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Welcome to April 2016 Welcome to the April issue of Pro Landscaper. Landscaping’s busy period has well and truly kicked in now and show season also starts with RHS Flower Show Cardiff this month – good luck to everyone involved in creating and building show gardens this year. We have had some great feedback about the new look magazine since last month, thanks

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April 2016 INFORM


Agenda Are we doing enough to celebrate Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown?


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APL Awards


All the winners from the glittering APL Awards




A roundup of industry news over the past month


Capability Brown Festival 2016 Pro Landscaper’s Nina Mason speaks to Ceryl Evans, director of the Capability Brown festival, about the year of celebrations








The latest news from BALI, efig, the APL, the Parks Alliance, RHS and SGD





With the European Union referendum looming, Phil Jones discusses the effect Brexit could have on the landscape industry



On Guard Health and safety is easily ignored. This is not an option, says Angus Lindsay


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Work, Rest And Play Appletons gives an outdated farmhouse garden a contemporary makeover, including children’s play area and space for entertaining guests

Global Village Andrew Wilson reports back on the 20th annual seminar of the Garden and Landscape Design Association in Dublin

Wonder Walls Peter Reader Landscapes and Belderbos Landscapes transform an overgrown garden in north London into a modern ‘grown-up’ space

Marcus Watson of Ground Control

View From The Top




Photography tips Making the most of the view you’ve created


Just Add Water Fairwater’s Martin Kelley advises on suitable water features for themed environments


Wildflowers The benefits of wildflower seed and turf


Life/Style Patricia Fox


Award-Winning Tom Massey SGD award winner Tom Massey showcases his winning projects

Fluid Lines Laura Anstiss creates a functional space in the style of an English country garden using level changes and water to give the impression of greater size

Walpole Park A 17th century estate turned 20th century park in Ealing is restored by Gavin Jones

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Pay to Play?

CDM 2015 is a legal requirement, so why are so many businesses still not complying, asks David Dodd

30 Under 30 This month we ask: “What would your advice be to young people new to the industry?”

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Pay-for-play parks are divisive and iniquitous, says Lesley Malone

Association News


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CONTRIBUTORS Phil Jones MD of ISS Facility Services Landscaping Andrew Wilson Garden designer and lecturer Angus Lindsay Head of fleet at The Landscape Group Lesley Malone Freelance writer and photographer





Nursery News


Plantsman’s Plot A selection of plants and trees from the country’s top growers


FactFile Bernhard’s Nurseries




Ultimate Orchids Orchids have rapidly become the ‘go to’ plant for homes and offices. Ian Drummond talks us through his top six


Soil Standards Tim O’Hare explores how topsoil is used in new build developments

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Andy McIndoe Leading horticulturist

Reclaimed Lighting

Ian Drummond Creative director of Indoor Garden Design

Team Building

What I’m Reading Christopher Lloyd’s The WellTempered Garden is a favourite of Peter Cunliffe from Northumbrian Landscaping

Wet Feet


Lee Heykoop Horticultural officer at The Royal Parks

Privacy can be an issue in densely packed new builds. Janine Pattison examines the implications

Mike Long, one of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30, discusses the importance of building a good team

Andy McIndoe recommends plants that tolerate and thrive in damp conditions


Privacy and Screening

Robert Webber looks at the benefits of salvaged lighting

From The Negative When planting public parks you should start from what you don’t want says Lee Heykoop



Come Fly With Me With RHS Chelsea Flower Show around the corner, Jamie Butterworth talks us through the tree selection process for show gardens



Jamie Butterworth Plant manager at Hortus Loci

Waterworks With water features becoming more prominent in our cities, Anji Connell looks at some international examples

News bites from some of the UK’s leading nurseries

David Dodd Landscaper and lecturer

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101 Look Out For Chartered Landscape Architect, Amanda Price of MHP Design

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Anji Connell Interior architect and landscape designer Janine Pattison Garden designer and horticulturist Robert Webber Founder of Scenic Lighting Mike Long Owner of Genesis Landscapes

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Portrait of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, c.1770-75, by Richard Cosway (17421821)/Private Collection/Bridgeman Images

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was born in 1716 and changed the face of 18th century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills, digging lakes and serpentine rivers, and creating parklands on an immense scale. It is believed that his nickname Capability derived from the way he described his landscapes as having ‘great capabilities’. His style derived from the two principles of comfort and elegance. He believed that there was a determination that everything should work and that a landscape should provide for every need of the great house but landscapes also had to cohere and look elegant.

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I think we have made a tremendous start in celebrating Capability Brown. The Capability Brown Festival 2016 marks the 300th anniversary of his birth and is the first ever nationwide celebration of his works. It unites 21 partners and is the largest festival of its kind to date. The Landscape Institute manages the festival and we want to put Brown on the map, celebrating his legacy as the grandfather of landscape architecture and the impact he made on the English landscape. The festival team is already doing much to get the word out, including making a five minute film, commissioning an education pack to use in schools and funding a series of projects specifically designed to target new audiences.

Although there seems to be plenty to celebrate Capability Brown throughout his tercentenary year, it doesn’t appear as though enough is being done to continue to commemorate Brown beyond 2016. He changed the face of landscape design in England and beyond, creating an idealised countryside of lakes, trees and rolling parkland. Such locations would provide a beautiful backdrop for a more permanent ornament to remember Brown and his influence on the landscape. Haddonstone commissioned a bust based on the famous 1773 Nathaniel Dance portrait, to provide landscapes, parks and gardens, as well as private clients, the chance to celebrate Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown for many years to come.


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Ian Drummond Creative director of Indoor Garden Design Capability Brown was a visionary of 18th century horticulture – I don’t imagine there is a landscape architect or designer who has not been inspired by his work. It is the ambition within his designs that make his work so remarkable. His signature was to create landscapes that looked natural, but were more perfect than nature could ever be. He sculpted vast, undulating lawns, studded with trees chosen for the way the colours changed through the seasons, sloping gently down to great lakes, believing that water was important to create a peaceful place where people could relax. How right he was and how right we are to continue to celebrate his legacy. This summer I’ll be taking the IGD team to see some of his gardens.

Jimmy Gilchrist Managing director of GP Plantscape Capability Brown was undoubtedly one of the most influential landscape designers in British history. However, as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of his birth, he remains largely unknown to those outside the industry. It’s hard to believe that the Capability Brown Festival 2016 is the first ever celebration of his works, given the grand scale and durability of his creations, but although well overdue the events of the celebration will go some way to raising the profile of this incredible visionary. Is it

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enough? It’s a start, with ambitious objectives that I hope will stimulate investment in an ongoing celebration of a remarkable man and his landscapes beyond 2016.

Justin Paxman Managing director at Paxman Landscapes Whether we celebrate it enough or not, we should, at the very least, acknowledge the impact that Capability Brown has on our landscaping projects today. His work was about creating a landscape of elegant comfort, with a cohesion of elements and blend of levels, aspects and vistas. Every day, our landscaping team focuses on place making, just as Brown did. He offered the full landscaping service from design to project management and construction, just as we do. A modern landscaper doesn’t just create a garden – he creates an outdoor living experience or a public open space, maximised for enjoyment, beauty and purpose. And that is indeed thanks to Capability Brown’s vision of shaping Britain’s gardens and landscapes.

Tom Harfleet RHS Chelsea Flower Show manager The Times had a double page spread about Capability Brown and how they have £1 million worth of funding. When you think about it, is it enough? No. How do you find that money when

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there are so many other great initiatives going on? I don’t know. But should we be looking back when we have so much in front of us? It’s great and he did amazing things but I think a lot of his gardens are already landmarks and are being celebrated. He’s one of the most famous garden designers that has ever lived but does that mean we need to spend all that money on his 300th birthday, especially when we have all those other problems? I’m not saying that we shouldn’t spend money on it, I just think there are better things we could be spending £1 million on.

Bob Field BALI national chairman

Had Capability Brown been working today, BALI would have been pushing hard for our members to be used for his projects. BALI’s membership journal, Landscape News, has a feature on the man and his work, our north west region has a speaker, Elaine Taylor, talking on the subject in March at a BALI Trade Event at Myerscough College, and the north Thames region is visiting Blenheim Palace for a tour and talk in March – ‘Capability Brown: Visionary or Vandal?’ by Karen Wiseman, head of education at Blenheim. Across the country there are talks, tours and even grand balls, so everyone should be able to find something to appreciate Capability. Are we doing enough? Probably.

Ceryl Evans Capability Brown festival director I don’t think enough has been done to celebrate Capability Brown in the past. Last year, we asked site visitors what they could tell us about him. “Something to do with gardening?” was the slightly hesitant answer. This is what the Capability Brown Festival 2016 wants to change. The tercentenary of Brown’s birth has made sites think about how to interpret a landscape without spoiling the very views that people want to see. Sites are talking about their Brown landscapes and actively encouraging visitors to explore them, and this will continue past this year. Our festival is just the beginning of giving Brown the celebration he deserves. 1 Blenheim Palace ©VisitEngland an Blenheim Palace 2 Harewood, Yorkshire ©Harewood House Trust, Amanda Bond 3 Burghley House and Parkland © VisitEngland and Verity Milligan 4 Visitors on the Wilderness at Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Somerset, © National Trust Images, Arnhel de Serra




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APL AWARDS 2016 In front of a 300 strong audience, Frogheath Landscapes was crowned Supreme Winner at the APL Awards, sponsored by Bradstone, which took place at The Brewery in London on 4 March 2016. The Sussex-based company took the overall award for its project, which involved landscaping the gardens surrounding a rare timber and brick 16th century sheep barn in the Brede Valley. The project, also the winner of the Project Value over £250,000 category, included features such as a formal lawn punctuated with clipped Quercus ilex and exuberant borders, secluded areas enclosed with stilted hornbeam hedges, a walled potager with a contemporary fruit arbour, dipping pond and rustic raised beds. Frogheath Landscapes also created an orchard under planter with a wildflower meadow and gentle walk route through a nuttery of local filberts and Kentish cobs. To promote sustainability all bricks, tiles and Yorkstone are

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reclaimed, all lighting LED and a rainwater harvester provides irrigation. The judges commented: “It is a fabulous piece of landscaping work that has exquisite detailing especially within the planting. It is simply stunning, fitting the house and its surroundings perfectly.” Other category winners included Arun Landscapes, RG Landscape & Construction Ltd, James Bird Landscapes, Timotay Landscapes, Big Fish Landscapes, Planet 14 Landscapes and Landform Consultants.

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Frogheath Landscapes takes the title at APL Awards 2016, and a host of landscapers and suppliers are honoured for some truly outstanding work

Awards new for 2016 were presented to suppliers, where the winners were Coles Nurseries, Palmstead Nurseries, Chessington Garden Centre, Green-tech and 2 Circles. Will Burberry from Gardenscapes, who won the APL WorldSkills competition, also received a special award. Hosted by landscaper and horticulturist Chris Collins and HTA head of horticulture Raoul Curtis-Machin, the awards celebrated the high standards of landscaping achieved by members

and demonstrates the APL’s commitment to quality landscaping. Chris also provided the audience with an entertaining tour of his horticultural exploits in Cameroon and Japan. The awards concluded with a rallying call from APL chairman, Mark Gregory. He recognised the work that is being done by the APL to raise standards through WorldSkills, APL Masterclasses, Landscape Apprenticeships and Cluster Meetings and encouraged all to get involved and make the most of these opportunities. This year’s judges were Richard Barnard from Hillier Landscapes (chair), Chris Young, RHS editor of The Garden Magazine, Steve Shore from Shore Landscapes, Bob Sweet – ex-RHS head of garden judging, Robin Templar Williams from Robin Williams and Associates and Phil Tremayne – APL national account manager. The APL would like to thank all sponsors: headline sponsor Bradstone, Andersplus, Classiflora Zelari, Easigrass, Green-tech, Platipus, Renson and Sovereign Turf, for helping to make the awards a great success.

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THE WINNERS 2016 SUPREME AWARD SPONSORED BY BRADSTONE • Supreme Award, sponsored by Bradstone • Winner – Frogheath Landscapes – Brede

RG Landscape & Construction Ltd – Project under £20,000

AWARD WINNERS • Project Value under £20,000 • Winner – RG Landscape & Construction Ltd • Highly Commended – Silva’s Gardens • Commended – Walmsley Shaw • Commended – MJM Landscape • Commended – Lloyd’s Gardens of London Ltd

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• Project Value £20,000 - £35,000 • Winner – Arun Landscapes

• Commended – Frogheath Landscapes • Commended – TT Group (Landscape Innovation Ltd) • Commended – Silva’s Gardens • Commended – Genesis Construction and Landscapes Ltd • Commended – The Garden Builders • Project Value £100,000 - £250,000, sponsored by Anders Plus • Winner – Arun Landscapes • Highly Commended – Walmsley Shaw • Highly Commended – The Team Landscapers • Highly Commended – Timotay Landscapes Ltd • Highly Commended – Outdoor Creations • Highly Commended – Arbour Design & Build • Commended – Silva’s Gardens • Commended – Garden House Design • Project Value over £250,000, sponsored by Platipus • Winner – Frogheath Landscapes • Highly Commended – Arun Landscapes • Garden Feature, sponsored by Easigrass • Winner – Big Fish Landscapes Ltd

Landform Consultants – £35,000 - £60,000 Winner

• Highly Commended – Silva’s Gardens • Commended – Conquest • Hard Landscaping • Project Value under £35,000 £60,000, sponsored by Green-tech • Winner – Landform Consultants • Highly Commended – Greenscapes • Highly Commended – RDC Landscapes • Commended – Frogheath Landscapes • Commended – Garden Art Designs

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• Project Value £60,000 - £100,000, sponsored by Sovereign Turf

• Winner – James Bird Landscapes • Highly Commended – The Garden Builders

• Innovation, sponsored by Easigrass • Winner – Planet 14 Landscapes Ltd

• Commended – VandenbergHilder Landscape Design and Construction • Commended – Paxman Landscapes • Commended – Conquest Hard Landscaping • Soft Landscaping, sponsored by Classiflora Zelari • Winner – Big Fish Landscapes Ltd

• Highly Commended – Landform Consultants • Overall Design and Build, sponsored by Renson • Winner – RG Landscape & Construction Ltd • Highly Commended – Dorney Court Kitchen Garden • Commended – Garden Art Designs • APL Worldskills Winner • Will Burberry, Gardenscapes

• Supplier Awards • Grower – North and Midlands • Winner – Coles Nurseries • Grower – South • Winner – Palmstead Nurseries • Retailer • Winner – Chessington Garden Centre

• Community Garden • Winner – Timotay Landscapes Ltd • Highly Commended – Landform Consultants • Commended – Garden Box Landscape & Design • Commended – Big Fish Landscapes Ltd • Commended – 4th corner landscaping • Hard Landscaping, sponsored by Bradstone • Winner – Arun Landscapes • Highly Commended – Aura Landscapes

• Manufacturer • Winner – Green-tech

• Service Provider • Winner – 2 Circles

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NEWS SHED Noel Farrer responds to NHS England’s Healthy New Towns Programme Noel Farrer, Landscape Institute (LI) president, has responded to the NHS England announcement on the Healthy New Towns programme. He said: “Today’s NHS England announcement on the Healthy New Towns programme is an important development for improving public health. “Treating ill health is overstretching the public purse so finding ways of reducing demand on health services through prevention beyond more traditional programmes can only be encouraged. “The Landscape Institute has championed the role green

infrastructure can play in tackling ill health. We believe significant improvements in health and wellbeing can be achieved by integrating nature into the fabric of our towns and cities. “Although it is a good initiative, it’s just the start and we need the approach to be extended to those places outside of the programme. “A more creative, collaborative approach to the planning, design and management of our towns and cities will result in urban landscapes that are rich, varied and truly multifunctional.”

Idverde UK grows again and takes the lead for excellence in green services Idverde has concluded the acquisition of the holding company of Quadron Services from its private shareholders. All of the Quadron senior management team will remain in key positions in the newly consolidated structure. Following the acquisition of The Landscape Group in March last year, this second acquisition takes idverde’s turnover in the UK to £90 million. The transaction reinforces the group’s geographical networks in the UK and strengthens its commercial position in key locations including Greater London and Birmingham.

The company’s reputation for quality is also enhanced through this merger, as evidenced by the BALI Awards for idverde UK (trading as The Landscape Group) and Quadron in 2015. Nick Temple-Heald, chief executive of idverde UK said: “Bringing together Quadron and The Landscape Group as sister companies within idverde UK is the perfect outcome of our plan to grow the idverde UK business.”

Botanic Garden curator wins RHS Award

Nick Wray, curator of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, has been awarded the RHS Associate of Honour for his distinguished service to horticulture. The award recognises Nick’s more than 30 years’ work at the garden and his role creating the new botanic garden at The Holmes. He said: “I am delighted and honoured to accept this award. I had always wanted to be a horticulturist and work with plants.

