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Come wintertime, landscaping doesn’t seem quite so appealing as a career. In the face of cold, wet and mostly dark working conditions, Holly Youde offers ways of keeping your teams motivated on page 23 – take a look as there are some good check points that could make a great difference. Helen Elks-Smith has her say on page 103 regarding career changers and people who start their own business later in life, something which definitely had a resonance for us! With some really interesting articles across all sections of the magazine this month, it must be time to grab a few moments to digest what Pro Landscaper has to offer. Have a good month,

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elcome to the October issue of Pro Landscaper. We hope you’ve all made the most of the summer weather this September, and that work is continuing to stack up until the end of the year. We’re looking ahead to FutureScape next month. Please do check out the fabulous seminar programme we’ve got lined up – it’s got something for everyone, and with upwards of 200 exhibitors booked to delight you with their excellent array of products, it’s going to be another full-on day. If you’d like to attend the event, register online at: www.futurescapeevent.com. This month we visited Julian at 4th Corner Landscaping in Banbury. On page 16 he tells us about the business and the services his company offers. Also, Andrew Wilson is not quite ready to say goodbye to show season as he ponders the idea of presenting show gardens in a different format – food for thought maybe?

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genda A Potential impact of HS2 project News Our monthly roundup of industry news Future Projects Meridian Water Company Profile 4th Corner Landscaping View From The Top Nick Temple-Heald A Fresh Start Andrew Wilson Beating the Summer Blues Holly Youde A Royal Restoration Greenwich Park

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Feature Garden Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden At What Price? Lewis Normand An Impending Crisis Nick Coslett Keeping It Cool Trees and Design Action Group Nursery Focus Barcham Nursery Think Green Green-tech on reducing plastic use Tree Planting Equipment Greenblue Urban

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CO N T R I B U TO R S Andrew Wilson The process of designing a show garden is a concept that hasn't changed much over the years. This month, Andrew asks whether a radical change to the format is possible, and explores how events across the globe have redefined the genre.

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Nick Coslett With oak processionary moth outbreaks spreading, the importation of oaks has now been banned. This month Nick urges UK nurseries to grow more oaks in order to prepare for the future, and explains why biosecurity standards need to improve.

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AFTER THE GOVERNMENT’S NOTICE OF AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW INTO HS2, WHAT POTENTIAL IMPACTS DO YOU THINK THE PROJECT HAS?

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recent independent review into High Speed 2 – more commonly referred to as HS2 – could see the project being pushed back many years along with a budget increase of approximately £22bn. The London Euston and Birmingham line has reportedly been delayed by five years, with the Northern section covering Manchester and Leeds being pushed back by seven. The proposal states that the train, capable of reaching up to 250mph, will provide over 1,000 seats for passengers with journey times being reduced and thousands of jobs being created. On the flip side, though, the project has received significant backlash when it comes to the environmental impacts. It has been reported that at least 108 ancient woodlands will be subjected to destruction, with damage being caused to twelve highly protected areas for nature conservation. We asked members of the industry what they thought.

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I would be relieved to see HS2 being scrapped, and I feel sorry that it would mean loss of work for others in our profession. As a landscape architect I obviously support the development of public transport, but we’ve got to be

I believe that the best way for the government to benefit everyone in the society it governs is through direct investment in infrastructure that is delivered utilising UK-based (local) supply chains wherever possible. It distributes wealth, provides jobs and benefits people more than any other form of investment. HS2 – much like the Elizabeth line (Crossrail) – has multiple benefits way beyond the line itself. These projects benefit society for many generations, and value for money is guaranteed when viewed in the context of the ultimate benefit. Cost scrutiny is of course necessary and right but maximising the value through the

IT IS DISTRESSING TO WATCH OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE DISAPPEAR smarter than this. How can we criticise other countries for cutting down forests, when despite being one of the most nature depleted countries in the world, we are still nibbling away at the last vestiges of our ancient habitats? It is distressing to watch our beautiful countryside disappear and it’s time to put our energy into making things better. We want to see more trees, expanding habitats and sustainable transport systems. From now on we’ve got to start being more critical of any large-scale proposals that are put forward.

THESE PROJECTS BENEFIT SOCIETY FOR MANY GENERATIONS highest possible quality will serve to maximise the benefit for the longest time and at the lowest environmental impact. I wholeheartedly support HS2, but I will withdraw this support should the project cut corners or if quality is compromised.

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BOTANICAL HORTICULTURIST, KEW GARDENS

Here at the Woodland Trust, we’re all for green transport. There is a drastic need to decarbonise our economy, but any scheme that rides roughshod over the environment and destroys the irreplaceable ancient woodlands that make up our landscape cannot truly be called green.

At this stage of a major infrastructure project, questions are always raised about whether the taxpayer is getting value for money. It is not just about increasing capacity and speeding up journeys on the rail network – though this is sorely needed. I think it is important to consider the wider benefits of urban regeneration that this project also brings, particularly around Euston in London and Curzon Street in Birmingham for Phase 1 and the major cities of the north in Phase 2. We’re building the infrastructure needed for future generations and a growing population. Our Victorian rail network is totally inadequate, and when compared with other European countries we are way behind.

I’m very happy to hear that there will be a review of the HS2 project. I personally don’t want it to go ahead for a number of reasons. Firstly, there is the negative impact the trainline will have on the environment. Having grown up in the West

SOME 108 ANCIENT WOODS WILL BE DESTROYED OR DAMAGED, AND THE LOSS OF THESE CENTURIES-OLD SITES WILL BE CATASTROPHIC FOR THE ENVIRONMENT As it stands, we are going to lose almost 60ha of this precious habitat to HS2. Some 108 ancient woods will be destroyed or damaged, and the loss of these centuries-old sites will be catastrophic for the environment. Not only will we lose the woods, but the many species of flora, fauna and fungi which rely on it for survival are at risk too. Rare birds such as the lesser spotted woodpecker, the willow tit and the wood warbler, bats, butterflies, dormice, otters, badgers and hedgehogs are all threatened.

WE’RE BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND A GROWING POPULATION The benefits for the landscape industry are huge. Our contract for the supply of 7 million trees and plants for Phase 1 is only part of the story. Many additional planting, landscaping and environmental improvement schemes will come as a result of the secondary developments along the route, as well as the urban regeneration already mentioned.

THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS OF PROVIDING SUCH TRANSPORT LINKS ARE INSIGNIFICANT COMPARED WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS SO OFTEN OVERLOOKED Midlands and Warwickshire, I know some of the beautiful areas of woodland and countryside which HS2 will affect either directly or indirectly very well. From an ecological point of view, I feel it would have a very negative effect by cutting off vital ecological links between different habitats as well as directly destroying habitats and areas of ancient woodland that cannot be replaced or mitigated. I hope that the review of the project will bring to light the fact that the financial benefits of providing such transport links are insignificant compared with the importance of the natural environment which is so often overlooked.

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fungi have evolved through time. This knowledge could potentially hold the key to developing new medicines or building climate-resilient cities. Classification by DNA has given scientists some surprises. For example, despite not sharing many physical traits, the London plane tree and the lotus flower are related. Comparatively, peonies and buttercups were proven to be unrelated, despite similarities. The Agius Evolution Garden is divided into eight sections, separated by low yew hedges to form spectacular garden rooms. Closely related plants are grouped into plant families and related families are grown together in a garden room. The horticultural displays tell the compelling factual stories of plant evolution. www.kew.org ©RBG Kew

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oters have crowned Stanley Park in Blackpool, Lancashire, as the UK’s Best Park 2019 by Fields In Trust. The awards received a record number of 364 nominations, with all eligible nominations progressing to a public vote, in which 36,832 votes were received. Receiving an estimated two million visitors annually, Stanley Park was opened in 1926 and features an abundance of sporting facilities as well as a multiple iconic features. Impressive Italian gardens at its centre are flanked on one side by an Art Deco café and clock tower. On the other side it is flanked by a bandstand with amphitheatre-style seating. A large boating lake frames these features. This is not the first time Stanley Park has won the award, with the space also taking the overall title in 2017. Fields in Trust chief executive, Helen Griffiths, says: “Public support for this year’s award has been unprecedented, demonstrating that people really do love their local parks. “Congratulations to Stanley Park, to the dedicated volunteer Friends Of group and Blackpool Council. Parks are important places where we all go to play, enjoy sport, relax and connect with our neighbours.” www.fieldsintrust.org

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91 AWARDS ANNOUNCED FOR THE BALI NATIONAL LANDSCAPE AWARDS 2019

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ut of 145 entries submitted in 2019, 91 National Landscape Awards have been bestowed on 63 members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), with several members winning an award in multiple categories. Since the event was brought back in-house in 2018, numerous records have been achieved. This includes the most entries received in the past 10 years, as well as the highest number of entries from first-time entrants at 51 (35% of all submissions) and a record of 34 international entries. The BALI National Landscape Awards’ expert adjudication panel, led by John Melmoe, was joined by BALI chief executive Wayne Grills, operations manager Kirsty Wood and events project manager Leah Brookes for a three-day deliberation

marathon in late August, where each of the 145 entries were scrutinised. With the ceremony fast approaching, it has been confirmed that sport and lifestyle presenter Mark Durden-Smith is the host for 2019, and tickets are now on sale and expected to sell out quickly upon the release of this year’s winners. The ceremony will be held on Friday 6 December at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London with headline sponsor and BALI registered affiliate Green-tech. www.baliawards.co.uk

PAUL DOWNER RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FROM WRITTLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

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aul Downer, managing director of Oak View Landscapes Ltd, has been honoured with an Honorary Fellowship by Writtle University College (WUC). He received the award at the land-based university college’s graduation ceremony at Chelmsford Cathedral.

The criteria for awarding an Honorary Fellowship includes recognition for those who have: served WUC with distinction in an honorary capacity, made a contribution over a substantial period of time, promoted the welfare of students, enhanced the prestige of the university college, and contributed to the

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growth, prosperity, interests or welfare of the university college. In Paul’s case, his nomination was for three areas – distinction in the landscape industry, distinction in public service and distinction in service for Writtle University College. The citation recognises Paul’s completion of his studies in amenity horticulture at WUC in 1989, and the year he set up Oak View Landscapes, 2004. It says how Paul was a governor at WUC for 10 years until 2018, and how his company has employed WUC apprentices, as well as former and current HE and FE students. The citation also praises Paul for his longstanding membership of BALI, for which he has served as a board director since 2006, and became national chairman for two years in 2016. Paul comments, “I am delighted and honoured to be receiving this prestigious award. Writtle has, and always will, remain special to me. Receiving this award 30 years on since I graduated reinforces that feeling.” www.oakviewlandscapes.co.uk www.writtle.ac.uk

NEWS IN BRIEF KINGS LANDSCAPES LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE Kings Landscapes has revealed its new website. Managing director David Houghton says: “Our organic growth has seen us recruit and retain staff due to continued and developing relationships with clients. There was a need for a more focused and informative website.” www.kingslandscapes.com

CARIBBEAN BLINDS CREATES VIDEO CONTENT FOR CUSTOMERS Caribbean Blinds has been producing inspirational product videos over the summer to showcase benefits and features of its terrace coverings, including its outdoor living pods and patio awnings. These are available from the company’s YouTube channel. www.youtube.com/CaribbeanBlinds

GROUND CONTROL ROUNDS OFF SUCCESSFUL SUMMER Ground Control has ended the summer strong, receiving two BALI National Awards for the Children’s Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and has been listed for the third time in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report. www.ground-control.co.uk

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Online Exclusives ANDY STURGEON – MAKING THE MODERN GARDEN On Friday 6 September, Pro Landscaper attended a talk by Andy Sturgeon on designing for the modern garden. It was held as one of the hundreds of short courses on offer at West Dean College. www.prolandscapermagazine.com/ andy-sturgeon-making-themodern-garden

APL WORLDSKILLS COMPETITORS TRIUMPH IN KAZAN

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am Taylor and Shea McFerran represented the UK in landscape gardening at WorldSkills Kazan 2019, which took place from 22 to 27 August in the city of Kazan, Russia. The duo achieved fourth place, as well as receiving the Medallion of Excellence, showing that they are working to an international skill

