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Association News BALI-NCF updates us on its plans for the future, RHS reveals Britain in Bloom winner, efig promotes Working Christmas Tree Week, BALI discusses lobbying government, new venue for SGD Awards ceremony announced, preparations for WorldSkills final by the APL
Should Your Industry Body Of Choice Be Autonomous? With a merger of APL and BALI unlikely, David Dodd suggests now is the time for domestic contractors to look towards BALI as their preferred industry association
Famine or Feast? Andrew Wilson explores how to keep existing partnerships with landscapers as well as forming new relationships to keep up with client demands
All By Myself Angus Lindsay takes a look at the risks lone workers face and suggests ways we can protect those working alone
The Green Inbetween Green spaces in urban areas are important to health and well-being, and it is garden designers who should creating them says Juliet Sargeant
#SocialMedia Social media has become the norm for all types of business today, Adam White gives his tips and tricks on how to use it to your advantage
Picture Perfect Lesley Malone bemoans the lack of quality photography in the landscaping industry and gives advice on how to create images with the wow factor
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27 Whither YoungHort?
Jody Lidgard asks whether YoungHort is packing the punch we need it to
Award winning garden designer and TV personality Ann-Marie Powell
28 Coping With Difficult Sites In the first of a new series, Janine Pattison takes a look at some of the more challenging aspects of garden design, starting this month with slopes and levels
29 Relight Your Fire Confidence, enthusiasm and positivity are key traits of successful people, if you have lost the excitement when it comes to your business, now is the time to relight your fire, says Steve Clarke TECHNICAL
32 Special Branch Tree lighting is the simplest and most effective way to make a statement in any client’s garden explains Robert Webber
On Top Form The first of its kind in London, Blakedown Landscapes builds a partially enclosed roof garden above the new North Dock Crossrail station
Sea Change Frogheath Landscapes creates a seaside retreat with a tropical twist in Hastings
Shades of Grey A north London property is updated by Greenscapes UK using a soft grey palette and clean contemporary lines
30 Vectorworks Landmark 2016 Tasmin Slatter talks us through the new features of Vectorworks Landmark 2016 and how it will make a difference to the working lives of garden designers
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Learning Curve Bournville Village Landscapes delivers a modern planting scheme for the central courtyard of a student accommodation block in Birmingham
Silva Timber What you need to know about selecting and maintaining decking materials
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Angus Lindsay Head of fleet at The Landscape Group
Equipment news extra Jack Bacon gives the lowdown on Makita’s latest cordless tools
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Dreaming Of A Red Christmas Ian Drummond gives his top tips on how to keep your poinsettia flourishing
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Adam White Director of Davies White Landscape Architects
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Cordless Transitions Into Maintenance Market Low noise, zero emissions and flexibility are some of the benefits of Stihl’s cordless kit
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NEWS SHED London’s Garden Bridge team begins plant and tree selection The planting team for London’s Garden Bridge visited nurseries in the UK and northern Europe to select some of the plants and trees that will feature on the bridge. The bridge will link the tree-lined South Bank to the Victoria Embankment Gardens and Temple Gardens on the north bank, providing an ecological corridor connecting either side of the river. Tree selection was led by landscape designer Dan Pearson, who has been working with landscaping contractor Willerby Landscapes. The Chelsea Flower
Show gold medallist said: “To get to this point we have completed extensive research to identify appropriate species and material which will cope with the conditions and it is good to finally see the plants in the flesh.” Pearson went on to say they were able to compare and contrast different varieties, with the search starting at Deepdale Trees in Bedfordshire then moving onto European nurseries to meet nursery experts and get their advice. The Garden Bridge is set to open in 2018. www.gardenbridge.london
ANS Global installs Europe’s tallest indoor living wall Living wall specialist ANS Global has installed the tallest indoor living wall in Europe at Great Western Quarter for Barratt Homes in London. A team of five abseilers were specially trained to install the 11,000 plants on the 112m2 wall, which runs up all eight floors of the building. Scott Anderson, sales director at ANS Global, explained: “The wall is being maintained by our 6
abseiling team, as well as benefiting from a remote control irrigation system integrated into the structure, which is controlled from our head office in West Sussex. There is an irrigation pipe every half a metre, so that the plants get equal attention and the wall continues to look healthy all over. Our abseiling team also carries out general cleaning duties including dusting and trimming the plants.” www.ansgroupglobal.com
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The Landscape Group commended in National Apprenticeship Awards 2015 The Landscape Group was highly commended at the West Midlands regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2015 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, on 8 October. Now in their twelfth year, the awards are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent through apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces. Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “Apprenticeships deliver for businesses, individuals and the economy. They enable people
to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, in some cases up to degree level, while working and earning. And for businesses, hiring apprentices is a productive and effective way for them to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.” To find out more about the National Apprenticeship Awards please visit: www.gov.uk/government/ topical-events/nationalapprenticeship-awards
Green-tech celebrates bumper year Landscape supplier Green-tech is celebrating its most successful year to date. The company announced earlier this year that it had signed a three-year deal to be headline sponsor of the BALI National Landscape Awards. It has also supported a number of industry events, the latest being as headline sponsor to the north’s largest landscaping exhibition, LandscapeLive 2015. Green-tech won the prestigious BALI National Landscape Awards 2015 ‘Employer of the Year’. It is also a finalist in the Press Business Awards 2015 ‘Large Business of the Year’ category, with the winner to be announced on 19 November. The company is in the process of relocating its entire trading
operation to purpose-built premises in North Yorkshire, costing in excess of £3m. The site will include its head office, warehouse and distribution facility and trade counter. Green-tech chairman Richard Kay said: “It has been a tremendous year for Green-tech. Exceeding the £10m turnover milestone has been a personal target of mine, so I am delighted that our hard work has paid off.” www.green-tech.co.uk www.prolandscapermagazine.com
London College of Garden Design launches planting design course Garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin will lead a new six-month planting design course aimed at professional designers and landscape architects. The course was launched by the London College of Garden Design (LCGD) and will include lectures from some of the UK’s leading specialists as well as practical workshops and visits. Tony Kirkham, curator at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, Nigel Dunnet from the University of Sheffield and RHS Chelsea Gold medal winners James Basson, Jo Thompson, Paul Hervey-Brookes and Amanda Patton will also give lectures. Andrew Fisher Tomlin LCDG
director said: “We’ve wanted to provide a new course specifically on planting design for a number of years. This is in direct response to requests from landscape architects who want to expand their skills into this area.” The course starts in January 2016 and will explore contemporary ideas and traditional techniques for planting heritage settings and parks. www.lcgd.org.uk
Glendale claims six golds at South East and South West in Bloom Glendale has scooped six gold and two silver medals at the South East and South West in Bloom awards. Waltham Abbey Gardens in Essex, Gostry Meadow in Farnham and Phillips Memorial in Godalming achieved gold at South East in Bloom, along with Gunpowder Park in Waltham Abbey, which also scooped Best In Category. Success came too in the South West, where Weston-super-Mare and Portishead in Bloom both took gold. Mike Brunskill, sales and marketing director at Glendale, said: “The in Bloom awards acknowledge the importance of both sustainable environments and communities.” www.glendale-services.co.uk
Landform Consultants to expand maintenance division Multi-award-winning landscaper Mark Gregory of Landform Consultants is to expand the company’s high quality garden and grounds maintenance division, Landform Maintenance. Responding to a growing demand from high-end consumers, he believes now is the right time to substantially increase sales. Landform’s maintenance manager Alex Marsh said: “From the feedback we get it appears that our customers think that we
provide a really good maintenance service to a high specification, so it’s about time we capitalised on this and grew the business.” Marsh will be targeting high-end consumers in their existing catchment area and looking to establish new markets in the commercial maintenance sector.
The company will be expanding its workforce and is currently recruiting maintenance gardeners. Mark Gregory will be a panellist on The Beauty is in the Build debate at the FutureScape event at Sandown Park (www.futurescapeevent.com) on Tuesday 17 November, where he will answer questions from the chair and the audience. www.landformconsultants.co.uk
NEWS IN BRIEF Gardening glossary to aid green-ﬁngered newbies
GS Products has launched a new gardening glossary aimed to encourage green-ﬁngered newbies into the industry. www.gsproducts.co.uk/ gardening-glossary
Willerby Landscapes launches new website
Willerby Landscapes has launched a state-of-the-art website on the back of recent contract wins. It showcases the vast range of landscaping services it provides, along with its current portfolio. www.willerby-landscapes.co.uk
Majestic Trees gives generously to war veterans
DIY SOS saw multi-awardwinning garden designer Adam Frost transform the gardens of war veterans. Majestic Trees was pleased to deliver the selection of trees and multistems that Adam needed to landscape these homes at no charge.
Perennial launches online Christmas shop
Perennial has launched its online shop selling Christmas cards and gifts to raise money for horticulturists who may be struggling over the winter period. www.perennial.org.uk
Award-winning designer takes root at Trentham Gardens
Garden designer Carol Adams has joined the team at The Trentham Estate to help restore Capability Brown’s lost landscape for the tercentenary celebrations next year. Carol’s designs have caught the eye of RHS judges at the BBC Gardeners’ World Show where her Girl Guide Show
Garden design won gold and Best in Show. The former Reaseheath College garden design lecturer led staff and students to medal victories and was presented with an award for her outstanding contribution to the college’s success. She said: “I’m excited to be joining Trentham at such a historically significant time. “Their talented gardeners have worked incredibly hard to restore Brown’s legacy and it’s their commitment which has established Trentham Gardens as one of the country’s top leisure destinations.” For more information, visit www.trentham.co.uk
Loughborough students help Quadron maintain Queen’s Park Quadron’s horticultural development manager Nicola Clarke, together with horticultural supervisor Martin Botham and Queen’s Park head gardener Dave Douse, were delighted to welcome volunteers from Loughborough College to undertake horticultural duties in Queen’s Park, Loughborough. Following a health and safety briefing, the students set to work clearing the summer
bedding from the flowerbeds around the bandstand in readiness for winter. Nicola Clarke said: “It was a pleasure to work with the students. On behalf of Charnwood Borough Council and the Friends of Queen’s Park, Quadron would like to express its thanks to all the students and supervisors for their superb effort.” www.quadronservices.co.uk
Shortlist announced for SGD Designing for Community Space Award
A diverse range of neighbourhood gardens for all ages and community groups has been selected as finalists in the SGD Designing for Community Space Award. The shortlisted gardens are: • Breahead Community Garden • The Remix Garden • Renovation of Fortune Green The Designing for Community Space Award is the only category in the 2015 Awards open to nonmembers of the SGD. It invited members of the public to submit entries for green spaces owned by, used by or designed by the local community. The Award is bestowed on the garden itself. Judges looked at the many factors and circumstances governing the design of the gardens and examined how the garden design had affected the community that used it. The award winner will be announced at The SGD Awards Ceremony on 29 January 2016 along with the winners of all other categories. Tickets for the ceremony go on sale shortly. www.sgdawards.com
Contractor: Grace Landscapes Services: Grounds maintenance Employed by: British Land Duration: 2 months Location: Broughton Shopping Park, Chester Start date: October 2015
Contractor: Glendale Services: Re-spacing, brush cutting, pruning & weeding Employed by: Forestry Commission (re-awarded framework) Duration: Forestry services Location: Cornwall, Bristol, Mendip, Wyre and Savernake Value: £100,000 per annum
Contractor: ISS Facility Services Landscaping Services: Management of open spaces, cemeteries & Green Flag parks Employed by: Fenland District Council Duration: Five years (option to extend for further ﬁve years) Start date: 1 November Value: £500,000
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Soil – meeting the challenges of a changing landscape INDUSTRY CONFERENCE IN OCTOBER AT HOWBERY PARK, OXFORDSHIRE To mark the UN’s International Year of Soil, soil scientist Tim O’Hare organised the first conference ‘Soil – meeting the challenges of a changing landscape’ at the Howbery Park Conference Centre in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Six industry experts presented to 90 visitors on Wednesday 14 October, emphasising the need to specify soils on a ‘project-specific’ basis rather than on the British Standard for Topsoil (BS3882). Rob Askew, senior associate at Tim O’Hare Associates, began the conference by discussing the role of soil significance in Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and identified that there are no nationally recognised criteria. Next up was Sue Illman of Illman Young Landscape Design,
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who explained the role of soils in Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) design and emphasised the need to understand the geology of SuDS design and issues relating to contaminated land. Johanna Gibbons of J & L Gibbons LLP addressed city silviculture and the dynamics of the urban landscape, arguing that the industry needs an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach including soil science, community engagement, engineering and ecology. Tim O’Hare explained the practical applications of soil science and addressed common issues and misunderstandings that
arise on projects including tree pit design and soil pH. George Longmuir, managing director of Freeland Horticulture Soils, reflected on how natural topsoil was bought and sold when greenfield sites were abundant and looked into today’s established topsoil blending operations to produce BS3882 topsoil. Finally, John Melmoe, commercial director of Willerby
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Landscape Live was a great success this October with seminars, keynote speakers, debates and critically, the exhibitors. Here is a selection of photos from the event 1 Pro Landscaperâ€™s Jim and Lisa Wilkinson 2 Vince Edwards and Harry Hitchcock from Coles Nurseries with designer Tracy Foster 3 Green-Tech stand 4 Sales seminar with Chris Murray at the LandscapeLive dinner 5 Living Walls seminar with Niall McEvoy from Scotscape 6 Wildflower Turf seminar with Helen Gillespie-Brown 7 Jim Wilkinson with Wayne Grills and Diane McCulloch from BALI 8 Getting your costs right seminar with Sam Hassall from LandPRO 9 Visitors to LandscapeLive near cafeteria 10 Working Together: Industry debate with Tim Reid, Barry Randall, Justin Paxman and Richard Kay 11 Decking and Woodcare with Thomas Rathbone and Karl Harrison from Exterior Decking 12 Andrew Dunkley on the APL stand 13 Main entrance area of the show 10
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procurement and tendering process, which would include a suite of standardised documents for use by public sector clients and contractors across grounds maintenance contracts. This is an approach adopted earlier this year by the highways sector, with experts quoting savings of £150,000 every time they are used. The benchmarking of health and safety statistics also features high on the list of key goals. Although these are collated for both the construction and agricultural industries, there is no equivalent either in horticulture or grounds maintenance at this time. BALI-NCF is currently looking into how this commercially
sensitive information can be collected anonymously and collated via an independent third party. Phil Jones said: “As employers it is our responsibility to ensure all of our employees return home safely each day. Benchmarking safety statistics will go a long way to achieving this as well as improving compliance, cutting costs and sharing best practice by continuously learning from others within the industry.” Diesel is another industry topic for concern. The rebated red-dyed diesel can be used in farming the land, agriculture, horticulture and forestry, but is barred from use in landscaping or the maintenance of recreational facilities and road vehicles. Although landscaping machinery may spend 95% of its time in the ﬁeld, the 5% on the road means it is classed as a licensed vehicle and consequently it must use the more heavily taxed white fuel. “At a time when local authorities are suﬀering a reduction in budgets and the government is trying to encourage greater investment in parks and green spaces, it would seem to make little sense to continue to increase the tax burden on the grounds maintenance sector.” said Phil Jones. The National Living Wage unveiled earlier this year will see the minimum wage rise to £7.20 an hour for people aged over 25 in April 2016,
ultimately reaching £9 an hour by 2020. For companies in contract service industries such as those in the grounds maintenance sector who are locked into long-term contracts this will have a major negative eﬀect. Phil Jones said: “BALINCF will look to lobby the government to ﬁnd a fair solution to what could be a disastrous challenge to our sector. The care home industry has already been particularly vocal since the announcement, with costs to the sector estimated at £1bn by 2020. Extending the membership, which currently represents 65% of companies operating in the ﬁeld is also high on the list. There are currently a number of prominent organisations who are not part of the forum and it is a key objective to welcome them. But BALI-NCF membership is not conﬁned to the larger organisations. The view is that smaller contractors who have national aspirations will also be encouraged to join. Having set its main goals the BALI-NCF Steering Committee will continue to work towards achieving these, while at the same time focusing on the importance of parks and green spaces and driving a more collaborative way of working within the industry.
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RHS report Britain in Bloom Finals and RHS Festive Fun – Norton in Hales Crowned Champion of Champions at Britain in Bloom Awards 2015
Volunteers from Norton in Hales are celebrating after being named Champion of Champions at the Britain in Bloom with the RHS Finals awards ceremony. The annual event, which was held in Sunderland and hosted by TV presenter and gardening expert James Alexander-Sinclair, saw 70 ﬁnalists proudly ﬂying the ﬂag
for their area, with Norton in Hales from the Heart of England scooping the top award of the evening. The group’s commitment to environment and sustainability played a large part in its success, with innovative eco-ideas catching the eye of the judges. At the heart of the village’s extensive recycling network is a project called ‘ground to ground’ that sees coﬀee granules and bark mulch transformed into fertiliser and slug repellent. The Britain in Bloom with the RHS judging panel, assessed each of the 70 Bloom campaigns against three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and
efig outline Working Christmas Trees Week Yes, we’re already mentioning the C word – Christmas is coming and Working Christmas Trees Week (WCTW) is looming ever closer.
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We will celebrate the week from 9 November this year and, like last year, it will be conducted mainly on social media with participation from members and hopefully others.
environmental responsibility. The Britain in Bloom with the RHS awards ceremony is a celebration of the hard work carried out by almost 300,000 dedicated volunteers donating up to 10.9million hours a year, equivalent to almost £70m at the national minimum wage. They also help to turn grey areas of Britain green and enrich people’s lives through plants. The event is designed to recognise their excellence, innovation and commitment to keeping the UK’s villages, towns and cities clean, green and beautiful. For more information on the Britain in Bloom with the RHS Finals Awards, please visit: www.rhs.org.uk/ britaininbloom
RHS London Frost Fair The RHS London Frost Fair is being held on Sunday 1 November from 10am-4pm for the ﬁrst time this year and the Lindley Hall will be infused with a wintery feel. Nurseries will be selling winter plants, stalls giving seasonal advice and there will be various talks throughout the day. A family of reindeer will trot by between 12-4pm to entertain the children. www.rhs.org.uk/showsevents RHS Gardens Free Day Friday There will be a Free Day Friday at all RHS Gardens on Friday 6 November. Visitors will be able to enjoy the beauty of the gardens as they bed down for winter. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/ whats-on-at-rhs-gardens
At work we all celebrate Christmas much earlier because not many workplaces are open on the day itself. Which means that eﬁg members are already taking bookings for commercial installations and planning the next few busy weeks. As we’ve said before, the whole reason for this campaign is not only to promote the fact that many of our members oﬀer a Christmas decorating service but also to raise money for charity.
This is something that many members already do – they pay a nominated amount of the fees for Christmas installations to the charity of their choice. We thought this was a great idea and something to encourage throughout the industry.
BALI briefing Lobbying and government engagement BALI will be hosting an APPGHG (All Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group) dinner for members of the BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) select committee, MPs, peers and other guests. The event, to be held in the House of Commons, is a golden opportunity for BALI to lobby government on the critical skills shortage in the landscaping industry. To this end, BALI representatives from each of our key membership areas – landscape contracting, grounds maintenance, materials supply and education
Competition This year we will also be announcing a competition for businesses. Some of our members in the various regions will oﬀer a free 7ft replica Christmas tree, fully decorated, to the business that submits the most deserving entry ie why they should receive a free tree. There is more information on our website. We will also be encouraging members to initiate their own competitions.
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– will talk on the contribution to GDP made by BALI member companies and the impact that the lack of skilled employees is already having on their businesses. A sustainable way forward must be found to promote our industry as a real career choice, supported by employer-led apprenticeships and quality training provision. Recent activity, including the Horticulture Matters reports and Grow initiative, has raised government awareness and this event is BALI’s opportunity to put a strong case for government support for our industry sector. We hope they will be receptive to our case and take positive action to help us.
