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October 2016 | Volume 6, Issue 10


Welcome to October 2016 Welcome to the October issue of Pro Landscaper and the arrival of autumn. In our opinion, it’s the best season of the year and a great reminder of the beauty nature provides. This month is, as usual, a bumper offering, and if you don’t have time to read from cover to cover, do make sure you check out the Let’s Hear it From interview with Ruth Willmott, who exchanged a career in management consultancy for garden design and now runs a small practice servicing clients nationwide. Also in this issue, we visited the new studio of Rosebank Landscaping and spoke to directors Matt Keightley and Cameron Wilson, about their growing

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October 2016 INFORM



Agenda What are you doing to combat the effects of the National Living Wage?



News A monthly roundup of industry news plus the latest updates from efig, SGD, BALI, RHS, Parks Alliance and APL


News Extra We report back from Palmstead’s soft landscape workshop, ‘What have plants ever done for us?’


30 Under 30 We catch up with our inaugural 30 to find out what they’ve achieved in the past year


FutureScape Find out who will be speaking during the Special Events at this year’s show



Let’s Hear it From Garden designer Ruth Willmott


IPM Facilities Mark Noakes speaks to Pro Landscaper about the acquisition, set up and future of his company IPM Facilities


View from the Top Phil Jones on what makes the perfect tender proposal, fresh from ISS’s recent Arun contract retainment


Is the Grass Always Greener? The ongoing trend towards artificial grass may not be entirely positive, says Adam White


Tired and Tested? Andrew Wilson ponders whether it’s time for something new in the world of show gardens


Ask the Experts Is there enough detail for contractors in tender submissions, asks David Dodd


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37 Reaching Out Pete Jones believes more people would be interested in horticulture if the industry could engage them better

39 Mowing Pains Why landscapers have to live up to unrealistic expectations, according to Angus Lindsay

40 Patterns of Permanence


Frogheath Landscapes uses different surfaces to distinguish space in a long, narrow garden


Pro Landscaper explores the multi award-winning culture of parks and green spaces in Edinburgh

Small Wonder Catherine Clancy lifts an urban garden with clever curves and cottage planting


Jet Set A cramped driveway transformed with black sandstone setts into a contemporary space by Linsey Evans

Lesley Malone on how permaculture can benefit areas across our lives

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Long Division


Inner Space Gavin Jones Ltd freshens the inner atrium at Guy’s Hospital London with tropical planting

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Shady Characters Jamie Butterworth’s top plants for shady corners


Show me the Money Tips and tales of the jade plant, or money plant, from Ian Drummond


Trees for Tints With autumn on the way, Andy McIndoe talks trees with warm hues


Nursery Factfile Hortus Loci in Hampshire



Instant Hedges The case for instant hedges from two leading suppliers


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Bare Roots Top Tips How to get the best from bare root plants according to experts and suppliers


101 Think Tanks


Sean Butler has the ins and outs of water harvesting

103 A Clean Getaway Robert Webber’s maintenance checklist for external lighting

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Inside Rosebank Landscaping


FutureScape Planters

Pro Landscaper meets Matthew Keightley and Cameron Wilson at their new shop-front studio in Surrey


Fire pits



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Louise Harrison-Holland of Blue Tulip Garden Design


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Anji Connell talks planters, eye-catching and practical options for a stylish garden or interior space



Nurture News A roundup of news from the UK’s growing sector

Love Your Garden Pro Landscaper visits the HQ of Spun Gold, producers of ITV’s Love Your Garden, to find out what goes into the show


Designer Plants Plant choices for a front garden in Edinburgh

107 Latest Kit Environmentally friendly machinery

108 Go and See: Saltex


Three Peaks A closer look at Perennial’s work as the 2016 challenge comes to an end

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Lesley Malone Freelance writer, editor, photographer

Ian Drummond

Phil Jones

Creative director, Indoor Garden Design

Managing director, ISS Facility Services Landscaping

Sean Butler Director, Cube 1994

This month, Lesley Malone talks permaculture and how the approach can benefit our lives. Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient; Lesley suggests that taking on its principles in more ways than agriculture can be hugely beneficial, reducing our impact on the planet and creating a fairer world for us all.

Creative director of Indoor Garden Design Ian Drummond shares his experiences with the almost indestructible jade plant. Otherwise known as the money plant and a favourite for indoor spaces, Ian has watched this plant grow tall in conditions many plants would find intolerable.

Phil Jones deconstructs ISS Facility Services Landscaping’s recently retained contract with Arun District Council. Phil explains that even competitors can take positives from the relationship between the Arun council and ISS, transferring its proven successful dynamics into other business strategies.

In this month’s column, Sean Butler continues his series on water in gardens. Sean shares his knowledge on water storage and harvesting, as well as offering practical advice from his own experience that can be used when drainage issues become a problem. @tangentials @ISSLandscaping @cube1994

Other contributors Angus Lindsay Head of fleet at The Landscape Group

Jamie Butterworth Plant manager at Hortus Loci

Andrew Wilson Garden designer and lecturer

Pete Jones Business development and sales manager at LDP Ltd

Andy McIndoe Leading horticulturist

Anji Connell Interior architect and landscape designer

Robert Webber Founder of Scenic Lighting

Adam White Director of Davies White Ltd

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO COMBAT THE EFFECTS OF THE NATIONAL LIVING WAGE? On 1 April 2016, the new National Living Wage was introduced. All workers aged 25 and over now have to be paid a minimum of £7.20 per hour by employers, an extra 50p on top of the previous minimum wage, which still applies to those aged between 21 and 24. Though the 1.3m workers this affects see the change as a positive step towards a higher wage, many employers have warned that it could lead to job losses as profits will be affected – we ask those in the landscaping industry how they are mitigating its effects, and what the industry should be doing to help

Robert Crowder Managing director, Crowders Nurseries

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giving genuine UK growers the opportunity to be competitive and pay better wages. At Crowders we have already been paying our staff above the National Living Wage and we actively welcome this move to increase hourly rates. Provided our competitors are obliged to do the same, we have no immediate concerns.

Tim Edwards Managing director, Boningale Nurseries

At Boningale, we have very few staff on the minimum wage. The vast proportion of our staff are full time, have been with us for some time and have developed skills we reward. The National Living Wage will have greatest effect in those sectors that use a high proportion of low paid labour and such sectors will see selling price inflation. The living wage is causing greatest concern in those sectors that use a high proportion of low paid labour and at the same time compete with the rest of Europe where the higher wage has not been introduced – such as soft fruit producers – since here increased sales prices will not be accepted. In my sector, where an estimated 50% of plants used are imported from Europe, the recent shift in the exchange rate is likely to have a far greater effect. We are seeing very real pressure on selling prices for this reason.

Mark Noakes Owner, IPM Facilities

The National Living Wage has had no impact on our business, due to the fact that we have always set pay rates for our employees above the new minimum rate. While it is easy to say everyone deserves a pay rise, the only way to deliver and sustain higher wages in the long run is to improve productivity, boost skills and drive business growth. By carefully managing staff performance you can help to ensure the investment you put into your staff is returned. If you run a business where you can’t afford to pay a living wage, then you’re not running a decent business. This is something I genuinely believe and why I think the National Living Wage is a great step forward for the UK economy. When landscape companies (especially the larger ones within our industry) complain about this sort of minimum wage legislation they tend to couch their concerns in terms of the numbers of jobs that may be lost; what they really mean is that their profits are going to be squeezed due to underpriced tender wins, and forcing them to pay the National Living Wage will collapse their financial models. Be you a business owner or an employee the reason for going to work is to earn enough money to live a reasonably comfortable life. And if a company is only able to stay afloat by paying less than this amount, then it shouldn’t be in business, because such an operation is being subsidised by its workforce.

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Yvette Etcell Director, Gavin Jones Ltd

Whilst cost control is a very important factor in operating a successful and profitable business, our strategy at Gavin Jones has always been to seek out clients who value our ideals and who choose to work with us. As such, we can confidently say that the introduction of the £7.20 rate has had no impact on our business – all staff are already remunerated above this level. Moreover, perhaps because of our strategic alliance with clients who support the concept of the London Living Wage, we are also in a position where contract values are regularly reviewed in line with any changes to these indices.

Phil Jones Managing director, ISS Facility Services Landscaping

At ISS Facility Services Landscaping a main area of focus is the development of our people. We’re committed to employing the right people in the right roles and rewarding them with the relevant remuneration; as such the impact of the National Living Wage is minimised. As a supporter of the living wage, ISS already sees the benefits of a fair wage in

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better standards for our employees, real long term prospects and staff who can invest in a career with us. ISS fully supports the industry rise in wages. As a point of note, and putting on my hat as chairman of BALI-NCF, a meeting with the Low Pay Commission earlier this year has ensured that BALI-NCF and its members will be included in future consultations, as well as contribution to Chapter 2 of the commission’s 2016 report to government, guaranteeing our industry voice is considered in this crucial issue.

Sarah Hughes-Clarke Strategic development director, idverde UK

Idverde employs 2,500 staff across the UK and we think the National Living Wage is a great initiative. We’ve campaigned via BALI to raise pay rates for years – decent rates of pay are essential to recruit and retain good people, and develop our industry. Before this initiative we had our own living wage to lift permanent staff above the minimum wage. So we welcome this – for us, it doesn’t need to be ‘combatted’ at all. Even with the new wage, some staff will still struggle with poverty-related issues, so we also offer an employee assistance programme – a 24/7 helpline available to all our employees in case of any financial worries.

What should the industry be doing to help with the National Living Wage?

Wayne Grills BALI chief executive Many BALI members have been paying employees rates at or above the National Living Wage as a matter of course. It is a challenge, however, for those in production horticulture who employ seasonal workers on minimum wage, and for grounds maintenance companies working in the local authority sector. It is crucial that landscaping and horticulture is not regarded as a low pay sector, which only adds to the challenge of recruiting young people. BALI and BALI-NCF are consulting with the Low Pay Commission to see if the impact of the National Living Wage can be mitigated, particularly within local authority contracts.




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NEWS Writtle University College gains taught degree awarding powers To mark the start of a new chapter in its 123-year history, Writtle University College has officially launched its new name and brand identity. Formerly known as Writtle College, the institution achieved university status earlier in the year, prompting the changes, which include a new logo.

Writtle University College will be awarding its own degrees from 2017 onwards after gaining taught degree awarding powers last year. Dr Stephen Waite, vicechancellor, said: “This change emphasises the ambition of Writtle, and this ambitious nature is reflected in our students who go on to achieve fantastic careers.” Head of marketing Craig Emery said: “Our new launch campaign asks our audiences if they’re ready; ready to learn, ready to achieve, and ready to be part of Writtle during this exciting period.” The launch campaign, “We’re ready. Are you?” uses the hashtag #writtleready.

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New report from HLF states public parks face decline The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has published its second report into the condition of parks. The State of UK Public Parks 2016 report shows that an investment of over £850m of National Lottery money has played a vital role in ensuring UK parks are in better condition, with improved facilities and renovated historic features. However, with park managers reporting expectations of further budget 10

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cuts, the benefits of this investment could be lost as the risk of decline continues to grow. The report also outlines the need to develop mixed model approaches such as local authority commitment, commercial opportunities and fundraising. Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the HLF, said: “These are tough times and if we are to halt the onset of decline in our parks and avoid wasting this investment, we need to come together to find innovative and sustainable models.”

Glendale’s new contract to deliver grounds maintenance at Gatwick

National green services provider Glendale has begun a four year contract to deliver grounds maintenance at Gatwick Airport. The company will carry out grass cutting, shrub bed maintenance, woodland management, weed control and meadow conservation. The contract requires adherence to strict guidelines established by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in relation to airside grass, as well as complying with wildlife hazard management rules, and has created 10 permanent jobs.

Jon Eglin, contract manager at Glendale, said: “An airport is often a person’s first impression of a place, so it’s essential it remains looking its very best. There’s also the hugely important aspect of making sure all areas are correctly maintained to prevent birds and wildlife causing potential danger and disruption to the smooth running of the airport.” One of Glendale’s first tasks has been to create a welcome sign from bedding plants on the airport’s north terminal roundabout.

Apprenticeship levy to be introduced in April 2017 The government has announced that it is changing the way it funds apprenticeships as of spring 2017, with many employers being required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy. There will also be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training. The apprenticeship levy is to be introduced on 6 April 2017, and requires all employers operating in the UK with a pay bill over £3m each year to make an investment in apprenticeships. The levy will be

charged at a rate of 0.5% of the annual pay bill, and employers will have a levy allowance of £15k per year to offset against the levy they must pay. To allow employers to estimate if they will be required to pay the levy, the government has created an online calculator. Employers required to do so will use a new digital apprenticeship service allowing them to benefit from training and development credits.

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Lead designer wins competition to design public garden

The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire has announced the winning design for The Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden, a new public garden measuring 6,000m2. Tom Stuart-Smith is behind the winning design. He commented: “I’m delighted to be selected for this project. I truly believe in the community and health benefits that gardens bring and I am particularly excited by the socially transformative opportunities of this project.” The gallery has launched a £2.2m fundraising campaign to deliver the project, which will be one of the UK’s largest free public gardens, and has received a £250k gift from the Garfield Weston Foundation towards the costs. The proposed design is a modern, romantic response to the diverse urban setting. The site brings together the drama of the riverside location, the robust industrial heritage of Wakefield and the angular sculptural form of the gallery.

New costing website for designers A new website has been launched to aid garden designers in estimating the cost of their designs before they go to tender. GardenCOSTS has been launched by the creators of LandPro and LiberRATE. Designers can subscribe online and use a drop down menu system to run through their costs before they create a design. Many designs never come to fruition as designers underestimate the cost, which leads to clients dropping out and leaving the reputation of the designer dented. This new website aims to alleviate that problem by simplifying the budgeting process. Managing director Sam Hassall, who had the idea, said: “When garden designers traditionally design gardens they have no idea how much their work is going to

cost once they go out to tender. Historically many garden designers have their designs shelved because the client cannot afford to pay for the job. This website will allow designers to check what the likely price of their design and therefore keep it within their client’s budget.” Designers have been telling Sam for years that they wish there was a site where they could use data to check prices: “We work with designers all the time who sometimes have no idea what gardens cost. This is a top level enquiry system which will give them great feedback about costs.”

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NEWS IN BRIEF Final winner of Bradstone competition announced

Landscape installer Dan Grimes of Winslade Landscapes, Aldershot, has been announced as the final winner of the national competition to mark the 60th anniversary of hard landscaping manufacturer Bradstone. The prize was an Isuzu D-Max Utah 4x4 pick-up truck.

ISS addresses issues of faster grass growth

ISS Facility Services Landscaping has signed a new contract with Bexley, which included a savings package resulting in a reduction of mowing frequency from ten to nine annual cuts. However, following complaints from residents, ISS is supplying 13 additional subcontracted staff and grass cutting machinery and equipment, without charging the council extra.

Aura Landscapes named in ‘Small Biz 100’

Award-winning landscaping solutions company Aura Landscapes has been named among the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday.

