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Welcome to the June 2016 issue of Pro Landscaper. This month, we visited the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. The Malvern Hills certainly provide a fabulous backdrop for the show gardens – well done to all involved, the excellence of landscape design was again highlighted with some great exhibits. At the time of writing we eagerly await news of the winners of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, but there’s already no doubt that the bar has been raised again on the UK’s ability to design and build gardens – warmest congratulations to all involved, we’ll be featuring more on the winning gardens in next month’s issue. So now we move onto RHS Hampton Court Palace – and I’m very excited to

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June 2016 INFORM


8 Agenda Should councils charge organisations to use public parks?


Our monthly roundup of industry news including the efig awards, plus the latest updates from SGD, APL, efig, BALI, RHS and the Parks Alliance


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30 Under 30 This month we ask: Does technology have a place in landscaping?


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Let’s Hear it From COVER STORY


Acclaimed garden designer James Basson



View From The Top Phil Jones asks whether charging for the use of public parks is justified





Once Upon a Time


The Cost of Progress



Avoiding Time Wasters David Dodd highlights some tips to evade dead-end enquiries


Facing the Future With the EU referendum looming, Lesley Malone offers her view on the most important issue of the debate: our environment

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Full Flavour Walmsley Shaw built a heritage garden for Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin star restaurant

The Euro 6 engine is better for the environment, but Angus Lindsay explores whether it is actually impractical


Putteridge Bury Frosts looks after the grounds of this Luton manor house





Set Your World Alight Inspiration from Anji Connell on the trend in outdoor kitchens


Fire Pits COVER STORY The latest in outdoor fire pits


Relax in Style Outdoor furniture from Coco Wolf




Let The Games Begin Davies White Ltd transformed disused land into a new Commonwealth Games Legacy Play Park

RHS Malvern Spring Festival Medal-winning gardens from the show

London Stone Pro Landscaper toured the new West London showroom of London Stone

All Aboard Timotay Landscapes provided a modern boathouse with a contemporary garden

Adam White considers how a narrative can influence landscape design


Manor Born Paul Dracott gave a Cambridgeshire country garden an Arts and Crafts makeover

Chelsea Revisited Andrew Wilson explores the pros and cons of rebuilding a Chelsea exhibit permanently





Magic Garden A play garden at Hampton Court Palace designed by Robert Myers Associates

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92 Quote, Unquote As contractor, Robert Webber often finds himself stuck between designer and client

95 Value Engineering Value engineering can hugely benefit clients and help win you projects, says Sean Butler

96 Marshalls and Me Mike Long gives us the lowdown on being Marshalls-registered

98 Complaints on Social Media Ross Hewitt advises on the best way to handle negativity in the public eye

99 The Power of Presentation


Adam Corrie continues his series with tips to create a successful business website

101 The University of Ground Control

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Outdoor Gym Play and Natural Play Projects A collection of projects featuring outdoor gym equipment and natural materials for play areas


Surfaces Six options for park playgrounds



Nursery News The latest news from our top nurseries


Designer Plants The first in our new series of designers sharing their planting schemes


Walking On Sunshine Ian Drummond on why plants benefit health and happiness

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80 Rules of Play Lee Heykoop talks through her planting choices for a park playground

83 Variety Show Andy McIndoe considers the value of variegated plants

84 Something Special Jamie Butterworth showcases exotic plants from Hugo Bugg’s Jordanian garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

86 The Growing Menace We spoke to Steve McCurdy about the consequences of a Xylella fastidiosa outbreak EDUCATE

91 Coping With

Difficult Sites Janine Pattison considers wildlife and pests, and how to keep out the unwanted visitors

Pro Landscaper shines a light on Ground Control’s comprehensive training

103 Book Review Pro Landscaper reviews three industry books

104 Latest Products Edging

106 Latest Kit Brushcutters, slope mowers

108 Talking Kubota We find out what Kubota has to offer the landscaping and groundcare industry

109 Trading With Andrew Smith, joint managing director of Smiths Bletchington

110 Look Out For Jonathan Emery

111 Three Peaks Meet the team riding in this year’s challenge

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Director, Janine Pattison Studios

Director of his own award-winning Chartered Landscape Architects’ practice in Kingston upon Thames, Adam is the youngest landscape architect to be made a fellow of the Landscape Institute. We’ve kept him busy this month with his regular column on page 31 – a look at using a narrative in landscape design – and a stunning Portfolio for our Play Design Special on page 62. @davies_white

With the EU referendum approaching and parties on both sides being accused of scaremongering, freelance journalist Lesley Malone uses this month’s column inches to discuss what she believes is the single biggest issue of the entire debate – our environment. Turn to page 35 to find out more. @tangentials

With summer now well and truly on its way, Indoor Garden Design’s creative director Ian Drummond looks ahead to his upcoming projects and considers how plants can act as a boost to everyone’s health and happiness on page 79. Based in Highgate, north London, Ian’s company has been bringing nature into offices for over 40 years.

Janine Pattison MSGD is a multi award-winning garden designer and horticulturist who trained with English Heritage at Eltham Palace in London and at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester. On page 91 Janine concludes her series on difficult sites with an article on wildlife and pests. Build your guards high, but be cautious of protected species, says Janine.

Other contributors Jamie Butterworth Plant manager at Hortus Loci

Robert Webber Founder of Scenic Lighting

Andy McIndoe Leading horticulturist

Mike Long Owner of Genesis Landscapes

Angus Lindsay Head of fleet at The Landscape Group

Ian Drummond Creative director of Indoor Garden Design

Ross Hewitt Managing director of Secret Pie

David Dodd Landscaper and lecturer

Lee Heykoop Landscape designer

Sean Butler Director of Cube 1994

Phil Jones MD of ISS Facility Services Landscaping Andrew Wilson Garden designer and lecturer

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SHOULD THE COUNCIL CHARGE ORGANISATIONS TO USE PUBLIC PARKS? In April, a parkrun event near Bristol became the centre of attention after the council voted to charge for the use of Little Stoke Park, resulting in the run being called off. Councillors of the parish council believed it was unfair to expect non-running residents to pay for the park upkeep, and voted in favour of the charge to the organisers. We asked the industry whether or not councils should introduce fees for the use public parks.

Paul Downer Managing director, Oak View Landscapes Ltd

My general view is that we should not be charging fees for people to take part in events as a means to raise revenue towards the maintenance costs of parks. In fact, we should actually be doing more to encourage events to be planned and to increase participation in such events. Events in parks have health benefits and would be a positive step in increasing the public’s level of exercise. I sympathise with local authorities where there may be a squeeze on budgets and pressures on finances. However, I think that looking to local external commercial sponsors to support the events would be a far better way of balancing the books and keeping all participants happy. 8

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Pete Jones Business development manager, Land Design Partnership Limited

I don’t feel that charging for the use of parks is inherently wrong. Can you blame those that manage parks just trying to raise revenue at every opportunity in light of funding cuts? If an organisation stands to profit financially from the use of the park, or the use causes excessive damage, they should make a contribution. Otherwise, charging seems unfair. The need to provide people with as much access and encouragement as possible to pursue an active lifestyle is paramount, and many will feel they already make sufficient contributions to maintaining parks through their tax. If people are discouraged by a charge, the potential cost to the NHS could be considerable. The majority, however, will not be informed on the lack of funding available for green space maintenance, or the lengths to which the industry are going to ensure parks survive.

Mark Camley Chair of the Parks Alliance We all love and use parks for our own pastimes and pleasures – they are at the heart of British culture. Most activities happen in parks without any charge and that’s important. But in all the

recent furore about parkrun, we are in danger of missing the bigger issue – the funding crisis facing the future of our parks. The Parks Alliance knows that our public green spaces are in peril. After successive years of cuts to staff, maintenance and services, we are seeing local authorities forced into making really difficult decisions. When even the Royal Parks have a £50m maintenance backlog, you know that the challenge is huge. While striving to weigh the benefits to users against the cost of provision, it is not surprising that councils will look for opportunities to raise income to try and balance their books. The Parks Alliance would like the government, local authorities, sports bodies and health agencies to work with companies and parks friends groups to solve the long term funding problem. Anything less than a united approach will put in doubt our green spaces for future generations.

Marcus Watson Managing director, Ground Control

Public parks became popular during the industrial revolution, with many created to provide beautiful areas of relaxation for working families and communities who would otherwise not have access to the countryside or recreation facilities. Typically, these parks were built in areas that were being rapidly built up in towns and cities. The idea of charging for

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access to, and the use of, public parks, in my mind, goes against the founding principles of creating them. If individuals or organisations gain financially from their use of public spaces, then I am in favour of charging such users as the funds will help contribute to the upkeep of the parks. But if companies organise ‘free to join’ fun runs, thereby promoting health and wellbeing, they should be actively encouraged by the local communities, not charged.

creative in ways to fund their parks and investigate partnerships and local affiliations. Our parks project in Southampton is now run by a friends group and they have been very successful in taking over the management and maintenance of the park by raising money and running events in partnership with the local authority.

Lesley Malone Freelance editor, writer and photographer

Janine Pattison Director, Janine Pattison Studios I am strongly in favour of public parks being free at the point of use, like the NHS. People benefit from public open space in many different ways and we are only now properly understanding what these benefits are. Parks play an important role in improving the physical and mental health of the community, as well as providing a vital green ‘lung’ for our towns and cities. Within cities the local park is often the only opportunity for many residents to engage with anything organic, and the only place for children to play outside to get fresh air and exercise. People of all ages can seek solitude or company as they wish and parks play a huge role in engendering community spirit – just see the reaction from local residents when their park is threatened with being built on. The challenge for local authorities is to get

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I’ve been vociferously opposed to parks being anything other than free to use in these pages up to now, but I’m making an exception in this case. My local park is invaded by the lycra menace every Saturday morning, the sweaty grim-faced hordes stampeding through the ornamental gardens, making parts of the park no-go areas for the rest of us. parkrun isn’t a charity, it’s a company supported by prosperous corporate sponsors. It is they who should be bearing the cost of the weekly runs, not cash-strapped councils. Or indeed me. The government’s austerity agenda has taken a terrible toll on funding for parks, with councils now being forced to dispose of public green space to cover budget shortfalls. This is the bigger picture here, and of far greater concern. I can run in my local park with or without parkrun – but not when the council has sold it off.

Matt O’Conner Managing director, John O’Conner

As our parks get busier in spring and more of us start to take responsibility for our health, we often look to our open spaces as a first step back into exercise whether that be walking, cycling, or indeed, parkrun. This is why I was extremely disappointed to hear that Stoke Gifford Parish Council plan to impose a charge at Little Stoke parkrun. While my position is that local authorities should be able to charge organisations to use their parks, parkrun is a special case. parkrun has succeeded in moving nearly 60,000 previously inactive people into regular activity, providing potential health and wellbeing benefits. Now that public health responsibilities lie with local government, and given the public health value of parkrun, I think there is a good case to argue for joined up thinking and for common sense to prevail. I really hope that local authorities like Stoke Gifford look for alternative sources such as grants or fundraising to ensure their continuity.




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efig AWARDS 2016 efig celebrates their award winners and 15 year anniversary. Winners named at efig’s 12th Annual Awards

efig set the scene for its celebrations at the America Square Conference Centre in London on Friday 22 April in the style of a garden party. Thirty-nine awards from members around the UK and Scotland were given out plus a special Judges’ Commendation and Lifetime Achievement Award. Pro Landscaper’s Jim and Lisa Wilkinson were the presenters for the evening. This year’s celebration was a double whammy as efig celebrates its 15th anniversary. The organisation was formed to represent and unite the interior landscaping industry as ‘one voice’ and to promote the positive benefits of interior planting. “Fifteen years ago when we started,” commented efig chairman Ian Drummond, “The industry had


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no real body to speak for them and although we knew indoor plants had many benefits, the message was often diluted. As more and more research has been published, finally plants are being recognised as the new wellness tool.”

The Leaf Awards Each efig award entry is evaluated by an independent panel of judges on its own merits rather than against other entries, which means there can be more than one gold, silver or bronze winner in each category. On awards evening, 19 of the 39 accolades were gold. One of the judges, Nicola Bristow, a former RHS

Horticultural Advisor, commented: “The entries for this year’s awards were many and varied as always, with some inspired installations, Christmas and special events having been viewed by the judges. My favourite part of the process is seeing plants in situ in offices and businesses, where they make such a difference to everyone who works within and visits them.”

A special mention For the third time Indoor Garden Design was awarded a Judges’ Commendation, this time for the Green Open House in the Special Events category. The award was presented by Nicola Bristow, who commented: “This year’s special commendation went to a special event which promoted the diversity and versatility of indoor plants – to encourage everyone that no matter how small the space, the addition of plants makes a house a home and can lift the mood in an otherwise dull office.”

Career of a lifetime The Lifetime Achievement Award honoured Jim Gilchrist, who has been in the horticulture industry for seven decades. He joined the family market garden firm at 15 which went on to trade as a retail garden centre, Gilchrist Plants. In the Eighties Jim expanded into the interior landscaping business, later extending the services and offering them from their base in Lanark. Having built the landscaping business to a £3m turnover, it suffered a hostile takeover by a large competitor. Jim invested the money into developing a natural recycling system for food and green waste into compost and biomass fuels. Later in the Nineties, Jim supported his son Jimmy Gilchrist when he opened GP Plantscape, an interior landscaping company.

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The winners Jim Gilchrist Lifetime Achievement Award Ambius 1 bronze award Enterprise Plants Ltd 1 silver award, 1 gold award, 1 plant technician’s award Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd 2 gold awards

Jimmy Gilchrist of GP Plantscapes accepts an award

GP Plantscape Ltd 3 silver awards Green Team Interiors Ltd 2 silver awards, 1 gold award, 3 plant technicians’ awards Indoor Garden Design Ltd 2 silver awards, 7 gold awards, Judges’ Commendation Nature at Work 1 silver award

Judge Nicola presents Judges’ Commendation to Ian Drummond, IGD

Plant Designs Ltd 2 silver awards, 2 gold awards

Jim Gilchrist

Urban Planters Cheshire 2 gold awards Urban Planters Derbyshire 1 gold award

Green Team Interiors team with their awards

Urban Planters Nottinghamshire 1 silver award

Kenneth Freeman of Ambius

Urban Planters, Oxford 2 silver awards, 2 gold awards, 1 plant technician award Urban Planters South Yorkshire 1 gold award Jim Gilchrist remembers meeting Princess Anne on a garden centre visit

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The Urban Planters franchises with their awards

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NEWS Writtle College students to take part in Hillier Academy Day at Chelsea

Celebrity gardeners urge men to ‘Watch Their Back’ Charlie Dimmock and Alan Titchmarsh are supporting new outdoor health campaign ‘Watch Your Back!’

Five Writtle College students will be part of a team manning this year’s Hillier show garden in the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The five students are Ben Francis, Juliette Steyl, Michelle Fisher, Ben Pizzoferro and Kamen Walmsley. The ‘Hillier Academy Day’, which will take place on Friday 27 May, is the brainchild of staff at Hillier Nurseries and aims to showcase horticulture careers. From 8am to 8pm, the team will be managing the show garden, fielding gardening queries from show visitors,

maintaining the plant material and sharing information and advice with gardeners. Hillier has opted for a design by Sarah Eberle, who has won Gold in every garden category at Chelsea but hasn’t exhibited in the Great Pavilion before. Chris Francis, Hillier’s wholesale and retail director, said: “Following the success of last year’s collaboration with Writtle College, we are working together to give students the opportunity to man our Chelsea exhibit in the Grand Pavilion for the day.”

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Winner announced for Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016 Student at RHS Wisley, Lawrence Wright, was announced as the winner of the Grand Final of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s (CIH) Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016 competition at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin on 7 May. Lawrence received a

£2,500 travel bursary provided by the Percy Thrower Trust and will be able to use it to further his horticulture career anywhere in the world. Anyone interested in taking part in 2017 should contact the CIH.

BALI membership helps with my professional development, makes me strive for excellence and ultimately

differentiates my business.” CONTRACTORS

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The campaign is urging men to review their sun protection habits and get their backs checked regularly for the warning signs of skin cancer. Research has revealed that men over the age of 50 are at the highest risk of developing melanoma which commonly appears in areas hard to spot. It was devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund and features ‘The Gardener’s Sun Safety Code’. Charlie Dimmock said: “Getting active and gardening outdoors is a healthy thing to do at any age, however, we all need to be more aware of the dangers of the sun.” www.watchyourback.



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National Land Based College launched at House of Lords Leigh Morris has been announced as CEO of the new National Land Based College (NLBC) which officially launched on Tuesday 10 May at the House of Lords. The college is a result of a drive from the industry and from existing land based colleges to improve the education, training and careers promotion and support within the land based sector. Leigh said: “The key aim for the NLBC is to foster collaboration and be the middle ground between existing colleges, awarding bodies and the industry. “City and Guilds is partnering with the NLBC and we will now steer and endorse the City and Guilds qualifications, working with industry bodies to ensure the qualifications are fit for purpose.” The continued professional training for those working in industry will be achieved through a combination of learning in both colleges and the workplace. The NLBC has received backing from Landex, the current membership body for colleges and universities, and from City and Guilds, which has provided £250k of seed funding from their National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) fund.