BALI out and about It’s been a busy autumn for BALI with several industry shows, starting with ScotHort at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston and the Palmstead Soft Landscape Workshop in Ashford, Kent, all on the same day – 16 September. Ross Hutchinson, BALI’s Communications Oﬃcer, couldn’t split himself down the middle, so he manned the BALI stand at the Palmstead event and Wayne Grills, BALI’s Chief Executive, took the ScotHort stand. The following week Ross, Wayne and BALI’s National Chairman Robert Field, attended the Landscape Show at Battersea Park, together with BALI members exhibiting on the BALI pavilion. Landscape Live followed on 6 October in Headingley, Leeds, and Saltex and FutureScape take place this month in November. Industry shows are a great way for BALI aﬃliate members to promote products and services and for BALI’s contracting and designer
members to keep abreast of all that’s happening in the industry. They’re also a great way to network, so do support them when you can.
More on the website To inspire visitors that week we will also focus on case studies from our Christmas Award winners earlier this year, Christmas tree facts and history, the latest Christmas trends, alternatives to Christmas trees, unusual ones and much more.
our chairman Ian Drummond of Indoor Garden Design who went to talk to the children and staﬀ. He took about 20 plants with him, some large ﬂoor-standing ones and others suitable for desk or cupboard tops. Now the school has four classrooms, a corridor and the library adorned with plants. These will not only help to keep the air fresh and clean but also assist the pupils’ concentration. www.efig.co.uk
School update Earlier this month, we revisited St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Oxford to install more plants. This time it was
BALI National Landscape Awards 2015 The highlight of the landscape industry calendar is just over a month away, so if you haven’t booked your place at the BALI National Landscape Awards 2015 go online today. The ceremony and luncheon takes place on Friday 4 December at Grosvenor House, London. We look forward to seeing you there! www.baliawards.co.uk
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APL update WorldSkills Final 2015 The preparations for the WorldSkills ﬁnal are now in full ﬂow. The competition takes place from 19-21 November at the NEC, Birmingham, and the competitors are working hard to bring their full game to the event. Not only have they had the full support of their employees and colleges, the APL has had a lot of support from its sponsors. Makita has supported the APL for the past two years of competition,
New venue for SGD Awards ceremony Join The Society of Garden Designers at The SGD Awards ceremony on Friday 29 January, 2016 for the garden design event of the year. To mark the fourth year of the SGD Awards, the event will be staged in a glamorous new London venue – The Landmark Hotel, Marylebone. This ﬁve-star, luxury hotel with its distinctive elegance and grandeur is ranked among the ﬁnest of the capital’s venues. The Awards ceremony will be staged in the grand ballroom with the drinks reception held in the hotel’s main ballroom. Nineteen awards presentations will be made on the night including the prestigious ‘Judges’ and
and is looking forward to the next. Kevin Brannigan from Makita said, “We are excited to see the next wave of future landscapers, and to help them through the health and safety aspects of their career.” Alongside Makita is Marshalls, who will be providing the competition with all aspects of paving supplies. Marshalls’ David Jessop said: “We’re really excited about the ﬁnal, there are some incredibly talented young installers out there and this competition is the perfect
heads around. Competing with the six national ﬁnalists is Adam Ferguson of Greenmount Campus. Although he is not competing for gold in the national competition, he is competing for a spot in the International Squad selection for Abu Dhabi 2017. Good luck to all competitors competing this year at the Skills Show 2015.
SGD bulletin ‘Grand’ awards and the announcement of this year’s recipient of the John Brookes Lifetime Achievement Award. The SGD Awards ceremony is not only a wonderful occasion to meet friends and associates, it is a unique opportunity to network with inﬂuential ﬁgures and journalists in the garden design industry and the chance to
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showcase for their talents. At Marshalls we believe in nurturing young talent and we are currently working on some exciting partnerships with colleges which oﬀer hard landscaping installation courses, so supporting the WorldSkills competition makes perfect sense for us.” JA Jones is a new sponsor to the competition, and supported the APL at Tatton Park for the semiﬁnals, providing the plants for the build. For the ﬁnal in November, JA Jones will be supplying us with winter plants to create a new element for the competitors to get their
celebrate the best in garden and landscape design. Journalist, presenter and designer Joe Swift is the host for the evening and in charge of entertainment at the ceremony where the great and the good from the garden design industry will be in attendance. ‘Early Bird’ ticket prices apply. Tickets start from £110 if purchased before 4 December, 2015. Thereafter
tickets are priced at £130. The SGD is proud to be supporting Perennial at the SGD Awards. Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people working in, or retired from horticulture, when times get tough. A collection will be made for the charity during the ceremony. Tickets are on sale now. Please visit the SGD Awards website for further information. www.sgdawards.com
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David Dodd says that in the absence of any prospect of BALI and APL merging, there has never been a better time for domestic contractors to look towards BALI as their preferred choice of industry body On September 9, 2015, I was elected onto the BALI Board of Directors. This was a great honour and I was delighted to accept. The person I stood against was Phil Jones from ISS UK, which has a turnover of £1.2billion a year. Phil is also the chairman of the BALI-NCF and fellow Pro Landscaper columnist. With a CV like that even I was tempted to vote for him. Having chatted with Phil and listened to the proceedings at the BALI AGM, it became obvious that we were at the opposite ends of the landscaping spectrum. I didn’t see this as a negative, but very much a positive. It just goes to prove what an incredibly broad church the landscape industry is. During my somewhat bumbling nomination speech (I forgot to read my notes, so just ended up speaking from the heart for far too long) I made it clear that, should I be elected, my main focus would be to support companies specialising more in the private domestic market. No matter how large or small your company is, you will have another voice on the BALI Board.
THERE SHOULDN’T BE THE NEED TO HAVE TWO BODIES REPRESENTING SIMILAR PARTS OF THE INDUSTRY For years I’ve publicly aired my opinions about BALI and the APL merging as there shouldn’t be the need to have two bodies representing similar parts of the industry. I remember speaking to the past APL Chairman about this and he informed me that “things were happening...” Sadly, to date I haven’t seen any progress here. I’ve been a BALI member for 10 years and as I wanted to see a merge, I joined the APL two years ago to show a level of commitment to both camps in the hope that some form of 18
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SHOULD YOUR INDUSTRY BODY OF CHOICE BE
AUTONOMOUS? union could happen. Unfortunately there just doesn’t appear to be the appetite for this amongst the majority of members. I think we have to go back 20 years to look at why the APL was formed. Alan Sargent suggested there was a need for an association primarily for domestic landscapers and Norman Hambrook argued domestic landscapers weren’t being represented by the industry. That was 20 years ago and having watched the APL since it was founded and despite efforts in the last couple of years, I just don’t think its moved on that much. Surely, to show true credibility to its members, the APL should have cut its reliance of the HTA by now and started enjoying the autonomy that BALI has. When I pay a membership fee I want to know that I’m being represented independently and I like the fact that BALI is run by its members, for its members, without the influence of a higher authority. I must say at this point that there is one glowing light at the APL and that’s Phil Tremayne. He’s a lovely bloke and his drive and commitment is phenomenal. So is BALI suitable for small domestic landscapers? The simple answer is yes. The Chief Executive, Wayne Grills, and his team
have done a fantastic job putting the infrastructure in place to cater for every element of the landscape industry. The Chairman, Bob Field, is a domestic landscaper. The Vice Chairman is Paul Downer of Oakview Landscapes who also does private domestic landscaping. I don’t think BALI should join the HTA. It doesn’t need to and I wouldn’t want BALI to lose its autonomy. I now believe it’s time professional landscapers of all sizes and areas of operation take a serious look at how they want to be represented and supported and how they want their businesses to grow. You never know, a change may just do you good? Editor’s note: These are the views of David Dodd and not necessarily those of the BALI Board. ABOUT DAVID DODD David Dodd has been in the landscape industry since the age of 17. After 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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Andrew Wilson explores the implications of an improving economy on the availability of quality landscapers, who are increasingly in demand when client timescales are increasingly demanding The relationship we have with our landscapers is important to us as designers partly because we like to work as part of a successful team in delivering our gardens and landscapes. But also we like to deliver a certain level of quality and it takes time to build successful designer contractor relationships. It’s one of the reasons behind our recent Chelsea show gardens, as this event gives us an opportunity to work with new teams. As the economy continues to strengthen so too does the number of projects with a realistic chance of being built and both designers and contractors are busier. Good news you might say, but that’s not always strictly true. With many of the contractors on our tender list we are looking at May or June 2016 before they have an opening for a new scheme. This suggests full order books and a rosy future, but we have many clients who have flicked the switch on projects that they want to see completed by then. Whilst we often keep an eye open for new contractors, we also don’t want to lose those with whom we have a successful relationship and at the moment this balance seems difficult. We strive to produce high quality landscapes but trying to maintain that quality whilst looking further afield is challenging. We don’t necessarily want our landscapers to expand their work force as the tightness of the team is often a key to their build quality and develops better relationships with the designers. Although our clients are often cracking the whip in wanting speedier progress and faster delivery times, this is often driven by commercial considerations rather than pure whim. Many clients move out of their property and into rented accommodation incurring extra costs during architectural and sometimes garden builds. Frequently there is also a defined limit on the timing of the rental contract which then drives the timing of the garden or architectural contract. 20
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FAMINE OR FEAST? It doesn’t help that clients, and architects for that matter, often underestimate the timing of a garden build and many ignore the optimum time for planting operations. It seems the bad old days of the recession in which clients tended to drag their feet, keeping their fees and contract stash intact for as long as possible, are long gone.
WE LIKE TO DELIVER A CERTAIN LEVEL OF QUALITY AND IT TAKES TIME TO BUILD SUCCESSFUL DESIGNER CONTRACTOR RELATIONSHIPS All in all we are currently finding it more difficult to identify landscapers with workable timings or available slots, quality delivery and skill availability. A prestigious project may well have to be produced with a designer/landscaper combination never tried or tested before. Is this fair to the client? In some ways the situation could be helped by a contractor nomination – a process that we often favour at Wilson McWilliam as it produces
a much closer working relationship from the outset. But many clients feel uncomfortable with this scenario in higher spend projects. From experience it seems that once the budget exceeds £100k, the pressure from the client is on to seek competitive tenders. That means at least three if not four capable teams battling away at their bids when only one can win, and a much bigger ask of the designers in finding these teams in the first place. At present we are just about coping and perhaps the need to research new companies by casting the net wider is no bad thing. Alternatively we need to start signing up new or prospective clients for a subscription to Pro Landscaper. It would provide our clients with useful food for thought. Above: Andrew exhibits tangible excitement in the face of quality craftsmanship, visiting Cotswold Natural Stone for Chelsea 2015
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.
THE GREEN INBETWEEN There is mounting evidence that green spaces in urban areas are important to health and well-being, and its garden designers who should be creating them, says Juliet Sargeant
Ref: Happy City, Charles Montgomery, Pengiun 2013
Back in 1991, Dr Roger S Ulrich discovered that access to a garden reduced postoperative recovery times and use of painkillers in orthopaedic hospital patients. Since then numerous studies have been published citing everything from decreased respiratory disease to increased concentration and attainment. My own view is that I am happy to leave the scientists to mull over the appropriate studies and relevant statistics. What I want to know is how their results can inform my design practice. What sort of spaces will help my clients? It seems that there is little that a garden cannot do to improve your health, but why and how? Increasing urbanisation and density of urban populations are facts of life that we designers of landscape and gardens need to face head on. In 2011, 81.5% of the population of England and Wales lived in urban areas and this is set to rise to 92.2% in 2030. But human density and the feeling
of crowding are not the same thing. So good design and attention to those ‘spaces between buildings’ become of greater importance in maintaining quality of life. In Vancouver, they have managed to maintain quality of life for city dwellers and Sketches from Farrer Huxley Associates showing their design of the communal created a popular place to garden at Maritime Street, Barrow-in-Furness live by paying attention to views and sight-lines from their tower blocks. Having a view from your dwelling will alter your perception and give the impression of greater space. (London has one third more green space per person than Vancouver). Following studies in the 1990s, environmental psychologist Frances Ming Kuo has concluded that it is not the quantity of nature that is important for healthy living, but regular, daily doses of it – accessibility is the key. In 2008 two thirds of London households had In the past, crude private gardens, and therefore easy physical designs of shared gardens access. Those city dwellers who do not have their would throw people together own gardens have two other ways to engage with and not allow for the complexity of human the landscape: passively, on their journeys around emotions and psychological needs. As Oscar the city, or by actively seeking it in their leisure Newman, an American architect, has said, the time. Over 30 million people in England use parks, spaces were often ‘indefensible’, without any making around 2.5 billion visits in total each year. sense of ownership, safety or responsibility. And Nearly 70% of people use their parks frequently, this is where I think garden designers have a lot to and many go every day. So people do value offer. We are trained and experienced in creating shared green space; they associate it with the personal spaces, with subtle cues that are well-being and also a sense of community. often lacking in the public realm. I would like to see But what is it that people need in these spaces more collaboration between landscape architects for them to be healthy and feel good? It is not just and garden designers in the creation of new green about plants, but also about our interactions with spaces that really enhance the lives of the people each other. Choice is key: apparently we value our of our cities. Just because a space is public, does privacy and need to be able to retreat when we not mean it cannot be personal. want to, whilst at the same time, we need spaces that enable us to meet together safely. Danish urbanist Jan Gehl found that residents chat the most with passers-by when ‘yards are shallow enough to allow for conversation, but deep enough to allow for retreat. Exactly 10.6 feet deep’. Our shared places need to connect us, and in doing so, they can help to solve local problems of loneliness, depression, inactivity and crime.
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ABOUT JULIET SARGEANT Juliet is a qualified doctor and her experience in medicine and psychology informs her people-focused approach to outside design. She is a member of the BBC Gardeners’ World and RHS Shows TV coverage teams, highlighting the importance of landscape to our wellbeing.
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MYSELF Angus Lindsay considers the risks involved with lone working and looks at the ways we can best prepare and protect people working alone We leave our homes and head off to work in the belief that we’ll return safe and sound at the end of the day, but how could the situation change for people working out of hours on their own closing parks, emptying bins or watering hanging baskets? These are routine tasks usually undertaken early in the morning or in the evening, but for the individuals involved these simple tasks put them at greater risk in the event of an accident, sudden illness or coming into contact with some of the more unscrupulous members of society. Lone working presents its own set of problems and we shouldn’t just assume that the individuals can look after themselves; they probably can, but what if they’re faced with a gang of drunks or threatened by someone determined to steal their truck? How do they raise the alarm and, more importantly, who is there to answer the phone when the panic call comes? Lone working covers a myriad of operations and people who we may not have considered: the administrator in the office, mechanic working on a machine or the arborist
Is the mobile phone a reliable way of raising an alarm?
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and hedges is equally adept at removing fingers or toes if not treated with respect. Litter picking is a fairly mundane task anyone could do, but look at the detritus people throw away – broken glass, needles, nappies and the like, bad enough in a park or shrub bed but what about at the edge of a road? PPE is somewhat ineffective against a car travelling at 60mph, yet I see lone individuals litter picking or strimming at the edge of dual carriageways with only a 3,500kg truck parked on the verge and no more than flashing beacons to warn motorists that something’s happening. I’m sure their employers have it covered with a risk assessment – let’s hope so.
THESE SIMPLE TASKS PUT THEM AT GREATER RISK IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT, SUDDEN ILLNESS OR COMING INTO CONTACT WITH SOME OF THE MORE UNSCRUPULOUS MEMBERS OF SOCIETY So how can we protect our lone workers? Mobile phones? In some cases this may be the item that makes the individual vulnerable, and what about a signal (is it me or are phone signals getting worse?). Card type lone worker protection systems are well proven and effectively used by a range of businesses from utility companies to healthcare providers, but can still be susceptible to unreliable communications. Noisy panic alarms are effective and can also act as a deterrent. Vehicle trackers give some visibility, but only of the vehicle and not its occupants. So, as a starting point what about a simple checking-in system for staff known to be on their own, be it closing a cemetery or returning from a delivery. As employers we need to constantly review our operations; it’s easy to put procedures in place and tick the box, but these need to be sense checked and refreshed in light of
experience. Learning from others – not just within our own industry and not just the good points – is good practice. It is true that you learn from your mistakes and we shouldn’t be scared to do so. Producing a realistic risk assessment, which is conveyed to staff in a practical manner, will make those staff more self aware and better
Lone worker protection – what works for you?
able to respond to difficult or unforeseen circumstances. We can’t legislate against every eventuality but we can make people more aware of their environment and the risks therein. Accidents will happen and we should be prepared for them, keeping people safe in their daily work should be an embedded priority in all we do and not something addressed with hindsight. ABOUT ANGUS LINDSAY As an agriculturist, 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 as a contract instructor for Massey Ferguson in Yemen. During this time he also spent a year at Silsoe, gaining an MSc in agricultural engineering and mechanisation management. Returning to the UK he joined Glendale as machinery manager in 1994 – going on to become company engineer – before joining The Landscape Group in 2009 as group head of assets and ﬂeet. Contact
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#SOCIALMEDIA Adam White says social media marketing has become the norm for all types of businesses today. Here he gives tips on how to use it to your advantage In 1901 my great grandad opened Whites Sports Shop in Warrington, and last year it won the Guinness World Record as ‘The World’s Oldest Sports Shop’. A hundred years ago, Whites Sports was a local brick-and-mortar business that relied on passing trade, local knowledge and door-to-door marketing to engage the public. As technology evolved, motion pictures, radio and
television opened up new avenues for marketing, eventually expanding to include direct mail, telemarketing, print advertising, trade shows and email blasts. While these practices proved successful over the years, many of today’s potential clients now view them as intrusive, and have become savvy at ignoring traditional marketing attempts. Enter social media – the web-based inbound approach to marketing that helps small businesses like ours and others get noticed and found
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online. The term ‘social media’ refers to various websites where people connect, interact and share online. Today, 62% of adults worldwide use some form of social media via computers, smartphones, tablets, game console and internet-enabled TVs. Consider these statistics: ● 1 billion people use Facebook every month ● 500,000 million tweets are sent every day ● 3,600 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every hour ● 85,000 photos are uploaded to Instagram every minute While social media began as a way to connect friends and family, it has become the norm for all types of businesses. Here are seven tips on social media marketing that have helped our design practice, Davies White Ltd, establish a genuine online presence within the industry. Manage your time wisely You can now schedule tweets to be posted in the future. Anything that can be calendared in advance can be scheduled, such as press releases or regular updates. You can use this feature to publish tweets on the weekend or other inconvenient times. Manage it well and social media need not be anti-social or time-consuming. Improve your customer relationships With 72% of people more likely to choose to work with a small business after they interact with them on twitter, with over 200 million active users there’s no reason for
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companies not to be on twitter. Our twitter feed @davies_white, is also set up to appear on our website www.davieswhite.co.uk. Increase your reach Facebook and Twitter advertising has made it possible for companies to increase their reach through targeted ads and sponsored messaging. Expand your professional network One of the most important social networks is LinkedIn, it allows businesses to provide brand credibility through a business page that houses information covering the who, what, and where. Improve your end user support With social media networks like Facebook, you are provided with an outlet to solve problems. It’s the perfect way to engage with the end user. Manage your online reputation Gain the trust of your clients by creating social media profiles like a LinkedIn company page, Facebook business page or Twitter profile. This puts a voice (and a face) to your company, which will help people to trust your brand. Join the conversation Simply add a #hashtag symbol before your topic in Facebook, Twitter, Vine or Instagram to ensure you are part of the conversation. We often use #playoutdoors to connect to a wider audience. Topical this month will be LIVE industry event updates. Catch the latest from #FutureScapeUK on November 17, the #LIAwards on November 26 and the #BALIAwards15 on December 4. ABOUT ADAM WHITE FLI Adam White FLI is Director at Davies White Ltd, a multi award-winning Chartered Landscape Architects’ practice in Kingston upon Thames. He is 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 www.davieswhite.co.uk
Lesley Malone bemoans the lack of decent photography in the landscaping industry and gives a crash course on how to take a stand-out image if you’re determined to do it yourself It’s a mystery to me why more firms in the landscape sector don’t use professional photographers to promote their work. Okay, as someone who gets paid to take photos I declare a certain personal interest. But seeing poorly portrayed landscape work is so frustrating – and it’s not just me. I know for a fact that awards judges and competitions judges find it exasperating when presented with a landscape project that clearly has merit, is well designed and well executed, and generally ticks all the boxes – but is accompanied by poor images that don’t communicate the design intent or the work put into its creation, such that it can’t be shortlisted. I know because they have told me, often, over years of working in landscape communications. And not just judges, but journalists, magazine editors, news websites and people who really want to promote your work – but can’t, when they don’t have quality images to tell the story. Landscape is a visual experience. Yes, there are other important sensory elements – scents, sounds, tactility. But for most people landscape is about colours, textures, harmony, contrasts, light and shade, seasonal changes, composition, order and the unexpected. I could go on, but I’m sure
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IT’S A MYSTERY TO ME WHY MORE FIRMS IN THE LANDSCAPE SECTOR DON’T USE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS TO PROMOTE THEIR WORK you get my point. So why do those who design and create visually beautiful places for people to enjoy often fail to convey all this in images? My totally impartial advice? Hire a professional photographer who gets landscape and can appreciate and communicate the fantastic work you’ve achieved. But if you prefer to or have to do your own promo images, here are my tips for really getting your work across. Firstly you need an actual camera – sorry, but your phone won’t do – and you need editing software. Can’t afford Photoshop? No problem: there are plenty of free image editing tools like Pixlr or Picasa that offer enough features to really improve your shots. Secondly, think what it is you specifically want people to appreciate about your work – and make them see it. All seasons are good for photography. You don’t have to wait until spring or summer; soft light on an overcast day can capture colours to great effect, and subtle planting palettes are better appreciated in subdued light. Early morning and late afternoon light are also more evocative than direct overhead sun, especially the ‘golden hour’. If you have to shoot in low light, forget flash
– investigate your camera’s exposure and ISO settings instead. You’ll get more professionallooking results if you find out what depth of field means and use the aperture setting; leave your auto comfort zone. Don’t stand back from your subject – get in close, crouch down, climb onto something, find an angle, but don’t just stand there. Everything in the shot should bring something to the party. Don’t bother with sky, unless it’s stunning or unavoidable; everyone knows what sky looks like and it’s easy to get wrong colour-wise. Look for contrasts in colour or texture, and interesting details. And take several different shots – you rarely get the best one the first time. And when you’ve got some shots you’re happy with? Edit, on a big screen, with care. Cropping and cloning are your friends – get rid of anything that distracts from the point of the image, whether it’s a piece of litter in the background or a stray leaf in the foreground.
