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September 2016 Supplement

ANNIVERSARY ISSUE Business intelligence intelligence

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EDUCATING THE FUTURE:

ARE WE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?

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Inspirational SOUTHERN GARDENS

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VECTORWORKS TIPS & TRICKS

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WHAT WAS 2015’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

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Portfolios See how three companies design and implement their projects

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Book review A look at the latest books on offer

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Love Your Garden David Dodd takes us behind the scenes of the ITV show

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A sustainable landscape scheme by Grant Associates

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THREE PEAKS EXTREME TEAM SPECIAL

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Green Roofs A look at the future of green roofing

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SLOPING GARDEN DESIGN

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OF PLANTING

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Quality natural local materials were used to create a stunning tranquil space

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A bright and safe sensory garden for nursery and reception children

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An impressive entrance to a grand manor house

NEW WAVE

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Out & About at Chelsea Pictures from this year’s fantastic centenary show

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Interview Chris Harrop, Marketing Director, Marshalls

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Taking the elegance of an indoor fireplace outside lights up the imagination

Stunning facelift for terrace of luxury west London apartment

Let’s Hear it from… Bill Trotman, MD of Continental Landscapes

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PC LANDSCAPES

STEP CHANGE

Classic remake for lakeside garden with focal swimming pool and terrace

Let’s Hear it from… Noel Farrer, Director of Farrer Huxley Associates

Connecting all the levels at a steep-sloping site in Guildford

ARUN LANDSCAPES

POOL OF TALENT

An ‘English garden’ is given a distinctly circular theme

WELL ROUNDED LOUISA BELL

Designing with trees

Portfolios

Advice on which species to choose for your projects

See how three companies implemented their projects

Let’s Hear it from... Aidan Lane of Frosts Landscape Construction

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New plant species versus traditional varieties

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July 2013

ARUN LANDSCAPES

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Modernity juxtaposed with original Georgian style

19/03/2014 14:33

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February 2015

LET’S HEAR IT FROM

KEN WHITE FROSTS LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION

VECTORWORKS TIPS & TRICKS

STREETSCAPE

GROWING LIVES

PARTY FOR PERENNIAL

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May 2014

THE RISE OF THE HUMBLE MINI

PUTTING IN PLACE A

SOIL MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

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AWARDS PROJECTS Inspirational

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NEW PRODUCT UPDATE

LET’S HEAR IT FROM

BRIAN HERBERT

17/04/2014 13:44

March 2015

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Let’s Hear it from...

BALI Anniversary

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Andrew Wilson, Wilson McWilliam Studio

The association celebrates 40 years serving the trade

See how three companies implemented their projects

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PRO LANDSCAPER SPECIAL GARDEN DESIGN AND LANDSCAPE TRAINING

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July 2015

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WOODLAND RETREAT

PRODUCTS

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TO CLIP...

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SAFETY EQUIPMENT BRUSHCUTTERS WOODCARE PLANTERS

November 2014

LET’S HEAR IT FROM GARDEN DESIGNER

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MATTHEW CHILDS

SHOW GUIDE

2014

August 2015

21/05/2015 12:28

April 2016

18/06/2015 09:19

December 2014

DESIGN, BUILD, AND MAINTAIN

SHORE LANDSCAPES FOR

A CLEAN SLATE

FROSTS LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION

22/07/2015 12:43

INSTANT IMPACT A BALI Award winning townhouse garden

19/02/2014 12:41

Concept to Delivery

January 2015

DESIGN, BUILD, AND MAINTAIN

GRACE LANDSCAPES

How to master NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY THE LITTLE INTERVIEW

ON 50 YEARS IN LANDSCAPING

STED 2014 PPA Independent Publisher Awards

SHORTLI “Business Magazine of the Year”

21/10/2014 15:17

September 2015

finalist

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JUSTIN PAXMAN

2015

VIEW FROM DOWN UNDER AUSTRALIAN FIRE PITS THE PUBLIC GOOD

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Why our parks mustn’t be privatised

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November 2015

DESIGN, BUILD, AND MAINTAIN

ALL NEW

VECTORWORKS LANDMARK EXCITING NEW FEATURES

LANDSCAPELIVE

IN PICTURES

TOMORROW’S TALENT REVEALED

SHOW GUIDE 2015 HEA

DLIN

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TOP 10 TIPS ESTABLISHING TREES

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DESIGN

M A I N TA I N

2015

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SHOW GUIDE

DESIGN FOR LIFE Refitting The Gherkin FOUR STRIKING

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Grand and Principal Award Winners

2014

“Business Magazine of the Year”

FINALIST

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SHOW GUIDE

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THE WILD SIDE OF THE FENCE

2014 BALI AWARDS

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

SCOTHORT

ART OF GLASS THE GREAT TERRARIUM REVIVAL

100 YEARS A NEW APPROACH TO

PLAY DESIGN

TRANQUIL RETREAT 2014 BALI AWARD WINNING PROJECT

GRUBBY GARDENERS

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DESIGN, BUILD, AND MAINTAIN

FOUR SUPERB

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LAND DESIGN PARTNERSHIP

FUTURESCAPE 2014

DECK THE HALLS

HARD LANDSCAPING

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RHS HAMPTON COURT

OFFICE TOP OF PLANT OF THE THE YEAR TROPICS 2015

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USING BIM effectively

HOW TO DRIVE

IAN SMITH AND DEBBIE ROBERTS

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WITH GREENLINE PLANTS

IS THERE ANY VALUE IN USING SUBCONTRACTORS?

ACRES WILD

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LATEST KIT

NURSERY FACTFILE

SALES AND PRODUCTIVITY

PALACE FLOWER SHOW

TOYOTA PROACE A BUYER’S GUIDE

RIDE-ON MOWERS

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LET’S HEAR IT FROM

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PLENTIFUL PLANTING

FABULOUS

PORTFOLIOS

EXCLUSIVE

THE LANDSCAPE GROUP MERGES WITH ID VERDE

BARE ROOT

CHAINSAW FEATURES

DAVID DODD

DESIGN, BUILD, AND MAINTAIN

OR NOT TO CLIP

ACCESSIBILITY & INCLUSIVITY IN

PLAY SPACE DESIGN

Out & About

RHS CHELSEA

19/04/2013 15:37

Concept to Delivery

LET’S HEAR IT FROM

20/12/2013 15:54

RHS Chelsea Flower Show A taste of some of the show gardens at the centenary event

Portfolios See how three companies design and implement their projects

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DESIGN, BUILD, AND MAINTAIN

Three original AWARD-WINNING

PORTFOLIOS

ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR SPECIFIERS

THE 37TH BALI NATIONAL LANDSCAPE AWARDS

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COMPLEMENTING

SINGAPORE STYLE

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DESIGN, BUILD, AND MAINTAIN

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PRODUCTION MANAGER What is your job role? My job role is managing the workflow of editorial pages from separate text and images to finished pages in the magazine. Who’s on your team and what do they do? Kara’s our longest serving team member, she’s been designing Pro Landscaper for the past four years. We also have Charlie, our sub editor. She started as an editorial assistant but we quickly realised how good she was at subbing. Anything I ask her to do, I know it’ll be done quickly, and well. Mandy and Fay have just started with us and are both designers. They’ve settled in brilliantly – Mandy took on this supplement and as you can see she’s done a great job! How has Pro Landscaper changed since you started working here? It’s grown a lot. Any magazine, if it’s good and it has a proper place in the market, has a strong voice but changes

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HIGHLIGHTS 2011-2016 SEPTEMBER 2011

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We kick off our first issue with an interview with Mark Gregory from Landform Consultants who we met at RHS Chelsea 2011 build-up. To date Mark is still a great sounding board for any new initiatives and our go-to expert on construction matters.

Pro Landscaper’s first RHS Chelsea preview featuring all the show gardens, and the designers and landscapers involved. RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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t’s always a great feeling when you win a tender, but even more so when it’s through recommendation. This is exactly what happened in this quiet riverside road in Putney for The Outdoor Room. In 2007, we built a BALI award-winning garden designed by Andy Sturgeon for a house that had been turned from two Victorian properties into one very chic ‘desres’, with just about every gadget you could think of for ultra-modern living in extreme comfort. Therefore, the garden had to match the standards of the interior design and high level of workmanship.

The garden design was based on strong flowing forms, running through the garden with the three main elements – the sandstone path, the pond and the yew hedge – all intertwining with the path crossing over the water and through the hedge towards the back of the garden. LIMITED ACCESS On my first site visit, the house was an empty shell and we were informed by the project manager that we weren’t allowed any access through the property while the building work was going on. Initially I thought, okay, materials have to be craned in over the top of the house (something we do frequently in and around central London). We suggested this to the site manager who rejected the idea straight away as the crane would block their access at the front. In reality, we wouldn’t have been able to have all the materials on site in one go, as well as having 60 tonnes of spoil removed in the same day. Everything therefore had to come in from the bottom of the garden. The only problem, as I soon discovered, was that the bottom of the garden was the River Thames. With this access issue and working around the builders, who were using the garden as their storage space, I knew it was going to be a logistical nightmare.

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The Outdoor Room is a multi-award-winning company which was founded in 1995 by David Dodd, who qualified from Merrist Wood College in Surrey in 1992. He has a hands-on approach to the business, working closely with his experienced staff, designers and clients to provide a service of unbeatable standards. David is currently a senior lecturer in landscape construction at Inchbald and has taught at various institutions since 1993, including Merrist Wood, SGD, RHS and the LCGD. The Outdoor Room has the expertise to realise just about every element of landscape construction and offers a full design, consultation and construction service, which is why it’s considered by many as one of the most highly regarded landscaping companies in the country today.

