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Welcome to the October edition of Pro Landscaper. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who attended our first ScotHort event in Edinburgh last month. It was a fabulous day and a great opportunity for us to meet grounds maintenance teams, landscapers and garden designers working in Scotland – it’s wonderful to see that the enthusiasm for the industry is just as strong as down south. Of course we also have to thank the exhibitors with their great array of products and all our speakers and panelists, the quality of our seminars and debates is second to none. We now have our north of England show, LandscapeLive, to look forward to on Tuesday 6 October at the Yorkshire County Cricket Ground in Headingley, Leeds Eljays44 Ltd 3 Churchill Court, 112 The Street, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 3DA Tel: 01903 777 570 EDITORIAL editor@pro-landscaper.co.uk Editor – Lisa Wilkinson lisa.wilkinson@eljays44.com Tel: 01903 777 579 Commissioning Editor – Joe Wilkinson joe.wilkinson@eljays44.com Tel: 01903 777 577 Deputy Editor – Iszara Morgan iszara.morgan@eljays44.com Tel: 01903 777 574 Equipment Editor – Jack Bacon jack.bacon@eljays44.com Tel: 01903 777 573 Editorial Assistant – Fay Tate fay.tate@eljays44.com Tel: 01903 777 574 Production Editor – Susie Duff susie.duff@eljays44.com Tel: 01903 777 578 Subeditor – Toby Wilsdon toby.wilsdon@eljays44.com Tel: 01903 777 578

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News Shed Round up of industry news over the last month

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Association News Efig highlights the benefits of plants in schools and promotes Working Christmas Tree Week in November; adjudication takes place in midOctober for the APL Awards; the SGD announces the 2015 awards shortlist; updates from BALI on the National AGM and Northern Designer Day; an appeal from the RHS to combat agapanthus pest

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It’s Back To The Future with landscape architect Adam White as he explores how technology is playing a fundamental part in landscape design

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Dealing With Difficult Clients Keeping a cool head is the best way to approach difficult clients, says David Dodd

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Developing Ideas Landscape and garden designer Andrew Wilson explores the concept of new ideas and how it is often the newcomer who takes the biggest leap of faith

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Social Welfare Juliet Sargeant explains how garden design can benefit people’s physical and mental health

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Jody Lidgard celebrates the success of the UK’s WorldSkills silver medalists, looks to the future and considers what can be done about filling the skills gap

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There are three main elements to garden lighting, all of which are essential to your lighting plan, says Robert Webber

Point Of View Landscaper David Keegan takes us on a unique journey via a pictorial blog on transforming a coastal garden project in Deganwy, Wales

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Stone Circle Willowbrook Landscapes creates a tranquil space at Nottingham University Hospital, despite midproject budget cuts

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Over The Hills A Scottish bungalow was redesigned by Polley Garden Design to make the most of the stunning hill views

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Let’s Hear It From Justin Paxman of Paxman Landscapes

Protect And Serve Angus Lindsay considers the impact of strimmers and other ‘weapons of mass destruction’ in public places

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Civic Partnership Working together with Liverpool City Council, Glendale Liverpool maintains green spaces across the city

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LandscapeLive, the biggest landscaping show in the North, returns for its second year at Yorkshire County Cricket Ground, Headingley, Leeds on Tuesday 6 October, 2015.

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Adam White Director of Davies White Landscape Architects

Jody Lidgard WorldSkills technical lead and landscaper Robert Webber Founder of Scenic Lighting Ian Drummond Creative director of Indoor Garden Design

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Andrew Wilson Garden designer and lecturer

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Angus Lindsay Head of Fleet at The Landscape Group

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NEWS SHED Aralia shortlisted in three categories in SGD Awards 2015 Aralia Services has been shortlisted for three Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Awards. The SGD Awards cover all aspects of design from private domestic gardens to engaging public spaces and are the only awards rewarding outstanding achievement in the garden and landscape design profession. They are open to the society’s membership of over 1,100 registered designers (MSGDs). Aralia’s shortlisted projects are: Knightsbridge Roof Terrace in the Small Residential Garden category (100-400m2); Ware Country

Gardens in the Medium Residential Garden category (between 400-3000m2), and Bowden House in the Pocket Garden category (100m2 or less). Owner and lead designer Patricia Fox MSGD said: “We are so fortunate to have had multiple projects shortlisted [showing] a cross section of the work we do.” The SGD Awards are judged by a panel of landscape architects, university lecturers, journalists and commentators. The winners will be announced on 29 January at the SGD Awards Ceremony in London. www.aralia.org.uk

Grade II listed park reopens Thursday 3 September saw the official opening of Alexandra Road Park, where award-winning landscapers, Ground Control took on the landscaping works as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund regeneration project. The iconic South Hampstead park originally opened in 1979

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and was designed by landscape architect Janet Jack to provide estate residents with open space. The park had been neglected for years when a group of passionate residents won £1m as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Parks for People’ programme, with an additional £500,000 coming from Camden Council. Local resident Elena Besussi said: “From a park that used to be like a jungle, it is an evolution; great for all residents, both children and grown-ups to enjoy.” www.ground-control.co.uk

Glendale’s North West Estates turnover rises by 660% Glendale’s North West Estates is set to post an increase in turnover of more than 650%. Turnover at the end of the year 2015/16 is forecast at £630,021, compared to £82,836 in 2014/15. The number of staff has grown from five to 34 since January this year. In 2016/17 turnover is expected to eclipse £1m based on current projects alone, a number that is likely to continue to rise. North West Estates was established by Glendale in 2010. Contract manager, Dave Barkley said: “The market we’re in is extremely competitive and had we not succeeded it would never have been for a lack of hard work. There’s no prize for coming second in this process.”

“Our long term plan is to consolidate our position, continue to maintain the excellent service we provide to our clients, and continue to grow.” North West Estates is Glendale’s contract in the north, which originally covered the Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside regions but now encompasses 326 locations from the west to the east coast. Glendale, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2015, operates throughout the UK. www.glendale-services.co.uk

£20m in lottery cash for England’s parks and cemeteries The Big Lottery Fund has announced a further £20m investment in England’s public parks and cemeteries over two years. Combined with the Heritage Lottery Fund’s commitment of £20m per year under the Parks for People programme, this takes the total budget available to £30m per year for new projects. A total of nearly £290m of National Lottery cash has been invested in reviving over 126 historic green spaces since 2006. Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Green spaces are vital to the happiness and health of our communities, so we’re really pleased to be continuing our support for the

Parks for People programme.” The HLF’s report State of UK Public Parks 2014: Renaissance to Risk revealed that parks are at serious risk of decline unless innovative new ways of funding and maintaining them are found. An update on this report is set to be published next summer. Applications for the next round of Parks for People funding are open until 29 February 2016. www.hlf.org.uk www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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Quality & Service takes two RHS Britain in Bloom awards for Green Park, Reading The RHS has awarded Reading’s Green Park a Gold Award in the Commercial Landscape category and the Jessica Cecil Award for Outstanding Contribution to Reading’s Environment in the 2015 annual Britain in Bloom awards. The awards are given to Green Park’s independent commercial landscape company Quality & Service Ltd, trading as Q&S, and Broadgate Estates, which delivers the landscaping for Green Park. Rory Carson, asset manager of Green Park said: “We are thrilled with these two RHS awards. Green Park is testimony that commercial and biodiversity interests can live harmoniously together within the same development, to mutual benefit.”

Sue Payne, managing director, Q&S, said: “We are extremely proud of our landscaping team based at Green Park, who have worked tirelessly alongside Broadgate Estates enhancing the quality of the landscaping on site.” Green Park, owned and managed by Oxford Properties, is 195 acres of stunning parkland and home to more than 50 businesses. www.qslimited.com

‘Grubby Gardeners’ complete 10 hour, 7-seater London to Brighton bike ride A group of grubby gardeners rode a 7-seat bicycle from capital to coast in September, with the aim of raising money for horticultural charity Perennial while celebrating Hortus Loci assistant show plant manager and YoungHort associate director, Jamie Butterworth’s 21st birthday. The team rode the 54 miles at an average speed of just over 5mph. So far they have raised over £1,300 for Perennial’s Go Green for HortAid 2015 campaign. www.hortaid.co.uk

with ecological experts at civil engineering firm, Arup and landscaping contractor, Willerby. Pearson has taken inspiration from plant cultivation in London over the centuries, starting with the wild marshlands on the South Bank. They have been carefully selecting every plant, tree and flower to foster biodiversity. The garden will feature indigenous river-edge species and will support the city’s ecological diversity.

Award-winning garden commemorates National Transplant Week at Worcestershire Royal Hospital

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Gold medal winning ‘Gift of Life’ garden as a memorial at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. The memorial was officially opened on 10 September by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire,

Plumpton appoints new principal

Plumpton College has appointed Jeremy Kerswell as its new principal. He will replace Des Lambert OBE, FRAgS, and will take up his post on 5 October.

Melcourt endorsed by RHS

Melcourt’s range of professional quality composts, bark mulches, soil improvers, topsoils and play surfaces have become the first and only peat-free gardening products to receive endorsement from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Bradstone supports Harrogate show garden

Seventy-eight per cent of Londoners support Garden Bridge Seventy-eight per cent of Londoners asked supported the building of the Garden Bridge, according to Bee Emmott, executive director of the Garden Bridge Trust writing on the Ecologist website. This contrasts with an earlier article on that site arguing that it is a private enclosure without benefit to London. Award winning landscape designer Dan Pearson has been working on the project

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The five landscape areas will also reflect the varying climates along the length of the Bridge and the exposed location over the river. Dan Pearson said: “An abundance of nectar-rich flower, berries and fruit will create somewhere attractive to wildlife and the planting will also enhance and frame beautiful new views up and down the river.” www.gardenbridge.london

Dr Umesh Udeshi and Mayor of Worcester, Roger Knight in support of National Transplant Week. Worcestershire duo Rupert Keys and Ruth Gwynn designed and built the ‘Gift of Life’ garden in support of the Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Organ Donation Committee for RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2015.

Bradstone supported a spectacular Mexican-inspired show garden at this year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show (18-20 September). The Cloud 9 Kitchen Garden demonstrated how to entertain in style within a small outdoor space.

Sensory garden completes sheltered housing revamp A Poole sheltered housing scheme was relaunched in September with a sensory garden designed by Janine Pattison Studios topping the internal works off.

The 3x3m bright red bow embodies the ultimate present – the gift of life that organ donors offer to others. It is being relocated to the hospital as a tribute to provide families with a space to remember and honour their loved ones. www.keyscapegardens.co.uk Pro Landscaper / October 2015

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Quadron Services has been recognised with a National Employer of the Year Award from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI). The annual BALI National Landscape Awards recognise BALI members who have demonstrated exceptionally high standards of professionalism and skill. The National Employer of the Year Award is presented to members who have shown exemplary business practices, including promoting a proactive

approach to the provision of skills development and work-life balance. Quadron will now go head-tohead with three other industry employers for the coveted Employer of the Year Principal Award, which will be announced at a glittering ceremony on 4 December at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. Quadron’s Managing Director, Clive Ivil, said: “I am

HTA Annual General Meeting appoints Adam Wigglesworth as president Adam Wigglesworth of Aylett Nurseries was appointed as the President of the HTA at the association’s Annual General Meeting at Glee on Tuesday 15 September. He takes over from Stan Green of Growforth, who takes on the position of Immediate Past President. Handing over the chain of office, Stan said that it had been

an absolute pleasure to be the association’s president and Carol Paris thanked him for his support and guidance over the last two years. This was echoed by Adam Wigglesworth, who thanked Stan for all his hard work and enthusiasm in the substantial and important role.

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Quadron wins prestigious National Employer of the Year Award

delighted Quadron has been recognised as one of the best employers in the industry. “Our people are at the core of our business and we support their professional and personal development through training and regular reviews.” www.quadronservices.co.uk

The AGM also saw the ratification of the appointment of two new board members – Adam Frost of Adam Frost Design and Geoff Caesar from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company. Bob Hewitt from Klondyke Garden Centres, Caroline Owen from Scotsdales Garden Centre, and Mark Pearson and Ian Ashton from Lowaters Nursery were reelected to the board as directors, as was David Norman of Abercorn Garden Centre, who has retired from the role of Honorary Treasurer. www.the-hta.org.uk

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SGD bulletin SGD Awards 2015 – Shortlist announced The SGD Awards panel has drawn up shortlist of 38 entries in the main awards categories, ranging from compact London courtyards to a country estate. Finalists in the three

Residential Garden categories and the International; Public and Communal; and Pocket Garden categories will be entered into the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by awards media partner, Homes & Gardens magazine. Eighteen gardens will be competing for the public vote, which takes place in October.

Garden by Louise Cummins and Caroline De Lane Lea. Photo ©Helen Fickling

BALI briefing National AGM Members attending BALI’s National AGM on Wednesday 9 September approved the board’s report and accounts for the year ending 31 March 2015.

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There were two changes to the board: Martyn Mogford stepped down after several years of service, including as treasurer during a period of transformation and consolidation at BALI. He

Garden by John Wyer FSGD Photo ©Allan Pollok-Morris

DESIGNERS SHORTLISTED IN THE SGD AWARDS 2015 ● Chris Parsons MSGD ● Patricia Fox MSGD ● Stuart Craine MSGD ● Patricia Fox MSGD ● Katherine Roper MSGD ● Josh Ward ● Nigel Phillips FSGD ● Charlotte Rowe MSGD ● Arabella Lennox-Boyd MSGD ● Louise Cummins and Caroline De Lane Lea ● Tom Hoblyn MSGD ● Joe Swift MSGD ● Jason Lock MSGD and Chris Deakin MSGD ● John Davies ● Marian Boswall

was succeeded as treasurer by Richard Stone of BALI registered contractor, Bawden Group. Richard formally thanked Martyn on behalf of the board and the wider membership for his outstanding service to BALI. David Dodd of BALI registered contractor The Outdoor Room, was subsequently elected to the board. In addition to working with his board colleagues on a range of campaigns, David is keen to work with schools and colleges to encourage

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young people with real career aspirations to enter the industry. Weed control workshop Following the AGM members were given demonstrations of the latest weed control techniques including

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RHS report buds or closed flowerheads as RHS appeals to gardeners to they are developing. Infestation combat agapanthus pest can be confirmed by the The RHS is calling on Pro presence of small, creamy Landscaper readers to help it yellow coloured maggots of learn more about an insect that 1–3mm in length. is attacking agapanthus plants. Very little is known about The pest, which the RHS the biology of this insect as a has named agapanthus gall midge attacking agapanthus midge, can cause deformity has not previously been and discolouration of the flower described in the UK or abroad. buds and in some cases failure The RHS is asking for to open. The severity of the flowerheads that may be effects of this gall midge range affected by agapanthus gall from a couple of buds failing, midge to be to the collapse sent to its of the entire science team flowerhead. in sealed The tiny containers. midge lays Photographs of eggs that suspect plants develop into will also prove maggots inside Infested Agapanthus flowerhead hugely valuable. the individual

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Northern Designer Day BALI’s second Designer Day, held on 16 September in Leeds was fully booked weeks in advance. Guest speakers included designer Lee Bestall, landscape architect Mark Smeeden and Tom Hammers of Online Landscape Design. Together with Green Estate Landscape Services and Houzz, they delivered an informative and varied morning programme. After lunch, a guest panel comprising Hugh Pawsey

Samples should be sent to: Entomology, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB. Images with location information (particularly postcode) will help the RHS map how widespread agapanthus gall midge is, and can be sent to: advisory_ entomology@rhs.org.uk Nottinghamshire prison scoops national award For a record seventh time the Windlesham Trophy Award, aimed at developing prisoners’ sense of worth and encouraging garden excellence, was presented by RHS president Sir Nicholas Bacon to HMP Whatton, making the prison the most successful in the competition’s 31 year history.

HMP Whatton with the Windlesham Trophy

at RHS London Harvest Festival Show from 6-7 October. RHS London Shades of Autumn Show, 23-24 October Spread through the Lawrence and Lindley Halls, the RHS London Shades of Autumn Show celebrates the beauty of autumn colour. It will be packed full of inspirational planting ideas to extend the gardening season, with sensational autumnal plant displays and opportunities to buy from the UK’s top specialist nurseries. www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events

RHS London shows this month: Visitors can see, taste and buy fresh autumnal produce from some of the UK’s leading nurseries, growers and independent food producers

of Grace Landscapes, Andy Craddock of Turf n Earth, Lee Bestall, Mark Smeedon and Tom Hammers, debated the designer/contractor relationship. Domestic forums Contractors working largely in the domestic sector have a choice of two upcoming BALI events. In West Thurrock, Essex on 15 October and in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire on 12 November. Contact: carly. button@bali.org.uk

BALI National Landscape Awards 2015 With the award winners now formally announced, join us at the awards ceremony on Friday 4 December at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, to find out who has won Principal and Special Awards, and the Grand Award. Tickets are now available and the earlybird discount ends on 2 October! Book online at www.baliawards.co.uk.