“I enjoy exciting people about plants, their beauty, diversity and their place in a complex web of living things. I have been particularly fortunate in being able to work with some inspirational people throughout my working life including the fantastic team at the Botanic Garden.”

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STIHL searches for green-fingered community heroes STIHL is searching for Great Britain’s ‘Local Community Heroes’ to recognise and reward people who have given back to their neighbourhood through landscaping, gardening, clearing or cultivating. The winner will receive £2,500 worth of STIHL Cordless System products and six finalists will win a STIHL FSA 90 cordless brushcutter with a battery and charger.

Garden Bridge plans progress

The Garden Bridge Trust has received approval from Lambeth Council for meeting a further five planning conditions relating to noise and vibration mitigation, details of materials and counterterrorism measures. The trust has refined plans to reduce the impact of construction with noise levels at nearby homes to be at the level of normal speech

between two people standing one metre apart. Other conditions have led to improvements such as a reduction in deliveries made by road with greater use of the river, maintaining a width of 8m on Queen’s Walk and construction taking only 32 weeks. Bee Emmott, executive director of the Garden Bridge Trust said: “We are making strong progress on the project with 80% of the Lambeth conditions signed off and over £145m raised towards building the bridge. It’s a really exciting time for the project with real momentum building. We can’t wait to begin construction this summer.”

Writtle College student wins Young Horticulturist of the Year regional final

Robin Lennie, managing director of STIHL GB, said: “We know there are thousands of people around the country spending endless hours of their own time planting, landscaping, recycling and cleaning. “We hope that the public takes the time to nominate these special people who take such pride in their communities.” Entries close Tuesday 31 May.

Writtle College student Fern Champney has won the eastern regional final of the Young Horticulturist of the Year. The event was held on 25 February at the Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery in Norfolk. Fern, who is in her first year of a bachelors degree in horticulture, will go on to the grand final at the Glasnevin National Botanic Garden, Dublin on 7 May with seven other finalists from across the UK. The 22-year-old from Writtle, near Chelmsford said: “I was

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Campaign for National Parks launches survey

The Campaign for National Parks (CNP) has launched a survey asking what people value about national parks and what ideas they have for their future. Fiona Howie, Campaign for National Parks’ chief executive said: “We are proud to stand up for national parks but in our hearts we know they can be even better.”

IFLA student competition and charrette now open

Entries are being accepted for the student competition and charrette at the IFLA World Congress in Turin from 20-22 April. The congress has chosen ‘Tasting the Landscape’ as its topic. The charrette will be held from 16 to 19 April in Turin, where students will visit a site in the Barca Bertolla area. ifla o

Adam Frost to design UK garden at Antalya Expo 2016 quite nervous before the event as I’ve never been this far in the competition before. I was shocked at how many questions I knew the answers to and I am excited for my first trip to Ireland to compete in the national final.”

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INFORM The Landscape Group awarded maintenance contract for Coronation Street set The Landscape Group (TLG) has been awarded a contract to maintain areas around ITV’s Coronation Street set. In addition to the upkeep of Trafford Wharf Road, the initial one-year contract starting with immediate effect requires the maintenance of a small part of the set and increases the service provide by TLG in the Media City area. The contract involves maintaining all the external areas and also the very important trees

outside Audrey’s Salon and the large conifer in the rear garden of the Websters’ House. Tasks include weed spray and hard standing, shrub cutting back, spring and summer fertiliser, grass cut and collect and maintaining the height of climbers. TLG’s contract manager Martin Neighbour said: “We are hoping that working together we can improve the overall planting to site and to improve the aesthetics for visitors.”

British Sugar TOPSOIL loved by customers, survey reveals The UK’s largest topsoil supplier, British Sugar TOPSOIL has carried out a survey that reveals the brand is loved by its customers. Customers cited product quality, value for money and customer service as the top three factors affecting their purchasing decisions. A total of 269 customers were approached, 25% responded to the survey, giving an 81% rating for customer service. Andy Spetch, TOPSOIL manager, said: “The TOPSOIL sales team does an incredible job

of promoting the many physical, environmental and commercial benefits that come from choosing our topsoil products. “They understand the science behind the soil, the process of manufacture, the stringent quality control and analysis required and the many applications for which it is best suited. And by taking ownership of their individual customers’ projects, each team member ensures the right product is specified and that it arrives when and where it’s needed.”

Trentham Estate awarded Gold by VisitEngland The Trentham Estate in Staffordshire has been awarded a Gold accolade by VisitEngland after achieving top marks. The Gold Accolade has been awarded to just 19 attractions including Chester Zoo, The Tower of London and Blists Hill Victorian Town. It recognises the high standard achieved as part of VisitEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme, which involves a scoring system based on an annual unannounced assessment by VisitEngland. Mike Herbert, director of the Trentham Estate and regional director of St. Mowden Properties PLC, said: “Our Gold VisitEngland

Accolade is a wonderful testament to the passion and hard work of all our staff at The Trentham Estate. “We have so many people to thank for this. The award is something the people of Stoke-onTrent and Staffordshire can be proud of too as they are the ones who have taken the estate and Trentham Gardens to heart.”

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Previously we have featured our beautiful new Curve garden shelter, that will hopefully inspire you to think of installing these in your clients’ spring garden projects. The Curve has created quite a stir since its launch earlier this year. The garden shelter with its generous interior space is big enough to set up a dining area leaving plenty of room for a chill out zone as well. However, if space is at a premium, or maybe you have something more along the lines of a courtyard space to get creative with, then don’t despair. Your clients may not have to miss out on the pleasures of the outdoor room that many people find such a desirable idea these days, that sought after area for quality lifestyle activities; entertaining, partying or simply just relaxing in. Please allow me to introduce you to what I describe as the Curve’s little sister, the equally stylish Demi Curve. She smaller than ‘big sister’, but perfectly formed, with a footprint of approximately 3.1m wide x 2.7m deep and 2.2m high, just right for the urban garden or courtyard, although still large enough to house a comfortably sized sofa and chairs set with a low table, just right for relaxing in. Alternatively swap those for a dining table and chairs and it will make a delightful al fresco area for summer feasting. And like the larger Curve, the Demi Curve also has the additional protection of polycarbonate sheets, that cover the panels to give a little extra shelter from showers and the wind.

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CAPABILITY BROWN Pro Landscaper’s Nina Mason spoke to Ceryl Evans, the Capability Brown Festival 2016 director, about how she came to be involved in the celebrations, the main aims of the events and the ongoing influence of England’s greatest gardener


What work were you involved in prior to becoming festival director? I’m a social history curator by training and a medievalist, so the 18th century is contemporary for me. I’ve spent a lot of my career trying to get people to engage with history and that’s what appealed to me about the idea of a festival – taking someone who’s well known, but who no one knows much about and trying to get people to realise the sheer enormity of what he did.

How has the Heritage Lottery Fund grant been used? As well as covering core costs, including the four-strong team based at the Landscape Institute, we’re supporting around 50 sites with

small amounts of funding that will enable them to try something a bit different, such as hosting exhibitions. Many of the sites are inexperienced at opening to the public, so we’re creating skill sharing events to help bolster sites’ ability to open up, not just this year but going forward. We’re commissioning an Owners’ Manual and Volunteer Tool Kit, which hopefully will be more

BROWN PLANNED FOR SUSTAINABILITY, WHICH IS KEY; THINKING ABOUT THINGS AS A WHOLE RATHER THAN JUST IN PARTS useful and engaging than the title suggests. We’re also using the money to build a legacy, partly by commissioning a five minute film as a quick introduction to Capability Brown that will continue to be available after the festival.

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What are the key parts of the festival to look forward to? I could get into terrible trouble if I choose favourites to be honest. I think it’s people going out and seeing a Brown landscape for the first time, with somebody explaining that it didn’t look like that until Brown transformed it, and that yes, it’s beautiful, but it’s also practical.

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Did you know much about Capability Brown beforehand? To be honest with you, no. One of the things I’ve discovered is that you’ve got a period of about 150 years in which Brown falls that no one really knows much about. So there’s no point trying to talk about Capability Brown in terms of historical period, no one is interested in that. But they are interested in larger than life characters, which Brown must have been to achieve what he did.

but this is all about drawing people in using different methods. There are several experiments going on to see what works at different sites. It’s a mixture of clever marketing as well as the actual events. We’d love for the nation to become obsessed by Brown. Is Capability Brown’s work still relevant today? Definitely, in many different ways. It’s internationally renowned; garden tourism is one of the biggest drivers in any tourist market, particularly for England, so people obviously appreciate them. And yes, it was created for rich people in the 18th century to fit the economic parameters of the time, but these days it still provides a lot for the economy. Basically, Brown planned for sustainability, which is key. Thinking about things as a whole rather than just in parts is something that a lot of people could learn from today. For more information, visit Pro Landscaper / April 2016 15

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BALI briefing BALI National Landscape Awards – call for entries The BALI National Landscape Awards are 40 years old in 2016 and the call for entries is now out. All full BALI members, i.e. BALI Registered Contractors and Designers, Affiliates and International Members are eligible to enter so visit the BALI Awards website at today to see the list of categories and the entry

deadlines, including the Early Bird dates, which save you money on your entry fee. BALI’s new technical officer Richard Gardiner, past BALI National Chairman and managing director of Norris and Gardiner, now part of the Gavin Jones Group, has taken on the role of technical officer at BALI.

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first opportunity for members to celebrate our 15th anniversary year. As a result, the theme of the Gala Dinner will be an indoor garden party. With 37 entries for this year’s awards in various categories, it should be a spectacular evening. If you’d like to come, you can see the invitation with the cost and the menu choice on our website. Special guests Jim and Lisa Wilkinson will do us the honour of presenting the

No stranger to the operations at Landscape House, since serving as National Chairman Richard has continued to be involved with BALI’s development and has recently undertaken a complete review of the association’s vetting and Quality Standards Review (QSR) processes. Whilst providing technical advice over the telephone, his focus will be on ensuring new members’ vetting continues to be rigorous, evidencebased and aligned to ISO 9001. He will be visiting existing members to carry out their regular QSR and offering business support and guidance.

Richard will also be attending BALI Regional meetings in the coming weeks to explain the new QSR process. Richard can be contacted at ri ar ar i er ali or

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resume of research into the benefits of plants over the 15 years of efig’s existence.

Indoor garden party As mentioned, we will be embracing our 15th anniversary in the spirit of an indoor garden party. Enjoy the outdoors inside – something interior landscapers are well renowned for – to get in the garden party spirit. Beautiful plants, banners, lanterns, flower or balloon adorned decorations and more await guests. The evening will be kicked off with an introduction by one of our ex-chairmen, Kenneth Freeman. Kenneth, who is director of innovation at Ambius, will give a short

BALI Affiliates Forum – 19 April If you haven’t booked your place at this spring’s Affiliates Forum yet, do it now. Affiliates chairman Simon Hedley of Boughton Loam has organised an interesting day for BALI Affiliate members, including presentations on transport legislation and logistics, as well as getting the most from exhibiting. The forum is an opportunity for BALI supplier members to chew the fat and compare notes so book now by emailing: e il ee e ali or ali or

15 years of research This will also be the basis of the 15 year book that we will produce later in the year. Every day there are new articles published about the benefits of nature and biophilia to our health and wellbeing. This is even more important if you are confined to an indoor space in your working hours. The book will address this and become a go-to reference. It will include research synopses, guest articles and interviews to er a ll verview r est friends – plants. More information on this to come later in the year. e o

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2016 APL apprenticeship programme open The APL Apprenticeship Programme is open to all APL members and nonmembers, delivering high quality, industry-led learning for up to 12 apprentices.

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Reports rethink parks The National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) recently published a report entitled ‘Learning to Rethink Parks’, which will make an important contribution to creating and maintaining future parks. There is no single solution to parks funding. There are local lessons, some of which will be more generally applicable, but governance, leadership and collaboration are key.

Outdoor Spaces and technical lead for Landscape WorldSkills National Competition), Nick Atkinson (Myerscough College, work-based landscape team leader and assessor) and James Fare (Myerscough College, work-based landscape assessor). The team brings experience, learning and expertise together to deliver the programme. Places for the 2016 programme are limited. If d li e t find t m re a t the 2016 APL Apprenticeship Programme, please register with Penny Evans, APL Academy and careers manager, on 07739 325 408 or email: penny.evans@

wider connected community network of those who support the aims of the alliance. We will reveal its findings soon. The House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment committee published its report in February. The report referenced the Parks Alliance’s evidence highlighting that green infrastructure provides a ‘good return’ on investment but that this is not embodied in developers’ or planners’ decision making. The alliance supports the committee’s call on the government to support initiatives such as health impact assessments being integrated into developments. Parks and open spaces provide significant physical

and mental health benefits, as exemplified by the committee’s praise for the Olympic Park and Village as a good example of an accessible and inclusive neighbourhood. Getting green infrastructure right is key for successful public projects. Manor Fields Park in Sheffield for instance is integral to new housing developments by providing flood relief for the surrounding housing through a sustainable drainage system. Follow us on twitter @ParksAllianceUK

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“Broaden your horizons and don’t shut any doors” The best advice anyone has ever given me was ‘broaden your horizons and don’t shut any doors’. That was early in my career when my portfolio only consisted of a few paper based projects. So I took on a project to design the branding for an incredible new breast cancer awareness charity called CoppaFeel. This success continued the following year when they asked me to design and build their first show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, where we won a gold medal. I soon learned that you never know where the next project will come from and you should always present yourself and your business as well as you possibly can, seizing great opportunities you meet with along the way.


“Show drive and a passion to succeed” There are three main attributes that I believe will help anyone succeed within our sector and I try to demonstrate these every day with my work colleagues, customers and suppliers. They are loyalty, commitment and a strong work ethic. One of the most fulfilling parts of my career has been the ability to support, mentor and develop people who have the potential to grow. If I had to offer one piece of advice it would be to show drive and a passion to succeed and develop within your team. There is currently a lack of a clear pathway into grounds maintenance, but with these qualities you will soon see that the opportunities really are out there.


“Be aware of the opportunities that are available” The one thing I really like about working in this industry is that it continues to evolve, so if I had one piece of advice for young people it would be to be aware of the opportunities that are available. For example, in the past year there has been a surge in popularity for green roofs and this will continue to develop and open up even more new exciting opportunities for young people entering this market. Keep abreast of these developing trends and what customers want. It will benefit you and the company you work for.

Pro Landscaper’s ’30 under 30: The Next Generation’ initiative was launched last year to celebrate those under the age of 30 who have already made an impact in the industry and to encourage more young people to get involved in horticulture. As we prepare to accept applications for the 2016 scheme in mid-spring, we are asking our inaugural 30 under 30s a different question each month about their thoughts and experiences


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“Be the apprentice everyone wants on their team” If I could offer one piece of advice it would be to aim high. Luckily for us, our trade is a creative one and we get the chance to show off our talent in televised flower shows and in magazines like Pro Landscaper. There aren’t many plumbers or plasterers who can get widespread appreciation for their skills or come home after a hard day’s work and see their efforts recognised on the BBC’s coverage of RHS Chelsea. My advice is to work for a reputable company and be the apprentice everyone wants on their team. Be the person who wants to do the overtime, to learn the skills and put in the hard graft. It’s a tough job but with enthusiasm and ambition the possibilities will be endless.





“Be brave, make mistakes”

“Say yes to everything available and really embrace it”

Be brave, make mistakes. When I joined the arboriculture industry aged 16, one of my colleagues said to me: “Don’t ever be afraid to make mistakes.” I didn’t realise at the time how scared I was of messing something up but I look back and think, why didn’t I just try it? I now believe that a mistake is only a mistake if you make it twice. That frame of mind has stuck with me whenever I do something challenging. Take reasonable risks here and there, ask silly questions and most of all, make mistakes. You will grow and learn much faster if you have the courage to make decisions, admit mistakes, then consider the circumstances and the consequences.

Make the most of all the training offered to you. Say yes to everything available and really embrace it to better yourself. Information and knowledge is power so you need to learn from the experienced. Watch and listen to your colleagues, be enthusiastic, ask them questions and soak up the information. Try to learn at least one new thing each day. Ask if you’re unsure and push yourself to try new things. Challenges are there to be overcome and will really build your confidence, even if the thought is terrifying to start with. The more you know, the better you will be at your job and the further up the career ladder you’ll be able to progress. Take every chance you get!