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Pro Landscaper attended Palmstead’s annual Soft Landscape Workshop, with this year focusing on the question: ‘What have plants ever done for us?’ Palmstead Nurseries held its ninth Soft Landscape Workshop on Wednesday 21 September at Ashford International Hotel, with a number of industry professionals attending the event. With a great line up of expert speakers, seminars throughout the day surrounded the question, ‘What have plants ever done for us?’, focusing on how plants can both enhance as well as deteriorate people’s health. Marketing manager Nick Coslett introduced this topic when he opened the event, suggesting that we were perhaps becoming disconnected from the natural environment as

JINNY BLOM ADDRESSED HOW PLANTING AFFECTS OUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING, AND SUGGESTED THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC WHICH COULD HELP THE NHS 80% of the UK’s population is now living in an urban environment. He proposed an ‘urban forest’, where more plants would be introduced into cities, with a number of benefits that could help a variety of issues. First to tackle this subject was forensic botanist Dr Mark Spencer, who discussed the concept of a ‘created landscape’ in public places. He said that data needs to be made available of the plants that are used in large scale commercial projects to allow a better understanding of the impact these plants will have in the future. A potential solution to futureproofing our environment would be to look at European flora alone, what he called

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PALMSTEAD SOFT LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP ‘near-natives’. He also suggested that when it comes to problematic non-native species, we should go to their home territory and see which species could be used to control them in their new environment. Following on from the issue of problematic plants were collaborative garden designers Jackie Herald and Shenagh Hume. Focusing on pollen allergies, Shenagh spoke about how we can prevent exposure to certain pollens, including the use of low allergy plants in gardening schemes. Jackie introduced OPALS (Ogren Plant Allergy Scale), and suggested that designers could use plants at the lower end of this scale that would be more allergy-friendly. Next on stage was Dr Tijana Blanusa, principal horticultural scientist at the RHS, talking about how plants can be used to moderate urban air pollution along with a number of other benefits. She focused on plant function, saying that different plants can tackle different problems by trapping pollutants, capturing rainfall, and moderating temperature. Anne Jaluzot, the next speaker, carried on from this by discussing how a green infrastructure can help to air condition a city. High temperatures in the UK are not always understood as a threat, despite climate projections showing a significant change in temperatures that could be detrimental. The penultimate speaker of the day was Raoul Curtis-Machin, head of horticulture at the HTA. He broached the controversial topic of Brexit, asking, ‘What are the plant threats pre and post Brexit?’ The headliner and final speaker at the event was garden designer Jinny Blom, who addressed

DR MARK SPENCER SAID THAT DATA NEEDS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE OF THE PLANTS THAT ARE USED IN LARGE SCALE COMMERCIAL PROJECTS how planting affects our health and wellbeing, and suggested that evidence-based information should be shared to show that this is an important topic which could help the NHS. A highlight of the event was Nick Coslett contacting the riders taking part in the Three Peakers Ride Again challenge live, to find out how their journey from Snowdon to Land’s End was going and how they were holding up. An educational day well worth attending. Pro Landscaper / October 2016 13

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Parks Alliance matters a statutory service. Local government has many competing demands, but the inquiry provides a timely opportunity to consider the advantages and any risks with such Belle Vue Park, Wales a proposal. treats parks more holistically The alliance has also with a further devolution of responded to the second HLF spending, particularly on State of UK Public Parks report health, to recognise the role published in September. There parks play in delivering better is a growing gap between mental and physical health. declining resources and the number of people using them. Twitter: @ParksAllianceUK We hope that the government

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Moving forward The Parks Alliance has submitted its evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s inquiry into parks. This is a great opportunity to address long standing issues facing parks and chart a positive future for them. Parks are highly valued by those who use them, with over

half of the UK population using their local park, yet the challenge of managing them is given very low priority. Local authorities, voluntary groups and contractors have done an excellent job of offsetting budget reductions by finding new solutions. But how long can this continue? With the profession having lost staff and valuable expertise, the Parks Alliance hopes this is something the committee will examine. The committee is likely to come under pressure to make the upkeep of parks

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Improved LISS/CSCS website Another major step for BALI last month was the launch of the upgraded Landbased Industry Skills

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Scheme (LISS) and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) section on the BALI website, following feedback from members and the wider industry. Now it’s even easier to apply for a card with a more streamlined user experience. © TLG

Successful BALI National AGM September was a very busy month, starting with the sponsorship of the inaugural European Landscape

Conference, followed by our AGM. The event was a big success with many BALI members in attendance. The meeting marked the stepping down of Robert Field as National Chairman with Paul Downer elected to take his place. Paul will be supported by Matt O’Conner as Vice Chairman.

BALI’s survey season BALI launched its first State of Trade survey in September, which will provide a mechanism for benchmarking and monitoring a BALI member’s business against the rest of the BALI membership. BALI’s annual membership survey will

be launched in October, so members, please look out for it in your inbox. BALI Awards This year marks the 40th anniversary of the BALI National Landscape Awards, which takes place on 2 December in London. The winners have now been announced, with the principal, grand and special awards revealed on the night. Tickets are available to purchase on the BALI Awards website. Twitter: @BALI_Landscape Pro Landscaper / October 2016 15

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RHS London Harvest Festival Show (4-5 Oct) This year the RHS is celebrating the transition into autumn by hosting its RHS London Harvest Festival Show. Whether

Vegetables on the Pennard Plants stand, RHS London Harvest Festival Show 2016

you’re interested in shopping, seasonal gardening advice or entering the giant vegetable competition – this is a great place to explore. Not to be missed is the popular Heaviest Pumpkin Competition; last year’s winner weighed just over half a tonne. On the preview evening on Tuesday 4 October visitors will be able to enjoy delicious cocktails and live music. Please visit the website to find out more: RHS London Shades of Autumn Show (28-29 Oct) Autumn colour will be on display at the RHS London Shades of Autumn Show, taking place 28 and 29

October in the heart of Westminster. Some of the gems of the show will include an ornamental flowers competition, the opportunity to buy a wide variety of plants and the latest gardening accessories. Please visit the website to find out more:

Halloween at the RHS Gardens (22-30 Oct) As part of Wild about Gardens Week, the RHS has teamed up with the Wildlife Trust to celebrate Halloween with a series of ‘Animals of the Night’ events this October half term. Events will include the chance to learn how to improve bats’ natural habitats and pumpkin carving workshops, ensuring kids have fun while learning more about the natural world. All visitors need to bring with them is enthusiasm and creativity, as child friendly tools, templates and pumpkins will be provided at the gardens. Please visit the website for more information:

We held a competition promoted online inviting businesses to say why they should receive a free Christmas tree installation. The most deserving regional entries will win a 7ft replica decorated tree from one of our committee members. We’ll let you know who the winners are... Some members staged their own competitions, asking clients or staff to compete to decorate a tree in the fastest time on a particular day – with tree and materials supplied. Great for their own PR purposes. Members were invited to get involved by donating a nominal

sum for every tree they install this Christmas, direct to a charity of their choice. Members were also invited to post pictures of their teams installing trees or of Christmas promotions they are running – or maybe it’s ‘elfies’, their team dressed or decorated as Christmas elves!

Pheasant Acre Plants floral display, RHS London Shades of Autumn Show 2015

efig outline Christmas is coming Too early to think about Christmas? Not for our members! Many of them offer a Christmas decorating service and are already promoting this service on social media and we suspect, directly to their clients. Our next online campaign was designed to promote this service. Working Christmas


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Trees Week took place 19 to 23 September. During this week we dedicated our website to Christmas with case studies of awardwinning installations, trends, alternatives to trees and desktop decorations. As well as efig’s website, we populated our Facebook page with related posts and used #xmastreeswork on Twitter.

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SGD Autumn Conference Tickets for the SGD Autumn Conference ‘Out of the Shrubbery’ on Saturday 26 November are on sale now. Speakers include: Professor Nigel Dunnett who believes that the principles underlying the ‘new naturalism’ and ‘new perennial’ movement can be applied to shrubs. His presentation will look at some of these models and indicate how they can form the basis of a new direction in planting design: one that integrates structure, solidity and year-

Arabella Lennox-Boyd who is the ‘people’s choice’ having been requested as a speaker by members, and will be discussing trees and shrubs for all seasons. Having been involved as trustee at RBG Kew, the Yorkshire Arboretum and the Painshill Trust, she has acquired a passion for trees and shrubs which she has brought to her design work. Roger Philips MBE who is acknowledged as the most prolific plant illustrator of all time. He has published more than 30,000 plant identification photographs in more than 40 major books,

including the whole family of woody plants in The Botanical Garden Vol. 1 Trees and Shrubs. Roger will discuss this and other aspects of his work. Tickets are on sale now. Discounted ‘early bird’ tickets are available until Friday 14 October. Visit the SGD website to find out more about the event and to book tickets online.

designed by Chris Collins and built by APL members Beesleys Landscapes in the north and reconstructed in the south by Phil Tremayne.

people the opportunity to build a show garden. APL members Steve Smith, Jody Lidgard and Justin Paxman are all lending their expertise as mentors.

APL at Harrogate Autumn Show We built five gardens at this year’s Harrogate Autumn Show, in collaboration with APL Associates Landscape Skills Academy, Marshalls, J A Jones, Makita and Green-tech. The gardens were launched as a new feature for Harrogate called Green Lane, and it is hoped they will be a pre-cursor for an annual event giving young

Kirkman Landscapes take gold at Southport Flower Show Their brief was to create a contemporary garden using the theme of the show, ‘Mediterranean’, and use

products which the sponsor C&W Berry supplied (porcelain, aggregate and fencing). The garden was designed for day and evening use by a large family and featured an old specimen olive tree within an ornamental pool, a pizza oven, log store and kitchen work space. It came away with a large gold medal, the Brockhouse Trophy for best exhibit, the Lady Pilkington Trophy for display that best describes the theme of the show, the Southport Corporation Trophy for best (class 1) large garden and the Pontins Trophy for best outside show garden. A huge congratulations.

round appeal with the seasonal energy of perennials. Jennifer Gay who lives in Greece, where shrubs are an important part of her work. She will be looking at projects that reflect responses to the climatic conditions in this small but diverse country, and why shrubs always have a role to play in the Mediterranean garden aesthetic. Juan Grimm who will explain how shrubs have consistently acquired prominence in his projects. He believes it is essential that we learn from the natural landscape, especially in the organisation of shrub masses to extend garden views to the surrounding landscape.

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Sunshine encourages CarFest revellers to love their plots Sunshine and gardening went hand in hand for three days at CarFest South over the August bank holiday weekend, as visitors were given free advice on how to make the most of their outside space – be it a balcony, roof terrace, patio or windowsill. This year the inspiring Love the Plot You’ve Got Roadshow gardens were

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30 UNDER 30 Matt Beesley – sole proprietor, Beesleys Landscapes

Ashley Green – contract manager, John O’Conner GM Ltd

We have been, and still are, very busy. We’ve taken on two apprentices and are looking to employ a team leader to expand our installation team. I also completed a show build for the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park where we received a Gold Medal for design and build of an urban themed garden, which also featured on BBC2 with Monty Don.

I have continued my role as contract manager for John O’Conner GM Ltd and have been more involved with the business development team when opportunities arise in the Midlands, and we have achieved an extension to the contract for which I’m responsible. My greatest achievement in this time has been mentoring staff within my team. This has now evolved to the point where I’m proposing a companywide staff development programme.

In the build up to announcing the winners for 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2016, Pro Landscaper asked its inaugural 30 what they have achieved since receiving the honour

Sam Cox – sales manager, Landscapeplus

Tom Massey – owner, Tom Massey Landscape and Garden Design

Joshua Noakes – landscape operative, IPM Facilities

The last year has certainly been hectic; I’ve been coordinating the build of our new website, including the recruitment of our media team who’ve created what we believe to be the largest library of garden lighting product images in the world. Landscapeplus is back at FutureScape 2016 as headline sponsor. Planning is underway to make the day a great success and this year Landscapeplus will be hosting a live lighting debate.

In January I won both the residential and commercial categories of the SGD Student Awards. In July I was awarded an RHS Gold Medal and Best in Show for the UNHCR ‘Border Control’ Garden, a conceptual show garden designed with John Ward, at RHS Hampton Court. I’m working on plans for another show garden for Hampton Court 2017, and my own practice is busy too, with five residential garden projects on the go.

Finishing my first year at the University of Sheffield studying landscape architecture has to be one of my main achievements of the past year, as well as being elected as president of Landmark, the university’s student-run landscape architecture society. I’ve also completed a summer school course at the University of Tilburg, Holland and have continued to work for IPM Facilities over the summer.

Ed Verity – landscape foreman, Landform Consultants

Charlie Benton – owner, Benton Landscapes

Tamara Bridge – garden designer, Tamara Bridge Garden Designs

I was the overall winner in the project value category of £35k - £60k at the APL Awards 2016, which was great. As lead foreman of a team of 15 from Landform Consultants, I also achieved a Silver Medal at this year’s RHS Chelsea for The Watahan East & West Garden. This then improved to Gold at RHS Hampton Court for the Squire’s Garden, designed by Landform Consultants’ own Catherine Macdonald.

It was a great pleasure to be recognised in our industry along with the many other candidates, to show others that there is talent, skill and passion in the younger age brackets of the landscape world. I’m still on a mission to expand, and hopefully now I have my brother working for and with me for good; my plan is for Adam to undertake all the hard landscaping whilst I carry on with the maintenance within the business.

I’ve achieved things this year that I thought were years away from me. I’ve enjoyed some lovely private commissions this year, learnt a lot from working for Landform Consultants at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and most wonderfully of all I teamed up with Kate Savill, my show garden neighbour from last year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park to submit our first application to RHS Chelsea. Super exciting!


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After setting up her garden design business Ruth Willmott didn’t wait long before exhibiting at RHS Chelsea, and now with three medals under her belt she tells us how she’s built up her practice

Ruth, tell us about how you got into garden design and why you chose it as a career? When I suggested I wanted to become a garden designer, most people I worked with in management consultancy thought I was completely mad and that I was having some kind of early mid-life crisis. While I was excited about the idea of garden design I was also quite nervous about spending lots of money and then finding I wasn’t very good at it. The one-year Diploma in Garden Design at the English Gardening School based in the Chelsea Physic Garden was close enough to travel to every day and appealed to me in terms of content, duration and cost. I still invest each year in shorter, specific training for my own and the team’s development. Is your business solely yourself or do you have other designers working for you? When I started back in 2010 I set up my business on my own. However, because I really enjoy working in a team, over the last three years I’ve built up a small practice with three designers with different levels of experience and interests, plus I have an office manager and a freelance artist supporting me.

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THERE IS AN EMOTIONAL CONNECTION TO THE SPACE WE ARE ASKED TO WORK ON, A PROFESSIONAL RESPECT FOR THE DESIGN PROCESS AND KNOWLEDGE WE BRING Do you have a typical client type? A typical client for us seems to be someone who understands the benefits of employing a professional garden designer. They care about their outside space as much as the interior and want to change the way they use and enjoy their garden. There is an emotional connection to the space we are asked to work on and a professional respect for the design process and knowledge we bring.

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Are you involved in domestic and commercial projects? When I started I had a small portfolio of purely residential projects. Over the last two years I have grown my residential portfolio but I have also sought to develop more commercial work. About a third of our work is commercial now, both residential developments and also parks and public spaces. Do you favour hard landscaping design or planting planning? I enjoy developing the concept and structure of a space best, which is a combination of both the hard landscaping and the structural planting zones. I like both hardscaping and planting equally in that process. I’m keen on understanding new ways of building garden elements and features, particularly learning from landscapers and getting into the detail of how things will be built. Do you purely create designs or do you project manage or carry out planting? We are working more with commercial developers and client teams of architects and interior designers so our design process maps well to the RIBA process. How far we go in the design process depends on the client and the mix of skills involved in the project. The majority of our projects in the last two years have been design through to project administration – which we do prefer. We don’t carry out planting or landscaping work, this is always arranged through trusted third parties. We do insist that we source and handpick all structural plants and trees for our gardens because I have strong views on the shapes of key structural planting in my designs. Is all of your work London based or do you work nationwide? Our residential work is spread across the UK with hot spots in the Cotswolds and Sussex but with an office in the heart of Chiswick we have a strong base of work across west London. Our commercial work is all in central London. I like the balance of local work and larger projects further afield, it works very well in terms of my time. Approximately two thirds of our projects are London based and a third in the wider UK.

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WE PARTICULARLY VALUE AND APPRECIATE HIGHLY COLLABORATIVE LANDSCAPERS WHO PICK UP THE PHONE AND MEET REGULARLY WITH US TO PROBLEM SOLVE TOGETHER How do you find the landscapers you work with, and who are the ones that do most of your work? I definitely seek to work with really capable landscapers with very high standards of finish. We particularly value and appreciate highly collaborative landscapers who pick up the phone and meet regularly with us and want to problem solve together. We are building up our base of landscapers in different geographies. I have used both the BALI and APL websites to assess landscapers in different areas and review their capabilities and size of projects. I also chat with other designers at industry events such as FutureScape and share recommendations.