Advanced KFS working with The Landscape Group Advanced KFS Special Vehicles Ltd is currently delivering 18 new vehicles to The Landscape Group, having been supplying to the company for three years. The vehicles, based on Vauxhall Movanos and Renault Masters, have a 3.6m aluminium beavertail bed with drop sides to the front section, and Advanced FS’s own spring assisted tailgate with an aluminium frame and a GRP punched mesh surface.

The vehicle body has benefited from a number of design enhancements over the last two years including the fitting of an LED compact light bar, LED repeater lights on both the back and front of the vehicle and a collapsible traffic directional arrow on the rear tailgate. All of the above are focused on making the vehicle more visible to other road users.

NEWS IN BRIEF Bradstone’s 60th birthday competition

Bradstone is giving UK landscapers the chance to win one of two Izusu Utah pick-up trucks. To qualify, landscapers need to spend £600 on Bradstone products in one transaction between now and 4 August 2016. Landscapers can enter via the app or online.

Quadron idverde helps the unemployed to work

Quadron idverde is working with Get Set UK, Wandsworth Council and The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to help unemployed Londoners gain the skills they need to return to work. Candidates have embarked on a Level 1 Diploma in land based studies with the company.

University of Sheffield to research park use and health

LDA Design to draw up Littlehampton improvements LDA Design has been appointed by Arun District Council to draw up plans to revitalise the Sussex coastal town of Littlehampton. Initially the detailed designs will seek to rejuvenate spaces around

the station and high street as part of an application for external funding. Once this is secured, the council hopes to extend the plans to the seafront and riverside.

A team led by the University of She eld’s epartment of Landscape has been awarded £1.3m by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to research park use in the city and its impact on health. The study will ask whether available green space correlates with health.

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Oak View Landscapes celebrates 12th birthday with new website Oak View Landscapes in Colchester has celebrated its 12th birthday by launching a new website. The new website will provide commercial buyers, landscape architects and garden designers with more relevant and easy to find information on its services, skill base and accreditations. The website has been an important

New wide area mowers from John Deere John Deere’s 1500 Series II Comfort front rotary mowers are now available in the UK and Ireland. They are suitable for wide area mowing in the commercial market where operator comfort, high output mowing performance and uptime are key requirements.

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route for the company to share information about its awardwinning services. Oak View Landscapes showcases a variety of landscape skills over different size projects and client types. The redesigned website has a fresh look and improved functionality to ensure an easier and more engaging experience for all users.

Featuring a powerful Yanmar 49hp four-cylinder engine, hydrostatic four-wheel drive and diff-lock, a standard air suspension seat and spacious operator platform with CommandArm armrest controls, the new 1505 and 1515 mowers are designed to provide a comfortable ride for all mowing jobs. There is a choice of four decks for the 1505 model, including the 71in 7-Iron II side-discharge and 72in Fastback rear-discharge units, an 88in rear-discharge deck and the 118in Fastback Commercial deck. The 1515 comes with a 71in rear-discharge and a 47in side-wing rear-discharge deck. Cutting heights range from 0.5-4.1in or 1-6in depending on the deck, and optional mulching kits are also available.

Pro Landscaper announces partnership with B2B Quote

Pro Landscaper is excited to announce a new partnership with B2B Quote, a business to business tenders website specialising in low value public and private sector tenders, and high value OJEU (European public sector) tenders. The website covers all areas of the industry and Pro Landscaper has set up this new collaboration to enable the delivery of landscape industry-related tender information.

Simply click on the ‘Tenders’ tab at the top of the Pro Landscaper website. You will then arrive on the page where relevant tenders are listed, with the value and deadline date stated. You will have to sign up for this free service before receiving further information, but having done this you will get regular email alerts about the specific areas in which you have expressed an interest.

ARE YOU GOING? JUNE 10-12 RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show 16-19 BBC Gardeners’ World Live www.bbcgardeners

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Parks Alliance matters

Investing in parks The Parks Alliance’s principal focus over the next 12 months will remain making the case for investing in parks and the people who maintain them. We will be undertaking some data collection to support this soon. While we all recognise the value of parks and the funding crisis facing them, we need hard evidence to convince ministers and decision

makers. We remain hopeful of a parliamentary inquiry and need case studies to make sure our message resonates. If you have a good case study, either positive or negative, please

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email it to businessmanager@ Over the next six months we will be refreshing the membership of our board. This will provide an opportunity to bring in directors with experience and skills beyond those traditionally found in the parks sector. If you are interested in playing a more central role in making the case contact us. We are also

looking at how we develop and embed a sustainable funding model for the Alliance. We will be approaching various businesses that have a relationship with parks to seek their support. We are also developing our membership offer. Whilst this work is progressing, we may be able to accept offers in kind, so if you can give time or resources to help, do please get in touch. Finally, our next round-table in late June will be led by Dr William Bird and will consider the public health benefits of parks. Twitter @ParksAllianceUK

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Month Long Rose Festival at RHS Garden Rosemoor From 6 June to 10 July, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Torrington, Devon, will host a month-long Rose Festival, a breathtaking showcase of colours and scents set against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful RHS gardens, bordered by acres


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of stunning woodlands. Swathes of scented blooms, oral workshops and unusual cultivars on sale make this a must-see this summer. Boasting one of the UK’s largest collections of roses, RHS Garden Rosemoor is home to two dedicated rose gardens, bringing together 200 different varieties and a wealth of hues and perfumes. From cottage garden climbers to bright and beautiful container varieties, there will be a rose to inspire and suit all gardens.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr launches first flower show RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, is to host its first ower show from 10 to 12 June this year. From RHS Garden Harlow Carr browsing and buying more than 30 specialist nurseries to gaining first-hand advice and garden trade stands. Flower from horticultural experts in Show visitors will also be able beautiful surroundings, the to enjoy Harlow Carr’s summer RHS Garden Harlow Carr sculpture trail in the garden with Flower Show promises visitors beautiful works from local artists. a packed programme of talks and demonstrations as well as

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BALI briefing

European Landscape Conference 2-5 September, Cirencester BALI is delighted to be a major sponsor of this inaugural industry event, giving BALI members heavily discounted delegate and exhibitor rates. Speakers include the LI’s Noel Farrer, Dr Phil Askew, Keith Sacre of Barcham Trees, John Wyer, Professor James Hitchmough and landscape designer Brita von Schoenaich. Visit www.europeanlandscape

BALI success at Harrogate Our members in the North East did us proud at this year’s Harrogate Spring Flower Show, winning the only Premier Gold medal and Best in Show for the BALI garden. Our thanks and huge congratulations to Peter Cunliffe of orthumbrian Landscaping, Andy Craddock of Turf’n’Earth and the ama ing B I liate members whose products brought to life Peter’s beautiful ‘Tea for Two’ design. A great example of BALI members across all disciplines working together for the benefit of the wider BALI membership. Thank you.

A Premier Gold medal and Best in Show at Harrogate

Apprenticeship Standards achieve Government approval Congratulations to the BALI companies who, as part of the employer-led working group, have developed new standards for apprenticeships in the horticulture and landscape sectors.

Second BALI Brexit poll Following the first poll of our members, which indicated contractors were for exiting the EU and everyone else was for remaining, we will shortly be asking you again to see if things have changed.

SGD bulletin The SGD Awards 2016 categories

Last call for entries in SGD Awards Don’t forget to get your entries in for the SGD Awards by Sunday 19 June. With categories covering planting hardscape and roof gardens alongside the popular residential

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garden awards, there is something for everyone. Winning an SGD Award is hugely beneficial for a professional garden designer, as award winner Sue Townsend MSGD explains: “I was so proud to receive such high recognition for my work at the SGD Awards. It was a very humbling and

1 International Award 2 Public or Commercial Outdoor Space 3 Large Residential Garden 4 Medium Residential Garden 5 Small Residential Garden 6 Garden Jewel 7 Roof Garden 8 Big Ideas, Small Budget 9 Healing or Learning Garden *NEW* 10 Future Designer 11 Planting Design

12 Hardscape 13 Historic Garden Restoration 14 Paper Landscapes 15 Student Design Award – Commercial 16 Student Design Award – Domestic 17 Designing for Community Space* 18 The John Brookes Lifetime Achievement Award 19 The People’s Choice Award 20 The Judges’ Award 21 The Grand Award

*Don’t forget the ‘Designing for Community Space’ Award is open to non-SGD Members too.

exciting experience all round and I would really encourage other designers to step forward and ‘go for it’! The awards have generated new enquiries for work and great media coverage. You have nothing to lose and so

much to gain.” For further information about the award categories, entry deadlines, and instructions on how to enter please visit the SGD Awards website at:

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APL update

WorldSkills 2016 heats kick off The WorldSkills Landscaping competition kicked off in May with its Regional Heats that took place all around the nation in North England, South England, Northern Ireland and, for the first time since the APL took over as organising partner, Scotland. The heats included two practical pieces in which the competitors were in a

timed situation. This year’s entrants are from a variety of colleges and companies, and we are excited to see the return of APL member, Gardenscapes. The Gold medal winner from 2015, Will Burberry, was entered by Gardenscapes last year. Our second APL member is Conquest Hard Landscaping Ltd, who entered two employees. Colleges include Myerscough, Warwickshire and Pershore, Scotland’s Rural Colleges Oatridge Campus, Dundee and Angus, Bishop Burton, Reaseheath and CAFRE.

APL and Paxman Landscapes win Gold at Harrogate

Gold for APL at Harrogate APL teamed up with Paxman Landscapes at this year’s Harrogate Spring Flower Show and took home Gold for its family-themed garden. Justin Paxman, director of Paxman Landscapes, said, “We’re a traditional family business

at Paxman Landscapes and this fits perfectly with the way we run things. It’s also a great representation of how the APL has developed into one big landscaping family.” A massive thanks to all those who helped create this year’s garden.

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The grounds maintenance industry has been slow to adapt to change. I feel it is essential that the industry embraces technology. The use of smartphones and tablets coupled with bespoke software is fast becoming a requisite for the delivery of grounds contracts and a key part of tender submissions. One thing I really like about these service monitoring packages is that they deliver a transparent contract monitoring process between service provider and client. There is a plethora of other technology available that is often not fully utilised – vehicle tracking equipment is a good example of this.


I was unsure at first whether I was qualified to answer this question – technology rarely seems to appear in my day to day business life. I’m new to CAD, having always drawn by hand, but most of my projects are larger gardens and the time consumed changing and adding to drawings is immense. This is especially true in comparison to the time taken for computerised drawing which makes changes much quicker. So yes, I think with everyone expecting and demanding high quality, and quickly, technology most certainly has a place in garden design.


“Technology most certainly has a place”


“Technology is an essential part of my process” I use CAD to convey my designs, initially to the client and then to the contractor. To aid design development I use SketchUp to create a 3D model, including terrain and changes in level. This allows me to really understand the space. I use the 3D model during client presentations, alongside plan drawings and perspective illustrations, to give my clients a real feel for the space. They are always impressed with the technology and particularly like added features such as shadow tracking, allowing them to see how the sun’s path will affect their garden. Technology is an essential part of my design process.


“Using smartphones, my teams are empowered” Technology is very useful in my work. The parks teams I supervise in Southwark are spread over a wide area and communication is very important. Using smartphones, my teams are empowered to take pictures of work or issues encountered, and send these to me via a mobile app. I can then include them in the report that I send to our client. This not only instils a sense of pride and ownership in the teams, but is a very useful tool for the contractor and the local authority when working together to carry out site inspections and improve standards.


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Let’s Hear it From

JAMES BASSON Since moving to the south of France 18 years ago, James Basson‘s popularity in the horticultural industry has soared alongside the success of his company, Scape Design. We caught up with him during a visit to London with his wife and co-director Helen, where he was speaking at the SGD’s Spring Conference James’ passion for his work is obvious as soon as we start talking, but he admits his career in garden design was more by chance than a childhood dream. “It was the last on my list of topics to study,” James confesses, “I called the University of Greenwich, which had just started offering a garden design course, and managed to get a place, so I started by accident. Fell on my feet, really.” When asked about his decision to move abroad after completing his degree, James said: “My parents moved to France when I was young, and when Helen and I met we had a choice of living in that part of the world or Cornwall. We took a gap year from university in the south of France where we met a bunch of people, saw potential, fell in love with the dry landscape and decided it was the place to move to.” Setting up a business abroad had its challenges, though: “Learning how to be commercial was probably the toughest thing we had to do; making a living and surviving in that system is difficult and very tax laden.” This was something that James clearly mastered, but not without trial and error: “We started out doing fencing, making pools, gardening and maintaining and building gardens. We realised we were never going to make much money because we were keener on creating beautiful gardens than making a profit. So bit by bit we scaled down the building to the point where we were just doing the design and project management; now we only charge for our time and are able to make a living.”

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Since then, Scape Design has flourished, focusing on low maintenance gardens that avoid chemicals and machinery: “This has always been important to us when looking at landscapes. Our real teacher post-university was the landscape itself, and seeing how the landscape doesn’t need a gardener made us keen to create gardens that were as minimal maintenance as possible.” This has become a real selling point for the company, though James clarifies that low maintenance does not mean none at all: “People love you to say that their garden requires no maintenance. We made a no maintenance garden for some lawyers 15 years ago and they’re still holding us to it; it’s a real mess. Gardens need maintenance, but if a garden can’t be well-maintained, if it can’t self-maintain or be as sustainable as possible, then it’s not a good garden.”

IF A GARDEN CAN’T BE WELL-MAINTAINED, IF IT CAN’T SELF-MAINTAIN OR BE AS SUSTAINABLE AS POSSIBLE, THEN IT’S NOT A GOOD GARDEN How does he achieve this? “We create sustainable, ecological systems that will evolve to a state where they are as stable as possible, with hopefully ephemeral moments and no irrigation systems. We try to keep resources to a minimum – the fewer the resources, the less opportunities for plants and weeds to develop and for things to go wrong. We keep the systems simple.” 24

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The idea of a low maintenance garden might be appealing to clients, but for landscapers it can seem daunting: “We always put the job out to tender, but we often work with people who we know well and who are happy to work in our way because it’s not typical. You have to persuade people not to water, not to feed, not to improve the soil – that’s something that traditional gardeners find difficult. They’re worried that what they’re going to put in is not going to work so they don’t like to do it.” Fortunately, landscaper Peter Dowle accepted the challenge to build James’ Main Avenue garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show: “We met Peter Dowle when we helped on ‘A Monaco Garden’ in 2011. He is Julian Dowle’s son, so born and bred at Chelsea and a master of finishing.” So how was the garden low maintenance? “This year, it is represented by the high diversity of the planting – plants chosen for their specific ability to grow on the imagined site.” These include Hieracium pilosella, Melica ciliata and Achillea millefolium, all dry garden plants that require no watering, like the rest of the garden. James was sponsored for the second time by L’Occitane to design its garden for the show, though he tells us that his collaboration with the company was challenging from the start: “We were recommended by Jekka McVicar to design for L’Occitane, and obviously we live and work in the landscape around where the company is based so we’ve got a good understanding of it. It was a difficult initial meet though, because L’Occitane sells a very prescriptive image of what Provence is – lavender, olive trees, a shed, that’s the image. To try and create an authentic landscape was a real challenge.”

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Despite this, he won a Gold Medal for ‘Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse’ in 2015 and is receiving sponsorship again this year for ‘The L’Occitane Garden’, which was themed around the company’s roots in Provence as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. So how did James first become involved with RHS Chelsea despite living abroad? “It was a dream of ours. We did a garden in 2000 at Hampton Court, just as we were leaving the UK. Then we had three children, so had a bit of a gap, but we always wanted to do it. We figured it was a good way to raise our profile, especially being in the south of France. There’s such an international community there that we wanted to get ourselves known through doing something in England. It would get in the press, and that press would get more press. It’s definitely the best marketing we’ve done.” And apparently marketing is just one of the benefits of designing a show garden: “We’ve been lucky to do lots of shows and the Chelsea Flower Show is the biggest taskmaster and a real test of your skills. You get to work with master craftsman and brilliant designers. It’s a great opportunity to put yourself out there and be judged.” The RHS Chelsea Flower Show hasn’t been the only thing to get James noticed by the media: “We did one garden for a villa in Villefranche-sur-Mer that got a lot of press.