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Pro Landscaper recently visited the offices of Ground Control Ltd in Billericay. Our visit, on World Cancer Day, highlighted the fun and dedication of the team who were dressed in support of this worthwhile cause. Superhero Captain America (AKA Marcus Watson, managing director) told us about the company, its ethos and where the company is headed


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Marcus, how did you get involved in landscaping? This is my first job within the landscape industry. 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 suggestion was made for me to call Simon (Morrish, Chief Executive of Ground Control) as it was thought Pro Landscaper / April 2016 25

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we would get on well. We met and I immediately loved the company. At that time (August 2011) it was a relatively small business. I felt it was a match made in heaven. This is a great company, with a great feel, and an ethos that you work hard and play hard. My background isn’t in horticulture but it’s very much in customer service and the people industry. We don’t have a fancy product or gadget that simply sells itself, so we surround ourselves with fabulous people. How is the business structured? It’s split between grounds maintenance, landscape construction, arboriculture (rail, amenity, utilities), and winter maintenance. There are four divisional heads and the six traditional support functions. Our service is incredibly important, of course, because at the end of the day that’s what the customer buys, but also crucial is the way in which


you deliver that service – in the right place, at the right time, with the right tools and the right people. When you multiply that simple process by hundreds of thousands of visits per year, just in one service line alone, it becomes incredibly complex; we saw that pretty early on and invested heavily in our systems. What’s the turnover of the company in terms of percentage? It is probably around 40% grounds maintenance, 30% construction, and arb (which is growing significantly) and winter maintenance covers the remaining 30%. Is the maintenance side of the business still heavily driven by price? Yes, it is a very competitive market. But all of them are. That’s the reality of the marketplace. Price is the core driver for the majority of our customers, although we’re starting to see an element of customers talking about sustainability and enquiring how they can invest in their infrastructure, too. Where do you sit in the marketplace, price-wise? We are very competitive. If you look at some of the tenders where at best you’re talking about 50/50 price/ quality, we have to be. But the key is to win on price and then make sure you do a great job for the customer, so that the upfront investment you make to win the business, you don’t need to repeat every year. If you can keep clients happy through the quality of your delivery, then the investment is a wise one. If you want to cut corners from day one to try and recover the investment, then you’re less likely to retain that relationship. We win on price and retain on quality.


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How many members of staff do you have? It fluctuates with the seasons. The number of people who depend on us for their livelihood is probably around 3,000, with about 100 people based at our head office and central operations centre. It works for us to have all our operations centrally managed. But at the same time, our delivery must be local everywhere across the UK.

OUR PEOPLE HAVE TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD, BE SUPER COMPETENT, AND BE A SAFE PAIR OF HANDS Is purchasing other businesses something that’s on the agenda? We have done it in the past and we may acquire businesses in the future, but we don’t have a strategic acquisition objective. We have bought companies where there’s a skill set that we want to acquire or where we wish to enter a new market but, for us, acquisition is not a vehicle for growth, we much prefer to grow organically, develop client relationships and build on that by delivering great quality so they never leave us. Where do you see the growth coming from? We’ve experienced an explosive growth in arb and we are still growing well across the board. With the huge and exciting framework we run with Network Rail, it’s where our growth is. I think it is important for our business to have a balanced view. We’re happy to have multiple services to offer our clients in the external space. Some of the new services we’re looking at are pest control and roofing. These lend themselves nicely to an external environment offering and roofing fits our operational model as well. Many of our customers have large property portfolios and we’ll be looking to meet their roofing needs through our sister company, Survey Roofing Group. Do you have partnerships where facilities companies have the internal contract? Yes, quite a lot. We wouldn’t work with some companies, not because we dislike them, it just doesn’t make business sense for either organisation. We’ve got a clear view of who our

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core facilities management customers are: companies who are integrators of specialist services. We love working with them. They’re great customers because they surround themselves with specialists. Where companies have a strategic intent to self-deliver all services, then it doesn’t make sense to work together. What methods of training do you offer your employees? We have our own university – the University of Ground Control. We have in the region of 150 courses, which are delivered through a

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combination of external partners and internally through our own specialist trainers. Our training is accredited by the likes of Lantra and City & Guilds so we’re not only teaching people, we’re assessing their learning against externally recognised standards. That’s the beauty of being an accredited training provider. We also work with other organisations such as EUSR (Energy and Utilities Skills Register), SPA (Safety Passport Alliance), Pro Trainings and the British Red Cross. We invest heavily in training because you cannot get away from the fact that we are a people business. Our people have to stand out from the crowd, be super competent, and be a safe pair of hands. The University of Ground Control helps us do that across the board. For example, for the apprentice or new starter who has few or no sector qualifications, we start with the basics such as H&S, 1 MD Marcus Watson 2 The Ground Control team – dressed in support of a worthwhile cause on World Cancer Day 3 Head office, Billericay




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manual handling, technical competencies etc. If you’re a more experienced professional, you might like to attend our Lantra-accredited invasive species course which, incidentally, has been really popular with our staff. We also provide management training. Our courses are clearly important to our success, but we found our customers like them too. And so we make them available to our customers as well. Training is a huge investment, but it would cost us more not to do it. We take people straight from colleges such as Writtle and put them through our own programmes. When Jay,

AS AN INDUSTRY, WE KEEP BRITAIN NEAT AND TIDY. FRANKLY, THE UK WOULD LOOK UGLY WITHOUT US (now our winter maintenance director) joined Ground Control after university, he was given a lawn mower at the Tower of London, one of our customers. He rose through the ranks and now he’s a director of one of our four business units. Training our staff works and we’ve got bags of talented people. Are the university courses mandatory? There are some that are mandatory, others are developmental and some elective. For example, you need certain qualifications to work on a railway site and so these will be mandatory for our rail staff. Invasive species training, is developmental (although I think I might make it mandatory for our field staff!). What are your views about the future of the industry? Well, it looks like the French are invading. Joking aside, they’re buying businesses in our market sector, which to some extent confirms that the UK is a great place to do business. Whilst we’ve seen a few businesses come up for sale, I don’t believe there is going to be a massive market consolidation, particularly at the larger end. I just 28

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don’t think it is needed: we’ve got companies in the UK that are sufficiently large and capable to take on the largest projects and contracts and deliver a cost-effective service. We’ve got companies, like Ground Control, that can deliver a maintenance service for customers with thousands of sites nationally. You’ve got companies that can deliver the revamp and regeneration of entire neighbourhoods in London. That’s why, in my view, there is no market imperative to consolidate. We’re not fussed either way. Do you think the market sees the value of maintenance? I think the market does see the value of what we do. As an industry, we probably beat ourselves up a bit too much. When I take visitors round to Historic Scotland sites or the Tower of London, they don’t say: “This looks like a cheap service.” They are blown away. Without the services that our industry provides, trains would run late because of leaves on the track, power cuts would be more frequent as trees fall on power lines. We allow our customers to do their jobs more effectively. As an industry, we keep Britain neat and tidy. Frankly, the UK would look ugly without us. Does Ground Control get involved with industry associations? Yes, we do like to get involved. If you do, then you get noticed and you get prizes. As you would expect, we get heavily involved with BALI. But we also like to mingle with associations and companies in the broader service sector.

Last year, we wanted to showcase who we were to the wider service sector industry, so we put ourselves forward for a number of awards and won 13. In one award, we were only finalists but it still felt like a victory. It was such a morale boost because the organisations we were pitted against weren’t our traditional competitors: they were companies such as Lexus, Euro Tunnel and Green Flag. I felt that actually gave us a new dimension. What do you do to relax? I’m not sure I do! I love my family, my wife and my children; I have 11-year-old twin girls. After a long week of ignoring them all, I enjoy nothing more than to spend a bit of time with them. I live in digs in Essex during the week and I go back to Surrey to see my family at the weekend. I think I switch off at the weekends but my wife says not. Thing is: I’m a part owner in the business and when you’re in that position, you don’t want to switch off. The emergency hotline is still connected to my mobile number. Truth is I don’t want to give it up, as it allows me to keep my finger on the pulse! 1 Ground Control’s recent BALI principal award win

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What would be the effects on the landscaping industry of Brexit? It is a complicated equation worthy of careful consideration, says Phil Jones How would Brexit affect the horticultural industry and more specifically, the landscape industry? Even before David Cameron announced the 23 June referendum in late February, there had inevitably been many and varied views expressed about how British business in general would be affected if the UK were to leave the EU. On the one hand, there is the argument that Brexit will herald a period of significantly boosted growth, as the UK breaks free of the over-mighty EU, with its protectionist mindset, and establishes free trade and intelligent regulation aimed at UK economic interests. On the other hand, it is suggested that after acrimonious negotiations that drain confidence from the British economy, Britain will secure a looser trading relationship with the EU. Free movement of people will be curtailed, but the price will be weaker access to the EU market for goods and particularly services. Britain will find it difficult to sign beneficial trade deals with other countries and receive less inward foreign direct investment. Whichever way Brexit plays out at national level, should it come to pass, how would we be affected in our industry? The temptation is to say: “Well, not very much really. We are a fairly insular group of practitioners who would surely not be affected by changes at a higher level.” Is this true? In terms of the way we do business, it could be to a certain extent. Perhaps we wouldn’t see much change in the way we go about our business, assuming most of us work solely in the UK. What if we add into the mix those of us who rely on manufacturers of equipment and materials, companies that import the raw

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materials or machinery parts (or in some cases entire machines) from other parts of the EU and beyond? The same presumably applies to vehicle manufacturers and importers. What restrictions or advantages would present themselves?

AS WE SAW FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AFTER 2008, IT ONLY TAKES DECREASED ECONOMIC CONFIDENCE TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM INVESTING IN LANDSCAPE RELATED SERVICES What if we consider the number of people from other EU countries who we employ thanks to freedom of movement? Those of us employing large numbers of staff from diverse backgrounds and cultures would no doubt see some effect. Would this be negative or positive? Would it be easier or more difficult to fill job vacancies? However we look at the specifics and whatever our persuasion is regarding whether to remain or leave there can be no doubt that the British economy will be affected

by any move to leave the EU, even if only via market uncertainty. The British government would have to move to minimise the risk of adverse market reaction to exit from the EU, a potential peril highlighted by the overwhelming majority of economists. We shouldn’t forget that market uncertainty brings lower consumer confidence and therefore a reluctance to spend on luxury purchases, which includes the top end garden designers and landscape construction contractors. As we saw for a number of years after 2008, it only takes decreased economic confidence to prevent people from investing in landscape related services. We also saw, as we do in any prolonged recession, that there is little we can do to avoid the effects of a national loss of confidence in the economy. What was also obvious in the most recent recession was that the easiest way to shorten our order books is to succumb to the ‘do you want to be in my gang?’ approach in talking the economy and ourselves down. We cannot predict the outcome of the referendum or the effects that the forthcoming period will have upon us. In order to be ready for whatever may come, it would be good to recognise that there is more to it from our point of view than a simple ‘remain’ or ‘leave’. ABOUT PHIL JONES Phil Jones is managing director of ISS Facility Services Landscaping and is based at the company’s head office in Wo in urrey. e ained an in landscape construction and moved into rounds maintenance early on in his career urther ainin an . e has been ith the company since and as ell as runnin the landscapin business he sits on the UK operational management board of ISS Facility ervices and is chairman o . ollo hil ones @philjonesISS ollo andscapin @ISSLandscaping

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ANDREW WILSON Andrew Wilson reports back on a Dublin seminar in which the relationship between east and west came into focus with surprising results Back in the dismal days of late February a warm glow emanated from Dublin as the 20th annual seminar of the Garden and Landscape Design Association (GLDA) rolled out. The overarching title was “Ebb and Flow” with the main aim being to consider how the design approach might differ between the east and west. Speakers came from the Netherlands, China, India and yours truly from the UK, examining the past and the future and the relationships of western and eastern philosophies. In the process of producing the Wilson McWilliam presentation Gavin and I enjoyed extensive discussion about the Britishness of our work – two British designers working in and around London in the contemporary idiom. What made Wilson McWilliam Studio pertinent was our work for the Singapore Garden Festival in 2014, soon to be repeated this July. We had also completed a 27ha masterplan for a Beijing development with John Davies last year, which brought us a direct connection with China. But would our work be seen as peculiar to the UK or in line with wider international thinking?


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Both Aniket Bhagwat from northern India and Ma Xiaowei from China linked their presentations to the impact of the British abroad and how the English garden was absorbed into their cultures alongside the spread of the Chinese landscape or Moghul gardens in the other direction. Aniket and later Xie Xiaoying brought us up to date with their own work and it was here that the cultural fascination really took hold. Aniket’s modernist work chimed closely with ours, with the manipulation of space and light essential to this approach. I couldn’t help smiling

THERE IS A COMMON APPROACH TO CONTEMPORARY DESIGN BUT WITH CONTEXTUAL APPLICATION as he showed images of a garden swimming pool in one of his schemes in India which was identical to a swimming pool I was presenting from one of our Surrey gardens. I think we could have easily swapped places for a while. Xiaoying’s landscape architectural schemes shared a Chinese sensibility partly through context but, combined with distinctly western thinking, these parks and landscapes could happily exist in the west with little if any alteration. Both of the Chinese speakers had been educated at least in part in the west and this flow of ideas and cultural exchange produced exciting and unexpected results. This does not mean a return to the conformism of the twentieth century International Style but speaks of critical regionalism, a sense that there is a common approach to contemporary design but with contextual application.

This is achieved through the use of specific local materials, both hard and soft for example or the incorporation of the vernacular in design detailing. The tradition of the English garden has long since changed for us in the UK, expanding and developing into a more contemporary experience. But does that work become something shared on a wider international stage or can it still be defined by our roots and national experience? The presentations complemented each other, including Cor van Gelderen from the Netherlands looking at the influence of plant hunters bringing materials to our western gardens. I closed the conference with the news that we have been asked to design a garden for permanent exhibition at the conceptual garden festival in Chaumont-sur-Loire. The theme of the commission is “The English Garden” but what does that now mean? Let me know what you think it should be – I’d be fascinated by your response. ABOUT ANDREW WILSON Andrew Wilson is a landscape and garden designer and a director of Wilson McWilliam Studio. He is also a director of the London College of Garden Design, an author, writer and lecturer.

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ANGUS LINDSAY There’s no excuse for making health and safety a Somebody Else’s Problem, maintaining machine guarding is everyone’s responsibility says Angus Lindsay A couple of months back I wrote an article looking at the issues surrounding thrown objects. In this follow-up, I’ll look further at machine guarding. When you look up ‘guard’ in the dictionary, the word ‘protect’ features in nearly every definition. A guard is there to protect, yet we still see machinery being operated with loose, damaged or missing guards. Worse still is the acceptance of this by operators and their managers who see nothing wrong with this situation. We should all be familiar with the PUWER 98 regulations produced by the HSE, which go to great lengths to guide us in the safe use of equipment should we be in any doubt about our responsibilities. It used to be that agriculture had a poor reputation in this area, especially when it came to PTOs. We’ve all seen them, shafts spinning with not a cover in sight. Or maybe with a cover, it too spinning round, waiting to catch the flapping jacket of the unsuspecting operator. You may have noticed over the last couple of years that the guards on most machinery are now bolted into place whereas in the past they

were secured with clips or pins, allowing easy access to the moving parts. Securing the guard more permanently ensures that operators are protected from those moving parts and can’t quickly remove a guard to find out what the funny noise is. This should make things safer, if a little less convenient so what’s the problem with stopping the machine, getting a spanner, removing the guard, checking all is in order, replacing the guard and continuing with the operation? It may take ten minutes longer but then it’s better to be safe than entangled in the workings.


There should be no excuse for operating a machine with damaged or missing guards. It should be part of the machine’s daily inspection regime along with checking the levels, tyres and controls. If the guard is damaged, the machine should not be used until it is fixed. We all have a responsibility to ensure equipment is being operated and maintained in a safe condition and nobody should be put under pressure to get a job done by compromising on safety. Try telling a judge that you were too busy to get the machine fixed properly because the client was giving you grief. The HSE, like all of us, is struggling with budget cuts and stretched resources but when it comes to a breach of compliance resulting in injury or worse they will take no prisoners. A couple of recent It may seen innocuous but what if your trousers were caught on the pulley? incidents applicable to our

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industry have seen hefty fines and suspended prison sentences dealt out to business that have neglected their responsibilities.