What made you want to get involved with designing gardens for RHS Chelsea and when did you first dip your toe in the water? I remember being on the Diploma at the English Gardening School towards the end of the course. At the time we were lucky enough to have Andrew Wilson teaching there. At lunchtime one day we were all chatting about exhibiting at Chelsea and I said something along the lines of: “While I know I want to exhibit at Chelsea I don’t think I should do anything for quite some years,” and Andrew in his brilliantly challenging way said something like, “Why wait that long? Go for it.” It was just what I needed, so I thank you Andrew Wilson very much indeed for your intervention that day. I graduated in 2009 and first exhibited at Chelsea in 2012, again in 2013 and last year in 2015. Do you plan to design a show garden for RHS Chelsea 2017? And if so how do you think that will impact on your other work? I must admit I really enjoy the challenge of designing and building a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Working alongside Pro Landscaper / October 2016 25

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inspiring designers and landscapers, dealing with the difficulty of the site and putting yourself out there to be judged is a great experience. I always have mixed emotions but I feel very grateful indeed to be a part of it all. Yes, I have submitted a garden for 2017 and it does take a good chunk of time out of the year at a busy time. As we are still relatively small, I’m expecting that it will have an impact on how much other work we can manage during this time.

work, they’ve been doing it a lot longer than me and are running successful design practices. It’s great to have really strong female role models. Who would you employ to build your dream garden? That’s a hard question but I think perhaps if it’s a dream garden then I can choose from whenever in time so I’ll have the team who built Stonehenge as my hard landscapers – still amazed by how they moved that stone so far. I’ll have André le Nôtre’s soft landscaping team please – ambitious planting on a huge scale. And the water features by Tommaso Chiruchi when he wasn’t working on all the water at Villa d’Este.

What do you think will be the next biggest trend in garden design? This is a difficult one as there are so many profound changes impacting our industry right now, especially with regard to the pressure from growing pests and diseases on our plant choices and biodiversity. However, in terms of plant choice I think shrubs are due a big resurgence after our long love affair with perennials and grasses. There are some beautiful flowering shrubs such as Deutzias, Exochorda and Spiraea. I also love metalwork in external spaces such as old gates, dividers, floor coverings and spiral staircases. I think metalwork will be used more widely to create contemporary, beautiful garden structures. We have included metal structures in the Chelsea 2017 garden. Are you affiliated to any industry associations? I am a pre-registered member of the SGD and enjoy its short courses. The last one on trees, which took place at Kew, was fantastic. I should probably consider affiliating to other landscaping associations but I don’t have that much free time while running the business and I like to do things for a clear reason, so I’ll mull it over a while longer. We hear much about promoting the value of public green space but do you think the industry does enough to push the value of landscaped space within a residential setting? I do think we could do much more to promote the value of landscaped spaces. We could create industry benchmarks for the added value to properties from investments in gardens and how a good garden features in the criteria for the sale of properties. Anecdotal evidence suggests a great kitchen can add 5% or more to the value of a property and is a key purchase factor. Looking at and discussing garden budgets and features in 26

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If you weren’t a garden designer, what would be your ideal job? When I graduated from university I spent over a decade in management consultancy and I really enjoyed it. My husband and I met through work and for many years it was my ideal job travelling around the world during the week and flying in on a Friday to catch up with everyone in London. Now I love being a garden designer and wouldn’t want to change back.

I LOVE USING METALWORK IN EXTERNAL SPACES SUCH AS OLD GATES, DIVIDERS, FLOOR COVERINGS AND SPIRAL STAIRCASES, OR TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL STRUCTURES the context of added value to a property can also help to get a better perspective on the sort of budget clients should be considering either spending or investing for return. Who do you admire within the industry? There is a huge list of people I admire in the industry but I think I’ll choose to give a big shout for all the ladies out there who are at the top of their game. I very much admire that they have put themselves out there to be judged on their

When you’re not working, what do you do to relax? Good question! With two young boys I don’t feel like I get much time to relax at all. In the last few years I have found more time to read so have been reading more and fairly eclectic stuff – from re-reading Wuthering Heights to my latest book which is The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee. I also enjoy pottering in my small garden and I have finally, finally this month got a small allotment so I am very excited about growing more things to eat with the family.

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Mark Noakes has been owner of IPM Facilities Ltd for three years, with a career background at ISS Facility Services Landscaping and his own landscaping business Killcrest Services. Pro Landscaper met up with him to find out about the company’s set up and why Mark is ready to take the business to the next level

Mark, tell us about IPM Facilities. I now own the company. Ten years ago I was a national director at ISS – I left with the idea of taking six months off, but I came across IPM Facilities owned at that time by Gary Kirkham. I had set up a small landscaping business and IPM was a client so I serviced a lot of their contracts. After a few years my business had grown and I was given the opportunity to purchase 50% of IPM, which I did and continued to run both companies under their separate names. How long has the business been established? The business has been in existence for 25 years. Further to my initial 50% share, around three years ago I bought the rest of the shares in the company so I now own IPM Facilities Ltd outright. Two years ago Killcrest Services was fully merged into IPM Facilities, creating a much larger landscaping division. The business is split in two: fabric (facilities management) and landscaping. We would describe the business as a commercial estate maintenance company – a ‘one-stop shop’ which can take care of all our client’s premises needs, inside and out. What’s the turnover of the company? Last year’s turnover was £3m and my projection for our next financial year (which started in July) is just under £4m. We have plans for expansion, but will make sure that the business grows in both the fabric and landscape divisions. Within the landscape division, how much business is commercial maintenance as opposed to hard and soft landscaping? The split is approximately 70% maintenance and 30% soft landscape works – we undertake many landscape upgrades for our existing clients and also undertake larger soft landscaping projects 28

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for large construction companies such as ISG Fit Out, Midas Construction and McCarthy & Stone. We tend to leave the hard landscaping to the groundwork companies and focus more on the planting of shrubs and trees. What percentage of the business is landscaping? It’s pretty much a 50/50 split between fabric and landscaping. What geographical areas do you cover? We cover a fairly large part of the country, from the south coast, along to south Wales, up as far as Sunderland and down to Kent and everything in between! It wasn’t our plan to expand into the north of the UK, but we have a client who has a national contract and wasn’t happy with the

service they were receiving from other contractors and therefore wanted us to manage the whole portfolio. It has its challenges, but it’s going well. What’s the typical type of contract you undertake, in terms of size, length and value? I would think an average overall value is £8-10K, with some at £150k and others around £2k, but all of these are based around commercial maintenance work. This is the type of work I target because back in my days with ISS, I found the council works and housing associations very competitive, with low margin and lots of work for little reward. At ISS I was always based on the corporate side and that was my preference, hence why we don’t target local authority work. I feel we’re fortunate that we’re in a position where we don’t have to tender for that type of work.

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How is the landscaping team set up? The landscape division is headed up by our divisional manager, Neil Fleming, he has operations managers reporting into him and they have area supervisors reporting to them. Undertaking the works on the ground, we have a number of regional maintenance teams and ‘job/ extra works’ teams who undertake the extra works generated within the contracts. What are your plans for the business over the next few years? We’re looking at 20-30% expansion across both landscaping and fabric, and with that will probably come a premises move as we will have outgrown our current building. It has taken a while to marry the sections together, but whenever you buy a business there are usually things that need sorting out. We have an efficient 24 hour ‘helpdesk’ and have four administrators working within it. The helpdesk is the hub of our business and ensures our operations on both fabric and landscaping are smooth running.

Finally, what is one thing you think the industry could and should do better? I feel there are two that possibly go hand in hand. It’s so important to get training in the landscape industry improved; it seems that the landscape training courses currently available are short, with less content and people dropping out due to lack of understanding of what landscaping is all about. My feeling is that the ethos of being a landscaper is all wrong – it’s not seen as being a decent and proper job in the modern world, but the technology is expanding and there are some exciting developments that should encourage

people into the industry. Alongside training, I feel the whole PR of landscaping and the value of a well cared for landscape, whether it be public, private or commercial needs to be recognised as a big factor in the wellbeing of our population. CONTACT IPM Facilities Charwell House, Wilsom Road Alton, Hampshire GU34 2PP 01420 540211

Would you look at acquiring other businesses as part of your growth, and perhaps further down the line, think about selling out? The answer to the first part of the question is yes, it is something we’re looking at. We’d possibly look for smaller businesses in the Midlands area to push us into that region. To start with, the next six to 12 months’ focus will be to make sure the organic expansion is set up properly, then maybe I’ll turn my attention to other propositions for acquisition. And in reply to the second part of the question I would say not yet. I do get enquiries as to whether IPM Facilities is up for sale but we have no plans to do that for a while.

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Phil Jones discusses ISS’ recent contract retainment, and what he thinks makes the perfect tender proposal I make no apologies for my self-indulgence this month. I have written many words over recent years about the challenges that are facing local authorities and the resultant pressures placed on their contracting partners. I’m delighted to say that after 23 years working together and a rigorous re-tender process, ISS has retained its green space management contract with Arun District Council. This may not be great news to our competitors. However, I hope the dynamics of the relationship and the detail of the contract will make for thought-provoking reading. During this time both parties have had changes in priorities; Arun has modernised, the client and contractor personnel has changed and the contractor organisation changed ownership on two occasions. Environmental conditions have changed, seasons have become longer, litter has increased but standards have improved. A common acceptance of what’s right in a grounds maintenance contract has evolved so that both parties are able to deliver what is value for money and fit for purpose for the local residents and visitors to the Arun District. This is no ordinary district with areas of depravation and high living standards existing within a few streets of each other. This brings specific local challenges. Demands on the council are probably not much different from those experienced by many local authorities across the

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country. There are many ‘masters’ for the council to serve, be they local residents, with the high proportion of retired people, new families moving into large newly developed estates and tourists expecting relaxation and entertainment whilst visiting. My interest and that of my colleagues has always been focused on the needs of the council and how we as a company can best align with those requirements. The recent tender exercise has however taken that to a new level.

IT TAKES GOOD MANAGEMENT OF RELATIONSHIPS AND AN AWARENESS OF LOCAL DYNAMICS TO REMAIN FOCUSED Most local authorities make no secret these days of wanting more for at least the same money, some for even less investment. In winning back the green space management contract in Arun, ISS has responded to what it saw as the needs of the council by proposing a number of new initiatives, including the development of new sports and leisure facilities, upgrading of others and building new café facilities in some parks. Most new developments in a re-tender process are driven by the client and responded to by the tenderer. It is generally more difficult for the incumbent, with their inside knowledge. This should be seen as an advantage, but sometimes leads to complacency, with the incumbent not able to think further

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than the current methodology. I would like to think that the perfect tender proposal, if such a thing exists, is put together by an incumbent contractor, building on the experience they have gained jointly with the client, with lessons learnt and future challenges and developments identified. In this recent case ISS used its experience to propose a partnership that worked for everyone, a commercial deal that complies with the contract conditions, delivers significant investment and addresses the needs of the residents, as well as visitors to the district, businesses, the local employment market and local suppliers where possible. It takes good management of relationships and an awareness of local dynamics to be able to remain focused on the challenges that face our customers. It is therefore heartening when everything comes together to sustain future business for all stakeholders. This is about how local authorities and contractors work together to provide the best possible green spaces and other amenities. You can learn more and contribute to this debate at the BALI-NCF Managing Green Spaces Seminar at FutureScape on Tuesday 15 November at Sandown Racecourse, Surrey. 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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This month landscape architect Adam White asks: is the trend towards artificial grass a positive move? From local authorities who purchase in bulk for use in streetscaping to play areas in primary schools and the gardens of ordinary suburban family homes, the sight of pristine, green artificial grass is becoming a familiar sight. More and more people are installing fake lawns in their gardens due to the improvements in quality in recent years. Some suppliers have reported an increase of 50% since 2010. Even former England football captain John Terry has had the lawn at his new £4.3m Surrey mansion replaced with artificial grass. While artificial turf does have its advantages (we have used it in high wear and tear areas and even in bespoke seating designs), it also has drawbacks. The real worry with replacing natural lawns with artificial grass is the impact it is having on Britain’s wildlife. What will happen if the trend increases? Will it pose a threat to wildlife which relies on living landscapes as a valuable food source? Joy Wallis from Dorset Wildlife Trust said: “These days gardens are very important, they are a haven for wildlife. Birds get absolutely nothing from artificial grass – they can’t dig for worms or anything like that. An increase in the use of artificial grass will just add to the general decline



Very little maintenance, although it will need regular brushing and hosing down

Pricey to install – you’ll need to remove existing grass and level the surface

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Worms and insects won’t survive under artificial grass – not good for biodiversity

Good for roof terraces and balconies

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of wildlife. It just seems a shame that people feel they haven’t got the time or the inclination to look after a lawn.” Although artificial turf may be easier to care for, some people have trouble getting past the feel of fake grass. While high quality grass imitations are soft and many are comfortable to walk on in bare feet, artificial turf does not feel exactly the same as real grass. The look of a high end synthetic can easily fool you at first glance. Some grass manufacturers even incorporate multi-coloured blades to create a natural, variegated look. Artificial turf installation costs significantly more than traditional sod. Synthetic turf requires the area to be

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excavated, a layer of sand to be placed and levelled, a layer of rubber pellets installed and the turf laid on top of it all. When comparing the prices, it’s important to remember that real grass also requires ongoing maintenance expenses for mowing, insect control and irrigation, while artificial turf does not incur these costs. At Davies White Ltd we prefer the real deal and only specify artificial grass where absolutely necessary, and not as a substitute for the living thing. However, from industry and client feedback it appears we are in the minority. The demand for flawless vibrant green carpets, which need little or no maintenance and don’t need cutting, looks set to continue to grow even if the grass itself doesn’t. ABOUT ADAM WHITE FLI Adam White FLI is a director at Davies White Ltd, a multi award-winning chartered landscape architects’ practice in Kingston upon Thames. He is the youngest landscape architect to be made a fellow of the Landscape Institute and an RHS Gold Medal and BBC People’s Choice Award winner. Twitter: @davies_white


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TIRED AND TESTED? ANDREW WILSON Andrew Wilson explores the concept of show gardens and asks whether we need something different in the world of garden design I’ve had many years of involvement and enjoyment in the world of show gardens and still think of them in a wholly positive light. I support them as a platform for designers and landscapers to show what they can do, give vent to imaginative and creative ideas or show a particular skill base or specialism. What’s more, the gardens are delivered to a wide audience of show visitors and television audiences. I suspect that not all show visitors are necessarily interested in this particular approach. Many still go to shows to pick up planting ideas – to see new border combinations or recently introduced cultivars in action. For a good proportion of visitors the cost of the gardens would come as a huge shock or surprise and only a small proportion of those interested would be able or willing to spend on their gardens at show garden level. So are we in danger of pleasing our sponsors and alienating show visitors and viewers?

In the UK the show scene is dominated by RHS ventures, which automatically sets a certain tone in terms of horticulture, spatial organisation and judging criteria. Although there are large and small, fresh and artisan, summer or concept alternatives there is still a certain branding at play. Some commentators see and describe RHS Chelsea as the world’s top garden design show but many garden designers both at home and abroad see it as a horticultural feast rather than a design platform. So for designers such as Andy Sturgeon, Dan Pearson, Luciano Giubbilei or Tom Stuart-Smith, all of whom have won Best in Show at RHS Chelsea, are we seeing what they can really do, or what they can do within the confines of an RHS show format? To some extent, shows such as the Singapore Garden Festival are willing to be more experimental and although their designers are selected from other shows around the world, the design approach is much more free and dynamic. With some long term sponsors of RHS Chelsea gardens pulling away from the show

and others wanting a different or new experience for their clients or customers, the RHS may indeed be at a crossroads in terms of the future of its shows. Will show gardens be smaller and more attainable or more dynamic, dramatic and inspiring? Well, call me a designer but I know which direction I would prefer!