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It wasn’t because the client was prestigious, they just allowed us to be experimental. The garden was very complex and received so much attention because it was different.” James still takes on UK-based projects outside of RHS shows, though he admits this

WE CREATE SUSTAINABLE, ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS THAT WILL EVOLVE TO A STATE WHERE THEY ARE AS STABLE AS POSSIBLE, WITH HOPEFULLY EPHEMERAL MOMENTS AND NO IRRIGATION SYSTEMS can take its toll: “We’re working on two projects at the moment, but it’s hard work. Good gardens take time, and you have to be in the UK a lot. My daughter joked that our home was a hotel because I’ve been travelling so much.” This isn’t likely to end anytime soon, with the Singapore Garden Festival coming up in July, where James will be designing a garden, and more projects booked in the UK and closer to home in Provence. It’s safe to assume James doesn’t have much spare time outside of work, and when he does, he says his hobbies still tend to be around landscapes: “Unfortunately I’m quite obsessive, I spend a lot of my time looking at

landscapes, walking on them and taking photos of them. Helen and I are keen sailors, but that usually means sailing to wild parts of landscapes, which my children get quite bored with! Really, it’s a lifestyle, not a job. I feel, though Helen might differ, that we don’t work for a living. This is our life.” 1 The garden which won the SGD awards in Grasse 2 Chelsea 2015 – L’Occitane, A Perfumer’s Garden 3 Dulce et Decorum est – Gardening World Cup Japan 2012 4 Villefranche-sur-Mer garden 5 Chelsea 2015 - L’Occitane, A Perfumer’s Garden 6 Dulce et Decorum est – Gardening World Cup Japan 2012

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Runners being charged to use public parks has made headlines around the country – Phil Jones asks whether it’s justified, and if so, when? Who is surprised that Stoke Gifford Parish Council is proposing to charge for park runs and the London Borough of Bexley is selling off parks? The sensationalised headlines suggest that this has come out of the blue. In reality, it should be no surprise at all. The two issues are very separate, but have a common root cause. For a number of years now, some councils have been desperately trying to balance the books.

THE REAL ISSUE HERE IS THAT SOME COUNCILS HAVE STRUGGLED SO MUCH IN THE RECENT PAST THAT THEY ARE NOW MANAGING DEFICITS, RATHER THAN REVENUES From what I have seen, most local authorities have tried to avoid the inevitable disposal of assets, seeing it as too politically sensitive and therefore a last resort. Selling parks to re-allocate funds with a view of ensuring the maintenance of others to high standards is one thing. Recovering revenues to simply pay a proportion of debt off and see no real tangible evidence of investment has little visual effect and therefore seems futile. However, the real issue here is that some councils have struggled so much in the recent past that they are now managing deficits, rather

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than revenues, no different from central government, irrespective of the cause. This gives them the stark choice of where to allocate their limited cash and resources. The situation has worsened somewhat with the requirement to find further savings and apply deeper cuts. Local authorities seem to be in panic mode and are fire-fighting. To have sympathy with this situation, one would have to be confident that councils have managed prudently in the past, but more importantly to know that they are at the point where they are able to say they have their own house in order. By this, I mean that they are running an efficient service, with no waste in any department, providing a value for money service via a robust business model. I’ve seen some that are in this position, and many that would struggle to demonstrate a willingness to work with the private sector or any commercially focused organisation to achieve value for money. Charging for a park run has more effect on public awareness than it does on raising significant amounts of money. I can’t believe that, however much each event raises, it will make a lot of difference in the overall scheme of things. Every little helps, I suppose. The point that the more hysterical people have missed is that the council incurs extra costs related to this activity, litter and toilet cleaning being good examples, and has a right and a duty to recoup extra ordinary weekend costs. After all, other sports teams pay to use park facilities. When councils are proposing to sell off assets such as parks and open spaces,

THE POINT THAT THE MORE HYSTERICAL PEOPLE HAVE MISSED IS THAT THE COUNCIL INCURS EXTRA COSTS RELATED TO THIS ACTIVITY, LITTER AND TOILET CLEANING BEING GOOD EXAMPLES I believe it fair that they should have to demonstrate that they have explored every avenue to ensure they are as streamlined an organisation as they could be, before resorting to such courses of action. That way, those stakeholders in the future of parks and green spaces could at least be sure that the loss of such an asset was part of a balanced approach which takes into account the overall picture. The saying ‘knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing’ springs to mind. I have the highest regard for those who manage our public services in a professional way, taking into account the value of those services. I have less regard for those who have historically protected budgets, jobs and political futures over good quality public services.

ABOUT PHIL JONES Phil Jones is managing director of ISS Facility Services Landscaping and is based at the company’s head o ce in o ing urrey. e gained an D in landsca e construction and moved into grounds maintenance early on in his career further gaining an . e has been ith the com any since and as ell as running the landsca ing business he sits on the UK operational management board of ISS Facility ervices and is chairman of . ollo hil ones @philjonesISS ollo andsca ing @ISSLandscaping

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With RHS Chelsea over, many show gardens will be moved and rebuilt. But the road to relocation may not be as simple as most people think, says Andrew Wilson Before you roll your eyes to the sky, this is not yet another review of the Chelsea Flower Show. For one thing, I’m writing this in April, so I have no idea who has wound up with what medals. For the first time, Gavin and I have been involved with the permanent relocation of one of our show gardens, the Living Legacy Garden, seen at Chelsea 2015 – and a fascinating journey it has been.


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In our minds, the garden would have been a slightly enlarged version of the original with new materials added to stretch the design into place. But as we agreed the permanent site at Wellington College, it became obvious that the project would be more akin to a new garden rather than a simple rebuild. The site as a whole is around four times the size of the original garden, meaning pathways, entrances, boundaries, seating, hedging and lighting have all had to be designed in. Virtually all elements are larger in some way to cope with the scale of the overall space. This means more material and increased costs, but it also introduces the idea of matching materials. The original materials used at Chelsea have been saved, but we have all found ourselves questioning the speed of breakdown insisted upon by the RHS as the showground is cleared. The timetable arbitrates against those gardens destined for a rebuild. Paving and other structural elements from the original

garden have been cracked or damaged – the bath stone used for coping is soft and easily marked, which also means that after months of hibernation there may be permanent marking and staining. The majority of the planting is new, particularly most of the perennials and grasses. We (and Brian Herbert of Outdoor Options too) look back to Chelsea 2015 when the concept of a relocated garden seemed such a positive way forward. How naive we were to think it would be a simple relocation. So, is it a good thing to rebuild or relocate? Yes – I come down firmly on the positives here. But relocation is effectively a new project, and less of the sustainable recycle that many would assume. Dan Pearson was questioned in Desert Island Discs about why he had chosen to return to Chelsea. He cited the rebuild of his Laurent Perrier garden as a driving force. Knowing what I know now, it would be fascinating to know how much of his or anyone else’s eventual rebuild is what would have been seen at Chelsea. As an estimate, I would say that 40% of the Living Legacy Garden will be as seen at Chelsea. That’s better than 100% in skips, but it’s probably not the figure that people would feel comfortable with in terms of sustainable credentials. Garden shows per se are not very sustainable. We and the RHS need to work much harder if we want this to change. Through the vehicle of the Living Legacy Garden, Anthony Esse, its sponsor raised £10m to support the college’s Prince Albert Scholarships. In its new home the garden will continue in this vein, raising funds and awareness for this cause long into the future and that is something to celebrate. 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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Adam White looks at how using a narrative to influence landscape design can create a truly engaging visitor experience for all ages The most famous example is Julie Donaldson’s The Gruffalo story, which was illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The Forestry Commission has embraced the story and you’ll now find Gruffalo Nature Play Trails all over the UK. More recently Julia and Axel partnered up again to create the picture book, Stick Man. The story had its own big screen debut on Christmas Day in 2015 and has now been brought to life by a Stick Man adventure play trail at Weald Country Park in Essex. Working in partnership with licence holders Magic Light Pictures, Infinite Playgrounds won the commission to build the new play trail at Weald Country Park. Children adore Stick Man and now they can recreate his adventures themselves. The project fitted perfectly with the ethos of inspiring children and families to enjoy play in natural surroundings.

Hobbledown is a children’s adventure farm in Epsom, Surrey. The design is based on the storybook of the same name written by author Angela Kecojevic. Our landscape design practice was appointed as the lead landscape architect and worked closely with the author and the book’s illustrator, Lyn Stone, to ensure the farm would bring the story to life for children. Hobbledown has combined reality with fantasy to produce a ‘mystical’ tale that will be enjoyed time and again. Other Davies White Ltd play space designs that were inspired by a narrative include the Mos O’Balloch Giant Nests on the shores of Lock Lomond in Scotland. Here we based the design concept on the book Where the Golden Eagle Soars. The design features giant nests and a secret golden egg. The massive nests are connected via rope bridges and tunnels hanging from the trees and on the ground are swales, which fill up with water in the winter and include small water bridges and stepping-stones.

Another of our designs with a strong narrative was the Garden of the Beasts. We developed the backstory to this project with the children’s arts charity, The House of Fairy Tales. The story features Young Bess who through her daydreams created a Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace. The actual Magic Garden has recently opened at the palace, created by garden designer Robert Myers and constructed by Frosts Landscape Construction – see page 65 of this issue for Pro Landscaper’s portfolio of the garden. At the moment we are developing a playful landscape design for Brunswick Park in Southwark, south London. This small pocket park is home to Boris the albino squirrel and, through design workshops in a local school, we have not only created an innovative design, but also developed a charming and engaging backstory about Camberwell’s most famous bushy tailed resident. ABOUT ADAM WHITE FLI Adam White FLI is a director at Davies White Ltd, a multi award-winning Chartered Landscape Architects’ practice in Kingston upon Thames. He is the youngest landscape architect to be made a fellow of the Landscape Institute and an RHS Gold Medal and BBC People’s Choice Award winner. His practice has recently completed the design and delivery of the new Commonwealth Games Legacy Park in Glasgow. Twitter: @davies_white

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The Euro 6 engine is healthier for the environment, but it can be impractical. This could spell trouble for the vehicles currently in common use, says Angus Lindsay By the time you read this, the Euro 5 engine will no longer be available for 3,500kg vehicles, which form the backbone of our industry’s operations. We will have embraced the cleaner Euro 6 engine. This is a great step forward for the environment and air quality, but there are potential problems on the horizon – albeit, a less hazy horizon. Several months back I explored the issues around engine changes and the use of AdBlue in agriculture, and its potential effects on the machines used in our industry. With AdBlue now a standard component on many light commercials, what are the concerns? We’ve all seen large AdBlue tanks fitted to HGVs, separate from the diesel tank and with a big blue filler cap – not really practical on a 3,500kg tipper, but the solution from some manufacturers is to fit the fillers for both diesel and AdBlue in the same place. This could cause a costly

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the collected soot. This can only be done by getting the engine up to full operating temperature for a period of time. Not a problem if your vehicle operates on motorways or A roads, but a major headache in short stop/start operations. So what’s the solution? More attention when refuelling should prevent cross contamination but you may have to take your vehicles for a 20 mile drive along the nearest motorway every month to regenerate the DPF filter – not practical, but it could become a necessity.

THIS IS A GREAT STEP FORWARD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND AIR QUALITY, BUT THERE ARE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS ON THE HORIZON – ALBEIT, A LESS HAZY HORIZON The second issue is weight. Over the last few years, the unladen weight of a standard 3.5t truck has slowly increased – side protection bars, cage sides, tail lifts, tow bars and the like have become standard components of today’s workhorse. The cleaner Euro 6 system is no lightweight with the tank, liquid, DPF and ancillary components eating into the available payload, so much so that a new 3,500kg double-cab tipper fitted with cage sides, under-run bars and tow bar can weigh in at 2,700kg. Put five people in the cab with all their PPE and snap boxes, and you end up with 400kg of usable payload – not much for materials and equipment. You have the trailer to carry the heavy stuff, but what if you operate in a built-up area and using a trailer is impractical? For those of us who operate beaver-tail type vehicles to move machinery around, there is a bigger issue. Not only is the Euro 6 vehicle heavier, but there is the potential that the next

generation of cleaner engines fitted to ride-on mowers and compact tractors could also be heavier. Imagine your truck carrying a triple mower fuelled up and ready to go, but without a driver light enough to keep it within the 3,500kg weight limit.

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So what are our options? There’s not much we can do with the basic vehicle as it’s dictated by the manufacturer, but we can specify lighter bodywork for the tipper or drop side, carry less, tow more or increase the size of the vehicle to 4,600kg – which then takes you into operators licencing, tachographs and potentially driver CPCs. You could consider 4x4 pick-ups, but you lose physical carrying capacity for both people and equipment. We used to have the option of petrol engines for 3,500kg trucks, but this is no longer the case – ironic when car manufacturers are boasting how much lighter, cleaner and more powerful their petrol engines are. Maybe it’s time for a rethink. 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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Not every consultation will lead to a project, but time wasters are a common complaint of contractors and designers. David Dodd advises on approaches you can take to get to the core of a realistic, positive enquiry I was reading the APL Members’ Forum recently and a discussion was raised asking how it’s possible to reduce the number of clients who end up with the somewhat derogatory title of ‘time waster’. Truth be told, it’s often slightly more colourful than this. The question created some lively debate, with more than a few agitated replies about how clients have led contractors and designers up the garden path… sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun. The general consensus involves a scenario in which a prospective client rings up sounding very enthusiastic. A site visit is arranged, requirements discussed and measurements are taken. Hours can be spent preparing a quotation but after it’s been sent to them, you hear nothing. A polite call is made to

THE ENQUIRIES I HATE ARE THE ONES WHO SLIP THROUGH THE NET BY BEING ECONOMICAL WITH THE TRUTH AS TO THEIR FULL INTENTIONS follow up the enquiry and the response is either: “No thank you, we’ve gone with someone cheaper,” or you’re ignored completely. 34

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I sympathise with those who feel they’ve had their time wasted, but there is another side to this issue and not every enquiry that leads to a dead end can be regarded in this way. Essentially, as designers and contractors, we are service providers and customers who want their garden designed and built may want to, and are entitled to, shop around. Others simply have no idea how much a garden is going to cost and after having been blown away when they receive the estimates, they may well be too embarrassed to call to say, “No thank you, we can’t afford it.” The enquiries I hate are the ones who slip through the net by being economical with the truth as to their full intentions. They get you to quote to act like a price comparison website, and then get their builder to carry out the work for a fraction of the price, and often to a fraction of the quality. This has been going on forever, and always will, simply because people are different. It’s easy to blame someone else for having your time wasted, but sometimes it’s worth looking slightly closer to home and reviewing how you deal with each new enquiry. At The Outdoor Room we have greatly improved our enquiries to sales percentage ratio by following these rules: ● Sound keen but don’t say ‘yes’ to everything. If they’re asking you to design or build something that isn’t achievable in either cost or timeframe, tell them there and then.

● Ask them what their budget is. If they haven’t a

clue, ask up to how much they would like to spend. This isn’t rude – it’s a great reality check.

SOMETIMES IT’S WORTH LOOKING SLIGHTLY CLOSER TO HOME AND REVIEWING HOW YOU DEAL WITH EACH NEW ENQUIRY If they want a new patio, water feature, pergola, lawn and planting for £1,500, you know it’ll probably be a non-starter. ● Check what their time expectations are and let

them know your earliest availability. ● Ask if the project’s out to tender. If it is, ask

them to send over all the relevant information and design work, prior to arranging a site visit. ● If there’s no design and clients are asking for ideas, charge them. You may be giving away valuable knowledge to someone who’s simply picking your brains. If they’re not prepared to pay a consultation fee, they’ll often say, “I’ll get back to you.” They rarely do, but you will have saved yourself a lot of time and effort. The good enquiries will always be understanding and open to the above questions. If a client is a bit cagey or simply refuses to give an answer, we may well say: “Sorry, I don’t think we’ll be able to help you with your project.” By doing this we find ourselves freed up to focus on more positive up and coming projects. 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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With the EU referendum approaching and parties on both sides being accused of scaremongering, Lesley Malone discusses what she believes is the single biggest issue of the entire debate: our environment ‘The dirty man of Europe’ – so Britain was dubbed on joining the EEC in 1973. Our beaches were blighted with sewage, our rivers were dying from the chemical waste freely discharged into them, and our air was filthy from uncontrolled industrial pollution. It’s quite possible that we would still be living like this without European obligations forcing us to raise our standards; the political will to tackle national or global environmental problems has not been a notable feature of any successive administrations, after all. If you’re sick of fact-free scaremongering, hyperbole and supposition about Britain’s future membership of the EU, I don’t blame you. Economic forecasts, national sovereignty, cultural identity, impacts on business and industry – you’ve heard it all already. However, there is one overriding consideration that transcends all these relatively ephemeral issues for me, and that is the future of our environment. This is a matter that

THERE IS ONE OVERRIDING CONSIDERATION THAT TRANSCENDS ALL THESE RELATIVELY EPHEMERAL ISSUES FOR ME, AND THAT IS THE FUTURE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT surpasses all short term considerations of impacts on trade, jobs, and political power battles at home. The environmental turmoil we need to face now knows no national boundaries, and global warming is reaching the point of no return. These are the issues that need to be at the forefront of discussion about Britain’s long term future.