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A new term Most of us are back from our holidays and ready for a busy autumn. Schools and colleges are all settled in and we are planning a return trip to St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Oxford. Our vice chair, Chris Jenkin of Enterprise Plants, visited the school during National Plants at Work Week in July, taking some plants for the library. Our return visit will see plants installed in some of the classrooms at the request of the school governors and head teacher, Sue Tomkys. Sophie Bale a parent and

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efig outline a governor at St Joseph’s, said: “We all want our children to be taught in the safest environments. With the inclusion of more and more technology including interactive whiteboards, I wanted to make sure that they had the healthiest environment to learn in. I had heard that plants were a way to address these issues and contacted efig.” Sue Tomkys added, “We are told more and more that nature is important to us all so bringing a little piece of nature indoors seemed like a good start for the good of pupils and staff. This fits

APL update Competitions and training drive excellence A competitive environment supported by excellent training and development is the key to driving performance standards in landscaping. This is demonstrated by the Silver medal achieved by Jonathan Gill and Matthew Beesley at WorldSkills International, held on 11-16 August in Sao Paulo. WorldSkills competitions give competitors training and

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development and the opportunity for international experience. Jonathan and Matt popped by to support the competitors during the semi-finals at RHS Tatton Flower Show. The final of the WorldSkills UK Landscape

very well with our ethos and the commitment we have made to Forest School too.” We’ll bring you a fuller report of our return visit next month. Working Christmas Tree Week Next in the diary is Working Christmas Tree Week (WCTW) which will run from 9-13 November this year. Much like last year the campaign will be run mainly on social media with a dedicated Facebook page and using #Xmastreeswork on Twitter. The raison d’être of this

Gardening competition will take place at the Birmingham NEC on 19-21 November. The finalists for the 2015 APL WorldSkills Landscape Gardening Competition are: ● Will Burberry, Gardenscapes ● Mark Chapelhow, Wildroof Landscapes ● Anthony Doran, The Landscape Co. ● Christopher Shore, Reaseheath College ● Noel Taggart, Greenmount Campus, CAFRE ● Aaron Quin, Greenmount Campus, CAFRE The APL is passionate about promoting careers in the industry, launching its own apprenticeship scheme in 2015. This will encourage entrants to the industry and provide

campaign is not only to promote many of our members’ Christmas decorating services, but also to raise money for charity. Many members already do this, paying a specified 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. Join us on social media to raise awareness and keep an eye on our website for case studies of last year’s installation.

technical skills and commercial acumen for existing staff. APL is also launching masterclasses for more experienced staff to encourage ongoing professional development. A paving masterclass is scheduled for 2015 with further masterclasses planned for 2016. APL Awards 2016 The APL Awards Adjudication will take place in mid-October, so expect the official shortlist on Friday 16 October. With a new record of over 50 entries, it has been the largest competition yet! The chair of the judges, Richard Barnard said that standards have been raised, which should provide for some lively debate.

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NEWS EXTRA Now in its eighth year, Palmstead’s annual one-day seminar has become a regular feature on the landscape industry’s calendar. This year the topic was sustainability. Joe Wilkinson reports:

The annual Palmstead workshop took place on Wednesday 16 September at the Ashford International Hotel. The event was attended by more than 300 professionals from the industry. Palmstead’s Nick Coslett kicked off the morning session by introducing the topic of the day – sustainability. Nick pointed out that this comes in many guises, whether it be a sustainable garden which is of its place and as close as possible to a natural landscape, or a sustainable landscape business. He suggested that our cities are better when they are

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Palmstead Workshop 2015 PRO LANDSCAPER REPORTS BACK FROM PALMSTEAD’S ANNUAL EVENT greener, with slower water run-off and thermal cooling being just a couple of the benefits. Noel Farrer, President of the Landscape Institute, was next on stage. He described the effect of localism when it comes to creating a sustainable landscape and how important it is to engage citizens. The 150,000 people who make a living in the landscape business, an industry worth between £12-15bn per year, should look at the wider benefits we as professionals offer the environment, Noel said. Next up was Ken Trew of Argents. Ken has worked as a developer for eight years. He began by asking, what is sustainable development? He then went on to highlight the main economic, social and environmental issues. Brita Von Shoenaich, landscape architect from Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape Architects spoke about finding space for mature trees as one of the greater pleasures of her work. Brita looked to the Victorians for inspiration on sustainability, especially with regard to tree planting. Guy Barter of the RHS was tasked with widening the audience’s knowledge of box blight. Apparently box problems are in the top ten enquiries that the RHS receive every year, and they receive roughly 80,000 in total. Tim O’Hare, expert in soil

science, looked at the topsoil industry, covering greenfield development sites and imported soils. Tim set the scene by explaining that one gram of soil contains 10billion individual bacteria which collectively belong to around 200million different species. He finished with a reference to the British Standard, advising that topsoil should never be further down than 300mm and always on top of a sub soil. Nick Coslett returned to answer the question, ‘Is Palmstead growing sustainably?’ He talked the audience through Palmstead’s processes. The company doesn’t use mains water for plants on the nursery thanks to its huge rainwater reservoir and irrigation system. Palmstead also uses recycled plastic pots. Dusty Gedge, dubbed the Green Roof Guru, took to the stage to explain how he made the transition from punk to President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations. Dusty drew special attention to the need to create green roofs with several different species of wildflower. The penultimate talk came from Dr Alistair Griffiths, RHS director of Science & Collections. Alistair’s topic was sustainable horticulture and growing people for horticulture and landscape. He said the word ‘horticulture’ is now in the curriculum and the RHS have sent out career packs to schools.

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The honour of the last seminar was handed to Mary Reynolds with ‘The Wild Way – instinctively sustainable design and planting’. Thought-provoking and inspirational, it encouraged the audience to think about a forest garden future. All in all a fantastic day put together by the Palmstead team. Pro Landscaper / October 2015 15

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VIEW FROM THE TOP Phil Jones discusses the hidden hazards of not seeking references when recruiting new employees

It amazes me how many people, myself included in the past, do not seek references when recruiting new employees, particularly when it comes to senior appointments. One such example recently made me consider the potential pitfalls of not doing so and the difficulties in managing the process even if you do. The process includes not just hiring but also being asked to provide a reference for one of our own employees. Although the practice of checking references may be time consuming, it is a vital part of making good recruitment decisions. It can be tempting to overlook or even consciously ignore calling references in favour of a quick outcome, after all we have other demands on our time. We may not always feel the inclination to ask for someone else’s opinion when we have been through the painstaking process of making up our own mind about the suitability of a candidate. It is almost as if we think that having made the decision and breathed a sigh of relief at having found the right person, there is no need to seek further validation. Dare I suggest a certain amount of arrogance could creep in at this stage? Subconsciously or otherwise we may think we don’t want all that hard work overturned by someone else’s view. For whatever reason, many people don’t

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FOR WHATEVER REASON, MANY PEOPLE DON’T ALWAYS GO AS FAR AS THEY NEED TO IN CHECKING OUT THE CREDENTIALS OF THOSE THEY ARE CONSIDERING HIRING always go as far as they need to in checking out the credentials of those they are considering hiring. One poor decision, however, can affect the morale and hence engagement of an entire department, or in the case of a senior appointment, the whole company. It can also undermine employees’ confidence in the hirer’s judgement. A considerable body of evidence suggests that engaged employees are more productive, customer focused and loyal. ISS’s own research has identified quality of management and supervision and relationships with coworkers as the two most important factors in promoting employee engagement respectively, with reward and recognition the third. I believe it is important not to overlook this important step in the employment process. Let’s not underestimate the difficulties in

providing references for our own employees. A new employer may be able to claim damages against a former employer for any loss suffered as a result of an inaccurate reference. If an employer provides a reference, they owe a duty of care to the recipient of that reference. Currently the balance of power rests with the ex-employer in that they are under no obligation to provide a reference for an employee or former employee. So is it not just best practice and common sense to make use of the reference process? After all, why would you not check out a former employer’s view of someone you are about to invest a lot of time and money into? There is no requirement to take any notice of a reference. It may be, for example, that an issue relating to someone’s former employment will not affect or be relevant in their future employment. But it’s as well to know, isn’t it? In the long run, it’s about making better hiring decisions, being able to better understand an applicant’s strengths and weaknesses, better identify where they are in their career path and just as importantly send a message about your company’s values. ABOUT PHIL JONES Phil Jones is Managing Director of ISS Facility Services Landscaping and is based at the company’s head office in Woking, Surrey. He gained an HND in landscape construction and moved into grounds maintenance early on in his career, further gaining an MBA. He has been with the company since 1987 and as well as running the landscaping business he sits on the UK operational management board of ISS Facility Services and is Chairman of BALI-NCF. Follow Phil Jones: @philjonesISS Follow ISS Landscaping: @ISSLandscaping

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OPINION 1 Robert Plumb fire pit at Wallara, Pearl Beach 2 Flat-pack Fire-Away fire pit 3 Brad Fire Pit by Robert Plumb 4 Stix bioethanol outdoor fireplace by EcoSmart

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THIS MONTH: FIRE PITS In the first of a new series Peta Donaldson, an award-winning garden designer based in Melbourne, gives an overview of the landscape sector in Australia. Peta explains that even in the cooler months down under, outside space is put to good use... There is no doubt that Australians love the outdoors. We live and breathe it. We relish the sun and the beach, and seem to make any excuse for a BBQ. However, in the cooler months of the year, we tend to migrate inside into the warmth of our homes. But that’s beginning to change, with the increasing popularity and availability of the fire pit. We love a fire. I would say that Aussies are almost obsessed with it. It obviously provides heat, but more importantly it extends the hours we can spend outside, particularly in those winter months. It’s the social aspect to a fire that is most enjoyable. Not only does a fire provide physical benefits such as warmth and heat, but it tends to influence our behaviour. A fire becomes a social magnet, a central place for congregation as people are www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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attracted to its ambience and relish its glow. For me, it’s the mesmerising flicker of the flame, the crackling of the wood as it burns, and the familiar smell of smoke as it drifts through the air. It is the ability to spend those crisp cooler nights outside, staring up at clear skies that are literally littered with stars. Now it seems the fire pit is in its peak of popularity with the ability to have a fire in any sized yard. Even though the make shift fire pit has been around for years, we are without question having a surge of brilliant products at our disposal. We have access to portable, fold away and woodless fire pits that can accommodate most circumstances. A portable fire pit such as the Brad Fire Pit from Robert Plumb is made from durable corten steel that will continue to age gracefully. The Fire-Away fire pit has been designed as a flat-pack that simply slots together, so that it can easily be put away when not in use. Bioethanol fires have cemented themselves as a great alternative within the fire category.

Bioethanol itself is a renewable, clean burning energy source that delivers warming heat without the smoke, ash or embers of a traditional wood fire. There is no need for a utility connection, which means you can place the fire anywhere within your garden, courtyard, terrace, patio, deck or entertainment area. Introducing a fire pit into your garden will change the way you use your space. A worthy investment that will allow you more time outside and be the draw card at your next social gathering. ABOUT PETA DONALDSON Peta chose to blend her passion for nature with her love of design, leading to the formation of her design firm Natural Design. Her approach is from an architectural and design perspective rather than a gardening one and as a result her landscapes are distinctive with a focus on scale, form, texture, shape and colour. Peta has also launched The Outdoor Co.Operative, an online sourcebook for inspired outdoor living.

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Angus Lindsay considers the impact of strimmers and other weapons of mass destruction on innocent bystanders and how we can mitigate their effects So there you are, driving along on a sunny day through a quaint little village. The birds are singing and someone’s cutting grass on the village green. Idyllic! Next thing you know, there’s the sound of machine gun fire and your car’s been pebble dashed with stones and grass cuttings – the weapon of mass destruction that is the strimmer strikes again! Grass splattered on the side of a car is not the end of the world, but damaged paintwork and broken windows are a costly inconvenience that with a bit of care could be avoided. Worse still, flying debris has the potential to cause serious injury to passers-by and even the operators themselves. Debris thrown from machinery is a huge problem not just in our industry but also in agriculture, forestry and construction. It is particularly problematic with grass cutting machinery which almost always operates in close proximity to pedestrians, vehicles and houses. There have been rumblings coming from the continent where there are calls to restrict the use of line trimmers in built-up areas but what are the alternatives? Be it strimmer, cylinder, rotary or

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flail, all involve some sort of mechanism spinning at high speed to cut material, resulting in the ejection of some form of debris. Manufacturers spend a huge amount of money getting their machinery to comply with the thrown objects directive but this is all a waste of time if those operating the equipment don’t maintain the guarding or pay attention to the working area. The most obvious thing we must do is to keep the machine guarding fit for purpose, as specified under the Provision Use and Work Equipment Regulations, PUWER. Those rubber flaps at the rear of rotary decks and flails are all part of the guarding that reduces the speed of thrown debris, so if they get damaged, replace them. There’s the old favourite technique of leaving the grass a little bit longer to keep out of the debris and allow the sward to absorb any thrown material, but be aware of your environment, especially where there have been recent earthworks. It’s amazing how far a stone or piece of wood can travel if caught by a blade or length of strimmer line. It’s bad enough if it hits a car or a window but what if it’s a cyclist or a child in a buggy? Take extra care when working on banks or cutting hedges as debris could easily be ejected at head height. As for what else can be done, unfortunately there are not many workable options. One is the reciprocating knife-bar, which has been with us for many years but is only really useful for hedge cutting or low frequency clearance work. An interesting variation that has also been around for a while and is now making a comeback is a reciprocating head fitted to a strimmer, either bought as a complete unit or as an attachment or tool for existing machines. Like its hedge cutter cousin it works with a

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scissor action and snips the grass with little or no flying debris so it’s ideal for maintaining areas with a high footfall, but don’t get your fingers in the way and make sure that all parts are compatible when fitting an attachment. So are the days of the traditional line cutter strimmer numbered? I very much doubt it as when used with care the strimmer is still a quick and effective way of cutting grass, however when used recklessly it can become an insurer’s nightmare. 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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DIFFICULT CLIENTS We’ve all been there – customers with unreasonable demands and worse communication skills. David Dodd shares his experience and advice on dealing with them without losing the plot Sometimes it’s hard defining or labelling who is and who isn’t a difficult client. There doesn’t seem to be a set definition and is it always the client who’s being the difficult party? I’m now old and wise enough, and in a somewhat privileged position whereby if a prospective client comes along and I sense the relationship may be trouble, I’ll gladly turn the work down. I can’t be bothered wasting time deliberately overpricing the work hoping not to get the job; I just wait until the next time I’m at my desk and send a polite email stating ‘unfortunately, we will not be able to help you with your project and we hope it’s a great success with whoever you get to work with’. Saving all that time allows me to focus my attention on more positive projects. The only time this situation is awkward is when the client has come through a designer with whom you have a good working relationship. However, if you have a quiet word, explaining your reasons for not wanting the project, and they’re valid, the designer should respect your view and not exclude you from their tendering list. In the past we’ve had projects where the client has seemed absolutely charming at first glance but then turned out to be the customer from hell. I find these people slightly sinister. When a client does complain it’s all too easy to label them as ‘difficult’. Now, if we do have a difficult customer who has nothing but complaints and negativity, I want to know why and I can then look at ways we can turn the 22

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situation around. I think to myself, how I would like to be treated if I was spending thousands of pounds on a new garden, and look at ways of putting those actions into place. There are always going to be people out there who complain for the sake of

IF YOU REASON WITH A DIFFICULT CLIENT WITHOUT COMPROMISING WHAT IS FUNDAMENTALLY RIGHT, YOU MAY WELL GAIN THEIR RESPECT complaining and I’m sorry, but the customer isn’t always right! ● If a client has called to complain and left a message for you, call them straight away. If you ignore it or avoid speaking to them, it’ll only agitate them further. ● If it can’t be sorted out on the phone, make a site visit as a matter of priority to speak with them face to face. ● Listen to what they have to say. If they start ranting, say nothing. They’ll soon become conscious that they are the only one making a lot of noise. They may just be venting frustration and soon calm down anyway. If they don’t, you have every right to ask them to stop shouting otherwise you’ll leave and come back when they’ve calmed down. Never shout back at them as this will only antagonise them and mean you’ve lowered yourself to their level. ● Make notes of what they are unhappy with and then ask them what they would like to be done to resolve the situation. This may not be realistic, so tell them exactly what can be done. For example, a client may be demanding the project is completed by the end of the following

week and you know there’s still three months’ work to do. Give them a realistic programme of works and explain exactly what is to be done and the reason it’s going to take as long as it is. ● Follow up everything you’ve agreed with an

email so you have it in writing and make sure you stick to what you said you would do. ● Don’t think you’re Teflon coated and nothing’s your fault. Put yourself in the client’s shoes and try to appreciate their point of view, even if you don’t agree with it. ● If a client is asking for more work to be done, or existing work to be changed, make sure you have all the cost and time implications agreed with them before you start any of the additional work. ● Try to be flexible but don’t be afraid to use the weight of the contract if they are breaching it. This is particularly important if they are being poor payers. ● If a client isn’t abiding to the contract you may wish to consider terminating it. This is as much your prerogative as it is theirs should you default on it. ● As tempting as it is to tell them to **** off, DON’T! You’re the professional here. If you reason with a difficult client without compromising what is fundamentally right, you may well gain their respect and they’ll be easier to handle in the future. 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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DEVELOPING IDEAS Andrew Wilson explores the concept of new ideas and how it is often the newcomer who takes the biggest leap of faith

I spend a good part of my year interviewing prospective students for our programme at the London College of Garden Design and I hear a familiar question repeatedly from those wishing to retrain – “but what about my lack of horticultural or plant knowledge?” I think this is based upon the assumption that garden design is all about plants – it isn’t! About 20% of a garden designer’s time is spent on plants leaving some to beg the question – well, what is the other 80%? That, my friends, is for another article, although most designers and landscapers will know the answer. If I profile my students they fall loosely into three categories – those with a design background, those with a business background and those with a horticultural background. Most people would guess that the horticulturally aware would be best prepared and would be most likely to succeed in garden design, but in fact it is the designers and business candidates who often take the highest honours. I think that many horticulturally trained candidates come with what educationalists often describe as excess baggage – techniques and approaches that don’t always work in a more creative field and a certain amount of un-learning to do in order to succeed. This came to mind in a recent meeting with commercial property managers. The company has a wide portfolio of office developments and business premises that they manage, modernise and re-let. They came to us at Wilson McWilliam www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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Studio as new clients last year, full of doubts and misgivings but realising that the landscape setting of their recently acquired office portfolio in Milton Keynes was an essential part of the refurbishment. The first phase landscape is now complete, new tenants in place, with compliments by users and faster sales than they have achieved on other

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properties. The second phase of the business park has now been agreed and is in design development. There is no miraculous major increase in budget but there is certainly a change of mindset. The developer partners are completely won over by the impact of the landscaping on their clients and sales figures.