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We looked at every alternative, but the only real option was to use a barge. Fine, I thought, that can’t be too difficult? However, that part of the Thames is tidal and we had to pre-plan all deliveries getting down to the landing dock, loaded on to the barge, and delivered to site with military precision. Overall, this worked well. Okay, when I say ‘well’, one barge hit the river defence wall causing more than £5,000-worth of damage, and another was grounded as the operator was 20 minutes late which caused a three-day delay, but apart from that… Another issue we had to deal with was www.pro-landscaper.co.uk

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that all the ground works had to be done by hand and all waste and materials bagged as we couldn’t get any machinery or skips on site. We were therefore balancing deliveries with rubbish clearance so that we were using the barge trips in the most cost-effective way. To add further to the cost, all aggregates had to be delivered in small bags so they could be easily man-handled to create working space. I hate to see double-, or sometimes even treble-handling of materials, but in this case we knew it was necessary and therefore priced accordingly. As with many of Andy’s projects, most of the finishing materials are bespoke, from water features to paving, and this design was no exception. Every piece of the Indian ‘mint’ sandstone had its own drawing to create the curves of the walkway that ran through the garden and the copper water chutes had to be manufactured by a specialist metal worker.

This was the most challenging garden we had built… But despite the difficulties we had a very happy client. A slight gripe I have with property developers, architects, designers and clients is the insistence that the gardens have to be completed in conjunction with the house build/redevelopment. Whenever we try to work around builders, who have little respect for the garden, projects inevitably overrun and work has to be redone, where builders trash lawns, decorators wash their brushes in newly planted beds and we’ve even had plasterers mixing up on newly laid patios. There’s also the token ‘who’s to blame for what?’ game, especially when it comes to additional costs while making good. RECOMMENDATIONS The garden eventually took seven months to build (three months longer than estimated), so I can’t say we made a huge profit, but we were then commissioned to build the front garden and driveway, once the builders had gone. This project went very smoothly and was completed three weeks ahead of schedule. See what can be achieved with no one in the way. A point worth

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making here is that if a project’s been well designed and well built, you can often recoup any losses you may have made through good publicity and, as in this case, through a good recommendation to the neighbours. Overall, it was the most challenging garden we had built up to that point. But despite the many difficulties we had to overcome, the end result was fantastic and we had a very happy client, which to us is always worth going that extra mile for. Let’s now move forward four years. Slight déjà vu maybe, and it’s scary how four years can pass so quickly. Anyway, here we are back in Putney only two doors away. Another Andy Sturgeon design but vastly different from the neighbour’s. This one can be seen as a take on the designer’s ‘Best in Show’ garden at Chelsea in 2010. The Purbeck dry stone walling was actually the same stone used in that show garden and the corten steel panels and sculptures are also reminiscent of that design. The paving being used here is the Portuguese limestone, Moleanos, which is the same stone Andy used in his 2008 Chelsea garden for Cancer Research UK. From a build point of view, it’s gone very smoothly. We’ve got a brilliant working relationship with the barge company which has

done all our deliveries and rubbish clearance again. This time round we know exactly what can go wrong if things aren’t planned properly and we’ve avoided them. And finally, we’re not tripping over builders every five minutes. Bliss. In many ways, it could be claimed that this one is an easier build as we don’t have to set out free-flowing curves and sloping walls, but the detailing in the feature wall and moving 500kg corten panels by hand have posed challenges for the site staff. For me, the most satisfying element to both gardens is the excellence in build and planting quality. Both gardens were built by completely different teams, which demonstrates the flexibility and depth of skill within The Outdoor Room. I’ll definitely be entering this garden for a BALI Award in 2012. After all, I don’t want the clients becoming jealous of their neighbours.

The Outdoor Room High Seat, 1 High Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9PJ Web: www.theoutdoor room.co.uk Email: enquiries@ theoutdoorroom.co.uk Tel: +44 (0)1403 780354 Designer Andy Sturgeon 20 Clermont Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 6SG

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PREVIEW Pro Landscaper looks at some of the inspirational show gardens on display at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, taking place from 22 to 26 May The Arthritis Research UK Garden Designed by Thomas Hoblyn Built by Bowles and Wyer Sponsored by Arthritis Research UK STAND – MA17 For his fifth year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Thomas Hoblyn will create a show garden which is inspired by the great Renaissance gardens of Italy for Arthritis Research UK. Inspired by the stunning gardens at Villa Lante and Villa d’Este, Hoblyn hopes to capture the

classical ideals of order associated with Renaissance gardens. The flamboyance and decadence will be transformed into a more minimal design, exploring the concept of man’s control over nature. Water will form a central theme to the garden, incorporating three spectacular water features. With his passion for creative planting, Hoblyn will focus on a formal Mediterranean style, with five majestic cypress trees providing a magnificent backdrop. Exclusive to RHS Chelsea 2012, the nasturtium ‘Red Emperor’ will be launched for the first time. The Brewin Dolphin Garden Designed by Cleve West Built by Steve Swatton Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin STAND – MA15 This garden celebrates the 250th anniversary of Brewin Dolphin and the continuing popularity of topiary in gardens of all sizes since the resurgence of this art during the 19th century. Cleve West, who has six RHS Gold Medals to his credit and won Best in Show at Chelsea last year, has designed a garden that is

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contemporary yet reflects the heritage of British gardening. The garden design can be described as ‘formal and timeless, contemporary yet traditional’ and uses controlled structure, including beech hedging and yew topiary forms that contrast with looser layers of herbaceous plants. The yew forms represent the history, stability and creativity of Brewin Dolphin and stand like sentinels among a tapestry of herbaceous plants. This creates a sense of timelessness with a hint of mystery. May 2012 | Volume 2 | Issue 5

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Every contractor must address access, protection, site setup and general site preliminaries – they’re often hidden costs that will impact on your profit.

CLEARING A SITE It is not possible to make a profit until you fully understand your expenditure. When your client asks you to submit a price for a job there are a number of cost issues which will need to be factored in. Sam Hassall reports. demolition and especially surface demolition.

In this new set of cost investigations we are going to review the costs of site preparation and work through various soft landscape options which will be addressed in future issues. There are a number of cost issues before commencing work that every contractor needs to address. Items such as access, protection, site setup and general site preliminaries. These are often the hidden costs which will have an impact on your profit. In this issue, however, we are going to begin by looking at site clearance and

SCOPE The site being addressed here is a typical small-to-medium domestic site with existing features that are being removed to make way for new landscape and garden elements. An existing site may typically have turf, shrubs and trees, hard paved areas, walls and footings, buildings and services, each of which must be safely broken out or cleared and in most cases disposed of off-site.

Table 1: Application of herbicide to turf Area (m2)

Time (hrs)

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1750

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2000

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Once the turf has been sprayed and died off it must be removed, transported to the disposal point and taken off site. The hand works are slightly more efficient in terms of the bulkage of material lifted. Table 2 allows for: ● Hand lifted 45mm-thick plus 20% bulkage. ● Machine lifted 65mm-thick plus 35% bulkage.

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NOTES ABOUT THE TABLES All items are shown at cost (readers should allow for profit). The labour rate that has been used is £19.50 per hour.

NEXT ISSUE We will start looking further into other demolition costs associated with a typical site, such as walls, temporary buildings, services and vegetation.

It is good practice to apply a herbicide a few weeks before the clearance operation commences. This table shows the costs of applying herbicide (glyphosate) to turf areas of various sizes by backpack sprayer. ● The travel time impacts on the higher rate in the lower volume areas. ● An allowance of half an hour each way plus additional non productive time is included in the rates is included for the spraying operative to arrive and leave the site and for breaks etc. ● The productivity rate is based on 250m2 per hour with a maximum of 2,000m2 per day.

Table 2: Removal of sprayed turf (100m2) LIFT AND REMOVE COSTS Lift and stack Method

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Below are the two systems usually employed on small to medium-sized sites for breaking out surfaces.

Table 3: Demolition of hard surfaces LIFTING OPERATIONS By hand Lift only Type of paving

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Lift only Cost

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m2/hr

£/m2

m2/hr

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3.10

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1.02

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1.02

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2.48

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Break out concrete slabs

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4.94

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2.48

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3.90

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1.42

Type 1 base 150 thick

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2.48

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30

0.85

Plain concrete 150 thick

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4.65

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Reinforced concrete 150 thick

1.5

16.47

6

6.20

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9.75

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4.25

Table 4: Disposal of hard surfaces SKIP

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Total Vol. m2

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0.11

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114.29

1.93

Block or brick paving on sand bed

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32.28

5.89

84.21

2.61

Brick paving on mortar bed

0.14

32.28

5.89

84.21

2.61

Lift stone paving for reuse

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Break out stone paving

0.09

53.21

3.57

138.81

1.58

Break out concrete slabs

0.07

66.91

2.84

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174.55

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1.26

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Type 1 base 150 thick

0.33

13.94

13.63

36.36

6.05

Plain concrete 150 thick

0.23

20.44

9.29

53.33

4.13

Re-inforced concrete 150 thick

0.3

15.33

12.39

40

5.50

Table 4 – to be read in conjunction with Table 3 – shows the capacity of each paving type for both skip and grab and its anticipated cost. ● The column volume of 1m2 includes bulking factors. ● The total volume column shows how many

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of each surface type will fit to a fully loaded skip or grab. Nett Volumes and prices Skip, 4.6m3 –£190.00 each Grab, 12m3 – £220.00 per load inert

By hand ● Where small areas are removed it’s often not possible to use excavators and dumpers. We’ve used small electric or pneumatic breakers for hand work. Machinery ● We have costed using 3- or 5-tonne dumpers with breaker attachments where necessary.

All items listed at COST – allow for PROFIT!

ABOUT SAM HASSALL Sam Hassall is the UK’s only dedicated specialist landscape cost consultant. As managing director of LandPro Ltd his range of services are to provide cost and implementation information to Landscape design professionals and Landscape contractors. Sam’s expertise is gained from his formal training and many years of experience in the landscape industry. As part of his portfolio Sam also compiles the Spon’s External works and Landscape price book and developed the market leading LiberRATE Estimating system which is available as a 90-day trial. Visit: www.landpro.co.uk for further details, or call LandPro Ltd directly on Tel: 01252 795030

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Pro Landscaper launches the inaugural FutureScape event which has since quadrupled in size and is now the leading landscape industry event.