Use the straighten feature if your horizon is at anything other than 180 degrees. And don’t be afraid to boost the contrast and colour saturation and use the sharpen tool to give your image a little extra zing. You want people to appreciate your work? Hit them with it. ABOUT LESLEY MALONE Lesley Malone is a freelance writer, editor and photographer, with a focus on public space and regeneration. She blogs at tangentialism.org and tweets at @tangentials
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GETTING STUCK IN Jody Lidgard says YoungHort doesn’t seem to be fulfilling its initial promise and suggests it spends less time working hard and more time doing the hard work I’m all for attracting young people into the industry, getting involved with training and working alongside them on a daily basis. But I want to look at the issue a little more closely, because it’s all too easy to engage a little spin and roll out the smoke and mirrors. YoungHort, with its directors and ambassadors, is passionate about horticulture and landscape. But does it pack the punch we need? I have a team member who can still be described as a ‘young person’, a college trained guy with ambition and flair. He embraced the YoungHort organisation with open arms but after being an ambassador for a period of time I was concerned at his negativity towards the venture. After talking to him I discovered that he felt the whole thing was somewhat of a let-down. Now I apologise right now if this ruffles a few feathers but I did enquire further because this whole area is firmly on my radar. Having set out with all the right intentions, he went on to say that while the great and the good have endorsed YoungHort and wheeled certain individuals out to wave the banner at the odd event or function, they have not really supported the initiative in the right way. Individuals are asked to give their time freely to raise awareness within schools and colleges. I’m guessing that the majority of members may not be able to fund these visits and limit their involvement as a result. It’s not an impossibility, however. www.prolandscapermagazine.com
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The HTA has offered to act as a conduit for any funds coming through the organisation. Surely subscription for membership and high profile fundraising events would help put them on the map and potentially provide support for members to reach out in a more coordinated way. I would be disappointed to see this inspired initiative go down the pan. We need to engage young people with a view to reducing our skills shortage and initiatives like YoungHort are an
WHERE IT FALLS DOWN IS WHEN IT IS FRONTED BY INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD BE HAPPY TO BE SEEN AT ‘THE OPENING OF AN ENVELOPE’ BUT LACK PUNCH WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING STUCK IN invaluable tool to help achieve this. Where it falls down, however, is when the initiative is fronted by individuals who would be happy to be seen at ‘the opening of an envelope’ but lack punch when it comes to getting stuck in. Some may be shocked to know that there is life and work beyond the capital! There are some brilliant initiatives across the country and the YoungHort members should have more of a regional impact instead of attending a few functions in the capital. I applaud the initiative, I really do, but it saddens me to see the likes of our young guy feeling that he could be wasting his breath in trying to make a change. Maybe these hip and trendy young kids could invite a few more of us knackered old gits to sit around the table and who knows, we may even be able to come up with something that
could help reinvigorate or consolidate what started as a great opportunity. It really does come down to how fragmented our efforts have been in trying to move forwards and away from the petty feudal fiefdoms we have clung to within this industry. Companies and employers: if we want to raise the profile and profitability of our organisations and the industry, we need to embrace change and give voice to our need to train and encourage new people into our businesses, old and young alike. Let’s not be naïve to the fact that whilst creating stunning landscapes, we do have the bottom line to consider on a daily basis. I don’t want to advocate the setting up of yet another panel or body to discuss issues. Surely we are represented across the board by existing parties negating the need. What I will say is we have the answers in front of us and it only takes one or two of us to push the button and it will make a real difference. If I sound like I’m ranting, its ok I’m getting older and more cantankerous with it.
ABOUT JODY LIDGARD Jody Lidgard of Bespoke Outdoor Spaces has been in the landscaping industry for 20 years. After studying at Otley/Writtle college he worked as a landscape contractor and taught landscape construction and horticulture at Askham Bryan and UCS Otley. Working abroad in various locations for leading designers, his ability to gain the best from the people he works alongside has led him to his ongoing involvement with WorldSkills competitions. firstname.lastname@example.org
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MANAGING LEVELS In the first of a brand new series, Janine Pattison looks at some of the more challenging issues faced by garden designers. This month she starts with slopes and levels One of the great joys of being a garden designer is the sheer variety of projects we get involved in. Every garden is unique and comes with its own specific set of challenges. In this series of articles I am going to explore some of the issues we face most frequently in the gardens we design. These issues include the levels, awkward shapes, heavy shade, poor access, tricky site conditions, planning constraints, demanding clients and inadequate budgets. I’m going to start by looking at sites which have difficult topography – by that I mean are sloping and have levels issues. While a flat site is often easier to design and build, sites which need you to deal with levels can be more attractive and satisfying to design. We always insist on an accurate site survey before we begin designing. It is the only way to have confidence that your design will work. If in doubt get a professional survey done. Once you have the survey you can identify those fixed points (spot heights) which you cannot change. These will be door heights, areas under protected trees and possibly boundaries, manhole covers 28
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and other fixed points. Depending on how severe the levels are, you will need to explore options to create usable spaces (by which I mean flat) and ways of moving from one area to another. Digging out and building retaining walls will be expensive and will require the input of a structural engineer. Local ground conditions will impact what materials are suitable and how they are used. For a low retaining wall
WHILE A FLAT SITE IS OFTEN EASIER TO DESIGN AND BUILD, SITES WHICH NEED YOU TO DEAL WITH LEVELS CAN BE MORE ATTRACTIVE AND SATISFYING TO DESIGN (less that 1m) consider using sleepers. Larger walls will require foundations and these can impact your planting areas. Remember to keep level changes to no more that 600mm to avoid the need to install edge protection. Handrails and balustrades can be quite intrusive in a garden. We often use frameless glass but this is a very expensive option. Drainage must be considered from the start. Without adequate drainage, walls can be pushed over and terraced beds can
fill with water with disastrous consequences. Flooded patios will result in an irate phone call from your client! Steps are also expensive to construct and your calculations for risers and treads must be accurate or your design may be unbuildable. Ramps will make the garden more accessible but do use up a lot of space, and in order to comply with building regulations will require edge protection and be certain minimum dimensions and gradient. Lawns in small gardens generally look much better when they are flat, but you can introduce sloping planting beds if necessary to help lose height. Keep the batter (slope) to around 30˚ and they should be stable once planted. Make sure you ‘prove’ your design by drawing sections through the site so that you can establish the new levels, spot heights and Top of Wall (TOW) measurements. Doing that will help you sleep easier at night. ABOUT JANINE PATTISON Janine Pattison MSGD is a multi award-winning
garden designer and horticulturalist who trained with English Heritage at Eltham Palace in London and at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester. A registered member of the Society of Garden Designers, the
British Association of Landscape Industries and the Garden Media Guild, Janine is also a highly qualiﬁed RHS horticulturalist. www.janinepattison.com
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Confidence, enthusiasm and positivity are consistent character traits among successful people. If you’re feeling battle weary when it comes to your business, now is the time to relight your fire. Steve Clarke explains how There are certain things in business we must keep track of. GP is one of them. Mention GP and business in the same sentence and what do you think of? Of course – gross profit. Not in my world. To succeed in business and attract the right clients, you absolutely must have an infinite supply of Genuine Passion and Tons of Enthusiasm. It’s not always easy, I know. Some days it’s tougher to whip up enough enthusiasm to get out of bed, let alone deal with business issues. As I studied successful business people across different industries – and yes, this includes the landscape industry – I found they all started with a genuine passion for their business and an abundance of enthusiasm to see them through tough times. They had a clear vision of where they were going and the type of business they wanted to build. They had a focus and determination and adopted a ‘can-do’ attitude. As I studied entrepreneurial success in greater depth I began to recognise a consistent character trait among successful people. They carried themselves with
SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PEOPLE ACROSS DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES ALL STARTED WITH A GENUINE PASSION FOR THEIR BUSINESS AND AN ABUNDANCE OF ENTHUSIASM confidence – not to be confused with arrogance or complacency. Again, this reinforced the positive attitude I believe exists in successful business people. The subconscious mind is phenomenally powerful, yet it makes no distinction between www.prolandscapermagazine.com
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RELIGHT YOUR FIRE! destructive or constructive thought patterns. If you fill your head with negativity, fear and doubt, your subconscious will go to work to deliver this for you. Conversely, feed your mind with positive thoughts, and bingo! Try it. You’ll find it applies to winners in most circles; business, sports, politics or the entertainment industry. It can work for you, too. Don’t get me wrong, they didn’t all know how they were going to get there. Not by a long shot. Take a moment now to remind yourself why you got into business in the first place. What vision did you have? Contrast that with the vision you have now. Ask yourself, and be honest, has the vision faded along with your enthusiasm? So, if you’re feeling battle weary, you must find a way to relight your fire. It’s not an option, it’s a necessity. Look around you. Are your friends and business associates upbeat and positive? If you spend your time in the company of negative people, they sap your energy and drag you down. You need to move in the right company. Winston Churchill summed this up beautifully when he compared pessimists and optimists: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
If you know people who are constantly pessimistic, who only ever see doom and gloom no matter how good things are, don’t just walk away – run! Establish a support network that fuels your enthusiasm and rekindles your passion. There are local business groups you could join but be careful not to join the breakfast moaning groups. I am constantly amazed by the number of business owners willing to get up at six o’clock on a Monday morning to arrive for a greasy breakfast with the same people who do nothing but moan. Maybe you even belong to a Monday moaning meeting. Stop it! There are great inspirational books, DVDs, websites and so on. Subscribe to email lists that send useful and upbeat tips straight to your inbox. People are attracted to your enthusiasm and passion – so relight your fire! ABOUT STEVE CLARKE An exceptional sales mentor and sought after motivational business speaker who draws upon his own ﬁrst hand experiences. He built his last UK business to £30m in annual sales in just eight years, sold out and retired at 45. Now he helps businesses around the world generate more leads, more sales and more proﬁts, and with less blood sweat and tears. www.eurekasales.co.uk
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Hints and tips for Vectorworks users
VECTORWORKS LANDMARK 2016 In September 2015, celebrating its 30th anniversary, Vectorworks Inc released the 2016 edition of its renowned software Vectorworks Landmark, with a huge list of exciting new features and a fresh new look to the brand. In this article, we’ll focus on the key features that will make a difference to the working lives of garden and landscape designers. New interface At first glance, the Vectorworks interface hasn’t changed dramatically, so it will still be familiar and won’t require you to learn all over again. However, on closer inspection, you’ll find that there have been some changes to the Landmark workspace. On a Macintosh, you can now ‘dock’ palettes, so they won’t float anymore. There are new options on the View bar, to help you choose between perspective and orthogonal (parallel) views. Some of the dimensioning tools have been added to the Basic palette, and the Site Planning Tool Set has been reorganised, and some older, redundant tools removed. Access to Vectorworks Cloud Services is now included on the menu.
Tamsin Slatter and the team at Design Software Solutions work full-time supplying Vectorworks software, training and supporting Vectorworks users. In this regular feature, Tamsin’s team will offer hints and tips to help you get the best from Vectorworks Landmark CAD software. Tamsin’s book, Residential Garden Design with Vectorworks Landmark, 7th Edition, was published in April and looks at all of these topics in a lot more detail. Content Browser Although Vectorworks comes with plenty of ready-made content, it can be a challenge to find it. The Resource Browser is great for creating and editing resources, but can sometimes be a little cumbersome to take you straight to the content you need. The new Content Browser features in many tools, such
Above: The Vectorworks Landmark workspace, on a Macintosh computer, with ‘docked’ palettes and new options on the View bar
as the Hardscape, Landscape Area and Plant tool. Click the tool, and look at the Tool bar. There’s now a new pop-up menu to list available content for that tool. It’s much easier to find what you need, and Vectorworks has provided far more library content with this release, including the library of plants that we’ve built up over the years.
Above: The Plant tool, showing the new Content Browser, with a list of ready-made plants
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Above: The Content Browser showing the new content, created by our very own Kate Pearson, for the Hardscape tool
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Hardscape tool construction details The Hardscape tool has always been a favourite – you can draw the 2D and 3D view of hard landscaping areas with ease, and include edging materials. You can even produce a schedule of materials, directly linked to the drawing. But there was always one drawback: in the real world, paving is never laid horizontally – there is always a ‘fall’ to facilitate drainage. Now, the Hardscape tool can reflect the fall of the paving, with a number of options. You can specify the fall as a percentage, or rise-over-run ratio, or provide the desired spot height at the end of the run. The slope controls can all be found on the Object Info palette after you’ve drawn the hardscape. Not only can hardscapes now slope, but they can show their component build-up. Once you’ve drawn a hardscape, right-click and choose Edit Slab. From there, you can use the Object Info palette to define the desired components, including how they will look in 3D and how they will look in section. Vectorworks has included a library of ready-made hardscape styles, made by Design Software Solutions’ very own Kate Pearson. You’ll be able to find this with the content browser. Need to create radial paving? Now, the Hardscape tool includes two new joint pattern options: Pavers Radial and Pavers Curved Path. When you select either of these elements, you’ll see a new dialog box asking you how to size and space the pattern.
New architectural features Vectorworks Landmark has a host of new architectural features and has even gained one of the tools from the Architect product: the Slab tool. Similar to the Hardscape tool, it has additional qualities, such as the ability to interact with wall components. But the Window and Door tools also have some new features. Check out the new option in the Window to get a Corner Window to Span Wall. This means you can create bay windows.
Above: New options with the Corner Window conﬁguration enable bay windows with ease
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Above: Hardscape plan, elevation and section, showing components and a slope
Above: Radial paving patterns deﬁned with the Hardscape tool
Plant tool live link to the Plant Database Vectorworks Landmark has long included a Plant Database, within a separate application: Filemaker Pro. However, there was no link between this database and the Plant tool. There is now! When defining a plant with the Plant tool, you can now choose the data directly from the database, and keep it up to date if the database should change. The Plant tool also has a clearer dialog, which makes it easier to understand which properties are stored with the plant, and which are relevant at the time the plant is placed in the design.
There’s so much more! This is just the start of the new features in Vectorworks Landmark. You may want to find out more about Project Sharing, or the new Marionette tool. Why not come and hear my talk at Futurescape on November 17? Alternatively, call us on 01635 580318 and we’ll offer a free demonstration.
Above: Vectorworks Plant Database with controls to synchronise the drawing data with the database
ABOUT TAMSIN SLATTER After a 20-year career in IT, Tamsin trained as a garden designer. Escape from the corporate world with the chance to work with nice people, learn about plants and how to draw was a dream come true and Tamsin found Vectorworks invaluable. She now delivers courses and masterclasses to designers, helping them to work faster and more eﬃciently. Tamsin’s book, Residential Garden Design with Vectorworks Landmark 2015 is available to order now. To ﬁnd out more, contact Design Software Solutions on 01635 580 318.
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SPECIAL BRANCH A SIMPLE GUIDE TO TREE LIGHTING
Introducing tree lighting is the most simple, effective and low budget way to make a statement in any client’s garden, says Robert Webber. Here he explains how to get it right... I’m lucky enough to live near a great wood, where I take my English Springers daily for their rabbit fix. I love being within woodland, there is something awe inspiring about walking on a forest floor while looking up into a grand canopy. At this time of year, lots of natural features start to die off, which leaves us with the opportunity to create a real statement in our clients’ gardens: tree lighting. Most trees can look fantastic when well lit; even when all the leaves have gone and the tree appears bare, you can still pick out the architecture of nature by using light and shadow. In this article I am concentrating more on larger trees; those that are well over 10m. To me they are God-given natural architecture that when lit well can lift your gaze from the ground, up towards the heavens. A few years ago I had the privilege of being invited to Loch Lomond Golf Club, just outside Glasgow. The course is set within acres of woodland, which you drive through to get to 32
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the main club house. The trees were outstanding, and so was the challenge for us – to light the trees so that a celebrity wedding could take place in the main house. My team worked incredibly hard for 10 days solid; not even the famous highland rain slowed them down! Not every garden has the privilege of a Highland backdrop and a Loch. Anyway, as I was saying to the King of Ghana last week... it’s not good to name drop where you’ve worked! Back to trees!
Pole position When lighting large trees its always important to remember the viewing point from the client’s perspective. If they mainly view the tree from the house then you would normally light it from the ground in one position. If they have multiple viewing points then this can increase to two or three ground lights. The positions of the lights always depend upon the height and spread of the lower canopy of the tree.
For instance, a large pine tree would normally have 10m of trunk before the canopy starts; so you would position the light close to the tree in order to highlight both the architectural trunk and also the higher canopy. A large willow would normally have a canopy which starts fairly low and in some cases even hangs inches above the ground. For these types of trees, we either hide the light behind the canopy and fit it with a large spread lamp so it fills the canopy with light, or we position a couple of in-ground lights just outside the canopy and angle the lamps so they catch the front of the leaves and branches. Two very different effects from the same tree. Not every client has a budget that can incorporate lighting many different areas. If you are looking for a simple way to introduce lighting on a low budget garden, then light a tree! It provides a focal point for any landscape, and will always be a changing feature throughout the seasons. 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 email@example.com or via his mobile on 07766 051 000.