ARE WE IN DANGER OF PLEASING OUR SPONSORS AND ALIENATING SHOW VISITORS AND VIEWERS? What is certain is that the judging process for show gardens will also have to change. In part, nothing stays the same or constant in this world apart from, of course, change itself. If the dynamic or inspirational show garden option is taken then judges likewise have to be drawn from those who inspire or have inspired us. There is a potentially widening gulf between the calibre of designers attracted to the RHS shows and those invited to judge. This is most apparent in feedback when non-designers are given the task of explaining awards or pointing out design issues. This is a complaint also voiced by several Gold medal winners. If you have designers on your judging panel, have them give feedback. Exhibitors need feedback from people they can trust who can empathise and communicate issues succinctly and with diplomacy; otherwise, perhaps it’s best not to do it at all. It may be time to open up a wider debate on these issues in the name of progress. The future of show gardens is bright, if we allow it to be. ABOUT ANDREW WILSON

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David Dodd discusses the detail in tender submissions. Is there currently enough detail, and what should contractors look out for? When tendering, the lack of detail submitted for projects of all sizes is incredibly frustrating. Still very few designers are providing a bill of quantities, and along with poor specifications all tenders are going to be hugely varied depending on how each contractor interprets the design. Now, let’s be blunt here – the last thing a professionally designed garden should be is ‘open to interpretation’! A few examples I’ve seen recently are: • Wall foundations – All walls are to be built on adequate foundations • Water feature – Contractor to provide and install the correct size pump and filter • Driveway – The driveway sub-base is to be sufficient to take heavy traffic. And my all-time favourite: • Timber barbecue – To be built to match pergola and not catch fire. Firstly, I’ve never seen a barbecue that looks like a pergola and secondly, how are you supposed to cook on it if it doesn’t catch fire? At the time I did assume it was for one use only!

When it comes to writing the specification, some colleges advocate the idea of ‘speak to a contractor’, which I generally agree with, although I do think many contractors undersell

BY BUILDING UP A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER, YOU’RE ADDING VALUE TO YOUR WHOLE PRACTICE themselves and should be charging a consultation fee, especially if the design is out to tender. I must point out here that if you are giving consultation regarding construction, you must ensure you have the right professional indemnity insurance. With modern garden design being pushed further and further and growing demand for bespoke features, not every contractor knows exactly the right answer all of the time, despite their excellent knowledge and experience. This is the point where some construction details need to be outsourced to qualified structural engineers. Let’s go back to the wall foundations specification. The drawing showed them with





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varying heights from 900mm up to 2,400mm. I was taught at college that wall foundations up to 1,200mm should be one third the height of the wall deep and twice the thickness of the wall wide. NB: Any walls over 1,200mm should be detailed by a structural engineer. They will ask for test holes to be dug, assess soil conditions, prevailing wind directions and work out the load bearing on the walls before designing the foundations and wall construction. The water feature should have the flow rates, filter systems, automated top-ups, pipe dimensions and more all calculated long before it’s put out for pricing. I’m not saying the designer necessarily needs to know how it works, but they should have consulted a water feature engineer beforehand to make sure it can work. Regarding the driveway, what does ‘heavy traffic’ mean? A family SUV? A skip lorry? One contractor may cost for 150mm reinforced concrete, another 200mm Type 1 and another 300mm crushed hardcore. Without a proper specification any of these will do but will all be very different prices. By building up a good relationship with a structural engineer as well as your contractor, you’re adding value to your whole practice. Don’t think that as a designer you’re free from liability if something fails. It’s still been designed by you, but without a correct specification it’s just not been designed properly. As for the timber barbecue… that was just ridiculous! ABOUT DAVID DODD David Dodd has been in the landscape industry since the age of 17. Having studied and then taught at Merrist Wood College, he set up The Outdoor Room in 1995. In 2013, he went into business with landscape architect Joe Perkins to form Longview Design Ltd. David has also lectured in design and construction for over 20 years.


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Pete Jones thinks the industry could do more to reach out and engage with people who could be interested in horticulture, if only they knew more about it I wonder if we truly do enough to reach out to those who could get involved in the landscape industry but don’t, because they have never had reason to become engaged with it. Sure, we all probably do plenty to further the way our business is viewed by potential clients, employees and other organisations, but what about those that stand to contribute nothing to our profit margin? Whilst awaiting his GCSE results at the end of August, my son, Dan, recently completed a four-week National Citizen Service programme designed for 15-17 year olds, which is aiming to build a more confident, capable, connected and compassionate generation. The culmination of the programme was the delivery of a community

I AM WONDERING WHETHER WE AS CONTRACTORS, DESIGNERS AND SUPPLIERS NEED TO DO MORE TO ENGAGE WITH OUR OWN IMMEDIATE COMMUNITIES action project in the final fortnight. The group made the decision to regenerate the garden areas of a homeless shelter in Colchester. All fundraising and sponsorship for the project was raised solely by the young people themselves. I was fortunate enough to see those working on the project in the last week and hear the discussions that had taken place. For some of the young people, this was their first exposure to our great industry, some ‘gardening’ activity. Fortunately, the sun shone and it appeared that the majority had enjoyed their experience. I wonder if the weather had been somewhat

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more inclement, their opinions would have been slightly different! I was interested to hear from a resident of the shelter who made the effort to get involved, openly declaring that he thought that working outside was great and that he had never done anything like this before. He is going to take on the garden maintenance. Of all the outcomes of this scheme, I am sure no one was aware that such a positive response would come from this gentleman. He has found something extremely rewarding. Colchester Borough Council recently launched their Trees for Colchester scheme, with a pilot being launched in one of the town boroughs. This scheme calls for volunteers to be involved in learning about, planning the locations for, and planting and maintenance of new trees in communal areas. It should provide some people with ownership of trees. I do have reservations about the training and guidance available however, and wonder whether it will provide yet more poorly maintained and failing trees. Putting on a positive hat, it should provide more trees in urban areas, which is definitely a great thing. Negativity aside, it will provide another link for people to horticulture. I am sure those who volunteer will already have an interest, but perhaps it will inspire others to see the benefits

of improving and caring for your immediate landscape and to get involved. It will be interesting to see how it develops. I am wondering whether we as contractors, designers and suppliers need to do more to engage with our own immediate communities to try and develop awareness, interest and

hopefully participation in our industry, rather than solely trying to further the outward perception of our businesses for our direct corporate gain. After all, if we are not best placed to sell the benefits of the industry, who is? It becomes about ‘our’ industry, our choice of career, our way of life and our commitment to its successful future. We need to find a way to ‘market’ the industry and horticulture in general. It needs to reach as many people as possible, to give all those who may be interested the chance to share the raft of possibilities and positivity that come when you’re involved, on any level. ABOUT PETE JONES After 20 years in the landscape industry working across many sectors, Pete Jones is now creating and maintaining award-winning landscape solutions with LDP Ltd. He is a BALI NCF and BALI South Thames committee member investing time and effort to improve our industry wherever possible. Twitter: @LandDesignPete

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ANGUS LINDSAY Angus Lindsay talks grass cutting, and why landscapers have been forced to live up to unrealistic expectations due to budget restraints You hear it every year: “This is the worst season! The grass is out of control!” There’s no denying that it’s been a tough year. But what makes things more difficult, particularly over the last couple of years, has been the interpretation of specification and expectation of a finished product. Let’s be realistic, a change in cutting frequency from 16 cuts to 10 cuts is going to lead to a significant difference in quality. How do you manage this? What are the options in the world of grass cutting? Frequency or performance? Both have pros and cons, which can be beneficial to client and contractor alike. It gets difficult when a regime changes from one to the other or there’s a combination within the same specification. A monthly cut with the grass maintained at a height of 50mm is not only unrealistic, but virtually impossible to deliver, though it is being asked for. Budget constraints have forced local authorities to look at realistic ways of saving money. Reducing grass cuts can be a quick win, saving a considerable amount of revenue. The problem comes when these changes are not properly communicated to those immediately affected. Groups such as residents, friends groups and other stakeholders often expect their verges and open spaces to be lawn-like and free of arisings, when in reality to get the grass down you have to use a flail mower, or cut so high that the finish is not dissimilar to a silage cut.

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With the right number of machines and operators a frequency regime should be relatively easy to deliver, though this is always dependent on the weather and, in particular, the ferocity of the spring flush, which can cause no end of headaches.

FROM ALL SIDES WE NEED A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SPECIFICATION, AN APPRECIATION OF WHAT DIFFERENT REGIMES WILL DELIVER A specification-based regime with realistic upper and lower limits should be achievable, but does need a level of flexibility between client and contractor, especially in difficult weather conditions. It also helps to be sensible when measuring the height of the cut grass, so let’s not get carried away – a tape measure has its uses, but realistically, this is not one of them! By setting the machine to the correct height, it should be easy enough to achieve an even finish across the cut area, with any variations down to the machine being badly set; the most common problems are a single unit on a triple (usually the centre one), or blunt blades on a rotary deck. With a realistic specification you should be able to deliver a consistent cut with an even spread of arisings, but it will vary during the season, and you have to accept that things will change depending on what the weather throws at you.

Unfortunately there does seem to be a one-sided understanding regarding what machines are capable of in these changing conditions and, while you may want a cylindermown lawn-like finish, this is not realistic on a three-week cutting regime. To expect grass to be maintained at between 40mm and 50mm throughout the season is also unrealistic as, during the spring flush, grass can grow 10mm in a matter of hours. The days of seven to 10 day cutting frequencies on amenity grass are quickly disappearing as we see more arisings left on our verges and open spaces. Sure, we can collect this grass, but it costs money in terms of machines, labour and disposal – money that has to be saved. From all sides we need a better understanding of the specification, an appreciation of what different regimes will deliver and, most importantly, to be realistic with our expectations and not over promise. ABOUT ANGUS LINDSAY Angus spent several years working on arable farms in Scotland before joining VSO in Egypt, implementing a mechanisation programme, managing field operations for a commercial cotton plantation in Nigeria and working as a contract instructor for Massey Ferguson in Yemen. He gained an MSc in agricultural engineering and mechanisation management at Silsoe, joining Glendale as machinery manager in 1994 and then in 2009, The Landscape Group as group head of assets and fleet. Contact:

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Lesley Malone discusses all things permaculture, and how the approach can benefit many different areas of our lives Permaculture is an approach to creative design thinking, based on working with nature and natural processes. Although originating in farming, it’s now applied in diverse areas from water management, energy and forestry to finance, building design and even managing life itself. Born in the Seventies, permaculture design has taken on a new lease of life in recent times – thanks largely to the growing awareness of the impossibility of infinite growth with finite and dwindling resources, and the urgent need to use what we have more effectively. Permaculture design principles express a fundamental ethical basis of care for the earth, care for fellow humans, and a commitment to ‘fair shares’ using only what we need, so there’s enough of everything for everyone. The essential design principles flow from this philosophy, which I can only list here briefly. Firstly, observe and gather information – take time to understand the natural processes you’re working with. Gather and store energy and resources to reduce 40

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consumption. Obtain a yield; in other words, everything should be a productive part of the whole. Create selfregulating, closed systems. Use renewable resources, and waste nothing. Design from patterns to detail; the same patterns appear in nature in many forms, whether waves, spirals, branches, tessellation or networks, and the application of these natural patterns at a broad or small scale is key to permaculture design.

OBTAIN A YIELD; IN OTHER WORDS, EVERYTHING SHOULD BE A PRODUCTIVE PART OF THE WHOLE Integrate, don’t segregate; plants (and people) do best in diverse and mutually supportive groups, not disconnected monocultures. Look for small and slow solutions that require minimal energy. Value diversity. Value margins and edges – the interfaces between different groups and processes can be where the really interesting stuff happens. And finally, respond creatively to change. Just as the natural world is in constant transition, be adaptable and go with the flow. Some of these principles will seem obvious to anyone working with living and natural resources. They represent a whole-system

way of thinking about the natural world and our place in it, not a set of twelve commandments to be obeyed. While methods and applications will differ widely, these underlying principles provide a constant frame of reference. At the heart of permaculture is the management of natural systems for the long term. It’s no surprise that more and more landscape practitioners are looking to permaculture for a solution focused, future-facing approach to maximising land use and natural resources. As suggested by the phrase ‘permanent agriculture’, from whence ‘permaculture’ derives, it’s the ultimate in sustainability. The benefits are too numerous to mention: reducing consumption, building skills and resilience, developing social capital and community capacity, and restoring depleted land to name but a few. Most significantly perhaps, it actually changes the way you think – the more immersed in permaculture you become, the more you see opportunities rather than obstacles. Many permaculturists believe it’s our best hope for saving the planet. I think they could have a point. For more information and examples of permaculture, visit the Permaculture Association (, Permaculture Design Principles ( and Permaculture Magazine ( ABOUT LESLEY MALONE Lesley Malone is a freelance writer, editor and photographer, with a focus on public space and regeneration. She is online at and tweets at @tangentials

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THE gold STANDARD Pro Landscaper takes a trip to Edinburgh to find out about the city’s multi award-winning culture of parks and green spaces


nyone that’s enjoyed time in Scotland will know that along with its history, architecture, food and hospitality, one of the major attractions for visitors is its green spaces. Nowhere is this more true than in the country’s capital city of Edinburgh, whose parks currently hold a whopping 30 Green Flag awards. The city was also the recipient of the Entente Florale gold award (more of which later), having been invited to represent the UK in the prestigious European competition in 2014. To put it another way, Edinburgh’s open spaces are a big deal, and central to the life of the city. While not the biggest or most populous urban area in Scotland (that would be Glasgow), Edinburgh still holds most of the cards when it comes to history and prestige. Wander to the bottom of the Royal Mile for instance, and you’ll find the Scottish Parliament building, built following the 1997 devolution referendum. The 500,000-strong population meanwhile contributes to the largest financial centre in the UK outside of London.

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Parks, green spaces, cemeteries David Jamieson is head of parks, green spaces and cemeteries for City of Edinburgh Council. It’s his responsibility to oversee the maintenance of hundreds of open areas, of which there is a bewilderingly different variety spread across the city. We asked how many people the council employs, and how the teams are organised. “There are 219 full time staff,” says David. “As well as three Dutch elm disease specialists, but they only work on a seasonal basis.

ALONG WITH ITS HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE, FOOD AND HOSPITALITY, ONE OF THE MAJOR ATTRACTIONS FOR VISITORS IS ITS GREEN SPACES “In terms of structure, we’re going through quite a lot of change at the moment. Previously, we had city-wide, centrally managed squads covering broad areas like arboriculture, sports

pitch maintenance, and horticulture and maintenance work. We’re currently in the process of merging them together, so they all make up one service, which, as you can see by my job title, will now include cemeteries. There’s about 1,550 hectares to look after in all.” Why has there been such a change of strategy? “There are a lot of reasons,” David says. “But ultimately, it all comes down to budget, which is reducing, so we have to also manage reductions in numbers. We’ve lost about 50 staff in the last five years, and recruited no one in that time. “The upshot of that is that we’ve had to find new ways to do things, while still fulfilling the public’s expectations. We’ve coped through changing our strategy, re-focusing our efforts on certain labour-intensive areas such as Princes Street Gardens, and bringing in new forms of maintenance elsewhere. As the awards we’ve received show, it seems to be working.” He continues: “One way that we’ve always kept costs down is by growing our own plants, which we’ve been doing since the late 1800s. Pro Landscaper / October 2016 43

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The nursery we use currently is in the Inch Park, located in the south of the city. “We identify and plant what we need, and then grow it ourselves. That includes trees, as well as wildflower plugs.” Over the battlements There are around 140 larger maintained areas across the city of Edinburgh, which the council breaks down into sub-classifications according to size, use and type of horticulture. These include ‘premier’ parks, city parks, recreation grounds, as well as the Royal Botanic Garden just north of the city centre. Arguably the most high profile of the premier parks is the aforementioned Princes Street Garden, which runs parallel with Edinburgh’s main shopping area, stretching from Lothian Road to Waverley Bridge. Not only does the park consist of almost 40 acres of beautiful, traditionally managed garden, it’s also one of the first things visitors see if they arrive via Waverley train station. As if that wasn’t enough to keep it in the public eye, however, visitors to Edinburgh Castle also get a fabulous view of the park when they look north over the battlements. We asked David what the strategy is, particularly at a time of ongoing budget cuts, when it comes to keeping something like Princes Street looking its best.