NEW FORMS GARDENS This August, we visited the launch of the New Forms Gardens at London Bridge. This video shows you the gardens and their main features, as well as clips of designers discussing concepts behind the project. www.prolandscapermagazine.com/ video-new-forms-gardens

level. Over four days (totalling 22 hours of competition) Sam and Shea had to build a garden based on a Russian style design. It had to incorporate a large lake in the middle which was surrounded by wetlands and had a waterfall which cascaded out of natural stone. There was a natural stone path in the garden,

which Sam and Shea had to cut by hand, and steel raised flower beds to be constructed. As well as being marked on the final construction, they were also marked on elements such as: work organisation and management, customer service and communications, and garden design and interpretation. Speaking of the competition, Shea McFerran says: “Competing at WorldSkills Kazan has been the toughest experience for me yet, but when it finished, both Sam and I got the biggest buzz. To know our work was judged to be the world standard in landscape gardening is just an amazing feeling.” Sam Taylor adds: “I am really happy with how the competition went knowing that myself and Shea put 100% into it. Being able to say you have represented your country at a world class competition is special, but being able to say you achieved fourth place and receiving a Medallion Of Excellence is unreal. Couldn’t be happier with the end result.” The WorldSkills competition takes place every two years and hosts the world skills competition which attracts more than 1,300 competitors from more than 60 countries, covering 56 different skills. www.landscaper.org.uk

BUSINESS SECRETARY LAUNCHES £10M BREXIT READINESS FUND

B FUTURESCAPE 2018 IN NUMBERS With FutureScape 2019 right around the corner, we looked back at FutureScape 2018, and explored how many speakers, exhibitors and visitors attended. www.prolandscapermagazine.com/ futurescape-2018-in-numbers

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usiness secretary Andrea Leadsom has unveiled a £10m grant scheme for business organisations and trade associations to support businesses in preparing for Brexit ahead of 31 October 2019. Activities funded by the grants must be open to both members and non-members, and to businesses large and small. This will ensure all businesses will benefit and can be reassured that they are fully ready, from major British producers to the smallest tech startups and entrepreneurs. There will be no barriers, such as affordability of membership. Applications for grants will be accepted up to Monday 30 September and administered through a dedicated website, which has been launched and is now available online. Funding will have to be used on activities to be completed ahead of 31 October in order to ensure they are focused on Brexit preparations,

as well as ensuring that businesses are fully prepared for Brexit. Andrea Leadsom says: “For businesses that still feel unprepared, I am determined to do everything I possibly can to ensure they are fully ready for Brexit.” www.gov.uk

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Meridian Water London MARTIN KNUIJT, DIRECTOR AT OKRA TALKS TO US ABOUT THE 20-YEAR PLAN FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF MERIDIAN WATER

former brownfield area, Meridian and waterbodies, provide water/waste recycling, Water is the largest development promote biodiversity, create room for urban site in northern London and part of farming and enable sustainable transport. a strategic development The landscape architecture within the area of Upper Lee Valley. masterplan maximises the potential The site benefits from a unique of the existing waterways and DEVELOPMENT location, close to the busy town promotes leisure and recreation centre of Edmonton Green and the opportunities, creating a high-quality peaceful waterways and parklands environment for residents, visitors of the Lee Valley. and workers to enjoy. OKRA are the landscape “Meridian Water should also architects commissioned for the be a showcase for maximum project, making use of the enormous water efficiency by reducing water potential provided by Meridian consumption, rainwater harvesting Water’s waterside location, superb and reclaimed grey water for toilet public transport accessibility, and its flushing,” Martin explains. Lee Valley Regional Park location. “To take advantage of the Martin Knuijt, director at OKRA, unique setting of the Meridian says: “It is an exceptional setting for Water development, as well as to sustainable development of new homes, mitigate the risks of transforming this area into workspaces and facilities.” a mixed residential neighbourhood in the Lee The landscape architecture will echo the Valley it is crucial to define green and blue sustainability brief, remaining an energy efficient framework,” Martin explains. The framework and low carbon area. It will integrate green space OKRA has created links the area with a wider

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network of green and blue infrastructure, hoping to take into account its surroundings and will provide cohabitation of the built environment and the green environment.

IT IS AN EXCEPTIONAL SETTING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW HOMES, WORKSPACES AND FACILITIES The first phase of Meridian Water will create a coherent network, providing perfect access to the area via the Meridian Water Station square, linked to a welcoming north-to-south corridor. OKRA will create two public spaces, an entrance park designed as a water park, and a northern water park along the naturalised Pymmes Brook which will be linked to this and a water strip. “These elements are crucial components of the green-blue framework, and part of the water sensitive urban design strategy,” Martin explains. In Edmonton Angel, the adjacent neighbourhood, the streetscape will be rebalanced, resulting in pedestrian friendly spaces and larger sidewalks. A high-quality appearance of the streetscape complements the new street profile. Small interventions, such as green spots on strategic locations and an attractive streetscape, will contribute to Edmonton Angel’s public space’s identity. A larger intervention is proposed at Dysons Road, which consists of a tree planted green strip that will

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upgrade the neighbourhood's image, especially when guided by extra tree planting, larger tree pits and rejuvenated private front gardens. There is a significant flood risk in the Meridian Water area and its wider surroundings, and climate change will increase this risk. “Climate adaptation is key. The flood risk in Meridian Water is mainly caused by the surrounding areas of the masterplan site, so involving the upstream environment and communities to find sustainable solutions is important,” Martin says. OKRA believe maintaining or restoring the natural flood plain should be considered. As a flood protection measure, sites in the UK must be assessed as having a less than one in 100

annual probability of river or sea flooding. The new development of Meridian Water should demonstrate that redevelopment can reduce flood risk to a much higher safety level without extraordinary costs. “We have developed a ‘water sensitive urban design toolbox’, as taking care of water issues in the public realm is essential to OKRA.” Martin explains. This toolbox consists of four components: the first category is about design related to flood risk mitigation. The second category is about sustainable urban drainage and stormwater management. The third category provides tools for urban water

recycling. Finally, the fourth category is about water providing identity. Application of these design tools will revive the water system that has been modified or neglected in many places, by implementing

WE HAVE DEVELOPED A ‘WATER SENSITIVE URBAN DESIGN TOOLBOX’ appropriate connections between the small brooks and the River Lee, creating a flexible, ecologically sound and engaging water system that can help to store and purify the water. Meridian Water will be a long-term regeneration programme taking place over the next 20 years. The first phase will be built at Willoughby Lane around the Meridian Water Station and starts in 2020. Outline planning permission was achieved in Summer 2016 for the first 725 new homes and the new Meridian Water Station on Willoughby Lane. The first phase will be built by 2022.

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JULIAN RANSOM, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF 4TH CORNER LANDSCAPING, TELLS US HOW IT EVOLVED, THE RELATIONSHIP WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THE COMPANY’S PLANS FOR GROWTH 4th Corner Landscaping’s founder and owner, Julian Ransom, grew up on a farm and has always had a pull to the outdoor life. Founded in 2003, 4th Corner started out as a property development company, but struggled to find the quality of landscaping to match the build, leading Julian to form his own team. The landscaping part of the business took off in 2010, when the company shifted its focus to concentrate solely on that. Along with Julian and his wife Amanda, the company’s directors, 4th Corner now employs 16 members of staff and operates across the Midlands and south of England, with depots in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The company’s main focus is on grounds maintenance and soft landscaping, but the company also offers other related services such as tree planting and weed control management. The customer base for the grounds maintenance and landscaping division includes housing associations, housing contractors, private commercial and residential property managers, hospitals, as well as town and parish councils. The team is structured to utilise a control centre based in Banbury, offering centralised HR and administration support. Amanda leads the business development side of the company,

4TH CORNER LANDSCAPING IS A PROUDLY CUSTOMERDRIVEN BUSINESS, PASSIONATE ABOUT DELIVERING A QUALITY SERVICE where a great deal of effort and detail goes into the tendering process and marketing. Julian is supported by operations leader Graeme Makin, senior team leader Adam Collett, and horticultural specialist Giorgo Daniel who runs the soft landscaping and planting division. The operating teams consist of a team leader, skilled operative,

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an operative and an apprentice. Equipment is usually purchased via local dealers, with a conscious move towards battery powered hand-held machinery where possible. Julian feels that working with local dealers offers a better service and support as there’s a focus on building relationships with the supplier. 4th Corner Landscaping is a proudly customer-driven business, passionate about delivering a quality service at a reasonable price. Many of its tenders are competing head-on with much larger national grounds maintenance companies, so the attention to detail, personal touch and the overall quality is paramount. The reputation 4th Corner has built up – for quality, outstanding service, technical knowledge and well-trained staff, has put the company in a very

THE REPUTATION 4 TH CORNER HAS BUILT UP OVER THE YEARS… HAS PUT THE COMPANY IN A VERY STRONG POSITION FOR GROWTH

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strong position for growth. The aims are to grow its geographical coverage and tendering for larger contracts. The company’s reputation and charitable work helps massively when recruiting new team members. Since 2012, the company has put much consideration into incorporating biodiversity in its planting and landscaping projects, and has put together innovative ‘Biodiversity Packs’ which it offers to all clients. The idea behind this initiative is to engage people with nature as well as enhance and protect the landscapes. The company is committed to training and developing its team, and is dedicated to driving quality within the grounds maintenance and landscaping sector. To support this, it’s ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified, and a member of BALI and the APL.

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4th Corner Ltd, Colin Sanders Innovation Centre, Mewburn Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 9PA Tel 01295 817628 Twitter @4thCornerltd Email info@4thcorner.co.uk SOFT LANDSCAPING DIVISION HEAD, GIORGO DANIEL

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N I C K T E M P L E- H E A L D FOR PEAT’S SAKE

NICK TEMPLE-HEALD REFLECTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGNERS’ FEARS AROUND THE USE OF PEAT IN THE HORTICULTURAL INDUSTRY AND WHETHER IT’S REALLY AS MUCH OF A THREAT AS THEY CLAIM

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he chimpanzees have now elected a new leader of the troop. After a period of challengers displaying their ‘tough guy’ credentials, the troop’s first blond-haired leader won. But, as it is in nature, the defeated challengers are still around the periphery of the territory just waiting for their opportunity. Back in the real world, it appears that nothing has changed either. We have tens of thousands of hectares ablaze in the Amazon rainforest, and now, Old Yellow Hair has given notice of a prorogation of Parliament as we head for, which according to many, is the worst ‘own goal’ this country has scored since Harold decided that his eye PPE didn’t suit him. The evangelical environmentalist movement has finally found its messiah in the form of a Swedish teenager with pushy parents, and where are our environmental campaigners? They were on national news re-running 30-year-old arguments about the use of peat in

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horticulture: “peat is scarce”, “using peat for horticulture is accelerating climate change”, “peat extraction for horticulture does irreparable damage to rare wildlife habitats”, and most dramatically, “there is only 1% of the UK’s original peatlands left”.

THERE IS NO RARE HABITAT LOST TO PEAT EXTRACTION IN THE UK AND HASN’T BEEN FOR OVER 40 YEARS So, what are responsible operators and our clients supposed to do? What are the facts? Only the last of these statements is true. Peat is not rare – research in 2002 showed that peatlands cover an area of around 1.5 million square miles worldwide. So, does peat in horticulture make a significant contribution to CO2 emissions? There is no doubt that the huge carbon sink created by the world’s peatlands and their continued sequestration of carbon is of vital importance to our planet. There are, however, about three million m3 of peat used in the UK each year, which once you have taken away all the air, water and other elements, leaves just 200,000 tons of carbon. This compares to the several millions of tons of carbon we emit between us in the UK. So, assuming all the carbon in our growing media and other products is emitted to the atmosphere, it would equate to roughly 0.14% of all emissions. But hang on, hands up everyone that burns their used growing media? Of course we don’t.

Carbon emissions from peat in horticulture are negligible, estimated at just 0.04%. Worldwide, peat is accumulating at a rate many times more than it is being extracted and any loss in active bog surface is temporary. So, what of the habitat loss? Here we have to look further afield. There is no rare habitat lost to peat extraction in the UK and hasn’t been for over 40 years. Indeed, the restoration work of Natural England, RSPB and others has resulted in a massive habitat and diversity gain on former peat sites all over the country. So, what about the 1% claim? Well, it is true that only 1% of England’s deep peat deposits are ‘undamaged’, and these are one of the rarest and most important habitats in the UK, but the peat in your bag of compost does not threaten them. The majority of peat in this country is now imported, so we need to be responsible and understand where our peat comes from and make sure it is being harvested responsibly. A good starting point would be producers that are members of Growing Media Europe, who are promoting responsible industry practices. Alternatively, if you are concerned about climate change, as we should all be, then don’t sail across the Atlantic but then fly out six crew to bring your boat home! And don’t worry about peat… switch the bloomin’ lights off!

A B O U T N I C K T E M P L E- H E A L D Nick Temple-Heald is chairman of idverde in the UK and a member of idverde’s group board in France. Together, idverde employs some 5,000 people in France, England and Scotland and it is the largest landscapes business in Europe.