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Ann-Marie Powell is one of the top women in the landscape industry. From starting out in design and build to her successful design career, Ann-Marie talks about how she got to where she is today. She will appear live on stage at FutureScape on Tuesday 17 November, where she will speak frankly and openly about the industry
How long have you been in the landscape industry, and how and why did you get into it? I discovered my love for gardening when I had my first house with Peter, an ex-partner who was a building contractor. Because I’d been at boarding school as a child I never really had a base, so when I got my own outdoor space I just started planting things. It was like magic for me. I quite like being slightly out of control and it felt as if I’d try out something in the garden with completely unexpected results – I found it so extraordinary! My partner and I then went travelling and visited India, New Zealand and Thailand which was when I really fell in love with landscape. Just seeing the way nature did things, it was mesmerising. Whilst I was away I decided that I would come back and train to be a gardener. I’d always had an arty background so many people advised me to do garden design. I researched loads of courses and ended up at Capel Manor studying garden design and hard landscape, so I did construction as well. By the time I’d graduated at the age of 24/25 I started out by designing and building gardens for friends. It was important for me to know the practical side of landscaping as I was then able to point out exactly how I wanted things. I just loved being outdoors, and I still do!
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At Capel Manor, how were the design and build elements of the course separated? It was set out in days, so you would do a day of design and hard landscaping, a day of horticultural practice such as digging and double digging, another on plant ID, and some business studies and machinery training, so it was a really well rounded and practical course. Was your intention to go it alone as soon as you had your qualifications? Yes, but I also wanted to support Peter’s business, which was house building. When I came out of college I realised that my plant knowledge wasn’t up to speed www.prolandscapermagazine.com
INTERVIEW so I worked at Tendercare for two years dealing with other garden designers and landscape architects and that was an amazing education. When would that have been and how did it lead to your TV career? That was around 1997/98 I guess. Angela at Tendercare was brilliant – we got along so well and I still love seeing her. She just let me roll with it. She’d allow me to pull plants out and put schemes together. She was a good mentor, we would knock ideas off each other which helped my knowledge and understanding of plants. One day a fax came around about a new TV series and that led to me being involved with Garden Doctors, which Dan Pearson and Steve Bradley presented and was the first garden makeover programme on television. I admired Dan, he was a young man himself and I slightly fell in love with him. I thought what he was doing was extraordinary because it was what I wanted to do. Angela applied on my behalf (without telling me) and I met with the TV company, and got the job filming with a guy called Paul Thompson. So all of a sudden I was doing the hard landscaping. I was thrown in at the deep end, building gardens all over the country. After the success of the series, I got more television offers. One was a series called Real Gardens with Carol Klein and Monty Don – Channel 4’s answer to Gardeners’ World. I had to learn on my feet – it was such a brilliant education, the best I could’ve ever had. I had to get it right. I remember going home at night and just researching and learning anything I wasn’t 100% sure upon from books because the internet wasn’t readily available back then. It was brilliant fun. Since then I’ve carried on doing all sorts of television series. Did you know you were suited to TV or did you just learn it? I never went out there to do television at all and it’s never been my mistress. I wanted to be a garden designer but you can’t really say no to an opportunity like TV. It took me off around the country experiencing all sorts of gardens, and I was learning a lot and meeting like-minded people who were, importantly, my age – people like Andy Sturgeon, Joe Swift, James AlexanderSinclair and Cleve West. It was exciting to meet people who thought about things in the same way as myself. This was all years ago, but we’re all still very, very firm friends. www.prolandscapermagazine.com
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What do you think of the current TV programmes on gardening? I have to confess I don’t really watch them. I think Gardeners’ World is great, but I’m not the right audience for it. I think it’s really good that programmes like Love Your Garden are trying to bring in younger people. What about The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge earlier this year... Yes, I loved that. Even if I wasn’t in it I would have thought the programme was brilliant! I thought it was short-sighted of the BBC not to
recommission it. There was so much horticultural content, it gave an insight into the RHS judging procedures and I think the industry enjoyed it. I genuinely feel proud of that programme. Are you going to do Chelsea next year? I might be doing something, but if I tell you, I’d have to kill you.
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What’s your day job? How many projects do you have on at a time? We have got 14 at the moment at various stages. That’s quite a lot. Our average build is about £150-£200k. How do you align your ideas with a client that you’re pitching to? It’s all word of mouth so we tend to get passed along to similar characters from previous work. I go along to a meeting and usually people say the same things, they want a low maintenance garden, and that they HATE yellow flowers. I think it’s part of my role to try and open their eyes to possibilities, but the client always has the final say. My first initial brief meetings are roughly two hours long. And do you charge for that? We do charge. What does the typical client look like? There isn’t one really. I think my clients want something a bit different, they don’t want a standard glass balustrading and rendered wall scenario. I have done some of those but I don’t feel the passion for it. My clients are open to ideas and I suppose are quite artsy. At the moment I’m keen on hot meadows. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of landscape interruption but inspired by the landscape. I feel I’m still progressing as a landscape designer and want to push it further – there’s always so much to learn. Do you revisit your gardens? Yes because all gardens evolve. We always sell in a maintenance schedule. Do most of your clients take you up on it? Yes. Although people don’t always take up your advice – I saw one of our gardens last week which hadn’t done well because there was a problem with the irrigation system but the client hadn’t noticed! There is nothing more depressing than going to visit a garden that’s been neglected. Do you choose a landscaper for your projects? Yes. We are impartial, we always get three quotes from different contractors but the clients choose. When did you decide that you could charge more for your work? Charging is difficult, isn’t it? It seems that every medal or award you get you can put your fees up. We put ours up in January. It’s much easier when you have 36
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people to bounce off. There are four of us in our studio, three designers and one who controls the accounts. It’s lovely when you have other people working with you who encourage you to charge what you deserve. We are progressing. It was a purposeful thing, charging properly – in our studio we want to be designing gardens for the rest of our lives and we want to be proud of our work. We’re not ladies who lunch, we have to make sure everyone is paid what they should be. What’s the future for you, more TV? I really have no idea – although I know I’m going to focus on progressing my garden design business. I loved presenting Chelsea and I love the RHS so I’d like to get more involved with them. I admire what they’re trying to do, I like learning from them, and I just want more people to be involved with our fascinating industry. What about the argument that there’s not enough women designers at Chelsea? That’s an awkward one. I don’t think it’s the fact women don’t want to design at Chelsea, I think a lot of it is down to the sponsors’ choices – more male designers have designed and so won medals at Chelsea, and many sponsors www.prolandscapermagazine.com
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aspire to the top awards so they often choose from the pool of winners. That said, there have been a handful of strong female garden designers at Chelsea in recent years, and the RHS has a woman at the top so hopefully we’re starting to see a shift.
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What’s your life outside of work? I’m an extrovert, I love life and try to make the most of every single moment. Find out more about Ann-Marie when she appears on stage at FutureScape 2015. 1 Contemporary wildlife garden, Kent, 2015 2 Spa for Sopwell House Hotel 2015
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3 RHS Chelsea for the British Heart Foundation 4 RHS Hampton Court 2015 for Macmillan 5 With The Outdoor Room and Hot Metal Engineering RHS Hampton 2015 6 Pool for private client, Surrey 7 The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge 8 Planting for private client, Hampshire 9 Spa for Sopwell House Hotel 2015
What do you think of the judging process? I learnt a lot about it doing The Great Garden Challenge. I’m desperate to be a judge for the RHS. They keep saying they are going to offer me the opportunity but I’m still waiting! Why do you want to be a judge? It’s important that if you’ve got an opinion about the judging process, you’re prepared to do it. I find the judging process fair, I think they need (and they are addressing this) more judges from across the whole of the industry.
10 The Mews Garden at Sopwell House Hotel 2015 11 Filming at RHS Wisley 2015 12 The on-screen team for The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge 2015
CONTACT The Old Tractor Shed Lower Cowgrove, Heath Farm, Heath Road East, Petersﬁeld, Hampshire GU31 4HT Tel: 01730 825650 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.ann-mariepowell.com
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ne of the largest engineering projects of the 21st Century, the Crossrail station at North Dock (immediately north of Canary Wharf) was recently transformed by architects Foster+Partners and construction company Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd to deliver around 100,000sqft of new retail space and restaurants. Atop the new station is this spectacular roof garden built by Blakedown Landscapes (SE) Ltd. Designed by Gillespies landscape architects and covering over 5,300m2, it is an elevated green space open for the public to enjoy.
ON TOP FORM BLAKEDOWN LANDSCAPES (SE) LTD This partly enclosed roof garden, built by Blakedown Landscapes above the new North Dock Crossrail station, is the first of its kind in London
Planting and design The first of its kind in London, the roof garden boasts a partly covered roof and a unique micro-climate where specialist planting plays a key role. The garden celebrates some of the plants that were brought to London from faraway lands by intrepid explorers in London’s past. The landscape sits over a reinforced slab that acts as a wide tray containing enough lightweight soil to support mature trees and plants. Footpaths have been elevated on lightweight structures to allow for root growth and drainage for the trees and plants. The geographic location of the site – directly north of Greenwich – places the dock virtually on the Prime www.prolandscapermagazine.com
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PROJECT DETAILS Build time One year Size of project 5,300m2 WINNER Soft Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) Cost over £1.5m
Meridian, dividing the western and eastern hemispheres and inspiring the division of the gardens and planting into two geographic zones. The western half of the garden primarily represents plants from the western hemisphere. This area is characterised by tree ferns, which are primitive plants dating back to the Jurassic period. They are common in the wet tropics, between mountains where mist and drizzle are frequent. Botanical varieties found in this part of the garden include species such as: ● Dicksonia antartica (Soft Tree Fern) ● Dicksonia fibrosa (Golden Tree Fern) ● Dicksonia squarrosa (New Zealand Tree Fern) ABOUT BLAKEDOWN LANDSCAPES (SE) LTD With over 50 years’ experience, Blakedown Landscapes is a multi award-winning landscaping and civil engineering company operating throughout UK. Its team of highly skilled in-house experts will manage your project from concept to completion.
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● Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) ● Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweet Gum)
The eastern half of the garden primarily represents plants from the eastern hemisphere. The focus is on bamboos and a wide range of grass species. This area contains the following varieties: ● Phyllostachys aurea (Golden Bamboo) ● Phyllostachys nigra (Black Bamboo) ● Sasa Spp (other bamboo varieties) ● Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ (Japanese Maple) ● Magnolia Kobus (Northern Japanese Magnolia) Due to the complexity of the planting, specialist plant consultancy Growth Industry was employed as a sub-consultant to Gillespies. Its role included the production of reports on planting concepts, species selection and commentary on climate and sustainability.
Water The Crossrail station relies on large areas built in the dock to deal with flooding scenarios. Gillespies designed the reservoir that sits alongside the dock to be a pleasing body of water. Water is directed from either end of the sunken garden through a series of weirs set within terraces, which are offset and staggered to encourage water circulation. Each terrace contains three ‘ponds’ of varying depths of water and soil material which support different types of reed planting. Construction Blakedown took over the space from concrete formation and was responsible for providing everything from following: ● Insulation ● Void formers ● Topsoiling ● Bespoke feature ● Walls ● Ducting ● Bespoke seating ● Specially constructed pre-cast concrete plank walkway www.prolandscapermagazine.com
1 The public enjoys the new planting 2 High impact planting 3 New interpretive signage 4 Tree ferns are completed 5 Blakedown completes the final touches 6 The park’s open roof section lit up 7 The first tree is lowered into position 8 One of the semi-mature trees growing towards the open roof section 9 The completed park ready to be opened 10 ITV News films the first tree being planted
● Resin bound surfacing ● Over 2,000m2 of granite paving
● Mature trees
Blakedown Landscapes (SE) Ltd
Kelways Plants Ltd
Canary Wharf Group Plc
Halebourne Nurseries, Halebourne Lane Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8SL Tel 01276 856856 Email email@example.com Web www.blakedown.co.uk
Picts Hill, Langport, Somerset TA10 9EZ Tel 01458 250 521 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.kelways.co.uk
One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB Tel 020 7418 2000 Web www.group.canarywharf.com
Deepdale Trees Ltd
Foster + Partners
Tithe Farm, Hatley Road, Potton, Sandy, Beds SG19 2DX Tel 01767 26 26 36 Email email@example.com Web www.deepdale-trees.co.uk
Riverside, 22 Hester Rd, London SW11 4AN Tel 020 7738 0455 Web www.fosterandpartners.com
There is also a fully automatic irrigation system adapted to cope with the specialist tree ferns imported from Australia. The intense scheme involved craning all material through the gap in the timber beam roof, carefully timed around other trades requiring access to the space and the limited cranes. This included working out of hours and over weekends to ensure the works could be completed in the limited time window to allow shop and restaurant fit-out contractors to start. The scheme involved importing over 600m3 of topsoil, 100 tree ferns, 15,000 shrubs, 70 mature trees and 2,000m2 of unique black granite. The project also included creating a new clay-lined flood storage area with a gabion terraced water feature. The successful project has been well received by the client and visitors, with many enjoying the tranquil roof space in the busy business district. www.prolandscapermagazine.com
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Landscape architect (lead) Gillespies
1 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DH Tel 020 7253 2929 Web www.gillespies.co.uk Specialist planting consultant Growth Industry LTD
2 Springfield, Sopers Lane Hawkhurst, Cranbrook Kent TN18 5AA Tel 01580 755699 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.growthindustry.co.uk
Main contractor Shrubs
Canary Wharf Contractors
Robin Tacchi Plants Ltd
One Canada Square Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB Tel 020 7418 2000 Web www.canarywharf.com
Fen Farm, Garboldisham, Norfolk, IP22 2RL- RTP Tel 01953 681312 Email email@example.com Web www.robintacchiplants.com
Photographs 1, 2 & 10 © Gillespies
● Extensive shrub planting
Engineers Concrete weir units
Broadmead Renaissance Cast Stone
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PROJECT DETAILS Project value ÂŁ100k+ Build time September 2011 to February 2013 Size of project 1,500m2
SEA CHANGE FROGHEATH LANDSCAPES Frogheath Landscapes took a fresh, tropical approach to this stunning beachside getaway near Hastings
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he plan for this outstanding project was to create a seaside garden retreat for a client who had recently purchased a cliff-top property near Hastings in an area of outstanding natural beauty – a landscape of geological, historical and special scientific interest. Initially, the brief was only to provide access via steps up the steep cliff from the beach to the house. When the client saw what had been achieved and what the team at Frogheath Landscapes could achieve, under challenging circumstances, he took the plunge and appointed the company to create his dream environment. This was to be the client’s first garden. As an extremely successful and busy man, he was keen to have a ready-made, instant garden that could be maintained by a hired gardener. A hot tub, lounging area, fire pit and a writing room were to be included along with subtle lighting and safe access. The client’s lifestyle also dictated that the garden should look as good at night as during the day. In essence, the client wanted to recreate the feel of ‘Malibu or Mustique’ in Hastings!
The existing garden The house had been secured to the cliff on steel stilts drilled into the bedrock and the existing garden was very steep. There were only a couple of areas of flat ground which were right on the cliff edge and constantly exposed to the elements. Access was difficult and only by poorly constructed steps up the cliff. The clay soil was covered with rubbish and sub soil left by the builders of the house. Several large pines needed to be pruned and the existing vegetation was wild and natural. The brief ● Improve or replace the ramshackle
sleepers and slabs forming the access from the beach up to the house ● Improve the view of the sea and the surrounding cliffs from the garden
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PORTFOLIO Planting list Plant choice was dictated by the coastal conditions and clay soil. Plants were placed in drifts to blend as seamlessly as possible with the existing natural planting. Tree and specimen sizes ● Olea europaea ● Phormium tenax ● Trachycarpus fortuneii Shrubs ● Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’ ● Griselinia littoralis ● Lavetera maritima ● Pittosporum tobira ● Hebe parviflora angustifolia ● Olearia haastii ● Fuchsia magellanica Riccartonii ● Senecio greyii ● Eleagnus ebbingei Groundcover ● Leucanthemum superbum ● Geranium Claridge Druce ● Crocosmia Lucifer ● Crocosmia Emily Mackenzie ● Stipa arundinacea ● Find a suitable position for a hot tub with a
great view. Create an area around it for lounging and entertaining ● Improve access around the garden ● Convert an existing shed into a writing room from which the client can easily and safely walk to and from the house without getting his feet dirty – this was subsequently changed to rebuilding the shed to become a writing room with bathroom and sleeping area. ● Install a door entry system and camera on the gate down to the beach ● Install subtle lighting throughout the garden ● Construct a wind-proof fence
ABOUT FROGHEATH LANDSCAPES Frogheath Landscapes prides itself on delivering successful projects from concept to completion. Working predominantly within a 35mile radius of its Burwash Weald base it uses environmentally sensitive suppliers where possible. It employs a highly qualiﬁed team, under the direction of Steve Moody, and has proved that budget is no barrier to excellence, having recently been nominated for an award for a garden based on a £1,500 budget, alongside awards for gardens with budgets in excess of £100,000.
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The design solution For logistical and practical reasons timber decking was used to create paths, steps and level areas. Cedar was chosen to blend with the existing cladding on the house and the cedar hot tub. Wide steps were designed to allow easy access down a very steep slope from the house to the main deck and beyond. At night, these were subtly and safely lit and appeared to ‘float’ through the mounds of new planting. A large deck provided a level entertaining space with a hot tub and fire pit. Storage boxes were built to house the gas bottles and provide cover for the sofa cushions. As much as possible of the wild, romantic charm of the site was retained whilst taming some of the existing plants to improve the view of the sea. The problems There were numerous challenges to be overcome mainly around the access and logistics of the garden. Vehicles had to be driven along the promenade onto a shingle beach. This involved contacting multiple landowners to get their permission. Tides and members of the public enjoying the beach also had to be considered. As materials couldn’t be stored on the beach the exact materials needed had to be brought to
site each day. There were huge difficulties getting these from the beach to the top of the cliff. A crane was used to transport decking timbers, 90 tonnes of soil, some of the plants, turf, sleepers and the hot tub (although the crane’s arrival was delayed due to the London Olympics and Paralympics). All other materials were carried up the steps by hand and 40 tonnes of concrete taken up in buckets. A generator was required as the distance from the house to the beach was too long to power the cement mixer and other tools. The weather also played a significant part. Over the course of the year every weather type was experienced – deep snow on the beach, raging storms, blistering heat (only after the turf had been laid) and driving rain. However, the main cause for concern was the very limited communication with the client, who was working away for nearly all of the build. Any questions were relayed via email. As a result the garden was virtually complete before the client had his first sight of it. Happily he loved it and sent champagne to all the crew to show his appreciation of their herculean efforts! 1 Panorama 2 Building the steps 3 Decking under construction 4 Frogheath trucks on the beach www.prolandscapermagazine.com
5 Starting construction in the winter 6 Lifting materials 7 Constructing the hot tub
Willingford Lane, Burwash Weald, East Sussex TN19 7HR Tel 01435 883516 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.frogheath.co.uk
Herrings Lane, Cross in Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 0UG Tel 01435 862992 Web www.ewburrownursery.co.uk How Green Nursery
How Green Ln, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7PS Tel 01732 700382 Web http://howgreennursery.co.uk
Garden design Tina Vallis Garden Design
The Spinney, Alexandra Road, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6UD Tel 01435 872090 Email email@example.com Web www.tinavallis.co.uk
Crane rental Coussens of Bexhill Ltd
Plant Depot, Thorne Cres, Bexhill-onSea, East Sussex TN39 5JH Tel 01424 892380 Web www.coussenscranes.co.uk
Wooden cladding Roundwood of Mayfield
Soil and logistics
Newick Lane, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6RG Tel 01435 86707 Web www.roundwood.com
Gardenscape Direct Ltd
The Wharf, Rye Road, Newenden, Cranbrook, Kent TN18 5QG Tel 0800 854663 Web www.gardenscapedirect.co.uk Turf
Kwik Lawn Turf
Riviera Hot Tubs
21 Cherwell Road, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8JT Tel 01435 868833 Web www.kwiklawn.co.uk
Danver, 3 Oldway Road, Paignton, Devon TQ3 2TF Tel 01803 663709 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.riviera-hottubs.co.uk
Fire pit Paloform
Cabling and electrics Little London Electrics
7 Treetops Way, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8FN Tel 01435 866809 Email email@example.com Web www.littlelondonelectrical.co.uk
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Decking Silva Timba
Unit 4, Albright Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 8FY Tel 0151 495 3111 Web www.silvatimber.co.uk
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lients Anthony and Elaine have lived in this attractive 1930s detached North London house for many years. It was built by Anthonyâ€™s aunt and they fondly remember her running a dance school in the front room. Greenscapes UK was called in after two large trees had to be removed from the garden and extensive root damage had been caused to the existing patio and lawn. The clients had been impressed with the work of Greenscapes UK and Jenny Murison Garden Design in several friendsâ€™ gardens and decided to take the opportunity to have a complete garden makeover themselves. Gary Wells of Greenscapes UK and Jenny Murison have worked on many projects together
SHADES OF GREY GREENSCAPES UK
Greenscapes UK keeps it simple, updating this North London garden with clean contemporary lines and a soft grey palette
over the last ten years, learning much from each other. Clients so far have found no difficulty working with two separate companies and benefit from the wide range of design skills, plantsmanship and landscaping expertise both bring to a project. The brief The clients were keen to update the look of the garden with clean contemporary lines making full use of a blue/purple planting scheme, and blue slate was chosen as the paving material. The clients often entertain family and friends and wanted a generous outdoor dining area in the space bordered by the kitchen and living 46
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room with large folding glass doors providing easy access from the house. A stainless steel water feature was designed as a focal point for the patio and to divert attention away from the neighbouring conservatory. The design The garden slopes up from the house so retaining walls and two flights of steps were incorporated, leading to a lawn and a secluded seating area. The treatment of the boundaries was crucial to allow privacy from neighbours without overpowering the space. This was solved by a block rendered wall curving between a change of heights. Standard bay trees were www.prolandscapermagazine.com
PROJECT VALUE £20,000 - £30,000
PROJECT DETAILS Project value £25k Build time 11 months Size of project 210m2
planted at the lower end to give screening at head height. Bespoke slatted fences were made up on site and both walls and fences painted in shades of grey to complement the stone and planting. The timber for the slats was painted before being made up as the wood shrinks slightly after installation and would reveal unsightly bare strips.