It transpires that, until this particular project, our client had no experience of commercial development that included opportunities for landscape design – all properties in their portfolio had been urban with no green space. So when we suggested perennials and ornamental grasses in place of their Eighties sea of pruned shrubs: you know the form – acres of undulating Prunus ‘Otto Luyken’ and Pyracantha – they accepted our proposal and gained themselves a fresh, colourful and contemporary space. Paving was simplified, lightened in tone and landforms retained and remodelled. The whole space has taken on a new lease of life with breakout areas, social spaces and planting full of light and colour in bold gestures that seem to appeal to insect and human life alike. Could we have convinced a dyed in the wool developer of retail or business parks in the same way? Well, possibly but it’s unlikely. They would have been fixated on the low maintenance dogma of densely planted shrubs that drain the life out of these landscapes; schemes that have become too familiar across the UK. Seeing the light and the potential of a different approach is more likely to be in the gift of the newcomer who often responds to situations with an open mind. Our developer clients did just that and have enthusiastically embraced phase two of the scheme – as for the rest of us, we just need to keep those eyes fresh and minds wide open.

ABOUT ANDREW WILSON Andrew Wilson is a landscape and garden designer and a director of Wilson McWilliam Studio. He is also a director of the London College of Garden Design, an author, writer and lecturer.

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SOCIAL WELFARE Juliet Sargeant examines how intelligent garden design can be used to benefit people’s mental, physical and social health and wellbeing Private garden projects bring us into a close association with our clients, offering a unique opportunity to do more than just create a beautiful garden. I say ‘just’ but this in itself might well offer some of the physical and psychological benefits that I outlined in my last piece. Could the benefits be increased with judicious design decisions and could we consciously create a deeper, more beneficial connection between our clients and the landscape? A study of different landscapes showed that they varied in their perceived restorative value as did gardens of different design (Ivarsson and Hagerhall (2008)). In this article I want to concentrate on the work that garden designers undertake most

frequently, that is domestic gardens and private spaces including workplaces and schools. I will cover community gardens and public spaces next time. For me, the best moment in the design process is towards the end when the client asks: “So, how do I look after my new garden?” Bingo! They’re hooked, engaged with the landscape and a new gardener is born. During their time spent gardening, that person will learn new skills; gain confidence; get some exercise; possibly make new gardening friends and likely experience what psychologists call ‘flow’. This is when we are so absorbed that time flies and

COULD WE CONSCIOUSLY CREATE A DEEPER BENEFICIAL CONNECTION BETWEEN OUR CLIENTS AND THE LANDSCAPE? we forget our worries. It is thought to be an important part of de-stressing and so leads to benefits such as improved cardiovascular indices and mental health (anti-depressant drugs currently cost the NHS £750 million a year). Physically engaging with your garden is more beneficial than just looking at it. Young children know this. Given the opportunity, they will climb, roll and wallow in the landscape, usually getting very dirty and coincidentally, recent studies in mice have shown that contact with soil bacteria increases serotonin levels and reduces anxiety. But, a survey of UK children and teenagers reported that they express greater dissatisfaction with the quality of their outdoor recreation spaces than in any other European country. Engaging clients with their gardens should start well before the handover. I find they tend to defer things to me, the designer, which is great when you want to get on with the job but the

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design process can be used to educate them about their land and the environment it sits in. It is a chance to pass on skills to look after the landscape and to benefit from nature. We need to make garden design less of a closed shop and to adopt the generosity of spirit gardeners are renown for. That sharing of experience, knowledge, seeds and cuttings is another benefit of gardening. It can be a way for people to find new friends, develop better support networks and combat social isolation. In the workplace gardening groups help develop relationships and can improve concentration and productivity in workers (Attention Restoration Theory – Kaplan (1995)). At the moment we know little about the mediators of the benefits of engaging with the landscape and more research is needed into how different people respond, how different landscapes may have different effects and how the type of interaction or activity may be a factor. But we do know that generally people prefer clear-stemmed trees with rounded canopies and gardens that have a ‘medium’ amount of visual interest. They feel most relaxed in semi-enclosed spaces (Prospect Refuge Theory – Appleton 1975) and where they can ‘read’ the functions of the space and how they are ‘meant’ to use it. Slowly scientists are offering us the tools to design better places. It does not mean that we have to abandon art, but it does mean that we can be more ambitious in our goals for that art. 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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Verified views Accurate visuals of what a scheme will look like (verified views) have become central to planning applications and landscape visual impact assessments within the UK planning process, providing a window into what the scheme will look like once built.

Environmental film & animated explainers Being able to explain your idea or project quickly and succinctly might be the key to garnering support, receiving extra funding or involving a wider audience. The Landscape Institute’s ‘I want to be a landscape architect’ film has now had over 200,000 views: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=zbx3FDDNeQM and our Dinton Pastures Nature Play film has been watched 16,000 times: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=MVrUnk8W9Kg

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In View From the Top (Pro Landscaper, August 2015) Phil Jones looked at the threat to parks from ongoing local authority budget cuts, offering the startling conclusion that ‘privatisation is the least of our worries’. If so, I can’t imagine the worst. Rewind to July this year. A report by London Councils, the umbrella organisation of London local authorities, presented the stark vision of councils so cash-strapped they would have no choice but to start turning parks over to private companies to run, or to sell off land altogether. Local authorities’ budgets in the capital have been cut by 47% in real terms since 2010 and at this rate, they argue, councils will be forced to let go of their parks sooner rather than later.

THE PUBLIC GOOD Doomsday headlines heralded this as the privatisation of parks, with giant fences and ticket barriers going up overnight – for paying customers only. We won’t see London’s wealth of designed and natural landscapes turned into members-only fitness club facilities

IF PARKS HAVE BECOME NEGLECTED AND DEGRADED IT’S AS A RESULT OF YEARS OF BUDGET CUTS AND THE LOSS OF KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXPERIENCED STAFF and outdoor gyms immediately. The less apocalyptic but actually more alarming reality is that councils will cease funding the voluntary organisations that now manage many green spaces. Neglected spaces easily become blights; what was a park becomes wasteland and the justification for selling it off for redevelopment is conveniently provided. Green space will be lost, not with a bang but with a whimper. While lamenting what he sees as the irreversible decline of parks, Phil is oddly dismissive of those trying to protect them, writing off local organisations and pressure groups as ‘just another cause, a niche campaign by those who have a vested interest in keeping parks and open spaces’. Doesn’t every oxygen-breathing city dweller have a vested interest in urban green space? We benefit from parks and green spaces in so many ways, whether or not we’re aware of it – cleaner air, cooling, natural drainage,

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habitats, biodiversity and green infrastructure to name but a few. Parks are the lungs of the city; the environmental benefits they provide are essential, whether we visit or not. I take my lungs for granted, but it doesn’t mean I don’t need them. Phil calls for a champion for parks, for people with clout to be involved, for huge campaigns – all big, heavyweight, top-down stuff. To that I would have to quote Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Contrary to Phil’s profoundly pessimistic view of local politics, just a few determined local people can influence development decisions, and use the localism powers of the planning system to keep community assets in the community. The fundamental issue is the austerity agenda and accompanying devaluation of public services. If parks have become neglected and degraded it’s as a result of years of budget cuts and the loss of knowledgeable and experienced staff. Turning parks over to be run for profit does not address these problems. Privatisation is not the answer. In fact, I would say that privatisation is not the answer, whatever the question. Parks need funding that reflects their profound value, and expert care and leadership provided by committed professionals and well-trained staff. It’s as simple as that. Phil is right to refer to ‘our precious parks’ – they are. And that’s why I can’t think of a fate worse than privatisation. Photographs © Lesley Malone

Lesley Malone takes issue with Phil Jones’ article in August’s Pro Landscaper, arguing that parks need professional care and that privatisation would be a disaster

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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Celebrating the success of the UK’s WorldSkills silver medalists, Jody Lidgard looks to the future, advocating learning through doing as the way to fill the skills gap It’s official, The United Kingdom landscape gardening team is once again ranked second in the world after an epic competition in Sao-Paolo, Brazil. Jonathon Gill and Mathew Beesley worked to exacting criteria and a demanding timetable to scoop a silver medal, only marginally behind joint gold medal winners Switzerland and Italy. I know these guys well having been part of the team that trained them, and it’s important to point out that we equipped them with a sufficient skill set to enter the competition, but they were by no means the finished product at that stage. Attitude to training was a massive hurdle that we overcame with these young people. If we have the right attitude from employees and competitors alike, the process of training and development becomes instinctive with a clearer idea of the level and structure of the training. I know the trainers for the above countries work in different ways, but all would agree with this statement. The competition involved elements of brickwork, hardwood decking with step detail, running stream, granite sett work and more

INCREASING DEMAND FOR TARGETED TRAINING IS EVIDENT than 12m2 of planting. A working lighting scheme was added to the stream area to give an added dimension. The specifications of these modules are mind boggling. The guys are expected to complete the decking in no more than six hours. Add to this that the tolerances set by the experts (judges) are as little as 1mm on some finishes, and you begin to get the idea of what our competitors are capable of. Preparations are now underway for the next competition, to be hosted by Abu-Dhabi in 2017. We have an apprentice who will be working towards the competition as part of the new apprenticeship scheme run in partnership with the APL/Myerscough college and our training 30

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company the Landscape Skills Academy. Learners will get together for several blocks during their apprenticeship, which will include the WorldSkills module in the syllabus. There is evidently an increasing demand for targeted training. Having the burden of training taken on by a professional organisation is a first step for landscape companies that are always looking to increase productivity and profitability. Again it has to be said that there are colleges and establishments out there delivering quality training. What we are advocating is a move towards an old-school style of training where learners are pushed harder and allowed to learn from their mistakes in a realistic working environment. Pressure to complete works to a tight schedule means the pace will be gruelling at times. I hear the cynics among us saying “That’s just what we do every day,” and I agree insofar as work readiness is paramount to productivity within a crew. I spoke to Mark Gregory on this very subject recently and he said that his vision was to be part of an establishment people wanted to get their guys into, adding that employer involvement and

understanding was paramount in the success of courses like this. I wholly subscribe to the idea of being involved with this type of training and development and look to the individuals who have passed through this framework and risen to the challenge of delivering world class to the industry. I welcome any input on the demand for training and filling the skills gap. We are now planning to look at soft landscape as a pathway with plant knowledge as the focal point for the course, so breaking the myth of plant knowledge being some form of “mystic magic” and allowing people to learn through doing. 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. info@jodylidgard.co.uk

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Garden lighting has three main functions in Robert Webber’s scheme of things. Here he describes how following this principle can help get your lighting plan right October is normally the time of year when my foreman Toby Lewis lets out a sigh and catches his breath after a really busy summer. This year it’s been slightly different. We’ve noticed a distinct change, with fewer smaller jobs of 10 lights and under but quite a few bigger jobs with 80 lights and counting. These jobs run all through the winter so we are preparing to get very wet... again. In previous years we have tried to schedule work abroad in the winter, but this year unfortunately we do not have that pleasure. Six months in Mustique is a distant memory now. Whatever the size of the project, lighting fulfils three basic roles: functional, aesthetic and feature lighting (FAF). These often overlap and one light can perform all three functions. The lights don’t necessarily need to be on separate circuits but it sometimes helps to create simple scenes without the expense of scene setting control equipment. It’s no good having really functional lighting and no aesthetic lighting. That would create a floodlit garden, without any soul. Similarly, a garden where you only light the features may look great from the house, however when you try to use it at night you will fall down the steps and land in the water feature! Many garden designers ask us to design the lighting for them. They send us the plans along with a client brief and guide budget. We always employ the FAF principle when looking at the plans and simply design within those guidelines. After we install the lighting, it’s clear that www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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thoughtfulness has been employed. Hopefully this principle will help you when planning lighting for one of your clients. It’s the only FAF we allow on our projects. Functional lighting Most functional light comes from above, illuminating some or all of the following: ● Steps and paths for ease of movement ● Gateposts, keypads, doors and locks ● Parking areas ● Eating and entertaining areas ● Larger areas for safety and security ● Bin and recycling areas Aesthetic lighting Creates mood, feeling and ambience ● Timber screens and trellis areas ● Pergolas ● Seating areas and benches ● Views and vistas ● Rockeries, grasses and small planters ● Small trees ● Living walls ● Ponds and water features Feature lighting Lighting major features or creating a vista ● Sculpture ● Topiary, pleached and other architectural trees ● Statement trees like oaks, willows or monkey puzzle ● Architectural buildings or features

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 rob@sceniclighting.com or via his mobile on 07766 051 000.

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This month Pro Landscaper caught up with Justin Paxman, who gave us his insight into running a successful landscaping business in today’s market

Tell us when you decided on a career in the landscape industry and how did you start? From the offset, I wanted to work outdoors. At school, I was a keen sportsman and would have been equally keen on becoming a sports instructor had I excelled academically. It wasn’t to be, so my career plan diverted. I started a horticultural apprenticeship with Kirklees Council, maintaining playing areas. It was outdoors, still sport – just a little more practical! But I was creating landscapes and managing projects from start to finish. It was 1987 and my landscaping journey had begun. Can you explain the structure of the business, size and structure of the team and how the business runs day-to-day? There are four elements: managing and building commercial landscapes, creating beautiful, high quality domestic gardens, regular grounds maintenance contracts and the supply and installation of our Grass Greener artificial turf. Our team is 15-fold, with staff across all revenue streams. The business runs efficiently through experienced sales and contract management but there is always room for improvement. We’ve paid particular note to this in 2015 as we’ve adopted new management software. We can now monitor and maintain the business with detailed costings, profit analysis and resource management. I’m the ambassador for the business, networking and liaising with existing and potential clients. We’ve seen rapid growth over the last two years and I put this down to solid commercial management, good marketing and the development of strong client relationships. Do you expect the business to stay in the family for generations going forward? That’s difficult – I have four children who are all at different stages of education. I am keen to encourage and nurture interest my family may have in business in general, not just mine. I would prefer them to experience business for themselves outside of Paxman Landscapes and the industry first. Then they could bring fresh knowledge, ideas and methods we could learn from. But succession planning wasn’t the reason I started the business and it isn’t now. I developed the company with a strong team all the way. The business belongs to all of us and my clients are their clients and at the end of the day, they pay their wages! www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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Is your company design, build and grounds maintenance? As far as the client is concerned, yes. We offer the full service. However, we do not profess to be landscape designers. We work closely with a solid network of landscape architects and garden designers. It is vitally important to build these designer/contractor relationships. And what’s the split between domestic and commercial work? Most of our work is soft landscaping for commercial clients. With the launch of Grass Greener artificial turf two years ago, the domestic side of the business has grown and is now around 15% of the business. We have a solid base of commercial grounds maintenance contracts, gained from our own landscaping completions and new clients looking for high quality groundsmanship. What areas do you cover? Commercially, we operate nationwide. Domestically, our focus is Yorkshire. Our grounds maintenance and Grass Greener teams operate predominantly within a 30-mile radius of Huddersfield, but do venture further afield.

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What would a typical contract/project look like for your business? Commercially, we operate as a sub-contractor. Our projects vary from £2k to £200k across the retail, education, care homes and social housing sectors. We work with building contractors, civil engineering companies and business parks. These contracts typically last up to three months. Our domestic projects focus on large, prestigious homes with a great emphasis on high quality materials and workmanship. Gardens are brought to life with combinations of turf, ornamental planting, composite decking and stone paving. Add in hardwood timber construction and special water features, and our customers get a top-notch outdoor living space. These projects are upwards of £10k in value and typically take two to four weeks. Our grounds maintenance contracts, on the back of our own landscaping and acquired locally with schools, colleges and universities, continue throughout the year. We have extended our services with the introduction of gritting, forecasting and winter services programmes. In terms of pricing, where do you sit in relation to your competitors? Do you price to win work? We price to the specification, not to win at all costs. This sort of pricing damages the credibility of the landscaping contractor and devalues landscaping as an industry. I thoroughly believe that providing a consistently high level of quality landscaping brings loyalty and referrals from all levels of the supply chain. For example, we work very closely with a quantity surveyor whose projects extend across a number of clients and sectors – he regularly refers us to his client base as dependable, reliable contractors. We don’t let price figure. There will always be enquiries that are just a budgeting exercise – something to take to another landscaping company to valueengineer. We distance ourselves from entering that battle. Business is really about relationship building and maintaining a corporate presence in front of your clients, suppliers and competitors. We market ourselves accordingly. When it comes down to it, it’s always who you know, not what you know. Do you have any involvement with the industry associations? I do. It’s a necessary cog in our landscaping network. But it’s only as good as what you put in – too many companies expect to pay their fee, sit back and wait www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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for the business to roll in. Our memberships of BALI and the APL are valuable assets to us – but only because we use their full potential for networking, attending events, meeting and sharing ideas, thrashing out problems and hearing about others’ experiences. Plus, they have a great social element. Supporting key events such as FutureScape and LandscapeLive has proved vital, too. Both are good opportunities to meet en masse in an informal setting and with great content. I am involved on the panel again this year and see these opportunities as great vessels, for promoting my business and the industry as a whole. There are still in-roads to be made within trade association activity. I’d like to see more candid discussions on the work that is out there. There is enough business for all of us without descending into a price battle – why not recommend each other to our mutual benefit? What made you decide to launch the Grass Greener brand into your business? I spotted the trend at an early stage. There was a growing willingness for customers to embrace it as a low maintenance option for a beautiful lawn all year round. I had established a good network within the industry which enabled me to research sources, products, routes to market and a potential client base. Two years on and we are now an established artificial turf brand, offering the added confidence of first-class installation. Do you take on apprentices? We do – we’d love more! With three newly qualified apprentices this year, we have an active involvement with local colleges providing training in amenity horticulture. It’s not for the fainthearted and it’s difficult to recruit at present. The development of our horticultural apprenticeship has allowed us to mould our team to embrace our company values – a high level of service, attention to detail and commitment to quality landscaping provision. The apprentices engaged upon completion of their studies have passed these values on to their own teams to the benefit of the company, without costly and recurring recruitment. We want to develop our foremen, supervisors and managers of the future. There is a huge skills shortage in this regard and it’s one of our most pressing issues. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR HORTICULTURAL APPRENTICESHIP HAS ALLOWED US TO MOULD OUR TEAM TO EMBRACE OUR COMPANY VALUES How can the industry encourage more young people into the landscape sector? There is a need to polish the profile of the UK landscape sector, to improve public and commercial perception of us as a marketplace. I recently attended the RHS Tatton Park Show and was incredibly impressed with the World Skills competitors. These young landscapers are producing amazing work to a very high standard and can hold their own on a national and international stage. We need to show the marketplace these landscaping champions – their work, their precision and expertise and promote the opportunities to enter into the industry with more initiatives like this. What do you think are the major challenges for the industry moving forward? Those that remain after the last few years of recession are leaner, meaner and greener! My main challenge is the development of my workforce. Like our customers, our team isn’t just driven by monetary gain – they want

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enrichment, value and that contentment you get when you know a job you’ve been involved with is top-notch. That’s our aim. When you’re not working, what do you like to do to relax? R&R for me means rugby. I’m an avid supporter of Huddersfield Giants. When I’m not searching for new business, I like to socialise at my local club and I am involved with my son’s junior rugby league team as a supporter with the rest of my family and as a business sponsor. Other than that, you can always find me bigging up the landscaping industry to whoever will listen!