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ANDREW WILSON A FRESH START

ANDREW WILSON CONSIDERS THE STATE OF SHOW GARDENS AND QUESTIONS WHETHER IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE

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requently in my professional life I have not only been presented with an old or existing format, but also with the opportunity to update and modernise. My attitude has always been to consider what I would do if I was inventing the format for the first time, if there was no existing concept to evolve and develop. It’s quite an interesting approach as it throws up a whole series of options and often a different perspective. With the freedom that not designing an RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden brings, I found myself pondering the format of show garden design and that of the various shows themselves. I still judge show gardens for Bloom in Dublin, and earlier this year I judged for the new Gardenista show in Holland, so I still keep an eye out for this existing genre. Neither would I be averse to designing future show gardens with Gavin (my collaborator at McWilliam Studio), either here in the UK or overseas but, in a way, that is because the format exists, and I have great experience in both roles. If these systems and roles did not exist however, and someone invited me to invent the garden show concept, would we end up with the existing format? It could well be that our current models are the optimum and offer us the best experiences possible, but a fresh start or a clean slate potentially delivers different thinking rather than a fragmented evolution on a previous formula. I suppose the big question is, do people still want to look at static displays of gardens, flowers and plants? The answer may well be that they do, but for shows such as Chelsea in which the available space for exhibits is really tight,

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this results in tableau gardens that have to be read and understood from the outside. In a world in which experiential activities now seem to be the norm, this could soon – if not already – feel dated. Larger sites such as Hampton

DO PEOPLE STILL WANT TO LOOK AT STATIC DISPLAYS OF GARDENS, FLOWERS AND PLANTS?

In Singapore, the gardens are a restricted size at 9m x 9m. These smaller spaces are much more engaging for visitors as they are more visually accessible. They also reflect the diminishing sizes of most gardens in the island state. The average UK garden size in 2012 was 90m2, which has likely decreased by now. The average garden size in new build properties in 2014 was 75m2, and for many urban dwellers roof terraces and larger balconies are more common. This makes the larger Main Avenue garden between two to three times larger than these averages, suggesting that a greater emphasis on small space design solutions might be worth considering. In our urban gardens, shade is a dominant factor and the relentless march of climate change (with all its associated devastation) suggests that we need to change our views on planting design and species selection. In the great spirit of education and the dissemination of knowledge that the RHS pioneered through its earliest shows, it must be time for garden and horticultural shows everywhere to give less emphasis to the purely decorative, throwing greater educational weight behind the issues facing us environmentally.

Pictured: Alan Rudden’s split level walk through garden for Santa Rita this year at Bloom, in Dublin.

Court do offer ‘walk through’ gardens, but so often these simply turn into a crowd scene. Alan Rudden had one solution at Bloom this year in which a walkway was hidden within the main garden. Visitors were allowed to feel part of the garden as they walked through whilst not detracting from the normal views into the garden.

ABOUT ANDREW WILSON Andrew Wilson is a landscape and garden design consultant, director of the London College of Garden Design, and an author, writer and lecturer.

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H O L LY YO U D E BEATING THE SUMMER BLUES

HOLLY YOUDE ADVISES ON HOW TO KEEP STAFF (AND YOURSELF) MOTIVATED THROUGH THE WINTER MONTHS

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s we head towards the back end of the year, into the cooler, colder and wetter seasons, many employers and employees in the industry find it hard to stay motivated. Summers have always been busy and are the ideal time to get the optimum amount of work completed given the longer days and warmer weather. But with more demanding customers, more complex projects and more competition, the turn of September finds us needing a break to muster up the energy to forge through the next six months. Here are some ways we drive some energy back when things go stale.

over the colder quieter months to implement this. Personnel thrive on development and achievements, and to have a goal and progression will in turn provide motivation.

PERSONNEL THRIVE ON DEVELOPMENT AND ACHIEVEMENTS, AND TO HAVE A GOAL AND PROGRESSION WILL IN TURN PROVIDE MOTIVATION

Team day out Take everyone away from the business or site for some time out to let off some steam – and remember, it’s not all about work, there’s some fun to be had too. We notice there can be a divide created between office and site staff and days like this help to build good relationships between the two. Revisit the business plan Review what has gone right and wrong this year so far, and plan to make the changes necessary to adjust, whether it is the type of projects you are looking at or different roles for staff. Look at what time is spent where and put a value on it. If you don’t have a formal business plan, take the time to write one. It doesn’t have to be anything big – just a page will do, detailing what sort of business you want to be and what your goals are. Identify training needs Staff need development. Identify a mutually beneficial training programme and use the time

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Remember why you are doing this Again, going back to the business plan – what are your goals? Are you achieving what you set out to do? Whether it’s being able to spend more time with your family, making changes to be more environmentally friendly or purchase a new supercar, if you are no closer than this time last year then review accordingly, making the necessary changes to get back on track. Take time out It’s massively important to take regular time out or away from the business. My husband and I regularly fall into the trap of feeling like we can’t take time away as we are too busy, and find excuses as to why we need to be working – big fail! This is one aspect of staying motivated that definitely needs to be worked on. However, when we do take time out, we immediately realise the benefit and feel mentally stronger to take on workloads and problem solve, instead of being overwhelmed by an impossible to do list.

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Keep an eye on your colleagues Mental health and wellbeing has a significant impact on motivation and productivity within the workforce. We have recognised the impact that this can have on individuals and the team around them. This is a growing issue and, as employers, we are mindful and offer an open door policy to everyone and have trained Mental Health First Aid team members who can assist in finding help and support for anyone who needs it.

As joint director of Urban Landscape Design Ltd, Holly plays a fundamental role in the growth and diversification of Urban Landscape Design. Recent wins for the company include the Pro Landscaper Business Awards Landscape Company <£2m Turnover Award, Best Commercial Garden at the APL awards, Employer Excellence Award in the BALI Awards and the High Sheriff of Cheshire Award for Enterprise. This year, Holly has been listed as one of the Business Insiders 42 Under 42 entrepreneurs in the North West.

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hen it comes to London’s tourist attractions, few have more pull with visitors than its eight Royal Parks, which are managed by The Royal Parks charity. There are a number of reasons for this, not least that they’re beautiful, grand spaces. At the same time, they’re also massively historic, with many of these sites possessing – as their name would suggest – deep and abiding connections with the country’s royal history. Examples are dotted across London, whether that’s Regents Park, commissioned by George IV, or Kensington Gardens, which is associated with various monarchs – from Henry VIII to Queen Victoria. With that in mind, there’s one such space in the capital which stands slightly anomaly when compared to its other royal brethren, and that’s Greenwich Park. It also, like other London parks, receives a huge number of visitors in relation to its comparatively small size – the impact of which, The Royal Parks is attempting to address. Where it differs however, is that the majority

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IT’S AN EXTRAORDINARILY RICH SPACE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN UK HISTORY of those visitors tend to come from the nearby London boroughs of Greenwich, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets, rather than from abroad. The park also possesses a royal history, which some may argue, leaves all the others in the shade. Astronomers and barrage balloons The history of Greenwich Park as a designated ‘royal’ space goes back to 1433, when a large portion of Blackheath was enclosed by the brother of Humphrey of Lancaster, Duke of Gloucester. Upon his death, the land was turned over to the Crown, with the nearby waterfront

manor house – which he had also built – subsequently becoming one of the most important palaces of the Tudor era. The next phase of its development – as a royal park came 200 years later following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 – saw Charles II himself ordering its re-landscaping, whilst also building the Royal Observatory which still stands to this day, and appointing the first Astronomer Royal. Speaking of Greenwich’s importance as a royal site, Graham Dear, manager of Greenwich Park, The Royal Parks charity, said: “It’s an extraordinarily rich space from the perspective of events taking place in UK history. All the Tudors grew up and hunted in the park for instance, and pageants for Henry VIII and Elizabeth I also took place there. “The palace then stopped being designated as a royal residence, and most of it was knocked down after Charles II moved to the centre of London. It was developed once more, after which the site was given over to the admiralty for use as

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a seaman’s hospital. It’s currently the location for the Old Royal Naval College.” According to Graham, Greenwich also has an equally-fascinating history not involving the royals – for example, the numerous Anglo-Saxon pagan burial mounds across the park. It was also an important space during the Second World War, being the site of numerous public air raid shelters, as well as barrage balloons used in order to defend the capital against the Luftwaffe. Greenwich Park attracts around 4.8m visitors a year, no doubt some drawn in by its unique, historical background. More to the point however, people flock there as it is quite simply a pleasant place to while away a couple of hours. Speaking of the site’s attractions and why it’s such a magnet for local people, Graham comments: “Greenwich is a very mixed borough when it comes to how ‘well-off’ people are. For instance, the streets immediately surrounding the park are quite affluent, but at the same time, you don’t have to go very far before you find pockets of deprivation. Lots of our visitors come from Lewisham as well, and across the river from the Isle of Dogs. “For people who have very little green space near where they live, it’s a real oasis. It contains some lovely features, such as the boating lake, play-park, gardens and so on.”

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5 He continues: “Other than its historical background, something else which is unusual about Greenwich is that it’s primarily used by local people, rather than those from further afield. As per an Ipsos MORI survey from a couple of years ago, 78% of visitors are from the surrounding boroughs. “Another difference between Greenwich and the other Royal Parks is the dwell time, which on average is two to three hours. In the other London parks, it’s less than an hour. Again, one explanation for this is that the people who come here are local residents, so it’s part of a routine, and they have favourite areas which they like to visit over and over again.

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to its size. To give an idea of scale, the site occupies a comparatively tiny 186 acres, while the largest Royal Park in Richmond, West London, is set out across 2,500. Whilst this certainly gives it an incredibly vibrant atmosphere, the enormous footfall has also left its mark on the landscape in a variety of ways. Visitor numbers are actually expected to increase in the coming years, particularly in light of the incessant housing development taking place in that part of London. “Population growth in the surrounding three boroughs is predicted to go up by 25% in the next 11 years,” says Graham. “We’re predicting upward of another million visitors a year to the park over the next decade.” Plans are being made to protect and enhance the park’s heritage and natural landscape through a proposed multi-million pound project called Greenwich Park Revealed, led by The Royal Parks charity. The Royal Parks has applied to The National Lottery for a £4.8 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver the project and will find out early in 2020 if the bid has been successful. The Royal Parks, and other funders, will also contribute to the project. The proposed project will cater for a growing population, protect and improve biodiversity, restore the historic integrity of the park’s 17th century design, and create new opportunities for locals through a new eco-friendly learning centre, which will offer training, volunteering and apprenticeships. The project will improve facilities, like cafes, toilets and baby change, as well as what Graham calls ‘interpretation’ of the site, such as signage

relating to its history and ecological importance. Speaking of the strain being put on the parkland itself and what needs to be done on an ongoing basis to combat it, he says: “We need to undertake the wholesale restoration of various areas around the site, and even completely re-landscape in some cases.

FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE VERY LITTLE GREEN SPACE NEAR WHERE THEY LIVE, IT’S A REAL OASIS “There are parts which are suffering huge amounts of erosion, such as the General Wolfe’s statue area near the Royal Observatory. The view from there is one of the best in London, and receives around a million and a half visitors a year, which takes a real toll.” He continues: “The restoration also extends to our trees, many of which are in a bad way. The park is famous for its long avenues of sweet chestnuts, the layout of which was designed and planted in the 1660s – with parts of the avenues replanted over the years. Many of the current trees are now suffering from newly-arrived pests and diseases, such as Phytophthora, which is almost always fatal and needs addressing.” The Greenwich team is also in charge of looking after other horticultural features, like swathes of ornamental grassland, an Edwardian flower garden and a 200m-long herbaceous border near the Queen’s House. This, according

8 to Graham, is the largest such feature in the capital – redesigned in 2013 by Chris Beardshaw. London has a total of eight royal parks, all of which could be described as jewels of the capital. With extraordinary history and connection to the local community, Greenwich is as special as any of them. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

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n November 2017, Kingston Landscape Group were contracted by one of Britain’s largest housebuilders, Redrow, to start the landscaping on a large residential development: Colindale Gardens in north-west London.

The brief and build The aim was to create an inner-city parkland atmosphere with an emphasis on outdoor space. This would include communal ground level gardens that would surround a central boulevard and be complemented by a raised grassed podium. The building provides 2,900 new homes, as well as cafés, restaurants and retail facilities. The homes are all set with acres of communal landscaped gardens. The outdoor spaces include sensory gardens, creating areas for residents to sit and relax in.

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Geometric planters feature benches, with a large grass area in the centre of the garden providing a place for young children to play or for residents to lounge. Private gardens have also been provided for larger family townhouses. A row of silvery Betula pendula lines the promenade down one side and stands out vibrantly against bright red varyingly-sized wooden poles. The aim with the planting was to create year-long interest, as well as being suitable for the individual plot aspects. In order to successfully achieve this, Kingston Landscape Group contracted Johnsons of Whixley to supply over £90,000 worth of plants. This included more than 5,000 herbaceous plants placed in various borders and planters. The arching linear leaves and dense spikes of Liriope muscari, Liriope muscari ‘Monroe White’, Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’ and Liriope muscari ‘Aurea’ add splashes of colour. Nearly 7,000 shrubs were used – including 2L, 5L and 10L plants.