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Britain’s membership of the EU has vastly improved the quality of our beaches, rivers, and air, as well as protecting much of our biodiversity, rare birds, plants and animals and their habitats. We have accepted the need to limit greenhouse gas emissions, control industrial pollution, recycle, and mitigate the environmental impact of major new developments. Does anyone really want to turn the clock back and abandon these measures, which have done so much to improve the quality of life that we now take for granted in Britain? EU funds support huge amounts of regeneration and infrastructure projects around the UK, from local and regional environmental improvements, upgrading transport networks and supporting renewable energy research and development, to supporting leisure, cultural, and heritage projects, town centres, employment programmes and apprenticeships. The funding mechanisms consider real need and measurable long term benefit, rather than pandering to local powers and populist instant wins, and specifically target areas of greatest deprivation. We know that any post-Brexit scenario will involve yet more local government

funding cuts as investment dries up, trade shrinks and the economy dips. The loss of EU funding for regeneration will be a double blow for Britain’s poorest areas and communities, who are also those most vulnerable to the effects of environmental crisis. Leaving the EU will give Britain the freedom to regress to the polluted, blighted, isolated little island it was before 1973. We are yet to see a government in this country with the political will to bring in the radical measures that are needed to address climate change seriously, and we are even less likely to do so without the EU driving us. We already fall short of European targets for clean air and water – how much dirtier will our air and water become if those targets are no longer in place? Climate change is without a doubt the single biggest issue facing us at the moment: a global issue, eclipsing all other national economic and political considerations. Do we really want to become the ‘dirty man of Europe’ again? 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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PAUL DRACOTT GARDEN DESIGN A Cambridgeshire country garden gets an Arts and Crafts makeover


ALL ABOARD TIMOTAY LANDSCAPES Giving a contemporary outdoor space to this home on the River Dee


FULL FLAVOUR WALMSLEY SHAW A heritage garden at Raymond Blanc’s Oxfordshire restaurant


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MANOR BORN PROJECT DETAILS Project value ÂŁ300k Build time Commissioned July 2014, build started December 2014, planted April 2015, completed May 2015 Size of project 7,000sq m

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PAUL DRACOTT GARDEN DESIGN Giving a grand Arts and Crafts makeover to a country garden in Cambridgeshire


ocated in Buckden in Cambridgeshire, the original house was part of the estate of Buckden Towers and was extended and added to during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The house is now an eclectic detached property set in about an acre of gardens. The clients bought the property as a rundown but habitable house with a garden stocked with overgrown box and yew, a large

well-tended lawn and an informal area of unkempt but charming perennial plants. The brief The brief was to create a country garden in harmony with the renovated house, one that was traditional in feel but practical for modern family use. The clients specifically wanted the entrance to be more open and formal. The Edwardian extension had repositioned the front

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1 Previous page: Formal lawn and terrace 2 Naturalistic perennial planting with pool terrace beyond 3 Completed formal garden with Morus aba ‘Platanifolia’ flat top trees

entrance but the landscape had not been modified accordingly, so the approach to the house was unclear and the space lacked parking. A large entertaining and dining terrace was requested adjacent to the newly added garden room and the clients wanted a view from this terrace to the large formal lawn which was to be opened up and enhanced. A swimming pool, tennis court and formal terrace for the new drawing room were also to be included. The design During the initial client meetings it became clear that the property owners admired the formality of 40

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Arts and Crafts gardens and in particular William Robinson’s garden at Gravetye Manor in West Sussex. This set the feel for the design. The garden was laid out with strong hard landscape softened with planting. Later flowering perennials with a more northern European feel replaced the early English perennials of William Robinson’s scheme. This reduced maintenance such as staking and dividing and lent a more contemporary feel to the garden. The layout at the front of the property focused on a sweeping gravel driveway with a central turning circle, punctuated with box hedge and a large formal urn on an axis emanating from the

Edwardian front door. Pleached hornbeam and foundation planting encircled by box hedging completed the formality to the front. At the rear, an axis from the family room doors was emphasised and crossed with a second axis to a formal swimming pool. A weak change of level was reinforced with formal steps out onto the large lawn and down to the pool terrace. As large entertaining and dining areas were requested these were laid out with interlocking blocks of aged limestone flagstones, Vande Moortel Belgian bricks and planting. This zoned the terraces and the resulting area, although spatially large, was visually broken into small areas. The Belgian bricks were then used to create a path along the axis opening out into a small terrace planted with four table top mulberries and onto a circle punctuated with an urn and lavender hedge where the two axes cross. The formal paths and terraces in this area are bordered and pass through large planting areas planted mainly with modern style perennials. Echinacea purpurea ‘Rubinstern’, Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ and Origanum laevigatum ‘Herrenhausen’ to name but a few drift into one another and inter plantings of Verbena hastata, Dianthus carthusianorum and Knautia macedonica lend an almost

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chaotic air to the scheme. The 15x5m swimming pool was set in a terrace with a more contemporary edge than the areas close to the house. Vande Moortel pavers made up the main surface but the contrasting stone details in this area were diamond cut and sandblasted sandstone. Modern box parterres created division from the formal lawn and provided enclosure for the pool area. Planted with rows of round headed trees and interlocking blocks of Echinacea purpurea ‘Kim’s Knee High’, Perovskia ‘Little Spire’ and Sedum ‘Matrona’, this planting was more ordered and contemporary than that of other areas. These beds will shortly be planted with bulbs of Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ to give an early summer display. To the rear of the house a new half hexagonal extension had been added to the formal drawing room in the renovation. A terrace following the profile of this was created to catch the last of the evening sun. This terrace, detached from other areas, was surfaced entirely in diamond cut sandstone and the step noses from reconstituted stone in a Portland finish. A sandstone path linking to the front and zigzagging through shady planting completed the scheme. The gazebo, tennis court and a newly requested vegetable garden will form phase two of this garden early next year. Materials Arts and Crafts gardens use varying texture in the materials. Clay brick pavers or stock bricks on the edge would have lacked a contemporary feel so Vande Moortel brick paving was perfect for this setting and was admired by the clients. The difficulty came in choosing one that would be in harmony with the house and with the style of the proposed garden. After considering many samples provided by Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd, it was decided to use a brick called Terrestre. This brick was of sanded red clay and was tumbled so fitted the scheme perfectly. Flagstone areas had also to complement the house and the scheme. Areas closest to the rear of the house, the oldest part, were surfaced with an aged limestone called Vicarage sourced from Bannold Supplies in Cambridgeshire. A light coloured diamond cut and sandblasted sandstone flag called Verde, also from Bannold, was used for edge details and the drawing room terrace.

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PORTFOLIO Chilstone provided the urns, step noses and pool copings. The reconstituted step nosings in Portland lend a formal quality to the steps.


Build issues The build benefited from the soil on site being deep and relatively light, and beneath a small sub soil layer there was ‘as dug’ ballast. This was so clean most of the spoil from the pool dig was used in the concrete mix for the lower subbase of the pool area. The front was more problematic. The existing driveway passed beneath old oak and walnut trees and to resurface these the tree officer had specified a ‘no dig’ construction. The level was raised slightly and Cellweb from Geosynthetics was used in the construction of the subbase. The light soil, so helpful in the construction, was an issue when it came to planting. Large quantities of heavy organic matter needed to be rotavated into the planting areas to give the soil a better structure and water holding capacity.

ABOUT PAUL DRACOTT Paul Dracott has been designing gardens in Cambridgeshire, Home Counties and London for nearly 20 years. A member of the Society of Garden Designers, Paul specialises in contemporary town gardens, formal country gardens and urban roof terraces. Strong geometric patterns and clean lines are typically softened with naturalistic perennials punctuated with topiary. Paul is interested in incorporating sustainable and recycled materials such as green oak and composite decking and strives to create gardens in harmony with location and architecture.


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6 Front turning circle in front of Edwardian entrance 7 Pool terrace construction and steps reinforcing weak level change

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This modern take on a boathouse needed a contemporary garden to match


PROJECT DETAILS Project value ÂŁ250-350k Build time June 2014 to Oct 2015 Size of project 900m2

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ollowing the new build of their detached four storey home next to the River Dee in Chester, the client enlisted Timotay Landscapes to transform their outdoor space into a contemporary lifestyle garden, driveway and courtyard to complement their modern luxury home. The property, situated at the end of a mews, occupies a breathtaking vantage point of the River Dee. Styled in a cool render and topped with a slate roof, the client wanted to achieve an outdoor

space with high social value, affording them defined areas for dining and entertaining that would maximise the beautiful views across the River Dee and Chester, while at the same time considering the play needs of their young child. Design and build The scheme included the ground-up bespoke design and development of the driveway, courtyard and rear garden, with water feature and an array of hard and soft landscaping. Pro Landscaper / June 2016 43

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The design needed to give a seamless transition between the separate areas of the garden, work in harmony with the clean lines and contemporary style of the property, and balance the addition of a modern wrap-around glass balustrade balcony.


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The property occupies an elevated vantage point, with the garden on a cascading slope towards the river. Considering its position, and the inclusion of an extensive planting scheme, an integrated water irrigation system was required. To maximise space and incorporate a bespoke water feature, a series of raised areas and sunken patios were added, comprising modern paving, walling and screening that gently traversed with the natural flow of the water, leading down a path to a lawned area at the foot of the garden. For privacy and security, a bespoke boundary fence was built to complement the existing aged stone wall and bespoke automated gates were installed to the front and rear of the property and garage. Contemporary lighting made best use of the space during the evenings and showed off the garden at night.

Materials During the early stages of design, the client was presented with a mood board to allow them to visualise the variety of different materials and styles proposed for their design. The proposed materials were suggested to complement and work in harmony with the high-spec finish of the interior of the property. All paving was calculated and ordered specifically to match the preplanned laying pattern and continued with the cladding for all terracing walls and steps. As part of the design for the balcony, Timotay specified composite decking for its modern feel and non-slip properties. A bespoke fence was designed and built using Siberian larch battens. Challenges The scheme presented a variety of challenges, not least with the seasonal elements causing some delay. The site, with its changing ground

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ABOUT TIMOTAY LANDSCAPES Founded in 1985, Timotay Landscapes has earned an exemplary reputation in the domestic landscape sector by combining awardwinning design with high quality construction and project management. Timotay’s passion for providing stunning landscapes is evident in its innovative designs. They are committed to achieving excellence in customer service; clients can expect to receive the highest standard of care and attention throughout the Timotay experience. Their mission is to realise the potential of a client’s outdoor space with innovative design and quality craftsmanship.

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levels of some 5,000mm from the property entrance to lawn at the rear of the garden, presented a problem to overcome from the initial design stage. Access was restricted as the rear of the property was only accessible via a narrow passageway, therefore entry and exit had to be negotiated with the neighbouring boat club. As part of the duty of care to the surrounding properties, careful planning of access by plant machinery had to be observed. As part of the build, the client desired to have the drainage system within the property looked at. Due to the vast amounts of paving, the old combined drainage system was split to allow all of the water from surfacing and guttering to be navigated into a 96-cell soakaway under the lawn.

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REFERENCES Design and build

Plants, trees and hedging

Timotay Landscapes Ltd

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Building materials

Composite decking

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Whitworth sandstone

Water feature construction

Natural Paving

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Hoppings Quality Timber Products

AH Plant Hire



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Hunza lighting system Moonlight Design


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PROJECT DETAILS Project value £20k Build time 8 weeks (March to May 2014) Size of project 1,500m2


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FULL FLAVOUR WALMSLEY SHAW Walmsley Walmsley Shaw Shaw builds builds a heritage a heritage garden garden fit for a superstar chef fit for a superstar chef


esigner Anne Keenan, a long-time client of Walmsley Shaw, won a competition organised by the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) and Hartley Botanic to raise awareness of the charity Garden Organic, to design a heritage garden at Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin star restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

in Oxfordshire. The design was intended to showcase varieties of heritage vegetables and to demonstrate the principles of biodiversity, sustainability and organic gardening. Design This was a project that demanded design and craftsmanship of the highest quality. Anne’s

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DESIGN PLAN inspiration came from Le Manoir and its setting. To meet the brief of a sustainable and biodiverse garden, materials had to be sourced as locally as possible, incorporating existing materials already available at Le Manoir. Anne said: “I wanted the whole garden to be constructed without the use of cement or concrete – a challenge for both the designer and the contractor.” Build Walmsley Shaw constructed the hard landscaping using materials sourced from the British Isles, recycled where possible, to provide a perfect setting for the heritage vegetables planted by Anne, David and Raymond’s gardeners. This wasn’t one of Walmsley Shaw’s bigger projects but had enormous interest and appeal,

particularly because of the focus on preserving varieties of heritage vegetables. One of the charms of the project was the use of lime mortars and lime concrete, incorporated with traditional methods such as installing post and wall foundations with rammed stone, which seemed to work as well as modern methods. Anne’s design required considerable attention to detail for the sourcing of materials. Walmsley investigated and visited many local quarries to match the existing materials of the Le Manoir surrounding buildings, with great success. One of the largest features was the chestnut pale growing screens throughout the garden, which were brought together by the creative work of Jay Davey’s willow work and Ed Brooks’ rustic chestnut gate. Finally, they had the pleasure of building a champagne bottle seating wall. The heritage garden team consisted of tradesmen from Walmsley Shaw and a strong collaboration of Le Manoir gardeners, as well as David Love-Cameron, the winner of the scholarship programme of the other phase of the heritage garden competition. 5 Illustration of the chestnut pale growing screen and cleft fence 6 Champagne bottle seating wall 7 Anne Keenan and David Love-Cameron

REFERENCES Contractor Walmsley Shaw Ltd

Website Designer Anne Keenan

Web Willow work Jay Davey

Web Rustic gate Ed Brooks Furniture

Web Greenhouse Hartley Botanic

Web Chestnut posts and pales Say it with Wood

Web Green Man mosaic Joanna Dewfall

Web Stone supply Cotswold Stone Quarries



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PUTTERIDGE BURY FROSTS LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION Frosts Landscape Construction cares for the grounds of this Bedfordshire manor house


rosts Grounds Maintenance has maintained the grounds at Putteridge Bury in Luton for nearly ten years with gardener Chris Rolfe on site five days a week. The Putteridge Bury site includes a Grade II-listed neoElizabethan manor house set in nearly 30 acres of landscaped gardens and picturesque parkland. It is home to the University of Bedfordshire Business School postgraduate programmes and the university’s conference centre. The site is also used as a top quality venue for weddings, receptions and events. The manor was built in the style of Chequers by architects Sir Ernest George and Alfred B Yeates. The grounds were designed by Sir Edwin L Lutyens, who is recognised as one of the foremost landscape architects of the era, and planted by Gertrude Jekyll. Important features are the lawns, reflecting pool and the substantial yew hedges.

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1 (Previous page) Putteridge Bury manor and gardens from the rear 2 (Previous page) Wildflower meadow 3 Formal patio area overlooking rear lawns, reflecting pool and Yew hedges

Maintenance The planned preventative maintenance programme consists of grass cutting, shrub and plant bed maintenance, leaf collection, shrub pruning, weed control in the numerous beds and borders, and hard surfaces. The main challenges on site for the gardener are keeping the lawns in good condition, particularly after events, cutting the large yew hedges and leaf collection in the winter as the site is full of mature trees. Frosts, and in particular the gardener, works very closely with the client to ensure that the grounds are prepared and looking their absolute 50

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best for the many functions held at Putteridge Bury across the year. This involves adjusting the work programme and flexing labour resources to produce immaculately presented grounds. Chris has a vast array of equipment on site but he favours Stihl hand-held machinery for hedge work, Dennis mowers for striping up all the main lawns and the Kubota G23 for cutting the grass on the entrance drive to the site. All Frosts Landscape Construction machinery has been supplied by George Browns of Leighton Buzzard and Richard Taylor Machinery. Development The formal grounds give way to a wildflower meadow and woodland area on the periphery of the site. The wildflower meadow was transformed by Frosts almost three years ago from an old hockey pitch. Particular care was

taken in choosing the right wildflower mix for the area, using species that were known to already exist in the locality, thus ensuring successful establishment in keeping with the surrounding area. The Putteridge Bury grounds boast a prominent range of tree species including a couple of trees that are mentioned in the list of Notable Trees in Britain. Recently, Frosts has been instrumental in carrying out a comprehensive tree health survey and prioritised action plan to preserve the integrity of this important tree stock. In carrying out the tree works on site, Frosts has looked for opportunities to increase the biodiversity within the grounds with the provision of habitat piles and standing tree trunks to encourage birds, insects and invertebrates to dwell in the grounds.

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4 West lawn 5 Wildflower meadow in bloom 6 Formal gardens in the summer 7 Chris Rolfe on his Dennis mower

ABOUT FROSTS LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION Established in 1974, Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd is part of a family owned group of companies. Frosts’ fundamental values of quality, teamwork, safety and innovation are at the heart of the business. he main o ce in Milton Keynes is the base from which the company provides its range of specialist garden, landscaping and maintenance services throughout the UK. Frosts continues to be at the cutting edge of the industry.


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RHS MALVERN SPRING SHOW Celebrating the spectacular medal-winning gardens at this year’s four-day festival


Designer Peter Dowle and Richard Jasper Contractor Howle Hill Nursery e ections of apan, inspired by a apanese tea garden, brings a sense of astern magic to nglish soil, with the rolling alvern hills as a backdrop. The roofed outbuilding offers a calm shaded area to en oy the wonderful array of plants and gentle waterfall.


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The acmillan egacy Garden takes inspiration from a lovely overgrown garden in Worcestershire which was designed and built in 1 11 as a lasting legacy. once formal entrance leads the visitor through naturalistic planting and on to a secluded shelter with a weathered oak bench.



Designer Villaggio Verde Contractor Villaggio Verde The Garden of omance represents part of an old rustic Italian cloister garden, which was an important outdoor space for those confined to their quarters in days gone by. owadays, the garden plays host to wedding and blessing ceremonies. White doves roost within the garden, adding that ultimate touch of romance.



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INSPIRE Designer Ann Walker – Graduate Gardeners


Contractor Graduate Gardeners The Sunken Retreat was designed for a couple with mature children to relax in and entertain their friends and family. There is a place to sit at the front of the garden to enjoy the morning sun and an enclosed sunken seating area for evening use. A Corten steel fire pit and water feature backdrop provide great focal points.


Designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan


Contractor Historic Royal Palaces Wyevale Garden Centres, in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces, marks the tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and explores one of his aviary/menagerie gardens with Gardening Amidst Ruins. See the chickens roam around an ancient tree stump and sunken hut with abundant rose planting.



Designer Emily Sharpe – Garden Stories


Contractor Students from Weston College South West

Contractor At One with Earth

The Woodcutters Garden is based on The Woodcutters story, written by the designer. Set in a time when words like sustainability are part of the day to day norm, the central feature is a simple hut on the edge of a bluebell wood.

The UCARE Garden is inspired by Banbury’s Broughton Castle and uses the pink UCARE tulip, Tulipa ‘Caresse’, a symbol of hope in the treatment of patients with urological cancers.


Designer Students of Carole Webb Horticultural Training Contractor Swiftwell Environmental and Ray Bates

The structure and hard landscaping of this formal garden is inspired by the beautiful ancient ‘ illefiori’ glasswork artefact found amongst the Staffordshire Hoard.

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Designer Martyn Wilson – Wilson Associates Garden Design Contractor Shaun Bennett Landscaping

Time is a Healer provides a tranquil space for counselling the bereaved with a focus on children losing a loved one. The garden is designed to build awareness of the work of Primrose Hospice.

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London Stone, market leader in the supply of natural stone paving, recently undertook full refurbishments of its three showrooms. Managing director Steven Walley invited Pro Landscaper to have a look around the newly revamped West London showroom


pproaching the showroom building, the outdoor display is eye-catching. London Stone’s entire range of natural stone, Porcelain and Millboard decking products are installed for customers to peruse at leisure. This is an invaluable resource, allowing visitors to see the products in situ and get some inspiration. But it’s inside that the refurbishment has taken place, and immediately it’s easy to see that the showroom has been designed with customers firmly in mind, to provide an inviting and comfortable environment. Steven says:


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“We want to get people to just come down and look around primarily, but we would also like to encourage more engagement in our showrooms. The showroom is sleek and stylish, yet relaxed and friendly – the perfect space for creative discussions and decision making.” Customers are free to help themselves to a drink from the fridge and relax in the spacious seating area. There are also iPads and large screens available in the showroom so that visitors can browse the range online and view photos of completed garden projects to help them make their decision. “Rather than walk in and feel

pressured to go and speak to someone, customers can just amble around, look at the different schemes, have a drink and use the iPads situated in reception,” says Steven. “You can just show up for an hour or two and have a look, and there is always someone on hand to answer any questions or queries.” Indeed, London Stone’s focus on customer service has not faltered, and each of the new showrooms retain the same teams of experienced, dedicated and friendly staff. There is no ‘hard sell’, and the sales team are happy to give honest advice with the customer’s best interests at the forefront. This people-centric approach, coupled with the innovative design of the new showrooms, is the essence of London Stone’s brand ideology. London Stone now has three showrooms based around the M25 in Stanwell Moor, Knockholt and Brentwood, all of which offer the chance to see the full range of products in a unique showroom environment with expert advice. It’s a great experience and well worth a visit.

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TESTIMONIALS The new London Stone showrooms are a real game changer for me. I know that I can send my clients there and they will be entering a professional environment that reflects well on my business as well as London Stone. I know that they will have access to all the information they need and be made to feel welcome. – Matthew Keightley, garden designer 1 Relaxed environment – no hard sell 2 Free bean to cup coffee 3 Experienced and dedicated sales advisors 4 Help yourself to free refreshments 5 Signature sawn and bespoke products 6 Free Wi-Fi and iPads to surf the net

CONTACT Vermeulen’s Garden Centre, Horton Road, Stanwell Moor, Middlesex TW19 6AE 08442 251 915 & 01753 212 950

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London Stone showrooms are a wonderful resource for garden designers – contemporary and smart. They’re the perfect setting for discussing designs and material choices with our clients – and they never fail to get the creative juices flowing. With experienced sales advisors on hand to answer any queries that crop up, they’re the perfect one stop shop for hard landscape choices. – Ann-Marie Powell, garden designer

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Outdoor fireplaces create a focal point and provide ambience to an outdoor space. They are an invaluable option for more than just cold evenings, says Anji Connell Fires activate a space and provide ambience. They feed the urge to gather and socialise, they draw us in and give us a reason to venture out on chilly nights. Do we need to ask our clients how they imagine using outdoor fireplaces? If there is sufficient space, would they like to incorporate seating around the fire? Would they like to cook on it or use it solely as a gathering point for mingling party guests? Joe Tanney, principal of Resolution: 4 Architecture, tells me: “We like to incorporate outdoor fireplaces into many of our projects, which consistently feature roof decks and exterior patios. Not only do they allow the outdoor spaces to be utilised year-round but fires also provide a central element to gather around, as they are typically located in areas geared towards entertainment. They can also contribute to the organisation and delineation of spaces, and become the focal point of the outdoor room, which works within our design intent of bringing the inside out.” Hay Belzberg, founding partner of Belzberg Architects, adds: “We typically use natural gas fires as they’re easier to control and don’t require extensive clean up or preparation. They can be programmed into the housing control system to be turned on remotely. In our Kona Residence, one of the main concepts was to blur the relationship between the interior and exterior – we used fire, an element typically found indoors (the hearth), bringing it out to the landscape to emphasise this effect. In the evening, it also provides warmth and light, and serves as a contrast to the swimming pool.”

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Fires are the perfect addition to a small courtyard roof or side return, especially if they lack views. It's also important to keep in mind that even a stunning sea view can still be a black space at night, and fire along with good lighting will be transformative. Gas technology makes having a fire outdoors safe and instant. However, they do come minus the sounds and smells that you get from a ‘real’ fire with its hypnotic flickering flames. Encompass and EcoSmart have some fabulous options for stand-alone moveable fires as well as built-in models including wood burning stoves, fire bowls and burners to fit any space. I would recommend the sleek ‘Stix’, an eco bio-ethanol fire with no smoke, soot or ash. Safety-wise, make sure you locate your fire on a non-flammable hard surface away from vegetation and other materials that could easily set alight. Remember that smoke can be annoying both for your client and their neighbours, and it can also become a legal ‘nuisance’.

Check with your planning department as it may well be a smoke control area, which will define your choice. You will need a fire risk assessment in a commercial situation, and there are legal requirements with regards to the installation and ventilation to ensure a clean burn. By making all of these considerations, you can offer your client a sophisticated meeting point in their outdoor space with all of the warmth and atmosphere that a fire provides on those chillier evenings.

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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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Why and when was Coco Wolf set up? We set up Coco Wolf after finding a niche in the market for elegant and durable furniture that is designed to be outside. I founded the company in 2013 with my sister Claudine Davis and our partners. The ethos of our brand is to provide a seamless ow of living areas into the exterior space.

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Bring the beach to your own backyard with this collection. ffering a refined take on the exotic elegance of the tropical sands, this collection has both style and comfort, perfect for a poolside garden.


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A new Commonwealth Games Legacy Play Park

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN DAVIES WHITE LTD Davies White Ltd transformed a disused area of land in Cuningar Loop, Glasgow, into this stunning new Commonwealth Games Legacy Play Park


hree years ago Davies White Ltd was appointed by the Forestry Commission Scotland as the play design specialists for the Commonwealth Games Legacy Play Park at Cuningar Loop in Glasgow. This £5.7m Legacy 2014 project is now completed and provides an exciting new woodland park on the banks of the River Clyde. Located opposite the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, it has transformed 15ha of derelict, unused land into 62

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an attractive community green space. It was opened to the public in April 2016 and gives local people and visitors opportunities to get active and be inspired by the outdoors. The project is being managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, South Lanarkshire Council and Clyde Gateway. Site history Over the last 200 years the site has been used for mixed industrial purposes including the

location of several reservoirs that provided water to the whole of Glasgow from 1810 to 1860, quarrying and mining and finally a landfill site for rubble from the Gorbals demolition. Since then it has been neglected and naturally regenerated, creating a unique area of green space. Planning approval was given in 2013 to create a mosaic of woodland habitats with open grassland and meadows that will create places for local people to play and relax. Around 10,000 trees, 30,000 shrubs, 40,000 bulbs and 500kg

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of meadow grass have transformed the site, with native oak, silver birch and blossom trees being planted for year-round colour. Build A large part of the initial work on site involved preparing the haulage road and importing and testing soil. The soil and compost went through the riddling process which enabled the correct mix to be laid and allowed air into the soil. By the end of March 2014, around 75% of the soil was placed on site. Gillespies Associates developed the original masterplan, and the project has also benefited from work undertaken by the artists in residence, Rob Mulholland and James Winnett, who have worked with the community through workshops and digs. The improvements were constructed on site by Robertson Construction Ltd with Gerald Davies Ltd installing the play equipment designed by Davies White Ltd, and handcrafted by Touchwood Ltd. By the summer a new pedestrian and cycle bridge will have linked the woodland park with the Athletes’

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Village, Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. The bike track is designed to introduce cycling to people with a wide range of abilities and ages, with three tracks: balance bike, pump and skill building. The bouldering area – Scotland's first outdoor bouldering park – was created by Serious Climbing Ltd with the aim of introducing new climbers to the sport, whilst providing facilities for the more experienced climber. A total of nine boulders were constructed using a polystyrene core coated with reinforcing mesh. They were then sprayed with specialist concrete and polypropylene fibre shell, specifically engineered for this purpose and location. The boulders were designed in the Fontainebleau 1 Serious Climbing / Volx Holds / Cemex concrete boulders 2 Grassy mounds created from spoil on site 3 Cross-generational wide slide 4 Giant metal core rope scramble net

PROJECT DETAILS Project value £5.7m Build time December 2014 to January 2016 Size of project 15ha

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PORTFOLIO PLAY style and contribute to the woodland park as an artistic intervention, and as sculptures in their own right. The play facilities designed by Davies White are aimed to help reconnect families with nature through play, handcrafted by a team of talented carpenters using UK sourced larch and oak timber. They include a giant log stack and scramble nets, double zip wire, hollow oak log, accessible 1.2m wide slide, various swings, a bridge connecting huge grassy mounds and a series of green gym equipment structures made from locally felled hardwood trees. A Scottish

Lowlands Forest District ranger team has been employed to work with volunteer groups and schools to encourage outdoor activities to take place on site. Challenges The date to begin the construction of the new pedestrian and cycle bridge was delayed due to a series of technical hitches, mainly around ground conditions on both banks of the river where its foundations had to be laid. This meant the bridge wasn’t ready in time for the spring opening, but will be completed for summer 2016.

REFERENCES Principal contractor Robertson Group PLC

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ABOUT DAVIES WHITE LTD 6 Design development drawings and model of log stack 7 Giant 2m high chair and the story circle 8 Creating the hollow log from an 80-year-old oak 9 The hollow log and willow tunnels 10 Davies White Ltd design for the new play space


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MAGIC GARDEN ROBERT MYERS ASSOCIATES This new play garden at Hampton Court Palace was brought to life by Robert Myers Associates to provide both recreation and relaxation


he Magic Garden, a new family play garden at Hampton Court Palace designed by landscape architects Robert Myers Associates, was officially opened by HRH Duchess of Cambridge on 4 May. The brief An extensive creative brief for the Magic Garden was issued by Historic Royal Palaces as part of a competitive process in the autumn of 2011. Robert Myers Associates was selected from a shortlist in May 2012.

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The brief from Historic Royal Palaces stated that the inspiration for the project came from a need to create a substantial additional attraction for intergenerational families, as well as a compelling new reason to visit Hampton Court Palace. There was potential to increase the number of ‘leisure families’ visiting the palace and to give local families an incentive for repeat visits. The Magic Garden is to fulfil this potential without compromising the spirit of what is already valuable and special about Hampton Court’s historic environment. The brief added: “We envisage an exciting new interactive play garden... We are using the working title of ‘Magic Garden’ because we want it to be inspired by Hampton Court’s stories, legends and mythology, and to have a magical quality for all its users. As such, it will signpost the sense of discovery that exists throughout the remainder of the gardens and the palace, and will act as a springboard for further exploration.” Pro Landscaper / June 2016 65

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The design Robert Myers Associates’ design for the Magic Garden was inspired by the rich history of the palace and the site itself – Henry VIII’s former tiltyard. A strong garden structure has been developed upon which a series of character areas are layered. These include a tournament ground, wildwood, mythical beasts’ lair, ‘strange topiary’ garden, encampment, and a spiral mount with moat and grotto. The journey through the garden provides challenges, obstacles and illusions that play with the notions of hierarchy, status and scale. Stories of the Palace and its inhabitants are referenced in the fabric of the design, creating a sense of occasion and identity. “We have incorporated playfulness and magic into every aspect of the garden,” said Robert Myers. “It has been designed as a relaxing as well as a stimulating environment, with spaces to pause and rest, as well as places that are active and adventurous.” Challenges The Magic Garden was an ambitious project, with the only access for construction vehicles and materials being via the Royal Tennis Court gate located to the north of the project. This in turn added to the problems as the gate was only 2.4m wide and a scheduled ancient monument, meaning that it was impossible to use lorries to deliver materials. The entrance to the site was also off Hampton Court Road which is part of the Transport for London Strategic Road Network, so road or partial road closures were not possible.

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

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

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8 Thrones in the ‘strange topiary’ garden

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OU TD OO R GY M PL AY Pro Landscaper features case studies from across the UK of free outdoor gym equipment and projects that focus on natural materials to create fun play areas for children

The Great Outdoor Gym Company Location: Rochester Riverside, Medway, Kent

Fresh-Air Fitness Play and Leisure

Location: Little Paxton Playing Field, Cambridgeshire

Location: Elizabeth Park, Thurmaston, Leicestershire

Proludic Location: Avenue Park, Hounslow, Greater London

Russell Play Location: The Mead Children’s Home, Odiham, Hampshire


Wicksteed Location: Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich 68

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The Great Outdoor Gym Company / 01795 373 301

Wicksteed / 01536 517 028

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Earth Wrights Location: Bridges Park, Aveton Gifford, Devon

Eibe Location: Southwater Country Park, Dinosaur Island, Horsham

Infinite Playgrounds Location: Cleaswell Hill School, Choppington, Northumberland

Playforce Location: Shevington Community Primary School, Wigan

Park Leisure Location: Bradshaw Park

Sutcliffe Play Location: Durants Park, Enfield Timberplay 011 2 823 info

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Timberplay Location: Castle Hill, Ebbsfleet, Kent

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NURSERY NEWS Johnsons of Whixley celebrates hat-trick Gold Johnsons of Whixley supplied three Gold Medal-winning show gardens at the Harrogate Flower Show on 20 to 23 April 2016. Premier Gold went to ‘Tea for Two’ by BALI which featured £5,000 worth of planting donated by Johnsons of Whixley. The designers of Gold Medal-winning gardens ‘George’s Garden’ and ‘A Grand Day Out’ also carefully selected planting from the nursery’s Xpress Cash and Carry. George’s Garden, created by Lorna Batchelor of Yorkshire Garden Designs, featured sensory planting from Johnsons and was inspired by her son George.

Pershore College student wins Wyevale Nurseries’ Peter Williamson Travel Award

Rupert Bentley Walls joins Barcham Trees Nicholas Russell from Pershore College has been presented with Wyevale Nurseries’ Peter Williamson Travel Award. The 25 year old, who is in his second year of a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture, scooped the accolade after wowing the judges with a written submission and an interview. Steve Ashworth, director at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, said: “We would like to congratulate Nicholas on winning. The award was designed to

encourage a student towards a career in nursery stock production by assisting with a nursery in the Netherlands. Nicholas won the award by displaying a spirit of adventure backed up by knowledge of and commitment to horticulture.” Nicholas will be working for six weeks during the summer at a Dutch herbaceous nursery. He was also presented with £500 from Wyevale Nurseries to help pay for his travel costs.

Thrive sweet pea ‘Eleanore Udall’ to make its debut at RHS Chelsea Lorna said: “I selected plants from Johnsons to stimulate the senses including lavender for smell, blueberry bushes for taste, stachys and saxifraga for textured foliage, colourful foliage such as hebes and brachyglottis for sight and bamboo and phormiums to create movement and sound.”

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Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year will be able to see Thrive’s sweet pea ‘Eleanore Udall’ in full bloom in a garden in the Grand Pavilion. Thrive is a charity that uses gardening to help people with disabilities or ill health, or those who are disadvantaged, isolated or vulnerable. Client gardeners from the charity’s Battersea garden are

overseeing the germination and are delighted to be growing for such a prestigious show as RHS Chelsea. They are being supported by senior horticultural therapist Steve Humphreys. The sweet pea will be featured in an exhibit highlighting the many different looks that can be achieved in small spaces through container gardening.