BEYOND PRINCES STREET’S FLORAL CLOCK, THE AREAS OF CARPET BEDDING ARE LONG GONE, EVEN IN OTHER PREMIER PARKS SUCH AS THE MEADOWS “Princes Street is clearly a high profile area, so it’s somewhere we need to focus special attention,” says David. “It has a strong tradition of annual bedding, so that’s been kept, even though we’re trying to reduce that kind of planting in other areas. Beyond Princes Street’s floral clock, the areas of carpet bedding are long gone, even in other premier parks such as the Meadows. “Essentially what we’ve done is tried to move towards more sustainable forms of planting 44

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across the board. In the parks with more traditional landscaping, that’s meant more shrub bed areas, as well as a lot more herbaceous material. Things that are easy to maintain, in other words.” He continues: “We’re also trying to naturalise in certain areas. We have an initiative called Edinburgh Living Landscape, through which we identify the most appropriate areas to introduce woodland planting, relaxed grassland areas and so on. “The options were either not maintaining some areas particularly well, or redefining what it is that we do in order to spend more time on areas that need more intense looking after. That’s been the case at various places around the city, like Harrison Park and Gypsy Brae.” We ask whether the public understood why it’s had to change the way it operates: “They have, at least for the most part, and we’ve done our best to explain to them what we’ve been doing.

“We put out a lot of consultations, particularly with parks friends groups, of which there are a lot across the city. We also put signage up and make sure that we follow up any complaints. We’re generally starting to get more compliments now though, probably because the horticultural features are starting to develop – the meadows are starting to get a bit more colour. “Younger people tend to enjoy the change, whereas older people are a bit more cynical about it. The biological value is immense, which I think is something that everyone can see.” Geological anomaly As mentioned previously, when it comes to its parks and green spaces, Edinburgh is one of the most ‘decorated’ cities in Scotland. This isn’t just because of the high standard of maintenance, however. Councillor Lesley Hinds is environment convenor for Edinburgh City Council. According

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gives residents the opportunity to play sport, go for a stroll and so on. We’ve carried out quite a few reviews of existing areas as well, for instance down in Leith where we transformed unused bowling greens into allotments, raised beds and sports facilities.” Anyone familiar with the recent history of publically funded parks in the UK will know the


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to her, the awards – particularly the Entente Florale – are as much about the way in which the public get involved with the parks as the state of the parks themselves. She said: “Parks and green spaces have been important to the city for hundreds of years, in terms of clean air, physical fitness and of course people just getting out in the sun and enjoying themselves. I was brought up in Dundee, and I can still remember as a child coming through Princes Street Gardens and absolutely loving it. I’ve lived here for 40 years now. “Recently, our emphasis has shifted to how individual communities can get the most out of particular green spaces – and providing them with those green spaces in the first place. It’s about building an environment that’s pleasant, walkable and above all demonstrates respect for its nature and horticulture. “With that in mind, we’ve created a lot of new parks, such as the one in Muirhouse which now

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invaluable role played by community groups in their monitoring and upkeep. As amazing as they all undoubtedly are though, there’s a level of proactivity in Edinburgh that is quite unique, with many of the groups taking real (almost literal) ownership of their local open spaces. According to David, one reason for this is the fact that so many properties in the city don’t have gardens of their own. This is particularly true in parts of the city with housing stock dating back to the late 1900s, when tenements were all the rage. “As a city, we’ve got a lot of tenement-based property,” David says. “In reaction to that, communities are coming together to create their own garden spaces. There’s about 50 of those across Edinburgh now, with some really interesting horticultural and, you might even say, cultural things going on. “There’s an increasingly strong community spirit that’s built up around that. People are far more aware of their local environment than they have been for a long time, which is really encouraging. One indication of that is our current waiting list for allotments, which is always growing.” According to David, the best of these that he’s seen is run by the Field Group, which is based in Duddingston. They maintain an area of council-owned paddock on the slopes of local geological anomaly Arthur’s Seat, involving the community in bee and orchard keeping, food growing as well as the cultivation of meadow areas.

In terms of the value the project brings to the city, a statement on the group’s website puts it like this: ‘The Field is now providing a richer bio-diverse link between Holyrood Park, Meadowfield woods and Duddingston village community land. Furthermore it offers a new public pathway between those areas. Because of this, more and more local people are regularly passing through, using the field for access, recreation, volunteering and socialising.’ Entente Florale The Entente Florale award is presented by the European Association for Flowers and Landscape. The aim of the initiative, according to the organisation, is to improve the quality of life for people that live in cities through what it refers to as ‘landscape development and horticulture.’ With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why Edinburgh’s holistic, resident-centred approach has been so successful. To finish the interview, we asked David what he thinks the council has learned from the past few years. “I think the main thing is just how quickly things change now, and that you have to keep up,” he says. “In amenity horticulture, things just stayed the same for years, but now we’re at a point with so many different pressures – both financial and legislative – that we have to look at things in a variety of different ways to find different solutions. “I think we won the Entente Florale basically because of our strategic approach to management. We also had lots of examples of good practice, which we’ve been very methodical about. That, and of course our relationship with the local community, was ultimately what we were judged on.” The lesson learned from Edinburgh is a simple one – keep growing.

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rogheath Landscapes was commissioned to build a townhouse back garden on a long, narrow sloping site. It was transformed into a series of garden spaces, accessed by a meandering route of staggered steps deliberately designed to slow progress through the garden. Different surfaces were used to give each area a separate character without interrupting the flow or clean lines of the garden, culminating in a large entertaining space at the sunnier end. The brief The existing site was mainly lawn, sloping down from the house. A pretty greenhouse sat on a grassy slope that did not do it justice. The clients had also built a paved area at the bottom of the garden. They loved the sunny space but realised that the paving was too small for the size of the garden. The designer, Tina Vallis,

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was asked to create a garden with the same clean, neat and tidy lines as the interior of the clients’ house. They were keen to have different areas within the garden including a lawn, a small vegetable garden and a much larger paved entertaining space at the bottom. They wished to keep the existing greenhouse and also a clipped bay tree. They wanted a garden that was not seen all at once, with some of the areas blocked from view of the house.

1 The vegetable garden level during construction 2 The upper lawn is neatly edged with a stone path 3 Wide steps lead down to the patio level 4 A view of the finished garden from the house 5 White and silver planting surrounds the new patio

The design The design was led by the difference in ground level between the house and the bottom of the garden and the need to work around the greenhouse and the bay tree. This set the number of steps required to walk from one end to the other. Different surfaces – lawn, stone and Breedon gravel – were used to change the character of the garden areas and the steps and planting beds were staggered to break the view from top to bottom. This also made the garden appear wider. Challenges Difficult access down a narrow side path was a problem for moving materials in and out of the garden and awkward town centre parking with traffic wardens did not help!

ABOUT FROGHEATH LANDSCAPES Frogheath Landscapes prides itself on delivering successful projects from concept to completion. Working predominantly within a 35 mile radius of its Burwash Weald base, it uses environmentally sensitive suppliers wherever possible. The company has won two gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and collected its third Supreme Winner trophy at the Association of Professional Landscapers awards earlier this year.


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his dreary north-facing London back garden was transformed into a pretty space with large flowering borders, a lawn and a seating area at the sunny end. The clients were doing some major renovations to their home, including a new kitchen extension, and wanted to upgrade the garden to suit the changes and also to make much more of the outside space. The landscaping was carried out at the same time as the house renovations. This garden was like many other London gardens, long, thin, behind a terraced Victorian property, and somewhat overlooked by houses to the back. The existing garden was tired and dull, with some odd raised beds, dark concrete paving, very little good planting and a scruffy lawn. A raised deck area at the back was falling apart. An ash tree that had grown too big needed to be removed. The brief The clients love gardening, and wanted the garden to have a good structure, and requested that the new design disguise the long, thin shape. The garden is accessed via the kitchen, which is about 800mm below the

garden level, so a flight of steps needed to be designed to lead from the kitchen up to a patio. The clients required a lawn, pretty borders filled with flowering shrubs and perennials to provide year-round colour and give a natural cottage look, and a herb bed near the kitchen door. They enjoy entertaining and wanted a paved area big enough to hold a six-seater table, preferably at the back of the garden where they could view the garden and the house. They also wanted a small bench somewhere in the garden near the kitchen. A shed or some storage for garden tools was needed. Lights were also required so the garden could be used in the evening, and to enhance the planting. Materials and build Materials used in the landscaping needed to be in keeping with the design of the new extension, and the house, which is in a conservation area. Paving for the area outside the kitchen door needed to be bright and hardwearing, ie suitable for a shady basement. The garden was designed with a circular seating area at one end, which led the curved shape theme. London stock bricks were used

1 View down the garden towards the seating area 2 Phlox and clematis flowering in the border 3 Cat enjoying the sunshine on the new lawn 4 Steps down to kitchen from the patio and garden 5 Herb bed near the back door 6 Seating area at the back of the garden

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• Malus x atrosanguinea ‘Gorgeous’ • Magnolia Grandiflora standard • Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’ • Prunus ‘Spire’

to define the edges, as they tied the garden in with the house walls. The brick lawn border also provided a good mowing edge. Yellow hammered granite was used as the primary paving stone, as it weathers well in shady corners, is bright in a basement patio area and also matches well with London stock bricks. The steps from the basement were clad with yellow hammered granite to create the ‘clean look’ the clients were after. Finally, a drip hose irrigation system was installed to provide enough water in the dry London environment.

Shrubs • Abelia x grandiflora • Existing Amelanchier lamarckii • Buxus Sempervirens ball • Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ • Camellia japonica ‘Margaret Davis’ • Chaenomeles japonica • Choisya x dewitteana ‘Aztec Pearl’ • Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ • Philadelphus ‘Manteau d’Hermine’ • Rosa ‘Kew Gardens’

Climbers • Rosa ‘Claire Austin’ • Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’ • Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ • Rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad’ • Trachelospermum jasminoides • Clematis vitacella mixed to grow through shrubs – not shown on plan

Perennials • Agapanthus praecox ‘Blue Storm’ • Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ • Chrysanthemum ‘Emperor of China’ • Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley) • Digitalis purpurea ‘Pam’s Choice’ • Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ • Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ or ‘Nimbus’ • Helleborus niger • Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ • Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram’ • Phlox paniculata ‘Cosmopolitan’ • Phlox paniculata ‘White Admiral’ • Polystichum tsussimense

Bulbs • Narcissus ‘Thalia’ and papyraceus ‘Ziva’ • Muscari armeniacum • Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ • Crocus tommasinianus ‘Whitewell Purple’ • Hyacinthoides non-scripta (English bluebells) • Tulips


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ABOUT CATHERINE CLANCY Since 2005, Catherine has created high quality, beautifully planted, functional outdoor spaces, focusing on making the most of the garden area available in small London gardens. Her practice focuses on design excellence, a down to earth attitude and collaboration. Although small town gardens and courtyards are her speciality, she has also designed larger family gardens, edible, front and country gardens. Catherine studied garden design at the English Garden School and the RHS Dip Hort at Hadlow College.

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JET SET LINSEY EVANS Transforming a front driveway and adding kerb appeal


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PROJECT DETAILS Project value £28k Build time Eight weeks Size of project 103m2

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View of resin driveway, sandstone sett path and new front entrance to the house

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he client’s brief was to create an attractive, contemporary front entrance to the property with easier access for cars and more space for parking, softened with simple, low maintenance planting. The brief Linsey Evans designed the client’s rear garden several years ago, and it was always their intention to do the front at a later date. The push to renovate the front garden came from a visitor paying the client a backhanded compliment: “Oh, what a beautiful garden, you’d never be able to tell from the front of the house.” The front garden was dated and the planting overgrown, the house had little kerb appeal and felt uninviting. The driveway

entrance was only just wide enough to get a car through and once a car was parked on the drive, pedestrian access was difficult. The front door was accessed via a dark passage with a steep step that was not clearly visible on leaving the house, making access dangerous, especially when leaving after dark. Design and build The new design addresses aesthetic and practical considerations. The redesigned front garden includes new boundary walls, piers and railings, and the driveway entrance was widened. Walls and piers were rendered and painted white, and finished with a simple black railing. The driveway was paved with resinbound gravel in a pale grey mix to tie in with the monochrome colour palette. The rear garden was designed as a series

of interlocking curves and the front garden follows the same style to provide a coherent link between the front and back. A curved raised bed in one corner with a white painted rendered blockwork wall gives the space interest and helps prevent visitors inadvertently driving over planting. The raised bed intersects a paving level curved planting bed with black sandstone sett edging. Visitors are directed to the redesigned house entrance via a curved pathway of black Sandstone setts that arcs from the driveway entrance to the front door. The front of the house was given more interest and a sense of arrival with the addition of a set of curved steps providing a safe, attractive route from the driveway to the front door. The steps and porch floor were finished with black and white Victorian tiles.


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PORTFOLIO A curved bin storage area was screened by a Carpinus hedge and is entered through a bespoke curved steel gate with steel posts. All the metal was painted black. The hedge screen will be allowed to grow to 1.8m and kept clipped into a tight shape to complement the symmetry of the new garden. This Carpinus screen also ties into a similar structure that encloses a seating area in the rear garden. Planting Planting was a simple combination of grasses and clipped Buxus balls. The grasses were combined for textural and

colour contrast and, anchored by the Buxus balls, give a soft, contemporary ďŹ nish to the new scheme.

ABOUT LINSEY EVANS ABOUT LINSEY EVANS Linsey Evans is a garden designer based in Bracknell, Berkshire with projects in London and throughout the Thames Valley and Home Counties. Linsey is a specialist in designing sloping gardens with extensive knowledge of the technical aspects of garden construction. Linsey Evans Garden Design has been designing and constructing gardens for 10 years with the emphasis on strong structures and geometric layouts softened by elegant planting schemes.




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avin Jones has been the grounds maintenance and interior planting contractor at Guy’s Hospital, London since 2002. The atriums in its interior lightwell courtyards were redesigned as catering and seating areas for staff and visitors to the hospital, and interior planting was therefore required. Planting A number of large pre-existing brick built planters were planted using a range of tropical plants tolerant of relatively low light conditions and able to thrive in a busy semi-public area. Planting consisted of 18 2m Ficus nitida and Philodendro scandens, both of which add height and structure, with over 1,100 assorted ground cover tropical plants including Aglaonema, Spathiphyllum, Guzzmania and Zamioculcas. Challenges Approximately 21,600L of compost had to be moved by hand, some in three stages. The installation took place over three consecutive nights in order to minimise disruption to hospital users during the busy day periods.


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Matthew Keightley and Cameron Wilson developed Rosebank Landscaping, a landscape design and construction company based in Richmond, Surrey, to service the design and build needs of clients in the area and beyond. The business is growing and they recently opened a shop-front studio which proved to have surprising benefits within its first six weeks. Pro Landscaper met the pair there to talk about their future plans for expansion


wo-time RHS Chelsea Silver Gilt medal and Peoples’ Choice Award winner Matt explains that the longevity of his and Cam’s friendship (they’ve been friends since the age of 11) has ensured that their work is created and executed to the highest possible standards. The duo work together seamlessly, each often knowing what the other is thinking and going to say next, which no doubt endears them to potential clients. Building blocks With projects ranging from relatively quick turnaround £15k to £40k town gardens up to multi-million pound estates lasting upwards of two years, Matt and Cameron thrive on the versatility of their work. Cam’s previous background was in building and construction, so jobs that may seem complicated in terms of

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WE TAKE INORDINATE PRIDE IN THE INDIVIDUALITY OF EVERY PROJECT, SMALLER GARDENS ARE HUGELY ENJOYABLE AND I NEVER FORGET THAT THAT’S WHERE IT ALL STARTED FOR ME the hard construction are easily negotiated by his vast experience in building. We ask Cam how the two careers compare: “I definitely prefer landscape construction, it excites me considerably and rather than just creating something that will never change, a landscape is constantly recreating itself with the maturity of planting and seasons. Don’t test me on Latin names of plants though, I leave that to Matt.” Matt also gets his hands dirty when it comes to setting out – usually a project evolves and

develops as it goes along, so although the mainstay of the design stands, small changes will always be made to suit the environment and conditions. All together now We want to know if the business purely delivers as a package or would consideration be made for separate works for design or construction? Matt explains: “Our design is costed separately to avoid putting clients under any undue pressure right from the start, but some clients may want to go out to tender with other construction companies. Having said that, our current focus is delivering as a package.” Cam continues: “We wouldn’t turn down design or construction work just because it means working separately, and if clients want the construction work to go out to tender we would definitely warn them that we won’t be the Pro Landscaper / October 2016 63

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cheapest, but we are confident that the standard of our work will be worth the extra investment. We’re not your average design and build company.” Team spirit As it stands, the business is headed up by Cam and Matt, there is an accounts team and the landscaping team consists of anything up to 50 people who full-time sub-contract to the business. Matt uses CAD illustrators and illustrators who work up his drawings for presentation purposes, but is also currently looking to extend the team with a junior designer that he can mentor and develop. We talk more about the versatility of the projects: “We take inordinate pride in the individuality of every project,” says Matt. “Smaller gardens are often brandished with being a business’s ‘bread and butter’, but they are hugely enjoyable and I never forget that that’s where it all started for me.” Cam adds: “We always say you have to be more clever with the design and construction of smaller gardens, which can often be very complex.” Matt’s style, he says, is fairly diverse: “I’m not pigeonholing myself to contemporary slick gardens that have a certain look about them.