1 Six shades of grey and bay trees 2 Graceful flow of the party wall 3 Simple planting with maximum impact 4 Water feature and planting to soften wall 5 Shallow and even steps for easy access to lawn 6 New bed to complement existing planting
ABOUT GREENSCAPES UK LTD Greenscapes UK Ltd is based in St Albans and carries out work across London and Hertfordshire. It specialises in high-end domestic garden projects, priding itself on an exceptional standard of workmanship and a sharp eye for detail. The company is dedicated to working closely with clients to create a garden that goes beyond their expectations.
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Challenges Access to the site was very limited so all preparations for the build were carried out by hand. Excavating the old paving revealed a fractured drainage system and this was entirely replaced with new pipework along with a silt basket installation for the channel drainage. Preparing for the new lawn was particularly arduous as old tree roots had to be meticulously removed from baking ground as summer temperatures soared. The hard work was rewarded with ice creams and plenty of cold drink! Planting The clients gave a clear brief for the planting asking for a profusion of blue and purple flowers. In the existing borders new planting was woven in with the old. It was decided to keep as much as possible of the mature planting to give the new design a settled feel as quickly as possible. There were a number of yellow and purple leaved shrubs, which toned beautifully with the blue and purple flowers of the new planting. An L-shaped border defined the edge of the patio and this was filled with six standard bay trees under planted with rosemary, lavender and silver leaved heuchera. A sunny wide bed in view of the kitchen window was filled with a mix of herbs, grasses and purple flowered bulbs and perennials. A small blue clematis was planted to scramble along the grey slatted fence.
1 View from smaller access steps 2 Existing upper patio area 3 Before the Greenscapes UK effect! 4 Improving the lawn area for new turf 5 Solid wall built to last 6 Carefully linking new with old drainage system
The clients are thrilled with their new-look garden and are looking forward to enjoying it through the seasons to come, and Greenscapes UK went on to tackle their front garden. Success all round!
REFERENCES Landscape contractor
Greenscapes UK Ltd
29 Sadleir Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2BL Tel 0845 519 7107 Web www.greenscapesuk.co.uk
Oxford Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire CV8 3EJ Tel 024 7651 8700 Web www.stonemarket.co.uk
Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9EU Tel 0795 074 9388 Web www.glebenursery.co.uk
Water feature Garden designer
Jenny Murison Garden Design
Sidings Court, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN4 5NU Tel 01302 767170 Web www.stowasis.com
81 Salisbury Road, Barnet EN5 4JL Tel 020 8440 5472 Web www.jennymurison.co.uk
Plants Garden maintenance
Joseph Rochfords Gardens Ltd
Pipers End, Letty Green, Hertford SG14 2PB Tel 0170 726 1370 Web www.rochfords.net
318 Ladysmith Road, Enfield EN1 3AF Tel 0797 497 5276
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LEARNING CURVE BOURNVILLE VILLAGE LANDSCAPES For its first landscaping and maintenance contract, Bournville Village Landscapes delivered a contemporary planting scheme for the central courtyard of a student accommodation block in Birmingham
ust a stone’s throw from the University of Birmingham’s main campus, Athena Studios is a new student accommodation complex and Bournville Village Landscapes’ first external landscaping contract. With a successful track record of managing award-winning parks and open spaces for housing association and charity Bournville Village Trust, Bournville Village Landscapes was confident that its skills and experience could make Athena Studios blossom. Working closely with the contractor Torsion Group, Bournville Village Landscapes followed a brief to create a landscaped courtyard area with soft landscaping features and a native woodland mix. www.prolandscapermagazine.com
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The works Built on the site of a former ambulance station, Athena Studios is a brand new state-of-the-art £10.4million student accommodation complex. Made up of 259 apartments, it required an extensive planting scheme to ensure that its landscaped areas reflected the contemporary design of the project. To achieve this, Bournville Village Landscapes carried out two weeks of work to the complex’s central courtyard including tree, hedge, shrub and bulb planting and turf laying. To support wildlife, such as butterflies and bees, and complement a wooded area behind the building, a native woodland mix was created featuring in excess of 1,000 native species of plants and over 1,000 Snow Drop bulbs. Pro Landscaper / November 2015 49
Planted trees included species such as Silver Birch (Betula Pendula) and Pyrus Calleryana ‘Chanticleer’, sourced from Wyevale Nurseries. This sympathetic approach to local habitat is nothing new for Bournville Village Landscapes. It has developed wildflower areas across Bournville, including Rowheath Park. The range of plants at the complex includes ferns, ornamental grasses and sedges, specimen shrubs such as Amalanchier Lamarckii, and mature formal hedges – all supplied by The Riddings Nursery in Kidderminster. Lloyd Gower, Landscapes Manager at Bournville Village Landscapes, said: “The landscaping work had to be completed at the
ABOUT BOURNVILLE VILLAGE LANDSCAPES
same time as many other tradespeople were busy finishing their work on the building. We had to fit around lots of different contractors, but thanks to our experience in customer service this wasn’t a problem. We all worked well together to make sure deadlines were achieved.” Maintenance BVL began a 12-month maintenance programme for Athena Studios in August to ensure that it continues to look its best all year round. The maintenance programme includes grass cutting, shrub bed pruning, weed control and watering to all shrubs and trees and is in essence a summer/winter programme.
The site has over 1,000 native bulbs and BVL will ensure these plants give the desired flowering effect. The team is currently visiting the Studios twice a week to water trees and once every two weeks to cut the grass and remove emerging weeds. The company is using Rover pedestrian mowers for the grass cutting, Stihl FS100 brush cutters for the strimming and Stihl BR600 Back Pack blowers for leaf clearance and to clear the hard standing of any grass clippings. The company also hopes to continue its success in the Green Flag awards, which it received for the second time this year for Bournville Village Green.
Bournville Village Landscapes is the landscaping arm of Bournville Village Trust, a charity and housing organisation founded by chocolate maker George Cadbury in 1900. The Trust’s vision is to create and sustain ﬂourishing communities where people choose to live and it does this by providing high quality housing and estate management services across Birmingham and Shropshire. In total, the Trust provides services to 8,000 homes of mixed tenure and 25,000 people.
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REFERENCES 1 Some of the plants, shrubs and trees at Athena Studios 2 The beautiful Bournville Village Green in Birmingham which is maintained by Bournville Village Landscapes 3 The Athena Studios complex, Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham 4 (L-R) Carol Priest (Director of Estates at Bournville Village Trust), Lloyd Gower, (Landscapes Manager at Bournville Village Landscapes), Peter Roach (Chief Executive of Bournville Village Trust), and Duncan Cadbury (Chair of Bournville Village Trust), celebrate Green Flag award success 5 Some of the trees and pathways at the new student accommodation scheme 6 A BVL team member cutting grass as part of work to maintain the Bournville Village estate 7 Plants and shrubs will support wildlife such as bees and butterflies 8 Wooded area featuring a native woodland mix 9 A BVL team member maintaining Lightmoor Village in Telford â€“ a contemporary village of new homes
Contractor Bournville Village Landscapes
Bournville Village Trust Head Office, 350 Bournville Lane, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1QY Tel 0300 333 6540 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.bvt.org.uk Trees Wyevale Nurseries Ltd
Wyevale Way, Kings Acre, Hereford, HR4 7AY Tel 01432 845200 Email enquiries@ wyevale-nurseries.co.uk Web www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk Plants and woodland mix The Riddings Nursery
Charlton Lane, Torton, Hartlebury, Worcestershire DY11 7SD Tel 01299 253 910 Email Ianc.email@example.com Machinery Cub Cadet ride-on mower
Express Mowers, Platts Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 4YR Tel 01384 443 499 Web www.cubcadet.co.uk
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Welcome to the inaugural 30 Under 30: The Next Generation Over just four years, Pro Landscaper has become the premium magazine for the landscape industry, and our aim from the beginning was to bring together a community of passionate, hard-working and dedicated people committed to their profession in the world of landscape design, build and maintenance, covering both the private and public realm. During this time, it became glaringly apparent that there was and is still a distinct lack of promotion of the profession, and subsequently there are fewer and fewer people taking up an exciting and rewarding career in the industry. However, there are is a large group of people working in the sector, who at under the age of 30 have already achieved much and are also those to keep an eye open for in the future. This inspired us to create ’30 under 30: The Next Generation’ , an initiative to celebrate and recognise those who are climbing rapidly up the landscape ladder. We believe all sectors and job titles are represented within the group, from
operatives right through to managing directors and business owners. Just think how such an accolade will look on your CV. 30 under 30: The Next Generation is sponsored and supported by Horticulture Careers (www.horticulturecareers.co.uk) , launched by Eljays44 in January 2014; a one-stop job shop where anyone searching for a new challenge or career can ﬁnd all the latest opportunities in the industry. There was a fantastic response with many and varied entries for the ﬁrst 30 under 30, and after careful scrutiny we have selected the ﬁnal group who will be revealed at a presentation at FutureScape 2015 at Sandown Park Racecourse on Tuesday 17th November. If you’re planning to visit FutureScape, please do look out for the winners and give them a pat on the back – it’s a great achievement. So, we now plan to make this an annual event, so next year when the
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MATTHEW BEESLEY Sole proprietor Beesleys Landscapes Aged 21 Matthew started Beesleys Landscapes in 2010 aged 16 and now has a team of seven people working for him. He studied at Reaseheath College, achieving a Level 3 extended diploma in horticulture and landscaping. Matthew says he is a hands-on manager and enjoys mentoring for his young team. Beesleys Landscapes undertakes projects ranging from £6,000 to £250,000. Matthew was recently a member of the silver medal-winning GB squad at the World Skills Landscaping event in Brazil. He is eager to learn, has a strong work ethic and a drive to reach the top. His goal is to open a landscaping centre including a landscape training academy.
CHARLES BENTON Owner Benton Landscapes Aged 27
Charlie has been in the industry since the age of 16 and he founded Benton Landscapes when he was 22. He describes building a business out of his passion for the outdoors as a dream come true. He attended Hadlow College and achieved an NVQ Level 2 in amenity horticulture and has even had a stint as a TV gardener on ITV’s This Morning. Charlie believes he wouldn’t be where he is today without his passion for the garden and his drive to succeed. He says his greatest achievement is having set up his business when a previous employer told him he’d never be able to do it.
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TAMARA BRIDGE Garden designer Tamara Bridge Garden Designs Aged 27 Tamara has been a sole trader serving private and local authority clients as Tamara Bridge Garden Designs for the last four years. She was a finalist in the Young Designer of the Year 2015 competition and was awarded a show garden spot at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. Tamara attended Sparsholt College and achieved a national diploma in arboriculture. She also studied at Easton College, where she gained an RHS Level 2 qualification. Tamara’s ultimate goal is to have a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
SCOTT BROWNLIE Interior plant display technician, Tropiculture Aged 19 Having worked for Tropiculture for the past 18 months, Scott is responsible for the selection, installation and maintenance of tropical internal plant displays. From September 2013 until June 2015, Scott studied at Kingston Maurward College in Dorset, where he qualified with a Level 3 extended diploma in horticulture. He has worked with the business since its founding. As the business has grown over the past couple of years, so Scott has grown with it. According to his manager, he has taken to the interior plant business with great enthusiasm, demonstrating an impressive work ethic and a thirst for knowledge. Scott’s ambition is to become a fully qualified interior and exterior landscaper and ultimately run his own business. www.prolandscapermagazine.com
HUGO BUGG Director Hugo Bugg Landscapes Aged 28
Hugo established Hugo Bugg Landscapes in 2009 after graduating from Falmouth University with a first in garden design. In 2010 he was RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year, and he became the youngest ever winner of an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal for a large show garden in 2014. Hugo has recently been commissioned as designer of the first Royal Botanic Gardens in Jordan. He gives guest lectures and seminars at the garden design colleges and trade shows throughout the UK. Having already won gold and best in show at Chelsea, Hugo would like to repeat this achievement, but his main goal now is to develop a dynamic design practice that consistently creates inspirational landscapes around the world.
SAM COX Sales manager Landscapeplus Aged 24
Sam joined Landscapeplus as a warehouse operator in 2011 and during his time there has shown an aptitude and enthusiasm for the products the company supplies and an understanding of the need to deliver exemplary customer service. Sam was invited to join the sales team soon after he started with the business before being promoted to sales manager in 2014. Sam plans to develop Landscapeplus and help it become the most trusted brand in the landscape industry. He gains greatest satisfaction from helping his customers to develop their skills and grow their businesses by working with Landscapeplus.
Landscape operative Gardenscapes Aged 19 Will Burberry is a landscape operative at Gardenscapes. He has been an apprentice with the company for three years while completing a Level 2 landscape construction course at Merrist Wood College, winning Apprentice of the Year in 2014. Will says he has been interested in landscaping since he was two years old and feels lucky to have been given the opportunity presented by his one-week placement with Gardenscapes. Will wants to represent Great Britain at the World Skills Landscaping event in 2017 and has set his sights on winning a gold medal. He aspires to manage his own team at Gardenscapes and to train an apprentice of his own in the future.
JAIMIE COOK Head gardener Gavin Jones Aged 30 As head gardener with Gavin Jones at Chiswick House and Gardens in West London, Jaimie Cook provides the link between management and staff whilst ensuring contract specifications are met. Jaimie started with Gavin Jones five years ago as a temporary operative and hasnâ€™t looked back. With the help of Gavin Jones, Jaimie has gained an NTPC Level 2 in safe use of pesticides, an Institute of Groundsmanship Foundation A qualification and received a Silver Environmental Award. She has also completed the first stage of the companyâ€™s own Gavin Jones diploma in horticulture. Jaimie believes that to develop a career out of something you love is rare and says she appreciates her situation every single day. Pro Landscaper / November 2015 57
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Landscapes manager The Landscape Group Aged 29
LUKE DOVE Contract manager Glendale Managed Services Aged 29 Since he joined Glendale Managed Services in 2010, Luke has risen through the ranks to become contract manager on the Coventry Grounds Maintenance contract, where he oversees more than 18,000 properties across the region with grass cutting, shrub pruning and chemical application among his responsibilities. He has done so well at Glendale that he now manages 27 employees and has been put through an NVQ Level 2 in team leading and an NVQ Level 3 in management, among other qualifications. Luke hopes to continue to develop in his current role, learning from people around him and progressing to a more senior position in time.
LANDSCAPES Managing director Landscaping & groundworks Donovan Landscapes Aged 28 Managing director of Donovan Landscapes, Nathan started his own company last year after eight years’ service with Frogheath Landscapes. Twentyeight-year-old Nathan has a first diploma in horticulture (distinction), winning student of the year while studying for it. He also boasts a national diploma in horticulture (merit) and a Level 3 diploma in work-based horticulture. Designer Marian Boswall, who has worked with Nathan for a period of time, says that his ability to keep clients happy means that she knows each project is in safe hands. Nathan intends to develop Donovan Landscapes into an award-winning company while creating his own legacy in his work. He also hopes to educate others and pass on the skills he has learnt along the way. 58
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Thomas is the landscapes manager within the strategic parks management team at The Landscape Group. He graduated from The Landscape Group’s graduate programme in 2012 and is currently heading up the landscape construction division responsible for the delivery of projects across London. Tom studied civil engineering at Edinburgh Napier University before beginning working with the company four years ago. His manager believes his attention to detail and ability to respond to challenges with solutions is second to none. For now, Tom aims to further develop his skills and knowledge and to broaden his understanding and experience in all aspects of the business.
RICHARD FORROW Tree care supervisor Gavin Jones Aged 24 Richard attended Merrist Wood College where he achieved a BTEC Level 3 in forestry and arboriculture before joining Gavin Jones five and a half years ago. As a tree care supervisor he is responsible for the day-to-day organisation of the three full-time arboriculture teams at the company as well as multiple sub-contractors. Richard’s role within the Gavin Jones management team is an important one and the company has every confidence in him to control virtually all aspects of the day-to-day running of this side of the business. In the future, Richard hopes to take his knowledge and experience abroad to help countries with less advanced arboriculture industries. www.prolandscapermagazine.com
STEPHANIE GRAINGER Contract delivery supervisor Glendale Countryside Ltd Aged 28
Contract delivery supervisor Stephanie Grainger has only been employed by Glendale Countryside Ltd for eight months but has already shown excellent interpersonal skills while dealing with a complex transfer between two organisations. The 28-year-old coordinates and delivers a five-year contract of utility arboriculture for an electricity distributor. Stephanie studied at South East Derbyshire College and gained a BTEC national diploma in public services. Her manager has also picked her out as a future leader in the industry. Stephanie hopes to continue her rapid rise within the company and would like to become a contract manager in the future.
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Ashley is the contract manager with John O’Conner Ltd, responsible for the delivery of the Midland Heart Housing Association grounds maintenance contract. The 29-year-old has been with the company for eight months and manages over 25 staff. Ashley attended Pershore College to gain a BTEC national diploma in horticulture, before attending the University of Gloucestershire where he graduated with a BA and postgraduate diploma in landscape architecture. He is currently working towards a work-based diploma in management. According to Ashley’s manager, he is integral to improving and building relationships with the clients on his contract. He takes pride in working in a team to deliver high standards and aims to reach a senior management level within the industry in the future.
Harry has been with James Coles and Sons (Nurseries) for the last three years. As marketing manager he is responsible for the nursery’s day-to-day marketing activities such as public relations, sales analysis and promotions. Harry has a CIM diploma in professional marketing and has used his skills to consistently deliver the highest standards. He has executed and driven forward many diverse projects as well as overseeing all the company’s major tendering documents. He is keen to progress further in his role and within the company as a whole, while helping to develop and maintain the reputation of the nursery.
Marketing manager James Coles and Sons (Nurseries) Ltd Aged 24
ALASTAIR HENDERSON Senior landscape designer Aralia Landscape Design Aged 24 Aralia Landscape Design’s senior landscape designer Alastair Henderson is focused on the creation and delivery of design at all stages – from inception through to construction detailing. Alastair is described as an exceptional designer whose passion to innovate is apparent in all his projects. Alastair graduated with a first in garden design at Writtle College and has been with Aralia for the past three years. His ultimate career goal is to work on overseas projects, ideally in a location with an entirely different landscape and climate from that he is used to in Britain.