DECEMBER 2012 Sees the first commercial portfolio with Frosts Landscapes’ Jubilee Gardens on London’s South Bank. Pro Landscaper Editor Lisa attended the official opening ceremony by HM The Queen. Pro Landscaper Fifth Anniversary

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A team of landscape professionals prepare to climb the three highest peaks in the UK and, to make it just that bit tougher, they cycle the 450 miles between them. Pro Landscaper charts the training and fund raising for industry charity Perennial over the next eight months, culminating with a special presentation thanking the team at FutureScape 2013.

The magazine picks up on topical landscaping debates and kicks this new feature off with the question ‘Seal or No Seal’ – asking whether paving should have a sealant added or just be allowed to weather naturally. Landscapers get involved by offering their varied views.

Paving

Seal or no seal?

If you want to keep stone looking fresh and new, then consider chemical impregnators. If you want it to weather to a more natural look over time, accepting the changes in appearance that nature and stains create, then don't. Most igneous stones will cope with general dirt and grime if a good cleaning regime is adhered to, but the more porous nature of many other stones means that they are more likely to soak up stains.The choice has to be the customer’s, and suppliers should only advise on the implications of that choice.

There is much debate around whether paving should be sealed or not. Pro Landscaper contacted a selection of suppliers and landscapers to get their views – it seems that there is no definitive answer and the debate will continue, however, here are their comments which may help you decide what to do:

We recommend that sawn paving is impregnated (sealed). Applying an impregnator massively reduces stone porosity and prevents stains from penetrating.This in turn will significantly reduce the level of maintenance required post installation. Being an ex-landscaper I have always retained a strong interest in landscape construction.Through speaking to landscape contractors on a daily basis I am aware of the trepidation towards sealing. While these concerns are valid, they are easily overcome with the usual planning and research which accompanies any type of landscaping project, and they should not act as a barrier to providing a client with the best possible product available. Steven Walley Managing Director, London Stone

Sealing stone is a matter for the customer to choose depending on what use the area will get and the look and design of the garden. Granite and basalt don’t particularly need sealing as they’re pretty non-porous already and quite dark; the same goes for slates which will weather anyway over time. We would recommend sealing limestone in pale colours to avoid staining from leaves, food and drink in barbecue areas and general traffic in high use areas. For a contemporary garden we would recommend sealing, but for a more “cottagey” feel, it is not as necessary. Tabitha Smith, Sales Manager, Beltrami

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I think sealing block paving with a quality product can be of benefit. I have however been put off because although it can be a good thing, it's a total aggravation for the installer. Why?

There’s an ever increasing demand for more unusual, interesting and cheaper natural stone, which appears to be coming from every corner of the globe. Many people don’t fully understand the properties of some of these stones, which is where the problems start. My general view is that it is better to let stone ‘breathe’ outdoors and build up a natural patina.Your stone may naturally have iron rich deposits in it which can come to the surface over time, creating rust spots. If unsealed, these may be cleaned off relatively easily, or will naturally break down with weathering. However, if sealed, these spots are trapped under the sealant and will remain far longer. Once you’ve applied a sealant, you’ve also created an on-going maintenance issue. Many sealants break down over time with UV, leaving some patios looking patchy after a couple of years.You’ve then got to jet wash, or even sandblast the stone to remove any patina before resealing.

● If there's any efflorescence you have to

leave the paving until it clears. ● If it’s raining you can't seal. ● If it threatens to rain you can't seal. ● If the paving is damp you can't seal

Basically this can delay payment from the client and they often get annoyed because they want their project completed. Gary Cobb, Owner, Acer Paving & Landscaping

David Dodd Owner, The Outdoor Room

Usually we recommend against using sealants when natural stone paving is laid outdoors.There are a range of good products on the market but we find that the conditions make sealing a difficult job to get right. Natural stone paving needs to be completely dry and clean before a sealant is applied and it's often hard to tell when the underneath has fully dried out. However, if you do intend to seal your paving we would suggest that you only use a quality stone sealer and follow the instructions as recommended by the manufacturer.

When we pave we seal, either Pavegard or LTP products. Why? I prefer the look, and feel comfortable that we have provided the best service we can by enhancing the colour and durability. Lana Harrison, Director, Exterior Solutions Ltd

Our view is that the paving should not be sealed immediately after laying as this will often lock in the mineral salts drawn up through the stone from the mortar bed, causing 'watermark' staining on the surface of the stone. It's best to seal after a period of three to six months has elapsed since laying the paving and only following a period of dry weather. We don’t feel it is essential to seal paving unless it is heavily trafficked, exposed to damp conditions, tree covered, or prone to grease stains from barbecuing for example. Some types of stone such as black limestone may benefit from sealing to help retain the dark colour tones of the paving. Georgina Reed, Managing Director, Paving Superstore

Julian Wood, Sales and Marketing Director, Global Stone

My landscapers laid polished sawn sandstone a few times last year, and they decided against sealing it. There was no recommendation by the supplier (Brett) to do so which could therefore have potentially invalidated the 10 year warranty on the products.

Our materials, which are very dense and have a water absorption ratio of less than 5 per cent, are less likely to stain and mark and thus it is not necessary to seal, but many other stones in the marketplace do not achieve this rating and would be better sealed. Reference should always be made to the technical data sheets for the material which is a legal requirement of the CE mark. Sealing can be helpful as a protective surface, and consideration needs to be made to where the material is being used and the wear and tear it will undergo. It shouldn’t be required for residential paving, but it can be used to maintain and enhance colours where a secondary surface finish has been applied such as flaming or sanding.

Royal Forest Pennant is used in many schemes, from residential driveways, paving and bespoke commissions to streetscapes and town renovations. For most applications, it is not considered necessary to seal Pennant sandstone but in some circumstances, due to location or customer requirements, it can be advisable to protect the qualities and long-term appearance of the stone from the vagaries of the weather and general public. It is important that the treatments must be completely invisible and respectful to the stone and its processes, allowing the product to continue its life cycle as a natural, sustainable entity. Nick Horton, Managing Director, Forest Pennant

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Three Peaks Extreme Challenge

UT&AB UT BUCKINGHAM PALACE CORONATION FESTIVAL 2013

AUGUST 2013

Over a few glorious days in July, HM The Queen opened the gardens of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 60th year of her coronation.This exciting event, hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, brought together over 200 companies who hold Royal Warrants of Appointment – the Festival was a celebration of innovation, excellence and industry. Visitors were able to enjoy the Gardens of Buckingham Palace, whilst exploring the exhibitor marquees, sample and buy products. There was also a magnificent Gala evening of entertainment - a celebration of music and dance over the past 60 years.

A group of brave landscape industry members will be taking on the illustrious Three Peaks Extreme Challenge this September. Pro Landscaper is delighted to announce the team members already signed up, and a little more about the challenge itself.

The Three Peaks 2013 Extreme Team are: ● Richard Gardiner (Norris and Gardiner) ● Mark Gregory (Landform Consultants) ● Paul Downer (Oak View Landscapes) ● Brian Herbert (Outdoor Options) ● Dan Riddleston (Bowles and Wyer) ● John Wyer (Bowles and Wyer) ● Robert Crowder and Cora Crowder (Crowders) ● Matt O’Conner (John O’Conner) ● Jim Brasier (Jim Brasier Landscapes) ● Simon Cox (Gavin Jones) ● Darren Skidmore (Skidmores) ● Ed Belderbos (Belderbos Landscapes) Support crew (mountain climbs and transportation of kit between peaks): ● Liz Hughes (Provender) ● Lorraine Hartley (Provender) The National Three Peaks Challenge involves walking the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales: Ben Nevis in Scotland (1344m), Scafell Pike in England (978m), and Snowdon in Wales (1085m). The Three Peaks 2013 Extreme Team are scheduled to complete the challenge in six days starting on 6 September 2013. To make things even more difficult for themselves, they will also be cycling between the peaks.

from government departments, public and private organisations that are there to assist.

The planned schedule is: ● Day 1 – Ben Nevis plus 20 mile cycle to Glencoe ● Day 2 – 115 miles cycle ride ● Day 3 – 120 miles cycle ride ● Day 4 – Scafell Pike plus 25 miles cycle to Ambleside ● Day 5 – 120 miles cycle ride ● Day 6 – 45 miles cycle plus Snowdon

To kick off the fund raising, Pro Landscaper magazine has pledged £500 towards the challenge, which has also been matched by Richard Kay, Chairman of Green-tech Ltd – many thanks for the support. If the Three Peaks Extreme Challenge sounds like something you would like to be a part of, please email 3peaksextreme@gmail.com for more information, it could bring great personal achievement and raise money for a worthy industry charity at the same time.

The team will be using the excellent guiding services of Mountain and Glen – who regularly assist teams with taking on this thrilling challenge with huge success in helping them achieve their aims.

If you can’t face taking part, but would like to pledge your support to the team please either email editor@pro-landscaper.co.uk and we will pass on your details, or alternatively you can text NUTS67 and £5 to 70070 to make a £5 donation. We will be publishing details of any pledges within the regular updates in Pro Landscaper right up until the challenge in September. Also, keep up to date via twitter @peaksextreme and Facebook 3PE. Good luck to all involved!

Any money raised by the team during the Three Peaks Extreme Challenge will go directly to Perennial – the national charity for those who work or have worked in horticulture and their spouses/partners when they face adversity or need. Although started in 1839, Perennial has moved with the times as both horticulture and the needs of its people have changed. Perennial helps by providing money and services, and by ensuring people get the help they need

In the Out & About feature we report on the Buckingham Palace Coronation Festival after an invitation by Gavin Jones Ltd, one of the companies holding the Royal Warrant of Appointment, to attend the party in the gardens of Buckingham Palace – definitely a day to remember.