1 A domestic garden 2 Promoting Grass Greener 3 A commercial roof garden 4 The soft landscaping team 5 A Grass Greener project 6 One of our apprentices, James Dickenson

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with a concrete sloped driveway leading down to it in reasonable condition. The brief The brief from the clients was for a low maintenance garden with a large decked area. It was also to include a pergola for climbers, a vegetable growing area and greenhouse, water feature, plant beds and a small lawn. The big question was what to do with the old garage and concrete driveway. Keep or demolish?

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PROJECT DETAILS Project value £20k Build time August 2007 to June 2008 Size of project 380m2

Design and build Gillian Polley of Polley Garden Design decided on a contemporary design of interlocking spaces. The views from the bungalow and garden were stunning, but there was a price – the garden was very exposed to the wind. The old garage was well positioned to capture late afternoon and evening sun and offer some wind shelter, so the decision was made to keep it.

The garage was given a makeover, rendered and painted a cream colour, with new built-in wooden seats, raised plant beds and a new paved surface. The clients planted the raised beds themselves with seasonal plants that included peonies and an old family collection of dahlias. Steps were designed to lead down from the sitting room door to the main area of the garden via a sunny, large open deck area, with a table and chairs. Moving into the garden from 40

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the deck, a series of gravel pathways wind through organic-shaped plant beds filled with sun-loving plants, including lavender, sage and thyme, to a wooden pergola, designed to hold a sail covering on hot days, and clothed with climbing plants. The pergola adds height, visually linking the garden to the view of the hills beyond. It sits between a small lawn area and a trickling vertical water feature surrounded by a mix of gravel and pebbles forming a dry river bed. Reached via wooden steps set in a sleeper retaining wall, the lower garden features a slate pathway with inset sleeper details bordering a boundary bed planted with trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, giving year round colour and interest. Three Betula utilis jacquemontii trees and some larger shrubs were planted to veil the telegraph pole just over the garden boundary. The aged apple tree in the garden had to be removed due to the new retaining wall design. The client highly prized the fruit, but did not know the variety, so samples were sent to the RHS which identified the tree as a Keswick Codling, well suited to the Edinburgh climate. A new tree was planted in this area which is now fruiting well. The slate pathway leads to a new sheltered seating area. The old concrete driveway on the other side of the sitting area was in good condition so it was agreed to resurface it with resin bonded gravel. A greenhouse was erected here along with

raised sleeper vegetable beds and an additional drainage channel was added at the base of the front of the old garage, butting up to the new resin bonded gravel surfacing, to redirect any excess water. An informal barrier was then created between this area and the main garden using a row of upright poles linked by galvanised wire and planted with trained fruit trees, giving spring blossom and autumn fruit. On completion of the project the clients said, “The garden has enhanced our lives hugely and is now the focal point of our home. We love looking out at the view as it changes through the seasons, we never get bored of it.”

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y first visit to site was in early April 2014. Prior to this I had not seen any pictures of the property, so had no idea as to its true location, having never heard of, let alone visited, Deganwy. The day I visited it was sunny and very windy. But what grabbed me most, and fired my imagination, was the sheer beauty of the backdrop. Despite many years travelling this had to be one of the most stunning landscapes I had witnessed. Over time I came to realise this picture never rests, is never still, and can look different every time I visit. There is a rare quality to the light, but also its location means the wind forever shifts the pattern of cloud, adding depth, dimension and drama to this profoundly beautiful landscape. This demanded, indeed deserved, something special, something that would draw that

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DAVID KEEGAN GARDEN DESIGN Landscaper David Keegan takes us on a unique journey via his picture diary of this coastal garden project in Deganwy, Wales landscape in and draw the garden out, connecting the two into a single symbiotic and harmonious relationship. One often reads about this aspiration for connection of landscape, and in this case it was a real, visually coherent element. The brief The gardens, as they were then, consisted of a porcelain tiled area to the top area of the house, a raised bed, an irregular lawn and a privet hedge which blocked the view. Given that the boundary of the garden was on the cliff edge, my first thought: lose the hedge. In terms of clients, the project was a little more complex as

the house comprised two apartments, each with separate owners. Thankfully they have a good relationship and were happy to approach the garden as a joint project. The brief from the clients was quite simple. They wanted a hot tub and a dining terrace, but most of all the ‘wow factor’. The garden should also be harmonious with, and sympathetic to, the landscape. Materials For me as a designer stepping into this unique location I felt it important that not only did we use the skills of local craftsmen, but also the bulk of the materials required for the

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DAVID’S BLOG

Work began on the build early October 2014, with the build taking six months to complete. During my first site visit, the idea came to do a blog, recording the development of the build as it progressed. The wonderful thing about this blog post is that it also conveys the ever changing nature of the landscape. So here are a few excerpts from the blog posts:

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PLAN

WEEK 1 6 OCTOBER 2014

Work finally begins on site. The build on this project will take approximately three months to complete. Today’s pictures show the first stages in preparing the site for the hard landscaping to follow. Now that the boundary hedge is gone the true nature and sheer beauty of the location becomes more apparent. The view from here is quite simply world class!

ABOUT DAVID KEEGAN GARDEN DESIGN David Keegan is an award-winning garden and landscape designer and writer. Award winner “Residential Landscape Designer of The Year 2013” Northern Design Awards. Award winner “International Landscape Design 2012”, “APLD” USA. Award winner “Garden Designer of the Year 2010”, and 2011 Northern Design Awards. Currently working on garden design projects in Cheshire, Manchester, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Wales and France.

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construction should be sourced locally. We probably achieved this goal with about 70% of material used. It soon became apparent that virtually the entire plot was built on top of solid bedrock, so excavation work originally estimated at a week ended up taking a month, with that month spent with two breakers working flat out. The upside, most of that bedrock was then used in the creation of the dry stone walling, with the remainder used in the gabion baskets. 1 Cantilevered cliff-top platform 2 Skyline egg seats Corten and stainless steel frame, views to Conwy Castle 3 Secret steps from kitchen terrace to hot tub 4 Outdoor kitchen 5 Dwarf Penstemon 6 Dry stone wall terrace beds and upper terrace glass balustrade

WORK BEGINS

10 OCTOBER 2014

Weather now taking a turn for the worse, today was coldest day on site so far. Coupled with rain feels like the first signs of winter moving in. Still, progress for the week is pretty astounding, although the team have hit bedrock in a couple of the wrong places that necessitated a digger with hydraulic breaker. The area for the hot tub excavation was straightforward apart from a large tree stump which will need to come out.

WEEK 2 13 OCTOBER 2014

The bedrock really is a much bigger issue than anticipated but the upside is plenty of stone for use in our gabion baskets which are due on site next week. The aim on this project is to keep and reuse as much on site spoils as poss. The air-con units are now being moved to new location to side of house, leaving the top terrace looking more visually appealing.

WEEK 3 20 OCTOBER 2014

All the upper terrace retaining walls are now complete with the team just finishing off construction details, such as the addition of drilled weep holes for drainage. Also completed recess to block wall which will accommodate sculpture panel specially commissioned for the site. The piece is being carved by Welsh sculptor Jon Evans. I commissioned Jon to create a piece with a distinctly Welsh coastal theme. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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WEEK 3 24 OCTOBER 2014

The end of week three marks the close of another busy week on site. The week was not without its challenges, particularly given the cliff-top location. The team had to contend with the remnants of hurricane Gonzalo as it made its windy way across the UK. Tuesday no one was allowed to work or go near the site perimeter, the winds were that strong.

WEEK 4 31 OCTOBER 2014

It is hard to describe the sense of human magic involved in the transformation of a mound of stone into a thing of beauty. It is a privilege to be involved in a human tradition that goes back thousands of years, and still in its best expression is relevant in a world of mass production. I wanted the walls built in the traditional manner, but the faces as flush as possible. I marvel at the craftsmanship displayed by Gareth in sculpting these walls.

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WEEK 5 4 NOVEMBER 2014

Finally the pecking out of bedrock is done. It took virtually all of four weeks to break out all the sections required for the installation of the new designs. None will go to waste! Master artisan wall builder Gareth is now joined on site by the grand master, and his original teacher, Barry. You just have to look at the pictures to see the skill and craftsmanship on display.

WEEK 6 7 NOVEMBER 2014

Winter is finally and resolutely arrived in Deganwy. The drive down to site this morning from Manchester was pretty treacherous. During the week Paul had the dry stone walls jet washed and the difference is quite remarkable. Everyone agrees, including the stonemasons, this is some of the most beautiful stone we have ever had the pleasure of working with. The stonemasons tell us this is the first time they have worked with stone quarried on the job.

WEEK 7 14 NOVEMBER 2014

The weather throws new and unpredictable but pleasant surprise by being warm and sunny enough for t-shirts today. A pleasant relief for the team after near two weeks of daily rainfall. The first of the satellite decks is going in, and steps from upper terrace to kitchen terrace also under construction.

WEEK 8 19 NOVEMBER 2014

Today saw completion of the hot tub installation and I must say it was more complicated than I could ever have imagined. This will look all the more impressive once the decking is in place and the enclosure that will house it is installed along with its Sedum roof. Elsewhere on site work is progressing at a rapid pace with footings now in place for most of the gabion baskets, and upper level dry stone walling nearing completion, with the side walls to house the oak steps almost complete. Meanwhile the digger is once again employed breaking out further discoveries of bedrock, this time for the floating platform.

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1 Cliff-edge path to floating platform and hot tub enclosure

5 Bespoke English oak stairs

Garden design and build management

Building materials

David Keegan Garden Design & Landscape Consultancy

Richard Williams

Booths Park (Booth Hall) Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 8QZ Web www.dkgardendesign.co.uk

Bron Heulog, Conway Road, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, North Wales, LL31 9DX Tel 01492 583 423 Web www.richardwilliams.co.uk

2 Sub frame for satellite deck

6 Satellite deck inset into Portuguese limestone frame

Technical drawings (and the most important person in my office)

Electrical works

3 Hot tub under construction

7 Tall pots used as sculptural detail

Nat Rutter

Email fellselectrical@btinternet.com

4 Dry stone walls to side of kitchen area and gym under construction

8 Hot tub enclosure with Sedum roof

Glass balustrades and stainless steel posts and wire fencing

Portuguese limestone paving

FH Brundle Ltd

Unit 19H, Hilton Business Park, The Mease, Hilton, Derbyshire DE65 5FJ Tel 01283 734 990 Web www.tradepricestoneltd.co.uk

9 Hand carved Welsh slate relief

24-36 Lamson Road, Ferry Lane North, Rainham, Essex RM13 9YY Web www.fhbrundle.co.uk

Fells Electrical

Trade Price Stone Ltd

Decorative pots Master stonemasons

The Red Mud Hut

Gareth and Barry Hughes

92 Columbia Road, London E2 7QB Tel 020 7613 4811 Web www.theredmudhut.co.uk

Email garethhughes3@hotmail.co.uk Slate sculpture, hand carved Welsh slate and wood

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Peace of Mined

Furniture supplier

Hen Ysgol yr Eglwys, Bontgoch, Talybont, Ceredigion SY24 5DP Tel 01970 832 220 Email info@peaceofmined.co.uk Web www.peaceofmined.co.uk

Metalco UK/Ireland

PO Box 798 Harrogate, HG1 9UL Tel 01423 705 054 Web www.metalcouk.co.uk

Barbecue and outdoor fridge

Western red cedar hot tub enclosure

Jon and family turned up to personally deliver the finished slate sculpture panel, a wonderful piece of carving, and the concrete to create the floating platform was finally poured in.

Fire magic

Terete Hot Tubs

Unit 15, Orchard Place Business Centre, Seven Mile Lane, Borough Green Kent TN15 8QU Tel 01732 884 030 Email info@fire-magic.co.uk Web www.fire-magic.co.uk

North End, Osmotherley, North Yorkshire DL6 3BB Tel 01609 883 103 Email mike@teretehottubs.co.uk Web www.teretehottubs.co.uk

FINAL ENTRY 27 MARCH 2015

Gabion cages: PVC-coated baskets specifically for costal use

Topographic surveys

Enviromesh

23 Princes Drive, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL29 8HT Tel 01492 532 400 Email admin@curvasure.co.uk Web www.curvasure.co.uk

It is virtually a year since I started the journey on this project from design to completion and this post shows the finished planting. Although there are still a few small elements of hard landscaping to be completed, the plants are now in, and the Sedum roof planted to the hot tub enclosure. Tempting to think project done, finished, but of course this really is just the beginning of the journey of a garden, this garden. Over the coming months newly planted trees will leaf up, and some may even flower in year one, herbaceous perennials will shortly go into growth overdrive, with layers of new foliage topped with inflorescence. All will add to the creation of a harmonious picture, framing, but never really beating, the wonderful backdrop beyond. The coming years will see elements of the garden weather and soften further into this special place, and in so doing become a part of the language of a unique landscape.

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Garner Street Business Park, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire ST4 7BH Tel 01782 692 319 Email enquiries@enviromeshgabions.co.uk Web www.enviromeshgabions.com

Curvasure Conwy

Structural engineers EWP Conwy

Hot tub structure green roof Lindum Green Roofs

West Grange, Thorganby, York YO19 6DJ Tel 01904 448 675 Email info@lindumgreenroofs.co.uk Web www.lindumgreenroofs.co.uk Stone cobble suppliers Tudor Griffiths Group

Wood Lane, Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 0H Tel 01691 626 262 Email concretewebsiteenquiries@tggroup.co.uk Web www.tgconcrete.co.uk/aggregates

27 Princes Drive, Colwyn Bay LL29 8HT Tel 01492 533 721 Web www.ewpeng.co.uk On site joinery Cain Joinery

Micheal Cain Tel 0161 431 9238/07751 460 380 Email cainjoinery@gmail.com Hot tub enclosure Carl Meadows

Tel 07764 777597 Email carlmeadows@hotmail.co.uk

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COMMUNITY GARDEN

STONE CIRCLE WILLOWBROOK LANDSCAPES

Despite drastic budget cuts mid-project, Willowbrook created a secluded oasis at Nottingham University Hospital

ABOUT WILLOWBROOK LANDSCAPES Established in 1979, Willowbrook Landscapes has established itself as a reputable company, recognised for producing high quality domestic and commercial projects. Now in its 36th year, Willowbrook has developed a large commercial maintenance arm, primarily serving central England. Its comprehensive range of services includes the transition from concept to completion.

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n 2012 Nottingham University Hospitals’ Organ Donor Committee invited Willowbrook to present ideas for a garden which would provide a place of solace for patients, staff, family and friends, especially those involved with the organ donor programme. The project was to be funded solely from public donations and would have to be fairly low maintenance. A site was identified at the city hospital, a narrow pocket of land which was unloved and unsuitable for alternative development. It nestled between an eclectic mix of typical hospital buildings dating from Victorian times, through to the present day.