That might develop – you see designers such as Tom Stuart-Smith or Christopher Bradley-Hole where you can instantly recognise their style, and I don’t know if that’s an aspiration or not, but at this moment I just enjoy the variation.” Cam believes the diversity helps them win projects: “That versatility is one of our selling points. People tend to know that Matt can deliver a range of styles, whether they be classic, contemporary, Japanese style or sanctuary gardens.”

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Fast forward Looking ahead, what will the business look like in three to five years’ time? The partners have taken a lease on the studio for five years and (optimistically, they say) asked for a two-and-ahalf-year break as they envisage outgrowing the space. They think this time will be pivotal for them and when the business will make a major step up, perhaps leasing another studio locally in south west London. Matt explains: “We currently have 12 projects at differing stages, which have come from all over. Having that local exposure through our studio has without a doubt been better than we could have expected, we’ve had four or five good enquiries each week that have come from walk-ins, which is something we hadn’t really considered. Added to that, this job is such a personal thing because we’re dealing with peoples’ private spaces, so for them to be able to visit us in ours hopefully makes them feel more relaxed and confident that we’ll be providing a professional service.” The pair are in a position now where they’re lucky enough to be able to pick and choose jobs, and although they don’t do much commercial work at the moment, if it was an exciting prospect they say they would definitely consider it.



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Winning side Matt’s profile grew through designing two gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Help for Heroes ‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden in 2014 and the Sentebale ‘Hope in Vulnerability’ garden for Prince Harry’s charity in 2015. With the RHS creating a construction award in 2016, we want to find out Cam’s views on the


INSPIRE fact that designers receive more recognition than landscapers when it comes to TV coverage and the public. “It feels a bit like he’s the rock star and we’re the drummers! But seriously, it’s a privilege to be able to deliver Matt’s designs, and when I’m stood at Chelsea I don’t care whether people know it’s me that’s built the garden, but if I hear a comment on how great that water feature looks or how well that dry stone pier is built, that’s where I get satisfaction and recognition.” Matt interjects: “The construction award is the best thing the RHS have done for a while, but for me it goes back to that team mentality. We played rugby together as kids and as much as it’s great to produce a good design, it’s the team’s work that produces the greatest success.” With Chelsea 2017 already looming, we want to know if Matt will be entering a design for a show garden. Sadly the answer is, “Watch this space,” but we’re assured we’ll be one of the first to know should it happen!

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Best project My best project has definitely been the one acre Cheshire garden I developed over two years with a client who was building a contemporary ‘Grand Designs’ extension to his existing historic home. They had a walled garden that was basically a field, so a total blank canvas and great fun to start a garden of that scale from scratch. Colleague and mentor The best thing that happened to Blue Tulip Garden Design was meeting Paul Richards of Paul Richards Garden Design. We have supported and mentored each other over many years during the development of our respective businesses, and although we don’t work together, I class Paul as my ‘virtual’ colleague, always there if I have a problem that needs talking over. I would totally recommend that anyone who works as a sole practitioner finds a ‘virtual’ colleague too. Issues to address The main issue facing Blue Tulip Garden Design is the demand for top-notch landscape teams in the north west. They are out there, but in such high demand that I can find my designs in a six to 12 month queue, which can be difficult to explain to a client.

High/low points of career The high point so far was definitely winning a Gold Medal at RHS Tatton for the Alzheimer’s Society. Being able to share my success with the charity gave me a real buzz. The low point was being forced to sue one of my wealthier clients over £1,500 worth of plants they refused to pay for. I would have gone and dug them all up if it was not for the electric gate in the way. Hopefully that will be the first and last time I have to do that. What you hope to achieve in your work during the next 12 months I’d like to develop closer working relationships with two or even three landscape teams so we can develop designs together, looking at both perspectives in terms of design and construction, working to the highest standards and offering the best value for money to the client.


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Louise runs Blue Tulip Garden Design in Cheshire and chats to Pro Landscaper about work and play

People I have been inspired by people whose work I’ve been able to see in situ, so RHS Chelsea winners have to be up there. I love the designs of Cleve West, Ulf Nordfjell and Jo Thompson but in terms of pure planting I’d have to start with Tom Stuart-Smith and Piet Oudolf. Gardens I’ve loved the private gardens I’ve been able to visit under the National Garden Scheme, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith. There is one right here in Cheshire that is hard to tear yourself away from. Another relatively local favourite is Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire that combines both the work of Tom Stuart-Smith and Piet Oudolf. Recently I’ve been blown away by the work being carried out in conjunction with Nigel Dunnett. As part of the ‘Capability Brown’ restoration project they have planted extensive areas of both perennial and annual meadows. It inspired me to create a wildflower meadow within my walled garden in Cheshire. 66

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Places you love I would love to go back to Africa after a safari a few years ago where the nature just lined up to be photographed. I was in awe. Other places I’d love to go back to include New York, the most exciting city in the world. There is still plenty to explore closer to home and I’d love to Interrail again around Europe which I did as a student, although this time with a substantially larger budget. Wherever we stay I love a bit of five star luxury, no roughing it for me. And never ask me to go camping unless it’s on safari.

PERSONAL Hobbies I’ve become a keen trail walker, recently completing Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk, covering 192 miles in 14 days, followed by a slightly shorter trek through the vineyards of Tuscany later in the year. The main difference was the weather, as you can imagine. Gale force winds in North Yorkshire followed by 30° heat in Italy. I also enjoy visiting gardens and fortunately so does my husband, as I tend to drag him off to a garden every holiday we go on. We’ve been to several outstanding international botanical gardens including Singapore and Melbourne. Design tastes My design tastes have evolved into something more classical than strictly contemporary or traditional, although I still do love a small modern courtyard to design with all those straight lines and strong geometry. My most treasured possession If I were a romantic I’d say my wedding ring. My health if I was being totally pragmatic. But really, it’s my iPhone so that I can be digitally connected at any time, day or night (that’s what it feels like anyway). Favoured dress style I take a flexible approach to dressing. It has to fit the occasion. So very casual for day to day work, smart casual for client meetings and full on glamour when posing around the bars of Alderley Edge. Favourite food Seafood and Thai. So Thai seafood would keep me happy. Drink It’s hard to choose between a lychee or watermelon martini so I’ll choose a pornstar martini, which basically tastes of passionfruit so can definitely count as one of your five a day. Most fun you’ve ever had A hair-raising 20 minutes driving at at least double the speed limit around the lanes of Cheshire in a Lamborghini Aventador. The local police must turn a blind eye as it’s for charity at CarFest North, organised for Children in Need by DJ Chris Evans. I was a passenger, I hasten to add!

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Anji Connell shares stylish and practical options for containers, showing how to create focal points in a space with elegant and eye-catching planters


Planters provide a dynamic and adaptable way of growing plants and bringing the best of the seasons to your doorstep. They are perfect for where there is no soil for planting in hardscaped areas or pebbled front gardens and ideal for small spaces. They add visual interest as they beautify, create focus and offer structure, Asztalos Floating Garden unifying space, providing privacy and helping combat noise and pollution. Windows and walls Window boxes, railing boxes, wall hung and hanging planters are all fantastic options we should not forget to incorporate. ‘Floating Gardens’ by designer Gabriella Asztalos are suspended from above by thin metal cables, suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Kuiper belt from Katerina Kopytina is another suspended planter with excellent form. Make an entrance Josh Ward of Josh Ward Garden Design Company tells me: “Planters can be used in so many different ways, such as a striking focal point, contemporary sculpture, framing a path or door or as a way to lead the eye around the garden. They can announce entrances or exits,

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use before you select the planter soften harsh angles or lines and even so as to get the correct size.” lead the eye away from unsightly Sculptural planters used as art objects. I love using planters as a with or without planting look focal point on their own and fabulous, especially in a especially in sets of threes.” minimalist space. Tall square Fergus Garrett, head planters look superb displaying gardener at Christopher Lloyd’s bulbs and annuals, and cubed Great Dixter since 1993, Vondom Stones planters with single specimens continues to delight visitors with such as olive and bay give the ‘wow’ factor. trademark massed pots around the front door, ‘Bones’ is a collection of combined light and brimming over with a seasonal species. planters from the Spanish company Vondom, Fergus says: “We use pots and planters to made from resin with a slim and elegant test new plants to see if we silhouette and an invisible internal structure. like the colour, foliage Lastly, remember to raise your containers to and form. We also use allow them to drain properly, preventing water them to provide impact logging which will rot the plant roots. and energy in various locations of the garden.” The Australian company, Ke-Zu, brings Boulder, Ke-Zu art and nature together with designer planter pots. Its stand-out Boulders collection offers a juxtaposition of contemporary form in a polygonal shape while the natural oxidation of metal gives a natural, rustic look. Pot luck Environmental impact, style, durability, weight and toxicity are all considerations when choosing pots. Jeremy Aves, owner of Riverhill Garden Supply Company, which has a mind boggling supply of containers, advises: “First of all decide the style you want and keep in mind that the more expensive the pot the better made it will be. Select the plants you want to

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he sixth series of ITV’s Love Your Garden finished airing at the beginning of August, after six episodes of spectacular garden makeovers. Three million viewers tuned in to see Alan Titchmarsh, David Domoney, Katie Rushworth and Frances Tophill visit the homes of those most deserving of a garden transformation, taking into consideration their specific needs, whether this be a disability or simply a place where the grandchildren can play. Jim Boyer, head of production at Spun Gold, the company which produces Love Your Garden, explains that with so many elements to the

I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO APPRECIATE THAT WE’RE NOT MAKING A GARDEN FOR TELEVISION, WE’RE MAKING A GARDEN FOR PEOPLE programme it is difficult to label it with a particular genre: “It’s a show on its own. There are gardening tips for the viewer to take away, as well as the story of the client, but there is also hopefully an educational element. “The story also drives the build of the garden and the casting. We have lots of applications for Love Your Garden, it’s a very difficult process, but we have to do it. I think it’s important to appreciate that we’re not making a garden for television, we’re making a garden for people, and the television is there to record it.” 70

The team that turns the gardens into reality is Frosts Landscapes, which joined the set of Love Your Garden for the fourth series. Managing director Ken White explains: “I was approached by Spun Gold to see if we would be interested. A young horticultural researcher who used to work for Frosts had just joined Jim’s team and suggested us. After a tendering process, we were fortunate enough to be selected and we’ve now completed three series.” On choosing Frosts, Jim commented: “One of the reasons we were happy to be able to work with Frosts is that we knew they were deadline people, and that it wouldn’t phase them if we put them to a schedule. We also knew they had the resources to meet our requirements, and their expertise was well-documented.” Recommendation is also how garden designer Laura Anstiss came to be involved in the series, after Ken suggested she would be a good person to have on board. “It’s been a really interesting journey and completely different to what I would normally do; it’s nice to have an inside view and see how it all works,” says Laura. So how does it work and how is the design process different? “Actually, the design process has been fairly similar. I still got to meet all of the clients, which was useful for getting to know their aspirations and needs, and I then started designing around these. The only difference is that I was answerable to Frosts, Spun Gold, and of course Alan.”

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Surveys of the gardens were carried out Jim adds: “It’s very counter-intuitive for Frosts in February and designs were put together to be asked to stop working or hold back on just before filming started in April. This design certain elements to film a particular point in our process is a collaborative effort with a variety filming schedule. That’s probably the biggest of people having an input into the final design, challenge, but Frosts did it, they delivered.” which Laura will then put together with advice Both Laura and Ken are nothing but positive from Frosts as to whether certain aspects are about their experience working on Love Your achievable or not within the time frame. Garden and it seems both are keen to be involved A team of five to seven landscapers from in the next series, set to start filming next year. “It’s Frosts will then work to create the gardens, which actually been really interesting coming up with the take around five to six days to build. Additional ideas and I’ve really enjoyed it,” says Laura. “I went specialists occasionally help out but Frosts and to most of the builds and was amazed at how the Spun Gold prefer to keep the team the same for production team, Frosts and everyone else had continuity reasons. Those who work on the put all the ideas together.” programme tend to sign up for the next series, Both also feel that this series has reflected the despite being away from home for long periods. needs of the viewer more, with Ken suggesting Ken believes this is down to the team enjoying the that this has been the best series yet: “The results of their hard work, and helping families in gardens were perhaps smaller than the last series, need. The fee for the labour is the same as any which is probably more in line with the size of other contract. “We’re their contractor and we get garden that a lot of people have. Viewers see what paid for our labour,” says Ken. “It’s the can be achieved in such a small space.” same as a normal day at work.” This would appear to also be a There are certain aspects great promotional tool for the of the build, however, that industry, with Ken reporting an are different to the increase in footfall in Frosts average day. Ken Garden Centres, and Laura comments: “In a normal commenting that when situation there isn’t a people can see a garden camera crew on site, so with realistic budgets, they you can get on without are inspired to contact someone telling you to professionals. Ken also stop because they adds that the horticultural need to film a piece. industry itself has been However, once supportive of the programme, you’ve done the and with all of these benefits, THE DESIGN PROCESS first one or two why not? Pro Landscaper IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT, episodes you eagerly awaits the next series WITH A VARIETY OF PEOPLE and yet more promotion of understand each HAVING AN INPUT INTO THE the great things that can be other’s needs, and it FINAL DESIGN makes more sense.” achieved in horticulture.

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NURTURE NEWS Wyevale Nurseries sees 45% increase from garden design sector One of the UK’s leading nurseries based in Hereford has announced a 45% increase in sales year on year this September from the garden design sector. Wyevale Nurseries believes it has seen this growth due to more people moving away from DIY to ‘Do it for me’ (DIFM). Adam Dunnett, sales and marketing director at Wyevale Nurseries, explained: “It’s a fantastic sales increase and we feel the trend for DIFM has led to a greater demand for the services of garden designers and landscapers. “In response to the trend, we launched a new garden design and domestic landscape sales department, for which we appointed Adrian Hoare as sales manager. He has worked for us for 30 years and his experience means he offers excellent service and advice.” “We have also made changes to our production with more specimen shrubs, a wider range of herbaceous, container hedging and tree ranges. This is backed up with stock from our partner nurseries across Europe to provide a full pallette, giving designers a ‘one stop shop’ to fulfil even the most complex of planting schemes.”

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SoilsCon 2016 speakers announced

Following the success of the inaugural soils conference last October, Tim O’Hare has organised a second event to be held on Wednesday 5 October at Phyllis Court, Henley-on-Thames. Tim will open the event with a presentation on soil compaction, followed by Luke Fay, managing director and senior arboricultural consultant at Treework Environmental Practice, speaking about tree root and soil systems. Andy Sturgeon, principal of Andy Sturgeon Design, will focus on designing with soils, while Andy

Spetch, national topsoil manager at British Sugar TOPSOIL, will discuss manufactured topsoil. Contaminated land is director of Leap Environmental Richard Brinkworth’s topic, followed by a talk on wildflower grasslands by Tim White, senior associate of Tim O’Hare Associates. The final talk of the day will be on maintaining the landscape from the roots up, by Alistair Bayford, regional operations director of strategic business at The Landscape Group, idverde.

Johnsons of Whixley awarded £70k contract Johnsons of Whixley has won a £70k contract to supply a new fivestar luxury holiday resort in the Lake District. Landscape architect the RPS Group selected Johnsons of Whixley to supply over 300 trees, 13,000 native hedging and woodland mixes and over 2,000 ornamental shrubs to the new holiday park. The new landscaping and planting scheme is part of a complete renovation of the Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat,

set to be opened this winter by Darwin Escapes. Tony Coles, amenity sales manager at Johnsons of Whixley, said: “We’ve supplied holiday parks before, but never on this scale and were delighted to be chosen as the preferred supplier by the RPS Group and Darwin contractors.”