Rupert Bentley Walls has been appointed sales executive by Barcham Trees, having spent the last 10 years as senior tree officer for the London Borough of Hackney. Prior to this, he worked in both the private and charitable sectors with organisations such as Groundwork, and was the first employee of Trees for London, which has evolved into Trees for Cities, a charitable trust across the UK. He has considerable expertise in planting, species selection, establishment and community engagement, local authority management structures, service provision, and understands how tree officers function. He was until recently on the executive committee of the London Tree Officers Association and was on the drafting panel of the British Standard for tree planting BS 8545:2014 ‘Trees: from nursery to independence in the landscape’, and an active member of Trees and Design Action Group. Pro Landscaper / June 2016 75

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We still keep in contact with our clients and hold reviews at a number of times throughout the year to discuss where the scheme is going, and tweak if necessary. The purple sage in this project is a problem. I have found that although it is a great colour, shape and fragrance, it can be a bit tricky and tends to die back – I am looking at alternatives rather than replanting the same.

ABOUT ELKS-SMITH LANDSCAPE AND GARDEN DESIGN Elks-Smith Landscape and Garden Design is based just outside Southampton. The company works on projects in the south of England and is a small but expanding practice working almost exclusively for residential clients. The company has won several awards, including a Silver Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 and was the Principal Award Winner in the BALI National Landscape Awards.

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This front garden of a modern house was designed to reference the Arts and Crafts movement. The project focused on softening the hard landscape and creating a garden that could be enjoyed for a good part of the year but was also adaptable to seasonal changes. The driveway to the house previously ran up to the front door with a significant change of level. The site is very free draining and hot in the summer, but cooler to the gate side. A traditional approach to the planting style was chosen, including Mediterranean inspired plants which thrive in these tough conditions. It is a calm arrival space that accommodates people in the garden with parking capacity for three cars.

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With summer on the way, Ian Drummond looks ahead to his upcoming projects and considers how plants can act as a boost to everyone’s health and happiness


ust like that, summer is upon us, and with it comes RHS Chelsea – the greatest show on earth. This year, I’m thrilled to be working with Ann-Marie Powell, creator of the official RHS garden for 2016. The garden is intended to build awareness of the positive effects that plants can have on people’s health and happiness, something I know we in the indoor landscaping industry feel particularly passionate about. Ann-Marie’s front garden design is part of the ‘Greening Grey Britain’ campaign to get the nation to transform hard grey areas into beautiful spaces, improving lives and helping the environment. The garden features bright borders to lift the spirits, benches to relax and socialise on, restful water features, edible plants, a bee-friendly mini meadow and even a stylish kitchen garden. It’s a joyful, living, inspiring antidote to the depressing parking space trend that we see all too often in London.

THE GARDEN IS INTENDED TO BUILD AWARENESS OF THE POSITIVE EFFECTS THAT PLANTS CAN HAVE ON PEOPLE’S HEALTH AND HAPPINESS My part in this is to design the planting for the ‘interior’, which is a shipping container. My hope is that visitors to the show will have plenty of ideas to take home and will be inspired to take part in the campaign. Front gardens, though personal, are visually public spaces too and anything we can do to bring life to these areas is so worthwhile. As I write this, preparations are already going full steam ahead, and I can’t wait for it to come to fruition. Another project I’m excited to be involved in is a Chelsea Fringe

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WALKING ON SUNSHINE Ian Drummond Chelsea Fringe is promising to be even bigger and better. It’s not only London that benefits from this brilliant community initiative – there are now five satellite Fringe Festivals in the UK, including Bristol, Brighton, Kent, Henley-onThames and Cambridge, plus a further seven overseas. All these events and installations boost everyone’s morale, health and happiness, and that’s the feel-good power of plants that underpins every aspect of our business. planting scheme for the Connaught Hotel, turning the exterior planting red white and blue for the 90th Birthday of HM The Queen. I love the idea of the show gardens spilling out from the grounds of the Royal Hospital, into Chelsea, Knightsbridge and beyond. Last year, some of the temporary gardens created outside boutiques, restaurants, hotels and even tube stations became living focal points that lifted everyone’s spirits. Last year we created floral installations for the entrance, the lobby and the Rosebery at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, using Jasmine, white roses and hydrangeas. Seeing London in full bloom is always a highlight of early summer and this year the

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Lee Heykoop recently worked on the planting for a park playground. Here she gives us an insight into her design considerations


n easy audience: not expecting much, if anything, from plants. They’re relaxed, playful and, most importantly, open to strong impressions. The audience? Children and their adults. The venue? A park playground. My design aesthetics are functional. The wavy freeform concrete wall in this park – which was quite a sight to watch being built – is stepped onto and through for the rope bridge and net. Planting flanks the entrance gate, blending with trees for a woodland edge type planting. Planting is allowed a central space that is (rarely for this site) in full sun. Other planted parts of this playground, mature since its inception in the Nineties, have long ago had any understorey trampled and have become excellent canopy patches with trunks and twisting stems of shrub and trees – perfect spaces to race through if you’re small. I’m happy working on this planting with the convention of blocks, and sometimes repeating blocks, of plants. Only the space for woodland edge understorey is large enough to cue for matrix planting, and their aspects change


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dramatically. That is, if all were designed with matrix planting, the shift between and within the borders would be sharp rather than gradual, with short and marked transition zones rather than a process of mingling and handing over from one set of species to another. Repetition also happens with different species of the same genus to get more rhythm with variety. Thus this border features: both Geranium sylvaticum ‘Mayflower’ and G. psilostemon, both approximately 90cm tall; Digitalis laevigata and D. grandiflora, both with flowers in the yellow spectrum, and four different cultivars of Helleborus orientalis. Besides rhythm, this kind of repetition, I think, invites a second look, as people want to notice difference. To return to my first point: the perfect audience. This is inspiring because the planting won’t be just visually appraised. This audience will be rushing to play, or watching over its little rushing charges. I hope this planting will be indirectly appreciated and compel appreciation in a person’s own time when its outstanding qualities

become impossible not to notice. With this in mind I have also made sure to design for seasonally suited exuberance. In winter time, they’ll catch the fragrance of Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’. It will be tied in to the fence at the back of this woodland edge

I HOPE THIS PLANTING WILL BE INDIRECTLY APPRECIATED AND COMPEL APPRECIATION IN A PERSON’S OWN TIME border and pruned after flowering to stay close to the fence line. It flowers through the winter, a great source of early nectar much visited by bees. There will be masses of hellebores and a little later umbellifers. I hope it will be stunning. The central sunny border has exciting colours: intriguing shades of oranges and reds (Asclepias curassavica, Hemerocallis ‘Stafford’, Anemanthele lessoniana); yellows (and giantness) from Inula magnifica ‘Sonnenstrahl’ and Helenium ‘Loysder Wieck’; thistles from Eryngium planum ‘Blaukappe’, and E. yuccifolium, supported by Acanthus ‘Rue Ledan’; statuesque-ness from Asphodelus albus and another giant Miscanthus floridulus x giganteus, and medium height and bulk from Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Miss Jessopp’s Upright’ and Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’. The supporting cast includes Salvias, Nepeta, Miscanthus, Euphorbia and Dianthus carthusianum appearing here and there. Maintenance for the woodland edge area is a cut down in late winter ahead of early bulbs. In the central border the bulbs are late spring to early summer flowering, leaving time for a February cut down of the other material (prune for the sub-shrubs). The optimism of spring growth is shown quickly by the Anemanthele lessoniana and Hemerocallis ‘Stafford’ and the bulbs use spaces before other growth closes it. 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 tutoring at he eld University and is currently horticulture o cer at the Royal ar s. er articular focus on how people interact with their landscape has moved her focus bac to lanting.

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The contrast of the variegated leaf isn’t for everyone, but there are enough options to fit around any planting scheme. Andy McIndoe considers the value of variegation, from the bold gold and greens to subtle creamy-white


lthough some may profess a dislike of variegated plants, they are a reliable way of adding colour and variety. When flowering shrubs run out of steam in midsummer, and before autumn tints bring warm hues to the planting picture, variegated foliage breaks up the monotony of green. In winter and shady situations, variegated evergreens bring light into the shadows and may be the only real interest in the landscape. The bold gold and green variegated leaves are usually the ones that divide opinion. Yellow is such an attention grabbing colour – it needs to be Euonymus ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ balanced in a planting scheme, or used to draw attention. For example, the familiar Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ can add a cheery note to the edge of a shady path to highlight the way. A strong combination of hard yellow and green is difficult to combine with other colours – it overwhelms soft hues and never sits well with green and white. If in doubt, choose a variegated leaf with more green in it. Elaeagnus pungens ‘Viveleg’ is a much easier plant to incorporate than the over planted Elaeagnus pungens ‘Maculata’. Deciduous gold and green variegations lose their intensity in shade, the brash gold becoming a bright lime green. This can be a great Cornus sericea advantage when ‘Hedgerows Gold’ planting to lighten a shady corner. Cornus sericea ‘Hedgerows Gold’ is a strong, tough shrub, great for poor, wet soil. The foliage colour can be overpowering, but in semi-shade it is very uplifting.

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The soft combination of white and green is far more acceptable, even to plain leaf purists. Some variegation is clearly defined. Take Ilex aquifolium ‘Elegantissima’ for example; deep holly-green, with a clearly defined creamy-white margin to each leaf. It would work well in shade with the ever popular Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ or a variety of Hydrangea Hydrangea arb. ‘Annabelle’ paniculata. Although the hydrangeas blooms are eventually white, there is enough green in the foliage to compensate. In Cornus alba ‘Sibirica Variegata’ the variegation is softer and more diffuse. The green and white variegated leaves with a hint of pink, mean the overall effect is more subtle and blends rather than contrasts with adjacent planting. This is such a useful, low maintenance shrub with year-round interest; the red stems are attractive even after the leaves Cornus alba ‘Sibirica Variegata’ have fallen.

The variegated Pittosporums are really useful for their small, shining leaves that reflect light. This spreads the variegation more evenly through the foliage, giving the Pittosporum ‘Elizabeth’ plants a brighter effect. with purple foliage shrubs Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Elizabeth’ is a good example. The hint of pink in the grey-green and white variegation makes it a perfect partner for purple leaves, too. In warm sheltered conditions, the larger leaves of Pittosporum tobira ‘Variegatum’ are a soft grey-green with a hint of cream at the edges. It makes a good contrast to soft, silver foliage: on well-drained soil it proves hardier than expected. It can be a very effective Pittosporum tobira contrast to grasses ‘Variegatum’ and is a useful structure with soft perennial planting. The variegated box Buxus sempervirens ‘Elegantissima’ is another subtle character. Its tiny deep green leaves are boldly edged with cream – however, the effect is soft and diffused from a distance. Tolerant of dry shade and slow growing, it is a valuable plant which seems to be more resistant to box blight Buxus sempervirens than others of the ‘Elegantissima’ species. The plant is a good choice for long term planting of pots and containers and it’s reliable, retaining its shape when left untrimmed. 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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Hugo Bugg’s Jordanian garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea challenged its growers at Hortus Loci, but it also revealed many exotic plants that thrive in the UK climate, says Jamie Butterworth


y far my favourite part of Chelsea, aside from the copious amounts of Pimm’s, has to be discovering new plants that I’ve never seen before. Wandering down Main Avenue and seeing what catches my eye is pure joy. This year, one garden that is going to be full to the brim with new, exciting and completely unusual plants, will be Hugo Bugg’s Royal Bank of Canada garden. When Hugo first came to Hortus Loci all the way back in June last year, we collectively only knew one of the 150 plants on his plant list. Unsurprisingly, it was the most difficult, challenging and unique garden we have ever grown for at Hortus. It will be the first time that 90% of these plants have ever been seen at Chelsea. Every season at the moment seems to be beating records in one way or another – longer drought spells, hottest on record, all round unpredictable weather. It is important to look

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at new plants that we can grow which will thrive in these challenging conditions. The nature of the plants that Hugo is growing will tolerate much harsher, drier, and arid conditions. Despite how difficult this garden has been to grow for, it has revealed a great selection of plants that have in fact thrived in UK conditions, and are real showstoppers. I believe that these perennials are able to be grown in the south of England, particularly in dry, sunny, open positions. Four of my favourite plants that have done particularly well in the UK climate include: • Salvia deserta – A fantastic Salvia that is new to me, with incredible flat, large foliage and majestic purple spires that are similar to that of S. nemorosa and grow up to around 80cm. Grows naturally in very sandy soil in full sun. Definitely a plant to look out for. • Papaver carmeli – By far the most incredible bold, red poppy I have ever come across. Sown in the spring, they will produce an abundance of vivid red flowers with a black speckled base. Grown as you would with any typical Papaver, it will add instant drama to any border. Loves a position in full sun. • Glaucium grandiflorum – Another brilliant red poppy that will add a real wow factor to a dry border, with delicate glaucous foliage. The flower buds gradually unfurl and spiral out to reveal the intense colour hidden within.

Salvia deserta These are just four of my personal favourites, and I’m hopeful that we will be seeing much more of these plants not just at Chelsea in years to come, but also in cultivation generally. ABOUT JAMIE BUTTERWORTH 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 ma or o er sho s such as R helsea am ton ourt and atton. amie is a oung ort associate director and R oung mbassador romoting horticulture to young eo le across the UK. n addition to this, Jamie is also a gardening broadcaster for Radio ondon.


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THE GROWING MENACE In April 2016, Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) published the UK Plant Health Guidance Document focusing on Xylella fastidiosa and the implications for importers and users of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. The bacterial pathogen was only known in the Americas and Taiwan until 2013 when a rapid decline in olive trees in southern Italy was associated with the disease. Death is eventually caused by an infection that invades xylem vessels and blocks the transport of water and soluble mineral nutrients; early diagnosis can be difficult to detect as it includes leaf scorching and wilting of the foliage. “When I first entered the industry in 1976, we didn’t have a lot of the diseases we have now. More have arrived in the past 10 than the previous 100 years and Xylella fastidiosa appears to be by far the worst disease that’s come along,” explained Steve McCurdy, managing director of Majestic Trees near St Albans. “If we don’t get a grip on it now, it has the potential, depending on how it mutates, to take over and destroy our landscape, and thereby our livelihoods.” The EU Commission has banned the movement of plant material from areas where the disease has taken hold to try and contain the introduction of the organism, and the spreading of the disease, within all member states. The document issued by Defra and APHA states that any host plants imported from the EU must be accompanied by a valid plant passport confirming they have been sourced from disease-free areas and sites.


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“I only buy my tree stock from the best disciplined nurseries, but Xylella is leapfrogging and potentially bouncing around all over Europe,” said Steve. “Xylella only shows up on a tree or plant when it is in leaf. This is a big problem because as a nurseryman, I will buy an oak tree, for example, before it’s in leaf, meaning the disease is dormant.” Unfortunately it was found in southern France last autumn, with more bad news expected this spring from areas further north. Xylella fastidiosa is a major concern for nurserymen like Steve because if an outbreak is declared, not only are the host plants destroyed but there will be statutory movement restrictions


within a radius of 10km for a minimum of five years. Steve added: “If a project within 10km of my nursery imports trees infected with Xylella, the EU rules state that the inspector has the right to effectively shut me down, such is their concern, even though I was not the cause. We’ve got to manage how trees come into our country so that everyone is under the same rules. So many trees are not inspected, but go straight to the project site and are planted immediately in the ground.” Steve, who has over 30 years of industry experience in the UK and California, also discussed how difficult it has become to prevent and treat a pest or disease as a result of the EU continually banning different chemicals and

pesticides. “Nothing has been found to prevent or cure Xylella,” said Steve. “But in parts of Europe there is a lackadaisical attitude about pests and diseases, and with free movement infected plants move easily once they arrive in the EU. New laws are passed because many countries do not lobby their MEPs of their objection to changes in legislation or proposed bans. However, once passed they are never enforced in many parts of the EU, even though their MEPs had supported the legislation. This kind of attitude is a serious problem.” Xylella fastidiosa could make its way into the UK within the next couple of months and Pro Landscaper will be keeping an eye on the threat and will report on any changes in the industry. ABOUT MAJESTIC TREES Majestic Trees is an award-winning nursery specialising in the supply and planting of high quality mature trees and hedging. The nursery was awarded the UK’s Nursery Stock Grower of the Year award, the Ornamental Grower of the Year award three times and it received silver in the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards in 2011 and 2016.

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COPING WITH DIFFICULT SITES In the last part of her series on difficult sites, Janine Pattison considers wildlife and pests. Build your guards high, but be cautious of protected species In this series of articles, we have examined all types of difficult sites and I have suggested various options of overcoming the challenges presented by these projects. My final article on the subject is to consider those sites where wildlife is present and can create constraints. There are many protected species of animals and plants in the UK and it is easy to fall foul of regulations if you don’t do your research. There are also many species of animal which are not protected, but which can present a pest problem to the completed garden. I will begin by looking at those species that benefit from legal protection. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 includes all species of bats, great crested newts, badgers, dormice, voles, otters, natterjack toads and various reptiles like adders, lizards and grass snakes. This is not an exhaustive list, so contact a qualified ecologist if you have any concerns. The legislation in the United Kingdom prohibits the killing, injuring, taking or selling of those wild animals listed on

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WILDLIFE the appropriate schedule. This legislation applies to land (including land covered by water) and to territorial waters. It is also an offence to damage, destroy or obstruct access to any place that such an animal uses for shelter, protection or breeding. Severe penalties can be imposed for deliberate or accidental damage. When you start work on a new project you need to find out if there are any protected species on the site and then factor this into your proposals. Make sure that the client and contractor have been alerted to your findings so that they are not put in a vulnerable position. Other species which we would normally regard as pests include deer and rabbits – these animals can do serious damage to gardens and plants and often it is necessary to prevent their access to the garden. This can only be done by continuous fencing of sufficient height and depth to seal the site, but the effectiveness is vulnerable to a gate left open overnight or a hole being created by a determined rabbit. New tree planting is especially vulnerable and will need to be protected with guards from ground level up to

browsing height of a deer – any damage to the bark may kill the tree or at least stay with the tree for the rest of its life. Fencing does need to be checked regularly to remain effective as the growth of plants can create opportunities for wildlife to get in. Moles will quickly destroy fine turf and although there are many gadgets on the market which promise to deter them, the only real solution is to trap and kill them. This option is not very palatable to most people and coping with the odd molehill is a small price to pay. Birds (especially pigeons) will often perch on pergolas and arches and leave their droppings all over paths and garden furniture – think about this at the design stage and try to reduce these roosting spots. Ironically there are often many species of wildlife that we actively encourage into our gardens – it’s all a question of balance. ABOUT JANINE PATTISON Janine Pattison MSGD is a multi award-winning

garden designer and horticulturist 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 ualified R horticulturist.