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We take the ‘Temperature of the market’ by asking the readership to fill in a survey asking questions about their business – by this time the overriding response is cautious optimism that we were emerging from the recession with a general uplift in turnover and profit. News Extra

News Extra Temperature of the market Pro Landscaper spoke to a handful of design, build, and maintenance contractors to gain an understanding and overview of the state of the UK landscaping market. We asked them how business has been this year, in comparison to last year, and why they think it might have changed. We also listened to their predictions for the industry in 2013

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or the majority of contractors business has been slower and quieter this year. David Dodd at The Outdoor Room said that 2012 has been “dreadful”, Jo Hardingham from Grace Landscapes said they had received fewer tenders than previous years and have found it hard to compete against lower and lower prices. A survey by the Construction Enquirer found that 88% of firms have faced competition from others who are putting in suicide bids in order to fill order books. Sharon Butler at Butler Landscapes said that things were “still quiet… quieter than last year” – to exemplify, Sharon explained that the company worked on a garden at Tatton Park, and neither themselves nor the designer came away from the show with a single prospective client visit – which is unusual. Gavin Jones Ltd had seen an increase in profits and activity over the past year, which is due to successfully winning big

As part of an annual research project, Pro Landscaper contacted companies in the landscape and garden design industry to find out the state of the market for 2013, and going into 2014, compared to 2012 and previous years. We spoke to a mix of landscape contractors, garden designers and suppliers to get a firm understanding of what is happening from all sides.

contracts. Director Martyn Mogford said the company has benefited substantially from the Olympics over the past few years, without which it would have expected business growth to be flat during 2012-2013. We wanted to know why it was that business has been so bad for many, and if expectations are that things will get better or worse in 2013. The weather has undoubtedly been a contributory factor; Jo Hardingham explained that this led to an increase in labour costs. David Dodd believes that the problem has resulted from a lack of building work forcing builders into the landscaping market, thus flooding the industry with sub-standard (but cheap) workmanship.

many design and build, and maintenance contractors cited marketing as being a useful tool in improving their turnover of landscapers, designers and suppliers reporting this fact.The reasons were varied, with better weather and a good summer being one of them, this in turn contributed to an overall lift in customer confidence, and a better attitude from consumers. Not to be overlooked is the important information we received from those we spoke to regarding how they have personally adapted

believes that designers play a vital role, and need to be emphasising the importance of using a landscaper rather than a builder to construct their designs. There have also been similar responses that designers need to be making clients aware of the need for on-going maintenance once a garden has been completed. Sharon Butler believes that the biggest problem facing the industry at the moment is a general lack of public interest – in comparison to 10-15 years ago when landscaping and garden design were heavily publicised and business was booming. This is the essential boost that the industry needs, to attract everyday people who are influenced by trends.

Changing trends More than anything, Sharon believes landscaping and garden design has fallen out of fashion and it needs a push to become fashionable again. Forecasts for the industry in 2013 have been varied. Some, home extension laws although hopeful that things can Theoretically, the government’s only improve, admitted that the proposal to relax the rules on signs “aren’t good”, but others home extensions would see believe that “the signs are there” builders move back into for things to get better the building sector. – David Dodd believes Although there is that people in the UK of firms have faced work, Jo Hardingham soon get bored if competition from others they are not feels clients are who are putting in expecting an identical spending money. If suicide bids to fill service for the same or with the help of the order books lower cost, contrary to media, the public can be inflation. Martyn Mogford also inspired to spend money on explained that pricing is very their gardens again and competitive, so although there is a designers support landscape reasonable amount of commercial contractors by passing the work work opportunities, it is difficult to on to skilled labour and come away with a profit. recommending continuing Some contractors offered maintenance, then the possibility ideas on what needs to be done is definitely there for business to improve things. David Dodd and profits to increase.

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had turned things around in 2013. The overwhelming response to our research was that 2013 was better than 2012 in terms of both turnover and profit, with over 70 per cent

December 2012

to the changing markets channelling a positive approach to the recession, many spoke of growing, adapting, changing and improving; this included diversifying, knowing their strengths and weaknesses, and making their companies and products better, more efficient, and more desirable. Mark Gregory from Landform Consultants (and Chairman of the APL) said “You cannot rely on a market that has been there, just because it has always been there. We must adapt.” Paul Downer at Oakview Landscapes was in agreement, stating that “Our diversity as a company has contributed greatly to our success.” Matt O’Conner at John O’Conner also explained “The recession forced us to look at our business, we have to be leaner, better quality and more efficient”; instead of sitting back and accepting their fate, companies told us directly that they had adapted and changed, and as Matt O’Conner explained, “we will come out the other side stronger for it.” As well as changing and adapting, our research showed that the recession and poor

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In 2012 our research threw up a general feeling of despondency from all sectors of the industry, with many landscapers and designers citing 2012 as being the worst year on record, some even admitted that their businesses would go under if 2013 did not improve.This was due in part to the terrible weather conditions experienced all over the country last year, and the recession taking its toll with both confidence and spending. Those who reported 2012 as a profitable or good year attributed this in the most part to the Olympics – or the winning of high-profile jobs. Although feedback from research in 2012 was not good, most had positive predictions for the coming year and a sense of optimism that things would improve, even in the face of low profits, suicide bidding, and lost work. With many companies having experienced the worst year ever in 2012, and with a vast improvement in both economic growth and the weather in 2013, we were very keen to speak to as many businesses as possible, of varying sizes, from all around the country, with hope that these factors

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turnover had forced them to become more proactive, “It’s no good sitting looking at your lot complaining about it,” explained Richard Barnard from Hillier Landscapes, “it’s down to you to go out and get it.You can’t just go down the same route year on year, you have to look for your work and go and get it.” Although he admitted the weather was always the biggest obstacle in his company’s growth, certainly actively taking the time to find work, rather than expecting work to come to you – as it may have done in the past – has been a beneficial strategy. David Dodd of The Outdoor Room is of the opinion that “Recessions are a good thing because they are a leveller – during the boom prices get higher and higher and something has to give eventually. That’s what the recession was for, to bring the market back to a sustainable level.” So, how did these companies manage to turn things around, and what might cause improvements in the future? Many design and build, and maintenance contractors cited marketing as being a useful tool in improving their turnover and profit. “I improved my website”, said one anonymous response from London, another from Hampshire said 2013 was better because of “more people knowing about me and my services”, and another simply stated “better marketing” as a reason for improvements to their business, and also mentioned social media and a marketing plan as being necessary tools for increasing reach.This also helped businesses to reach more relevant and more valuable customers, and in turn allowed them to be less ‘desperate’ – as one person put it, and take on better jobs and a higher quality of clientele, rather than taking small, time consuming

and low profit jobs. As most are only too aware, year on year customers want more work done, for the same or lower cost. Some companies found 2013 to be worse or just as bad as 2012, although these were in the minority, it cannot be ignored that businesses are still suffering. Of the landscapers, garden designers and suppliers that we spoke to, some made particular mention of the divide between north and south, northern based

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Was 2013 better/worse/the same, compared to 2012 for your company, in terms of turnover and profit? companies believe that the south is recovering much more quickly.The reasons that were given for companies across the country experiencing worse turnover and profit in 2013 were “customers wanting more for their money”, as well as problems with other companies pricing too low, or undercutting. Not surprisingly, the response from many landscapers to the question of what they perceive to be the biggest obstacle standing in the way of growth for 2014, was the continuing problem of suicide bids. With the majority of

tenders stating that contracts will be awarded based on the lowest price, many companies feel the pressure to price to win, rather than price to make a profit.This is something that has blighted the industry since the recession hit in 2008, and has established itself as an ongoing problem. Perhaps the National Contractors Forum could get a committee together in order to agree on a code of practice, to cut out the submission of suicide bids which depreciate and belittle the whole industry? A hurdle constantly cited in our research as an obstruction to future growth was the ongoing problem of finding skilled and knowledgeable staff. The RHS’s Horticulture Matters report highlights this. Committing to taking on apprentices, and volunteering in schools and colleges to communicate the value of working in the landscaping and horticulture industry are two ways in which companies can help to invest in the future of the industry.This also goes hand in hand with the need to educate the general public on how valuable and skilled our industry is. We’re delighted to report that the market has improved overall in 2013, and businesses are recovering. Although some, particular northern businesses continue to struggle, an ongoing improvement in both confidence and spending should eventually filter through to those still struggling. The weather has played a major part in this, as well as a sense of optimism and the unwillingness of companies to just sit back and watch things deteriorate. However, there is still work to be done, in particular in organising a code of practice to prevent suicide bidding, and working towards better marketing and promotion.

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PERSONAL I suppose I try to wring as much as I can from every moment of my life. It’s a joy to be alive and we should make the most of it – not everyone gets the opportunity to enjoy that privilege. If I’m lucky enough

to reach old age I would like to be crowded with happy memories of friends and joyful experiences, oh, and plants of course. Besides my family, the thing I value above all else are my friendships. Music is another great passion of mine. As a girl my father’s love of classic rock and heavy metal, and my mother’s love of classical music were all around me – both seemed to seep into my soul. I studied music at secondary school, however, when I left, I developed a rather wild side to my character and discovered raves and dance music. If I wasn’t a garden designer I would love to be involved in music, a late night DJ slot on 6 Music would be a dream job. Favourite bands? It’s got to be Led Zeppelin, Super Furry Animals and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs all played full tilt. Fashion is another great love, be it a local jumble sale, charity shop or my favourite department store Selfridges. I think it’s safe to say that I’d hate to ever blend in. Books are another of life’s great delights, I have so many favourites, but I confess I must have read Wuthering Heights at least a dozen times. I have two mottos, which my sons now repeat in the most deadpan ‘not-again’ singsong voices you’ve ever heard – ‘positivity breeds content’ and ‘burn out, not fade away’.

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got a taste for the great outdoors when I was at boarding school in Derbyshire doing the Duke of Edinburgh award. The camping has stayed with me. In my early twenties, I’d chug up to the Grizedale Forest in the Lake District to camp alone in the wilds. These days camping is still such a wonderful way to step off the world and slow down with friends and family. Many moons ago when I was (mostly!) single and my business was in its fledgling stages I would take off backpacking to far flung climes, India, Nepal, Costa Rica, New Zealand and so on. Since we now have children a little more forward planning is required, if I’m honest, I crave the day our children will be old enough for the family to take off, flight only, for a few more adventures. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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LOOK OUT FOR...