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This project was the large front garden of an Arts and Crafts house on the west side of Edinburgh; it faces south and isn’t at all overlooked. The back garden is in the shade for most of the day and the owners wanted to make better use of this part of the garden, which had contained large areas of hard landscaping and mature shrubs and conifers. The brief was to keep a smaller area for parking and transform the rest into a garden in which they could eat, entertain and relax as well as to create an inviting welcome for any visitors to the house. The planting brief was key to the success of this design; the owners wanted the garden to have a much better balance of shrubs and lots of romantic herbaceous perennials and roses. A mixture of pinks, blues and purples was their preferred palette. They asked for colour via foliage, stems and berries as well as flowers. 84

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Aside from adding compost to the tree planting holes, very little soil improvement was required; it was a very well-draining loam which allowed us to choose from a wide range of plants. For the highest layer, a variety of multi-stemmed shrubs and trees were included: Prunus × subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’, Amelanchier lamarckii, Malus ‘Rudolph’ and Crataegus laevigata ‘Pauls Scarlet’. These were chosen as they all flower at different times of the year. A mid-level layer of structure was provided by shrubs such as Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’, Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’, Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis, Viburnum Eskimo, Buxus balls. Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’, Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer Pink’, Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ and Paeonia suffruticosa. Many sun-loving perennials were used: Salvia ‘Caradonna’, Sedum telephium ‘Purple Emperor’, Lychnis coronaria, Erysimum linifolium ‘Bowles’ Mauve’, Linaria purpurea ‘Canon Went’, Pimpinella major ‘Rosea’, Catananche

caerulea and Iris germanica Night Owl. For the shadier parts of the garden Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’, Dodecatheon ‘Red Wings’, a variety of Astrantia, Epimedium ‘Roseum’ and Anemone × hybrida ‘September Charm’ were planted. A mixture of shrub and climbing roses was also included; Boscobel, Bonica, Gertrude Jekyll and William and Catherine to name a few. Sourcing plants for this garden wasn’t an issue. Three local nurseries – Macplants, McLarens and Wyndford Farm Plants – were used. It was more of an issue finding the more mature trees and so these were bought from Barcham Trees. The roses came from David Austin.

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Jamie Butterworth discusses planting options for that awkward shady spot in your clients’ gardens


andering through the woodland in the RHS Wisley gardens, with huge majestic oaks towering above you, the sweet scent of Daphnes filling the air and the bright colours of Hamamelis lighting the track; on a sunny evening in early spring, there really is nowhere else I would rather be. A real highlight of the two years I spent there. The planting there, which has proven reliable year upon year, was always inspiring, with a tapestry of rich foliage and beautiful early spring flowers. Ok, so not everyone has a multi-acre woodland they need to plant up, but every client has that dark corner, the shady part of the garden that always seems to get missed. Below are five of my favorite shade loving plants that will thrive and give a whopping display in conditions that would be intolerable for most other plants. Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Prolifica’ I simply couldn’t write an article on shade loving plants without including any ferns, undoubtedly the kings of shade. I do not claim to be any sort of expert when it comes

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to ferns, but this one has to be my favorite. It produces flushes of lush coppery rusted leaves that make it stand out against other ferns, gradually growing to 1m high. Mukdenia rossii This hardy shade loving perennial was one of the stars of the show in Cleve West’s 2016 RHS

Chelsea garden. It produces delicate white bell shaped flowers from March through to late April, before the foliage emerges. It’s rhizomatous, a great ground cover plant, with autumnal colours of deep burnt reds, so you really get your money’s worth. Hosta ‘Purple Heart’ A relatively new introduction that was first seen at RHS Chelsea this year in Jo Thompson’s garden. It has beautiful glossy mid-green foliage, raised on vivid purple stems which really set it apart from other Hostas. In addition to the striking unique foliage, it also produces soft lilac flowers throughout summer. Best grown in dappled shade. Mathiasella bupleuroides ‘Green Dream’ Ok, so not a fully shade loving plant, but will be more than happy in partial shade. An incredibly glamorous umbel, which opens lime green and fades to a soft pink, I fell in love with this plant after first seeing it grow in the Walled Garden East at RHS Garden Wisley. It has a bad reputation for dying in the winter months, but you can keep the crown protected with a good mulch to prevent it from becoming waterlogged. Epimedium x warleyense ‘Orangekonigin’ Because everyone loves a bit of orange, this evergreen perennial creates mini firework displays of coppery orange flowers tinged with yellow that are sure to brighten up even the shadiest of corners. Ideal for underplanting and as a ground cover plant for tough positions. Shade planting doesn’t have to be boring layers of Pachysandra and Hedera in an attempt to cover the ground. It can be a real opportunity and potentially the highlight of any garden, no excuses.






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The money plant (or jade plant) is a great example of an almost indestructible indoor plant. Ian Drummond shares the history of this office and house plant favourite, and explains the best way to keep it alive


ear where I live there’s a laundrette with two money plants right at the front of the floor to ceiling window, and I watch them bake in the sun year in, year out. They sit inside large blue and white IndoChinese pots and each plant probably now stands a metre high. Years ago, I expect the pots were positioned when the plants were still small and there was plenty of room; now they sprawl against the glass, reaching for space any way they can. These particular examples aren’t the most perfect specimens, but I tell this story to show how these plants, given what many would consider to be intolerable conditions, will grow from a tiny plant with no more than two or three leaves into something that resembles a small and sturdy tree. A member of the succulent Crassula family, the popularity of the money plant as a house and office plant originates from the east where feng shui was first thought to create harmony

between us as humans and our immediate environment. In feng shui terms, the lure of the money plant comes from its ability to create an energy, which is seen through new growth. The hope is that the growth will sprawl, much like the plants in the laundrette window – straight into our bank balance. But regardless

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of their perceived added benefits, I enjoy this plant simply for what it is. Let’s start with the leaves. They’re plump, fleshy and rich jade in colour which gives it its alternative name, the jade plant. The leaves are often edged with a flush of red when planted in direct sunlight, and are a perfect barometer of the plant’s overall health. If they are a little dry, you will see a slight dullness and wrinkling appear, but give them good water and they quickly regain their perfectly waxed shine. The stems are surprisingly remarkable too – they emerge pale and opaque, but quickly assume the visual strength of the leaves. With age, these same fine stems thicken to resemble miniature tree trunks with a copper and glaucous hue that has a beautiful tactile quality. It’s not surprising that the money tree is also very popular as a bonsai. With even the most negligible care, these plants can live for many decades. In other parts of the world, they are often given as a wedding present, the idea being that they grow and remain with each new family. Personally, and whatever the reason for their planting, I love to see them placed individually where they can stand alone, basking in the light and rewarding us year after year with their vivid and steadfast presence.

Always at their best when placed in a position with high levels of natural light. However, if this isn’t possible, they will still do very well in slightly darker situations and even windowless areas, provided there is artificial lighting. WATER Like most succulents they are tough and resilient, however they will not survive if over-watered and don’t let them sit in water. The best way to avoid any chance of this is to allow the soil to dry out between generous waterings during the summer season and keep the soil barely moist during the winter season. HUMIDITY It’s a breeze – no special humidity requirements. FEEDING Joyfully low maintenance here – just a general all-purpose house plant feed every three months is all that’s required.

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

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eciduous trees can steal the show and if well chosen, transform the landscape for months rather than weeks. Some colour well, if the climatic conditions are right, some only perform on the right soil. To get the best from fall foliage, choose wisely. Acers are well known for their autumn colour, from the Japanese maples of gardens to those that set the fall ablaze across the Atlantic. Acer rubrum, the red maple or Canadian maple is one of the best contributors but, like the sugar maple Acer saccharum it never colours well on alkaline soil. Named clones give the most consistent colour, for example Acer rubrum ‘Schlesingeri’ which has superb ruby-red autumn colour which develops well before tints have coloured the canopy of most trees. Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’ is the most popular clone. Acer x freemanii Autumn Blaze (‘Jeffersred’) is a clone of a naturally occurring hybrid between Acer rubrum and Acer saccharinum, the silver maple. Autumn Blaze is vigorous, has dense growth and deep green leaves that colour orange red. It is widely planted and its

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autumn display is spectacular, if short-lived compared to the sweet gum, Liquidambar styraciflua. On neutral to acid soil Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesden’ would be my first choice – it can put on a show from September

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emerald green leaves. Large clusters of white flowers in spring are followed by spectacular flattened bunches of scarlet orange berries in autumn; at the same time the leaves turn from green to rich shades of orange. It has a more rigid habit than the varieties of Sorbus aucuparia, but its upright, robust habit is useful in small spaces.

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through to November. Suitable for both garden and landscape with its compact habit and vibrant gold and crimson autumn colour, sadly it is not a good choice for alkaline soils. On chalk the British native Acer campestre should not be overlooked. Whether used in a hedgerow or as an urban landscape tree it brings in the late sunshine as the foliage turns to butter

DECIDUOUS TREES CAN STEAL THE SHOW AND TRANSFORM THE LANDSCAPE FOR MONTHS yellow. For something more exotic I would choose Parrotia persica, the Persian ironwood. This is increasingly offered as a standard, but its natural vase-shaped habit as a low branched multi-stem is more attractive where space allows. The Norway maple, Acer platanoides, normally turns clear yellow in autumn. It grows well in most conditions, often too well, and the leaves are relatively large when they fall. Small leaved trees produce more manageable leaf litter. This is where varieties of mountain ash come in. Most varieties produce large hanging clusters of spectacular fruit and none more so than the excellent Sorbus ‘Olympic Flame’. This is a small tree of upright deep brown stems and fern-like

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The trend in tree planting in recent years has been towards short lived trees that give quick results. Oaks, however, have held their own. The pin oak, Quercus palustris, is a personal favourite for its elegant conical habit, shining healthy leaves and warm autumn tints. This is a tree to plant for the long term and is especially useful on heavy clay and in wet soil conditions. ABOUT ANDY MCINDOE Andy McIndoe is a practical horticulturist with more than 30 years’ experience in ornamental horticulture. He has designed and advised on gardens of all sizes and has been responsible for 25 Gold Medal winning exhibits at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Twitter: @AndyMcIndoe

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INSTANT HEDGES When it comes to explaining the benefits of instant hedges, the clue really is in the title. But what does maintaining an instant hedge involve, and why should those thinking of purchasing a hedge consider ‘going instant’? Pro Landscaper has spoken to instant hedge supplier Simon Williamson, owner and director of Readyhedge, and Practicality Brown sales and business manager Graeme Jenkins to find out more Whilst in previous years any landscape designer or architect wanting a hedge for a project would have to devote time, effort and money into getting their desired hedge height, nowadays an instant hedge to an exact specification can be acquired in a matter of hours. First and foremost, why buy an instant hedge? Graeme explains: “Instant hedges are generally used when the mature look is required from the time of planting – the client doesn’t want to wait for the plants to fulfil the function for which they are intended. The hedge could be as a screen, to delineate a space or to provide a structural backbone to a garden design. Security and reducing noise are also common reasons to install an instant hedge.” When purchasing an instant hedge, a customer should expect it to be trimmed, clipped and flat sided, with its plants well knitted together to form a barrier. Instant hedges are usually delivered as a metre long unit but this can be changed depending on the hedge specification, Simon states: “Instant hedges can come in all different shapes and sizes, and can be as low as 30cm if needed for border edging.” Graeme advises a planting trench approximately 45cm

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wide by 50cm deep, and advised that small machinery would be required to plant the hedge. To keep an instant hedge looking its best once planted, Graeme instructs: “Like any hedge,

YOU ARE ESSENTIALLY BUYING TIME – THE HEDGE PERFORMS ITS INTENDED FUNCTION STRAIGHT AWAY it will need to be trimmed once or twice a year depending on the species and the desired look. The growth rate will vary between species; 10-15cm would be typical for yew but common laurel may achieve 50-60cm.” Instant hedges also require feeding once a year, and regular watering at least until they are established, which Graeme states usually takes two growing seasons. As well as watering and maintenance, diligence against potential threats is paramount, as Simon adds: “All instant hedges are living plants, and could get bugs or aphids, so while a spray programme shouldn’t be needed, a close eye will need to be kept on the hedge.” When considering which species to purchase, should customers be aware of any being more susceptible to bugs and disease than others? Simon confirms: “Vine weevil will attack virtually any species, and is endemic in everyone’s garden anyway, and any hedge can get caterpillars. Evergreens such as laurels can get mildew, which is endemic and comes in with

the weather patterns that Britain has at the moment. No one hedge is a particular sufferer, but everything can get something.” While there are a number of issues that may occur with an instant hedge, Simon assures these can all be remedied with readily available products. On indicators of problems with an instant hedge, Graeme advises: “Pests will generally damage the leaf in some way, which is the first thing to look for. The type of damage will provide clues as to which pest is present, for example an adult vine weevil will eat irregular chunks from the outside of the leaf whereas a caterpillar may strip the entire leaf.” If planted correctly, watered regularly and maintained well, an instant hedge provides immediate gratification. Instant hedges achieve the desired aesthetics or purpose for the hedge without having to wait for it to grow and develop. As Graeme adds: “You are effectively buying time – the hedge performs its intended function straight away.” 1 Common Laurel at Practicality Brown 2 Common Laurel just after planting 3 Buxus Sempervirens 4 Carpinus betulus at Readyhedge Pro Landscaper / October 2016 93

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PALMSTEAD NURSERIES “Do remember to retain the moist soil around their roots so the fine roots don’t desiccate and dry out. When they do it takes more of their stored energy to make new roots, and small plants don’t have much of that energy. So keep the roots damp, perhaps with some damp straw in the bag, and protect them from wind and sun – that’s why nurseries use plastic bags. Keep the black bags in the shade so they don’t heat up and take plants out just as you need them for planting. Plant them quickly and at the right level. Don’t plant them deeper than the level at which they grew at the nursery.” Nick Coslett – marketing manager, Palmstead Nurseries

LADYBROOK NURSERY “To get the best results when planting bare root or rootballed hedging, it’s important to know the time between lifting the stock and planting. Bare root and rootballed if left out of the ground can dry out and this has a direct influence on the performance of the plant. It is good practice to heel in bare root stock if there is any chance of delay in planting on site.” Paul Anderson – managing partner and sales, Ladybrook Nursery WWW.LADYBROOKNURSERY.COM

WWW.PALMSTEAD.CO.UK NEW WOOD TREES LTD KNOWL PARK NURSERIES “My top tip is to keep the roots damp and away from drying winds. Keep bundles of transplants and trees in black plastic bags. Pack them with straw during frosty periods and place a tarpaulin over the top of the trees when transporting in an open back vehicle. If the plants are not going to be used for a while, dig out a trench on site and lay them in, making sure all the roots are adequately covered. The rule is to keep the roots covered at all times. Remember you are guaranteeing the plants; make sure they live, make sure they grow.”


“There is always lots of different advice about the best way to plant a tree. When it comes to bare root trees, the best tip is to find a decent supplier that can supply hardy trees with a good fibruous root system. The roots should be trimmed to make planting easier and prevent root spiralling in the planting hole. People often go for the bare root option as it can be cheaper and quicker, however there is the risk of the fine roots drying out. It’s therefore critical that your bare root tree is planted as soon as possible, before the fine roots get a chance to dry out.”