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Regional operations manager ISS Facilities Services Landscaping Aged 30
MIKE LONG Managing director Genesis Construction and Landscapes Ltd Aged 29 Mike made the decision to start his own company, Genesis Construction and Landscapes Ltd, in 2010 after spending three years in the landscaping industry. He attended Otley College in Suffolk, studying horticulture and specialising in landscaping, but says that he learnt more ‘on the tools’ from his colleagues and their experience. Mike is an honest, hard worker who has a real talent for bringing garden designs to life and is passionate about training apprentices within his business to pass on his experiences. Mike’s next goal is to win an APL award, but overall he wants his company to be recognised as a trendsetter in the industry and hopes to help develop others so they can realise their career objectives.
Craig is a regional operations manager for the north of the UK with ISS Facilities Services Landscaping, managing over 350 operatives across the area. He has been with ISS for nine years and has grown into his current position after starting as a seasonal operative watering hanging baskets. According to Craig’s manager, he has worked diligently to achieve a sharp progression through the company and is absolutely the future of the landscaping industry. Craig would like to further his career by finding and developing talented individuals within the business and encouraging them to take the path he did. In the future he hopes he is considered for a role as a business director.
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Owner, Tom Massey Landscape & Garden Design, Aged 29
After graduating with distinction at the London College of Garden Design, 29-year-old Tom Massey has worked with some of the most recognised designers in the business. Since starting his business earlier this year, Tom has been working part-time with Jo Thompson and Wilson McWilliam Studio. Jo has described Tom as confident, demonstrating a deep respect for the location and an impressive understanding of space. Tom believes working part-time with esteemed and established garden designers provides him with invaluable experience whilst building and developing his skills. He aims to win a Gold medal for a show garden on Main Avenue at RHS Chelsea, but beyond that he is delving into the way green space can help people feel better, both mentally and physically.
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Landscape architect The Landscape Group Aged 23
Ryan is a landscape architect within the strategic parks management team at The Landscape Group, having graduated from the company’s graduate programme in 2014. He is currently managing prestigious contracts including London’s Southbank at Jubilee Gardens. Ryan graduated with a first in landscape architecture from Writtle College and is currently studying land reclamation and remediation at Cranfield University. Ryan is passionate about encouraging more young people into horticulture as he believes that this industry isn’t considered a good career choice by many people. He really wants to work across all disciplines within the industry.
JOSHUA MCDONNELL Landscape operative Bespoke Outdoor Spaces Aged 22 Joshua has been with Bespoke Outdoor Spaces under the tutelage of Jody Lidgard for the past three years. Prior to his employment, Joshua studied for a Level 2 City & Guilds qualification in horticulture, which he progressed to a Level 3 extended diploma at Otley and Easton College. Initially taken on as a labourer, Joshua has advanced to being a landscape operative by showing a willingness to learn and make progress. Jody says that Joshua is extremely adaptable, copes well with a constantly changing work place and that his customers speak highly of him while he is on site. Joshua’s ultimate career goal is to work closely with like-minded people and to pass on the knowledge that he’s gained to others entering the industry.
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Contracts supervisor Gavin Jones Aged 25
Contracts supervisor Andy Mighall has been at Gavin Jones for the past five years, having joined the company as a landscape operative. Since starting with the company, he has completed his NVQ Level 1 and 2 in horticulture as also Level 1 and 2 of the Gavin Jones Diploma in Horticulture. He also holds many NPTC tickets. Andy’s manager describes him as an outstanding employee and a credit to the Gavin Jones Group. He currently oversees 10 small contracts and oversees a team of employees. Andy strives to continue his learning and to grow in his role within the company, creating new ideas to improve the landscape around him.
CHRIS MILLS General manager Glendale Civic Trees Aged 28
Chris has been the general manager of Glendale Civic Trees for the past two and a half years and is responsible for leading the sales team, marketing activity and the brand’s business development. Chris has been interested in horticulture since he was 12 years old. He studied arboriculture and forestry at Sparsholt College and was a climbing arborist until he was 23. Chris’ manager has praised him for doing a fantastic job in the two businesses he has managed on behalf of Glendale. He rates being promoted to general manager of Civic Trees as his biggest personal accomplishment and over the next five years he aims to continue developing his managerial skills with Glendale.
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JOSHUA NOAKES Joshua Noakes Landscape operative IPM Facilities Limited Aged 22 Joshua Noakes, BALI Chalk Fund Best Student 2015, is a landscape operative with IPM Facilities Ltd and has recently completed a two-year Level 3 extended diploma in landscape construction at Merrist Wood College, achieving a distinction in all 18 modules. He was also awarded Best Student 2015 thanks to his high grades. According to his manager, Joshua is a hardworking employee and a good role model for younger colleagues. Joshua hopes to continue to progress in the commercial sector and wishes to bring new and innovative sustainable design influences into the industry.
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KAYLEIGH RHODES Sales and technical support Boningale Aged 28
JAMES SPONDER Junior foreman The Outdoor Room Aged 22 Following a college education at Merrist Wood, skilled landscaper James Sponder joined the Outdoor Room in 2009 and has since progressed to become the company’s junior foreman. Having approached the company with his garden designs when he was 16, James has developed his soft and hard landscaping skills and he recently completed his first project as foreman, which was valued at £80k. He is respected by all of the management and site staff at ODR and says his career highlights so far include working on award-winning gardens at RHS Chelsea over the last six years. He hopes that his junior experience will one day lead to becoming a foreman on Chelsea’s prestigious main avenue.
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Kayleigh has been at Boningale for four years now and is described by her manager as an expert in green roofing and other relevant horticultural practices. She handles the sales orders for Boningale’s new green roof department, GreenSky. She provides technical support at all levels of green roof planting, advising designers, organising growing contracts and offering maintenance advice. Kayleigh studied at Cedars Horticultural College and has a diploma in horticulture and production. She has been interested in horticulture since her childhood and would love to see Boningale’s green roof department grow further and to be able to train the new recruits.
PAUL TOAL Area supervisor Quadron Services Aged 29
Paul is responsible for 28 members of staff and 54 mobile sites at Quadron Services and he works hard to deliver the highest possible standards to the company’s clients. He has been at Quadron for the past five years and has progressed to his current role having started as a weekend littler picker. Paul is also one of the company’s driver assessors and inducts new starters and apprentices, who are inspired by he has worked his way through the company’s ranks. He is aiming for a management position within Quadron Services in the foreseeable future.
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JOHN WEBB Interior landscaping maintenance technician Green Team Interiors Aged 30
John has been with Green Team Interiors as an interior landscaping maintenance technician for the past two and a half years and has been instrumental in developing the Carousel range for the company. John has an NVQ Level 2 in floristry and has spent a considerable amount of his own time developing and producing a plant bible for his colleagues. He is responsible for installing and maintaining a large variety of indoor plants across a number of interior landscaping schemes. His ambition is to achieve a supervisory or managerial role within the industry.
ED VERITY Landscape foreman Landform Consultants Aged 29 Junior landscape foreman at Landform Consultants, Ed Verity has an ambition: to create a landscape that becomes a national landmark. He attended Merrist Wood College and studied landscape construction before joining Landform Consultants in February 2014. Managing director Mark Gregory took to Ed immediately and says that he fitted straight into the Landform way of doing things. Ed excelled when he took a leading role at RHS Chelsea this year and he was also given responsibility for the Tourism Turkey garden at RHS Hampton Court, winning a Gold medal and the best in category award. Ed hopes to use this experience to achieve his five year goal, which is to win a Gold and best in show at RHS Chelsea. Ed has a Level 3 in landscape construction and horticulture, for which he studied at Merrist Wood College.
RICHARD WEXHAM Specification manager Green-tech Aged 29 Richard is a popular member of the Green-tech team and has been working for the business for the past nine and a half years. His role puts him right at the heart of the technical specifications team and delivering a host of CPD workshops. Richard started at Green-tech as a sales advisor and has progressed as the business has grown. He has huge ambitions, aiming to be a well respected spokesman specialising in new tree planting and urban development. On top of this, he also wishes to be an active member of the Landscape Institute.
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NURSERY NEWS Wyevale co-ordinator wins IPPS International Exchange Award
Wyevale Nurseries’ product development co-ordinator Ben Gregory won the International Plant Propagators’ Society (IPPS) International Exchange Award and has been visiting some of the most innovative nurseries and research stations in the US. The 23-year-old was selected as the overall winner to take part in the international exchange scheme after he was selected as one of the winners of the Young Horticulturalist Six-Pack Award and attended the 2014 conference in Denmark. Ben said: “I am ecstatic to have won. It will be a fantastic platform for me to network and share knowledge, techniques and experience.” Tim Lawrance-Owen, vice president of IPPS European Region, said: “Ben showed himself to be highly motivated with a readiness to get involved.” www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk www.prolandscapermagazine.com
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Mr Harry Frew, founder and managing director, said: “The combination of our progressive growth and a specific increase in the species and seed sources that are now being asked for has presented our team with real challenges. The increase in production has resulted in additional jobs for the local area in all departments throughout the company.” www.cheviot-trees.co.uk
Knowl Park Nurseries is continuing its successful marketing campaign offering potential new customers fish and chips when they book a nursery visit on a Friday afternoon. Nursery manager Gilly Dukes said, “We have found that our customers are more than happy to be offered a no-nonsense lunch, this is a reflection of the no-nonsense service we offer. We don’t want to waste time over a lengthy lunch; we can walk round the nursery sites, collect our lunch on return to the cash and carry and continue our conversation over the staff room table. Once landscape contractors have seen the nursery and what we grow they
Tim Briercliffe, AIPH secretary general, said: “The judges will be looking for excellence in five key areas – economic performance, level of innovation, market orientation, environmental standards and human resource policy. They will also look for the stand-out features that elevates the business to be the best grower in its field and the world.” Individual tickets are €170+VAT per person, corporate and group rates are €150+VAT. For more information and tickets, visit www.aiph.org/groweroftheyear
are happier to discuss their requirements and be receptive to using our stock. We also encourage our landscapers and designers to bring their clients to the nursery to choose stock. This enables the client to see what will be supplied and how it is grown, and reduces anxiety over receiving a delivery direct from a wholesale nursery as the designer is not always present.” www.knowlpark.co.uk
Expansion in production facilities at Cheviot Trees Cheviot Trees has announced the next step in its continued expansion after acquiring additional land adjacent to its current facility. The forest and landscape nursery in Scotland has experienced steady growth over the past five years after winning new contracts and expanding its customer base. Earthworks are currently underway to prepare the site for the installation of a further sophisticated greenhouse complex and associated equipment – all of which will be state of the art to maximise efficiency.
Book your place at the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016 Gala Dinner The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) invites all those linked to the ornamental horticulture industry to the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016 Gala Dinner. The Awards, in partnership with FloraHolland, take place on Thursday 28 January, 2016 during IPM Essen, Germany, where each category winner will be judged for the Gold Rose, awarding them the global status of AIPH International Grower of the Year.
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RED CHRISTMAS As much a part of Christmas as Santa’s red clothing, the ubiquitous fiery Poinsettia is about to make its star turn once again at festive events and installations. The definitive plant for Christmas in terms of wow factor, this traditional crimson beauty puts its paler support acts of holly and ivy firmly into the evergreen shade. At its best, it’s a showstopper – particularly when planted en masse, but this flamboyant and uncompromising leading lady of the Christmas floral stage belies a temperamental tenderness. A few key points need to be remembered in terms of care – none of which is 66
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complicated or particularly demanding (but it does explain the presence of ragged Poinsettia’s alongside Christmas trees littering driveways and pavements come twelfth night). Care during transportation is essential: sudden bursts of cold are the Poinsettia’s enemy, as is rough handling, which can bruise and damage the leaves, so it’s better to wrap in plastic so each plant is completely protected. Equally, stick with trusted suppliers when ordering – if a Poinsettia fails to thrive in situ, it could be that the damage was already done. Poinsettias also need bright, but filtered light, away from strong sun and draughts. They need a minimum temperature of 13-15°C (55-59°F). Remember to water sparingly (only when the surface of the compost has begun to dry out) and feed monthly. Humidity, like applause, brings out the best in this beauty and extends the flowering life, so mist regularly. Healthy, vibrant Poinsettias zing with Christmas cheer and are worth the extra care. Personally, I love to group them beneath a Christmas tree to create
THIS TRADITIONAL CRIMSON BEAUTY PUTS ITS PALER SUPPORT ACTS OF HOLLY AND IVY FIRMLY INTO THE EVERGREEN SHADE a festive landscape, or they look amazing as a ‘tree’ – having masses of them creates a wonderful contemporary display. Their rouge intensity also makes for a knock out display in troughs, throw red baubles into the mix, and the result is traditional Christmas exuberance at its finest.
ABOUT IAN DRUMMOND Ian Drummond is the creative director of Indoor Garden Design, Europe’s leading interior landscape design company. Based in Highgate, North London, 2015 sees IGD celebrate its 40th year in business.
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NATIVE VS EXOTIC When it comes to British biodiversity, native trees and shrubs are not always the best choice, says Noel Kingsbury Many in the landscape profession have, over the last few years, found themselves increasingly under pressure to use native trees and shrubs in planting. This can be frustrating and problematic, as the British flora includes only a limited number of woody plants, and few of these have the qualities of year-round good looks, growth patterns or form which is needed in many projects. The reason for this ‘nativist’ agenda is that it supposedly helps biodiversity and is therefore seen as an environmental benefit. Scientific support for the idea that biodiversity benefits only from native plants is pretty threadbare, particularly as far as the British Isles is concerned. To some extent, this is an agenda which has been imported from the US, where there is a real debate about the biodiversity value of native plants, which has, as these things tend to in the US, gotten quite bad-tempered, with
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much muttering in the horticulture and landscape professions about ‘native Nazis’. Whatever the situation in North America, the fact is that the British invertebrate fauna which forms the base of the biodiversity food chain is pretty generalist, ie it is not so fussy about what it eats.
LET’S USE THE BEST OF OUR NATIVE FLORA BUT NOT BE BROWBEATEN INTO REJECTING COMBINING IT WITH THE FAR GREATER ARRAY OF NON-NATIVE PLANT SPECIES Research into the links between what we plant and biodiversity benefits has been ongoing for several years now, thanks to the BUGS (Biodiveristy in Urban Gardens) projects run by the University of Sheffield and partly supported by the Royal Horticultural Society. Ken Thompson, one of the founders of BUGS, tells us that “several major studies have shown no large effect of native plants on the diversity of wildlife in gardens”. Which is pretty clear. Except, note that last word ‘gardens’, ie not ‘commercial landscape projects’. What the BUGS and other researchers in this field flag up, is that it is not where plants come from which impacts biodiversity but the range and diversity of the plants themselves. Many studies have shown that the average garden includes not just a wide range of plant species but of many habitats and indeed micro-habitats too. Particularly important are complexity and connection, so for example having trees, with shrubs growing beneath and perennials and grasses in close proximity; complexity provides a wide range of habitats but also the cover which all kinds of wildlife need in order to get around without being gobbled up by another larger bit of biodiversity.
The problem with all of the above for landscape designers is that this habitat complexity can look a bit messy. The clean lines, clear divisions and graphic qualities we humans tend to like are not necessarily those which are good habitat. To some extent, changes in public perception will make the task of planting-ashabitat design easier, but the challenge to make biodiverse landscapes visually pleasing as well as functional is a real one. Having said all this, very much in support of not being too obsessed about using our limited native flora, it never ceases to surprise me how good native garden and landscape plants are still underused. The upright forms of the oak for example, such as Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata’, a version of a native tree, which is far more suitable for urban environments than the rather wayward shapes of the typical form but which also supports over 200 insect species. Or indeed of some native perennials, such as Betony, Stachys officinalis, only recently discovered by commercial horticulture. Let’s use the best of our native flora but not be browbeaten into rejecting combining it with the far greater array of non-native plant species we have available. The BUGS project: www.bugs.group.shef.ac.uk
Left: Brightly coloured wildflower Stachys officinalis flourishes on shallow dry soil on the Pembrokeshire coast illustrating its potential for difficult growing environments
ABOUT NOEL KINGSBURY Noel Kingsbury has been involved in the horticulture industry since the mid eighties, as a nurseryman, garden designer and writer, with features appearing in The Garden, The Daily Telegraph and Gardens Illustrated. He has played a major role in introducing the British gardening public and the horticulture profession to naturalistic planting with a series of books since the mid nineties, four of which he has written with Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. He teaches and lectures widely on planting design with a particular interest in running workshops on long-term plant performance. He lives and gardens in the Welsh Borders.
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Greenwood Plants has four major nurseries, two in Chichester, and two in Cheshire. The group grows specimen shrubs, herbaceous perennials and shrubs such as lavender and more delicate plants in Chichester, where excellent light levels ensure the highest quality plants. It is also the main site for its specialised propagation division. In Cheshire the focus is on the production of young plants, container grown including instant hedging, large quantities of amenity and container grown trees from half standards to semi mature in airpots. The second Chichester base is the distribution unit for all its order collation and dispatch.
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Customer service is of paramount importance. Greenwood Plants tries to work with the customer to supply everything, putting the client at the top of its priority list. This is one of the nursery’s key selling points. Its main customer base is in large landscape operations involved in housebuilding, but it also sells to garden designers and other wholesalers.
Greenwood Plants was founded in 1979, established its operations in Chichester in 2012 and took over the second Chichester nursery in 2014. There are still places on the nursery being developed but it is a work in progress. Greenwood Plants has made massive progress in production over the past 18 months with automation and systems
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Anglo Aquatic Plant celebrated 50 years in business in September. Pro Landscaper visited the family business started by David and Rosalind Everett in Enfield, meeting director Caroline Everett at the five acre site to find out about its specialist offering for garden designers and landscapers.