SAM OVENS Cornishman Sam Ovens was the winner of the RHS Young Designer of the Year 2014 for his design, The Sky’s The Limit. We caught up with him to find out how he got into garden design and what he plans to do in the future

We start ‘Diary of a Show Manager’, following RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show manager Dave Green through the lead up to the 2015 event.

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the gardens were built by UK landscapers and it was great to see so many skills on display with

James Ball of G Burley & Sons, grounds maintenance and landscaping contractors in Dorking, was the winner of the Hayter Harrier 56 Pro in the competition run in Pro Landscaper in the spring. The

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower show is the world’s largest

exceptional finishes and attention to detail across the showground. With an average of around 145,000 visitors this year, the show provided a great engagement opportunity for sponsors. Each garden handed out on average approximately 10,000

annual flower show and at the start of July the 34 acre site was alive for six days with music, entertainment and some of the best gardens and horticultural exhibits anywhere in the world. This year the top Gold medal winning gardens really had an international design flavour with several of the winning designers coming from all over the world.

leaflets over the six days, proving the show really was a great platform for improving brand recognition. The 2.5 hours of dedicated BBC coverage, together with broadcast coverage on BBC Breakfast News, The One Show and ITV’s Good

Despite the designers’ international backgrounds, however, many of

Morning Britain, meant that the show had one of its best ever years for broadcast coverage. During the show designers and landscapers reported lots of positive leads throughout the week with several confirming contracts for further work. A show garden charity sponsors also mentioned that their preview evening legacy event was one of their best ever, resulting in one of their largest ever

As we move into August and the team arrive back at the RHS head office the focus will move to 2015 and thinking about the 25th anniversary year. We are already excited and have lots of ideas about how to celebrate and many designers have also mentioned their own special garden plans to mark the event. Deadlines for garden design submissions are in December, before we know it, it will

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be show time again!

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SHOW MANAGER Dave Green Show Manager, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

company, which holds the Royal Warrant, works for numerous local authorities, historic properties, housing associations and other organisations in the South East and James said he is very pleased with the new mower. www.gburley.co.uk

The subject of the Look Out For feature is Sam Ovens, awarded RHS Young Designer of the Year, launching his design career. Sam goes on to design his first RHS Chelsea garden for Cloudy Bay in 2016.

What inspired you to follow a career in

gardens, where you can make something unique

garden design? I have always had a passion for design, and

and personal to one individual or family.

loved making things, I initially started studying a

What made you decide to enter the RHS

product design degree at Cardiff University, but

Young Designer of the Year competition? Tell

been used to create a place for recuperation and

during my second year I decided this was not

us the story behind the garden and where it

contemplation for both patients and their loved

where I wanted to be, I got fed up with designing mundane objects that would be thrown away

will be relocated to after RHS Tatton. After graduating from Falmouth in 2012, I took a

ones; somewhere for them to go and get away from it all, a place to escape to, a tranquil and

in July 2013. I then decided to set up my own

stressful time in their lives.

after a few years and wanted to design something that would last, something that can get better and stand the test of time. Growing up on a working farm in Cornwall, surrounded by plants and animals, I have always had a love for the outdoors. So combining this interest with a passion for design, led me to change degrees and study garden design at Falmouth University instead. Is it purely residential work or do you get involved in commercial design also? Both, I love larger commercial and public spaces that have high numbers of people involved as I think this often makes for a more interesting and

year out to travel, and returning home to Cornwall landscape and garden design practice, Sam

designer competition, as two former Falmouth students Hugo Bugg and Daniella Coray have also entered and done very well in it. So I thought it would be a great opportunity to launch the new business. The theme for the RHS YD garden this year was ‘Avant-Gardening’, I decided to look at new ways of overcoming common problems I think

How would you inspire other young people

For me lack of outdoor space, and how to maximise it was really important. During the time I

landscaping and garden design? I think just give it a go, I think there is a lot more

are affecting the industry.

to choose a career in horticulture/

challenging brief. I currently work for a company

was designing there were a lot of issues with

environments for schools, but equally I love private

be worsened by the paving and concreting over of

alongside my own designing natural play

private space offering a place of refuge during a

Ovens Landscapes. I have always been aware of the RHS young

flooding all over the country, and this is often said to outdoor space. This led me to the idea of creating a garden that required no hard landscaping, and allowed for 100 per cent planting without limiting

support and encouragement now for young people to enter the industry, so now is a great time to get involved. What are the future plans for your business? The business is currently in its infancy I just hope

the amount of usable space there was for people.

that during the next year, it will continue to build.

where the people are lifted off the ground and float above the planting. I think up until now, the solution

my work throughout the UK and overseas and hopefully the RHS YD will have given me the

So I came up with the idea of making a garden

to this problem has been green walls where plants are taken off the ground but I wanted to flip this, taking the people up off the ground instead. I also wanted to show that you could create a wildlife friendly garden that is still contemporary. Following the show, all the plants were relocated to St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth, where they have 104 Pro Landscaper / October 2014

Although based in Cornwall I am hoping to extend

launch pad I need to make this happen. CONTACT Sam Ovens Tel: 07757 591 977 Email: sam@samovens.co.uk Web: www.samovens.co.uk

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The ‘Have Your Say’ letters page gives readers the chance to comment on articles they have read or general industry hot topics.

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More participation needed Having attended many industry events through the years, I was concerned the same topics would be raised again at FutureScape’s View From The Top debate with no conclusion on how to resolve them! Unfortunately this is precisely what happened! Poor education and a lack of well trained staff was highlighted. Nick Coslet asked how many of the audience had spoken at their local school or asked their local college what their future training strategy was. Not many raised their hands. Many in the audience will remember attending colleges where they gained a balanced overview of many subjects so that they could specialise according to their interest or skill level. The reduction of students with this training has left a shortfall, resulting in a watering down of the syllabus and standards, affecting us all. We haven’t engaged enough to make a change but have consistently looked to somebody else to do it for us; which is clearly not going to happen! We have the skill level and the knowledge that colleges need. We are the ones designing new roof gardens, green walls, irrigation systems, rainwater harvesting systems, resolving

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I attended FutureScape in November and my partner and I joined the View From The Top debate. The question was asked: “What is a small landscape budget?” to which one of the panelists answered £30,000. For my business it can be anything from £1,000. It was suggested that we don’t need programmes airing small garden makeovers but I feel they freshen up the garden world. I may

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technical issues etc. We are the ones responsible for biosecurity and good professional practice! Many of us are members of the numerous industry organisations, all of which play important roles but remain fragmented! We have to ask why, but whatever the issues, the real question is: “What are we going to do about it?” We need to engage and work with our organisations more, we need to attend AGMs to change constitutions and codes if they are at fault or need updating. We could use industry events like FutureScape to our advantage and change the future. Perhaps the debate needs to be a workshop, with a panel of industry CEOs, presidents and chairs. A professional facilitator could be appointed with a series of key topics established throughout the year in Pro Landscaper so the audience can fully participate and take action. We can work together, the Olympic park proved this. Perhaps at the next meeting we could create an action plan for us all to follow instead of just debating the issues. Paul Cowell PCLandscapes and former BALI Chairman

Support your association I also attended the BALI AGM at Saltex but felt I went to a different meeting to the one Phil Jones attended. This will be the first year in many when subscription fees have risen in line with inflation and the accounts of the organisation are healthy with a structured plan in place. Membership is growing and with new staff the association is now far more effective at supporting members and promoting the industry.

money garden, this can’t be a bad thing. To be a landscaper or a garden designer is a truly skilled job, we need to pass on our skills and invest time in young budding tradesmen and women. Fresh faces need to be brought into the gardening world, so why not involve people just starting out in the panel debates next time? Everyone can learn from each other and pass on what the budding landscaper didn’t know, or the experienced missed out on.

I am proud to have been a member of BALI for close on 20 years. However, I would prefer to see associations working together more and even sharing resources. Think of the savings that could be achieved and channelled into moving our industry forward, promoting the industry and influencing policy makers. The BALI-NCF has struggled, though new leadership offers the chance of better progress. There are tentative steps in the right direction and even bolder ones when there is a common interest. However, in all my years organising and arranging diverse events, we only get about 25 per cent of the regional membership companies attending and the main absentees are the larger firms. Despite surveys and requests for topics, events etc the larger companies are happy to not get involved. I know getting involved with BALI has benefited my employer – you get out what you put in.

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One of the nicest men in the industry, Richard Barnard from Hillier Landscapes celebrates 50 years in landscaping in this month’s Let’s Hear it From feature.