PROJECT D E TA I L S Project value £645k Build time 4 months Awards BALI Soft Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) – £300k to £1.5m Award 2018; APL Soft Landscaping and Commercial Garden Award Shortlist 2019

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Bespoke timber planter in the podium area Avenue of Fastigiate hornbeam Mass planting of Betula pendula to peel square Evergreen planting to communal area Development entrance Verbena bonariensis

REFERENCES Planting Johnsons of Whixley www.nurserymen.co.uk Topsoil Freeland Horticulture www.freelandhorticulture.co.uk

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Varieties of Aucuba japonica, including Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’, with its bright red berries, the broadly yellow-leaved Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’, which becomes tinged with pink in winter, and the short-spiked Hebe rakaiensis all amalgamate to create densely populated borders. Fragrant Lavandula angustifolia and the deep green, leathery Viburnum davidii create a pleasant and calming aroma. Over 900 hedging plants were also used, including the delicate Viburnum tinus ‘French White’ and the fragrant Camellia japonica ‘Gus Menard’.

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TRANSFORMATION RESIDENTIAL REDESIGN J I L AY N E R I C K A R DS T H E C H A L L E N G I N G LY S H A P E D F R O N T A N D B A C K G A R D E N S O F T H I S L O N D O N P R O P E R T Y W E R E D E V E L O P E D I N T O C O N T E M P O R A R Y E N T E R TA I N M E N T A R E A S

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the garage being flooded (the garage was to become part of the house). There was uneven, outdated crazy paving and steps with varying risers and poor planting. The back garden slopes away from the house with a large shed which acts was a poor focal point. Slippery decking adjoined the house with equally slippery, narrow decking steps to negotiate the level change down to the garden level. Boundaries of panel fencing clad with mature ivy throughout provided quite a nice back drop. However, there was nothing in the existing planting worth keeping.

Brief Jilayne Rickards was introduced to the client by Ben West of Landscaping Solutions, who was already appointed to build the scheme. The clients are a very sociable family of four who enjoy entertaining and wanted a contemporary modern back garden with enough seating and patio areas to accommodate their large parties, yet they also wanted the garden to be an intimate space for when they were alone together. Areas for dining, relaxing, sitting and dancing were required along with a water feature, a BBQ,

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Corten steel as a material, planting with year-round interest and the existing shed was to be kept. The front garden needed to include parking for two cars, logical pathways and steps, bin storage housing and some beautiful planting to welcome them home. Design Jilayne Rickards used a diagonal design in the back garden to make best use of space from the awkward shape. This allowed for three socialising areas, the dimensions of which relate strongly to each other and to the architecture of the house. A landing extending from the back of the house at the same interior level leads to steps across the width of the house that also double up as seating for parties. The main patio includes built-in seating, patio shade, a fire pit, a BBQ, a bespoke water feature, a slatted trellis fence line with bespoke Corten steel panel, and enough space for additional table and chairs. The second seating area contains built-in seating framed by bespoke Corten steel decorative panels and a Corten steel sculpture within the planting. The last seating area is for loungers and overspill at parties and is finished off with staggered slatted trellis screens to hide the large shed. Planting contained splashes of bronze and copper to link in with the Corten steel, such as pleached Fagus sylvatica atropurpureum, Acer griseum, Dryopteris erythrosora and x Heucherella ‘Brass Lantern’. Other structural elements such as clipped Ilex crenata hedging were all softened with grasses and herbaceous mixed with bulbs for year-round interest, groupings of which were repeated throughout. The copper beeches, being sited so close to the neighbouring house, were

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planted in large anchored containers underground to restrict root growth. The front garden level changes were addressed first off, along with the drainage issues. A beautiful curved retaining wall visible from the front lounge was created, providing a great backdrop for a gravel bed with grasses and perennials. Parking for two cars was included using a resin bound driveway, with the bin units neatly hidden behind a clipped hedge. A sloping sinuous curve runs the main pathway from the front door, alongside the planting and to the pavement. Planting selection differs from dry shade under the conifers to hot sun by the house, with the main planting beds near the house being finished with a top dressing of mellow gravel. Drifts of grasses and perennials – as used in the back – make an appearance, with the wooded area being predominantly ferns and Epimediums. Porcelain paving was used throughout to link the back and front gardens, and Corten steel

drain covers used in the front were a nod to the bespoke Corten steel in the back. Challenges Landscaping Solutions had it’s work cut out for them on this project. The build began in a murky November on a shared site with the house contractor – never easy. By December, the true nature of the clay soil was showing its face and the site became very waterlogged. Storage of materials was tight, daylight was short and a freezing January didn’t help. A last minute down pipe was added to the extension – this was left draining into the garden and for the landscaper to sort out as well. Deadlines for the house contractor’s work came and went without much progress, particularly hindered by the electrician disappearing for weeks on end. However, Jilayne Rickards and Landscaping Solutions persevered through all of this, and the garden was finally finished after five months of hard slog and persistent negotiating.

A B O U T J I L AY N E R I C K A R D S As an independent garden designer working primarily in the domestic market, Jilayne Rickards runs a personal and individual design service and enjoys working closely with clients, landscapers, suppliers and architects to deliver unique gardens that bring happiness to the client and which are beneficial to the environment and wildlife.

www.jilaynerickards.com

REFERENCES Landscaper Landscaping Solutions www.landscapingsolutionsltd.co.uk Paving London Stone www.londonstone.co.uk Walling CED www.ced.ltd.uk Driveway SureSet www.sureset.co.uk Fire pit Rivelin www.rivelin.co

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BBQ Fire Magic www.fire-magic.co.uk Corten steel Lateral Design Studio www.lateraldesignstudio.co.uk Water feature London Stone www.londonstone.co.uk Tree anchors Platipus www.platipus-anchors.com

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PROJECT D E TA I L S Project value £20k Build time Three weeks Size of project 55m2 Awards NLA, ‘Don’t Move, Improve’ 2019 Shortlist with SAM Architects and Lunar Architects

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Design and build After engaging with the client, GRDN commenced the concept design stage for the space. The client provided a thorough brief which assisted in its approach and conceptual thinking and allowed it to develop two concept options for the space. The various options were presented, together with support images, material palettes, and 3D visuals, all of which contributed in illustrating how the space would look and feel. Based on feedback from this presentation, a final layout was produced and developed. This package of drawings was now at a construction level of detail, combining hard and soft landscape elements which enabled an accurate costing exercise and programme of works. The overall construction period was a three-week programme. Following a significant clear-out of overgrown vegetation and

discarded building materials, the boundaries were addressed. A new slatted timber screen was added to the rear wall and a coat of black paint improved the existing side fences. Foundation blockwork for the stonework was then set out and installed, ready to receive the buff sawn plank paving. The biggest challenge faced on the project was the chevron pattern hardwood deck which was designed as a continuation of the internal kitchen flooring. Each section of Balau deck board was precisely

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cut to ensure it lined through with the internal jointing and pattern. It was a time-consuming element for GRDN, but the final effect proved to be worth it. A gravel mulch of buff sandstone chippings helped to blend the plank paving in with the surrounding planting, adding further contrast to the black boundaries and the lush green planting mix. Challenges Although the end result is a simple one in appearance, there are a number of technical and considered details within the design and build process. The finer details and craftmanship is something GRDN pay particular attention to on every project, in order to make each garden unique and special. For example, when installing the timber deck, each individual piece of timber was bespoke cut to size in order to create the ‘chevron style’. Due to timber being a natural material there was a lot of

variance within the boards, which made it a challenging task to work with. Like most of the projects GRDN undertakes in London, all the materials and garden elements were carried through the house for the project, which is time consuming and a constant challenge. Materials GRDN has built strong and reliable relationships with suppliers over the years. It visited a tree nursery, together with the client, to tag the trees and larger shrubs which were going to be planted within the garden. This is a process GRDN likes to undertake to ensure it’s a collaborative and transparent process.

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Decorative aggregate Allgreen Group www.allgreengroup.co.uk Hardwood timber decking edecks www.edecks.co.uk Trees, shrubs and herbaceous planting Provender Nurseries www.provendernurseries.co.uk

Building materials Travis Perkins www.travisperkins.co.uk

GRDN is a creative garden design and landscape architecture practice based in London. It is passionate about delivering memorable places, experiences and landscapes through design, detail and collaboration. Its collective experience and attention to detail ensures the functionality and aesthetics are a combined success to any project it approaches from concept through to

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AUSTIN DESIGN WORKS’ LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT RACHAEL AUSTIN, AND ARCHITECT MATTHEW AUSTIN, COLLABORATE TO CREATE DESIGNS WHERE LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURE ARE OF EQUAL IMPORTANCE. HERE, RACHAEL TALKS ABOUT SOME OF THEIR PROJECTS.

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ollaboration, cohesiveness and consciousness are at the heart of Austin Design Works. The company started as David Austin and Associates, but in 2016 Rachael and Matthew Austin bought it from their father, David Austin. Though the company is fairly new, Rachael and Matthew have been working in their respective fields for over 20 years. David is still part of the practise, and he creates beautifully detailed models of Rachael and Matthew’s projects. With both working under one roof, it means that collaboration is part of a project from day one. “It allows everything to connect,” Rachael says. “The landscaping connects to the inside of the building, and the location of the building sits within the site, rather than on it.” Since taking over, they’ve completed a number of projects, together and separately, in a various fields, and Rachael is now looking for an assistant to help with the influx of projects coming in.

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Community The company works around the country, but some of their best projects have been on their doorstep. Whilst taking a break from work to look after her children, Rachael found herself teaming up with other mums to transform their local park, Horsley Play Space. The site was underused, and despite its central location, it had problems with seasonal flooding and rusty play equipment. The project received £75,000 of funding, which meant all the desired and necessary renovations were possible to do. “We wanted the space to be somewhere that all ages could enjoy,” Rachael says. The aim was to make the community space more than just a playpark. A huge seating area was built, providing

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4 space for parents or grandparents to relax whilst their children enjoyed the freedom of the park. Updated play equipment was installed, suiting all ages, and encouraged the trend towards natural play. “It’s important to improve children’s gross motor skills. It’s also great for their confidence to learn how to take calculated risk – to do dangerous things safely.” They were also able to get a better drainage system installed using a planted SuDs, so flooding was no longer an issue. Planting One of the first projects they collaborated on as Austin Design Works was the Walled Garden and Learning Pavilion at Museum in the Park, in Stroud. The park was donated various plants by The Friends of The Museum. Although the plants were beautiful, it’s fundamental to Austin Design Works that a site works first without the planting. “You need to have the decent bones of a garden, things that are going to be there even if the planting dies. We’re always thinking 20 years, even 200 years into the future, and want to create something which will look amazing year on year.” In order to create this, Austin Design Works designed a curved zigzagging ramp to make the garden and museum accessible for all. The path was lined with tiered benches which formed a kind of amphitheatre, and is used regularly for school visits. As visitors snake their way up the path, they’re greeted by sculptures and a dipping pond, which was updated to suit the refreshed garden. The borders have been densely planted, creating a display of

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colour and scent. Having worked in a specialist nursery, Rachael has gained vast amounts of knowledge and believes it’s something which a lot of people could benefit from. “If you want do planting design work, you really should have a stint in a nursery. If you don’t do that, you’ll end up only using the prescribed list that everybody else uses.”