Anglo Aquatic Plant has seen great change in 2015, investing in a new computer system that enables a more efficient drop shipping service and introducing larger plant labels that give a reason to buy, care instructions and, with sustainability high on the agenda, information such as which plants are good for insects. The company has also introduced a catalogue without prices, encouraging clients to choose plants based on what they like rather than on budget. The catalogue also has more detailed care instructions and other useful information such as plants’ size and how quickly they grow. Anglo Aquatic Plant has a team of 15 employees offering advice on ponds and swimming ponds (under the brand name Anglo Swimming Ponds). Landscapers and designers can send their plans with dimensions and viewing aspect and the team marks up the plan, costs the plants and returns them as a quote. They will also help carry out planting. The business does not offer plant guarantees as such, but if a plant fails they tend to replace it. The nursery offers a wide range of 300 plant varieties, of which 150 are for pond margins, over 70 are lilies and deep water and 45 are for damp ground including ferns and primulas. It also produces six floaters and 15 oxygenators. Anglo Aquatic has a long heritage at RHS flower shows and has worked with top designers and landscapers. This year it supplied Ann-Marie www.prolandscapermagazine.com
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Powell at RHS Hampton Court and the swimming pond at RHS Chelsea 2015 for Jo Thompson’s M&G garden. TOP SELLERS INCLUDE Marginal Equisetum hyemale (Dutch rush) Oxygenator Lagarosiphon (curly water thyme) Floating Eichhornia (water hyacinth) There are also over 70 varieties of water lily in all varieties, colours and sizes. Pot sizes are 9cm, 1L, 2L, 3L, 5L and 30L. This year Anglo Aquatic introduced a 10L range and ferns in 2L pots. The average weight of a 1L pot is 1.3-1.6kg – this is important to make them sink. Do aquatic plants have a shelf life after which they need to be replaced or repotted? Generally the answer is no. You do need the right plants for the right environment so if you’re working on a big natural scheme then things like Myosotis (water forget-me-not) and Mentha (water mint) are great but they are quite fast growing. The peak season is from mid March to mid July but container grown plants can be planted all year round. The ordering and delivery process is simple, if clients order on a Monday, plants are delivered the same week. For large jobs a little more notice may be required. Delivery is possible all over the country. Plants can be boxed and sent through the pallet network but they’re also delivered in cages on their vans and lorries. CONTACT Anglo Aquatic Plant Co Ltd Strayﬁeld Road, Enﬁeld, Middlesex EN2 9JE Tel 020 8363 8548 Fax 020 8363 8547 Email email@example.com
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A round-up of trees and plants available at some of the country’s best nurseries
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Best for: planting now Autumn is the perfect time to begin installing a wide range of bare-root fruit trees. Apples, pears, plums, cherries and more are all now available in a range of sizes from one-year-old maidens and bushes, all the way up to 16/18cm girth semi-mature trees. As well as these standard sizes, there are vast arrays of espalier, step-over, fan-trained and tiered trees available for those more specialised projects and schemes. www.colesnurseries.co.uk Best for: urban specimen The Amelanchier lamarckii is a versatile, small-sized tree with a softly arching – sometimes spreading – habit, highly valuable for its subtle blossom in spring and attractive autumn tints. Leaves emerge bronze, with ﬂowers, phasing to green in summer. As the days grow colder, delightful red and orange tones emerge setting the tree ablaze with colour. The ‘Snowy Mespilus’ is ideal as a specimen in a small garden, or planted in naturalistic drifts in a parkland setting. It tolerates a wide range of soils and reaches 4-5m at ten years. www.majestictrees.co.uk
Best for: exposed positions Griselinia littoralis are shiny, glossy, almost apple-green, evergreen foliage with a slight undulating leaf. When planted in hedging situations, it adds to the visual charm of this inoﬀensive but overlooked shrub. It is great for coastal, rooftop planting, exposed positions and is tolerant of pollution. The ‘Green Horizon’ is an improved form of Griselinia and has a slightly more bushy habit and darker green leaves. www.provendernurseries.co.uk
Best for: stem colour The Betula albosinensis ‘Fascination’ is a beautiful form of white-stemmed birch. It is pyramidal in shape with a loose canopy and the dark green leaves emerge early in spring and provide a dappled shade followed by a display of 10cm yellow-brown catkins. The key feature of ‘Fascination’ is its distinct stem colour. The bark colours white at a very early age and peels to reveal layers of oranges and pinks beneath. The stunning white bark of the trunk provides a stark contrast to the dark brown branches of the tree’s canopy. www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk
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Best for: covering walls The Parthenocissus quinquefolia, known as Virginia creeper, is a self-clinging climber that is very useful for covering up walls and fences and will clamber up wires for ‘green wall’ eﬀects. It can also climb up large trees at 3m or more a year once established. This rampant growth is rewarded with a spectacular autumn display of mid-green leaves turning red. This genus provides robust versatile plants with climb and self-support in most soil types and aspects. www.palmstead.co.uk
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Best for: exotic style Fatsia japonica is a shiny leaved evergreen shrub growing 1.5m to 4m. It has deeply lobed dark green leaves which are dramatic even if the sun is not shining. It is hardy in most areas of the UK, but in a sheltered spot it is generally happy. The small white ﬂowers are held in large compound umbels which are followed by small black berries. It looks good against a wall and combines well with other tropical-style, exotic plants. Often regulated to troublesome areas in the garden, it is worth looking again at this reliable performer. www.agrumi.co.uk
Best for: coloured bark Acer griseum, known as paperbark maple, is a small, slow-growing deciduous tree, which is native to central China. It will grow best in a sheltered location, ideally in a moist but well drained soil and makes a perfect specimen in a small garden. There are few trees which can rival its outstanding smooth cinnamon coloured bark which peels gently in thin papery leaves. The autumn colour is also astonishing and the winged seeds add further interest. www.deepdale-trees.co.uk
Best for: clay and chalk soils The Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ is a tree of medium size and pyramidal habit. It can often be seen growing in restricted areas despite the fact that it develops ‘middle-age spread’, reaching up to 10m wide, but it grows better in an open parkland setting. If left feathered to the base, it produces gold and orange autumn colours. It grows well in moist soils, including clay and chalk. This hornbeam, which received an award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 2002, is useful for poor planting conditions. www.barchampro.co.uk
Best for: late colour Phlox maculata ‘Rosalinde’ meadow phlox has a strong stem growing up to 80cm with long, shiny leaves and dark pink ﬂowers in bunches. It is ideally planted in late autumn to allow it to establish itself over the winter and early spring, with the ﬂowers at their best from July to September. Its sweetscented nectar tempts a variety of butterﬂies, especially the yellow-winged tiger swallowtail. Rosalinde is one of the longest ﬂowering of all Phlox and is therefore the perfect low maintenance addition to your border or garden to provide a burst of late colour. www.howardnurseries.co.uk
Best for: small spaces Gingko Biloba ‘Fastigiata Blagon’ is an unusual and interesting variety of Maidenhair conﬁer. It is a deciduous tree with a very narrow, columnar habit which makes it a good selection where space is limited. It is relatively slow growing and at maturity, it will reach about 10m in height with a spread of about 2m. In spring, the leaves emerge pale green which harden to mid-green and turn a lovely buttery yellow in the autumn. It grows best in full sun in any well-drained soil. www.griffinnurseries.co.uk
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GOOD TREE ESTABLISHMENT Trees are an essential part of our landscape and proper care needs to be taken to ensure good establishment and survival. Green-tech’s technical development manager Barry Browne shares his top ten tips...
SELECTING THE RIGHT TREE FOR YOUR SITUATION
When selecting your tree consider the space available, the final growing size and canopy spread of the tree. The tree must have room to grow. Consider the soil type, some trees are better suited to either acidic or alkaline soil. Finally consider the environment and purpose of the tree to decide on evergreen or deciduous.
WHAT SIZE TREE?
The brief and budget is likely to dictate the size of tree. Small transplants are cheaper and easier to plant but lack impact; however they are quicker to adapt to new surroundings than larger trees. Large semi mature trees will provide instant impact but are more expensive and need more consideration when planting.
MAKE SURE TREES ARE IN GOOD HEALTH
It seems obvious but purchase from a reputable nursery who will supply disease-free trees from good stock that are grown to meet NPS requirements. To avoid drying out and potential damage to the tree, plant as soon as possible after delivery and water well.
TIMING OF PLANTING
Plant during the winter months when trees are dormant and therefore not taking on nutrients. This will limit the shock and reduce the potential for disease. Bare root and rootballed trees will only be available during the dormant period whereas container grown trees will be available all year round. Despite this, avoid planting containergrown trees during periods of hot weather.
PREPARE THE GROUND
Ensure the tree pit is sufficient size; this is particularly important in harsh environments such as city centres. The width of the tree pit should be at least three times the diameter of the root ball. Ensure there is adequate drainage as waterlogging will kill your tree; consider using tree pit supporting products such as the ArborRaft system. For good root development add tree planting compost or soil improver and a tree planting fertiliser for year-round feed.
CONSIDER THE PLANTING ENVIRONMENT
Protecting the tree’s roots is essential in ensuring long term establishment. Root barrier products can protect against flooding or slow water drainage, other tree roots, pollutants and acids in the soil. In urban environments the positioning of services needs to be considered.
Semi-mature trees are heavy and will require machinery to unload and move them. It is important to avoid damage, particularly to roots and bark. With container grown trees you will need to gently tease the roots out of the rootball to encourage establishment in the soil. When planting the nursery line or collar should be at surface level.
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SECURE THE TREE
Small transplants up to about 1.2m in height shouldn’t need securing. Trees of 1.5m plus will need support to ensure roots are secured. Staking and tying is the most inexpensive method of securing trees. There are various anchoring systems available for larger trees and underground anchors are ideal if you want to avoid stakes, especially in street tree planting.
PROTECT THE TREE
Protecting young saplings and newly planted trees from the elements and being eaten by wildlife is essential to survival in a rural environment. There are various shelters depending on the pest and budget. A parkland timber guard or weld mesh guard and heavy duty stake is suitable for new trees. For trees planted in urban environments, tree guards and grilles are ideal.
MAINTENANCE AND AFTER CARE
Regular maintenance is essential to the development of the tree – under or over-watering both contribute to tree failures. For urban planted trees consider using an irrigation system such as the Mona. Ensure weed growth is controlled to avoid crowding out of small saplings with the regular application of a herbicide or weed suppressant. Finally, tighten the tree anchor to prevent root ball movement. CONTACT Email: email@example.com Web: www.green-tech.co.uk
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MAINTENANCE A well thought out deck can transform an outdoor space. Wood decks are pleasant underfoot, make a safe play surface for children and are wonderful spaces for just kicking back and enjoying the great outdoors, says Nick Taylor of Silva Timber Why choose a wood deck? Although several man-made decking materials have come on the market in recent years, wood is still the material of choice. It is relatively economical, extremely versatile and easy to work with and as a fully recyclable and renewable resource it is also environmentally friendly. Wood has other advantages too. It is easy to maintain, refresh and restore, but the main thing it has going for it is that it looks and feels great. Selecting a wood species The ﬁrst thing you need to consider is the choice of timber. There are a number species that are suitable for decking. I would recommend naturally durable softwoods (e.g. siberian larch or western
red cedar), and tropical hardwoods (e.g. ipe, yellow balau, iroko). It’s worth spending a little more to buy a timber that will look good and last. Avoid grooved decking A common myth is that wood decks become slippery when wet and grooved decks are safer. 78
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In reality, organic matter and moisture becomes trapped in the grooves and this becomes a perfect environment for the growth of algae – the main cause of slippery decks. A well-maintained smooth deck is safest as it provides maximum surface area for grip. Water runs down the gaps between the boards quickly and the deck can easily be swept clean. Choosing and applying the right wood care product Wood is a hygroscopic material, meaning it attracts and holds water molecules from the surrounding environment, for example atmospheric moisture, rain or dew. This causes it to swell and shrink as it takes on and loses moisture. By applying a suitable ﬁnish to all sides of the boards and ends before installation you will minimise the amount of moisture absorbed by the wood, in turn minimising swelling and shrinkage. The ﬁnish makes the boards more dimensionally stable so they will move less in service. Reducing the moisture in the wood will also help prevent mould and algae growth on the surface so the deck won’t need cleaning as frequently. Sunlight is a major cause of damage to wood. UV radiation is the component of sunlight responsible for the most damage to exposed wood because it gradually destroys its lignin, a component that hardens and strengthens cell walls. The scientiﬁc term for this process is called photo-oxidation. Pigments contained in the wood ﬁnish are responsible for absorbing UV light. The more pigment, the less UV light will get through to the wood itself, so a darker colour will last longer than a lighter tone. Avoid clear ﬁnishes as they oﬀer no protection against UV and therefore require frequent maintenance.
What makes a good deck finish? Choose a ﬁnish that penetrates the wood rather than sitting on the surface. It should contain a high percentage of solids and strong pigments to protect against UV.
What future maintenance is required? Decks should be kept free of organic debris and cleaned as required. Environmentally friendly deck cleaning agents are available and these can be diluted according to the level of cleaning required. Simply apply the diluted liquid to the deck surface, leave for a few minutes then wash oﬀ with a hose or pressure washer. Once the deck has been cleaned all that is required is to apply a single top-up coat of ﬁnish – no sanding or stripping is required. Decks typically need maintenance every 2-4 years. Maintenance is necessary when the surface shows signs of fading or erosion. Cleaning and reﬁnishing a deck on a regular basis will ensure long-lasting colour retention, dimensional stability and eﬀective water repellence.
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EDGING Rite-edge is the professional’s answer to providing low maintenance edging to lawns, borders and paths, preventing damage and keeping them in pristine condition. Manufactured from aircraft-grade aluminium, Rite-Edge is designed with a smooth rounded top (so no sharp corners) and a castellated body to provide maximum strength and prevent lifting by frost. It is light, easy to handle and quick to install and can be curved to a radius as small as 150mm, making it ideal to create perfect corners, curves and informal shapes. Available in a range of colours with a life expectancy of more than 25 years. WWW.LANDSCAPEPLUS.COM
Tobermore, the world-class manufacturer, produces a superior range of decorative kerbing and edging products that are guaranteed to create kerbside appeal on any type of application. Tobermore offers a selection of contemporary style edging products, such as Country Kerb and Edge, which have a sparkling granite aggregate surface that create a modernistic look, as well as products with a traditional appearance, such as
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Landscape designers have to transfer their innovative designs from computer screens to gardens, and achieving tight curves while maximising growing space is always a challenge. With AluExcel Aluminium Edging by Kinley Systems Ltd the only restriction is your imagination. Not only does it take up less room than stone or timber but grass is far less prone to die back. Its range of edging options are very robust and compatible with tarmac, resin bonded paving, grass and all planting mediums. The material features extremely high levels of recycled content and can be recycled at the end of its very long life. WWW.KINLEYSYSTEMS.COM
This premium smooth natural sandstone edging has been ethically sourced to complement Bradstone’s Smooth Natural Sandstone paving range. The contemporary design has an elegant rounded top and offers beautiful veining variations to create a distinctive finish to borders, patios and paths. The edging is available in three stunning shades – Silver Grey, Rainbow and Dune – and comes in a 450x150mm size as standard. Each edging piece has a thickness of 30mm and jointing width of 2-5mm. WWW.BRADSTONE.COM
At London Stone, we offer edging stones in our most popular natural stone products, including Autumn Brown and Kandla Grey Sandstone, Blue Grey and Silver Granite, even Black Basalt. Our edging stones add definition to paths and borders, creating a dynamic vertical element to both contemporary and modern projects. We make it easy to keep the theme of your design consistent by completing your project with matching steps and coping stones available both bespoke and off the shelf. WWW.LONDONSTONE.CO.UK
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Whether you are looking for that little bit of extra space to store muddy boots or somewhere to keep all those recycling boxes, the The Posh Shed Company can help. The company prides itself on its reputation for building high quality sheds and has upheld this standard in its expanding range of garden stores. The walls of its garden stores are made from the same high quality, fully treated and FSA approved redwood timber as its sheds, and the floors and roofs are made from external grade plywood with waterproof membranes. All doors are fitted with a 5-lever lock and all stores can be installed by the company if required. WWW.THEPOSHSHEDCOMPANY.CO.UK
Combine the practicality of wood storage and great design and consider Garden House Design’s range of Corten steel wood stores, which are available in a range of sizes. The stores come in untreated Corten, which when left as such will adopt their intended rusty appearance within a matter of weeks. Matching fire pits and planters are available to complement the wood stores. WWW.GARDENHOUSEDESIGN.CO.UK
These high quality linkable wood storage cubes from The Pot Company are made from 2mm thick Corten steel. Starting out as a blue steel, as soon as it is exposed to the elements it will naturally weather and develop a rich eye-catching rust finish. The rust forms a seal and this protection makes Corten steel virtually indestructible. These cubes are designed to lock into each other so you can have one on its own or buy multiple units. This storage is designed to quickly and naturally dry and season your logs whilst creating a beautiful feature for your garden. WWW.THEPOTCO.COM
In partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, Scotts of Thrapston has designed an inspirational range of garden buildings, including the functional and attractive RHS Cosy Nook. This building provides practical space as well as a place to rest. It incorporates a tool store and a staging area ideal for potting. When the work is done, there is a covered seating area to enjoy a moment’s relaxation. Prices start at £2,995 including VAT with delivery for self-assembly within a 150-mile radius of Thrapston. With a width of 2480mm, depth of 1782mm and height of 2,500mm, no planning permission is required under current laws. WWW.SCOTTSOFTHRAPSTON.CO.UK
Where space is at a premium, why not combine growing and storage with The Grow and Store from Gabriel Ash. Half greenhouse, half shed, this structure is perfect for those unable to accommodate both. Access to the shed is through a space saving sliding door in the wall dividing the sections. Constructed from the finest western red cedar, this seamless blend of wood and glass discreetly incorporates aluminium in its roof and the gabriel ash full length automatic ridge ventilation system. WWW.GABRIELASH.COM
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Welcome to the equipment pages of Pro Landscaper, where we will be looking at new products and developments in the market. If you have any stories, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @ProLanKit
Polaris offers 0% finance on ATVs and UTVs Polaris is offering a limited period 0% finance offer on new Polaris utility ATVs and UTVs. Business users can arrange interest-free finance on new Polaris ATVs and Rangers through Polaris finance partners Rural Finance, with the scheme offering payments over 22 months at 0% up to a maximum 80% of the Recommended Retail Price. The finance offer can
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George Browns wins Kubota service award Grounds care machinery dealer George Browns has been recognised in the Kubota Dealer Service Excellence Awards programme with a milestone five
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golds and one silver for its six branches across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and Northamptonshire. The awards, which are
assessed and presented every two years by Kubota UK, are based on dealer equipment, facilities, commitment to training and, most importantly, customer service. The Kubota customer satisfaction survey is submitted to customers after every product sold and is used to rate the service department of every Kubota dealer. Kevin McConnell, service manager at George Browns, commented: “This achievement really demonstrates to our customers how seriously we manage our after-sales service.” www.kubota.co.uk
New Hi-Vis from Dickies Safety workwear manufacturer Dickies has expanded its Hi Vis catalogue for the UK and Europe, while ensuring conformity with the EN471 (British Standard) for Hi Vis clothing. Dickies has a range of practical and stylish Hi Vis sweatshirts and hoodies specifically for landscapers, in addition to its trapper hat. The headwear is lined with warm fleece and faux fur complete with adjustable ear warmers. For waterproof protection, the Hi Vis Motorway Safety Jacket is a top of the range high visibility garment. It has stitched and tape welded seams to keep the harsh weather out and excellent lining to keep you warm. www.dickiesstore.co.uk
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Husqvarna launches Bluetooth enabled battery
Nightingale Contracts Services thrives on Toro kit Nightingale Contract Services Group, which operates from offices in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, has witnessed its grounds maintenance division thrive since investing in Toro. Following the award of its first contract, landscaping manager
At a recent press event in Antwerp, Husqvarna unveiled a prototype lithium battery with integrated Bluetooth connectivity – a connected battery. Tools equipped with the new battery will be able to share valuable information about themselves with their user. The battery prototype can easily be paired with an operator’s smartphone or smartwatch to
either provide the operator direct information or to pass on data to other members of the team, such as operators, managers, technicians or dealers. Kai Warn, CEO and president of the Husqvarna Group said: “Battery and connectivity constitute the biggest leap in our industry since motorising outdoor products.” www.husqvarna.com
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West Sussex tree surgeon Russell Gilpin recently introduced me to his company’s range of tree work services at a domestic site in East Preston. The day’s work involved felling a 40ft Eucalyptus gunnii and an apple tree as well as reducing mock orange and ornamental cherry trees. My role largely involved assisting and observing Russell and his colleague Ben. After assessing the mock orange, Russell explained that the tree needed thinning and a 25% reduction in order to allow in more light and lessen its dense feel. Using a Silky Saw and tree loppers to remove excess growth, he sought to preserve the head of the crown by cutting one in five branches, maintaining its shape.
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Paul Reed explained his choice of Toro’s CT2240 triple reel mower on the grounds that it could be driven into the back of a large 3.5t van for transportation. “We needed a good quality machine that was large enough to cope with the sports fields, but also nimble enough to cut most of the smaller areas around the school,” he said. Over the last 30 years the cleaning services provider has successfully served public sector and commercial clients across the east of England, Midlands and London. www.lely.com
As Russell taught me about the different techniques and safe approaches applied in tackling trees, I separated the offcuts for logging and fed the powerful 7in Schiesling 200 MX chipper with larger stems. Ben systematically dismantled the overgrown apple tree with surprising speed using the company’s favoured Stihl MS series climbing chainsaw. The day’s most sizeable task saw Russell scale the Eucalyptus, working top to bottom before felling the tree. Wearing spikes and safety harness, he was supported at ground level by Ben who fed him the rigging rope and collected the lowered branches. Looking on, I was shown how to throw the climbing rope before seeing how the rigging rope increasing an arborist’s range of cuts. Russell sectioned
off the stripping process in turn clearing his path and felled the trunk with one cut. We were working ahead of schedule and in the final task Ben expanded his practical climbing experience by reducing and shaping the front garden’s cherry tree by a third. Russell explained to Ben that he needed to think five cuts ahead when shaping using the loppers and ensue the crown is left looking fuller. I admired the speed with which Russell and Ben worked and climbed, their good judgement when it came to balancing on branches and I witnessed how essential it is to communicate as a team when rigging. The experience taught me about the variety of skills practiced and risks faced by professional arborists.