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We’re invited to meet with Richard and his wife and co-director Lynda at their beautiful cottage near Stockbridge, Hampshire and over tea and cake he reminisces about his early life and launch into horticulture. “I come from long generations of farmers and fruit growers in the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire and after my brother took over the family farm in the Sixties my father suggested I find a different career – ‘Farmers don’t garden’. Having always been keen on plants and looking after the one acre family garden, when I left school I joined Pershore College (now Warwick University campus) near to home, and started on the staff as a horticultural apprentice followed by a three year course in amenity horticulture.” Richard recalls his time at college: “In the middle year of my degree course at Pershore, I worked for six months at Hilliers on the nursery and spent six months abroad working for an export nursery in Holland. My duties were to collect plants from all the smaller nurseries, steering around the canals at Boskoop on a barge. After three months of doing this the boss of the nursery called me in and told me to spend a month repairing all the banks where I went too fast in the boat!” Pro Landscaper / September 2015 33

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At the end of his course, John Hillier (who was on the Pershore advisory panel) asked Richard to go back to the nursery full time, which he did. “I used to do all the shows with them – RHS Chelsea, Harrogate, Bath & West and Royal Welsh. But after two years I could see that although I had enjoyed it greatly, nursery work wasn’t for me. I was offered a position by a landscape architect I knew who worked at Derek Lovejoy & Partners in Bournemouth. The biggest scheme I worked on there was Basingstoke new town. We also worked on Gibraltar new town. Three and a half years later I received a letter out of the blue from Sir Harold Hillier asking if I’d like to come back to Hilliers and run the landscape department.” Had he kept in touch whilst he’d been away 34

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HILLIERS SAW THAT IT COULD NOT RELY PURELY ON SOFT LANDSCAPING DESIGNS AND REALISED THE NECESSITY OF COMBINING HARD AND SOFT LANDSCAPING FOR GARDEN SCHEMES from the company? “I’d kept in close contact throughout my time away and had continued to do the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.” What did the landscape department at Hilliers look like at that time? “It was fairly small, around 12 people, with a horticultural consultant and a couple of designers.” The

work was all soft landscaping at that time, “we used all our own nursery stock for planting and when the landscape work ran out the boys worked on the nursery. In 1971 I became landscape manager.” As the landscape industry grew and colleges such as Merrist Wood offered landscape training in order to survive, Hilliers saw that it couldn’t rely purely on soft landscaping designs and realised the necessity of combining hard and soft landscaping for garden schemes. So why did Richard decide to buy Hillier Landscapes? “There had been a movement by major nurseries to hive off their landscape departments so that they could concentrate on their core business of growing plants. Two such companies were Wyevale and Blakedown. In www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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MARCH 2016

APRIL 2016

The magazine is given a new look, with sections that clearly direct the reader to their favourite feature. The new regular ‘Agenda’ is launched, asking a topical question each month which the readership can respond to and give their personal view on. OPINION

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David Dodd

Will Jennings

Managing director, The Outdoor Room

Artist and organiser, A Folly for London

I’ve always thought that anything related to public green spaces can only be a good thing and this

Imagine having £60m to fund 500 pocket-parks and local landscaping projects across London.

is pretty much how I feel about the Garden Bridge. Thomas Heatherwick has created a beautiful design for the bridge itself and I know Dan Pearson will produce a beautiful garden. It’s what they do! I don’t agree with people calling it a vanity project. To me it’s another example of investment in keeping London as one of the most culturally creative cities in the world. I’m also pleased to see it’s going to be free for the public so everyone can enjoy it. My only argument against the project is that there are still a great many deprived areas in London and could the money (currently around £175m) have been spent on creating more public gardens and green spaces which would benefit a greater number of people?

Each project could be unique; local residents, schools and designers working with each site’s particularities to create greener, safer, walkable communities. Biodiversity would be improved city-wide. Now consider the Garden Bridge; a money-sucking private development and a rigged procurement to enable an actress’s personal vanity legacy. Fabricated in Italy then built by a French contractor, it saves only 30 seconds on a walk from Waterloo Station to Fleet Street and the carbon expended on thousands of tonnes of concrete will never be offset, so it’s a huge net loss environmentally. It doesn’t begin to engage with the wealth and subtlety of landscaping, design and horticultural ideas which could be employed to improve the city immensely.

Philippa O’Brien Owner, Philippa O’Brien Garden Design The Garden Bridge is one of those projects, like the London Eye or the Angel of the North, which is

London and other cities in need of makeovers. I cannot help but think it is a bit of a vanity project;

Bridge will be a showcase for horticulture and landscaping but if this project is to be truly good

why not build further down the river where another bridge would be really useful? We

for our industry then we must be given, and use, every opportunity to proclaim our contribution,

Managing director, Frosts Landscapes

understand pedestrians will be limited at any one time and accessibility restricted. Concerns over

repeating the success of the Olympic Park.

Is the Garden Bridge good for the industry?

the blocking of views of the city are real. The High Line project in New York took a disused elevated

simply larger than life. The idea for a magical garden hovering above the Thames where Londoners and tourists can wander at will sounds blissful. I think that the bridge will be a great example of the best of British design and will undoubtedly draw tourists and show off British

say, as a landscaper, that I am absolutely in favour of it. Frosts Landscapes was one of the final three companies selected to tender for the bridge; unfortunately we lost out to a

procurement process and funding. Critics say that Heatherwick was already lined up for the

very worthy competitor in the form of Willerby Landscapes (see our interview on page 21).

The Garden Bridge has certainly caused some debate, and I can see both sides of the argument. I think London needs to keep up there in terms of innovation, and as a world destination we are seen as a nation of garden lovers and becoming ever so slowly more green and aware. The Garden Bridge demonstrates leading design both in engineering and horticulture alike; I believe it will keep British design at the forefront and London gets another attraction. That said, £175m would have funded lots of greening of

We decided to tender for the contract, not on terms of income and return, but rather

doubt the beauty of the structure and the imagination of the idea. The bridge is costing around £175m, of which £40m is from public

because we believed in the design concept and the project as a whole. I for one cannot wait to see the finished article; Dan Pearson’s

UK to showcase its expertise in design, engineering and landscaping…”; and therein lies the nub. The designer of the bridge structure, Thomas Heatherwick, is already a household name following his design of the 2012 Olympic flame and the latest version of London’s Routemaster bus. His beautiful design for the bridge is taking centre stage. Dan Pearson’s involvement with the bridge’s landscape design team has been trumpeted and, as happens every year with Chelsea show gardens, the landscape design is the focus of media attention. Where and when will the landscaping contractors and plant and product suppliers receive the publicity due to them for actually creating the vision? The Garden

purse and a further £20m public loan. Given that two-thirds of the money is coming from private funding, it seems churlish to complain. This will be a world-class project along the lines of the London Eye; a major draw for the city and a boost to its economy and status. Those alone are sufficient justification for the funds, roughly £5 for every Londoner. To put it in context, that’s around the cost of one to two secondary schools, or somewhere between a tenth and third of the cost of a hospital, although of course no fewer schools or hospitals are going to be built because of the bridge. It will be a landmark project and a flag waver for garden design; we should get behind it.

design for the garden is outstanding. The Garden Bridge will showcase British horticulture and without doubt will be good for the industry; we are, after all, the best gardeners in the world, in my humble opinion.

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project before the competition was launched to find a designer; clearly unfair, but no one could

The Garden Bridge Trust states on its website that this visionary project “will be an opportunity for the

Chief executive, BALI

Managing director, Landform Consultants

on as to whether or not you are for or against the Garden Bridge. On this question I have to

Founding director, Bowles & Wyer

Garden Bridge so contentious? Much of the controversy is not around the idea itself, but the

Wayne Grills

Mark Gregory

John Wyer So what’s all the hoo-ha about; why is the

much bigger audience.

lever which encourages the government to invest more in horticultural training?

The question itself has been interestingly worded away from the debate which rages

an expensive imitation which misses an opportunity to make a massive difference to a

However, as with any public project, maintenance and management will be key. Could this be the

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Ken White

rail line and made a cool linear urban park which, for me, ticks all the boxes. The Garden Bridge is

gardens to the wider world. It is a landmark project and one that will be good for our industry.

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IS THE GARDEN BRIDGE GOOD FOR OUR INDUSTRY? The controversial Garden Bridge started out as just an idea of actress Joanna Lumley but, following funding from major donors such as Sky, construction is due to begin later this year. The project has received a mixed response, costing £175m, with the private sector having pledged £85m of this and the public £60m so far. The 366m bridge will be situated between the Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges, linking Temple underground Charity Garden Bridge Trust station to the Southbank. Due to open Lead design Arup Designer Heatherwick Studio to the public in 2018, the annual Landscape designer Dan Pearson Studio maintenance and operations of the Preferred construction bidder Bouygues TP-Cimolai JV bridge will be £2m. We asked people Planting contractor Willerby Landscapes Ltd working in the sector what they think...

We feature our first ever interview with a superhero! We meet Dr Marcus Watson on a charity fundraising day – when he’s dressed as Captain America. Definitely the most memorable interview we’ve attended!

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Marcus, how did you get involved in landscaping? This is my first job within the landscape industry.

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PAUL HENS

I came upon Ground Control through a mutual introduction. I was between jobs at the time, and had tried and failed to acquire my previous business. Through contacts I made during that process, a

Paul Hensey, principal designer at Green Zone Design and SGD vice chairman

IN AID OF WORLD CANCER DAY, MARCUS’S TEAM INSISTED HE CARRY OUT THE INTERVIEW IN CAPTAIN AMERICA COSTUME! Title 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School Author Matthew Frederick Publisher The MIT Press RRP £11.95

Paul Hensey, vice chair of the SGD, shares his views on a book that has helped him in the new regular ‘What I’m Reading’ article.

I have a few books that I would kick a door down to save from a burning house, but only one that I would recommend to anyone wanting to grasp an insight into what we, as designers, should do. This is a book you want to handle. It’s human in scale (A5 landscape), sparse and eloquent. Don’t get the Kindle or the soft cover version; the recycled board, fabric spine hardcover is the only way to go. But it’s architecture. Good design and the process of achieving it is universal. If this was rewritten with landscape or garden design in the title, little would change. We get bogged down in minutiae – half of my shelves are full of suggestions on how to resolve those problems so it is refreshing to be reminded of what we actually can and should be doing. FAVOURITE PART 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School is unashamedly instructional, but not in a patronising way – more like a mentor or your

favourite teacher. It doesn’t tell you how to do anything, but lays out some principles that remind you of what you thought you knew but have long forgotten and of what you should know but have been too preoccupied to bother learning. You’ll be a better designer for knowing these things. The underlying lesson of the book is that of first principles. Don’t take other people’s word or their interpretation; find out, discover and research for yourself – learn. It also emphasises the need for clarity in exploring design ideas and in particular drawing. To be able to express an idea on paper with a pencil is a gift. CAD is a tool and can be a godsend, but to draw and reveal an idea is an art. BUSINESS INFLUENCE I use many of the principles – I would use more but I’m a bloke and 101 things are 98 more than I can hold in my head at any one time. Number 67: the 10ft test. If your drawings don’t work from 10ft away, they are not as clear as they might be. As chair of the SGD Adjudication team, I frequently pin up drawings and step back when assessing a presentation for clarity and communication.

