spring

      YOU: The People of FutureScape Spring

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    • FutureScape Spring

      It’s here: The FutureScape Spring showguide 2019

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    • flexible working hours

      Flexible Working: Is flexism holding back businesses in 2019?

      It is widely accepted that only 6% of the British public hold a traditional 9 to 5 working hours role. Flexible working seems to be more important to the workforce in 2019 than ever before, but is ‘flexism’, the discrimination against people who work flexibly or want to work flexibly, holding businesses back in 2019? According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), flexible working describes a type of working arrangement which gives a degree of flexibility on how long, where, when, and how many hours an employee works. According to a recent BBC News article, 68% of people…

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    • Podium Awards

      Pro Landscaper Podium Awards Shortlist Announced

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    • small project BIG IMPACT

      small project BIG IMPACT awards 2019

      Based on the phenomenal success of last year’s launch, the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards will be back in 2019. This year sees the value increased to under 25k and introduced a brand new hard landscaping category to showcase more of the industry’s incredible work. The Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards 2019 will celebrate projects with a value under £25k. After all, these are just as important for the industry’s reputation as their larger counterparts. The Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards will be held at FutureScape event on Tuesday 19th November 2019. We will…

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    • Shared parental leave

      What is Shared Parental Leave ?

      Shared parental leave provides an opportunity for eligible parents to take advantage of additional flexibility in the way they choose to care for a new arrival to the family. It allows parents to share caring responsibilities evenly or have one parent taking the main caring role, depending on their preferences and circumstances. Unlike maternity/adoption leave, eligible employees can stop and start their shared parental leave and return to work between periods of leave with each eligible parent able to submit three notices booking periods of leave (although an employer may allow more). In April 2015, the government allowed new parents…

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    • Valentine's Day

      6 Romantic Flowers For Valentine’s Day

      Flowers have always been a popular choice for showing your loved one how much you care on Valentine’s Day. Pro Landscaper have picked 6 flowers that have a romantic side to them, so if you’re last minute shopping here’s some inspiration. Rose Rosa The most popular choice for Valentine’s Day is without a doubt the rose, particularly the red rose which symbolises love. The world’s most expensive rose is the Juliet Rose created by David Austin over 15 years and debuted at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2006 and is worth £3m. Forget-me-not Myosotis The forget-me-not is said to symbolise…

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    • Pro Landscaper Business Awards

      Winners announced! | Pro Landscaper Business Awards

      The winners have been revealed for the second-ever Pro Landscaper Business Awards. Highlighting the industry’s leading landscaping companies, the awards took place today at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, London. Now with over 15 categories, there were more opportunities than ever to shine a light on the businesses which are raising the standard of the UK landscaping sector. From garden design to grounds maintenance to arboriculture, every part of the sector was recognised at this prestigious event. Elmtree Garden Contractors scooped the overall prize of Supreme Winner, awarded by headline sponsor CED Stone Group. Managing director Giles Heap said it…

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    • Zero Hour Contact

      Zero Hours Contracts – Get Yours Right in 2019

      A zero-hour contract is a type of contract between an employer and a worker, where the employer is not obliged to provide any minimum working hours, while the worker is not obliged to accept any work offered. Everyone employed on a zero hours contract is entitled to some statutory employment rights. Any individual on a zero hours contract is entitled to at least the national minimum wage, paid annual leave, rest breaks and protection from discrimination. The above is the main difference between a zero hours worker and a freelancer, but with a zero hours worker, unlike a freelancer, it…

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    • FutureScape Spring

      Focus on you: The People of FutureScape Spring

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    • FutureScape Spring

      Introducing FutureScape Spring

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    • FutureScape seminar

      FutureScape 2018 | Seminar roundup

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    • Butterworth Horticulture

      Butterworth Horticulture

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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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