Uncovered and unprotected moving parts are accidents waiting to happen

I’m sure you’re thinking, my machines are in good order, I’ve nothing to worry about. Maybe they are, but when they’re being serviced make sure they are checked properly – not just the obvious guards but the little things that get missed or are seen as not important. Consider chainsaw and hedge cutter scabbards, they are supplied with the machines not only to protect the cutting edges but also the operators fingers. How many times have you seen hedge cutters with exposed blades in the back of a truck. What about the broken heat guard on the exposed exhaust. It may seem a minor issue until someone inadvertently leans against the hot metal. Remember, health and safety is not a Somebody Else’s Problem, it’s everyone’s responsibility. ABOUT ANGUS LINDSAY Angus spent several years working on arable farms in Scotland before joining VSO in Egypt, implementing a mechanisation programme, managing field operations for a commercial cotton plantation in Nigeria and working as a contract instructor for Massey Ferguson in Yemen. He gained an MSc in agricultural engineering and mechanisation management at Silsoe, joining Glendale as machinery manager in 1994 and then in 2009, The Landscape Group as group head of assets and fleet. Contact:

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Battersea Park’s two-tier play area is a metaphor for an increasingly divided and unequal society says Lesley Malone Imagine a brand new tree-top adventure play area in an urban park, with state of the art climbing features, rope bridges, dizzying aerial challenges and super-long ziplines high above the ground. Imagine beneath it a conventional children’s playground – swings, slides, a little climbing frame. Up in the trees, children whose parents can afford the ticket price whizz through the air and clamber across precarious bridges; down below, those who can’t are stuck with the public swings and slides on the ground. This two-tier pay-to-play area has the ‘haves’ looking down on the ‘have-nots’ - literally. This is Battersea Park in south London, and the aerial adventure experience is run by Go Ape, a private company that has leased a corner of the park to run this new play ‘destination’. An existing adventure playground was demolished to make way for it, and the new free playground, half the size of its predecessor, was paid for the by council. Go Ape argues that the revenue they bring in will help enhance and revitalise the park, while the council states that “We have a duty to maximise our income wherever we can.” Councils have certain statutory duties – providing social care, child protection 36

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services and libraries, for instance. Maximising income is not one of them. Some have pointed out the irony of London councils effectively selling off their public green space, while £60m of public money is being spent – just a little further along the Thames from riverside Battersea Park in fact – on the Garden Bridge. A space that will be neither public nor green, it is argued. This is not just a London issue. The privatisation of public space is happening everywhere, not just in the

THIS TWO-TIER PAY-TO-PLAY AREA HAS THE ‘HAVES’ LOOKING DOWN ON THE ‘HAVENOTS’ – LITERALLY capital – and especially in urban areas. A recent Heritage Lottery Fund report estimated that 45% of local authorities were considering disposing of some green spaces and one-fifth were specifically considering disposing of parks.(1) This would be an irreversible and tragic loss. While few will object to local authorities seeking to attract greater numbers of visitors to parks and providing more attractive green places for relaxation and leisure activities, the increasing

commercialisation of what was intended to be space that was free for everyone to enjoy must be a source of concern. The ends do not justify the means, even less so when the financial drivers – namely, cuts in funding from central government – that are forcing these decisions are needless and arbitrary. Play is about children developing physical and social skills, enjoying a sense of freedom and using their imaginations – and it also provides formative learning experiences. A play area in a public park should be somewhere where children from all backgrounds get to mix. So what do the kids here learn? That if you don’t have money, you get second best. That, contrary to what you’re told, the best things in life aren’t free. That you are excluded and looked down on, in every sense, on because your parents aren’t rich. Great life lessons there. In an age where ‘free’ and ‘public’ are increasingly equated with devalued and worthless and only things that cost money are considered worth having, this tale of two play schemes looks to reinforce that toxic message. (1) State of UK public parks 2014: research report to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

ABOUT LESLEY MALONE Lesley Malone is a freelance writer, editor and photographer, with a focus on public space and regeneration. She is online at and tweets at @tangentials

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Happy birthday CDM2015 – but one year on, just how many people are embracing you? David Dodd explains why he now thinks the CDM regulations are a good thing and not only make his life easier but also improve his profitability Hands up everyone working in the landscaping industry who is complying with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. Now hands up everyone working in the landscaping industry who is really complying with them. It’s not the Spanish Inquisition, I’m just becoming increasingly aware of designers and contractors who are simply brushing their responsibilities under the carpet. We should all know by now that complying with CDM 2015 is a legal requirement but having spoken with a lot of owners of small companies (and some surprisingly large ones) I’m amazed at the number of people who are still resisting and I’ve even heard people saying, on more than one occasion, that it doesn’t apply to them as they only do small domestic gardens. Others have said that even though they’ve tried to comply, their clients and the designers who have appointed them don’t understand or are simply unwilling to engage as it seems like a lot of ‘unnecessary paperwork’. I think the industry is doing a great job of promoting the regulations. BALI, APL and the SGD have all held seminars on the subject (albeit some of them slightly late) and Robin Templar-Williams wrote a superb article

in the February issue of the Garden Design Journal explaining the designer’s roles. Personally, I hate red tape and bureaucracy. I’m still old school in the sense that you train people to do a job correctly and safely, give them the right equipment and let common sense prevail. No, no, no, what am I saying? There’s no such thing as an accident anymore, someone has to be blamed or held accountable. Sadly with our Americanised culture of ambulance chasing and ‘where there’s a blame, there’s a claim’ ideology, something had to be put in place.

AS WE STARTED TO IMPLEMENT THEM FOR EVERY PROJECT THEY STARTED TO BECOME CLEAR AND THE NORM. DARE I SAY IT, I NOW QUITE LIKE THEM I accept that. I used to think that when CDM started in 2007 it wasn’t for the benefit of my staff; it just meant that my arse was covered in the event of an accident. I also resented the cost in time and money it would incur on my business. Who was going to pay for that?

I had the usual glazed over expression on my face when our health and safety consultant went through all of the regulations in detail, but as we started to implement them for every project they started to become clear and the norm. Dare I say it, I now quite like them. My reasoning is that when we write the construction phase plan it becomes a lot easier to draw up the works program. In my mind the two just go hand in hand. This has given us a much tighter overview of project timings and we can now give designers and clients much more accurate lead times. Regarding the costs, I’m afraid someone, i.e. the client, has to pay for it. It’s a legal requirement and complying is now part of the job in the same way that materials and labour are. In this sense, CDM2015 isn’t only helping reduce risks in our workplace, it’s also financially rewarding. So, going back to my original question; if you’re not complying with CDM 2015, whether as a contractor or designer, you’re potentially missing out on planning your projects properly, and gaining financially. Most importantly, you’re breaking the law! For more information go to ABOUT DAVID DODD David Dodd has been in the landscape industry since the age of 17. Having studied and then taught at Merrist Wood College, he set up The Outdoor Room in 1995. In 2013, he went into business with Landscape Architect, Joe Perkins to form Longview Design Ltd. David has also lectured in design and construction for over 20 years.

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WONDER WALLS PETER READER LANDSCAPES AND BELDERBOS LANDSCAPES Peter Reader and Belderbos Landscapes transformed this walled London garden from overgrown yard to a relaxed, grown-up space


his north London house had a walled garden laid largely to grass with inward leaning overgrown shrubs around the edge, making it appear smaller and dark. It also contained a dilapidated wildlife pond, a sunken trampoline and some damp areas at the southern end where the grass struggled to grow. As their children were now older, the owners wanted to have the garden redesigned to create a relaxed but grown-up space in keeping with the house. They were keen to retain some fruit trees and to redo the pond so it was more attractive but still used by wildlife. They liked the modern use of perennials and grasses in planting, but other than that were open to design suggestions.

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Project value ÂŁ85k Build time Design: December 2014 to January 2015 Build: March to June 2015 Size of project 364m2

Design and build The garden was in need of a radical restructure to inject some interest and beauty and a solution was required to make the damp, shady end of the garden attractive and usable. Being bold and clearing the boundary of the old vegetation was a vital first step to opening the garden up and revealing the lovely surrounding walls. The cleared walls gave the garden strong boundaries and made for a perfect backdrop to a new, more formal structure within it. Large trellis squares at regular intervals covered with evergreen flowering climbers, alongside box cubes and shade tolerant perennial planting at the wall base, completed the picture. Pro Landscaper / April 2016 43

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ABOUT PETER READER LANDSCAPES Peter Reader Landscapes provides an award winning garden design service based in north London and the south east. Previously a doctor, Peter retrained at KLC Design School three years ago. He has a versatility of design styles as demonstrated by his two RHS show gardens; from the crisp modern outdoor garden room of ‘Al Fresco’ to the ephemeral naturalistic perennial style of ‘Four Corners’.

ABOUT BELDERBOS LANDSCAPES Belderbos Landscapes has built more than 600 gardens in and around London since 2004, varying in budget from £5,000 to more than . ne o the many bene ts o usin elderbos is that it also offers a re ular maintenance service that ensures the garden develops as the designer intended it to.

The new design divides the garden into three areas corresponding to views across from the house. The change in levels was formalised using paving and steps. This greatly improved the appearance of the garden and gave an opportunity to include a blade water feature. First section The first section of the garden lies opposite 44

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the glass walled kitchen and was the space most prone to being muddy. A self-binding gravel surface was laid across this area, providing formal beauty and all-weather usability. Two multi-stemmed amelanchiers were planted, with a bench for seating and the space was edged with cobblestone detailing, echoed throughout the garden. The existing patio by the kitchen was extended to bring it properly into the garden. Second section The second area contains the re-sited pond centre stage, with accompanying paving, stepping stones, rectangular flowerbeds and a rill, which highlights the longitudinal axis in the design. This formality was softened by lush naturalistic planting using a mixture of box spheres, grasses and perennials. This area is overlooked from the living room and an enlarged patio immediately outside. An armillary sundial in the far bed draws the eye across the stepping stones into the garden. Third section The third and final area contains five fruit trees that were under-planted with a wildflower meadow and naturalising bulbs. This more informal area is furthest from the house and the trees help to soften the high walls of the church that abuts the garden. The meadow has an incursion of normal turf,

which allowed for a bench to be placed among the trees with a view down the whole garden. Both grass areas were finished with cobble detailing, demarcating and linking the whole garden together. With its succession of blossom, flowers and fruit this more relaxed area has become a joy to sit in and encourages wildlife into the garden and pond. Challenges Construction of the garden proceeded smoothly in the able hands of Belderbos Landscapes. One of the major challenges of the project occurred early in the build, when the foundations of a number of old buildings were discovered under the lawn. This required significant unforeseen digging to remove, not unlike removing several old air-raid shelters! This delayed matters by nearly two weeks.

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1 Overview of garden from circular lawn 2 New natural stone archway 3 Natural stone linear pool 4 Cottage-style planting scheme 5 View towards pod pergola, set within a fern and herbaceous mix 6 Circular seated wall with fire bowl 7 Glass walkway between house and garage

APPLETONS Appletons was tasked with creating a family garden where different elements – a space to entertain, a play area, stand-out water features – came together harmoniously


ppletons was appointed as part of a design team with a brief to construct an orangery, additional accommodation, an office and a garage within the curtilage of a historic farmhouse building located in a conservation area on the edge of the west Pennine Moors, near Belmont, Lancashire.

The brief The client was a family with two young children. They required a space for the children to play but also somewhere for the parents to entertain guests and relax after their busy working day. The garden was tired, outdated and very wet, with some large overgrown conifers and defunct water features. The client wished to include a number of different landscape elements: ● Fire pit zones ● Stone archway ● Interconnecting ● Terraced patio areas water features ● Glass walkway ● A new pond ● Mature fruit trees ● Pergolas ● Football pitch ● Entertaining space ● Level lawn area with partial cover ● Privacy screening

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Design Following extensive survey work and client consultation, three sketch schemes were created that were then amalgamated into a final design taking selected features from the sketch proposals. An existing stone field boundary wall that split the site into two was retained, helping to create two different but complementary gardens, one reflecting a more contemporary atmosphere and the other a more cottage/traditional style. In some parts the design evolved as the project progressed, with elements being

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modified or enhanced to respond to the client’s aspirations as the garden took shape, at the same time as delivering a technically sound design that reflected the sensitive setting of the area. The result was a garden that met the client’s brief and sat comfortably alongside the older parts of the dwelling and the newer components. Materials The materials were sourced predominantly from local suppliers and reclamation yards as the client wished to keep them as local as possible and in keeping with the character of the original stone farmhouse. New architectural elements that formed part of the overall setting of the garden included an extension and garage with a glazed connecting walkway and an orangery. A large quantity of reclaimed Yorkstone flags was used in the scheme and much of the stone for the walls was sourced on site as a significant amount of stone (possibly a previous building) was found during excavation and ground works. Balancing the construction phase with the planting season was critical in giving the advanced stock plants and trees a successful establishment.

Features Many garden features were introduced including pergolas, entertaining space, terraced patio areas, water features, stone walls, fireplaces, a stone archway, a sports pitch, mature fruit trees, planting areas and low retaining structures. Lighting and an array of colourful wildlife-attracting planting gives the garden all-year-round interest. Planting The planting was designed to accompany the unique spaces created – a traditional cottage garden alongside a more contemporary area featuring a circular lawn surrounded by large fruit trees.

Challenges Technical problems encountered during the construction phase included excessive ground water runoff into the garden from the adjacent moorland. This required an extensive drainage scheme and created constraints to the planting design. Further challenges included turning the existing steep topography into useable areas. A number of retaining walls provided both attractive features and allowed for a more gentle topography. Special consideration was made to meet the client’s wish for a garden for both adults and children. A degree of separation between the two was required as they had very different design outcomes – areas to relax and entertain alongside areas to play.

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AFTER REFERENCES Landscape design

Turf suppliers and contractors


Green Acres Landscape Services,

17 Chorley Old Road, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 3AD Tel 01204 393 006 Email Web

Ossett, Yorkshire

Architects Good & Tillotson Ltd

2 The Studios 318 Chorley Old Road Bolton BL1 4JU Tel 01204 497 700 Email Web

Lighting designers and suppliers Development Design Associates

Hazel Terrace, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 4PS Tel 0161 483 2030 Web Drainage engineer Foxx Limited

The glass walkway Anglezarke Design Limited

Contractors JC Holdens Ltd

Silk Mill Ln, Preston PR3 2LP Tel 01995 640 906

Abbey Mill, Garden Street Abbey Village Lancashire PR6 8DN Tel 01254 830 222 Email Web

Plants/trees and planting service

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Specimen Trees

Water feature, pergola and stone archway

Halliwells Brow, High Legh, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0QS Tel 01925 755 204 Web

JC Holdens Ltd

Silk Mill Lane, Preston PR3 2LP Tel 01995 640 906

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FLUID LINES LAURA ANSTISS LANDSCAPING DESIGN Laura Anstiss replicates the style of a secluded English country garden, making a statement with water

PROJECT DETAILS Project value £55k Build time 3 months Size of project 455m²


aura Anstiss Landscaping Design was introduced to the client by a developer before the house was built. Having recently immigrated, the client had visited many English heritage gardens, loved the formality of a traditional country garden and wanted to replicate this style. The brief

● Screening and

complete privacy ● To create three

levels/rooms ● Include moving water

within the scheme to disguise further development noise in the neighbouring garden The garden needed to be functional but pleasing to the eye from every aspect and with level changes creating the impression of a larger space. Design and build We started the project by planting a 3m high thuja hedge around the perimeter to address the issue of screening and privacy. The garden shed and utility area were screened with contemporary bespoke trellis and planted with Rosa Arthur Bell for its long flowering period and beautiful scent.

1 Central water feature 2 Looking up the garden 3 Top water feature and bespoke swing seat 4 One of the seven plant pots

The garden was then split into three levels with each area given a focal water feature, all linked by a rill. The water is the grand gesture in this garden and truly makes a statement so making it work successfully was a huge task. We created a journey through the garden with seating areas that can be used at different times of the day, depending on whether you prefer sun or shade. The lower pond has the largest pool and is the catchment for the water in the rill – it now has small goldfish in it, too. On this level we planted three semi-mature Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ to help with screening the neighbouring property. We added to the traditional feel with half and quarter standard roses. These lift the planting

ABOUT LAURA ANSTISS LANDSCAPE DESIGN Laura Anstiss has been a landscape designer for almost 20 years. She gained a degree in horticulture and design at Hadlow and Greenwich. She believes it is important to understand the relationship between hard and soft landscape, how many ingredients combine to meet the level of success in the garden and to understand the habit of plants, knowing how they will look throughout the year and relate to the rest of the garden.

5 The rill linking each area

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DESIGN PLAN out of the ground and along with the buxus hedging and token specimen plants, help the new garden appear more mature. Tall traditional pots with colourful seasonal plants were used to break up the large green backdrop of the thuja hedge. We added a swing seat and pergola with highly scented roses to continue the English country garden theme. The water feature lends itself to the grandeur of England’s stately homes and gardens. It also gives the client all the virtues of a formal pond in a small garden, adding elegance, symmetry and rhythm to a typical urban property – the wow-factor that hits you when turn the corner into the garden is overwhelming.