WE’RE ALWAYS THINKING 20 YEARS, EVEN 200 YEARS INTO THE FUTURE SuDS schemes The Farthings is a placement dwelling which sits in the green belt, causing a lot of restrictions. Austin Design Works will complete the architecture, as well as the landscape architecture. One of the biggest challenges is that it includes a landfill site, so remediation strategies were high on the agenda. Extensive herbaceous planting will cap the landfill and create a colourful meadow landscape. Worcestershire, where the site is located, is known for beautiful bricked-walled gardens, however, the volume restrictions of the green belt site means that Austin Design Works had to scrap anything solid. Instead, beech hedges will enclose the garden. Another challenge was the client’s desire to gain more space by creating a basement. “This had to be invisible due to planning restrictions, with no light and no garage doors.” The team achieved this by creating a green roof covered ramp with a garden on top of the garage, for a seamless effect. Part of the planning conditions was the inclusion of SuDS and capping of the landfill site. Sustainable drainage schemes are not a statutory requirement, but Rachael believes they should be, as they’re not only a more sustainable

7 flood alleviation technique, but can save a client thousands of pounds compared to the more traditional engineering solution of plastic crates under the ground. “When you have that expertise on board – someone who’s able to use ecology and infiltration as their design tools – it’s cheap, adds valuable green infrastructure and can help developers get planning permission.” Rachael believes this may be a way for landscape to gain a higher priority when it comes to developments. Collaborating with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust consultancy team, Rachael will work with them on the creation of a wetlands and visitor centre project, bringing their expertise in conservation and water management, with Austin Design Works’ skills in landscape design and architecture. By making SuDS schemes and nitrate reduction policies part of the planning application process, she hopes that landscape design will be seen as necessary by everyone. 1 Horsley Play Space ©Rachael Austin 2 Museum in the Park Walled Garden ©Mark Welsh 3 Outdoor Kitchen in Private Garden ©Mark Welsh 4 Seating Area, Horsley Play Space ©Rachael Austin 5 Natural Swimming Pool and Pavilion ©Mark Welsh 6 Mediterranean Room, Private Garden ©Mark Welsh 7 The Farthings, Replacement Dwelling ©Article Studio 8 Sketch for Private Garden ©Rachael Austin

C O N TA C T Austin Design Works Old Market, Nailsworth Stroud GL6 0DU Tel 01453 836393 Email info@austindw.co.uk

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ARCHITECTURALLY BEAUTIFUL PAVILIONS HAVE RISEN IN POPULARITY OVER THE YEARS. ANJI CONNELL EXPLORES HOW THESE STRUCTURES WERE FIRST USED AND HOW THEY HAVE DEVELOPED SINCE, OFFERING INSPIRATION FOR THEIR USE IN GARDENS AS BOTH AN INTERESTING FOCAL POINT AND A SPACE WHICH CAN BE USED YEAR-ROUND

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avilions are contemporary playgrounds that create places for people to congregate and spend time in. They often become hubs of activity for debates and celebrations, creating multi-functional community spaces. Whether they are permanent structures or a pop-up ‘social house’, they allow for experimentation with materials and concepts, and you can pack a big punch with these small structures. Garden pavilions were once made for the pursuit of leisure and social vanity, representing extreme wealth and decadence. Usually built away from the main house, they added decoration to the garden. They were often decorated in flamboyant architectural styles and were later conceived as exhibition halls. The 1900s marked the end of pavilions as indulgent follies for private use by affluent society, and heralded the beginning of the era in which the pavilion became part of the public realm. This new genre of pavilion consisted of amusement pavilions at the seaside, and exhibition pavilions at the world expositions and fairs. They were the first expressions of economic development and recreational activity at the seaside. Amenities such as food and drink followed, spurred by this new tourist trade.

The event structures that become the precursor to the modern pavilion began at the Paris Universal Exposition of 1867, when pavilions became the new forum to display the nation’s prosperity and status. Followed by iconic examples from early modernists, to the work of modern movements, like Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, to those of our modern day architectural celebrities. The Serpentine Gallery raised the bar in 2000, when they began commissioning temporary summer pavilions by architects like Zaha Hadid and Herzog & de Meuron. It’s now the design world’s best-known pop-up, and a new pavilion is installed every summer in Kensington Gardens, outside the 1934 neoclassical

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Serpentine Galleries building. The temporary structures are designed by a new architect each year, and usually function as a summer entertainment venue. Others have quickly followed with their own versions. Dulwich Pavilion, London, is part of the June London Festival of Architecture,

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GROWING UP PAVILION ON WEST KOWLOON WATERFRONT, HONG KONG BY NEW OFFICE WORKS

THEY PROVIDE A CREATIVE OPPORTUNITY AND VENUE SPACE THAT ENLIVENS AND UPLIFTS THE LANDSCAPE where a designer for the Dulwich Picture Gallery is chosen via a yearly competition. The Museum of Modern Art also holds a competition, open for emerging architects to design a temporary, outdoor installation for its PS1 courtyard for MoMA’s annual summer Warm-Up series. They must develop a design that provides shade, seating and water, while working within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling. It’s then used as the base for a season of free cultural events, lively talks, performances, workshops, installations and kid-friendly experiences. Every three years, the Bruges Triennial brings contemporary art and architecture to its historic city centre. In each edition, the artistic team invites regional and international artists and architects to submit new temporary installations. A flurry of architect-designed pavilions has hit the market in the UK and US. Limited edition structures by some of architecture’s top dogs, including Sou Fujimoto and Ron Arad, are being sold by a new company called Revolution Precrafted, that are more than ‘glorified gazebos’. The company brings together over 80 of the world’s leading architects, artists and designers who have created a limited edition of collectible precrafted properties and pavilions, which have been conceived to inspire, motivate and contribute to wellbeing. Revolution’s designs range from US $35,000 to $450,000. So, why the sudden surge in popularity? Today’s pavilions are, it seems, a natural progression for collectors from outdoor sculpture – especially as they have the benefit of being moveable architecture. These follies offer an accessible entry point for those wanting to invest in contemporary architecture without commissioning an entire house.

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TOTEMY IN POZNAN, POLAND

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TULUM’S LUUM TEMPLE BY CO-LAB DESIGN OFFICE, CESAR BEJAR

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They make high-design accessible to a broader audience. Pavilions provide a creative opportunity and venue space that enlivens and uplifts the landscape. As adaptable spaces, they form a new typology of space – the living room in spring, a picnic in summer, the office in autumn and playroom in winter – where we can explore the relationship between nature, design and sustainability. They are a displacement of a private interior in a public space – an immersive room wrapped with an ornamented dress.

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Custom metal tubular benches were produced to perfectly wrap around a series of artificial grass mounds, mimicking the ‘combes’ that are so reminiscent of the local landscape and bring colour and life to the space. The existing large plane tree at the heart of the space is embraced as a centrepiece within the design and encircled by a circular hardwood tree seat with bronze fretwork text. The space is finished off beautifully with dramatic lighting spilling out from within a striking bronze lantern, composed from intricate typography depicting an A to Z of “What Bath

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The central plaza within the SouthGate Centre, along with Brunel Square outside the main train station, were identified as places that could be more effectively utilised for both the everyday, and for the many events that take place in Bath throughout the year. The necessary flexibility of the spaces required planter seats that were movable to allow reworking of the area for the various events. The key circular seat design with offset tree void was made up from a combination of timber slats and intricate bronze fretwork from Inspired Metal, with Woodscape bringing the necessary technical experience required to manufacture the seats in such a way that they could be relocated as needed, working alongside the team to ensure the perfect solution.

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THE NORTH PORTSEA ISLAND SCHEME ELEMENTS SE ATING R ANGE, BESPOKE CALEDONIAN LIT TER BIN The North Portsea Island Scheme involves the replacement of 8.4km of coastline protection of low-lying land in Portsmouth. The flood defences at the Tipner Lake phase of works comprises vertical sea walls and landscaping works to enhance the natural amenity of the surrounding area. Several different forms of seating were required, including conventional seats and benches, picnic tables and loungers, in both relaxed and upright forms. Furnitubes’ Elements seating range was chosen for the basic seating, with other bespoke products designed to complement. For the aggressive weathering conditions at this marine location, all steelwork was hot dip galvanised and polyester powder coated in a Corten effect finish, with a further anti-graffiti coating. Also included was a bespoke version of the Caledonian litter bin, designed with a reduced size litter aperture to discourage seagulls from foraging inside. www.furnitubes.com

VESTRE REPUBLIC, EAST INDIA DOCK B L O C S U N B E N C H E S A N D TA B L E S ( 1 5 6 6 , 1 5 3 0 ) , V R O O M B E N C H E S A N D C O F F E E TA B L E S ( 6 3 0, 6 5 0, 6 3 8 ) Republic is a new office campus based at East India Docks that will ultimately provide 650,000ft2 of high-quality, affordable workplace, a wide range of amenities, and generous public realm and green spaces. The landscape design, by Studio RHE and remapp, is centred around wellbeing at work, with a key focus on daylight and ventilation. Vestre’s Bloc and Vroom furniture was selected to provide outdoor seating for the local workforce and visitors. Positioned amongst the central landscaped area and along the adjacent dock edge, plenty of opportunity is provided for conversations, informal meetings, and waterside relaxation. Zinc Yellow brings a splash of colour on the gloomiest day and perfectly reflects the Republic brand identities. www.vestre.com

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urrounded by stunning broadleaf plants and a diverse selection of trees ranging from hornbeams to field maples, the vegetation at the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden not only provides an immersive, magical experience for visitors but also frames and enhances the two hundred contemporary sculpture pieces that have been carefully installed. The garden, which has been running for 36 years, was the innovative creation started by Hannah Peschar and her husband Anthony Paul. One of the first of its kind in the UK, the garden demonstrates natures ability to thrive and grow as well as form a relationship with art, creating an ever-changing, dramatic environment. The garden was once part of a large estate (established in 1915) which was later distributed and sold in several lots, leaving the Grade II listed serene cottage, 10 acres of land and large pool spaces. Forty years ago, Hannah and Anthony stumbled across the grounds being advertised in a Sunday paper, leading to the birth of the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden. The next five years saw Hannah and Anthony working relentlessly to transform, revive and restore the garden to create a new thriving location.

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One of the key messages presented by the garden is that it serves much more purpose than just an attractive space, instead looking to provide habitats. Award-winning garden designer Anthony Paul spoke about the garden's purpose further: “The important thing that we are trying to get across here is that the garden is as much a garden for the art as it is a garden for habitats. The garden doesn’t have flower beds – plants have to do their own thing. They have to be strong and able to cope with the conditions.”

THE GARDEN DEMONSTRATES NATURES ABILITY TO THRIVE AND GROW AS WELL AS FORM A RELATIONSHIP WITH ART, CREATING AN EVER CHANGING, DRAMATIC ENVIRONMENT Once the plants have naturalised and made a home for themselves within their luscious surroundings, very little interference is needed. Anthony continues: “Once they've naturalised and they're happy then we can let them do their own thing. There is a little bit of weeding, a little bit of control – but very little. We don’t dig, we don’t put fertilisers down, and we avoid any chemicals, so the garden gives rise to a huge amount of insect population.” In contrast to traditional British gardens, there is a lack of flowering plants. Instead, the main focus of the planting style circulates around ‘green’, with vivid shades enriching your view wherever you look. The lack of borders and flower beds allows the garden to have a natural, honest look – nothing is contrived. Flowering wild plants do raise their heads to make an appearance during the spring months, however, bringing shades of blue and whites to the garden. Throughout the summer, glimmers of colour can be seen as Rhododendron 'Loderi King George', Rhododendron ponticum and Ligularia decorate the landscape with delicate gestures of colour. The trees also echo the naturalistic green rooted honesty, with a lack of exotic species being used. Anthony states that the most exotic tree within the garden is the northern catalpa, providing a stunning scent when in bloom that adds to the garden's central theme and illustrating the beauty of nature.

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Drawing inspiration and paying homage to his New Zealand upbringing, Anthony has incorporated a wide variety of architectural plants such as Gunnera manicata. The planting palette centralises around shape and structure including fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) and handkerchief trees (Davidia involucrate). Arguably, one of the most spectacular plants found within the garden is the Gunnera manicata. These colossal plant giants truly demonstrate the strength plants hold and their ability to naturalise within their given environment. Anthony spoke as to why their spectacular size may have occurred: “The plants here are good at binding in the carbon. We are located very close to Gatwick Airport – the plants here hold the carbon in the ground, storing the carbon and putting it back into the earth. If you walk around the garden you'll see how many huge leaves there are. The garden is full of big structural plants. The Gunnera are the first example of that, they are storing so much power – they're incredible at doing that.” Petasites japonicas are also prominently located around the garden. These leafy titans bring drama and illustrate scale to their surroundings, towering over Carex and woodland Luzula grasses.

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The location of the valley in which the garden is situated in is a relatively damp and dark environment, something Anthony has appropriated via the inclusion of large water pools that add movement and reflective elements to the space. The water pools and ponds are vital for the moisture loving plants as well as acting as an essential element. “It's all about water, everything is about water in this

garden. The water is the essential element that makes all these plants grow.” When it comes to the ground that the plants are situated on, the garden is located on solid clay. The clay provides the plants with a mineral rich feeding environment to thrive and grow into the structural giants that they are. “Clay is a very rich soil, it's rich in mineral and certain plants love it. We also have many alder trees

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THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE PLANTING STYLE CIRCULATES AROUND ‘GREEN’ WITH VIVID SHADES ENRICHING YOUR VIEW WHEREVER YOU LOOK here which is an amazing carbon store, they're quick growing and they bind carbon into the ground.” The pathways that lead you around the various areas within the garden have been designed to allow you to travel in any way you please. However, this may result in you retracing your steps – Anthony says this presents an illusion, which is part of the journey. “Although the garden seems like a big space it's not that big of an area. We can make it feel bigger by the route you decide to take. Travelling along the paths gives you the idea that the garden is a bigger space because you weave through it. I think when you walk round the garden it's got its own sort of atmosphere to it.” With the sculpture garden being open for seven months of the year, the garden is an immersive space where visitors would be forgiven in thinking that they had stepped away from the Surrey countryside and into a new, remarkable location.