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NURTURE COLES NURSERIES LTD “Buy your stock from a reputable UK grower. Bare root stock is supplied through the dormant season from early November. Trust your supplier to offer the stock only when the material is ready; some species will drop early, such as Sorbus aria, while for example some Pyrus Chanticleer will hold much longer. Bare root material requires precise handling to ensure that at no time during the lifting, bagging and tying procedure are the roots exposed, causing desiccation of the root mass. A great deal of time, expense and expertise goes in to growing bare root material, so trust your supplier.” Vince Edwards – key account manager, Coles Nurseries Ltd

JOHNSONS OF WHIXLEY “Ensure your planting stock has developed a root system, but is small enough to make site handling and planting efficient and cost effective. Make sure the hole you are planting in is big enough to allow the roots to spread out at plant level with the soil line on the tree, allowing about half an inch for settling. Then backfill, ensuring there are no air pockets. Finally, water thoroughly.” Andrew Barker – account manager, Johnsons of Whixley WWW.NURSERYMEN.CO.UK


READYHEDGE “Here at Readyhedge when planting bare root plants we always advise the customer to keep the plants well-watered. In the first year after planting, watering is critical to ensuring good establishment of the plants, but is also crucial to making sure that the roots do not dry out at any point before they are planted as this can make the plants slower to establish. If the roots look dry before planting a short soak in water will help rectify this.” Simon Williamson – managing director, Readyhedge WWW.READYHEDGELTD.COM

PROVENDER NURSERIES “Every year when bare root season comes around I like to remind customers of the benefits of using Mycorrhizal fungi, which is particularly beneficial to bare root plants. It is essential to plant establishment, which is of paramount importance when dealing with plants that have had their roots pruned, as happens with bare root. Application directly to the roots results in increased root area, increased water and nutrient uptake, increased tolerance to drought, faster establishment and greater growth rate of bare root whips.”

“Bare root trees are cheaper and easier to handle, but are only relatively successful in smaller sizes, with many varieties having a high failure rate above 10-12cm circumference. On lifting, bare root trees are literally cut out of the ground and the soil shaken off. During this process a lot of fine roots are lost and larger roots can be damaged by the blade and tearing action, and if not bagged at the point of lifting they will dry out. Bare root trees can only be planted in winter, and expect a significant failure rate especially if from less than the best nurseries where they might sit around in their yard for weeks on end, or they tell you it is not a problem when they are already pushing in early spring. Whilst cheaper, the failure rate is much higher than rootballs.”

Liz Hughes – marketing, Provender Nurseries

Steve McCurdy – managing director, Majestic Trees

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BONINGALE NURSERIES “Bare root transplants must be planted as soon as possible after purchase; proper care to make sure the roots are moist prior to planting is critical for their survival and long term success. If planting is delayed make sure you keep the transplants in their packaging and store them in a cool shady area, while keeping the roots moist. When you are ready to plant, remove all the packaging and soak the roots for 30-60 minutes – no longer than two hours. Keeping the roots moist before and during planting is essential.”

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THINK TANKS Sean Butler continues his series on water in gardens by explaining how to tackle challenges in retention and storage

When the trial holes for a soakaway have failed or a site slopes towards the house, an auto lift sump pump can be incorporated to solve these issues of water retention. The principle is simple, and it can be scaled up to cope with large volumes of water run off and water storage (rainwater harvesting). The chamber in which the water is stored needs to be a minimum capacity of 225-250L, or the size of a water butt. This is a small chamber and ideally suited for the use of temporary storage of water before pumping away. Alternatively, if you require a larger capacity of storage for reuse, a minimum 2,500L tank should be used. Ideally this needs to be placed in a flower bed or paved area for aesthetic reasons; no one likes seeing manhole covers. The excavation needs to be deep enough for the chamber, once you have worked out your

falls and invert levels for any pipes leading to the chamber. Additionally, you need to allow for a 300mm concrete base and 300mm thickness of large shingle to surround the volume of the chamber, which is filled to its shoulder. A geotextile membrane is laid over the shingle to prevent foreign debris percolating through. A concrete cap is then formed 300mm deep over the shoulder of the chamber to prevent ground water pressure forcing the chamber out of its hole. Once the chamber is in its excavated hole, fill it with water. This is to prevent any ground water building up and forcing the tank out. A minimum of two courses of engineering bricks should be laid before any manhole cover frames are cemented on top. A 32mm medium-density polyethylene (MDPE) pipe is connected to the outflow from




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October: the month that the clocks go back and the leaves fall. The darker evenings make us even more reliant upon the lighting we have enjoyed throughout the summer months. We have a whole ream of clients who ask us to maintain their lighting twice a year. March is our spring visit and October is the autumn visit. Think about what an external light goes through in a year: frozen to near death in winter, baked by the sun in summer, submersed by floods during the April showers and then covered by leaves in autumn. Regular maintenance is essential. We follow a five step schedule for all of our systems and clients.

As with maintenance of any electrical item, always turn it off first. Make it easy for yourself by ensuring that you can find all the lights; bringing them out from under dense foliage towards a clearer area will always help. ✔ The first check is a visual inspection. Look over the light and check for any visible signs of damage. Check any knuckle joints, lenses and cable entries, securing screws or spikes. ✔ Next you must give the fitting a good wash and wipe. We use standard hot soapy water and a roll of rag, similar to car valeting. Make sure it’s clean and dry before you even attempt to undo the light fitting itself. Most lights can be simply unscrewed from the top. Alternatively, you may find three or four bolts holding the top to the body. Use the correct screwdriver for the job. If you mess up the head of the bolt then the light is as good as rubbish – you’ll never be able to get into it again. ✔ Always take the seal out and check for damage. Most lights will have a seal between the body and top and most manufacturers can supply new seals, but you normally wouldn’t need to change it. We simply clean the seal gently, lay aside to dry and then smear a small amount of Vaseline onto it to give it a bit more volume and take up any pit marks. ✔ The next obvious place to go is the lamp. It’s not a bulb – bulbs grow underground. Lamps do have a certain lifespan, regardless of whether they still work or not. The amount of light output that you see (lumens) degrades over the life of the lamp. Remember to check its colour, temperature, wattage and

beam angle. If it’s all okay then simply clean the lamp and set aside. ✔ Finally, check the lamp holder. In most garden lights, this will be a low voltage holder where the two prongs of the lamp push into. It’s not uncommon for these to be slightly blackened or tarnished. If it needs changing, call an expert. Otherwise, a simple clean with a dry rag will do. If your clients follow these steps twice a year they’ll be sure to extend the life of their light fittings. If they wait until they need us, often it’s been so long since the light was serviced that we physically won’t be able to get into it. This is a very common occurrence. Maintain to enjoy.

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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@ or via his mobile on 07766 051 000.

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ULD O G E T KA Title V. Sackville-West’s Garden Book Author Vita Sackville-West Publisher Michael Joseph Ltd

ENGAGING, INFORMATIVE, OF ITS TIME AND YET TIMELESS I am often really pushed for time. Partly because I’m busy – or at least that’s what I tell myself – and partly because I’m a little disorganised. Perhaps more the latter. But if I manage to structure my life so I can travel into town on the train for meetings, I usually have a copy of Vita Sackville-West’s Garden Book crammed into my bag along with tape measures, pens and old plant tags that are slowly composting to mulch. It is a much-thumbed copy bought on a trip to a secondhand bookstore with my PR agent, Jean.

WHAT I’M READING Kate Gould, Kate Gould Gardens Ltd

SUCCESSES AND FAILURES The beauty of this compilation of articles from Vita’s columns for the Observer, spanning 1947 to 1961, is that it is eminently ‘dip-able’ into in short batches, perfect for reading between train stops. With a pen style straddling an odd balance of the romantic and deeply practical, its instructions and sage words stem from years of experience simply growing and doing. This is not a book borne out of intellectual effete. Soil, fertiliser, successes and failures all add to the knowledge Vita imparts, but it is her experience selecting plants for her garden at Sissinghurst that completely transcends time and fashion. I must have read this a multitude of times but on each occasion I find something new and worthwhile. I have grown plants on her advice and had successes and failures (Trillium are still my nemesis) but her levelheaded informative delivery makes trying again seem so worthwhile. THE VALUE OF EXPERIENCE As a visual person I am often found ‘looking at pretty pictures and not reading the words’ but here I am riveted by the written word. Engaging, informative, of its time and yet timeless, I suspect that this work has by a process of osmosis formatted how I speak to clients about their gardens. I certainly do not quote verbatim passages but I did find myself at an RHS seminar this year for exhibitors in the floral marquee, reading out the below paragraph which I think underlines what nurseries, contractors and designers should all be striving for at RHS shows. The subject is dog’s-tooth violets but it could be applied to any plant: ‘There will probably be a fine display of them at the Royal Horticultural Society’s fortnightly spring shows where anybody

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living with easy reach of Vincent Square, Westminster can go and spend an hour of pure delight at this debutante festival. Of course one must expect everything to look better at a show than it will ever look in one’s own garden. The exhibitors have chosen their best specimens, and have arranged them in a very becoming bed of moist dark brown velvet peat, showing them off to their best advantage.’ Okay, so we’ve moved a very long way from the days of planting in peat but the ethos is still the same. RHS shows are still the pinnacle of horticultural excellence. This book isn’t a generalisation of gardening techniques and practices; it is one woman’s experience of plants on the land which she gardens. It teaches that you should fundamentally understand the site you garden and the plants you grow, but not be so bound by the rules of horticulture that you slavishly follow what the reference books espouse. Garden from the heart, respond to your site and your plants’ needs. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make mistakes – simply try to learn from them. It is actually not a bad way to muddle through life, let alone garden. ABOUT THE BOOK Vita Sackville-West’s Garden Book is a compilation of the best of self-taught gardener Vita’s journalism following fourteen years of contributing articles to the Observer. Put together by Philippa Nicolson, the book is divided into the twelve months of the year and is well suited to the amateur gardener looking for practical yet eloquent advice.

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By the time this article is published, the two teams of horticulturists will have completed the incredible Three Peakers Ride Again challenge on 26 September. Both the road bike and mountain bike riders will have cycled from Snowdon to Land’s End, tackling a number of obstacles along the way. Pro Landscaper has been following this remarkable attempt to raise money for horticultural charity Perennial, and there is still time to show your support and donate

The Three Peakers Ride Again challenge has a fundraising target of £50,000 and is part of Perennial’s annual fundraising campaign HortAid. This was launched earlier in the year at the Party for Perennial in London and features a variety of activities to raise money for the charity, which provides advice, support and financial assistance to people working in or retired from horticulture and their families.

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Simon is a self-employed landscape gardener with a business he established six years ago after being made redundant from a large landscape gardening contractor. Simon has gradually built up his business, investing in it from the outset, to ensure he is offering clients a premium service. Though his income is gradually increasing, it remains very low (effectively below the National Living Wage for the hours he works) and he has struggled to make ends meet. Perennial has played an important role in ensuring Simon is able to remain focused on his business while looking after his family. Simon first asked Perennial for assistance in the same year his eldest daughter, Freya, was starting at a nearby grammar school and youngest child, James, was starting primary school. Both children required new uniforms and Freya needed extra school equipment, and incurred additional travel costs to the


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CAITLIN MCLAUGHLIN Twenty-six-year-old Caitlin McLaughlin from Northamptonshire was recently announced as the RHS Young Designer of the Year at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2016. Pro Landscaper’s Nina Mason caught up with Caitlin to talk Tatton, conservation, and what’s next for the budding designer

What first inspired you to pursue a career in horticulture? I have a degree and a masters in plant science and conservation and initially started off by pursuing garden design as a hobby. About a year ago I decided that I wanted to go into it full time which RHS Tatton was a great launchpad for. If it went well, then I would really go for it as a career – and it went well. What were your first steps in the industry? My sister Tessa and I designed a show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival last year. It was amazing to complete a show garden, and in the Festival Garden category we also received mentorship which was incredibly helpful. Why did you decide to enter RHS Young Designer of the Year? After Malvern, I went to visit the other RHS shows. Having decided that I wanted to

change my career, I thought that RHS Tatton, with the mentorship that is given in the Young Designer category, would be a perfect way to transition in. Both Paul Hervey-Brookes and Adolfo Harrison were great mentors. Can you tell us about your Gold Medalwinning garden at RHS Tatton? The theme for this year’s Young Designer category was ‘Health, Happiness and Horticulture’, which I wanted to combine with UK native wildflower conservation as part of a public space. Having lived in London, I know how important it is to have access to green spaces in cities. The garden is currently being relocated to a hospice in Lincolnshire.

WE DESIGN PUBLIC SPACES AND PRIVATE GARDENS, BUT ALWAYS TRY TO INCORPORATE A CONSERVATION ELEMENT You also have your own design practice, Thrift Landscapes. How did this start and what does it focus on? Tessa and I set up Thrift Landscapes at the beginning of the year; she’s good with the organisation and project management, whereas I deal with the creative aspects. We design public spaces and private gardens, but always try to incorporate a conservation element. Recently, we landscaped the front of Shrigley Hall Hotel, Cheshire and post-Tatton have picked up a few clients. We hoped that it would open doors for us, and it has. I’m really pleased.

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How do you plan to develop the company? We would like to continue with private and public clients, hopefully scaling up to larger projects and eventually branching out into public spaces such as parks and cities, incorporating the same themes as the RHS Tatton show garden. I’m quite inspired by Nigel Dunnett’s work in Sheffield, and would like to do something similar in the future. It would also be absolutely incredible to design a show garden at RHS Chelsea and I will definitely try to work towards that. How would you inspire more young people to take up garden design? If you’re passionate about pursuing a career in garden design then just try it – use the free software that’s available and gain experience. I volunteered on Nigel Dunnett’s garden for the RHS at its Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 because I wanted more experience and to see whether it was a career option for me. If you’re good and you’re passionate, you’ll thrive.

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The Woodhorn Group is a family-run business which diversified into composting and recycling in 1998. The group produces its Earth Cycle range of peat-free products including soil conditioner, top soil, turf dressing, wood chip and cow compost. We currently have an opportunity for a sales assistant to join the Earth Cycle team and raise awareness of our products and ethos. The role involves telephone sales and order processing for our existing customer base combined with building relationships with prospective clients over the phone and in person.

A live in gardener / housekeeper is required for a small rural estate in West Sussex. The grounds extend to 15 acres with 3 acres of paddocks and about 2 acres of formal gardens surrounding the 18th century manor house. The gardener will be required to maintain the garden to a high standard along with carrying out other general duties around the house and grounds. The housekeeper will be employed for around 15 hours per week and undertake cleaning, washing, ironing etc. A rent free one bedroom annex adjacent to the main house with council and utility bills paid is available.

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THE OUTDOOR ROOM Location: Cowfold

The Outdoor Room is an award-winning garden design and construction company. Our knowledgeable, experienced and creative team offers a professional, comprehensive service to private clients, developers, garden designers and landscape architects. We are currently looking to recruit trainee landscape gardeners who are keen to learn. The right candidate should be presentable, self-motivated, enthusiastic and be able to use their own initiative as well as being able to work under the supervision of the site foreman. A CSCS card along with some experience on site is an advantage but not essential.

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TAYLOR2RECRUITMENT LTD Location: Sussex / Hampshire

Our client is a provider of soft landscaping services primarily to the house building and corporate sector. They require a skilled and dynamic up and coming manager to coordinate operations alongside the general manager from their offices in Sussex / Hampshire.

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DEAKINLOCK GARDEN DESIGN Location: Earsham Hall near Bungay, Suffolk


We have an opportunity for a landscape / garden designer to work as part of a busy and expanding landscape design and build company, based at the picturesque Earsham Hall near Bungay, Suffolk. Deakinlock Garden Design is looking for a motivated individual to develop their skills and work within an energetic team. Candidates should have a recognised landscape / garden design qualification, ideally at degree or HND level. Good knowledge of Vectorworks, Sketch Up and Apple Mac systems will be required.

Glendale has been at the forefront of green services provision since 1989 and offers solutions for the management and maintenance of the green environment. The business is seeking a strong regional manager who can liaise with and manage our key clients, monitor and provide key performance indicators and deliver the grounds maintenance contract throughout the North West. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable track record of managing grounds maintenance teams, be able to drive productivity and ensure that the workforce provides a quality service.

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Five time BALI Grand Award winner Willerby Landscapes Ltd has an exciting new opportunity for an individual to join the team in the role of estimator. We are seeking a suitably qualified candidate to fulfil the responsibilities and requirements of a full time estimator. As an estimator you will be responsible for managing and preparing tenders from first principles. To be part of a successful team and build your future career with Willerby Landscapes, see Horticulture Careers for full details.

The Oswestry & Bridgnorth branch of GreenThumb is looking for a self-motivated, organised person with excellent customer service to join its team. The candidate will have a full UK driving licence. The main duties of the role will be to visit a number of designated customers on a daily basis to apply fertiliser, weed control and moss control, maintain a high level of knowledge regarding lawns and lawn weeds, offer any necessary advice on lawns and mowing practice, and carry out machine work such as aerating and scarifying in the winter months.

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