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Laura AnstissLandscape D The Studio Homewood Road Tenterden Kent TN30 7AU

TEL: 01580 766251 EMAIL: lauraanstiss@bti WEB: www.anstissgarden Client


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Parkers Building Supplies

How Green Nursery Ltd

Laura Anstiss Anstiss Gardens

Priory Road, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2BW Tel 01732 360 666 Web

How Green Lane, Hever, Kent TN8 7PS Tel 01732 700 382 Email Web

Tel 01580 766 251 Email Web

Self-binding gravel



Bourne Amenity

Palmstead Nurseries Ltd


Tel 01892 890 080 Email Web

The Wharf, Rye Road, Newenden, Kent TN18 5QG Tel 01797 252 299 Web

Harville Road, Wye, Ashford, Kent TN25 5EU Email Tel 01233 813 340 Web

Stone and edging suppliers

Plants and trees


Hillier Nurseries Limited


728 London Road, West Thurrock, Grays, Essex RM20 3LU Tel 01708 867 237 Web

Ampfield House, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 9PA Tel 01794 368 733 Web


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Little Budds Farm, Gravelly Ways, Laddingford, Maidstone, Kent ME18 6BZ Tel 01622 873 231 Email

1 New hedge ready for planting 2 Framework of the outline construction 3 Site with new hedge 4 Semi-mature trees screen the neighbouring garden

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Walpole Park has been open to the people of Ealing for 115 years but by 2013 was in need of regeneration


ince the 17th century, Walpole Park has been part of the estate grounds of a house known as Pitzhanger Manor, which stands on the north east side of the park. In the 1800s the estate was purchased and renovated by the famous architect Sir John Sone. During the 19th century, the property was sold to the Perceval Walpole family, who eventually sold it to Ealing Urban District Council in 1899. The house was then converted into a public library and the gardens were opened as a municipal park in 1901. Today Walpole Park is one of the borough’s premier parks. It is Grade II listed and included in the English Heritage register for parks and gardens of special historic interest.

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PROJECT DETAILS Build time September 2013 – August 2014 Gavin Jones maintained the site for 12 months Size of project 113,312m2

1 Fish pond with hard and soft landscaping features 2 Tar and chip gravel 3 Tactile sensory playground zone 4 Wildflower area

WINNER Restoration and regeneration

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Awards In 2015, Walpole Park won the BALI Award for Restoration and Regeneration Scheme. In 2009, a design team had been appointed by Ealing Council to reinstate Soane’s designs for the house and to recreate the Regency landscape through the park. The redevelopment was led by architects Jestico and Whiles and landscape architects J&L Gibbons. It was funded through an HFL grant with additional finance from Ealing Council.

ABOUT GAVIN JONES LTD avin ones td offers a ide ran e o landscape services includin commercial landscape installations domestic desi n and build commercial rounds maintenance and tree or s. he business operates rom the lantation ursery hich offers specimen plants and arden machinery to trade and retail customers. he company is a oyal Warrant older and as the rand ard inner


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Development The refurbished park cost approximately £2.9m and now includes a rebuilt pond using a reinforced concrete design and natural stone cladding. A softer edged lake with two cascades and a recirculating and aeration system was formed from the existing lake adjacent to the Soane Bridge. New aquatic, coir and woven hazel edge reinforcement and grass mesh protection were introduced. An existing toilet block that had been built into the listed brick boundary wall had to be carefully demolished to improve the view towards the Soane Bridge. The wall then had to be reconstructed using carefully sourced and matched secondhand stock bricks and lime mortar. The refurbishment of the other historic stone and brick elements played a large part in returning the park to its original condition. Other works included new pathways and surfacing, new street furniture including bespoke bronze signage, a new observation beehive, an extensive new play area including water play elements and new site-wide

planting to Regency design patterns and lawn restoration. To engage with the local community, Gavin Jones employed the skills of work experience students from Capel Manor College and managed access for volunteers to carry out tasks on our site.

Specialist subcontractors were used for electrical works for a new events facility, stone restoration, water feature, path surfacing, timber joinery and play equipment. Gavin Jones sourced through sample procedures and client approvals and J&L Gibbons generally specified materials.

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1 Shrubbery walk timber gate 2 Restored listed bridge 3 Lawn and flower garden 4 Restored features 5 Water garden 6 Water garden timber bridge 7 Play area planting 8 Restored listed bridge 9 Play area

The works programme was carefully tailored around scheduled events at the site including weddings in the manor house and a month long festival, ensuring that sections of the park remained open to the public. Monthly site tours were held throughout the project for local users, external colleges and other interested professional parties.

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REFERENCES Landscape contractor

Litterbins and bike racks

Gavin Jones Ltd

Broxap Ltd

The Plantation, Woburn Hill Addlestone, Surrey KT15 2QG Tel 01932 833 866 Web

Rowhurst Industrial Estate, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 6BD Tel 0844 800 4085 Web

Play equipment

Bespoke ironwork


Topp and Co Ltd

Aizlewood’s Mill, Nursery Street, Sheffield S3 8GG Tel 0114 282 3474 Web

The Airfield, Tholthorpe, York YO61 1ST Tel 01347 833 173 Web

Specimen trees

Stone restoration

Hillier Nurseries Ltd

Chichester Stoneworks

Ampfield House, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 9PA Tel 01794 368 733 Web

Terminus Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 8TX Tel 01243 784 225 Web

Shrubs and herbaceous plants

Carpentry and joinery

W. Crowders & Sons Ltd

Alan Hayward Joinery Ltd

Lincoln Road, Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 5LZ Tel 01507 525 000 Web

Unit 7a Javelin Way, Henwood Industrial Estate, Ashford, Kent TN24 8DH Tel 01233 625 204 Web

Bespoke bench and compost bins Bramhall 1840 Ltd

Unit 5, Clarence Works Effingham Road Sheffield S4 7YS Tel 0845 643 9882 Web Granite, Yorkstone and Portland stone Ashfield Group

5 Chancery Lane London WC2A 1LG Tel 0207 205 7500 Web Geosynthetic matting Verdant Solutions

High Street, Hartfield East Sussex TN7 4AE Tel 01892 770 470 Web

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PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS JARGON BUSTER JPEG A compressed file format which reduces file size but also quality. Most lower end cameras store photos as JPEG files. RAW An uncompressed file format allowing for full quality photographs to be edited without loss of quality.

It is becoming increasingly important to use high quality site photography to support all forms of marketing material. Adam Corrie from Synergy 3 offers his best tips for making sure your projects look their best


e are operating in a visual industry and high resolution photography is essential. Whether for case studies or showcasing your work through your website portfolio, quality images are key. In order to achieve real results, it’s best to move away from the camera on your smartphone and invest in a dedicated camera. These are covered briefly in the table opposite, to give you a general overview of types and average cost.

Quality photographs convey a positive message to both your clients and landscape architects, and allow the recipient to take an immediate view on the standards you are achieving on site. It is important to photograph all aspects of your work. Strong images of trees in leaf, whether displaying a strong flowering period or rich autumn colours, will add a lot to your photographs. Capturing the details on both hard and soft landscaping finishes is also

Shutter speed The amount of time the shutter is open, measured in fractions of seconds. Aperture The opening in the lens, measured in f/stops. ISO In digital photography, ISO refers to the sensitivity of the image sensor.


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WHICH CAMERA? Cameras fall into three basic categories. Below, we’ve shown a mid-range camera for each category and its respective price.

Compact cameras Compact cameras are small handheld cameras offering good quality imagery at affordable prices, without the bulk of a DSLR or bridge camera. Whilst these cameras are very limited they can certainly achieve a good quality photo. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60 RRP: £149

Bridge cameras A bridge camera is based on the principles of a compact point and shoot camera but with the added bonus of a larger lens and higher ISO range, amongst others. Bridge cameras give you the high quality imagery you require but without the large price tag of a DSLR. worthwhile and sends out a strong message. Many of the higher value tenders are now stipulating a 70/30 quality price submission. Clients are moving away from lowest price awards and are enjoying the freedom of evaluating quality. Whilst many aspects are covered in the assessment of quality, it is absolutely essential that you support your tender bids with strong photographic images. This is less important in the main contractor market, but it is nevertheless a good discipline across the board. Weather dominates the landscaping world, as we all know, and this is definitely also the case with site photography. What a difference a day makes is clearly borne out with photography results. A blue sky is a must – even the best camera will not hide a dull day. It is also essential for suppliers to promote their product range in the best way possible. It‘s important for CPD presentations for landscape architects who tend to back with visual confidence ahead of technical appraisal. It is costly to produce marketing material, so it’s worth getting it right.

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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS RRP: £298.99

Weather In terms of landscaping shots, you want to be looking for a clear day or evening. Be cautious if it has rained considerably on previous days as the ground may be sodden and standing water may be an issue.

DSLR cameras Digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras are the way to go If you are interested in getting serious about photography. Offering high resolution photographs and video recording with endless lens options, this really is the ideal choice if you want the best quality results.

Timing It is important to take your photographs directly after a maintenance visit. This will ensure that the site will be in pristine condition. Day/night Daytime shots are great for hard and soft landscaping, as they allow for the vibrancy of your planting and the complex shadows and lines of your hard landscaping. Night photography is difficult but can reward you with fantastic pictures – I wouldn’t advise taking night shots unless you have a high quality DSLR or bridge camera. It’s all about shutter speed, aperture, patience and a tripod.

Nikon D7200 + 18-105mm Lens RRP: £888

CONTACT Synergy 3 Ltd is a design company based in central Manchester. We offer graphic design, website design, professional photography and related services to the landscaping and construction industry. Tel: 0161 209 3156 Web:

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JUST ADD WATER Water feature specialist Martin Kelley offers expert advice on using water to bring sound and movement to any landscape “We’re the user-friendly water garden contractor,” says managing director of Fairwater Ltd, Martin Kelley. He founded the Ashingtonbased company in 1993 and has been involved in multiple show gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show since. “I always try to make things as simple as possible to keep the number of problems low. If it’s too complicated and it requires ten man hours a week just to keep it clean then it will gradually deteriorate.” The initial design concept starts with the client and garden designer before reaching Martin, who makes the design a reality. Working with his business partner Rick Peers of New Zealand-based Peers Design, a CAD is created to suit the specifications. Fairwater can build the entire project from scratch or work with other landscapers, but the complex technical part of the water feature is always left to them, with bespoke parts being created on the company’s site by hand.

“From a garden point of view, I would say that the water bit of the garden is the only part that’s always alive; it’s moving even on a still day. The big housing developers all know that water sells houses; people

THE BIG HOUSING DEVELOPERS ALL KNOW THAT WATER SELLS HOUSES; PEOPLE WANT TO BE BY WATER, THEY’RE DRAWN TO IT want to be by water, they’re drawn to it. “Water features can also help flood alleviation. Most big commercial developments now have a Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) system – they put tanks in the ground, when it rains they fill up and then let the water back out at an agreed rate with the Environment Agency.” Martin is currently working with landscape architect John Murdoch on an innovative new project to build ornamental lakes that replace the role of these tanks, filling up when it rains then gently letting the water out over a period of time.

INSTALLATION According to Martin, these are the simple rules to follow Do ensure the feature is watertight. A leaking pond will

quickly become an eyesore Do include a method of cleansing the water; mechanical or chemical filtration or plenty of aquatic planting Do make sure pool perimeters are level; because the water will be think of the sun. Plants need sunlight although partial shade Do will help inhibit algae Do plan the location of plant and equipment. Pumps, pipes and cables all detract from the pool’s beauty


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Don’t put fish straight into a natural pond. Plant as soon as you can and let the ecosystem mature first

Don’t plant in pots. Build retaining walls in the pond and backfill with inert soils to create wet flower beds and emergent edges

Don’t cut corners. Water will always find its way around a poorly fitted liner or through a bodged pipe joint

Don’t skimp on depth. Algae loves shallow water, the bigger the surface area, the deeper the pond

Don’t ignore evaporation. Small formal ponds can easily lose 5-10mm of water a day, much more if the water is moving

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From sleek and contemporary towers to traditional ponds, we showcase some of Martin’s most successful past projects

Urban Water in a garden brings many qualities including sound and reflection and it is these that are most relevant to the urban environment. A small outdoor space surrounded by the sound of the city will become a haven with the introduction of moving water. Allowing water to gently drop over a series of steps, down a water wall or perhaps lift as a gentle fountain will not drown out external noise but will discreetly distract the ear. A dark lined pool will increase the feeling of space by reflecting the sky or physical features.

Contemporary A contemporary water feature is a piece of art and more than any other, will reflect the personality and taste of the designer or client. Modern and industrial materials often feature, giving dramatic results: polished stainless steel water towers as mirrors, for example. The scale of these water walls presented some challenges as they were prone to act as sails but generally all such features will require space for recirculation and filtration equipment in accessible chambers or rooms as they will need to be kept free of algae and limescale. Entrance to Berkeley Homes’ Holborough Valley development, designed by Fairwater

South London Garden, designed by the client and Fairwater

In public spaces water has to be controlled, clean and safe. The structures holding the water must be robust in order to withstand vigorous maintenance and are generally reinforced concrete walls lined with fibreglass. Typically they have plant rooms in basements and swimming pool technology to ensure clean and safe water. The water in this pool is cleaned by a sand filter, ultra violet light and chlorine. Berkeley Homes’ Marine Wharf development, designed by Fabrik

Show Garden A show garden has to be built in just over two weeks, look perfect for one week and fit a tightly controlled budget. The temptation is to cut corners but water is unforgiving and with the world’s press watching, dirty water or leaking pools would be a disaster. This feature was filled with beautiful tiger pebbles so the water was heavily filtered to ensure they could be seen all week. The waterfalls were tested in advance off-site to ensure the designer’s vision was realised. Tourism Malaysia Chelsea Flower Show garden 2011, designed by James Wong, built by The Outdoor Room and Fairwater


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Commercial There is nothing more traditional than the garden pond; a waterfall, maybe a deck, some marginal planting and space for the local amphibians and dragonflies to thrive. I am delighted to be shown the efforts of enthusiastic amateurs as pond building and water gardening gives such pleasure to so many people. A professional design will ensure unsightly filters are hidden from view, liners do not create a black fringe between the rock edging and the water and pipes and other pond paraphernalia are kept out of sight. This garden uses the top pond as a gravel filter so removing the need for a visible plastic box. Private Sussex garden designed with the client Pro Landscaper / April 2016 59

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SEED: THE BENEFITS Native wildflower meadows are very much in demand for encouraging biodiversity in urban landscapes. Creating a wildflower area is not for the faint hearted says Stuart Ball. It may take up to 18 months to see the fruits of your labour but patience and effort will be rewarded with a glorious spray of colour across the landscape Suited to any size and area A good supplier such as John Chambers Wildflower Seed will provide sound advice when selecting wildflowers for a chosen site. Seed mixes provide the ultimate flexibility and are available to suit all soil conditions and designs, from a small wildflower patch to a roadside verge or large urban space. Tailored mixes Wildflower seeds can be mixed for the client’s requirements. This may include their preferred flowers, colours, scent, flower to grass ratio or the wildlife they wish to attract. Seeds can be chosen based on the soil type, location and typical conditions in a particular area, but it is also possible to create mixtures to attract particular wildlife species, including the various native and visiting pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, or to provide winter feeding for wild birds. Historical wildflower meadows can now be recreated using a bespoke mixture of specific British native wildflower seeds. Wildflower seed can be produced and mixed to suit specific circumstances or customer requirements. Using seed offers maximum involvement and choice over the flowers you end up with. ABOUT STUART BALL tuart all is the ild o er sales mana er at ohn hambers Wild o ers a specialist supplier o ritish produced seeds and mi tures and one o the leadin authorities on native ild o er seed. he company as ac uired by reen ech in ho supply arti cial tur alon ith a variety o other landscapin materials.


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A low cost option Where a project affords the time for seeds to grow, the cost per square metre of a wildflower meadow is low, making wildflower seeds an attractive option. A little more effort is required but the results and savings are desirable. Back to basics The trend towards using wildflower seeds has the added advantage of providing a new generation of horticulturists with the opportunity to learn and adopt the traditional skills and values of bygone years. Coupled with the satisfaction that comes from seeing a diverse area of native wildflowers growing from seed, this is reason enough to make the effort to ‘sow from scratch’. Good things come in small packages Delivery and storage of products is a major consideration on many sites so being small and easy to store is a distinct advantage for wildflower mixtures. They can easily be stored in moisture proof containers in a cold dark room or refrigerator where they will remain viable until needed. The constraints of sites, unplanned challenges or significant weather changes that may affect a planting schedule won’t have any effect on the delivery or storage of wildflower seeds. Ultimate flexibility Wildflower seeds can easily be sown by hand or machine all year round, although best results are generally achieved in the autumn (August to early October) or spring (February to May). They are surprisingly hardy and, once established, wildflower meadows need little maintenance – far less than a traditional lawn and will provide colour, interest and a habitat for local wildlife.