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n horticulture, we are warned every few years of ‘the next Dutch elm disease’ – issues potentially so damaging they will have a fundamental, long-term impact on trade, economies and the look of our gardens and landscapes for the foreseeable future. Sometimes, these new threats materialize. Occasionally, they are as profoundly realised as to directly influence us on a day-to-day basis, as nurseries stocked with ash trees (Fraxinus sp.) in 2012 will remember. Thankfully, in most cases, initial threats don’t impact on us as heavily as they first may appear to. A good example would be box blight, which is a significant issue in some areas, but thankfully hasn’t yet prevented the use of Buxus as a hedging species throughout the UK as we were told it would a few short years ago. Of course, this may yet change. Xylella, though, seems more than equipped to keep us occupied for years as a major risk to plant health in the UK, as it already is in Europe. It seems inconceivable, even with heightened biosecurity monitoring, that we won’t accidently ‘import’ Xylella into the UK at some point. I love disruptive thinking, challenging the status quo in an effort to radically improve systems, develop new approaches, strategies, inventions and generally better our world.

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Recently, I was pondering the Xylella issue and considered the following. If we know that Xylella is largely unstoppable, that banning plant movement, destroying affected plants and quarantining vast areas of land is not actually dealing with the problem, why don’t we just kill

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the known vectors transmitting the disease? I don’t want to have to kill millions of thrips (the main vector in spreading the pathogen here), but if that solitary act could stop the disease from spreading, isn’t it worth considering? Isn’t it actually our moral responsibility to do so for the greater good? Well, it seems it has been considered by Defra, but was ruled out in favour of the current strategy of embargo, destroy affected plants and create a buffer zone. Was this a good idea?

IT SEEMS INCONCEIVABLE, EVEN WITH HEIGHTENED BIOSECURITY MONITORING, THAT WE WON’T ACCIDENTLY ‘IMPORT’ XYLELLA INTO THE UK AT SOME POINT As always, there are at least two sides to this argument: Let’s kill it! The first point is that we cannot simply quarantine and buffer vast areas, even countries, throughout Europe on a long-term basis preventing plant travel. We can’t keep cutting down olive groves on which local and larger economies are based. We can’t limit travel for the sake of a tiny, seemingly insignificant insect that contributes very little to anything other than furthering itself. Kill the pest and prevent the disease from spreading. Remove and dispose of affected plants and we can all get on with our lives managing any small outbreaks quickly with minimal fuss.

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We can’t risk it! The second side is that we cannot simply kill the thrips to prevent the disease spreading. While we can kill them, we’ll also potentially kill off other insect species since we currently can’t guarantee thrips will be targetted exclusively by a pesticide. In killing these pests, we may negatively impact on the landscape in another manner. We may extinguish entire species and imbalance their inhabited ecosystems. So, with two arguments that both have merit at a cost, which one do we choose? Maintain status quo and wait for a cure to the disease or a way to remove it from the vectors, or adopt a more radical strategy and see where it takes us? In theory, there are a number of naturally derived pesticides that will kill thrips without affecting bees and other beneficial insects. Worth a try?

ABOUT LEWIS NORMAND Lewis has worked in a wide variety of roles within horticulture over a 20-year career. He lectured in garden design and horticulture, and designed gardens in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Since 2011, Lewis has focused on nursery sales, now working as sales manager at Bernhard’s Nurseries, and has helped to launch a number of new plants into the UK plant market. He is a specialist supplier to show gardens, supplying over 100 gardens at major shows.

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Designers usually specify trees two years before the project hits site and contractors will buy trees only when they are a few weeks away from planting. Therefore, there will be a bumpy time ahead where quoted trees are no longer available as no one has thought to reserve them. Budgets from tenders will be insufficient and designs will have to be changed by agreed variation or by undeclared substitution. We also need to be aware that pine processionary moth is on the march and was found on trees at RHS Chelsea in 2016. The whole process of importing plants carries risks, be it Xylella or another pest, and so we all need to review our plant buying decisions.

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ities and towns frequently experience higher air temperatures than the countryside. Built-up and densely populated urban areas generate, trap and store heat to create localised warming – an effect named the ‘urban heat island’. During heatwaves, this increase in urban temperatures reduces human comfort and poses a serious health risk to vulnerable groups, such as young children and the elderly. Furthermore, current UK climate change projections suggest that heatwave events will become more frequent, longer-lasting and more intense in coming decades. Our towns and cities therefore need to plan and take action now to combat this effect. During hot weather, healthy urban trees are known to have a cooling benefit and can provide much-needed relief from the high temperatures. A recent Forestry Commission research note: ‘The role of urban trees and greenspaces in reducing urban air temperatures’, details how urban trees provide this benefit to society through release of water vapour in the process of evapotranspiration. It also explains how trees further provide shade, reflect more solar radiation and store less energy than many artificial surfaces, helping to provide cooler areas and reducing urban heat island formation.

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KEEPING IT COOL Not all urban trees cool the environment and protect building facades from radiation to the same extent. They have different inherent characteristics that control how they grow, function and store energy. They therefore vary in their potential for reducing the severity of the urban heat island and the extent to which they can provide shading and cooling. The Forestry Commission’s research note covers the latest research on the general tree characteristics that lead to maximum cooling.

OUR TOWNS AND CITIES NEED TO PLAN FOR AND TAKE ACTION NOW TO COMBAT THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT Studies have identified that, in general, the trees with the greatest potential to cool are those: • with an ability to evaporate considerable amounts of water vapour for long periods, particularly during dry conditions • that attain wide and dense canopies • that have leaves that are light in colour or have a surface that enhances reflection • that have leaves with shapes and sizes that promote heat dissipation. In practice, however, little is known about the overall cooling effect of these general principles for different tree species and cultivars. Critically, a tree with great cooling potential will only be able to provide that benefit to its full capacity if given the right environment to grow and thrive. Aspects such as the surrounding land-use, soil type, soil condition, water available to the tree, and the local microclimate, can all substantially influence the cooling a tree will offer. Beyond the often stated mantra of “the right tree for the

Helen Elks-Smith, Keith Sacre and Dr Kieron J. Doick are speaking on the panel ‘Right Tree, Right Place: Choosing the Tree to Get the Benefit’

right place”, it is vital to give “the right conditions to the right tree”. Examples of how the urban environment can limit the cooling benefit of trees are mentioned in the note, together with recognition that the incorporation of certain strategies into the design of urban spaces can help reduce those limitations. These include the use of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), vegetated surfaces or permeable pavements near planting sites, appropriately designed tree pits and techniques that improve the soil. If the cooling benefits of trees were more frequently considered during the tree selection process, urban areas could become more adapted to our changing climate. New studies should try to answer the remaining key issues by: • generating a comprehensive and scientifically robust evidence base on the cooling ability of different tree species and cultivars commonly planted in the UK • studying in greater depth how the design of planting sites can affect the cooling potential of the most promising species and cultivars in UK climate conditions • identifying efficient techniques for practitioners to improve planting sites. The Forestry Commission’s note can be downloaded free of charge at: www.forestresearch.gov.uk/research/roleurban-trees-and-greenspaces-reducing-urbanair-temperatures/

ABOUT KIERON DOICK AND M A D A L E N A VA Z M O N T E I R O Kieron Doick is the head of the Urban Forest Research Group, and Madalena Vaz Monteiro is an urban forest scientist, both based at the Urban Forest Research Group. The group conducts research to understand the current and future composition of UK’s urban forests, as well as their value and their resilience to a changing climate.

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panning over 300 acres Barcham Nurseries, located near Ely in the heart of Cambridgeshire, boasts an impressive 500 varieties of plant and trees species available for purchase. With an assortment of species ranging from Betula utilis var. Jacquemontii, Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ and Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’, the nursery offers interest for a large range of projects and planting needs. Founded in 1992, the nursery is currently maintained by managing director Mike Glover who at present employs 69 full-time dedicated staff. The number of staff will be increasing come October, with 19 new staff members joining the team through to April next year. Barcham Nursery has recently dispatched over 60,000 trees last season alone with species being supplied internationally to locations such as the Netherlands, Sweden and France. The smaller tree species at the nursery are potted using the nurseries very own Barcham Trees potting machine, an CARPINUS BETULUS ʻFASTIGIATAʼ automated machine which is capable of potting hundreds of trees per day. Larger trees are manually handled and transported to their designated location at the nursery to be potted in situ. Given the large amount of trees located on site, Barcham utilises an extensive irrigation

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system, something which supplies the entire nursery. This is fed by two nearby reservoirs, capable of holding over 72,000m3 of water. The nursery has also been involved with prestigious flower shows such as RHS Chelsea Flower Show on multiple occasions, with 2017 seeing the nursery scooping a 4* Tradestand Award. The nursery has also exhibited at Sandringham Flower Show. When it comes to ordering, customers are able to buy online with the trees being delivered in the nurseries specifically developed ‘Light Pots. These pots are root system containers

WE BELIEVE THAT IT IS THE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL THOSE IMPORTING TREES TO ENSURE THAT THEIR OWN WORKING PRACTICES AND PURCHASING DECISIONS REFLECT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF BIO-SECURITY which not only support the trees that are being delivered, but also ensure that the roots are protected as the tree establishes. Customers are also able to visit the nursery instead – Mike says: “People can always come in and see the nursery, customers regularly visit!” Barcham also offers a tree planting service within a 50 mile radius of the nursery location, and some locations slightly further afield are

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considered on certain occasions. With the risk of pests and diseases and the rise of the notorious oak processionary moth spreading to trees around the UK, Barcham Nursery have appropriately implemented a strict policy when it comes to their quarantine procedure. The Barcham Trees Biosecurity Policy Statement has been distributed throughout the UK, advising individuals on the importance of quarantine. Mike explains: “We believe that it is the personal responsibility of all those importing trees to ensure that their own working practices and purchasing decisions reflect the highest levels of bio-security. “We believe that trees should not be imported into the UK and transplanted directly into the UK landscape. We are the only nursery of our type to take such a rigid line on this.” The nursery agrees that although the UK market needs trees to be imported, the trees should spend a minimum of one full growing season on a UK nursery, with frequent inspections being carried out before they are planted into the UK landscape.

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reen-tech is the largest supplier of tree planting materials to the industry. With over two million tree shelters in stock at any one time, customers can bring in tree shelters and spirals as and when they need. The orders and enquiries have already started to come in as contractors prepare for a busy planting season. With the option of a convienient next day delivery service, Greentech is renowned as the essential go-to supplier for anything tree related. By the end of the 2019/2020 tree planting season, it forecasts that it will have supplied enough tree shelters and sundry items to protect around 12 million trees – so they’re more than experienced when it comes to trees. Green-tech already has orders across the country for tree planting items to create woodlands and regenerate quarries, to plant at the side of motorways and plant in new housing developments. The focus on reducing the amount of plastic used in landscaping remains high and Green-tech takes its environmental impact very seriously and is conscious of reducing its plastics. Whilst it admits there is no quick fix to reducing plastic in tree planting and cost plays a big part in this, it is actively looking at options to reduce plastic in the environment, and has been researching viable alternatives over the last few years. One of these is its new Treebio biodegradable tree planting range which includes spirals, pegs and mulch mats. For the 2019/2020 planting season, they are expecting the range to prove especially popular amongst those landscape contractors and designers whose clients are focusing on their own green credentials. The Treebio range is an environmentally friendly weed and erosion control range of planting essentials. The material used in its manufacture has been tested at an independent laboratory to be classified as fully compostable. It has also gained the DIN CERTCO certificate. The Treebio spiral will be attacked initially by UV degradation to

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start the break-up process. Biodegradable stabilisers are added to the material before the manufacturing process to stabilise the spiral sufficiently to withstand this UV degradation. This lasts for four to five years in the place of use, meaning after this period it will compost down and become a soil nutrient.