ANNUAL PRESS EVENT Pro Landscaper got hands on at Makita UK’s annual press event in October, which included a showcase of its 2015 range of cordless garden machinery in addition to demonstrations of recently developed brushless motor technology. Makita is the UK market leader in all types of professional power tools and the company is experiencing rapid growth. The manufacturer has celebrated its centenary year by reaching the milestone of 100 products powered by the same interchangeable 18V battery. In 2015 Makita released 12 new garden tools aimed at landscape contractors and grounds maintenance providers, each with twin 18V batteries. The day’s opening presentation focused on the benefits of brushless motors. In a comparative presentation using Makita’s circular saw as an example, the brushless model is able to cut 30% faster than the brushed version. Makita’s training officers demonstrated how the brushless motor is suspended making it virtually friction-free. Reducing energy lost to friction (increasing efficiency) means brushless motors can be stronger, lighter, more compact and work for longer as compared to a DC brushed motor. The first practical involved testing the company’s newly launched HS7601 circular saw, which is ideal for cutting decking and fencing. What is immediately apparent is the saw’s extremely lightweight design combined with its wide ergonomic handle, which can be controlled by one or two hands. The machine has a high cutting-rate and the 190mm blade www.prolandscapermagazine.com
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penetrated a demo wood block with minimal pressure applied. The training session moved outside after an introduction to the new AVT electric concrete breaker which has considerably lower vibration levels than previous models. The EN4951SH pole hedge trimmer’s adjustable angles proved extremely versatile and user-friendly. The machine was well balanced and able to cut from a 45° to 90° horizontal tilt-down position. The trimmer was easily extendable and able to manage 12ft hedges. Using Makita’s most powerful cordless blower, the DUB362Z, it was obvious that its near silent emissions would suit grounds maintenance providers. With a maximum runtime of one hour with a 4Ah battery, grounds staff could take advantage of Makita’s industry record charging time and use the twin-port charge while continuing to work. The throttle trigger allows constant speed control while the machine’s outer shell is bulky yet visibly durable. The DUR365UZ battery brush cutter is well balanced and easy to manoeuvre thanks to its brushless motor and battery system being situated at opposite ends of the shaft and the twin handled bar providing ease of control from the hip. Although heavy in hand like the other test cordless tools, this machine has a long reach and is a comfortable performer. In addition to offering its own ‘Be Safe’ training course covering health and safety, Makita has revealed discussions with BALI and the APL about future partnered college apprenticeship schemes are ongoing. Both associations have recently worked with Makita, helping the company launch its
most recent garden range aimed at the hard landscaping sector. Makita offers a three year professional warranty on all power tools including those in fields of landscaping, grounds maintenance and arboriculture. www.makitauk.com
1 Makita training officer demos latest circular saw 2 Technical staff member discusses the pole hedge trimmer 3 Equipment editor Jack Bacon tests cordless blower 4 Pole hedge trimmer in action 5 Jack is briefed about the brush cutter’s controls 6 Training room demo of the new AVT electric concrete breaker 7 Makita’s 48cm mulching lawn mower Pro Landscaper / November 2015 85
CORDLESS Stihl’s range of cordless power tools share a battery pack and charger unit, giving even greater flexibility and value for money on top of the low noise and zero exhaust emissions intrinsic to battery powered machinery The development of cordless technology is helping grounds care providers work in residential, commercial, public and educational spaces quietly, efficiently and with zero emissions. Doing an effective job while causing minimal disturbance is the key to satisfied repeat customers. Cordless products allow you to do a top quality job with a lower impact on the client, environment and general public. Restrictions on working hours due to noise can be much lower with quieter cordless products, allowing operators to work more efficient hours and plan a more effective schedule for their companies. Stihl has developed an extensive range of 17 cordless power tools, a number of which address professional requirements for quiet, powerful and versatile products. The same battery and charger system powers a diverse range of cordless products including hedge trimmers, grass trimmers, leaf blowers, chainsaws and lawn mowers. With batteries of varying longevity available, Stihl’s cordless products offer a solution whatever the size and length of task.
The lightweight ASA 85 cordless pruning shears are suited for use in public spaces and nurseries
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Longevity and quick charging Not only do cordless products have great battery life (up to 180 minutes with an HSA 86 hedge trimmer using an AP 300 battery), chargers such as the AL500 can return the AP300 battery to 100% in just 35 minutes. Rather than refueling with petrol in a cordoned off zone or heading back to the van to fill up, you can carry a spare battery or use the large capacity AR3000 backpack allowing an even greater runtime for each device.
The well balanced BGA 100 backpack blower for contractors performs in conjunction with the AR battery backpack
Competitive noise and fuel emissions Cordless products are much quieter than the equivalent petrol models and the power tools’ minimal noise means grounds carers can start earlier or work later, cause less disturbance and meet enforced decibel requirements depending on the client. All Stihl cordless products have received the quiet mark, an international sign of approval from the UK’s Noise Abatement Society. Thanks to their zero emissions, cordless products are well suited to working in confined spaces. This makes them not only better for the operator and the public, but also for the environment around them. Total package - beyond the battery When purchasing a cordless power tool consideration must be given to the whole machine, not just the battery. Consider the
whole product – the quality of the motor, the cutting attachment and the battery itself. With the battery, voltage alone is not a sign of a good product. Batteries in series can give high headline voltage figures, but batteries in parallel increase capacity. The higher the capacity, the longer a battery will last. Stihl use both technologies to achieve high performance for longer; be sure to check the watt-hours of the product as this is the true determining factor of how effective the machine will be on the job. One battery – total cost of ownership With one battery fitting a number of Stihl cordless products, the battery and charger is the initial purchase. Subsequently, you can add more tools as required and add extra batteries, which is much simpler than carrying around petrol. Powered by a reliable, long lasting and maintenance free EC motor, both service and running costs are kept to a minimum.
CONTACT Andreas Stihl Limited, Stihl House, Stanhope Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3YT Tel: 01276 20202 Email: email@example.com
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When you need a compact stump cutter with the go-anywhere traction and ﬂotation that only tracks can provide, the Trac Jr is your solution. This all-new design from RAYCO raises the bar for compact stump cutters by offering a small machine that is truly full-featured. Rubber tracks provide excellent traction and ground pressure of less than 4psi. Huge, 47-inch cutting width tackles big stumps, and a hydraulic backﬁll blade makes easy work of clean-up. A RAYCO-exclusive swing out control station provides excellent visibility of the cutting action while swinging forward www.raycomfg.com to travel through gates. Powered by a 35hp Vanguard gasoline engine. Available with a custom trailer. Westcon Equipment (UK) Limited, Unit 2 Bridge Street, Bailie Gate Industrial Estate, Sturminster: Marshall, Dorset. www.raycomfg.com 800.392.2686 WestconorEquipment for further details: Contact RAYCO your Authorized Dealer for details. BH21 4DB. Tel: (01258) 859100 Fax: (01258) 858434 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.westconuk.co.uk
Star Rubber Environmental Ltd The UK’s only manufacturer of TigerMulch Rubber Chippings. Made of 100% recycled rubber. An ideal landscaping product that is permeable for tree surrounds, paths, slopes, erosion control etc.; Safety surface for playgrounds within schools/nurseries, public parks, skate parks, care homes, hospitals. Surfacing specialists for the installation of: - TigerMulch Resin Bound - Wet pour - Graphic designs - Star Kerb
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OPERATOR’S INSTRUCTION BOOK Ian Mitchell emphasises the importance of reading the operator’s instruction book before using a piece of equipment for the first time
It sounds like common sense, and it is, but how many of us actually do it? Once you’re successfully operating the equipment, the book should be near to hand, so you can find additional information on settings and adjustments as and when you need it. Here are the top ten directives to look out for.
sticks and automatic parking brakes can all throw up problems for the operator, many of which can be resolved by reading the instruction book.
Safe operation of the machine is paramount All CE machinery has yellow safety warning decals, and many display blue and white mandatory safety warnings as well. If you don’t read the operator’s guide, you may not understand all the hazards associated with a piece of machinery.
Knowing your machine’s dimensions and recommended towing capacity is essential How high is it with the ROPS frame up, or with it lowered? What is the working width or the transport width? Can it go on the trailer legally? What is the turning circle? Referring to the operator’s book in this instance will save you having to ring up and question the supplier or manufacturer.
Remember to dress appropriately Any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) identified by a blue and white decal is mandatory to wear. Noise levels are key to operator safety, and by law have to be controlled Hand-held machines will have a single noise level, while larger machinery, and those with cabs, may have two – all of which will be quoted inside. Appropriate hearing protection can then be supplied. 88
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There are two measurements of vibration levels HAV (Hand and Arm Vibrations) for hand-held tools and steering controls plus WBV (Whole Body Vibrations) for machinery with seating and footplate areas are clearly outlined. There are maximum levels (2.5 m/s2) which must not be exceeded, making the information supplied an essential part of the overall risk assessment.
Answer all your questions regarding the machine’s technical specification How fast does it go? What is the safe working angle? How much work will it do in a day? What pressure should the tyres be? What viscosity oil should we use? How do I adjust the seat?
Modern machinery’s control systems increasingly use digital display screens with multi-function screens and detailed menus As well as the display screen, multi-function joy
Interlock systems prevent accidents They stop the cutters when the operator leaves the seat and prevent starting the engine when not in the seat. Interlocks also act if the parking brakes and transmission are not in neutral, preventing the engine from starting with PTO drives engaged. The operator’s book will detail exactly what interlocks each machine has, and how they interact with each other.
Every engine should have its oil level checked before it’s started Radiator coolant should also be checked along with air intake screens and the radiator itself. Annotated drawings or photos will be included to assist with identifying where the check points are. Every grease point will also be clearly identified, so there is no excuse for not finding them!
Modern machinery has an ever increasing range of settings and adjustments Many of which allow the operator to get the most out of the machine in different environments. Some of these are mechanical adjustments, using spanners, and increasingly they are software adjustments, set by using joy sticks and buttons in set sequences. ABOUT IAN MITCHELL Ian Mitchell has 35 years’ experience in the turf machinery industry. Previously Operator Training Specialist with Ransomes Jacobsen, Ian formed High Five Training in 2015 to provide a dedicated groundscare training service to the industry. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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JOSHUA SAUNDERS Twenty-one-year-old Joshua Saunders is just starting out in landscaping. He tells us how he hopes to realise his ambitions of becoming a garden designer
Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m Josh, I’m 21 years old and I live in the South West of England, in Bristol. I’m a landscape operative apprentice who has been working for Hillier Landscapes for the last two years in the Bristol and north Somerset area. I’ve recently qualified and achieved my Level 2 diploma in Work-based Horticulture. In the process I received the honour of best all-round student on the course. What inspired you to pursue a career in horticulture? I was originally inspired by the feeling of practical achievement and pride on completion of work. My first taste of this was as a gardener/park ranger on an 1850s estate. Maintaining and enhancing the gardens and grounds I realised it was rewarding to get my hands dirty and produce something for others to enjoy. Then I thought, why can’t I improve my skill set every day? What were your first steps into the industry in terms of training? Once I had identified that the ideal structure for me was an apprenticeship I found a college that
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offered the right qualification to match the work. I approached the college and confirmed a course placement, then it was up to me to source an employer who would allow me to train with them and help me to achieve the diploma. What does a general day in your job involve at the moment? Landscaping is a diverse industry which means every day can be different in terms of location and job priority. However, in the mornings my first job is to water any newly laid turf and fresh planting. This week I’ve been using soft wood sleepers to create raised planting beds. We’ve constructed them on a gradient which means they are stepping up on top of each other and in towards the bank. Recently though, I’ve been building a cascade made from York stone to create a flowing water feature and drop pool areas. It is powered by a natural spring along the north Somerset coastline. It was a unique opportunity which we have recently complemented with turf and planting. What are your aspirations in terms of which direction your career in horticulture will take? Before training was underway I already knew garden and landscape construction design was something I was interested in. As the apprenticeship progressed I met designers and gained first-hand work experience. I could see that for me to pursue a career in design I needed to become a balanced landscape gardener – I needed a better all-round knowledge. Recognising this I decided to study for the next level diploma to improve my horticultural knowledge to a supervisory status.
So I then approached different societies and botanical groups to find out what opportunities were available and whether they would support me in the way I wanted. So how do you see your career developing in the future? I see myself developing a combination of constructional and horticultural knowledge. Working as a landscape operative has given me the on-site understanding of how a build functions and the practicality of design ideas. I’m soon to start a new post at the Royal Horticultural Society garden of Rosemoor to train and study as a horticultural student. At Rosemoor I can develop my already greenfingered mindset into a more educated one, and improve on my plantsmanship. Then when I have the qualifications, a good general knowledge and the work experience, I hope to be a more balanced landscape gardener and will be able to pursue a degree in either landscape or garden design.
CONTACT Hillier Landscapes Cadbury Garden & Leisure, Smallway, Congresbury, Bristol BS49 5AA 01934 875729 www.hillier-landscapes.co.uk
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HortiServices is a successful, landscaping company based in South Cambridgeshire, providing garden design and landscaping services to private and commercial clients. Its work includes hard and soft landscaping, ponds, water features and garden lighting.The company is continually looking to develop its offering of specialist product areas such as green rooﬁng. HortiServices is looking for a hard-working individual to join the team on a full time basis. Ideally the successful candidate will have at least two years’ experience in landscaping, an excellent customer focus and will be able to work well independently or part of team. Candidates with directly relevant experience from a closely related trade will be considered. For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk.
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BARTHOLOMEW LANDSCAPING Location: London
Berry Garden Services requires an experienced soft landscaper. The candidate must be able to read landscape drawings and have knowledge of plants and trees. CSCS card and full driving licence required for work on building sites throughout the Midlands. Rates are £7-£10 per hour depending on experience. You’ll get, time and a third for overtime and 22 days paid holiday plus bank holidays per year. Company vehicle will be provided and training will be given to the right applicant.
Bartholomew Landscaping is a multi-award winning landscape company providing immaculately designed and constructed gardens and landscape projects in and around central London.The company is looking for landscape construction foremen with a minimum of three years’ experience in a similar role to lead the installation of our schemes to award-winning standards. Excellent communication, client liaison and man management skills are essential requirements, coupled with a current full clean driving licence and CSCS qualiﬁcation. Plant machinery certiﬁcation through the CPCS scheme would be an advantage.
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Plant Style is an established professional landscaping company based in Essex, providing a wide range of landscaping services to commercial clients nationwide. Due to its continued growth and success, Plant Style is looking to recruit conscientious, enthusiastic and reliable team members to join the new division in Oxfordshire. A full UK driving licence is essential. The job involves travel, working outside in all weathers all year round. The position would suit an individual with team spirit, a hardworking ethic and can do attitude. This is a full time position, 45-hour week, Monday to Friday 7am to 4.30pm although some ﬂexibility will be required with overtime. For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk.
Mundells Landscapes is looking to recruit an experienced landscaper based in Neilston to work with the team on contracts throughout the west of Scotland. The position comes with a competitive salary and performance bonus.
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A company specialising in providing high quality landscaping services to the commercial horticultural sector across the Thames Valley area is seeking a soft landscape supervisor. It seeks applicants with sound horticultural knowledge and experience in the landscaping industry, speciﬁcally soft landscaping such as turﬁng, planting, seeding and maintenance. Should have prior experience operating machinery such as mini excavators and rotavators. Good communication and management skills together with the ability to run a small team and liaise with clients required . Full UK driving licence is essential and a CSCS card is desirable.
The Outdoor Room is offering an exciting opportunity for a landscape gardener. The right candidate should be positive, self-motivated, enthusiastic and able to use their initiative. They should be ﬂexible, organised and willing to undertake any required training. A CSCS card is desirable, but not essential.
For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk.
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DAWN ISAAC Dawn Isaac Garden Design www.dawn-isaac.com
Your most referred to gardening book The RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers by Christopher Brickell Best garden in the UK Hampton Court Castle gardens – yes I said castle not palace. It’s a fantastic Herefordshire garden and my favourite because it’s perfect for children too.
Most treasured gift My greenhouse: secondhand, much loved and now my sanctuary (especially on bright but chilly days). Lifelong fan of The Archers (not a sporting team, admittedly... but they do field a village cricket side). Your most overused saying or cliché Buy cheap, buy twice Latest gardening trend to catch your eye Sunken trampolines – they’re safer, look better and at long last you can buy in-ground trampoline kits in this country for a reasonable price.
Biggest life influence My father – a man who believes anything is possible and often proves it. Top plant Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii, because it adds structure to a border, a zing in spring and self sows in the politest way.
Three people you’d like to invite to dinner Emma Thompson, J K Rowling and Dolly Parton - it would be feisty but fun.
Favourite tipple Champagne... or Prosecco if I’m pretending to be less high maintenance.
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WILLIAM INNES-TAYLOR Assistant Manager at Oak View Landscapes www.oakviewlandscapes.co.uk
Your most referred to gardening book Most definitely two books. The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs, and the Landscape Architect’s Pocket Book. Best garden in the UK My favourite garden would have to be Barnsdale Gardens, the garden of Geoff Hamilton. Biggest life influence Geoff Hamilton (a true great) Top plant Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’ (coral-bark maple). A truly stunning tree with remarkable foliage and bark.
Favourite tipple Has to be a good dark ale such as Hobgoblin. Most treasured gift The tools handed to me by my former boss. They’re old but excellent in the garden. Lifelong fan of Arsenal Football Club Your most overused saying or cliché Has to get worse to get better, and, Loverly job! Latest gardening trend to catch your eye I’d love to see more wildflower gardens used commercially. Three people you’d like to invite to dinner Andy McIndoe, Adam Frost and Geoff Hamilton so we can design an epic garden together.
JO MIDWINTER Jo Midwinter Garden Design www.jomidwinter.com Your most referred to gardening book Based on post-it note count – A New Naturalism by Catherine Heatherington and Juliet Sargeant, and A New Perspective by Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury.
Biggest life influence Children – they push you to your limits and knock the edges off you.
Best garden in the UK Keith Wiley’s Wildside
Favourite tipple G&T – Gordons gin, Schweppes tonic, nice glass, ice and lemon.
Top plant Euphorbia – so many species and so many uses.
blue-greys of slate and zinc. Greater use of wildflowers mixed in the border along with traditional garden plants.
Most treasured gift A turquoise, hand painted secondhand bicycle given by my grandfather when I was eight. I was expecting a bag of marbles. Best surprise ever!
Your most overused saying or cliché I’m not paying that!
Latest gardening trend to catch your eye Oranges and russets as used in Fernando Gonzalez and Matt Keithley’s Chelsea gardens, and the soft textured
Three people you’d like to invite to dinner Basil Fawlty (not John Cleese), Maya Angelou, Julie Walters
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Your most referred to gardening book The Good Garden – Anne Raver
Best garden in the UK Kensington Roof Garden Biggest life influence My dad Top plant Lily (my daughter is called Ava-Lily) Favourite tipple A protein shake
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www.thelandscapegroup.co.uk Most treasured gift My nine week old baby girl Lifelong fan of Saints (Southampton FC) Your most overused saying or cliché Winners never quit and quitters never win. The latest gardening trend to catch your eye Ceramic outdoor tiles Three people you’d like to invite to dinner Michelle Lewin (US fitness expert and model), Peter Jones and Goldie
Your most referred to gardening book The River Cottage Handbooks, especially Veg Patch.
Rose. Unique fragrance, delicate blush pink and perfectly formed.
Best garden in the UK Jephson Gardens in Leamington Spa – they are special to me and those who know and use them.
Most treasured gift Jack, one of my beloved donkeys.
Favourite tipple Vodka Red Bull
Lifelong fan of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC – part of my DNA
Biggest life influence My grandfather – a baker, foundry worker, gardener, opinionated Black Countryman and my moral compass. Top plant Sharifa Asma, a David Austin
Your most overused saying or cliché Be careful what you wish for. Latest gardening trend to catch your eye A further blurring between inside and outside space.
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