Design We wanted to create a space which would promote a sense of refuge, peace and comfort. The narrow ‘corridor’ presented a number of challenges, but we opted for a free-flowing contemporary design which would provide open recreational space as well as quiet enclosed ‘reflective’ areas accessible to all, including wheelchair-bound patients and visitors. The main path through the garden

PROJECT DETAILS Project value £25k Build time 8 weeks Size of project 415m²

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Cutting costs Because of time-scale pressures, the original budget was slashed by 30% to match the funding already raised. Willowbrook ‘creatively’ reduced costs, without compromising the original vision for the garden. Here’s how…

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FEATURE

ORIGINAL SPECIFICATION

REVISED SPECIFICATION

Main thoroughfare and access paths

Resin bound surfacing (contrasting colour with oval)

Breedon gravel

Oval recreational space

Resin bound surfacing

Similar surfacing, smaller bed

Adjacent access to circular sitting areas

Areas set back from main path, contrasting resin bound surface

Seating areas linked directly to main access path

Curved recreational seating areas

Curved pergola over built-in seating and raised beds

Simple oak screen backdrop, reduced bench seating only

Circular and recreational seating area surface

Natural paving throughout, resin mortared joints

Textured concrete paving, butt jointed

Main pergola

5 sections, connected structure

3 independent sections

Boundary screening

Combination of oak panels and evergreen planting

Panel screening reduced (70%). Evergreen planting reduced

Standing stone ‘eye’

Resin raked gravel effect

Ground cover planting only to surround standing stone

Standing stone

Willowbrook to commission and erect

To be commissioned by committee when funds available

General planting

High percentage of larger plants

Size and quantity reduced

Planting areas

Pine bark mulch

Bark omitted until funding available

PLAN

1 View north towards the main thoroughfare 2 Inscribed standing stone 3 An inviting approach draws the curious into the garden 4 One of the recreational areas with woven oak screens for seclusion 5 Semi-enclosed seating for quiet reflection 6 View from the eastern entrance

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emulates a meandering water course, with resting points dotted along its length. The initial concept drawing provided enclosure and screening from the unsightly surrounds, using natural oak panels and structures, supplemented by fastigiate trees and evergreen planting. Resin bound surfacing in two contrasting finishes would allow for easy access, linking the open recreational areas and semi-private contemplation zones. The design also utilised the mounded topography (which we subsequently discovered was the remains of a war-time air raid shelter). The client brief included the provision of a standing stone, sited at a suitable point, with poignantly inscribed personal reflections. Using the ‘raked gravel’ concept, (following the loose Japanese theme requested by the client), we designed an eye-shaped island bed within the main thoroughfare using resin bound material to create concentric rings around the standing stone, imitating the raked gravel effect but without the necessity for routine maintenance. By using slightly larger aggregate, the rippled surface would drain freely (as with tree pit surrounds). Evergreen groundcover would complete the feature.

CONSTRUCTION Preparation An initial site survey was carried out. There were no service plans available and there was concern about the possibility of fibre optic cable runs, so a full CAT scan was undertaken. Risk assessments, method statement and a report were submitted to the Estates Dept before a permit to work was granted. Checks made to establish whether TPOs were active. Test holes revealed remains of an air raid shelter underneath the adjoining mound, so plans had to be modified and the design squeezed to avoid the worst obstacles. Setting out and site clearance The site was secured and escape routes, fire exits and vehicle parking established, all very challenging on such a narrow site without disrupting normal hospital activity. Vegetation was shredded, chipped and recycled. Topsoil was scraped from the site and used to form the surrounding planted areas. Two of the three circular sitting areas were REFERENCES cut into the bank.

Initial construction The main thoroughfare and seating areas were graded to level and recycled concrete base material was spread and compacted over landscape matting to provide a clean surface to work from. All timber work was of green oak. Sleepers were cut to size and concreted into the ground, height adjusted using a laser level. Circular paving kits completed the initial phase. Paths and surfaced areas The large oval recreational area and path edges were set out using aluminium flexible edging, the feature tree planted with cobble surround and the oval concrete base cast. Paths were then topped to level and compacted, the pergola erected and trees and structural planting added. Structure and planting Once the paths were completed, the resin bound surfacing was laid, the larger seating areas and screens were constructed. Breedon gravel topping was used to finish off the paths. Planting was completed, beds were graded and cultivated.

Garden design and landscaping

Screens, oak panels and posts

Willowbrook Landscapes Ltd

Quercus UK Ltd

11 Hillside Drive, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 4AH Web www.willowbrooklandscapes.co.uk

The Laurels, Queen St, Keinton Mandeville, Somerset TA11 6EG Tel 01458 223378 Web www.quercusfencing.co.uk

Pergola and posts Harlow Bros Ltd

Long Whatton, Loughborough, Leics LE12 5DE Tel 01509 842561 Web www.harlows.co.uk

Resin bound surfacing, AluExcel flexible edging Kinley Systems

Haywood Way, Hastings TN35 4PL Tel 01424 201111 Web www.kinleysystems.com

Resin bound stone

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Nexus Professional Surfacing Systems

Bannister Hall, Potter Lane, Higher Walton, Preston PR5 4EN Tel 0800 16902277 Web www.nexusprosystems.co.uk

Buff textured paving Bradstone

Hulland Ward, Ashbourne, Derby DE6 3ET Tel 01335 372222 Web www.bradstone.com

Trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants

Semi-circular seats/benches

Old Hall Nurseries Ltd

Cyan

Southwell Road, Oxton, Notts NG25 0RJ Tel 0115 9653303 Email plants@old-hall.com Web www.old-hall.com

Gateway Business Park, Station Approach Road, Coulsdon CR5 2NS Tel 020 8655 6240 Web www.cyan.co.uk

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GLENDALE LIVERPOOL

Working with Liverpool City Council, Glendale Liverpool maintains green spaces across the city as well as mentoring the next generation through its apprenticeship scheme with Myerscough College

PROJECT DETAILS Project value ÂŁ7m in 2006 (ÂŁ2m budget reduction while maintaining the same standard of service) Duration 12 years Size of project 10 million square metres of green open space

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ational green services specialist Glendale has been working with Liverpool City Council since 1999. In 2006, the partnership developed into a 12-year joint venture called Glendale Liverpool. Glendale Liverpool is responsible for the management and maintenance of 10 million square metres of green space across the city, covering more than 100 recreational open spaces. Led by general manager Peter Cosgrove, a team of 113 specialists maintains more than 60 parks, over 140 sports pitches, 18 bowling greens, six cemeteries (with an average of 2,000 burials per year) and two crematoria.

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1 Walled gardens at Calderstones Park 2 Hoeing in Sefton Park Palm House 3 Rose garden in Calderstones Park 4 Stanley Park 5 Japanese gardens at Calderstones Park 6 Walled gardens at Calderstones Park 7 Japanese gardens at Calderstones Park 8 Glendale maintains six cemeteries across the city 9 Pathway in the Japanese gardens

ABOUT GLENDALE Glendale is one of the UK’s leading green services specialists, offering an unparalleled portfolio of nine specialist green services covering everything from grass cutting to specialist arboriculture. This year, Glendale is celebrating 25 years since the beginning of its first contract in Rugby. This achievement demonstrates the longevity of the organisation and the commitment of its employees. Glendale prides itself on the professionalism of its duties and works tirelessly to put the people it employs and the people it works with, first.

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Awards Two of the parks managed by the company, the 235 acre Grade I listed Sefton Park and the 111 acre Grade II* Stanley Park, are in receipt of Green Flag and Green Heritage awards, awarded to sites of historic importance maintained to the highest possible standard. The company has also delivered specialist grounds maintenance on tennis courts within the 126 acre Calderstones Park in preparation for its annual international tennis tournament. In 2010, the company was asked to manage the city’s National Botanical Collection and tropical plants from the collection went on to be awarded two gold medals at the Southport Flower Show. Apprenticeships In 2006, Glendale Liverpool began one of the company’s most successful apprenticeship

schemes in partnership with Myerscough College. As part of this, apprentices are given the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of grounds maintenance from grass cutting and planting, to fine turf care. They are supported by a mentor who guides them as they undertake on-the-job training while obtaining qualifications over a five-year period, including an NVQ level 3. Upon completion of the programme successful candidates are offered a full time position within the Glendale Liverpool team and are provided with a range of opportunities to progress within the company. Development The 12-year contract allowed Glendale Liverpool to think strategically in the long term, with an immediate priority given to investment www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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in people. In 2007 it introduced a workforce sustainability strategy, outlining key objectives, which were to introduce more apprentices to the organisation, upskill existing employees and encourage professional development, and ensure a steady influx of talent through apprenticeships. In 2012, a review of the strategy led to a new approach, centred on providing young people in the area an opportunity to reach their full potential. This led to the creation of a pre-apprenticeship scheme for 16 and 17-yearolds, specifically those not in employment, education or training, (NEETs). Community The company’s core values include regeneration and development projects, community planting www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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schemes, apprenticeship team building events, staff recognition and employing local people. Peter Cosgrove, general manager of Glendale Liverpool, said: “While regenerating a city through building, it is equally important to build people and promote a sense of purpose and civic pride. “Our ongoing commitment to maintaining open spaces for the people of Liverpool is supported by our desire to motivate young local people, helping them reach their full potential and enter the workforce. Through this, we’ve successfully created a forward-thinking team which maintains our high standards of service provision while building up the next generation of green service specialists.”

MACHINERY USED BY THE TEAM 47 Transit flat-bed type vehicles Four large tractors Two JCB 8025 tracked excavators One JCB 2CX Two Ransomes 4650 units Two Pegasus units One Aebi Terratrac TT75 One Ride-on mowers. A mix of JD 1445s and Ransome Parkway units ● Two Trilo SG1100 trailed vacuums ● Two Scarab Minor road sweepers ● Large mix of pedestrian 2-stroke and 4-stroke grounds machines

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DESIGN CONCEPT

DESIGN FOR LIFE Twenty-three-year-old student Alexander Saunders has just finished his first year at LDA Design following a BA in Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield. Alex started his master’s degree in September, but has kept himself busy with the Design for Life competition, organised by Groundwork London in association with the Landscape Institute. Entrants were invited to show how they would build resilience to climate change through retrofitting their local landscape. Here we showcase Alex’s entry, which looks at the landscape surrounding tall urban buildings

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esign for Life aims to encourage housing providers, designers and local communities to redesign their green spaces so they are better able to respond to the threats of environmental challenges such as flooding, heatwaves and water shortages. The competition looks to generate ideas about how this can be achieved and to raise awareness of green spaces and encourage greater action. The free competition closed on September 21, and all shortlisted design proposals will be showcased at an event in October, yet to be announced. The winner is set to receive £1,000 and a day of expert advice to help implement their idea. Alex’s entry focuses on tackling areas where retrofitting with green infrastructure is not only the most challenging but also where the need is greatest and the environmental benefits are supplemented by social benefits. He said: “With ever increasing city populations and denser communities, tall buildings – be they residential or commercial – are increasing in number at a dramatic rate. These clusters of buildings within cities are 52

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central hubs for major issues regarding climate change in this country, and while some developers will look at minor interventions such as green roofs, this can be better supported by greater intervention upon the public realm that surrounds tall buildings. “My principle idea aims to use a number of measures both at ground level and on raised structures, to increase the overall density and volume of green infrastructure within an area of London that is currently dominated by the hardscape, that offers no environmental benefits.” According to Alex, the next big concern is the way tall buildings interact with the city as a social entity. They are predominantly treated as islands, where the building has no relationship to its environs and in turn, the public realm has no relationship to the people in and outside the building. “An increase in the quality of public realm associated with tall buildings has a much greater effect than anywhere else, as tall buildings bring vast numbers of people over a small floor space, all of whom can receive some sort of social and environmental benefit. The green proposals for this area around The Gherkin include the creation of social spaces, such as lawns and seating incorporated into the planters, to give a greater www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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The public realm surrounding tall buildings (both residential and commercial) in dense urban environments is typically poor with factors such as fire access, national security and the need to treat buildings as ‘iconic’ islands dictating design at the cost of environmentally and socially responsible networks of public city space. Retrofitting these spaces in a manner that addresses these responsibilities will allow cities such as London to create a higher quality urban fabric that will benefit a more diverse range of receptors in increasingly common tall building clusters such as Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf.

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“ buildings are in the pipeline, 113 of which are already approved for planning” - London’s Growing Up

Visual Relationship From Higher Floors “Vegetation can also contribute

to the mitigation of the urban heat

island effect, through evapotranspiration and reductions in energy use for heating and air conditioning” - Greenspace Scotland

“Sunlight and wind conditions play a critical role for people in determining thermal comfort in public open spaces and along sidewalks” Bosselmann

“Large species trees, as one element of Green Infrastructure, are an essential

tool for combating

climate

change. They provide cost effective methods of reducing the effects of rising temperatures, increased rainfall intensities, increased carbon emissions and diminishing air quality. These in turn provide benefits

to local communities through improved health and well-being, reducing stress levels, encouraging healthy lifestyles and raising property values” - Ciria Report

Setting Precidence For Local Open Spaces Towards Heron Tower

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TACKLING THE TALL BUILDING

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Increasing tree planting to generate obstacles to down-drafts and cyclic winds generated as air crashes into the large building and down to the public realm below. This creates a more thermally comfortable landscape. Dense planting with the intention of greeting a network of urban woodlands increases the coverage of heat and CO2 absorbing material to combat local and city wide urban heat island effect and CO2 emissions. Deciduous tree planting has also been proved to be beneficial for managing bounce light. White concrete also absorbs a greater amount of sunlight. Appreciation of combining natural light with artificial lighting so that the large shadows cast by tall buildings and even in some cases trees will create more comfortable well lit city environments allowing all corners of the public realm to be utilised all day round. Increasing the quality of social gathering spaces in a manner that gives greater choice of activity will open the outdoor space to a wider demographic contributing to a more socially interactive space. Lawns allow for outdoor group interaction/ meetings while more formal seating creates more intimate space for private conversation.

Dynamic And Resilient Public Realm

Multiple levels of green landscape add a new vertical dimension to the public realm bringing the visual relationship closer to more floors. This relationship would typically be lost after the first 3 floors how this can be doubled. Visual relationships between workers and landscape is proven to increase productivity and workplace satisfaction.

Towards Aldgate

Potential Immediate Sites For Green Retrofitting Towards Bank

“The densification of land uses in tall buildings lend themselves to the

“Results showed that on

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average promotion of more individuals engaged in social activity in green versus not only barren spaces” - Sullivan, “ through the proximity of land uses but Kuo, & DePooter remember their favourite also through the opportunities to provide experience of a city being sustainable on site energy and energy in a park or on a street” saving measures within tall building - The State Of The City proposals.” - Legacy London Experience

variety to how people might use the space. “The increased density of planting, particularly trees, begins to manage the downdrafts of wind from The Gherkin itself, to reduce wind speeds at ground level and create a space that is more thermally comfortable while also absorbing CO2, rainwater and sunlight. All of this helps to combat the urban heat island effect and stress on local and city wide drainage in one of the most polluted areas of the country. “Raised planting above the ground level tree line also allows a re-establishment of the visual relationship between those on the higher floors of the building and the urban woodland, which would ordinarily be lost. Research proves visual proximity to green has a profound effect on workplace happiness and productivity, not just environmental benefits.”

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Utilising tree planting and concrete planting structures maintains the required secure perimeter to tall buildings in the city to ensure public safety from potential terrorist threats. Lawns and raising planters above the hard landscape maintain the required floorspace for the gathering of those from within the building in the event of fire or other needs for evacuation. Gaps in planters with retractable bollards allow for fire access and goods access. Greater green coverage allows greater absorption of rainwater to reduce the pressure on the city’s drainage networks while growing green networks allow for the potential increase of biodiversity in the local area which in tern gives a more responsible character to the local area.

“Due to the increased concentration of vehicle emissions, power production and industrial activity and aviation, cities are ‘pollution hotspots” - City Of London Corporation

The entry looks to generate a bigger conversation than just the retrofitting of local neighbourhoods for environmental gains. The requirements of urban areas can be much more complex and Alex hopes that this entry starts a debate on how to maximise a wider range of benefits. “If the judges see this intent and it sparks conversation then there may be a chance they will wish to see and discuss more, and given the prize is a day to develop the idea then there is every opportunity it could do well.” Up next for Alex is taking the skills and knowledge he acquired during his year in

practice at landscape architecture firm LDA Design and developing them further as he tackles his master’s. Alex is also investigating ways to better incorporate technology within the landscape, using 3D modelling more to create animations, walkthroughs and virtual reality experiences.

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NURSERY NEWS Architectural Plants appoints new commercial director

Architectural Plants recently appointed a new commercial director, Guy Watts, with an initial focus on developing the planting and creative maintenance team. Guy spent four years working at Architectural Plants as part of its nursery team before breaking two world records as one half of the first and the fastest pair to row unassisted across the Indian Ocean, completing the feat in 102 days, 13 hours and 40 minutes. Guy then founded the award winning social enterprise Streetscape, a charity providing apprenticeships in landscape gardening to 18-25 year olds who are long-term unemployed, helping them build the skills and experience they need. Guy has also been a BALI South Thames Regional Committee member since February 2014 and will remain a trustee at Streetscape. www.architecturalplants.com www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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A nursery visit is worth a thousand pictures Customers can tag plants for their projects and tour the nursery or tree fields at Palmstead’s open week on 19–23 October. The sales team and growers will be on hand to guide customers in their selections. Nursery visits at alternative times can also be accommodated. The nursery is holding two mini-workshops for local authority green space customers on more sustainable plantings. These will involve an interactive discussion on alternatives to seasonal bedding that are cheaper to resource but

Coles Open Day Over 100 landscapers, nurseries, local authorities and architects from across the UK made their way to Coles Nurseries on Thursday 3 September for the biennial Coles Open Day at the company’s second largest production site, in Syston. The event commenced with a tour of the 60+ acre nursery,

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deliver a longer display period. Some authorities have carried Palmstead’s trial plantings and they will be sharing their experiences. Dutch and other European versions of sustainable perennial plantings will also be discussed. The 21st is fully subscribed but there are a few spaces left on the 22nd. www.palmstead.co.uk

featuring a number of talks and demonstrations from industry leaders including JCB Industrial; TSD IT Bv; ICL (Everris Ltd) and Coles’ own Vince Edwards. Following the nursery tour, guests travelled to Oakham for a tour of local craft brewery The Grainstore, which is the largest brewery in Rutland. They tasted the in-house beers and ate lunch, before returning to the nursery. Coles would like to thank all who attended the event as well as the many sponsors and guest speakers who were able to help make the day as informative and enjoyable as it was. www.colesnurseries.co.uk

NURSERY NOTES

Practical Plants takes off Since establishing Practical Plants in May 2015, I have quoted for in excess for £1.5m worth of plants for landscape schemes throughout the south east. There is a real buoyancy in the market at the moment. The number of unique quotes – everything from high-end London gardens to housing estate open space schemes – is simply amazing. Within weeks of setting up Practical Plants it was clear that I was simply not going to be able to manage alone. With a stronger team we are now able to really offer something unique in the industry. I was privileged to work with the East Anglian Children’s Hospice in building a garden at the Sandringham Flower Show. We were delighted to receive a Large Gold Medal – the top award – at our first attempt.