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TURF: THE BENEFITS Pre-grown Wildflower Turf is a relatively recent technique for the establishment of wildflower meadows. It benefits from much research and development says James Hewetson-Brown, providing optimum results by introducing a mat of pre-established wildflower plants Soil-free growth The turf is nursery-grown to guarantee the introduction of established plants that have been specifically chosen and set in appropriate quantities to provide an even distribution of species. These plants are developed in a manufactured soil-free environment with no existing seeds and therefore no competition while the wildflowers are establishing. As soon as the Wildflower Turf is laid, a meadow is established without having to wait for vernalisation or germination of seed. Reliable The mass of roots in the turf acts as a weed suppressing carpet, smothering any seeds that are in the soil and on the point of germinating. This gives you immediate success with the plants that you want and control over those that you don’t want. For this reason it is a reliable method of creating a meadow, loved by landscapers and contractors, who are able to walk away from the site without having to worry about follow up visits for an extensive cutting regime or weed/plant identification. For sites with particularly onerous conditions such as steep slopes, shady areas or where the soil weed seed burden is particularly high, wildflower turf offers a meadow making solution that would be difficult to achieve using any other method. The turf can be pegged onto steep slopes and is therefore extremely effective for soil stabilisation projects. Made to order While there are a number of ‘off the shelf’ Wildflower Turf products, bespoke mixes can

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be grown where there is a specific need, be it cosmetic or ecological. Wildflower Turf Ltd regularly works with ecologists and architects to develop turf to suit specific site conditions and when local provenance is important locally harvested seed can be used. All year round Turf can be laid at all times of the year except in times of ground frost and snow, giving the landscaper flexibility. Preparation is straightforward. Once the site is clear and rotovated, the turf is simply laid over the top of the prepared area, moulding to undulations and uneven surfaces. Watering will be required in dry times, whilst the turf establishes in the first few weeks and good contact between soil and the turf roots is important. Being a soilless product, the turf is light to handle and easily cut with a serrated knife. Using turf offers an instant, complete meadow, far more developed than those established by other means. This solution offers landscapers and contractors a risk free alternative to creating wildflower spaces. Wildflower Turf is the perfect option for the landscaper who wants an immediate, guaranteed meadow with a low maintenance requirement from the outset. ABOUT JAMES HEWETSON-BROWN James Hewetson-Brown is managing director of Wild o er ur td one o the leadin suppliers o Wild o er ur in the . e set up the a ard innin company as a subsidiary enterprise o his amily s business oronet ur in to meet the demand or ready made Wild o er ur meado s.

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I guess I have to confess straight off to being a bit of a workaholic with a very addictive personality. I absolutely love what I do and the fact that I get paid for something I love so much is real genius. I originally trained in fashion design (alongside John Galianno), set up and ran my own business designing, sourcing and supplying a wide range of products for major high street multiples. I gave it all up because I wanted to spend more time with my family and found it all too stressful. I took up gardening as a hobby, booked onto a course at Writtle College to keep me out of mischief and somehow ended up establishing and running a landscape design practice, all quite accidentally. My hardest time of day is simply getting out of bed (I am not a morning person). Once I’m up all is great.


Until recently I would have said my favourite project was Maltese Road but I would now say the series of penthouse roof terraces at Chelsea Creek for St George plc, for which we have just been awarded the BALI Principal Landscape Design Award. I haven’t really had a mentor, but I have had a couple of fantastic business coaches over the last 10 years. I wouldn’t be without one. I have a great team at Aralia, the strongest ever. I see 2016 as the year that all the hard work that has been put in over the last few years is going to reap massive rewards. Aralia has changed enormously over the three years since our show garden at RHS Chelsea, with a series of excellent appointments. I like to think I inspire my team, we don’t ever want to do mediocre work just to pay the bills. We strive for excellence, and innovation is what we love.


I love creating things. Designing something from scratch, seeing it develop and come to life and then the final result is what drives and inspires me more than anything else. I find inspiration one of the most natural things in the world, I’ve never really had that ‘blank sheet freeze’ moment. My biggest problem is having too many inspired ideas, so we simply don’t have the hours in the day! I am always wanting to move onto the next challenge. I absorb everything around me on a daily basis and it kind of filters through and bubbles out as an idea. I love visiting landscapes, art galleries and anything art related – I think I prefer to take inspiration from outside the industry rather than within. I want to create new innovative landscapes, I don’t want to emulate other designers or be affected by what other people are doing. If pushed I would say the designers I love most would be Versace, Martha Schwartz, Jimmy Choo and Steve Martino – I love designers who push the boundaries and make their own way. I find I am taking more inspiration from the wider landscape than gardens themselves. I was so enthused on our trip to South Africa, it’s given me a whole new idea about how we could approach planting design in the UK. 64

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From art gallery to open seas, Kerala to South African game reserve, Patricia Fox talks about her work, play and inspirations

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PERSONAL My favourite hobby is sailing. We are lucky enough to own a gorgeous sailing boat, which we originally kept in the Hamble on the south coast but moved to the Mediterranean a couple of years ago. For me it was a massive personal challenge since hubby was too busy at work so I sailed from the south coast of England to southern Spain as skipper, with the help of friends. There were a couple of very scary moments including a two and a half day offshore sail encountering 5m waves, at night in almost gale force winds! But overall it was an amazing experience and I would do it again. My most treasured possessions would have to be my two girls – they are now 21 and 23 and I can’t quite believe they are officially adults. To me they will always be my babies. I’m a hopeless cook but have the good fortune to be married to an amazing one who doesn’t allow me to make anything other than breakfast (I really am so, so lucky). My favourite drink is a massive gin and tonic, Spanish style. I just love how they don’t bother with measures, along comes the bottle and they just pour it until you tell them to stop. The Spanish also have amazing gin cocktails with so many little additions that you can literally have a different one each time.


I missed the gap year thing, so belatedly got the bug for real travel just a few years back. I treated Anouska, my eldest daughter to a trip to Kerala in India, just mum and daughter as a reward for her hard earned masters in physics. I absolutely loved India, the exotic nature of the landscape, people and culture. India touches you in every sense, it’s almost overwhelming. Last December Keith and I had an amazing trip to South Africa that took us from Cape Town to the winelands, along the Garden Route and then finally to Shamwari Game Reserve. That took my breath away – seeing the animals close up in the wild was so exciting. I’m not a morning person but had no problem being bright as a button at 5.30am to get up and out on a game drive. Our main family holidays until then had been skiing and sailing. I love skiing, who wouldn’t? You have the breathtaking scenery, the fun and sometimes danger. I’m definitely a bit of an adrenaline junky. I don’t do lying on a beach, I’ve either got to be doing something active on holiday or experiencing something new. I still haven’t been to South America and that’s next on my hit list – places like Patagonia and Columbia. Oh, and the northern lights still to do.

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TOM MASSEY Tom Massey, one of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30 finalists, achieved two huge accolades at the Society of Garden Designers Awards held earlier this year. The 30 year old, who runs his own practice, won both the Domestic and the Commercial Student Award at the event. We asked him to tell us a little more about the award-winning garden designs and how he reached this stage in his career

All about Tom I have always had a love of the great outdoors, with my childhood spent exploring Richmond Park, Kew Gardens and rural Cornwall. At 16, after six enjoyable months working with a landscaper, the seed of garden design as a future profession was sown in the back of my mind. My first degree was in animation and after leaving university I embarked upon various career paths: animation, event production and the renovation, design and subsequent management of a creative co-working space and café. In 2014 I decided to retrain as a garden designer and enrolled on the diploma course at the London College of Garden Design, graduating with distinction in the summer of 2015. The course was challenging and inspiring – I learned a huge amount in a short space of time. Andrew Wilson, the college director, was a particularly inspirational teacher. I have continued to learn from Andrew and his design partner Gavin McWilliam as they offered me a part time role at their practice, Wilson McWilliam Studio. Jo Thompson also offered me a part time job, helping out on various projects including her upcoming RHS Chelsea show garden. Alongside these part time roles I am building my own practice, Tom Massey – Landscape & Garden Design, which I founded in July 2015.

Domestic award-winning design: France Farm


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INSPIRE Commercial award-winning design: The Cassel Hospital Ecotherapy Garden This scheme was my final project at the London College of Garden Design. Finding a suitable site local to Richmond was a challenge, but I came across the Cassel Hospital and its grounds. From my first visit I knew the site was special. Set behind an imposing Georgian building on Ham Common was a sprawling, unmaintained 10 acre garden, hidden from view. It was like walking into a secret part of Richmond Park, with expansive areas of open grassland and huge mature trees.

At the time of my visit, the majority of funding for the NHS psychiatric hospital had been cut and the Georgian part of the hospital building was no longer in use. The hospital currently houses only 16 residential patients, whereas before it was able to provide 60 beds. The project called for us to write our own client brief, so I imagined that the hospital had been given a new lease of life with renewed funding, allowing it to return to full capacity. My scheme was designed to provide additional aid to the hospital’s patients on their THE DESIGN PROVIDES AREAS FOR journey towards recovery, leading to improved physical and mental health as QUIET CONTEMPLATION AND CALM well as increased wellbeing. The design ALONGSIDE ACCESS TO STIMULATING, provides areas for quiet contemplation UPLIFTING AND ENJOYABLE OUTDOOR and calm alongside access to ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SWIMMING stimulating, uplifting and enjoyable

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greater sense of place for the ‘alien’ German Huf Haus, softening it into the wider landscape, and using a planting palate inspired by the wild beauty of the surrounding Surrey Heathland. Heathland mixes, such as gorse and heather, are particularly beautiful when planted together and reside alongside blocks of native Molinia and Deschampsia, creating a designed order and a striking repackaging of the surrounding landscape.

2016 is an exciting year for me as I am doing my first show garden at RHS Hampton Court. I’m designing the garden in collaboration with John Ward, a colleague from the London College of Garden Design. Sponsored by the United Nations Refugee Agency, the garden is a conceptual show garden, highlighting the plight of refugees and the risks they take to find shelter. Titled ‘Border Control’, it draws horticultural comparisons to the crisis with the symbolic use of British native and non-native plants. I am hoping that the garden (and hopefully an RHS gold medal) will raise my profile and boost my own practice. I plan to continue to supplement my own work by freelancing with established designers. The experience is invaluable, allowing me to continue my professional development working on exciting and challenging high-end schemes. Longer term, my aim is to establish my own practice and eventually run a larger studio with a team of likeminded creatives. In an increasingly hectic world, I am particularly interested in how green space can help people feel better, both mentally and physically. It is a subject I delved into for my final college project and something I would like to explore further through my work. @tommasseyuk Pro Landscaper / April 2016 65

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in business in the nursery game and it offers encouragement and hope for us all.” The open days were dedicated to owner Renato Canale’s wife,

Brigitte who passed away in January 2016. He said: “A lot of people have said they are missing the smile of Brigitte and a lot of people are really complementing the nursery, which is a credit to the people who are working here.” The open days raised £2,600, which was donated to Thrive, a charity that uses gardening to bring about positive change in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, and those who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

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Mike Glover, the managing director of Barcham Trees, has warned that a strict quarantine system is the only answer to combat the serious peril of Xylella fastidiosa. He said: “Anyone buying trees should ask where they have come from and if they have an audit trail. If they are not satisfied with the answers, they should simply walk away and not buy from that supplier. Xylella is not in the UK yet but if plant material keeps coming across from the continent without any thought to biosecurity, it is only a matter of time before this menace becomes a reality.”


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The Mayor of Worcester, councillor Roger Knight, visited Wyevale Nurseries to purchase a replacement tree after the death of a much loved 300-year-old oak on Torridon Walk village green in St Peters, Worcester. Adam Dunnett, sales and marketing director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “It was decided that a semimature English Oak, Quercus robur, would be perfect and it was planted by the Mayor of Worcester on Thursday, 17 March.” Councillor Knight explained: “It was a delight to select a replacement tree following the devastating loss of a much loved oak, which was one of the best trees in Worcester. The new specimen is an excellent choice, which I’m sure will be enjoyed by many generations to come.” Pro Landscaper / April 2016 73

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PLANTSMAN’S PLOT A roundup of trees and plants available at some of the country’s best nurseries

To appear in Plantsman’s Plot, please send your plant of the month, details and image to Best for: small gardens It is almost impossible to select just one rhododendron that performs well in April but the Rhododendron ‘Cunningham’s White’ is one of the most popular varieties. Reaching a total height of 2m it is more suited to smaller gardens and is also tolerant of poorer soils. Pure white flowers with pale yellow speckled throats are freely produced in April and May.

Best for: street planting The Prunus ‘Sunset Boulevard’ is a fairly new tree with a strong formal shape, fantastic red autumn foliage and an attractive delicate pink flower in spring. It is very long-lived for a Prunus species and is one of the finest cherries ever introduced for street planting. One hundred trees have recently been planted in Regent’s Park in time to blossom for spring as part of the restoration of Cherry Tree Avenue, one of the main gateways to the park on Chester Road.

Best for: formal designs The Magnolia grandiflora ‘Gallisoniensis’ is a large evergreen that has glossy leaves, often with a rusty brown underside. The strongly scented flowers are creamy white and held over a long period during the summer months. These magnificent plants are grown as large bushes, standards, semi-mature specimens and clipped into large cones. They tolerate dry alkaline soils and make wonderful specimen plants for a formal design.

Best for: shady areas Epimedium x versicolor ‘Sulphureum’ is a low maintenance, semi-evergreen ground cover plant, ideal for moist to dry shady places. New pale green heart shaped leaves have a touch of red, intensifying through autumn and winter. The mottled foliage is joined by sprays of small yellow flowers in around April.


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Best for: formal hedging Osmanthus burkwoodii, a dark leaved evergreen shrub, is just starting to bloom. With masses of highly fragrant white flowers, this makes an amazing looking hedge in the early spring. With its small leaves, it can be trimmed up to a smart formal hedge that will make a good divide for any garden or an excellent backdrop to floral displays. Suitable for full sun or partial shade.

Best for: spring colour The Spiraeas are a very useful group of shrubs, mostly small and under a metre in height but perhaps sadly overlooked. Spiraea Arguta is slightly taller and giving its glorious “Bridal Wreath” display in the next few weeks, a real celebration of spring and it’s white too, the designer’s favourite colour. The lower ones such as Goldflame, Little Princess and

Snowmound (pictured) are also worth a look and are giving foliage colour now as their new leaves emerge.

Best for: coastal areas Pinus nigra Austriaca, Austrian Pine, was introduced in the mid 1830s. Its needles are greener and longer than Scots Pine and its growth more solid. Stand behind an Austrian Pine on a windy day and be amazed by how the wind is diffused by the needles. A first rate choice for exposed, windswept coastal areas, it thrives even in very chalky soils. It has a pyramidal form, but retains its bushy, juvenile appearance much longer than Scots Pine. It reaches a mature height of 17-22m.

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Jamie Butterworth takes us through some of the grandest trees he has encountered while tree tagging across Europe


’ve spent most of the last month tagging trees across Europe in places such as Hanover, Barcelona and Valencia. As joint show plant manager with Hortus Loci, a big part of my job is to help source the trees and shrubs for Chelsea Flower Show gardens. With it comes the opportunity to see new places, meet new people, sample local foods and discover plants that I never knew existed. An integral part of any Chelsea garden has to be the trees. There is nothing better than looking down Main Avenue at Chelsea and seeing the crème de la crème of trees from the best nurseries across Europe. These are positioned with such precision and delicacy – you wouldn’t think they had been moved at all, never mind lifted, hauled onto a lorry and driven up to 2,000 miles just to get to the show ground. A beautiful tree really can make a garden at Chelsea. In fact, in some cases, it is even best to design a garden around one beautiful tree, rather than trying to find a tree to fill a gap. We can spend days on end searching through muddy fields trying to find that one

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perfect specimen that has the real ‘wow’ factor, and it’s always worth it. During these trips we also have the opportunity to find and source trees for our nursery. Many of our clients are looking for a special specimen and sometimes we can come across these trees by complete accident. Each trip is documented and we take many photos of the trees we have tagged. Here are some really special specimens that I’ve encountered on my recent trips...

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A one-off whopper, 6m x 6m, with stunning shape and incredible foliage. This specimen is at least 50 years old. The stems have been lifted over the years to accentuate the individual branches. Tagging trees abroad comes with many associated questions and complaints, mainly from people who do not understand that it is impossible to source a complete range of large specimens within the UK anymore. As a nursery 95% of our stock is own-grown, but where we require something specific, such as for our Chelsea designers, these tagging trips will continue and I am delighted to be part of them. Horticulture really is far more than just weeding. ABOUT JAMIE BUTTERWORTH

One of my favourite Magnolias, and as such, it is very impressive to see such a large avenue of these in full flower. Mature specimens, at 3.5m x 4.5m, would make a great addition to any garden.

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An 11m multi-stem avenue of Quercus suber. These would grow comfortably in the south of England – and who can resist that incredible bark?

Graduating from RHS Garden Wisley with a distinction in summer 2015, avid plantsman Jamie now works as joint show plant manager at Hortus Loci, growing the plants for major flower shows such as RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton. Jamie is a YoungHort associate director and RHS Young Ambassador, promoting horticulture to young people across the UK. In addition to this, Jamie is also a gardening broadcaster for BBC Radio London.