THE FOCUS ON REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF PLASTIC USED IN LANDSCAPING REMAINS HIGH AND GREEN-TECH TAKES ITS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT VERY SERIOUSLY

encourages four and five year maintenance programmes that include the removal of plastic tree shelters once the young tree is established. Tubex tree tubes are 100% recyclable, making them cost effective and a better option for the environment. Green-tech urges its customers to recycle tree tubes once they have reached the end of their purpose and there is no longer a need for them. Throughout 2020, Green-tech is keen to bring specifiers, suppliers, manufacturers and contractors together to look at the reduction of plastic in the landscape environment and is planning on running a brain storming session to debate this. If you would like to be involved with the session, please get in touch with Green-tech’s chairman and BALI vice chairman Richard Kay at: richardk@green-tech.co.uk

C O N TA C T Green-tech has received a lot of interest in this environmentally friendly tree planting option, and currently has a number of customers and environmental organisations that are undertaking trials of the Treebio spiral tree guards. It is keen to encourage others to do the same. Green-tech is a strong believer in a second life for plastics and

Green-tech, Rabbit Hill Business Park, Great North Road, Arkendale, HG5 0FF Tel 01423 332100 Email sales@green-tech.co.uk www.green-tech.co.uk

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reenBlue Urban is the global leading solutions provider in assisting trees in their battle to establish in urban spaces. Established over 27 years ago with more than 40 years’ experience in the landscaping industry, GreenBlue provide exceptional expertise in planning, design and the installation of trees in the hard landscape. The team have worked hard to accomplish their mission of enabling sustainable cities through green and blue infrastructure with it’s continued education programme. GreenBlue Urban’s leading industry experts have visited cities – including Glasgow, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester and London – in order to bring together public and private sector stakeholders. Here, they were able to share ideas relating to green infrastructure the delivery of SuDS, constraints with utilities and highways and, most importantly, collaborating more effectively at policy and design stage.

Highways Guide, there is plenty of opportunity to educate on best practice tree planting. Regular feedback from customers allows GreenBlue to continually innovate, leading it to the launch of the next generation of it’s RootSpace system – an update to one of the most creative soil protection products in the industry. The product is designed for maximum soil and rooting volume, is “utility friendly” and

2019 HAS SEEN SOME GOOD MOMENTUM ACROSS THE COMPANY – ENCOURAGING SALES, A HEALTHY PIPELINE, A REJUVENATED TEAM, IMPROVED STRUCTURE AND MARKETING DEAN BOWIE – CEO

2019 saw increased presence with the opening of GreenBlue Urban’s London showroom, coinciding with Clerkenwell Design Week, perfectly located to discuss projects at design stage with nearby specifiers. Along with a host of new collateral, including the new Design Tree Planting Guide, Soil Species Selection, RootSpace & Utilities and the upcoming

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offers industry-leading strength characteristics. RootSpace Generation 2 has some significant improvements: • New 400mm high option to enable a wider range of tree pit depths – now five different height configurations • Faster, simpler and easier assembly process • Further increase to the load bearing capacity • Easy re-excavation for maintenance of utilities The upcoming launch event will be held at Bannister Hall on 2 October, where contractors, local authority planners and specifiers will be able to experience RootSpace via a tree pit build along with partner exhibitors and speakers.

Recent successful projects promoted include Kings Crescent, a social housing development in Stoke Newington, London, the award-winning development at London Wall Place as well as the Green Avenues revitalisation project on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street.

So, GreenBlue Urban’s 2020 plan is to continue its mission. It emphasises that the work it does is hugely important to improving the quality of urban living for increasing numbers of people – the enthusing reason “why” the business exists. A key focus for the company will be launching new products relating to stormwater management and air cleansing, along with developing partner relations to provide software and statistical data. This will demonstrate that it’s products not only provide health benefits, but long-term cost benefits too.

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ighting paths and walkways within gardens visually connects different areas and allows for the safe navigation through the landscape. When soft lighting is added to paths – coupled with the surrounding lighting of trees, shrubs and sculptures – the user is encouraged to be drawn along the pathway to a destination, or for a scenic stroll along a looped path. The lighting can be implemented in several ways, from traditional raised pole mount spread lights to recessed path lights. The most unobtrusive and natural way is by means of downlighting from overhanging trees and structures. Pole mount spread lights provide a pool of downward glare-free illumination to paths and low-level planting, whilst recessed hardscape path wash lights are more favourable for high traffic areas where pole mount fittings could become damaged. Mounting fittings high in overhanging trees will always provide a wider coverage of illumination, and can also create interesting moonlight shadowing through foliage within the tree canopies.

When lighting paths, ensure there is an even amount of light along the entire path, as spotty dark areas can leave the user feeling disorientated and uncomfortable, whilst also hiding potential obstacles, such as uneven paths due to tree root growth. Ensure the surrounding landscape along the path is also lit sufficiently,

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Highlight specimen trees and sculptures – these localised focal points need to be at a higher brightness level than the path itself. Illuminating various features along the path sides adds interest and assists in drawing the viewer further along the path. If a path is flanked by a wall or raised bed, light fittings can be mounted to the surface or recessed to provide illumination for the pathway. Surface mount wall lights placed higher up the wall will create light for the path

ILLUMINATING VARIOUS FEATURES ALONG THE PATH SIDES ADDS INTEREST AND ASSISTS IN DRAWING THE VIEWER FURTHER ALONG THE PATH and provide a wash of down light. This is especially effective if the wall is a feature wall that offers interesting texture. Another effective way of providing illumination to a path is by means of reflected indirect light, This can be achieved by carefully lighting the surrounding features and landscape with brighter output lamps or fittings. This type of lighting will only be effective if sufficient features have reflective surfaces. Pole mount spread lights are the simplest to install and can be mounted in numerous ways to create varying effects. This type of light fitting can be mounted on one side of a path if the path is not too wide and will provide the most pleasing and even illumination. Remember to use a pole with suitable height as this will

affect the size of the pool of light produced. The shorter the pole, the smaller the pool of light. Placing fittings on either side of the path should be carried out especially for wider paths,

These should be at set distances apart and staggered and alternated for the desired effect, but pay particular attention to overlap light pools from each fitting. Commercial grade bollard-type fittings can offer a more robust solution and cover anything from a full 360° of illumination, to a focused beam of light similar to adjustable spotlights. Commercial grade fittings tend to be larger in size due to their need to be robust or vandal proof, but look for products with suitable glare control available – otherwise, they will become the main focal point.

A B O U T N E I L PA R S L O W Neil is the founder and lead designer at Light Visuals, a London-based landscape and architectural lighting manufacturer. Neil trained as an electrical designer before his passion for lighting and landscapes transferred to the design and installation of landscape lighting. This passion also extends to the design engineering and manufacturing of high-quality Britishmade lighting products. www.lightvisuals.co.uk

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WHAT I DIDN’T BANK ON, WAS JUST HOW MUCH I’D GAIN FROM THE EXPERIENCE were long and (at times) the project took over my life. But, I kept on giving and smiled throughout. Although I initially regretted letting some of the amateur winners have so much input when it came to the implementation, in the end, they all proved to be a great help and all concerned were delighted with the results. We all had to make compromises due to various restrictions and conflicting opinions, but I have to say that the time we spent together was very rewarding. What I didn’t bank on was just how much I would gain from the experience.

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For every project I’ve ever been involved with, I’ve held the position as designer, but never mentor and project manager – this was a first for me too. It opened my eyes to a whole other side of our industry, an insight into the life of a contractor. I learned how emotionally detached you have to be towards some decisions which you don’t agree with, but have to implement. I learned that no matter how hard you work, and how many of your decisions lead to a better finished garden, you probably won’t get any recognition for them. I also learned that the hardest part of creating a garden is second guessing what the designer wanted, and that no matter how much information they supplied on drawings and in emails, there were still hundreds of small decisions which needed to be made on an hourly basis. Without being on site, these ‘gaps’ between the dots would have been joined up by someone other than the designers. I’m not used to working for another designer (I really don’t envy our contractors), constantly being challenged by another creative who is emotionally closer to the project than me and fighting to keep their design intact – it’s emotionally exhausting! My mentees had very different personalities and varying levels of gardening experience,

meaning all involved required differing levels of support. But, interestingly, those with less experience were more receptive to advice and easier to mentor. Debates became extremely passionate at times, which on reflection was a great challenge too. It was fun to work collaboratively, blending their fresh ideas with my experience and wisdom, inventing new solutions. In conclusion, if you are ever offered the opportunity to mentor someone in our industry, however much you think you’ll just give, give, give, don’t forget: givers gain. You never know, you just might get more than you give!

A B O U T L E E B E S TA L L Lee Bestall has been designing and managing the construction of gardens in his signature style for more than 10 years – and his honest, genuine passion is infectious. He regularly writes gardening and outdoor-style articles for magazines, is brand ambassador for Spear & Jackson and a stand-in presenter for BBC Radio Sheffield’s Gardeners’ Question Hour. www.bestall.co.uk

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ivers gain’ was the motto of a networking group I belonged to many years ago, and I found the saying so true when I decided to help three amateur gardeners realise their dream of creating a show garden at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. In early 2019, I was asked by the RHS if I would be interested in helping to judge an amateur garden design competition for three local BBC radio stations, and then mentoring those winners for the months leading up to RHS Chatsworth. Naturally, I jumped at the chance, honoured to have been asked and excited to work with amateur gardeners to make their vision a reality. I had no idea how much work would be involved or how many emails would be generated by having five different clients – the three designers, the RHS and the BBC – coupled with juggling expectations, budgets, and producing three show gardens that I would be happy to say I’d helped to shape. The hours

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R E AC T I O N T I M E ANGUS LINDSAY DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING THE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR MINDS AND HIS FRUSTRATIONS AROUND VEHICLE APPLICATION PROCESSES

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don’t know whether it’s just suppliers and manufacturers being cautious or apprehensive over the Brexit situation, but since the start of the year I have found the response from some in the supply industry to be woeful. I fully appreciate that we are heading into the unknown come the end of October, but the lack of commitment and decision making from some quarters is farcical. Whether it’s a machine spare part, getting a vehicle repaired, the supply of new equipment or getting something registered for the road, the default now seems to be weeks or months rather than days or weeks, even if the equipment is sitting in the dealer’s yard.

THE LACK OF COMMITMENT AND DECISION-MAKING FROM SOME QUARTERS IS FARCICAL Remember the days when you’d trundle down to the Post Office to register a new vehicle or machine, with a chequebook and paperwork in hand? You might have queued for 15 minutes, but then after a bit of a chat at the counter you

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had your tax disc and the equipment could be delivered. Now, in the name of progress, it’s all done online, allegedly to make things more efficient and save cost. Only it doesn’t. We now have to wait weeks for applications to be processed, which costs more as we have to hire in vehicles or equipment to cover whilst the new replacements gather dust in the dealer’s yard. On a similar theme, Low Emission Zones, not just in London but all around the country – these have not just arrived overnight, but have been on the cards for several years, though it

IS THIS THE FUTURE OF OUR PARKS?

seems that many of us have only just woken up to what they mean and the implications for our business. Clients are frantically issuing questionnaires on alternative fuel use, reducing emissions, and what their suppliers are doing to reduce environmental impact. All well and good, but currently there are limited alternatives and very little useable infrastructure in place. We can make all sorts of promises, but circumstances beyond our control may affect the final delivery along with the increased costs associated with changing technologies. This may sound like a very negative article, but it is born of frustration with the current lethargy and “not my problem” attitude which currently seems to envelop the country. Our industry and the management of green spaces should be at the forefront of the environmental

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agenda. Surely our parks, green lanes and open spaces should be encouraged and maintained as part of a greater environmental agenda and not just left to deteriorate into rubbish strewn, weed-infested sites of dereliction, or worse still, dug up for industry or housing. I suppose it’s always been there, but nowadays there seems to be a greater disconnect between the components involved in the job we do. Clients want to be green but are constrained by budgets. Whilst government departments and local authorities need to act on climate change, they seemingly have little comprehension as to the effect their decisions have on delivering this change. Manufacturers can’t produce instant solutions – change can take years to get it right and be futureproof. Industry showcase events, such as RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Tatton Park, and the like, are all well and good when looking at making our immediate environment green and pleasant, but what about the bigger picture? Whilst it’s easy enough to organise the landscaping of your garden or office facility, it takes a lot longer to instigate change for larger projects, which in my view, should be a priority. It just takes ownership, drive and organisation.

A B O U T A N G U S L I N D S AY 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 has an Agricultural Engineering and Mechanisation Management MSc from Silsoe, and joined Glendale as machinery manager in 1994, then idverde UK in 2009.