We raised thousands for the charity during the day and I was lucky enough to show the garden to Prince Charles. A real honour. This has left us in a great position to build the company into 2016 and beyond. Philip Rusted, Founder phil@practical-plants.co.uk Pro Landscaper / October 2015 55

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Our series on international nursery visits continues with a tour of Vannucci Piante’s facility in Pistoia, Italy by Marco Bucci, sales manager for the UK, France, eastern Europe and north Africa

HISTORY Vannucci Piante was started in 1938 when Vannino Vannucci’s grandfather started developing plants in 10L pots on 2000m2 of land. The real growth and development of the business was driven by Vannino’s father Moreno in the 1980s. Today, Vannucci Piante covers an area of 430ha, which is equally split between container stock and plants grown directly in the ground. The nursery produces around 1600 varieties, starting in 3L pots and going all the way up to 2000L. The business employs 290 people with the majority based at the nursery and other sites in Pistoia but there are also around 100 more contract growers who have had a long-standing relationship with Vannucci. In 2013 Vannucci opened a unique nursery park where prospective and current clients can see trees growing in a natural environment. This concept was delivered with the aim of creating a live showroom displaying the most spectacular examples of large ‘ready to use’ plants, provoking reflections, intuitions and ideas to help create future garden design projects. The 10ha park plays host to more than 100 specimens that can be viewed by prior appointment. 56

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ABOUT EUROPLANTS Next to France, the UK is Vannucci’s second biggest market, with approximately 15% of stock sold here. The company’s main operation in the UK is through their agent Europlants, based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The UK’s landscapers, garden designers and landscape architects, as well as garden centres, wholesale nurseries and property developers can visit the 5ha nursery and specify a vast range of trees and plants. In 2005, Europlants developed a 1.4ha nursery from a green field site to an established outlet displaying an ever-expanding range of mature shrubs and trees. Riverside Nurseries is based near Marlow in Buckinghamshire and is an ideal partner for landscaping professionals who require mature trees and shrubs. Riverside will be exhibiting at FutureScape, the number one landscape event on 17 November 2015 at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey. Here you will be able to see a selection of the nursery’s most popular species used in professional landscaping projects.

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LOCATION Pistoia is a medieval city 45 minutes from Pisa airport. It has a favourable microclimate and soil.

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PLANTSMAN’S PLOT

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

To appear in Plantsman’s Plot, please send your plant of the month, details and image to editor@pro-landscaper.co.uk Best for: spring colour Acacia dealbata ‘Silver Wattle’ is a fast growing species native to Southern Australia. It was introduced to the UK in 1820 but is hardy only to about -5°C. The evergreen greenish blue leaves are bipinnate and the trees are overtaken by racemes of fragrant bright yellow flowers in spring. They should be planted in a protected south facing aspect until they girth up as they can be susceptible to being nipped back by frost. Mature height is 5-10m. www.barchampro.co.uk

Best for: low maintenance Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ is a most delicate and graceful tree. As winter turns to spring, deep magenta flowers unfold on the dark, bare stems in a captivating display. This image is further enhanced by the shimmering purple-red tones of the emerging heart shaped foliage, which later darkens to create an attractive purple coloured canopy. Come autumn the leaves mature into an exquisite palette of purples, reds, oranges and yellows before falling to the ground in late October. Its small size, low maintenance and spectacular features make this tree a wonderful addition to any garden. www.majestictrees.co.uk

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Best for: screening Autumn has arrived. Trees and shrubs are turning spectacular autumn shades and there are none so spectacular as Liquidambar styraciflua (sweet gum) and Parrotia persica (Persian ironwood). When grown as screening panels, a wall of vivid autumn colour adds interest to any garden. Both form a fantastic neutral green backdrop and dense screen for spring and summer making a great hedge alternative. Available as either low or high screening panels, allowing coverage up to 350cm high. www.readyhedgeltd.com

Best for: autumn glory If you want a bit of drama in the garden in October plum for a Panicum, in particular Panicum virgatum ‘Squaw’ with a neat upright habit and swathes of delicate bobbles of pinkish-reddish flowers in late summer turning a deeper burgundy red as autumn approaches. The foliage emerges green in the spring and summer then takes on hues of red in the autumn, perfectly complementing the flowers above. Reaching a height of 1.2-1.5m this is a real humdinger of a grass for any mixed border. www.provendernurseries.co.uk

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Best for: specimen multi-stem Corylus avellana (common hazel) is a deciduous shrub with green, double serrated leaves, typically found in hedgerows. Thanks to recent appearances in some wonderful show gardens, this common native shrub is gaining in popularity when planted as a specimen multi-stem. Although when left it can reach a height of 8-10m, its ability to withstand hard pruning means it is also suitable for a smaller space and can be clipped to an architectural shape. Long, yellow catkins in spring and edible nuts that ripen in autumn add yearround interest. www.deepdale-trees.co.uk

Best for: low hedging Aster lateriflorus ‘Horizontalis’ and ‘Sussex Prairie’ are short, (max 60-80cm tall) wiry, perennial Asters with dark red foliage that is almost black in the Sussex Prairie clone. Both are covered in tiny white flowers in October giving a little sparkle in early autumn. The tight, wiry habit forms a great low hedge. Taxonomists are renaming them Symphyotrichum latheriflorum, but re-namings do take several years to percolate into everyday use. www.palmstead.co.uk

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Buy from a reputable supplier or grower, if possible making sure the plants are lifted fresh to order. Be careful of plants that have been sitting in plastic bags in a barn for any period of time.

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Always keep bare root plants covered and watered if not planting immediately, ideally in a cool area out of direct sunlight and drying winds. If planting is not going to be within 48 hours, plunge the plant roots into loose damp compost to keep them moist.

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It is best to water the plants well before planting and even to consider using a root dip, such as seaweed extract or a water retentive polygel. Plant to the nursery line and no deeper (the point at which the plant was growing in the soil before lifting). Keep the plants, especially the roots, covered and out of strong sunlight for as long as possible to avoid drying out. Make sure that the roots are in good contact with the soil and firm it in from the sides. Do not stamp down the root area as this will lead to compaction and make it harder for the plants to start growing. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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Water the plants well by hand to help the soil settle around the roots. For longer runs of hedging, consider installing a seep hose or porous pipe to help with watering during the next growing season. If planting bare root evergreens, consider the use of an antidesiccant spray to reduce water loss from the leaves before new roots have grown. If using a seep hose or porous pipes consider an automatic timer so the plants are watered regularly and for the correct length of time. The greatest distance you can cover with a seep hose off a domestic water supply is 40m.

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After planting, make sure that all plants are firmly in the soil to the correct depth and remove any broken or damaged stems. Give evergreens a light trim after planting. Reducing the amount of foliage will help reduce moisture loss. It is not necessary to trim to shape in the first year but it can be beneficial to give a trim to even out the tops and the widths.

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A mulch of composted bark or similar to a depth of 50-75mm spread 30cm either side of the plant stems will help stop competition from annual weeds in the soil and keep the soil moist. When spreading the mulch it should not be touching the stem as this can lead to the bark rotting off and killing the plant. Be careful about using mushroom compost as it can be alkaline.

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Top dress with a good general purpose fertiliser in the spring when the new growth is starting to become visible. Feed again in the early autumn at a lower rate. Avoid fertiliser coming into contact with foliage as it may cause scorching. ABOUT READYHEDGE Readyhedge is a wholesale nursery based in Pershore, Worcestershire. It grows high quality instant hedging and screening plants ready spaced for ease of planting. Other products include pleached trees and espalier fruit. www.readyhedgeltd.com

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Event Planting has traditionally been the domain of florists but about six years ago we began to look at this more closely and found there was a gap in the market for indoor planting, leading us to explore how we could better use this in events. Part of our rationale at the time was the recession. Companies either had less money or didn’t want to be seen to be spending vast amounts on extravagant floral displays – it looked wasteful and just wasn’t appropriate at that time. All this also coincided with the move towards more eco-friendly solutions to cut flowers – planting now lasts longer and many plants are grown in the UK so the carbon footprint is less. The time was right for us. The commission that was a game changer for us was the Sir Elton John AIDS Foundation White Tie and Tiara Ball. We were lucky enough to manage this project for six years. What was so exciting about the event was that the brief incorporated both the interior space and the grounds so in any given year we were able to incorporate show-stopping installations to create the wow factor, but the planting and the theme also then flowed out and blended in the garden with colour schemes accenting into 62

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(semi-permanent) planting within the herbaceous areas of the garden. Corporate event planting has also really taken off and is just as creatively exciting. A fabulous recent commission was a gala at Harrods’ flagship restaurant, The Georgian, to launch London’s new landmark, Garden Bridge. We completely dressed the whole of The Georgian restaurant, transforming it into an enchanted garden. Each table was landscaped and we filled the atrium with an abundance of scented herbs, white roses, mosses and ivy. The fashion pack are becoming increasingly aware of the impact that the right planting can

make and for London Fashion Week we were commissioned by Italian designer Kinder Agguini to create highly sculptural and architectural installations using Vanda Orchids in colours to accent the collection. Event planting can also bring with it exciting collaborations. We worked with McQueens Flowers for the Britain Creates event. It was part of the London Olympiad in 2012, celebrating creativity in the capital. Our venue was the long defunct Selfridges Hotel. It was truly inspiring to be part of the temporary transformation of a derelict space into something thriving and contemporary. Event planting, for all its glamour and reward, certainly isn’t always easy though. Deadlines are often very tight – for London Fashion Week it’s not unusual to be given an hour to tie everything together! But for every challenge there is a greater reward to be found in creating something that forms part of an unforgettable experience. 1 Sir Elton John AIDS Foundation White Tie and Tiara Ball ©EFAF 2 London Fashion Week 3 Sir Elton John AIDS Foundation White Tie and Tiara Ball ©EFAF

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LATEST PRODUCTS From Lighting for Gardens, the new Vortex 240V LED Bollard light has a stylish, modern design and a die-cast aluminium body with powder coated graphite finish. Its sleek new design means there’s more light to the front and sides of the fitting and the 7W warm white LED means lower energy consumption. It has a two metre ‘glare free’ radius and is water resistant to IP65, making it an excellent option for lighting along paths and driveways. WWW.LIGHTINGFORGARDENS.COM

The Meyer Superlight Nano range is the latest generation of extremely compact exterior floodlights from Commercial Lighting Systems Ltd. The efficient optics allow narrow, elliptical or wide beam light distribution making them suitable for just about any exterior landscape project. One of the smallest and most discreet exterior floodlights on the market, the minimalist design allows the floodlights to be integrated into the smallest architectural features, enabling them to blend with their environment. All versions have integral high efficiency drivers for ease of installation. WWW.COMMERCIAL-LIGHTING.CO.UK

This sleek, energy efficient LED floodlight from Simple Lighting gives a perfect effect to illuminate any outdoor space. The lightweight case is die-cast black or white aluminium with stainless steel fixtures that won’t rust, giving it an ageless appearance. The maximum power available is 50W and at a minimum of 10W they have a lifespan of up to 25,000 hours. That makes these lights great for gardens of stately homes or outdoor events as well as smaller front and back gardens for security and aesthetic purposes. WWW.SIMPLELIGHTING.CO.UK

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The Hunza Border Light is a superb way to illuminate steps, paths and drives and the flat lens allows a wide beam of light to gently illuminate pathways. The head can be rotated through 360° and vertically through 90°. There are three finishes available: cast aluminium with a UV stable powder coated finish (standard colours bronze, green, matt black and silver), solid cast bronze head with copper pole and 316L stainless steel. Available from Moonlight Design, this modern looking light is available with a low voltage halogen, retro-fitted LED or a built-in LED. WWW.MOONLIGHTDESIGN.CO.UK

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John Cullen Lighting has launched an LED version of its much-loved Starliter with its twinkly 360º light effect. The LED version has an energy consumption of only 1W, it can be suspended from trees and pergolas and is the perfect way to add a little sparkle to your garden. The new LED Starliter comes in copper and is available in three sizes (180mm, 260mm, and 330mm). For the best effect, use all three sizes in a single tree or pagoda. WWW.JOHNCULLENLIGHTING.CO.UK

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Corten Steel Fire Pits by Roundwood of Mayfield have proven to be a favourite with garden designers and on the retail market. Their striking appearance, sleek design and sturdy feel make them an appealing feature in any garden. As well as looking great, these fire pits are perfect to use all

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Urban Fires is noted for its wide range of outdoor gas, wood and bioethanol fuel fireplaces. Now, it has introduced new Signature bespoke outdoor gas fireplace burners. Its many years of experience have been put to good use in the development of the new range. Signature burners can be found in the company’s wall-mounted fireplaces, fire tables and fire pits. They are beautiful to look at, have a power output of 15kW, are safe and easy to use and unlike many imports the weather-resistant design will stand up well to the UK climate. WWW.URBANFIRES.CO.UK

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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 jack.bacon@eljays44.com or tweet me @ProLanKit

Etesia releases two new pedestrian models Etesia has launched two new professional pedestrian rotary mowers – the PHCT and PHCS PRO 46 Evolution models. The two new models can cut, collect and mulch without the need for accessories. Users will be able to mow with or without collection in all conditions. Fitted with a powerful 5hp Honda engine, the PHCT is a

single speed model and the PHCS is a push model. Both the PHCT and PHCS have a cutting width of 46cm with seven easily adjustable cutting heights ranging from 28-85mm. Both come with a 56L grass box. An Etesia rear roller for effortless striping will be available on the PRO 46 models soon. www.etesia.co.uk

ProVQ named new John Deere training provider John Deere has appointed ProVQ as its new partner in delivering the company’s award winning apprentice training programmes, replacing the previous provider, Babcock. Deere apprentices who are already enrolled with Babcock on

John O’Conner mower upgrade John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance has upgraded its fleet of mowers working for its East Hertfordshire District Council contract. Valued at £200,000, the Ransomes fleet was delivered www.prolandscapermagazine.com

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the Ag Tech, Parts Tech, Turf Tech and Customer Service Tech programmes will transfer directly to ProVQ, as will the staff who

currently look after them, both in the field and during the residential training blocks. First year apprentices this autumn will be based at a new apprentice training centre located at Radcliffe-on-Trent from November. Meanwhile second and third year apprentice programmes will transfer to the new training centre from Babcock’s premises at Ruddington. www.apprenticeshipfinder.co.uk

by longstanding garden equipment dealer Bartram Mowers in time for the new season. The fleet comprises five Ransomes Parkway 3 triplex cylinder mowers and a Ransomes MP493, the latest wide area batwing rotary mower from the Ipswich-based manufacturer. John O’Conner won the East

Herts contract back in 2007 and over the past eight years has helped the council win numerous Green Flag Awards for the parks and open spaces across the district. East Herts senior contract manager Keith Warden said: “The swing-out centre unit on the Parkways is a great innovation and

Ariens discovers UK demand for zero-turn mowers Leading US zero-turns manufacturer Ariens Company has seen a rapid growth in demand each year since setting up the British arm of its business. Zero-turn mowers are now the second fastest growing category of mower in the UK market, following their dominant position in the US. To meet the growing demand, Ariens Company has introduced a range of zero-turns with all the heritage of the Ariens brand. It is also actively expanding the dealer network, welcoming new dealers who are looking to join in the rapid growth of the zero-turn market. Ariens products come with a 90 day commercial warranty. www.ariens.com/en-gb

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EGO’s Power+ team recently welcomed equipment editor Jack Bacon to its press day for a demonstration of the current cordless garden range and a preview of 2016 prototypes. The first event was a presentation demonstrating EGO’s advantages over petrol equivalents in terms of weight and run-time due to its interchangeable battery system. Moving outside to the product display area, attendees were given a comprehensive overview of the technology and storage capabilities of EGO’s current crop of lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, strimmers, chainsaws and blowers. The prototype self-propelled steel deck mower gives the feeling of petrol performance and its LED headlights and reduced noise emissions represent significant progress compared with previous models. EGO’s 38cm string trimmer has a vast cutting reach and its well-balanced design makes it comfortable to use when attached to a double bike handle. Its exposed battery using EGO’s ‘Keep Cool’ technology prevents over-heating in extended use. The cordless electric chainsaw easily cut through logs without snagging and its ergonomic dual-handle was extremely userfriendly, making it ideal for novice users. In 2016, EGO is set to expand its range of lawnmowers to include self-propelled and steel deck alternatives, with a new blade design for improved grass collection. The company will also expand its strimmer range to feature variable speeds and different handle options. There will be new hedgetrimmers as well as a chainsaw with a longer bar for even greater cutting capacity. The 2016 product line will also include new 5Ah and 7.5Ah batteries for increased runtime. 1 Cutting height adjustment lever 2 European president Peter Melrose compares generations of EGO mowers 3 Specialist staff discuss hedge cutter’s dual-action blade

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absorbed the excess water. Levelling the concrete around the pool’s exterior lighting while ensuring we left a 20mm gap for top layer paving was a delicate operation. The day gave me a sense of just how closely the team works with its designers even during the build process. Ali had collected revised plans the evening before and following contact with Acres Wild during the day he had to mark out and remove an area of freshly laid concrete to make way for an additional flower bed. He explained how pivotal the design-build partnership is as clients can request changes after works are underway.