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Choosing the right plants for planting in parks is no different to interpreting any other brief, says Lee Heykoop. Start with what you don’t want and know your subject...


hen it comes to planting in parks, how do you go about selecting the right plants? First, for the purposes of this article, I need you to assume that you’ve fully understood the brief, whatever that is. As a designer, this now becomes a ‘back of head consideration’. It doesn’t lead the design, but if you fail to fulfil any of it, the design will fail. After this, your design should be guided by three things: The negative – your principled ‘no-nos’, the points you simply won’t compromise on. Aspirations – the level of quality you would like to achieve. The reality – the bare minimum you will always make sure to do; and yes, you may achieve some aspirations, but accept limitations too. The negative is a good place to start. For me, this includes planting in ‘bits and pieces’, rather

KNOW HOW EACH PLANT’S PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT IS AFFECTED BY THE CONDITIONS OF THE SITE, BY ITS NEIGHBOURING PLANTS, AND BY THE EXPECTED MAINTENANCE than as a whole. Stagy parts for no reason; trendy plants dropped in; and clichés, like plants selected for their contrasting forms or foliage colour. I’m yawning already. What else goes into choosing plants? As a designer’s living material, it is essential that you know it thoroughly. Know how each plant’s process of development is affected by the conditions of the site, by its neighbouring plants, and by the expected maintenance, and to keep

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on learning. Knowledge of plants and planting continues to develop all the time. I was new in post when I was asked to look at a landscape consultant’s proposals for planting a cascade in a prominent park garden. Their planting plans were terrible, as if they were making use of plants off a garden centre trolley. There were stolid groups of hosta, sarcococca, physocarpus, ribes. Persicaria lacked herbaceous companions being, presumably, dropped in for its points of colour. And there were colour contrasts aplenty. There was no grace, no drama, no sympathy with the rushing torrent. No coherent waterside narrative. While the site offered challenges – not least, how to have evocative waterside planting on a south-facing steep and dry bank – my cue came in from the sides. A couple of Acer japonicas suggested the drama that could be had from adding more elegant acers reaching to each other from opposite sides of the cascade. For a tumbling waterfall effect a different climber,

Clematis rehderiana and Campsis radicans ‘Flamenco’, were included either side – each giving a mass of flowering abundance over the 15m distance. Clumps of dieramas were planted close by to dangle towards the cascade; but otherwise the heights, colours and foliage were all there to support the star characters, Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’ (fig 1), Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’, and Acer palmatum ‘Shindeshojo’ (fig.2). To the base of the falls and beside the walkway you get the feel of lush hugeness, and the leaves delay you in seeing the water, so the full sight of the cascade is a surprise. The adjacent bed, meanwhile, needed to mediate scale. I put bulky Rodgersia ‘Chocolate Wings’ (fig.3) in a weaving group with three large intervening groups of Molinia caerulea arundinacea ‘Windspiel’. Its stunning 3m-high flowering culms will catch the light like dew late in the year. Its season is autumn. It probably won’t hold through the winter frosts and winds. But what’s so bad about seasons? ABOUT LEE HEYKOOP Lee Heykoop has a PhD in Landscape Architecture and has worked with Groundwork Trust, a national multi-disciplinary design company; spent time tutorin at heffield niversity and is currently horticulture officer at he oyal ar s. er particular focus on how people interact with their landscape has moved her ocus bac to plantin .

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With a wet winter behind us but the promise of unpredictable weather patterns to come, Andy McIndoe advises on plants that tolerate or thrive on wet soil


he prolonged wet weather might be behind us, but saturated soil conditions are something we will continue to have to cope with. Sadly, the moist, well-drained soil recommended for so many plants is rare – landscapers more often have to cope with compacted subsoil and heavy clay. Soils with poor drainage have less air space so they need plants that can cope with less oxygen around the roots. Most willows thrive on damp sites but are not just for waterside settings. Several varieties have attractively coloured stems in winter. Salix alba ‘Britzensis’ is one of the best, with brilliant orange-scarlet winter stems. The wands grow quickly after pruning, developing into waving stems with narrow, silvery backed leaves. Cornus alba and Cornus sericea prove their worth on wet sites. These versatile plants are excellent for their foliage, autumn colour and

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winter stems. Maintenance is key to success. The effect is often ruined by pruning to half height with a hedge trimmer, rather than taking them right down to just above ground level. If underplanted with a moisture lover such as Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’, the winter stems are shown off to perfection. Amelanchier canadensis, the snowy mespilus, needs no introduction. A native of North America it is a hardy suckering shrub, upright in habit with coppery new growth and sprays of white flowers in early spring. It colours well in autumn in an open position.

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Physocarpus opulifolius varieties are also good. ‘Dart’s Gold’ is bright yellow and effective when planted with the yellow variegated Cornus alba ‘Spaethii’. The purple-black-leaved ‘Diablo’ is

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SOILS WITH POOR DRAINAGE HAVE LESS AIR SPACE SO THEY NEED PLANTS THAT CAN COPE WITH LESS OXYGEN AROUND THE ROOTS Amelanchier lamarckii is more spectacular with larger, more lax sprays of flowers, brighter new growth and better autumn colour. The two species are often confused but either works well planted in groups in large schemes, or in small gardens as individual multi-stemmed trees.

upright in habit and great for creating dramatic contrasts. It is very effective with the fern-like lime and copper leaves of Sorbaria ‘Sem’. Most sorbarias are large shrubs with flowers like giant astilbes. ‘Sem’ is grown for its leaves, compact habit and upright stems. Usually promoted as a garden plant, it has great possibilities in larger landscape schemes. Most spiraeas will happily tolerate damp conditions, but on very damp soil Spiraea x vanhouteii excels. A vigorous, semi-evergreen shrub with arching branches, it is smothered in white hawthorn-like flowers in late spring. Viburnum opulus and its cultivars are other plants that grow in any conditions. This native species has lovely flowers and autumn colour with

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the bonus of its red fruits. Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’, the snowball, is more flamboyant in flower, but less spectacular in autumn. Compacted wet soils can often be improved by the addition of grit, organic matter and cultivation. However choosing plants that thrive with wet feet is always the ideal solution.

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Sambucus, the elders, are such accommodating plants they will grow on dry and wet soils. Choose the gold-leaved Sambucus racemosa ‘Sutherland Gold’ for semi-shade and a purple-leaved variety for sun. I am always amazed that the cut leaved Sambucus nigra f. laciniata – fern-leaved elder, is not more popular. Its wonderful foliage and cow parsley like flowers are perfect surrounded by meadow flowers or moisture loving perennials in a boggy spot.

ABOUT ANDY MCINDOE Andy McIndoe is a practical horticulturist with more than 30 years’ experience in ornamental horticulture. He has designed and advised on gardens of all sizes and has been responsible for 25 Gold Medal winning exhibits at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Andy is a regular contributor to blogs, magazines and BBC radio and he lectures at home and abroad. Follow @AndyMcIndoe on twitter

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Once seen as elitist, orchids are now accessible to all and even sold at the local supermarket. Ian Drummond shares some of his favourites


he elegant orchid is an exquisite study in intricate perfection and arguably attracts more attention and scrutiny than any other flower, with entire shows, societies and clubs devoted to them. Once regarded as exotic explorer bounty and the preserve of the glasshouse enthusiast, to be studied and cultivated with great precision and care, the orchid is now the ‘go to’ plant, available even in supermarkets, ready to grace the home and office. As the interior landscaper’s colourful friend, they are second to none and with some thirty thousand species growing in the wild and hundreds of thousands of hybrids they offer a colourful kaleidoscope of aesthetic possibility. Their beauty lies in their striking and unusual blooms, each one a natural masterpiece of breathtaking form, colour and design emerging implausibly from nothing more than a ragged twig. Here are some of my personal favourites:


The moth orchid has a fantastic range of colours with shades of white, red, pink, green, purple, orange and yellow. One bloom spike can look spectacular for four months or more. Low, medium or bright light are all just fine. Water weekly or every other week. Encourage larger blooms by feeding monthly with a specialist orchid fertiliser.

Cymbidium orchid

Dendrobium orchid A lovely selection of colours including white, purple, pink and green – they will flower for at least a month. When not in flower, the foliage remains and blooms appear on new stems. Give them medium to bright light, water weekly or fortnightly and add some orchid fertiliser each month.

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Oncidium orchid These small blooms grow in clusters of 50 or more, with flamboyant and contrasting markings offering spectacular visual interest, so try to plant where they can be seen close up – some varieties even have a wonderful scent just to add to their allure. They come in shades of yellow, purple, red, pink and white, favour medium to bright light, a weekly or fortnightly water plus a good feed with an orchid fertiliser in spring and summer.

With a fantastic range of colours in shades of white, red, pink, green, purple, orange and yellow, one bloom spike can look spectacular for four months or more. They are unfussy when it comes to light – low, medium or bright light is just fine. Water weekly or every other week. Encourage larger blooms by feeding monthly with a specialist orchid fertiliser.

Nuns orchid If you’re looking for big and bold, with stems up to 90cm tall, magnificent corrugated green foliage and clusters of white, brown or purple flowers, the Nuns Orchid ticks all the boxes. It loves medium to bright light, weekly or two-weekly watering and weekly feeding in spring and summer.

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ABOUT IAN DRUMMOND Ian Drummond is the creative director of Indoor Garden Design, Europe’s leading interior landscape design company. Based in Highgate, north London, IGD has been bringing nature into offices for over 40 years.

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SOIL STANDARDS Tim O’Hare looks at the main considerations for selecting and sourcing imported soils for ‘new build’ landscape projects

Excessive soil handling The main distinction between soils for new build garden projects and soils in an existing garden is the disturbance the soil receives during importation and placement. Essentially, new build projects require the construction of a brand new, instantaneous soil profile. Many soil types, especially silt or clay-based ones, cannot withstand this degree of disruption and simply collapse and self-compact when placed. This often leads to problems with poor drainage and aeration, and restricted root growth. Sand-dominant soils are best Experience has shown that sand-dominant soils are the most appropriate for such projects. They are more resilient to excessive handling, easier to spread and work, and more forgiving in wet weather. Sandy loam topsoils usually provide the right balance between drainage, aeration, water retention and nutrient supply, particularly when ameliorated with a suitable compost. Even sandier subsoils are preferable as they retain their porosity and permeability when placed to a greater depth below the topsoil.

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Sourcing topsoil and subsoil Sourcing good quality topsoil and subsoil still seems to be a major concern. We still hear horror stories of ‘screened muckaway’ being used as topsoil, and ‘concrete crusher fines’ or ‘recycled sand’ being offered as subsoil. Even when screened or washed, such materials will still contain chemical and physical contaminants, such as heavy metals, hydrocarbons, excess alkalinity, asbestos or glass shards, which render the soils unsuitable for garden projects.

THE TOPSOIL MANUFACTURE INDUSTRY HAS GROWN TREMENDOUSLY OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS AND GOOD QUALITY, SANDY SOILS CAN NOW BE FOUND THROUGHOUT THE UK Soil suppliers Always buy soils from a reputable and dedicated ‘soil supply company’ rather than a company involved with ‘waste management and recycling’. The topsoil manufacture industry has grown tremendously over the last 10 years and good quality, sandy soils can now be found throughout the UK. Many suppliers now offer their soils in dumpy bags, which often makes delivery and storage on small sites much easier. As a bare minimum, any reputable supplier should be able to answer the following important questions about their soil products: ● Where does your topsoil or subsoil come from?

Natural or manufactured? Agricultural land? Forestry? Playing fields? ● If manufactured, what components are used to make it? Does it contain any waste soils or demolition materials? ● Is the soil protected from the weather? Is the soil available all year and will it be workable

when delivered? Is the soil available in bags as well as loose? ● Is the soil free of Japanese Knotweed and other

noxious weeds? ● Has the soil been independently sampled and

tested in accordance with the British Standard, including potential contaminants? ● How often is the soil tested? (No test should be more than 3 months old). ● Who conducts your analysis? (Make sure they are independent rather than affiliated with the supply company). ● Is an interpretive report provided with the results? British Standards The British Standards for topsoil (BS3882:2015) and subsoil (BS8601:2013) are specifically intended to assess the quality of soils that are moved and traded. Compliance with the relevant standard should therefore be prerequisite for selecting a soil. However, just because a soil meets the standard doesn’t mean it is suitable for every project or occasion. For example, the standard accepts soils with relatively high silt and clay contents which aren’t always appropriate for new build schemes, especially if the work is planned for the wetter winter months. The interpretive report should point out any restrictions or limitations that a soil may hold. ABOUT TIM O’HARE Tim is a soil scientist and principal consultant at Tim O’Hare Associates. He has over 23 years’ experience and sits on the British Standards Institute working group Topsoil and other Growing Media. His areas of expertise include topsoil quality testing and manufacture, soil investigation and management and tree pit design.

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They sooth, relax, de-stress, clean the air and provide a quiet place to chill and reflect on the day while drowning out any unwanted noise. They come in a multitude of designs from the simple birdbath to complex technological all singing all dancing models. “A garden designer may want a simple water bowl as a finishing touch, while landscapers regularly approach us with drawings for bespoke water features, sometimes featuring multiple ponds connecting to each other,” says Natalie Sharp, manager at the Pot Company. According to Mike Tillet, sales director at Tills Innovations Ltd: “Today’s water sculptures have more diversity in their design, in where they are used and positioned within the design; we’re using them inside as much as outside and in residential houses they are traveling through floors to bathrooms.” Water is one of our most important resources. As contrary as it might seem, however, water features can be eco-friendly. Lawns and general dirt landscaping require large amounts of water whereas an ecosystem pond is self sustaining and needs little maintenance. It might take a lot of water to fill initially but in the longer term it will use less water than it takes to look after the same amount of lawn. Stormwater rain gardens not only look beautiful they also provide a habitat for wildlife

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WATERWORKS and plants, while reducing flood water damage, as they recharge the ground and remove pollutants from the stormwater. Fun and quirky public water features include the optical illusion tap fountain at Aqualand in Cadiz, Spain, London-based conceptual artist Ryan Gander’s water fountain on New York’s

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tremendous success. A black granite reflecting pool sits between two glass towers that use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos. Some of the displays are of scenery but the most popular are of visitors’ faces as they frolick in the pool. It’s an unusual take on formal fountains where a spout of water comes out of a statutory head such as a lion. What should we expect to see in the future? “Water being displayed in more unique ways, such as in a vortex, as used in our Volute Water Feature; more programmable displays for commercial designs; low power pumps with minimal draining requirements and high quality materials providing longevity of the features,” says Tillet.

PUBLIC WATER FEATURES ARE BECOMING MORE PREVALENT, BRINGING THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR TO OUR CITIES High Line and the Serpentine Fountain by Bertrand Lavier, where lengths of brightly coloured garden hoses are arranged to resemble a classical fountain. Public water features are becoming more prevalent, bringing the feel good factor to our cities. One such example is the UK’s new natural swimming pool, the King’s Cross Pool – part installation, part garden, part swimming pool. In 2012, LIKEarchitects and fashion designer Ricardo Dourado encouraged the locals of Guimarães in Portugal to use the public fountains filling them with beach loungers, toys and garden furniture in an installation called Fountain Hacks. The Crown Fountain in Chicago designed by Jaume Plesna [2004] is an interactive art installation and video sculpture and has been a

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ABOUT ANJI CONNELL Internationally recognised interior architect and landscape designer Anji Connell is a detail-obsessed Inchbald Graduate, and has been collaborating with artisans and craftsmen to create bespoke and unique interiors for a discerning clientele since 1986. Anji is a stylist, feature writer and lover of all things art and design.