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JUNE 2016 This issue contains a special Play Design section and we’re invited to a private evening preview of the opening of one of the projects featured, The Magic Garden and Hampton Court Palace. A fabulous job designed by Robert Myers and constructed by Frosts Landscape Construction.

The brief An extensive creative brief for the Magic Garden was issued by Historic Royal Palaces as part of a competitive process in the autumn of 2011. Robert Myers Associates was selected from a shortlist in May 2012.

The brief from Historic Royal Palaces stated that the inspiration for the project came from a need to create a substantial additional attraction for intergenerational families, as well as a compelling new reason to visit Hampton Court Palace. There was potential to increase the number of ‘leisure families’ visiting the palace and to give local families an incentive for repeat visits. The Magic Garden is to fulfil this potential without compromising the spirit of what is already valuable and special about Hampton Court’s historic environment. The brief added: “We envisage an exciting new interactive play garden... We are using the working title of ‘Magic Garden’ because we want it to be inspired by Hampton Court’s stories, legends and mythology, and to have a magical quality for all its users. As such, it will signpost the sense of discovery that exists throughout the remainder of the gardens and the palace, and will act as a springboard for further exploration.”

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DESIGN PLAN With the above restrictions in place, it was agreed with Historic Royal Palaces that a small section of their main visitor car park could be used as a satellite compound, which would allow delivery of the bulk materials to be taken and then transported to the main site. This was on the proviso that they were moved between 8am and 10am prior to the palace opening to the public – no mean feat considering the quantities and materials involved (listed right), all implemented by a workforce that totalled 207 different trades personnel by the end of the project. The build of the Magic Garden was made possible by the positive collaboration between the Historic Royal Palaces project team and gardening, lead architects Robert Myers Associates and Frosts Landscape Construction who co-ordinated the entire build.

Materials • 1,231m³ topsoil to be removed from site • 717m³ MOT Type 1 imported • 283m³ concrete imported • 410m² Charcon Stonemaster paving • 235m² Cedec self-binding gravel • 849m² Addagrip resin bound paving • 1,000m border line steel edging • 900m² artificial turf • 100t natural stone boulders • 10,000m of electrical cable • Steel substructures to the five towers and two aerial walkways • Timber cladding to the towers.

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Challenges The Magic Garden was an ambitious project, with the only access for construction vehicles and materials being via the Royal Tennis Court gate located to the north of the project. This in turn added to the problems as the gate was only 2.4m wide and a scheduled ancient monument, meaning that it was impossible to use lorries to deliver materials. The entrance to the site was also off Hampton Court Road which is part of the Transport for London Strategic Road Network, so road or partial road closures were not possible.

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The design Robert Myers Associates’ design for the Magic Garden was inspired by the rich history of the palace and the site itself – Henry VIII’s former tiltyard. A strong garden structure has been developed upon which a series of character areas are layered. These include a tournament ground, wildwood, mythical beasts’ lair, ‘strange topiary’ garden, encampment, and a spiral mount with moat and grotto. The journey through the garden provides challenges, obstacles and illusions that play with the notions of hierarchy, status and scale. Stories of the Palace and its inhabitants are referenced in the fabric of the design, creating a sense of occasion and identity. “We have incorporated playfulness and magic into every aspect of the garden,” said Robert Myers. “It has been designed as a relaxing as well as a stimulating environment, with spaces to pause and rest, as well as places that are active and adventurous.”

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ABOUT THE BOOK This book comprises of 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process and presentation, and provides a primer in architectural literary. Each lesson has a two-page format, with a brief explanation and illustration that can range from diagrammatic to whimsical. It provides valuable guideposts for navigating the design studio and other classes in the architecture curriculum. About the author Matthew Frederick is an architect and urban designer in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including Boston Architectural College and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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The book does lack an appendix. If I can take the liberty to improve someone else’s work, I would direct anybody to the ’10 Principles of Good Design’ by Dieter Rams. This time, substitute ‘product’ with ‘garden’. It makes a fitting unification to my own interests in gardens, architecture and product design, and I keep it as a folded sheet appendix in 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School, for when I occasionally find myself in need of stepping back.

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5 YEARS OF AND LISA AND JIM WILKINSON LOOK BACK ON FIVE YEARS OF PRO LANDSCAPER AND FUTURESCAPE

How did Pro Landscaper and FutureScape begin and how do you feel they’ve grown in five years? When we first launched Pro Landscaper back in September 2011 we’d already done a lot of work researching the industry, looking at the content, the tone, the style and design of the magazine, and to make sure we reached our audience. Our research told us there was a big gap in the market to bring all the sectors together and make them one industry rather than several fragmented areas. The other thing we realised was that the magazine needed to be proactive and have a positive approach. The content was most important, and we made it our goal to bring the industry together, to promote and share the excellent work that was going unnoticed and to create an environment where issues could be debated in a professional and open manner. Five years on I’d say we’ve certainly achieved elements of the above, but there’s still a long way to go and we believe there’s much more to achieve. We’re definitely not resting on our laurels. I remember being extremely proud of our first issue, not just of the magazine itself but because it was a really collected effort to put it all together. The industry took to it really quickly and we became part of that industry – in fact, you could say it’s become our lives, and we love it.

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What do you think will be the biggest challenge for Pro Landscaper and FutureScape in the next five years? We constantly look to see how we can improve what we do, what features are in the magazine, who speaks at our events, and how we can make them bigger and better. I guess the biggest challenge is that we’ve got to where we are very quickly, but we now need to make sure that Pro Landscaper and FutureScape continue to flourish and grow within the sector. In terms of FutureScape we have more specific issues, one is that we’re running out of space and may need a new venue, another is that there’s so much we want to cover at FutureScape that a single day may not be enough to cover it all. We have amazing support from all the suppliers and our focus is always making sure that people at the event get as much as they can out of the day, enjoy themselves and want to come back the following year. What do you think is most important to focus on for the next five years to ensure Pro Landscaper and FutureScape continue to grow? I think the industry as a whole has massive challenges ahead of it, and the biggest issue we face is trying to help people understand the value of green space. Whether it’s for health reasons, leisure reasons, transport, social housing, commercial or

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domestic buildings, green space plays a key role, and we need to make sure we champion its importance. We also need to try and justify the monetary value to make sure those spaces are accessible. What have you learned in the last five years that will affect how you move into the next five? I’ve learnt that you can’t achieve anything without enthusiasm, desire and energy, and that having the right staff is essential – those that have the commitment and desire to work in and report on the sector.

Do you have any specific new developments planned for FutureScape or Pro Landscaper in the next five years? I think both FutureScape and Pro Landscaper will continue to evolve as they have over the last five years. Recently we’ve had more connection with landscape architects and property developers who are keen to be involved with Pro Landscaper and FutureScape – we need to work out how that can help to build on our core readership. We’re also looking at the issues in sectors such as grounds maintenance, which have some massive challenges facing them, as well as sustainability and recycling. We’ll be continuing our supplements for specific topics and areas within the industry, but as always our main aim is to make sure we deliver the best magazine we can for our audience. Which aspects of Pro Landscaper are you keen to keep going forward? I suppose I would say this, but all of it! Our research shows that our Inspire section, where we showcase the creation of a garden or a park from start to finish, always scores really high. Our supplements are also working very well. I guess it’s really just building on what we do, continuing to research and be close to our market, listening to what our readers like and what they don’t like and tailoring the magazine based on that.

How do you think the landscaping industry will look in five years? In future I’d really like the public as a whole to understand the value of landscaping, and the fantastic benefit it gives to everyone. Something struck me recently when I was watching football – the Welsh team slogan: "Together stronger”. I feel that if all the different facets of the landscape industry could come together and have one voice, we’d be much stronger. If you could go back and speak to yourself five years ago, what advice would you give to yourself about Pro Landscaper and FutureScape? Don’t employ family (laughs). I think if I went back five years I’d tell myself to just take time and don’t feel rushed, to work gradually to ensure the end product is going to survive in the long term. That’s what we’re committed to doing, making sure Pro Landscaper and FutureScape are brands that last and grow within the industry long term.

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also learned how to run the logistics of the show more efficiently – when we first started, for example, we didn’t have a forklift on site, so it was difficult to move materials and stands. Every year after the event we send our visitors a survey asking them how they found the day and what improvements they feel we could make. That survey has a huge impact on the changes we make at FutureScape. In our first year the results showed that a lot of people weren’t happy with the event’s lunch options, and from then on we’ve made sure we have a variety of food available at FutureScape. With four years’ worth of feedback behind us, we’ve been able to adjust and tweak FutureScape to ensure we’re consistently improving and tailoring the day to our visitors’ needs and preferences. What will be your main focus for the next five years at FutureScape? Our main focus is always to keep our visitors engaged and getting as much

Our seminars and exhibitors are vital in keeping FutureScape relevant and valuable to our visitors, with the latest innovations and technologies on show and professionals at the top of their game discussing current issues and solutions within the industry. Another huge focus of ours is to continue to raise the profile of the highly skilled and gifted landscapers, garden designers and landscape architects within the industry. We want to make sure that landscaping is seen as a profession of highly skilled people – in the past it may have been seen as a job for people who aren’t particularly skilled or clever, but in reality this sector contains some of the most gifted, creative and intelligent people you’ll ever meet. What additions are you hoping to make to FutureScape? We’re hoping to bring together affiliated areas of the industry. This year we’ve worked with API (Association of Play Industries) and we’re looking to expand that

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relationship further. We’ve also joined forces with the Landscape Institute this year which has massively influenced FutureScape 2016, bringing in an entire seminar programme catered to landscape architects, which we’ve never done before. It’s important to us that FutureScape brings all the different sectors of the industry together and has a community feel, and continuing to develop affiliations with more areas will be a big part of how we do this. What affect do you think FutureScape has on the industry? Every year we see a massive range of new materials and products from our exhibitors, some of which go on to become huge trends within the industry. Recently, for instance, artificial grass has become immensely popular, and some of our initial exhibitors were key in driving these products forward. FutureScape gives exhibitors a platform to present their products and services to the landscape industry, and allows our guests to view all the newest innovations and materials they may want to include in future projects.