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One machine, many jobs Avant loaders have been imported into the UK for over 20 years and there is now an experienced dealer network plus an extensive userbase of very satisfied customers. Avant mini loaders are available in seven different series and can be equipped with a variety of useful options. In addition, there is a choice of over 150 attachments to enable almost every job imaginable to be tackled with ease.

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The Toyota Hilux Invincible has served as an affordable market pick-up truck since 2012 and was built with passenger comfort in mind. The Invincible model represents the sixth generation of Europe’s bestselling pick-up and is a good option for small landscaping firms wishing to transport a five-man crew on a regular basis. Rugged by design, its durable and hardened exterior is suited to harsh terrains and offroading yet still boasts a deluxe interior great for long haul journeys. The four-door vehicle is available in 4x4 mode and contains a generous load area as well as built-in technology, including 6.1in reverse camera and built-in satellite navigation presented by Toyota Touch. Performance Created as a tough and practical transporter, the suspension is fairly sensitive and susceptible to feeling small divots in the double cab, but its seamless automatic transmission delivers a smooth drive. Possessing a 4-cylinder 3.0 litre diesel engine, the automatic Invincible does 32.8mpg and C02 levels rise to 227g/km compared to 203g/km from the manual version.

KEY SPECS  Model: Double cab Toyota Hilux Invincible  Price: £23,009  Engine: 3.0 D-4D  Load deck length: 1,545mm  Load deck width: 1,515mm  Load deck height: 450mm  Power/torque: 169bhp/343Nm torque  Economy: 32.8mpg (combined)  C02 emissions: 227g/km  Servicing: 10,000 miles/annually

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 Performance tested to handle extreme driving terrains  Strong and durable chassis carries large loads easily  Practical yet comfortable interior  High clearance and tough suspension delivers all-round off-roading  Three year/60,000 mile European mechanical warranty

Although bulky in size, the pick-up can reach 0-62mph in 12 seconds, the five-speed gearbox climbing through the gears effortlessly, and is supplemented by its ease of handling and cornering. Practicality The five-seater double cab has increased the passenger room and is suited for a small workforce’s daily commute, but sacrifices some rear load space in favour of spacious leather-lined seats. To combat this, the rear bench folds up to reveal cubby holes for additional storage. The load area is sufficient to stow medium to large power tools with a deck spanning 1,515mm wide by 1,545mm tall. Just under 1m3 in depth, the load area also features tie-down points to secure cargo with an optional aluminium tonneau cover offering another platform for load. Parking sensors are optional, there are expansive wing mirrors and a reverse camera is built into the very responsive 6.1 inch Touch and Go display, which is the Invincible’s best technical feature.

TEST DRIVE DRIVING OUTCOMES The Hilux's biggest plus point was that it felt like driving an estate car rather than a larger truck. More comfortable to drive than it's stiffer competitor the Ford Ranger, the automatic gearbox was responsive with little delay in changing gears. A downside was the bonnet’s air vent, which is central to the driver’s viewpoint and a clear distraction. INTERIOR DESIGN The cab provides plenty of leg room and passengers' comfort is ensured with spacious rear seating that can easily accommodate five workmen and features reclining leather cushioned seats. The dashboard display is stationed at a level which doesn’t distract the driver from the road ahead. TECHNOLOGY The reverse camera is a helpful parking aid, but in our opinion not as good as the ultrasonic parking sensors, which are an optional extra. The Touch and Go multi-info display contains a built-in satnav, is a practical size and very responsive.

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PROCESS WITH RANSOMES Ransomes has been manufacturing mowers at its European headquarters in Ipswich since it built the world’s first lawnmower under licence from the inventor, Edwin Budding, in 1832. In September 2014 it launched the latest in a long line of wide area batwing rotary mowers, the Ransomes MP3 series. In June this year, using the same platform, it introduced the MP5 series, a five-unit cylinder mower replacing the long

The manufacturing process begins with large sheets of steel loaded into CNC laser cutting machines and a selection of flat profiles are produced.

Meanwhile, in another part of the factory, cutting cylinders are being made. All the components are shaped and welded together before being painted and balanced.

established Ransomes Commander, which has served local councils and grounds care contractors since 1993. The images below showcase eight of the core processes involved in manufacturing the MP series mowers. They demonstrate how sheet steel is delivered at the beginning and a complete mower rolls off the production line at the end of the process.

These profiles, of many different shapes and sizes, are bent into shape to create usable parts for the assembly process.

Robots are used to weld some components, but the majority of welding is carried out by a team of skilled technicians. Steel and aluminium welding can be undertaken.

This MP batwing rotary mower is nearing completion at station five on the production line. Most of the hydraulic system has been fitted and the wheels are being attached to the drive motors on the line.

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All the relevant parts are then painted using an electrostatic powder paint process with a paint technician ensuring an even coating before baking in the oven.

When all the components are ready the machine begins its journey down the production line. Once the main chassis of the new MP Series has been constructed the engine is dropped into place.

Now virtually complete, this MP is waiting for the decks to be fitted. It will then undergo an extensive final test before being delivered to a customer.

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Neil Winfield, Kubota’s business development manager, discusses the rise in popularity of mini excavators among landscaping professionals and speaks to Level Peg landscape and construction, a regular user of Kubota’s K008-3. Excavators have long been a significant force in the construction market. However, the landscaping sector is seeing a rise in the use of smaller machines, whether for levelling gardens, building embankments or laying the foundations of larger patios. The rise in the popularity of mini excavators in landscaping comes as a result of improved technologies in general, compact frames, fuel efficiency and versatility. Whether it is best to hire or to purchase a mini excavator can depend on the operation in question. Factors can include: capital resources, operator performance and servicing capabilities. Whether owned or hired, excavators perform tasks that machines such as ride on mowers, tractors and utility vehicles simply cannot. Kubota recently visited a domestic project at Warwickshire-based landscaping and construction company Level Peg, which was transforming a two-tier back garden into one flat outdoor space. In order to achieve this, the company was using Kubota’s ultra-compact K008-3 mini excavator. With nine years’ experience in the landscaping industry, Level Peg is going from

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strength to strength in both soft and hard landscaping projects. The two-man operation has used the K008-3 on a number of projects, having had the excavator on continuous hire from Hirebase for the past three months. Level Peg’s landscape excavating expert, Connor McCafferty, who joined owner James Watson seven months ago, said: “The mini excavator has helped our back garden renovation projects and enables us to complete jobs more efficiently. We refer to the Kubota K008-3 as our ‘third man’ as it has effectively removed the need for another employee, saving us the expense of paying for man hours, whilst completing demanding tasks at a rate that would be impossible for a human to achieve. “In terms of performance, the machine offers a lot. It is fuel efficient, powerful and dynamic, but also the compact size is a really useful feature. For example, on this project, thanks to the fold down ROPS (rollover protective structure), we were able to drive the machine through our client’s garage in order to access the back garden.” As the job involves levelling a garden that initially had a 6ft differential, there was a significant amount of material to be moved. The excavator provided solutions in several aspects of this demanding process: “We have used the excavator for many applications so far on this project – moving the material, tracking, and we

have begun to excavate and shape the landscape. When it comes to the finer details of the landscape construction, we will use it to grade the levels, making sure the landscape is consistent. The power of the hydraulics is impressive for a small machine – we have pulled out tree stumps with it, a job that would ordinarily be a lengthy and arduous process. “On other domestic projects, we have used the K008-3’s adjustable track gauge to get through regular doorways, which the machine can do with ease, allowing us to access previously restricted locations. “Its fuel efficiency has kept our running costs down and made hiring from Hirebase for three months straight very affordable. There’s no doubt that the excavator has improved Level Peg’s profitability and enabled us to take on more work.” Kubota is seeing an increasing number of landscaping and grounds care companies benefit by deploying an excavator. As with Level Peg, an excavator could end up becoming a key member of staff. ABOUT KUBOTA Kubota is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of diesel engines under 100 HP and is recognised as a world leader in compact tractors and diesel ride-on mowers. Our UK headquarters is strategically sited in Thame to provide access to the whole of the country. www.kubota.co.uk

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Description Snow blade available in two options (folding/with spring flaps) for tractors up to 50hp Maximum weight (including mounting) 176kg Blade width 1,500mm Working width 1,330mm Blade height 650mm Price From £3,100 excluding VAT (1,500mm option)

Description This broom is designed to remove moss and snow as well as sweeping loose debris from any hard or soft surface Power Honda 13hp hydrostatic Turf Teq walk-behind tractor Working width 1,170mm Brush diameter 457mm Tractor Will also drive other Turf Teq attachments including the Snow Plough Price £4,950 excluding VAT

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Description Purpose designed pedestrian salt spreader Function Suitable for spreading rock salt, processed salt and Vitax Ice Free Usage Ideal for keeping grounds, car parks, paths and access routes ice-free Capacity 32kg Coverage 2.4-3.7m Price: £148 excluding VAT

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Description Three in one pedestrian mower offering finely crushed mulch even in the wet Mowing capabilities Mowing, mulching and grass collection Dimensions (LxWxH) 153 x 52 x 100cm Weight 32kg Grass box capacity 56L Cutting width 46cm Price £950 +VAT

Description Cordless lawnmower equivalent to professional petrol-powered tools with innovative Li-ion battery Power Two 36V Lithium-ion batteries Cutting height 20-70mm Weight 47.5kg Estimated run-time 45-60min (depending on operating conditions) Price £999 +VAT

Description Updated deluxe tractor Engine E-TVCS 56hp 4-cycle diesel Features New innovative integrated cab ensures greater operator comfort Weight 1,995kg Length 3,245mm Width 1,560mm Height 2,375mm Top travel speed forward 19mph Price £28,050 +VAT

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GO AND SEE AT SALTEX 2015 Stand H090 The Ransomes MP Series of wide area mowers combines two alternative power units with prodigious output using either a batwing rotary or a five-gang cylinder format. Designed from the ground up with commonality at the forefront, you are invited to come along and see these exceptional mowers that replace the venerable Ransomes HR6010 and the Ransomes Commander. As one of the groundscare industry’s major manufacturers Ransomes will also be showcasing other mowers plus Cushman utility vehicles, Iseki tractors as well as Turfco and Ryan turf maintenance equipment. WWW.RANSOMESJACOBSEN.COM

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STIHL will be presenting Saltex visitors with the much anticipated new BGA 100 blower, AR 3000 battery backpack plus FSA 90 and 90R brush cutters, the newest additions to STIHL’s cordless range. Showgoers can look forward to cordless demonstrations and additional new STIHL and VIKING products. The new BGA 100 backpack blower boasts the highest blowing force of all STIHL hand-held blowers, blowing 14N at its most powerful. It can be partnered with the new AR 3000 battery backpack to ensure running time of up to 160min off a single charge. WWW.STIHL.CO.UK

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Bosch Professional will be displaying its Professional battery powered garden tools in hall 7. Bosch will present the new garden range coming in March 2016 to complete the existing line-up. All products demonstrate the same concept, powered by weatherproof batteries, petrol performance, less noise, minimal vibrations, easy start-up and guarantee savings on running costs. WWW.BOSCH-PROFESSIONAL.COM

This year, Kubota will be exhibiting its new Grand L40-II Series deluxe tractors at Saltex for the first time to the market. The new innovative Grand L40-II models feature an integrated cab, designed specifically for operator comfort and for increased productivity. Kubota’s powerful KX019-4 mini-excavator will also make an appearance at the two-day event, prompted by growing demand for compact construction equipment across the groundcare industry. Its mini-excavators are particularly popular in the hire market due to their exceptional level of manoeuvrability and accessibility in even the tightest of working spaces. Kubota will also be sponsoring this year’s Best Artificial Pitch of the Year award at Saltex at the evening ceremony. WWW.KUBOTA.CO.UK

Makita will feature the most technically advanced 4-stroke petrol powered grounds maintenance machinery alongside the virtually silent battery powered machines that are growing in popularity with property owners and groundscare contractors. The Makita grounds maintenance, landscaping and gardening range of high performance tools continues to expand and includes chainsaws, brush cutters, hedge trimmers, blowers, mowers, pumps, stone saws and of course more than 500 different power tools to fully equip landscapers for any project. WWW.MAKITAUK.COM

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Stand C120 Linemarking innovation is expected from Vitax Supaturf, however Saltex visitors can witness a truly groundbreaking advance in the way that natural and artificial sports surfaces are marked out. Featured at the show is the recently launched TFS25 tank-free spray marking machine, a clean, convenient way of spraying directly from the drum. Meanwhile the acclaimed Briteliner Arrow appears alongside firm favourite the TXE 606 and the new EvenSprey Club boom sprayer, already making its mark with grounds professionals. With an eye on winter, Vitax salt spreaders and Ice Free are to appear along with the complete range of turf treatments for applying in the months ahead and throughout the year. WWW.VITAX.CO.UK/SUPATURF

Major Equipment Ltd manufactures an extensive range of tractor-mounted roller mowers for local authorities, contractors and schools. The company is launching its new range of wide-area Swift Roller Mowers at Saltex 2015. These mowers are manufactured from Optim high-strength steel, which is much lighter than steel traditionally used in machinery manufacturing. The wide-area Major Swift Roller Mowers are available in three-point linkage, trailed and front-mounted versions in cutting widths from 3.2m to 5.5m. The wings fold to a neat and tidy 2m, for safe road transport and easy access to restricted sites. WWW.MAJOR-EQUIPMENT.COM Concept to Delivery

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Making its Saltex debut, EGO’s range of garden equipment is powered by 56V lithium-ion batteries and will be on display as part of the brands continued quest to challenge petrol alternatives. EGO prides itself on its moto of ‘all the power of petrol without the noise, fumes and fuss’. EGO will be presenting its current range of products, which consists of a chainsaw, a blower, a hedge trimmer, a lawnmower and two strimmers; alongside brand new and previously unseen products ready for the 2016 season. EGO’s European marketing director, Steve Roskell, commented: “Customers and dealers alike are always impressed when they see the products in action and I’m sure that visitors to Saltex will agree.” WWW.EGOPOWERPLUS.CO.UK

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Tufftruck will be using Saltex to look for new dealers to help sell its latest range of TRUXTA powered wheelbarrows across the UK. Some 12 months since the launch at last year’s Saltex, the team at Tufftruk have refined the new powered micro dumpers into a robust landscaping and hire tool. The new powerful TRUXTA BENDI includes an electric model that offers the quiet no emission operation many sites demand. The BENDI easily manoeuvres in restricted areas without the requirement to lift, and with simple squeeze and go controls (no mechanical gearboxes) it is very easy to use. Available in three power options, including the very quiet TB300E electric battery offering enough charge for a full day use alongside the Honda and Yanmar powered options. WWW.TUFFTRUK.COM

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WHAT’S YOUR ROLE? NEAL HARPER

unfamiliar with the machine filling in for a colleague. Performance issues are common and usually involve helping operators set their machines up so they are working as efficiently as possible in the conditions they work in.

One year on from being appointed Glendale’s south east machinery manager, Neal Harper discusses his overseeing support role for monitoring machinery performance and delivering operator safety guidance Can you describe the scope of your role? I work in Glendale’s engineering team to ensure the health and safety compliance of machinery used by our operatives and help contract managers by making sure they have the correct machinery on site. I also help them liaise with manufacturers and suppliers while ensuring their machines are repaired as economically and efficiently as possible. I am responsible for carrying out machinery audits in my region to ensure our asset register is accurate. I also help our fleet of Transits, trucks and other vehicles to comply with current DVSA legislation. Are you the first port of call for a reported engineering fault? I tend to provide a supporting role. Contracts usually source repairs themselves but if they are having difficulty with a technical issue, I am able to help out. Sometimes it’s a case of them not knowing where to get a machine repaired. We are able to tell them which dealer or manufacturer they need to speak to. I am on hand to discuss technical issues with an operative over the phone and resolve it that way, which is most common. On other occasions, if the user has had a problem or an accident with a machine, I will investigate the causes. We do have mechanics in certain geographical areas and on site at some contracts, but the majority of repairs are carried out by a third party.

Coming from an agricultural background, what challenges has the grounds maintenance sector presented? The managing of repairs and assets is basically the same except grounds care involved smaller equipment than I was used to. That meant coming to work for a grounds maintenance company involved a steep learning curve.

issues on vehicles at a contract in Surrey. Obviously if we notice anything out of place we report it to the contract manager but if we are doing a full audit then we test each machine, making sure it’s compliant and checking that all safety regulations are being followed. What are the most common engineering problems you encounter? Incorrect fuelling of 2-stroke equipment occurs all too often and usually arises from somebody

One year on, how have you improved aspects of your role? I have definitely helped with contracts and maintaining their machinery assets. I’ve also assisted contract managers who sometimes need an extra pair of eyes to ensure equipment is operated and repaired as effectively as possible. Where do future responsibilities lie? I believe the engineering team and I definitely add value because we help maintain Glendale’s machinery assets and look into more efficient ways to carry out jobs. Researching new technology, for example battery powered hand tools, will help us to do our job more efficiently in the future, ensuring the company’s success.

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Tell us a bit about you. I’m a garden designer working on small urban gardens and roof terraces mainly in London and Kent. Most of my training has been plant based and I’m currently writing a book for the RHS. What inspired you to pursue a career in horticulture? It was the opportunity to do something creative where you could see the results and make a positive impact on people’s lives and the environment. What were your first steps into the industry in terms of training? I was very lucky to grow up in a rural area and our school ran a GCSE in horticulture as a science subject so this involved days at land based colleges and I quickly decided to continue onto a diploma in amenity horticulture at 16. I then worked in landscaping and on a production nursery whilst studying part time for a foundation degree in professional gardening and plantsmanship at Myerscough College.