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A new garden design can block established lines of sight or establish new ones. Janine Pattison looks at what you need to consider As the density of new housing increases and more and more plots are subdivided, the issue of privacy and screening becomes ever more important to our clients. From the garden designer’s point of view, this is a challenge and an opportunity. In my experience, most clients will have low maintenance and increased privacy very high on their wish lists for their new garden. Being overlooked by the neighbour or passersby is a frequent problem that needs to be tackled by the designer and we have a number of strategies we can employ. The new garden design will probably include elements like patios, seating areas, hot tubs and play areas, which will encourage your client and their family to use the garden more. Things that didn’t use to be a problem suddenly become serious issues. You must ensure that when you carry out the site analysis you consider and record any overlooking sight lines. These could be from a neighbour into your client’s garden or could be your client suddenly gaining views into a neighbouring garden or bedroom. Deciding to remove a tree or large shrub needs to be done carefully to avoid the law of unintended consequences. Remember that if your new design proposes changing the levels within the garden then the overlooking viewpoints will change too. This was the major driver for the change in planning law regarding the installation of raised decking as there was a storm of 92

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complaints after previously private gardens became overlooked. Now, any proposed decking 300mm or higher above the existing ground level requires planning permission. If the garden you are designing benefits from beautiful views out of the garden (borrowed landscape) then you are fortunate. Many

IN MY EXPERIENCE, MOST CLIENTS WILL HAVE LOW MAINTENANCE AND INCREASED PRIVACY VERY HIGH ON THEIR WISH LISTS FOR THEIR NEW GARDEN gardens do not have views or have something unattractive that requires screening. A strategically positioned tree or large shrub can achieve a great deal but be aware of how large it might grow and how much shade it is likely to cast on the garden. Top-worked trees like pleached hornbeams can be very valuable when you need to create screening within confined spaces. New fencing is normally constrained to a height of 2m in a rear garden but with the agreement of the neighbour you may be able to increase that. Trellis or timber slats can be

added to the top of a fence to create some softer screening. Hedges are also constrained to 2m except with agreement from the neighbour – usually both parties benefit so it is not a problem. However, be careful before specifying that the new evergreen hedge is to be 3m high at the time of planting. Check Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 for more details. If it is not possible to screen a poor view completely then consider whether the design could distract from the problem area and lead the eye to an attractive element within the garden. Taking time to draw sections through the garden and sketching elevations of your proposals will be time well spent and much appreciated by your client (even if they don’t realise it at the time). ABOUT JANINE PATTISON Janine Pattison MSGD is a multi award-winning

garden designer and horticulturalist who trained with English Heritage at Eltham Palace in London and at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester. A registered member of the Society of Garden Designers, the

British Association of Landscape Industries and the Garden Media Guild, Janine is also a highly uali ed horticulturalist.

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As a lighting specialist, I’m fascinated by the use of reclaimed feature lighting. It’s where the light source itself becomes an architectural focus, as well as a practical object. This love affair started back in 1992 when I had the privilege of visiting Moscow. I was drawn to the use of hard steely materials to produce beautiful architectural solutions. The combination of glass and various metals creates a bold feature. I’m always on the look out for the right projects to explore this lighting further, and since then we have used various suppliers of reclaimed products from Eastern Europe. Reclaimed lighting can become the feature itself. There are four key areas where we use reclaimed lighting if the design would benefit: Pendant lighting, within a pergola or breeze house. Often these lights are hung quite low so it’s an idea to know the height of any table or seating. Then you can get the light source right where you need it. We fit squirrel cage lamps to soften the light and provide a warm glow. Normally no more than 40 watts tungsten is needed for soft lighting.

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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Near water. One great place to consider such architectural fittings is at a property near water. Eastern Bloc reclaimed lighting has a distinct nautical feel to it. It was made to last and as such has bold fitments and globes. One of my suppliers even specialises in salvaged lighting extracted from submarines. You can position the lighting within planting or on feature trees shining down over the water, causing brilliant reflections and shadows. Small rooftop or courtyard gardens. Often these gardens have tight budgets and small spaces. In the past we have added a ship’s searchlight into a corner. It is a great way to flood light across the area and can be a standout talking point over dinner. Gardens where natural features are few. To introduce a lighting feature can help tick all the boxes. It gives a functional focus for the garden as well as a globe for aesthetic lighting. There are two suppliers we recommend: Skinflint Design Sroka Always consider if it’s suitable for UK use. It must carry British standard marks, which are many for UK lighting, but the main one is BS EN 60598, which addresses design, manufacture and suitability. Also think about the Ingress Protection (IP) rating. I’ll cover this in greater depth in my next article.

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INSTALLING LIGHTING Garden lighting has three main functions: functional, aesthetic and feature. These often overlap and one light can perfom all three. In a previous article we examined the three basic principles of addressing an exterior lighting project: functional, aesthetic and feature. We call it the FAF principle. Apply this to any lighting challenge and it can help find a clearer solution. ● Functional lighting helps you carry out basic

functions in the garden. As simple as finding the keyhole at the door or putting the bins out. ● Aesthetic lighting creates mood and ambiance; bringing ‘emotion’ to an area. ● Feature lighting highlights key features in the garden. Leading your vision towards an area whether you’re in the garden or viewing from inside, like a picture within a frame.

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A strong team united by mutual respect and common purpose leads to quality workmanship and high productivity. Mike Long explains how he puts this into practice A good team is essential to success. Without a team to support the vision of your company, the businesses and projects you lead will ultimately bow and possibly crumble. A good team is something I try to surround myself with in all areas. Sometimes it has felt a real uphill struggle, with disappointments and unmet expectations along the way, but I believe that consistently investing in the team will ultimately enable me to fulfil my landscaping potential. The same goes for you. They say ‘there is no I in team’. This is true. Teambuilding requires every member to pull together around a common goal, this is especially true for those of us in the landscaping industry. When working on large scale garden builds, teams needs to work together to accomplish beautifully designed outdoor spaces. Good teams require leadership, however. Without a leader a team has no direction and productivity will inevitably decrease. In business, time often equates to money and our businesses cannot afford to lose time through lack of leadership. Who makes decisions? What do we do next? The first step in teambuilding is ‘be the leader’. Don’t shirk responsibility; make decisions, lead well and be someone your team can respect and follow. Good teams require diversity. As the director of Genesis Landscapes I cannot assume that I have all the skills to


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TEAM BUILDING make the business a success. The same goes for all company directors. No one person can do everything. The full time Genesis team is small so we tend to use a number of specialist subcontractors. I have found that ‘subbies’ can benefit my business in a number of ways; both as valued extra muscle on larger scale projects and

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO TREAT YOUR TEAM WELL AND THEY WILL RESPOND ACCORDINGLY. MORALE WILL BE HIGH AND RESEARCH SHOWS THIS LEADS TO GREATER PRODUCTIVITY to fill the gaps in my own expertise. I have an engineer and a specialist joiner who I often call upon and without their assistance I could not have built some of my larger landscapes. Building a strong team requires recognising your own skills and staffing your areas of weakness. Everyone loves to be respected for who they are and what they bring to the team. In my experience an essential part of building a good team is rooted in the notion ‘treat others as you would want to be treated yourself’. I once worked for a guy who was up and down like a yoyo. I never knew what mood he would be in. He also had the habit of calling me ‘squire’ – something I really didn’t like. His manner set the culture within the company and the team. I didn’t feel respected or valued and this likely affected my workmanship.

Contrary to this, I have made it a rule in my business not to ask anyone to do something that I wouldn’t be prepared to do myself. This has bred a culture of respect within Genesis Landscapes. I encourage you to treat your team well and they will respond accordingly. Morale will be high and research shows this leads to greater productivity. Lastly, invest. Building a good team requires investment through mentoring and training, formal and informal. I have found that apprenticeships are a great way to build a team. I ‘do the journey’ with my apprentices, sharing my skills and vision for Genesis with them day to day. The investment of my time cements the values of Genesis Landscapes in them and this is evident in their work and how they function as part of the team. I also strive to encourage and model continuous professional development because this gives an opportunity for our staff to develop their skills, ensuring we have a cutting edge team. Invest in your staff and the result will be a great team. Search “Genesis Construction and Landscapes” and watch “Time lapse of a modern garden design and build in Cambridge” or use this link: ABOUT MIKE LONG Mike has worked in the landscape industry for ten years, running his own company, Genesis Construction and Landscapes, for six of them. He won Contractor of the Year with Marshalls in 2015 and Genesis recently won a ‘Commended’ award in the £60-£100k category at the APL Awards 2016. Mike lives in Bury St Edmunds with his wife and two young boys.

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Title The Well-Tempered Garden Author Christopher Lloyd Publisher The Orion Publishing Group RRP £16.99 My first encounter with this book was relatively recently, in 2004. It was a birthday gift from my mum who obviously recognised a similarity of souls. The more I read, not only of the book, but also the life of Christopher Lloyd, the more I was amused, amazed and inspired. The Well-Tempered Garden becomes almost like a friend – the writing stays with you when you’re out in the garden. A paragraph, like a conversation, is suddenly apparent or gains a certain relevance. FAVOURITE PART On the subject of pruning, paragraphs such as: “One can feel surprisingly embittered at an act of vandalism on a cherished plant by another member of the family. If the deed was a hired assassin, then it’s not so bad, but one cannot easily give the sack to one’s own parent, child, husband or wife.” Christopher Lloyd was a master plantsman who thought: “Labour saving gardens are the most boring gardens.” He chose to experiment without strict laws or parameters, instead basing his design on his own knowledge and gift of visualising plants within beds prior to planting. His planting was mixed and unhindered by previous garden fashions. It extended the seasons, being one of the first to have colourful planting late into the autumnal months. He had a certain freedom and exuberance. After all, he spent the majority of his life developing and writing about the garden he loved so much – Great Dixter, one of England’s most famous gardens.

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When asked if he thought Great Dixter was part of the tradition of the English country garden, he answered: “What do we mean by an English country garden anyway? It sounds like a self-satisfied conception that the English are only too pleased to own. A garden is a garden; it’s stuffed full with excitements and good plants, and arrangements of good plants, and whether or not it looks English, I wouldn’t care.” BUSINESS INFLUENCE Christopher Lloyd knew that every project was an opportunity to experiment. This has contributed to the way we approach our work, encouraging not only

NOT EVERY PLANTING OR DESIGN WILL WORK EXACTLY AS INTENDED, BUT WE CAN LEARN SOMETHING USEFUL FROM EVERY EXPERIENCE WHETHER SUCCESSFUL OR NOT creative design, but a feeling that we are continuously learning and moving forward. My copy of the book has had to be replaced, due to a thousand grubby fingerprints adorning the original – a testament to its repeated use. The Well-Tempered Garden is summed up for me in the very last sentence: “Situations are seldom entirely hopeless,” reflecting that not every planting or design will work exactly as intended, but we can learn something useful from every experience whether successful or not.

ABOUT THE BOOK This is a classic work by a gardener who combines a passion for his subject with a critical intelligence and a helping of wit. The Well-Tempered Garden is packed with the sort of diverse information keen gardeners crave. Hailed as a masterpiece when it was first published, The WellTempered Garden is as fresh now as it was when it first appeared more than 40 years ago. About the author Christopher Lloyd spent years developing and refining his celebrated gardens at Great Dixter. He was unparalleled in gardening journalism, writing for many publications from Country Life to the Guardian. In 1979, the RHS conferred its highest honour on him, the Victoria Medal of Honour. He received an OBE for services to horticulture in 2000.

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What first motivated you to pursue a career in landscape architecture? I was quite late starting to get into landscape architecture. I think it was something that I had always been interested in but I wasn’t really aware that landscape architecture could be a career. I grew up in a rural environment and landscape was very much part of my childhood. I thought it was a profession where I could mix my interests and my background so once I got started I realised that it was something I had wanted to do for a long time. What route did you take to get into the industry? I have a postgraduate diploma in landscape architecture. I did a conversion course at the University of Gloucestershire after doing my first degree in fine art and international relations at London Metropolitan University and that was quite intense. Straight after university, I worked for a company called Dowdeswell Forestry, gardening in the summer and forestry in the winter. That gave me a really good foundation to go into the job that I have now and I’ve been there for nearly three years. What do you enjoy most about your current position and what does your job entail? I really enjoy the diversity of the work we do. We work on everything from landscape planning to contract administration, detailed design and landscape maintenance plans. One day I might

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be doing masterplanning exercises and another I might be on site talking to contractors. Is your work very local or international? Work with MHP Design is international. The majority of our work is local, because being situated in Cheltenham, right next to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is a constant demand for landscape architects but we also have worked overseas in places such as Long Island in New York. You are now a chartered landscape architect, what did you have to do to get there? You take the Pathway to Chartership where you follow a syllabus while you’re working. You are asked to be reflective about the practice and the way that integrates with your studies but it was also an opportunity to work with a wide variety of people in the industry. Who in the industry do you look up to? Most people in landscape architecture are very passionate about what they do and when you hear them speak, that comes across. For example, at the graduation ceremony hearing Noel Farrer talk about his work and the power of landscape; how he tripled the value of a square of unoccupied apartments by designing a landscape scheme, was inspirational. Do you have any future projects? There’s one project that I’m quite excited about.

We’re working on Eagle Tower in Cheltenham, with the landscape, roof gardens and green roofs and I think that will be a really interesting regeneration project that is just down the road from our offices. What are your plans for the future? The project in New York has really inspired me to work abroad and I would like to do more of that. It’s exciting to see how other countries use public spaces in different ways. How would you encourage more people to take up landscape architecture? I think one of the best ways of encouraging people is for them to hear passionate landscape architects like Noel Farrer and Adam White talk about their work. There is a really diverse range of people working in landscape architecture and for me, once I could identify with someone who was working in it, I could see it as an industry that I would really enjoy. Pro Landscaper / April 2016 101

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EDUCATE In 2013, a group of landscapers, designers, plants people and horticultural suppliers raised more than £26,000 for Perennial by taking part in the gruelling Three Peaks Extreme challenge, including a six day climbing and cycle challenge. This year, the team, with some new additions, has reformed for the most ambitious challenge proposed for Perennial’s HortAid 2016 – ‘The Three Peakers Ride Again’ Two groups will set off from Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon on Monday 19 September for an ultimate six-day battle to Land’s End. One group will tackle the challenge on road bikes with the second group on mountain bikes. The team of horticulturists and suppliers has a fundraising target of £50,000. Brian Herbert, the managing director of Outdoor Options in Surrey, came up with the idea and said of the 2013 challenge: “The Three Peaks Extreme was the most fun I’ve ever had in lycra, despite having to ride 450 miles and climb the three highest peaks in the UK in just six days. I can’t wait for this year’s challenge and would encourage anyone with a love of cycling to get in touch with us and find out more. We’re supporting the only charity that looks after those working in or retired from horticulture and we’d love to have a few more riders or sponsors on board.” The event is fully supported, with top professional guides Passion In Events (PIE). The team will be looked after by support vehicles and tour leaders and each day the riders will have breakfast at the hotel before setting off, morning

THE THREE PEAKERS RIDE AGAIN and afternoon refreshment stops, a substantial lunch, plus dinner and accommodation. Riders confirmed for the event include Matt O’Conner of John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance, Richard Gardiner of NAG Solutions, Darren Skidmore of Skidmores of Hertfordshire and many more. Pro Landscaper’s Fay Tate will be following The Three Peakers Ride Again challenge as the riders train vigorously for the next five months. The challenge and riders have set up their own JustGiving pages to raise money for Perennial. To donate to The Three Peakers Ride Again challenge, visit teams/three-peakers-ride-again Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture and their families when times get tough. The charity provides free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in, or retired from horticulture. Perennial has been helping UK horticulturists in times of need for over 175 years. It relies on the support of the UK horticulture industry and voluntary donations from the garden-loving public, to continue its work.

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EDUCATE Amongst the group of riders are Dan Riddleston and John Wyer of Bowles & Wyer, Steven Walley of London Stone, Greg Skilbeck of Silverland Stone and Dan Flynn of GardenLink, who have sponsored the challenge. Pro Landscaper spoke to three of the sponsors to find out how they’re feeling about the event

Greg Skilbeck, managing director of Silverland Stone took part in the 3 Peaks Extreme event in 2013, and will be joining the mountain bike team this time round. “The last event was great fun with a great team, so I am delighted to be back in the saddle in September. Looking forward to a few laughs and a few beers. On a more serious note Silverland Stone is pleased to be one of the sponsors of the event, as Perennial is a really worthwhile charity and we are proud to be raising funds to help our colleagues in this great industry.”


Dan Riddleston, managing director of Bowles & Wyer Contracts Ltd, will be riding off-road on a mountain bike. He wasn’t able to take part in the 2013 challenge due to a knee operation but is looking forward to joining the team.


“Bowles & Wyer has been helping Perennial for a few years now and John Wyer was involved in the first challenge. Kate O’Shea came in to talk to us about how the money we raise helps clients and we now realise we will be able to refer people in the future. It’s going to be challenging but I’m looking forward to it and am pleased to have a target to work towards. The camaraderie, banter and rivalry between the teams is something I’m really looking forward to. We’re riding with a great bunch of people and it’s going to be great fun meeting up each evening to discuss the day’s ride and exchange stories.”

For the first time managing director of London Stone, Steven Walley is taking part in the challenge and will be joining the off-road group. “Supporting Perennial is our way of putting something back, albeit on a small scale, into the industry. London Stone has been supporting Perennial for the past 18 months through our Trade Club. I was a landscaper before I started London Stone so I am massive supporter of the landscape industry and have a huge admiration for the amazing work that Perennial does. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I like challenges and I’m not a big rider so this will definitely be a huge challenge for me.”


The managing director of GardenLink, Dan Flynn is riding in the challenge for the first time on a mountain bike. “I am so impressed with what Perennial does for people within the horticultural and landscape trade. The husband of a former head of development at Perennial gave me my first paid job when I was 12. I am fortunate that I have never yet had to call on Perennial, nor has any member of my company, but it is really reassuring to know the organisation is there. I need a focus to train, so I’m looking forward to it – especially sitting in the pub at Land’s End watching the road group come in.”

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