What aspect of FutureScape are you most proud of? I think my proudest moment is always 9am on the day of the event, when the doors open and the floor fills with visitors. That’s the biggest indication that everything we’ve done in the build up to the show has been right – selecting the seminars, the guest speakers, the variety of exhibitors and the range of special events. I’m also really proud of how the 'View From the Top’ debate has grown at FutureScape. In our first year it was just an hour debate on a single topic, which has now evolved into the must attend panel Q&A. The most exciting thing about it is that the output of the people on the panel is what dictates the future of the industry. We’ve had people such as the managing director of ISS Phil Jones and Mark Gregory of Landform Consultants, all these big names who will go on to make decisions – some of them based on what’s discussed during the debate – that’ll affect everyone within the industry. That’s a huge thing to be proud of.

How do you hope FutureScape will look in five years’ time? In five years’ time I know FutureScape will continue to be the place to see what the industry is buzzing about, and where professionals from different areas within landscaping can come and see the latest range of products and services available to them. We’ll continue to have the big names within the industry discussing important issues and relevant topics, and we’ll have spread our wings and will be working with a larger variety of sectors within the industry to bring it together as a whole. Last year we expanded our seminars to include topics relevant to the arboriculture sector, and this year we’ve got a whole seminar timetable focusing on landscape architects. We want to continue to strive to raise the profile of the industry and to bring together the various sectors within it.

In five years’ time I know FutureScape will continue to be the place to see what the industry is buzzing about, and where professionals from different areas within landscaping can come and see the latest range of products and services available to them

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TESTIMONIALS

Without doubt, Pro Landscaper and FutureScape have made a significant contribution to our industry. The magazine has the courage to tackle difficult issues head-on, providing a safe space to discuss the challenges we face with honesty and clarity. I appreciate not only the high production values of the magazine, but the integrity of the team that creates this content

Denise Wright, Janine Pattison Studios

Pro Landscaper, the magazine you just cannot put down. In five years Pro Landscaper has grown into the must-read magazine for the whole landscape industry. Congratulations and thanks to the Wilkinson family Richard Barnard, Managing Director of Hillier Landscapes

It is quite amazing how much FutureScape has done to promote and champion landscapers, contractors, designers and suppliers in such a short period of time

Ken White, Frosts Landscapes

FutureScape has steadily galvanised the industry, bringing together practitioners and those interested in promoting our industry's best interests on a wider scale

Phil Jones, ISS Facilities Services Landscaping

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The Pro Landscaper team has been instrumental in pulling the industry together over the last five years, and focusing the industry’s attention on issues which need to be addressed

Patricia Fox, Aralia

With ̔V iew from the Top’ and its other debates, FutureScape brings our wonderful industry together

Ann-Marie Powell, Ann-Marie Powell Design

I don’t remember a time during the last 20 years where there has been such an amalgamating influence on the industry like that which Pro Landscaper has exacted over the past five years. The desire to explore and interrogate every sector has meant that it continues to put across a balanced view of all aspects of the industry Pete Jones, Land Design Partnership

Congratulations! It seems like Pro Landscaper has been around more than five years? It has become a major part of our industry and I look forward to it landing on my desk. It manages to join all sectors of the landscape community

Mark Gregory, Landform Consultants

Five years? That seems to have flown by. From the very first edition I think the industry was impressed by the quality and professionalism of the magazine. Happy anniversary and wishing you many more successful years Dan Riddleston, Bowles & Wyer

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In my mind both the publication and event don’t just want to sell magazines and stands, but genuinely want to support landscaping with gusto and passion. Keep doing what you’re doing, because you do it so well!

The team at Eljays44 has taken the time to understand the industry, the people in it and the opportunities available

David Dodd, The Outdoor Room

Pro Landscaper helps landscapers get their messages across and provides a brilliant porthole for everyone involved in the industry. Jim, Lisa and all the team have such great drive which they seem to portray effortlessly and always with a happy smile. Thank you from Garden Link and wishing you a happy 5th birthday!

Dan Flynn, Garden Link

One of the most impressive elements of FutureScape is the 30 Under 30 Awards, which is a great way to recognise and reward the younger generation in the industry

Robin TemplarWilliams, Robin Williams & Associates

Pro Landscaper has become the ‘go to’ publication for designers and landscapers alike. No other media player has managed to create an interface between both industries in such an integral and inclusive way. It’s the only ‘work’ publication that I’m happy to read in bed!

Louisa Bell, The Lovely Garden

Who’s got time to read magazines? Not many of us in the landscaping industry, I bet. That’s why when we do choose to read up on what’s happening in the marketplace, we need it to be concise, useful, clear, interesting, practical and relevant. And that’s what we’ve had from Pro Landscaper and the Eljays44 team since they popped up in our inboxes and mailboxes five years ago. We’re definitely pro-Pro Landscaper! Justin Paxman, Paxman Landscapes

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Matt O’Conner, John O’Conner

Jim and Lisa and the team at Pro Landscaper have brought the landscape industry together like never before. FutureScape has also acted as a neutral venue for healthy debates within the industry – like a good mediation service for internal industry politics to be discussed

Ed Belderbos, Belderbos Landscapes

FutureScape is a mark of Jim and Lisa’s commitment to the industry by bringing people together to share knowledge, passion and expertise. Happy birthday

Cleve West, Cleve West Landscapes

We think Pro Landscaper is a good way of bringing the industry together – designers and contractors. Many thanks and continue the good work Debbie and Ian, Acres Wild Ltd

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Pro Landscaper was a breath of fresh air amongst the relatively stagnant world of industry publications. They speak to and for the industry and strive to look behind the companies and characters that are building this innovative industry. At last we have a readable and educational publication that the industry can be proud of

Drew Wetherall, Bourne Amenity

When FutureScape arrived many people thought that it was just another show to go to! It wasn’t, and it really is a place to meet people, talk to them and learn from the panel and discussions. 30 under 30 was inspirational Robert Field, Robert Field Landscapes

I think Pro Landscaper is one of the best trade magazines, it’s a great read packed with interesting articles by well-known industry professionals presented with high quality images and project profiles that showcase the best examples of work. Here’s to the next five years! Paul Downer, Oakview Landscapes

FutureScape is easily one of the best shows in our exhibition calendar and provides manufacturers and distributors with a great platform in the South to shout about their products. It’s provided Green-tech with countless opportunities and we have won some significant contracts by being there

Kate Humes, Green Tech

The success of both the magazine and the exhibition is testament to how the Eljays44 team has gained trust and support across the industry Wayne Grills, BALI

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Pro Landscaper and FutureScape remain fresh and youthful and really try to encourage a new generation into our industry. They fully represent those working in the landscape industry and back them. FANTASTIC

Pro Landscaper has been doing a great job for our industry and updating many people about the latest news, events and technology. The kind and genuine attitude within this great family business provides a very friendly approach and relationships with many people in our industry. This is a great achievement on its own. Many thanks for your great support and successful business

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I think the main thing that Pro Landscaper has achieved is better understanding and co-operation across the industry

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Embracing the industry and helping it to showcase its products. We have been with the Pro Landscaper team from the beginning and will continue to support it Simon Williamson, Ready Hedge

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Five years ago Pro Landscaper burst onto the horticultural scene and changed the landscape! Providing a breath of fresh air combined with hard work ethic and good souls their presence is felt and appreciated

Liz Hughes, Provender Nurseries

Since working with the Pro Landscaper team we have broadened our knowledge of the industry and the magazine has helped in raising the industry's profile, promoting how varied, professional and skilled the UK’s landscaping sector really is

Kevin Brannigan, Makita

Congratulations to Pro Landscaper on reaching your five years landmark. The 30 Under 30 feature was a fabulous promotion for the future of the industry through upand-coming employees

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Steven Walley, London Stone

My feeling is that FutureScape and Pro Landscaper have helped to galvanise like-minded professionals and push the industry forward, and particularly the last year have pushed making landscaping look a great career opportunity for on-looking younger generations. Superb work!

Brian Herbert, Outdoor Options LTD

It has been excellent to see a publication cover both the design and construction side of things, and we have been very proud to have a number of our projects featured in its pages over the years. The magazine has gone from strength to strength and I greatly look forward to seeing what the next five years have in store

Emma Weston, Gavin Jones

Congratulations to Pro Landscaper magazine for giving the landscape industry a new voice and for helping to lead the debate on some of the sector's important issues

Pro Landscaper plays a major part in making the landscape industry such a special place

Gavin McWilliam, Wilson McWilliam Studio

The vibrant look and feel of both Eljays44's trade publications and their well-targeted trade events, combined with the teams’ open and consultative approach, has been really refreshing. And they are continually evolving – always looking for new ways to deliver high quality, relevant content to their target audience

Julie Dommett, Toro & Hayter

It's really hard to believe it's only been five years. The effort and enthusiasm that Lisa, Jim and the team put in is incredible. I really enjoy reading Pro Landscaper and keeping up to date with all the industry news – it's a real publication for our industry Ruth Willmott, Ruth Willmott Garden Design Associates

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www.prolandscapermagazine.com is the place to go for the most up-to-date landscaping industry news in the market. Since the website’s launch alongside the printed editions of the magazines in 2011, www.prolandscapermagazine.com has grown exponentially, with an average of over 25,500 page impressions per month. Received by 11,000 industry professionals at 3pm on Friday, The Friday Wrap is a weekly newsletter with the week’s top news stories from the website. If you're not currently receiving the Wrap and would like to, please email info@eljays44.com. To have your news featured on the number one website within the landscaping industry, email any news, press releases, product information or event details to joe.wilkinson@eljays44.com. Make www.prolandscapermagazine.com a part of your daily routine.

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