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THE VALUE OF KNOWLEDGE Stuck in the middle between designer and client, Robert Webber finds himself increasingly frustrated by those not willing to give credit where it’s due So, RHS Chelsea is over and anyone who has been involved will undoubtedly be sitting back and counting the cost. It’s an expensive business to be involved as a contractor at Chelsea, but worth the effort if success comes your way. This is now our busiest time of the year. Back to back scheduled commissions and longer, lighter days mean our workload increases by 100% compared to the winter months. Being busy brings a whole new set of pressures to any small business. I didn’t want to rant about anything this month but I find myself stuck in the middle of designers and clients at the moment. Issues caused by one word: specification. I’ve spent the last four weeks costing ten projects that have had no specification. All of these projects have been over £100k build for the landscapers and approximately £15-20k lighting build for us. We haven’t won any of them, despite writing a full lighting specification, designing the infrastructure for the client, mocking up lighting effects and advising the


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landscapers on possible conduit positions. I’ve found that either the designer or the client has ‘taken’ our expertise and design and gone elsewhere, using other contractors to install to our design and cost from our specification. I don’t feel hard done by, but it’s such a disrespect when we do everything for the designer to make them look good and bring out the best in their design for them to virtually ‘steal’ our expertise. I’m now caught in two minds whether or not to charge for our quotes, which sounds ridiculous. There is an easy solution. Either pay us to write a specification

EITHER PAY US TO WRITE A SPECIFICATION FOR YOU OR WRITE ONE YOURSELF SO THAT ALL CONTRACTORS HAVE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD TO COST BY for you or write one yourself so that all contractors have a level playing field to cost by. Maybe our ‘design process’ can help you? More often than not, the client wants lighting but doesn’t know where to start. Obviously we help them by gaining an understanding of how they use their garden, and this information formulates the basis of our solution. Different clients have completely differing needs, there is rarely a ‘one size fits all’ solution. The next area to tackle is budget. Over the last 10 years I could count on one hand the number of designers who have given us a budget in their brief. Don’t be scared to talk to the client about money – it’s a big decision factor. Unrealistic expectation regarding cost is the only reason we ever lose a commission.

To help clients, we talk about similar projects and show example images, revealing actual charges for those projects so there is no illusion as to what a properly designed and installed lighting scheme costs. Then we cover different manufacturers and lighting effects and fittings. In our experience we have found that there isn’t one manufacturer that makes a perfect range of light fittings across all external disciplines and effects. Our challenge is keeping symmetry between quality, LED colour and longevity of enjoyment. From those key areas of a discussion we can formulate a competitive design solution. We can simply mark up a plan and present these back to the client giving detailed costs for each area so they fully understand how the overall figure adds up. We always include one year’s maintenance so virtually any failure of a lamp or damaged cable can be rectified for the client during the first year. David Dodd wrote a fantastic article a few months ago in Pro Landscaper, commenting on how to share the praise that you get with all of those involved in building the garden. So together, let’s make the process seamless and enjoyable for all. It’s such a small world, building and maintaining gardens at the highest level. Relationships and working together is key. This should set our industry apart because we love what we do and are committed to keeping our standards far above all others. ABOUT ROBERT WEBBER Robert Webber is the founder of Scenic Lighting, a specialist exterior lighting company based in Berkshire. He designs and installs garden lighting throughout the UK and internationally. Robert can be contacted on or via his mobile on 07766 051000.

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VALUE ENGINEERING Value engineering can hugely benefit your client and help secure the project for you, the contractor. It’s a method that benefits all, says Sean Butler Many landscape projects require solutions to overcome clients’ budget constraints. For instance, when a client has an unattractive deck that’s both impractical and not aesthetically pleasing, one would presume that a new, well-designed deck would be the easiest and most cost effective solution. However, the client doesn’t want a new deck, but a patio – and within a constrained budget. Have you ever heard the phrase ‘value engineering’? I love this phrase. To me it’s about rising to a challenge to solve the unsolvable, whilst making sure the margin between dream landscape and reality is not miles apart. It’s time to think reinforced concrete rafts rather than deep foundations, and suspended block and beam floors rather than mass infill. Reinforced concrete rafts can get you out of all sorts of problems and they’re cheaper to construct than strip foundations, where a large expanse of support is required. There are two types of raft commonly used – a flat raft or a wide toe raft. In short, a flat raft is used in stable ground, and a wide toe raft in ground with poor compressibility or sloping. In this case, we chose to use a wide toe raft due to the slope away from the house. The fact that the house was on piled foundations indicated poor compressibility. Once the base area is prepared, formwork (timber shuttering) needs to be used to create


the desired shape. Note that concrete has a high density and weighs more at the bottom than top, so additional supports are required to ensure that the formwork does not ‘blow’.

IT’S RISING TO A CHALLENGE TO SOLVE THE UNSOLVABLE, ENSURING THE MARGIN BETWEEN DREAM LANDSCAPE AND REALITY IS NOT MILES APART The construction of a raft consists of two layers of reinforced steel separated by plastic spacers. The steel used here is T12 and A142 reinforcement mesh. The ‘toe’ has larger diameter steel (T25) and square links to form a rectangular cage. Load bearing block walls were then built to which a block and beam floor could easily be added. In this project, Milbank Concrete Products Ltd supplied the beams for us. Suspended block and beam floors are cheaper to build than a mass infill raised patio, and the risk of settlement is negated using this method of construction. On some projects where raised patio or terraced areas are a requirement, the void underneath can be used for useful storage if designed in. Other benefits include serviceability to lighting or automated irrigation that can all be fitted using the suspended floor. The outcome as seen here is a two-terraced radial patio, with a link deck. A bespoke curved steel planter acts as a barrier to the drop. This was powder coated to the client’s accent colour, which is repeated in cushions and bean bags. Value engineering worked here for the client, and ensured we as the contractor were able to secure the project by saving the client £27,000. ABOUT SEAN BUTLER Sean Butler is the landscape designer and director of Cube 1994. With a background in civil engineering, Sean has an in-depth understanding of the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built landscape.

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MARSHALLS AND ME The Marshalls register offers training, assessment and entry to its awards scheme. Mike Long talks about what the register has done for his business

It was back in 2011 when I was first approached by Marshalls. Recommended by my local Jewson merchant, two well-dressed reps cornered me like something out of the Men In Black movies. I should say that all of this is only my opinion, not the facts about Marshalls – after all, they turned over an operating profit of £37.5m last year. (They could bump me off if they wanted!) I was one year into running Genesis Landscapes when asked to consider joining the Marshalls register. I could see the benefits of joining at the time, as my experience in the industry was about three years compared with my regional assessor who had 25 years of being ‘on the tools’ before joining the Marshalls team. Access to such experience was a huge benefit

to me. Having hands-on experienced assessors, such as Ray Stephenson, has helped me to grow both my skills and ultimately my business – well worth the £25 per month I pay. As well as regional assessors, the register gives you access to Installer Development Managers (IDMs). IDMs are great at keeping you up to date with new products, getting samples and getting you the best price possible on your Marshalls materials. The role of an IDM has changed over the few years I have been a member, sometimes focusing on merchants and contractors, other years just contractors. It’s a role which I personally feel Marshalls could develop some more to offer further business help, for example walking their contractors through CDMs; however I know that Marshalls are keen to help their contractors where they can and will increasingly fine tune the roll of an IDM. Other benefits of membership are the opportunity to enter their annual awards. You can enter your best Marshalls projects into the regional awards to compete with other local members. Winners of regionals are then invited up to the national awards to go head to head with some of the country’s finest talent; the top prize is the highly coveted Toyota Hilux and the ‘Contractor Of The Year’ title. Yes, maybe

ACCESS TO SUCH EXPERIENCE WAS A HUGE BENEFIT TO ME they’re dangling a huge carrot in front of us to get us on board, but let’s face it, it’s a good carrot. The Marshalls register is like the APL, BALI and similar associations: you get out of it what you put in. I’ve heard stories of assessors meeting with contractors for a number of affiliations, often having contractors saying: “Sell it to me then.” Don’t forget, these guys are not just trying to sell you their membership; you will be representing their brand too. Do they really need obnoxious ‘know it all’ contractors? Probably not. These relationships are like a good marriage – you work for each other and respect what each brings to the table. Marshalls is a large corporate company, but the guys on the ground are employed to help you and your business. Utilise them. In conclusion, as a young business, the Marshalls register team has helped me to grow and often filled areas of my knowledge I once lacked. I have won awards with Marshalls that have brought great PR opportunities and have helped to raise the profile my business and give it extra credibility. ABOUT MIKE LONG Mike has worked in the landscape industry for ten years, running his own company, Genesis Construction and Landscapes, for six. 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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Essentially for trimming hedges, topiary, bushes and trees, this ladder is perfect for use when working on lawns or uneven ground. The 3rd leg is telescopic and depending on the task, you can work face-on with the 3rd leg planted into a hedge, or sideways with one side of the base parallel to the hedge giving the perfect work position. These ladders are safe and don’t wobble because of their 3 legs. They are stable due to the wide base. Manufactured from welded aluminium alloy extrusions, this ladder is lightweight yet strong and has a Safe Working Load of 100kg (220lb).

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There is no modern business for which social media is not important. Ross Hewitt advises on best practice for handling negative comments in the public eye Social media is a part of life for just about every business which provides a service or sells something. Eventually, someone somewhere will make a mistake. If that mistake affects a customer who is very active on social media, then they are likely to make lots of noise about it. This is where you need to react quickly to try and turn negative into positive (or shift it to neutral, at least).

ABOUT ROSS HEWITT Ross Hewitt is managing director of digital marketing consultancy Secret Pie and author of ‘Savvy Social Media’. Ross began his digital marketing career in 1998 when social networking was ‘something you only did in a pub’. He set up Secret Pie in 2010 and has been helping clients get discovered and loved online ever since. Twitter: @Secret_Pie


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1 Listen

2 Fix it

You need to be in a position to pick up on any mentions that are made about your business quickly after they are posted. Visit your social media accounts on a daily basis. You need to be actively checking your account so that if someone has sent a message or posted a comment, you will see it and be able to respond in a timely manner.

Always look for a way to fix the problem. Try not to get into any sort of debate in a public forum that could become argumentative, as you will never ‘win’ in these situations and you may end up making the issue bigger than it needs to be. Wherever possible, however, keep the discussion in the public zone. It is not best practice to try and get the issue taken offline as quickly as possible. The goal should always be to publicly demonstrate that you care about the customer and to resolve it quickly and efficiently. If the person you are dealing with is being completely unreasonable, then be confident that other people will also view their responses as obtuse.

3 Respond Read the negative message a few times through, at a sensible pace so that you digest fully what the person is saying. Do not skim read it or you may miss out on some important semantics that are crucial to the issue being raised. If you know that some investigation needs to be done on your part, acknowledge the complaint and promise to come back to them when you have looked into the issue. That is a promise you must keep. Responding quickly is key as it nips any further posts about lack of care in the bud. ‘I’ is also a lot more personal than ‘we’. Never ignore a negative comment, no matter how unfair it seems. Keep emotions out of it.

4 Delete as a

last resort Tempting as it may be, avoid deleting negative comments or posts straight away. You have to try to get to the bottom of the problem and fix it, to have a happier customer at the end of the process. The old English adage is true: you can’t be everybody’s darling, but you can get everybody’s respect if you play fair and prove that you care.

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Adam Corrie from Synergy 3 Ltd continues his series on business presentation by advising on building the best website As we have covered over the last few issues, presentation and quality are now more important than ever in the competitive landscaping market. One of the most crucial aspects of your company’s appearance is your website. It is now the first place many prospective clients will look and it is a good opportunity to give a great first impression. Creating or updating your site can seem a very daunting task. Many people lack the time to do it themselves or get confused with the jargon-filled quotes from web developers.





Creating your own site

Creating a simple website yourself is perfectly achievable, and many companies choose this option. There are free online template builders which, with some time, will allow you to create an online presence. For reference, take a look at or




Choose your domain

Domains are key. A good website domain is short and easy to remember. You can check availability for your domain on a variety of sites, such as and We would always recommend buying a .com and a domain under the same name. This will deter competitors of comparable names having a very similar domain to you. There are a lot of new domain extensions now available as well, for example .green or .land. These may be worth considering. The other benefit of having a domain is that you can set up a professional email. looks a lot better than


Hiring web developers

The best option to create an effective online platform is to get your website produced by a professional web developer. This can sometimes seem an overwhelming task but experts will be able to work with you to develop an effective schedule, work to your budget, and deliver a professional website that meets your requirements.


Outline your audience and purpose

For your website to be most effective, it needs to be tailored to your audience. You may be a landscaping company working solely in the commercial sector, which lends your site to a corporate design, highlighting detailed working practices. Alternatively, you may be working in the domestic sector, and to make your site effective here you would adopt a friendly, simple design, showing your works and services.


Prepare your content

Whether you decide to go with a web developer or make the site yourself, it is hugely beneficial to have an outline of content. This will improve turnaround on both fronts and also save you money with a web developer as they won’t have to charge for content writing.

JARGON BUSTER SEO ‘Search Engine Optimisation’. In simple terms, this is the process of optimising your site to list highly on Google, Bing etc. Responsive A responsive website will resize automatically to fit different screen sizes – smartphone, tablet, etc. Google Analytics Google Analytics is a free tool which allows web developers (or you) to effectively track your site’s visitors and how they use your website. ABOUT SYNERGY 3 LTD Synergy 3 Ltd is a design company based in central anchester. hey o er gra hic design ebsite design rofessional hotogra hy and related services to the landscaping and construction industry.

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Grounds maintenance company Ground Control is investing more time and money into training its staff to ensure they are up to date with the latest legislation, pests and equipment. Pro Landscaper’s Fay Tate explored how the company ensures all of its staff are fully trained.

“Our people have to stand out from the crowd, be super competent, and be a safe pair of hands,” said Marcus Watson, managing director of Ground Control in the April issue of Pro Landscaper. “The University of Ground Control helps us do that across the board.” The University of Ground Control offers around 150 courses in all areas of the business, including construction, maintenance, gritting, arboriculture and customer service, and not only focuses on professional development but also developing personal skills. Its in-house training has been accredited by Lantra and City and Guilds, and the company works closely with the British Red Cross and Energy and Utilities Skills Register (EUSR). “It’s great to have courses accredited by Lantra,” said Chloe Muirhead, project manager, “and that we can give our staff an accredited certificate after they complete a course.” The University of Ground Control releases a course

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guide every year that is available to all members of staff. In the guide, which will be available on the company’s intranet, details of the course content, training provider, duration, certification and cost of the course are provided. “All Ground Control employees are encouraged to think about what training they want or need to do, and discuss their development plan with their line manager,” added Chloe. “We want everyone to have a development programme

THE UNIVERSITY OF GROUND CONTROL OFFERS AROUND 150 COURSES IN ALL AREAS OF THE BUSINESS that ensures they have the skills required to do their current role and to prepare them for their future roles.” All training courses in the guide are offered to everyone in the business, but new courses are added if members of staff request training or if a client requests specific certifications or knowledge for a contract. Chloe said: “We’ve just started a new invasive species course as most grounds maintenance contracts require groundsmen that can spot something like

Japanese knotweed and other invasive species. So we put a course together, accredited by Lantra, which focuses on how to spot and manage them so our groundsmen can show the client that they know about invasive species.” Training is delivered by both internal trainers and external providers, with whom Ground Control partner wherever possible to ensure training meets the needs of individuals and the business. Neil Huck is the national training manager at Ground Control and has been at the company for 16 years. He is hugely knowledgeable and very focused on safety, seeing everyone in each team and checking that they know what they’re doing in the field. He said: “It’s very important that I pitch the courses according to the abilities of the team in front of me, but I believe in not letting people just sit there and go to sleep. I feel very strongly that they should get involved so I ask them to identify what’s wrong in a photograph or why something happened.” Ground Control knows that investing in skills for the future is important, and the courses offered through the University of Ground Control are free to Ground Control’s employees. CONTACT Ground Control st loor Kingfisher ouse Radford ay illericay sse

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The titles adorning Pro Landscaper’s coffee table this month

Plants, Beds and Borders Author Katie Rushworth Publisher RRP £16.99 Katie Rushworth from ITV’s Love Your Garden has published her first book. Focusing on transforming an outdoor space with careful planning and clever planting, there are six chapters which act as an easy-to-read guide from the initial planning stage through to maintenance and aftercare. The TV presenter also shares ideas on creating eight different types of gardens, including

Mediterranean and urban jungle themed. These sub-chapters provide in-depth descriptions of which plants to use, sketches of planting plans and tips on how to maintain them. Plants, Beds and Borders is perfect not only for beginners in garden design, but for anyone looking to branch out into creating an alternative type of garden.