What made you decide to enter for Young Designer of the Year and how has it helped your career? I’d just started my business when I applied and it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss. I wanted to create gardens that fulfilled clients’ briefs but that they were too afraid to opt for so Tatton allowed me to design and build a garden that had new ideas and gave maximum exposure and added credibility to my work. 90

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John Lewis asked me to design its Oxford Street roof garden on the back of young designer but it was my past experience and our company accreditation that actually got us on site and made the project happen. That was an amazing springboard for larger commercial projects and industry contacts. Tell us about Garden Club London and how you plan to develop the business. After working in the industry for over a decade, in 2012 it was time to take the plunge and go it alone. We now have a London studio and run three to five projects at any one time. We have tried to diversify the design aspect of the business by creating popup gardens for brand launches and festivals as well as designing domestic gardens. We now have a full time landscape architect, which allows me to concentrate on business development and being creative. What does a day in your life involve? My day will usually start with an early client or contractor meeting at 7.30am. Then I try to get time to catch up with email and paperwork before meeting our design team to feed back on drawings and keep projects on schedule. Lunch is when commercial clients usually want status meetings, which I try to dial into rather than visiting offices, which can take up large chunks of time. Then I’m usually on site again setting out plants or snagging. Most evenings involve meeting clients particularly in spring. How do you see your business developing? I think we will be working on more events as this is a growing market. We’re also looking at developing some products such as planters and furniture that are particularly suitable for roof gardens where clients don’t want a full redesign. I also enjoy garden writing and putting together projects for people to try at home so this is also

something that I might do more of but ultimately my focus is on making our domestic design service as sustainable and effective as possible. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to develop their career in garden design further? Get as much on site experience as possible with contractors, nurseries and horticulturists as it will give you a really valuable insight into how all the different parts of the design process come together in real life. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice and remember that for many aspects of landscape design there is more than one solution

so be prepared to take feedback from clients and contractors onboard to refine how you work.

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LANDSCAPE SUPERVISORS/ TEAM LEADERS CREATIVE LANDSCAPES Location: Hartlebury, Worcestershire

Creative Landscapes requires highly motivated landscape supervisors/team leaders. A wide range of landscape skills and previous experience; excellent hard landscaping knowledge and leadership and organisational skills are essential. Must have the ability to construct full landscaping projects; take and follow instructions; solve problems; communicate with your team, client, designer and office efficiently and politely; and to follow site health and safety requirements. A full driving licence is essential. Full time Mon-Fri 7.30-4pm. Salary £20,000 depending on experience. For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk.

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GRACE LANDSCAPES Location: Mirfield, West Yorkshire

The role of estimator consists of participation in the whole tender process including preparation of accurate and competitive costs for submission to potential clients. Previous estimating experience is an advantage but not essential. General responsibilities include: processing and logging tenders; liaising with clients, site agents and architects; attending site visits; interpreting landscape architect drawings and accurately taking off measures to produce bills of quantities, calculating pricing works including identifying materials and subcontract requirements and collating accurate information for suppliers and/ or subcontractors to price. For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk.

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HORTUS LOCI Location: Hook, Hampshire

C&A LANDSCAPES LTD Location: Maidstone, Kent

This office based role requires someone who has basic plant knowledge and is eager to learn more. Key responsibilities: answering the phone, checking stock levels and ordering from across Europe; providing quotations for clients, researching plants and running reports on existing stock, supporting the sales team, performing ad-hoc tasks for various departments and ensuring the office runs smoothly.You need to feel comfortable talking to various customers and be able to use using several computer programs. The chosen person will need to be flexible and willing to help when needed.You’ll need a good sense of humour and be prepared to work under pressure, especially during show time. For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk.

A landscape maintenance company in Kent seeks an operations/marketing manager.The role includes customer liaison, management and development of new business, staff management and responsibility for health and safety.The ideal candidate will have leadership and interpersonal skills, a background in the management of horticulture or landscape gardening, experience managing staff, knowledge of MS Excel and databases, experience of health and safety requirements, ideally with IOSH qualification, a track record developing new business.The role is full time and requires a flexible attitude to working hours.The salary is £30k, plus commission and a company vehicle. For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk.

HARD LANDSCAPING TEAM MEMBERS

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Nicholsons requires highly motivated individuals to join its skilled landscaping team. Successful candidates will be highly motivated and have expertise in all aspects of general landscaping. Other key requirements include dedication to producing exceptional results, ability to maintain a high standard of professionalism at all times and an ability to work hard, energetically and effectively within a team. A full clean UK driving licence is required. Post holders must be physically fit and must be comfortable working outside in all conditions. This position is full time, Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.30pm. For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk.

We are seeking a head ranger based at Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank. Duties include planning and prioritising tasks; people management; health and safety conformance; leading the team delivering horticulture and cleansing activities; participating in joint quality inspections as requested by client officers; working as part of the operational team delivering the contract specification; monitoring progress; taking prompt action when needed and reporting problems to the contract manager; client and customer liaison. The successful applicant must have a sound knowledge of horticultural operations It is vital to be a confident communicator with leadership qualities. NVQ Level 3 in Horticulture and PA1, PA6 are essential. For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk.

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HARD LANDSCAPING TEAM LEADERS

Essential skills: excellent presentation and attention to detail; organisation; good telephone manner; customer service skills; the ability to develop business relationships; good knowledge of shrubs, trees and planting techniques and their suitability for customers’ requirements; ability to work under pressure and prioritise workload; landscape estimating experience and previous selling experience. A clean driving licence is essential. PowerPoint, Photoshop and Excel skills are an advantage. The role will require Saturday and bank holiday work, according to a rota.

Experienced team leaders required. Applicants must have: sound leadership and planning skills; ability to take and follow instructions; analytical, problem solving and communication skills; excellent hard landscaping knowledge; the ability to communicate with team, client, designer and office efficiently and politely; the ability to adhere to site health and safety requirements; willingness to learn and take responsibility.

For more details please go to www.horticulturecareers.co.uk.

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NICHOLSONS Location: Oxfordshire

TENDERCARE NURSERIES LTD Location: Denham, Buckinghamshire

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THE LANDSCAPE GROUP Location: Jubilee Gardens, Waterloo, London

BELDERBOS LANDSCAPES Location: Ham, Surrey

Essential requirements: ‘can-do’ attitude; three years relevant experience; fluent English

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Niall McEvoy quit his job in 2007 and enrolled in a two-year Horticultural Certificate at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin as he wanted to build his own jungle. Niall joined Scotscape in 2011 and has been there ever since. Now the maintenance manager, in addition to his regular management work he also gives training workshops once a month on design, construction and maintenance of living walls.

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Thomas Rathbone has been involved in the decking industry since 1999 and set up his own business Decking Décor in 2007. Decking Décor specialises in the cleaning, finishing, restoration, maintenance and repair of decking and associated items. On display will be before and after shots of completed projects along with samples showing timber restoration. Karl Harrison is Director of Projects at Exterior Solutions Ltd. He is a Member of The Institute of Engineering and Technology, a consultant and a lecturer. He designs and landscapes gardens, has developed the product range for Shou Sugi Ban in the UK, and created the distribution network for Ceramic Paving.

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Chris Murray is founder and Managing Director of the Varda Kreuz Training Group and has become prominent as an inspirational speaker, author and business coach, delivering workshops and keynote speeches that challenge teams to re-examine what it means to be ‘in sales’ and requiring them to stand back and view the whole experience from a refreshingly different angle. His books include Selling with EASE and The Extremely Successful Salesman’s Club, an Amazon Number 1 Best Seller and heralded as the Da Vinci Code for salespeople.

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Brilliant Little Planet

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Brilliant Little Planet aims to provide sustainable products that are biobased and biodegradable. It is the main UK supplier of starch and fibre based products for landscaping, agriculture and forestry, offering a wide range of products including tree spirals, tree anchors, mulch mats and plant pots. www.brilliantlittleplanet.co.uk

Decking Décor

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Established in 2007, Decking Décor specialises in the cleaning, finishing, restoration, maintenance and repair of decking and associated items – garden furniture, pergolas, fencing etc. On display will be before and after shots of completed projects along with samples showing how even the most dilapidated piece of timber can be restored. www.deckingdecor.co.uk

Exterior Solutions Ltd

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Exterior Solutions offers the largest range of hardwood and composite decking, ceramic paving and burnt timber called Shou Sugi Ban in the UK. Exterior Solutions is the hub for high quality landscaping materials supply in the UK, so when choosing your decking or ceramic paving product we can provide free advice to assist all areas of your project. www.exteriordecking.co.uk

APL – The Association of Professional Landscapers

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The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) comprises accredited landscape companies that design, build and maintain gardens. The rigorous inspection process is the toughest in the industry with members inspected annually to ensure they have up to date insurances, comply with health and safety law and their work is to the highest standard. www.landscaper.org.uk

CED Stone Group

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With over 35 years’ experience, CED Stone group is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of hard landscaping products. It offers a large range of quality material and keeps extensive stocks at five nationwide depots. All products are sourced directly from competent and experienced British and international producers. Samples can be provided free of charge. www.ced.ltd.uk

Easy Connect

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The British Association of Landscape Industries aims to be the Trade Association of choice for landscape professionals by delivering exceptional business, technical and promotional support. Members include landscapers, landscape contractors, grounds maintenance contractors, interior landscapers, gardeners, garden designers and suppliers. www.bali.org.uk

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David Austin Roses

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David Austin is the world renowned breeder of the award-winning English Roses, which combine the beauty and fragrance of old roses with repeat-flowering of modern roses. They are reliable and easy to grow, quickly forming magnificent shrubs and climbers. The team will be distributing the new David Austin Designers’ Handbook. www.davidaustinroses.com

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Fitrite delivers the very best products for the home improvement sector. Fitrite’s decking and fencing range adds value to any property and adds a touch of class to conservatories. Fitrite is now the only UK and Irish distributor for Easy Connect. With IP67 rating and 230V, easy connect outdoor lighting systems, address all aspects of Landscape design. www.easyconnectuk.com

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Green Mile Trees specialises in mature trees, shrubs, conifers, instant hedging and topiary. The team is looking forward to Landscape Live and meeting new and existing customers. They will be there to discuss your requirements for the coming season for mature and specimen plants. www.greenmiletrees.co.uk

Eljays44 Ltd Eljays44 is a leading business information, events and media company. Managing director Jim Wilkinson has over 15 years’ experience working for leading publishers; EMAP, RBI and William Reed Media at director level. Eljays44 is committed to delivering inspiring and actionable content via print, web, social media, events, apps and our data business. www.eljays44.com

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Green-tech is proud to be the headline sponsor of Landscape Live 2015. It will be profiling Mona, its subterranean irrigation system; the Green-tree range of soils and growing media; John Chambers wildflower seeds and habitats and the revolutionary ArborRaft tree planting system for urban environments. www.green-tech.co.uk

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Knowl Park Nurseries

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Knowl Park grows 250,000 shrubs and perennials each year with pride, passion and a personal touch. Its hardy stock satisfies the demands of landscapers and local authorities, yet is diverse enough to inspire garden designers and retail nurseries. Its stand will showcase a selection of shrubs and herbaceous stock, grown in West Yorkshire. www.knowlpark.co.uk

Makita UK Ltd

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Makita’s innovative MM4 mini 4-stroke technology is at the heart of its petrol range as contractors recognise the value of pure 4-stroke engines for economy, power, low noise and emissions. Test its 36V cordless range and discover its silent operation and zero emissions while the new twin 18V Lithium-ion battery system is designed to deliver 36V performance. www.makitauk.com

Perfectly Green

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Perfectly Green will be showing its fantastic range of landscaping grass, its coloured grass range and Shock Pad systems. Perfectly Green offers generous trade discounts and if you have never installed artificial grass before they will be only too happy to discuss the installation process with you. Artificial grass is becoming very popular, don’t miss out on adding it to your portfolio. www.perfectlygreen.co.uk

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James Coles & Sons Nurseries Ltd

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With over 6000 lines of trees and shrubs, Coles Nurseries is the UK’s largest grower and supplier of nursery stock for soft landscaping. Its customers benefit from the availability; choice and guidance offered by our sales team – before, during and after their planting schemes take shape. www.colesnurseries.co.uk

Land Pro

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LandPRO’s LiberRATE Estimating is the most widely used specialist estimating system for landscape contractors in the UK. LiberRATE ensures that with your knowledge of landscape construction or landscape maintenance you submit professional quotations, manage the work, and make a profit. See the system in action and have a 90 day free trial. www.landpro.co.uk

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Johnsons of Whixley

Johnsons of Whixley is one of the longest established and largest commercial nursery businesses in Europe and is the biggest supplier to the amenity sector in the UK. To our own growing capabilities we add production contract-grown under our own quality control regime at specialist partner nurseries in mainland Europe. We operate a fully accredited ISO 9001 quality system. www.nurserymen.co.uk

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Lindum Turf

Lindum produces high quality turf and innovative grass products for the landscaping, sporting and civil engineering industries. Specialist products include Lindum Wildflower Turf, fibre reinforced Lokturf, Grassfelt for slope stabilisation, and drought and shade tolerant grades. Lindum also produces a range of vegetation mats for green roofs include Lindum SedumPlus Mat and Lindum Wildflower & Perennial Mat. www.turf.co.uk

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M&M Timber has built its reputation on the manufacture and supply of quality manufactured timber products for the agricultural, landscaping, playground and leisure markets. It will be exhibiting a range of its products including the Unilog Pro professional landscaping timbers, Agricised long life fencing and the ultimate in good looks, its newly launched Prestige scalloped fencing range. www.mmtimber.co.uk

Pop Up Power Supplies

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Pop Up Power Supplies specialise in retractable service units that provide electricity, water and air supply to public spaces ranging from historic sites and marketplaces to town squares and parks. Their retractable service units provide legacy for special-purpose stadiums. www.popuppower.co.uk

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NPP plans to wow visitors with demonstrations of its Pavetuf range, which alongside its vast range of natural stone paving, blocks, walling and accessories, provides landscapers with stone installation, maintenance and care products – a one stop shop. There may also be sneaky previews of new and exclusive products that to be launched in 2016. www.naturalpaving.co.uk

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One of the world’s leading artificial grass companies, ProGreen launched in the UK this year and is now building its network of local approved installers. Each product carries an eight year insured warranty. ProGreen grass is made with polyurethane not latex backing, is 100% lead free, fully tested for UV stabilisation and has a 25-year lifespan. www.progreen-grass.com

Scotscape Landscaping Ltd

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Scotscape is a multidisciplinary landscape construction business specialising in the design, installation and maintenance of living walls, green roofs and building stunning private and commercial garden spaces. It will be exhibiting its unique lightweight, flexible fabric living wall system, which is quick and easy to install and already in use across the UK. www.scotscapelivingwalls.net

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TruLawn

TrulawnTrade, a department of Trulawn Limited, is a leading supplier of artificial grass. With premium quality products, competitive prices, next day delivery and dedicated account managers, it offers an unrivalled service backed up by seven years of direct installation experience. Homeowners and schools trust the Trulawn brand as a leader in the market. www.trulawn.co.uk

Westminster Stone

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Westminster Stone has a reputation for producing the best reproduction stone paving in the business along with its successful Livingstone Natural Stone ranges. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, its products are faithful reproductions taken from historic originals, a manufacturing process for which Westminster Stone is renowned. www.westminsterstone.com

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Robin Tacchi Plants

Pro Landscaper’s design, content and circulation make it the undisputed market leader in the UK landscaping sector. The website is updated daily with all relevant news and we have a weekly news email roundup, The Friday Wrap. We carry more advertising than any other title in the sector, with big names’ expertise, industry opinions, business tips, projects and builds. www.prolandscapermagazine.com

With over 30 years’ experience, Robin Tacchi Plants has built its reputation on growing and supplying a full range of award winning, top quality plants. There has hardly been a year since 1998 when it hasn’t been involved in supplying BALI award winners and more recently RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winners. The RTP team is always developing innovative, sustainable planting concepts. www.robintacchiplants.com

SMART DIRECT

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Smart Direct is an importer and trade supplier of artificial grass selling direct to landscapers, garden centres, building suppliers, councils or any trader or business installing artificial grass. Having recently moved to larger premises, they can now stock even larger quantities of artificial grass for immediate dispatch throughout the UK and Europe. www.smart-direct.co.uk

Vectorworks

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Vectorworks Landmark is the landscape designers’ software of choice, providing 2D, 3D and rendering design tools with landscape-specific tools for working with surveys, creating buildings, hard landscaping and planting plans. Design Software Solutions is the UK’s largest specialist reseller of Vectorworks and can advise on the best configuration for your practice. www.vectorworks-training.co.uk

Wildflower Turf

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Wildflower Turf is a mat of pre-established wildflower plants, nursery grown and set in appropriate quantities to provide an even distribution of species. The turf is a densely networked root mat that supports established and instantly competitive wildflowers whilst acting as a weed suppressing carpet. www.wildflowerturf.co.uk

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Specifically designed for landscape contractors, the flexible and versatile Toro and Hayter Professional ranges offer the perfect blend of performance, precision and reliability to deliver great results day-in, day-out. Talk to its team about the right products for your business and ask its local specialist dealer about arranging a demonstration. www.toro.com / www.hayter.co.uk

Vitax Ltd

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Vitax manufactures turf treatments from specialist fertilisers formulated to feed and nurture all types of grass, acclaimed Q4 extended release general purpose fertilisers, turf biostimulants, water management aids and products developed to control weeds and disease. The Vitax Supaturf walk-behind spreaders and sprayers also feature. www.vitax.co.uk

Wykeham Mature Plants

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Wykeham is a specialist grower and supplier of instant hedging, specimen shrubs and trees from select standard to semimature to add both scale and maturity to any project or planting scheme. Pleached trees and screening are a particular speciality. Wykeham has supplied quality stock to the trade for forty years. www.wykehammatureplants.co.uk

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