Landscape and Urban Design for Health and Well-Being: Using healing, sensory and therapeutic gardens Author Gayle Souter-Brown Publisher RRP £34.99 Landscape and Urban Design for Health and Well-Being by Gayle Souter-Brown, founder and director of Greenstone Design UK, explores the social, economic and environmental benefits of developing green space for health and well-being, and explains how to design a project using a salutogenic process. It is broken down into four parts that direct the reader through the book.

Complex statistics are made more palatable with illustrations, sketches and images that demonstrate and emphasise key points. Featured case studies show how projects all over the world – including an urban regeneration project in Christchurch, New Zealand, after the devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 – have been designed with health and well-being as a focus.

Luciano Giubbilei: The Art of Making Gardens Author Luciano Giubbilei Publisher RRP £45 Written by award-winning garden designer Luciano Giubbilei, The Art of Making Gardens looks at how his style has developed over the last few years. The book focuses on his work at Great Dixter in East Sussex, his love for craft and traditionally made objects, and how water, colour and texture influence his designs. Combined with the stunning photography of

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Andrew Montgomery, Luciano eloquently describes his thought processes and paints a picture with anecdotes of significant moments in his career. Full-page images break up the text and emphasise his points. The images included are also breathtaking and a marvel in themselves. Pro Landscaper / June 2016 103

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KINLEY SYSTEMS ALUEXCEL FLEXIBLE Crossrail roof garden, Canary Wharf The six-storey Crossrail station and leisure complex at Canary Wharf features a landscaped roof garden covered by a semi-open air lattice roof. Opened in 2015, the roof garden incorporates leading edging material AluExcel from Kinley. The product was selected by landscape architects Gillespies for its flexible properties, used to act as an edge between the resin bound hard surfaces and the garden’s exotic plants. AluExcel is a ‘green’ material made from recycled aluminium with lightweight properties. The materials used in this project were AluExcel 65mm flexible and AluExcel 25mm flexible aluminium edging. Price: POA WWW.KINLEYSYSTEMS.COM

GREEN-TECH RITE-L-EDGE Imperial Wharf Green-tech has supplied 800m of Rite-L-Edge which has been installed in one of the most sought after locations in London: Imperial Wharf adjacent to Chelsea Harbour. The development of a large urban park area, incorporating both hard and soft landscaping, required an edging that was quick and easy to install, was discreet once installed and would not rust. Rite-L-Edge is made from durable aluminium alloy and is ideal if the surface to be edged requires any form of mechanical compaction. Price: from £3.50 per metre exc VAT WWW.GREEN-TECH.CO.UK




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Country Kerb is a striking edging product from Tobermore, designed to create unique ‘kerbside appeal’. The standard aggregate finish is suitable for projects that require subtle, minimalist edging, while the granite aggregate finish is ideal for schemes where a chic, contemporary look is needed. Country Kerb is also available in the rich colour of graphite which is perfect for projects that require a distinct, modern edging solution. The University of Salford, Royal Swiss Apartments in Barnes and Portland Green in Newcastle are just a few recent projects that Tobermore’s versatile County Kerb has been incorporated on. Price: POA WWW.TOBERMORE.CO.UK

EverEdge Halestem was used by ARCH Construction on a prestigious private house in London. Halestem is an L-shaped steel edging product designed for use in hard landscaping projects. On this particular project, Halestem was used to create straight and curved edges to a resin bonded path and drive. Made from high tensile galvanised steel, Halestem has created a permanent and maintenance-free edge to the paths of this property. ARCH Construction, the contractor who installed the edging, said: “Halestem was simple to use, quick to install and looks great. We got exactly what we wanted.” Price: £22 per 2.5m length inc VAT WWW.EVEREDGE.CO.UK

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Mitox 5300UK Pro Kawasaki Powered by a 53.2cm3 Kawasaki engine • With 2.0kW of power, can handle tough tasks with ease • Bike handle offers a comfortable working position • Heavy duty manual cutter head allows for maximum durability in harsh conditions Price: £649 inc VAT

Pellenc Excelion 2000 Weighs 5.4kg • Standard mode rotational speed 20006200rpm • Cutting diameter with wire 340mm, with bimetal blade 320mm • Sound level 84dB(A) • Right handle vibration level 1m/s2, left handle vibration level 1.3m/s2 Price: £1,140 inc VAT

Makita EM4350RH Weighs 12kg • Vibration reduced by four damper springs mounted between engine and backpack frame • 4-stroke engine • Fuel tank capacity 0.8L • Noise sound pressure 83.5dB(A) • Noise sound power 104.1dB(A) Price: £642 exc VAT



EXPERT VIEW: LOOP HANDLE BRUSHCUTTERS VS COW HORN BRUSHCUTTERS Roughly 95% of the brushcutters we use on our contracts are cow horn brushcutters. It’s the standard specification as they’re more comfortable to handle and easier to control for operatives who are using them for long periods of time. The shape of the handles allows COMPANY ENGINEER, you to control the cutting motion more accurately, GLENDALE which is important when working through long-standing grass or roadside verges. Generally, the loop handle is used where more precision cutting is needed. The loop handle is ideal for cutting around the edges of flower beds because you can easily turn the brushcutter on its side to access hard to reach places.


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The cow horn brushcutter is more suited to industrial uses – big, open flat spaces and terrains, where one has a bigger swing or scything circumference area. It’s also more comfortable where longer pieces of work are being considered. This WORKSHOP MANAGER, brushcutter however is unlikely to be suitable JOHN O’CONNER for challenging woodland areas. Loop(GROUNDS handled units are ideal for smaller jobs and MAINTENANCE) LTD simple gardens which don’t take more than half an hour. Its manoeuvrability also provides an advantage on terrains where your balance needs to be maintained.


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McMurtry Ltd RC-01 610mm rotary-deck slope mower • 13.5hp petrol engine with electric and pull-cord start • Speed 0.8m/s • Measured noise 100dB • Range 100m • Blades stop if handset out of range • Blade stop time under five seconds • Weighs 235kg Price: £12,000 exc VAT

Reform Metrac H7 RX Front, rear, crab and four wheel steering • Compact dimensions and safe operation at up to 45° • Hydraulic vibration damping on front and rear linkages • 21,500kg lift capacity • Gross vehicle weight of 3,800kg Price: £52,000 inc VAT





Tracmaster BCS 660HY Hydrostatic drive and assisted hydraulically controlled steering • Equipped with the patented PowerSafe hydraulic clutch featuring multiple steel discs in oil bath and connected directly to the engine • Slow speed up to 4.7km/h • Fast speed up to 7.0km/h Price: £5,445 exc VAT

Cub Cadet RZT-S50 ‘Syncro-Steer technology’ provides manoeuvrability and the ability to turn on its own axis, offering climbing ability to ensure smooth movement over all terrain and inclines • Cutting height range 38-100mm • V-Twin cylinders • Power 12kW


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Before outlaying a large amount of money on a bespoke bank mower, there are two main considerations: a common sense approach to the situation and a robust and workable risk assessment. There is a myriad of remote control machines, power arms and bespoke bank tractors available in today’s market but selecting the correct option for your

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specific requirements can be tricky and expensive. On any slopes operation the safety of the operator and those who could be affected by the work are key considerations, especially when working next to roads, water, railways and buildings. There is no one machine that will suit all situations, so trial the options and consider the alternatives.

In all events you must consider the access, the finish required and the surface you are working on. For example, tracked machines are ideal in difficult situations, but if operated incorrectly can affect slope stability by damaging the surface, leading to erosion. However, the alternative may be to do nothing or go radical and use sheep.

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Pro Landscaper’s Nina Mason spoke to managing director Dave Roberts about what Kubota UK offers landscapers, the admirable relationship it has with its dealers, and his views on tackling noise and pollution What percentage of business (UK) is dedicated to landscaping/groundcare? We have four main product divisions within the business of which construction accounts for half. We have our engine business, selling engines to manufacturers, which accounted for about 20% of our turnover last year. The agricultural business, which ten years ago was nothing, now accounts for 10% and is still our biggest opportunity to grow, with groundcare making up the final 20%. What are the bestselling products for landscapers and grounds maintenance companies? The compact tractor is the landscaper’s Swiss army knife. The tractor on its own doesn’t achieve anything until you attach something to it, and straight away it becomes a useful bit of kit. You’ll see a tractor out 52 weeks of the year – that’s the beauty of it, its flexibility. But if you set your business around cutting grass, you’d buy a dedicated ride-on mower to cover more acreage, since you would be charging by area size. In terms of volume, ride-on mowers would be the bestseller for us.

TALKING KUBOTA Can you tell us a bit about finance/credit options available for landscapers? We launched the Kubota finance arm in September with three types of finance to choose from. Hire purchase is the more straightforward one, where you’ll put down a deposit and finance the rest over three or five years, paying the VAT at point of purchase and owning the product at the end of it. With a finance lease, it’s the same model, but you can pay the VAT as you go. The option that’s becoming more popular is an operating lease, in which you don’t pay back the full amount over the finance period but don’t own the product at the end of it. You then have the option of a new agreement, purchasing it outright, or financing the outstanding cost. Can you tell us about your main dealer network? The groundcare and landscaping group is our longest established network. In 1979, we allied ourselves with a dozen companies across the UK, which has developed into around 45 different dealers with over 100 outlets. We train around 600 technicians every year because it is critical that our dealers are empowered with the right knowledge to provide excellent aftersales service.

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What are your views on noise and pollution with machinery and how are you tackling the issue? From our point of view, it’s important to keep the noise level down. We don’t just meet the EU regulations, we tend to go a lot lower, but the regulations mean that the noise levels are relatively low to start with. However, I think when you’re talking about our type of kit, noise is not quite so sensitive as, say, hand-held equipment. What’s next? Honestly speaking, over the next five years there’s going to be massive transformational changes because of stage 5 engine emission regulations in 2019. To get the emissions right, you have to put a huge amount of technology into it, and that’s going to mean a huge change in our organisation here, and is something we’re already working on now. ABOUT DAVE ROBERTS Kubota is a global provider of groundcare, agriculture and construction machinery. Dave Roberts is the first UK national to be made managing director of Kubota UK.

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TRADING WITH SMITHS BLETCHINGTON Smiths Bletchington is a supplier of quality aggregates and construction services. Pro Landscaper spoke to joint managing director, Andrew Smith


Company name Smiths Bletchington Address Smith & Sons Ltd Enslow, Kidlington Oxfordshire OX5 3AY Tel 01869 331281 Email Web

products and service and our pricing reflects that approach. We believe our pricing structure has to be competitive, but customers also value reliability – getting what they want, when they want it.

How long ago was the business established? Smiths has been operating for more than 100 years, firstly as agricultural contractors and hauliers. In the Andrew Smith, joint managing director 1930s our quarrying of Smiths Bletchington activities began and since then, quarrying of quality aggregates has come to the fore. How did you first become involved in the company? Four generations of Smiths have been involved in the company. I joined in 1989 after qualifying as an accountant and became joint managing director in 1998. Can you tell us more about the types of products you offer? Our basic product list is suitable for landscaping as well as construction industries, farming and the domestic market. In particular, crushed and graded limestone, gabion stone, sands and gravels. We have a collection of decorative shingles and more recently the addition of a range of recycled and secondary aggregates. Where do your products sit in the market in terms of pricing? At Smiths we pride ourselves on quality

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Do you offer trade discounts? We don’t, but aggregates markets are competitive, and each job is individually quoted, so the majority of our customers already get trade prices. Obviously, prices reflect volume and particularly transport costs, depending on how far we are travelling. Prices reflect load size – big tippers, small tippers and of course, our bagged aggregates against loose deliveries. Do you expect the business turnover to increase or stay the same this year? Our expectations are that the business will continue to grow. Maintaining our traditional customer base in the construction industry will be a key aspect but we expect growth in the landscaping, decorative and retail markets. What else can we expect to see from Smiths in 2016? With investment in the washed recycling plant at Gill Mill, Smiths is very keen to support the increase of recycled aggregates and sands being used across the whole industry. We are also investing in the updating of the Smiths website – making it easier to find quality products on any platform, particularly mobiles and tablets which should help the smaller commercial or domestic customer.

Finally, we are seeking accreditation to ISO 18001 standard for our developing Environmental Management System. What is the delivery turnaround? This depends on the quantity and where in the UK it is being delivered. As a general rule we will endeavour to reach our customers within 48 hours. If not time dependent, three working days’ notice is preferred. Locally, we can deliver the next day and it is possible to collect at certain quarries. It’s always best to have delivery times confirmed when ordering. Do you deliver across the UK? Smiths can organise a delivery to any postcode in mainland UK. Is there a minimum size order? We have no formal minimum size order, but with delivery charges we would recommend a minimum of ten 25kg bags. That is something we’re looking at – we hope that soon a delivery of just a few bags will be viable. We’re able to deliver in small poly bags at approximately 25kg on pallets, bulk bags at around 900kg or loose from 1-30t on our range of tipper vehicles. Pro Landscaper / June 2016 109

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JONATHAN EMERY Pro Landscaper’s Fay Tate spoke to 20-year-old landscape architecture student Jonathan Emery about his studies at the University of Sheffield and his Capability Brown-style blueprint

Why did you decide to study landscape architecture at the University of Sheffield? I was interested in the course even before I chose my GCSEs – I always did like digging in the garden, and spending my holidays around the British countryside. I wanted to mix the artistic and creative side with the environmental side of landscape architecture, and I like the importance it can have in our day to day lives. What have you learnt in your degree so far? I’ve learnt all sorts of things, really, from landscape and urban design and construction to planting design, landscape and visual impact assessments (LVIAs) and planning strategy documents. As an example, we’re doing a project at the moment looking at a cemetery and how we should re-imagine this landscape for a more sustainable future.

Capability Brown, which was showcased at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show? I was doing one in a series of exhibitions that Peter Goodchild was creating to celebrate the tercentenary of Capability Brown. My part was to re-envision the Great Yorkshire Showground landscape using the elements Brown introduced to the many gardens he visited. It was difficult to approach such a functional landscape and design a completely


How would you encourage more young people to take up landscape architecture? I am a student representative for the Yorkshire branch of the Landscape Institute, and through that I did some work at the ‘Rethinking the Urban Landscape’ exhibition. A lot of people I know did art or art-based courses and from that, they always mention architecture. Perhaps communicating it to those art-based courses is the easiest way to spread the message.

Is there much practical experience in your degree? If so, what have you done? There is quite a bit of model making. For my construction module, we had a choice of working with metal, concrete or wood, and I chose wood. I’m making a series of joints and structures to experiment with our construction design to create a threshold structure that acts as a key landmark in the landscape. What do you enjoy most in your studies? I enjoy it all really. The course is a lot broader than people imagine it to be. I can get bored of one thing quite easily so the variety of the course makes it quite enjoyable. Can you tell me a bit more about the blueprint you produced in the style of 110 Pro Landscaper / June 2016

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What feedback did you receive at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show? On the whole, it was really positive. Everyone really liked the idea of re-imagining a landscape as a Brown landscape. It’s something that hasn’t been seen before.

different aesthetic. I was trying to replicate something in digital media that Brown did 300 years ago. I studied the plans he had drawn, how he drew the trees and the forms he used, and then tried to copy them digitally.

What are your plans for the future? I did some research under the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience into ‘Business Improvement Districts’, and I took it to parliament where I met the MP for Sheffield Central, Paul Blomfield. I was thinking of doing more research around that, and how cities can fund the management of urban space.

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Twenty riders have now been confirmed for the Three Peakers Ride Again challenge in September. Pro Landscaper’s Fay Tate has been catching up with several of the riders to see how they’re feeling about the most ambitious challenge for Perennial’s HortAid 2016 campaign



“I’m really looking forward to cycling through the rolling landscape of Devon and Cornwall, as well as making some new friends and spending time with old ones.”







“I’m looking forward to the team spirit, having a lot of fun on the way down to Land’s End and supporting each other through tough times.”

“I’m feeling a mixture of excitement and trepidation in equal measures, but I’m looking forward to meeting up with the team again because they are such a good bunch of people.”









“It’s a good thing because it focuses me, and I know that it’s such a good bunch of people who keep me going.”








“I think it will be a great challenge for all of us, especially as this time it’s all about saddle time with no breaks from our bikes to shoot up a mountain or three.”

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“I am very excited though slightly apprehensive if I’m honest. It has been a long time since I’ve done anything this physically demanding.”






“I’m really excited about the challenge because I did the last two. I like the idea that I’m doing the off-road one because I find it more sociable.”

“I’m feeling nervous because this one is a bigger event than last time. It’s frightening how fast time is going.”

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