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ay back in 1969, the MowBot was invented, a robotic lawn mower which had similarities to the models that are around today. Clearly, technology has moved on, in particular with ‘smart’ options such as Wi-fi connectivity, GPS-assisted navigation apps, anti-theft sensors and powerful rechargeable batteries. But, overall, these are now tried and tested tools. Humans no longer need to spend hours cutting grass, a tiring and tedious task. So, why don’t we see more of them? Certainly, in the UK at least, it's far more common to witness a human pushing a mower – and for larger areas of land, mowing can produce some useful extra revenue for those offering maintenance services. But change is happening, and we should expect to see many more robotic mowers at work in public spaces. One great example is Glasgow Botanic Gardens, which is now using Husqvarna’s Automower. Glasgow City Council recently installed two of these robotic mowers to use on the lawns, working from 10pm to 10am and using a random cutting pattern to ensure the grass is cut in different directions, which results in a carpet-like appearance. Grounds staff who previously mowed have now been redeployed within the gardens, and there have also been savings on both fuel and fertilisers through use of these machines. Meanwhile, sales of robotic mowers are taking off in the UK, even if we continue to be outstripped by France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. But, we are catching up, and retailers such as John Lewis are reporting rising sales, while manufacturer Husqvarna has produced well over a million models from its factory in County Durham. Robotic mowers are

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MORE ROBOTIC MOWERS COULD RESULT IN A REDUCTION OF MONOTONOUS WORK, WHICH FREES UP TIME TO PROVIDE SERVICES THAT ARE OF GREATER VALUE TO THE CLIENT poised to become increasingly commonplace, and some clients may well be considering a purchase. So, could this mean your mowing services will become redundant? Moving with the times One argument for them is that mowing is a lot of work for little financial reward, and that if the job is done by a robot, you would then be free to work on projects that are higher paid,

such as hard landscaping or planting. If you employ someone to primarily cut grass, then perhaps up-skilling could be a good idea? It is also important to be mindful of clients’ preferences and, increasingly, these may be driven by environmental concerns. If you have been using a petrol mower for years, whilst this may produce a great looking lawn, a robotic mower has greener credentials in terms of being emissions-free and are far quieter. Robotic mowers still need to be properly set up in terms of the boundary wire for the area that needs mowing and guide wires to return to the docking station. There are also likely to be plenty of areas within a garden that will need attention by human hand, which could be longer grass or vegetation that is close to a pond or other obstacles the robotic mower avoids. Because of all the setting up involved, it is impractical for landscapers to think about owning a robotic mower to transport to different jobs. However, those which are operated by a remote control, such as the Czech-made Spider mowers, could be a worthwhile investment. These can be towed or transported in a van, depending on the model, and could suit those with contracts involving work on sloped landscapes up to 55°. Landscapers offering groundcare services could also charge for monitoring and managing fleets of robotic mowers. They still require regular maintenance and a business owner, for example, could find such a service extremely useful. Automation can be viewed as a threat to all kinds of jobs, but landscapers should not be overly concerned. More robotic mowers could result in a reduction of monotonous work, which frees up time to provide services that are of greater value to the client – and the landscaper.

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AMBROGIO Italian brand Ambrogio, part of the Zucchetti group, is a leader in robotics and automation. There are some 14 models available in the UK, available via Magic Distribution. The L350i Elite, for example, will mow 1.73 acres of lawn. It is fitted with a solid four-point 36cm stainless steel blade, coming with GPS assisted navigation for faster lawn coverage and tracking, with geofence alarm notifications. A 15Ah Lithium-ion battery allows it to mow continuously for seven hours at a time. It is also possible to use a fleet of robotic mowers working together and sharing their GPS data so that different areas can be mown simultaneously. Meanwhile, the top of the range Ambrogio L400 is able to mow an area of up to 7.5 acres, making it suited to sports pitches and estate lawns. It offers a triple blade set up with carbon fibre cover and comes with GPS features as with the Elite model. Ambrogio offers a modular build, which can be upgraded for larger cutting decks or drive power packs should the application change and the navigation module upgraded if technology changes. Software is updated through smartphone apps. www.magicdistribution.co.uk

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HONDA Honda’s Miimo HRM 3000 can handle lawns of up to one acre and is controllable via a smartphone app. It’s the most powerful in the range and joins current models HRM 520 and HRM 310 in the manufacturer’s existing robotic mower line-up. In comparison to the Miimo 310, cutting width is increased from 220mm to 250mm, which means maximum cutting area is up by 2,500m2 to 4,000m2. Cutting capacity reaches 170m/h and cutting time per charge has more than doubled to 90 minutes. The 3000 offers Honda’s ‘Smooth Turn’ technology and reduces non-productive turning time by allowing it to maintain forward travel and turn from a boundary without stopping. Five different zones can be set around a landscape, with slopes and uneven work areas dealt with via the 3000's large drive wheels and an optimised centre of gravity, allowing operation at angles of up to 25°. www.honda.co.uk/miimo

Spider manufactures remote controlled mowers, distributed in the UK by the T H White group. Spider slope mowers are the only remotecontrolled mowers to offer zero-turn capability on slopes of up to 55°. Unlike ride-on mowers which could tip over on steep land, these models offer a safer alternative. It includes four-wheel drive, four-wheel steer functionality and zero-turn capability, allowing the mower to turn on its axis, making it manoeuvrable in small spaces or when facing obstacles. The operator controls the mower using a remote control from up to 100m away, which can make the Spider particularly suitable to use in more hazardous areas. The manufacturer states that some models can perform the same amount of work as up to 15 workers, yet only need to be operated by one individual. The Spider range has five models, with the latest launch being the X Line, the smallest commercial machine – it can be transported in a van, but still offers high performance. www.thwhite.co.uk/machinery-imports/spider

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ith every passing moment, technology develops even further and social media is a ruling force in our lives, allowing us to connect, share and document almost anything. With our public and private lives online – along with our businesses – this valuable yet addictive tool is one many of us can harness and mould as we see fit. Some would argue that having a social media presence in 2019 is more of a necessity than an optional pastime. With this in mind, uploading regularly and concisely while utilising the full potential of hashtags and ‘@’ mentions is essential to get the best out of your platforms. In the UK, 95% of households currently own a mobile phone, and the number of individuals accessing social media in 2018 solely via a mobile device was over 38 million. The amount of social media use within the UK is well above the global average, ranking as the 18th highest user base worldwide. Given the multiple social media platforms available for public consumption, the opportunities for utilising these to share content are almost endless. Instagram, a heavily visual platform, provides aesthetic opportunities to showcase a client’s newly designed garden, your new fleet of vans or even

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a cheeky selfie. Meanwhile, Facebook allows you to boast your collection of client testimonials, reviews and projects, while Twitter enables engaging connections and short, snappy updates that keep your followers in the loop. Christopher Bassett, managing director of marketing agency Fusion Media, emphasises this point: “We find certainly in this industry that Twitter is still the number one platform. It provides a running news feed, so it needs looking at more regularly than Facebook or

WE FIND CERTAINLY IN THIS INDUSTRY THAT TWITTER IS STILL THE NUMBER ONE PLATFORM C H R I S T O P H E R B A S S E T T, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF FUSION MEDIA

Instagram. Instagram is becoming more popular – landscaping is quite a visual industry so people like taking photos of their work, but I would say Twitter is still the number one platform for sharing information.” With Twitter recently expanding its character count, the possibilities for status updates, starting conversations or promoting a new venture in your company just got more exciting. Recent studies have shown that a staggering 72% of people are more likely to work with a business after a Twitter interaction has occurred. Adam White, president of the Landscape Institute, is a keen user of the platform and stresses its importance: “Twitter is more of a conversation. You can have a conversation

with potential clients or colleagues and define the perception of your business by doing that. I still think it’s probably the strongest platform for businesses, but you need to do it in conjunction with others.” There’s no one clear best strategy and preferences differ from company to company. While others favour the photographic, story telling elements of Instagram, others gravitate towards Twitter’s blue bird icon on their home screen. Obviously, the nature of the post will also play a role in determining the social app you will showcase your next post on, which means that an understanding of each platform is key for getting the best for your business. Christopher is passionate about delivering specifically targeted campaigns to clients in order to generate compelling content to drive their business into the forefront. “Every platform has its own strengths and I think it’s worth considering how each message should be portrayed on each platform,” he suggests. “Why would somebody follow you across all your platforms for content that is exactly the same across all of them?” As well as promoting your company, sharing content and engaging with clients and communities, social media can be used to attract potential employees. A number of websites (such as LinkedIn) allow users to opt in for paid content, enabling posts to be promoted and jobs adverts to be posted. Money, however, can be kept in your back pocket if you turn to your company social media profiles instead. Adam says: “Twitter is fantastic. You can put a link to the job specifications – that’s really important. You’ve got a few more characters now than you had before which was brilliant. Put a link to your job spec on your website. If people retweet, it can reach far and wide!” LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook can also be used as a hiring tool, as links can be posted to direct potential candidates back to your own website which will in turn increase your website

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in their shop window permanently – your posts have to stay relevant.” If your budget does not allow hiring another member of staff, scheduling is a powerful tool to look into. Social media management software such as Buffer or Hootsuite allow you to line up posts and schedule when they will be posted. Over at Fusion Media, Christopher is a frequent user: “We use scheduling tools for posts just so that there’s things going out, but it’s still important to have a personal touch. With that in mind, there will be times of the day where we’re speaking to and engaging with people. In

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traffic. This allows the link between your social media and your website to be strengthened, as well as your company name. Tony Woods, director of Garden Club London, noted that the company advertises on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook in order to successfully attract new employees. Posting online frequently may seem like a daunting task for some, or like an extra item being added to the ‘to do’ list – another stress on your mind. However, if used well and optimised to its fullest, social media can be a highly beneficial tool. If budget allows, then hiring a social media manager or content creator for your business may be beneficial for your company. This is something which Barry Randall, managing director at Leicestershire Garden Design Company, has implemented: “We have one specific person that will post on our social media. We’ve got various campaigns that we launch at different times of the year, but a lot of what we do has become automated.” Tony Woods notes that a mixture is implemented over at Garden Club London.

terms of scheduling, on Twitter it’s certainly working on the analytic side of things. For example, you can find out when the most popular times of day are for your users so that you’re targeting posts at the right hours of the day.” People may be hesitant when it comes to considering spending many hours on social media in order to establish presence. Nevertheless, in the 21st century it is a valuable business tool. Barry argues: “I’m

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amazed that there’s people in the industry that don’t understand its importance. I’m a big advocate of making sure you’re using social media to your advantage. People think that they’ve got to put something amazing on there, but what is not amazing to us as landscapers is amazing to the people that are looking at it who are not in the industry.” Social media is a valuable tool, but it can be abused and overused in many different ways. However, if used correctly and with discipline, it can drive your business towards success. Social media is best considered as the cherry on top – you can enjoy your business without it, but when the two are combined, a potentially powerful catalyst for success is formed.

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“We prepare some posts in the winter, but we like to produce live updates from ongoing and completed projects so there is always plenty of content.” It could also be argued that providing your followers with a personal touch and approach is beneficial when compared to a feed of scheduled posts day after day. Having individual content on each of your platforms is key. Adam says: “The internet is your shop window. No shop would leave the same display

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ogether with a growing trend for self-employment, mobile phone applications and an emerging gig economy (a labour market made up of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs) are providing employers and labour markets with greater flexibility than ever before. Whilst new working arrangements have the potential to enable short-term or highly flexible demands for labour to be fulfilled, the existing legislative framework – which has evolved to cater for traditional ‘employees’ – often does not afford sufficient protection to the rights of a new position labelled ‘workers’. Workers are a halfway house between employees and self-employed individuals, often at risk from losing basic employment rights as a result of unscrupulous employers. In 2017, a report commissioned by the government evaluated the changing landscape of work and made recommendations to ensure future legislation reflects these changes. Many changes in law have already been adopted or will do in the near future. One of the areas of legislation to be changed as a result of this review is Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996. Currently, ‘employees’ in a role for more than one month must be given a document containing specific information including holiday pay, sick leave, and length of time the job is likely to last within two months of the date they start work. This document may often be referred to as an employment contract or written statement, and may be in parts, provided this two month limit is met. Anyone defined as a ‘worker’ – which may include people employed under zero-hours contracts or employed through an agency – is not currently entitled to any of this information at any stage in their role. This leaves a significant number of contemporary

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‘workers’ in a vulnerable position so, as of 6 April 2020, new requirements will be enforced: • Both employees and workers are entitled to a Section 1 statement on the first day of work, regardless of the duration of their role. • Details concerning working periods, leave entitlement, sick pay, renumeration, probationary period and training must be given. As of 6 April 2020, employers must ensure statements, which include the full suite of employment details, are produced ready for new recruits on their first day of employment.

WORKERS ARE A HALFWAY HOUSE BETWEEN EMPLOYEES AND SELF-EMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS, OFTEN AT RISK FROM LOSING BASIC EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS AS A RESULT OF UNSCRUPULOUS EMPLOYERS Whilst employers are not required to automatically furnish existing employees (those who started before 6 April 2020) with the additional information contained within a new written statement, employees can request this, and it must be provided with one month of the request. Former employees can also request this statement up to three months after the end of their employment. Whilst the broader

reach of the statement of employment is easy to identify, employers must also now distinguish ‘workers’ from those who are ‘self-employed’. This distinction must be reasonable, to ensure ‘workers’ are provided with the necessary written statement. The changes proposed are essential to ensure that new working arrangements benefit both employers and employees. The landscape industry, with its considerable tendency to demand seasonal or part-time labour, has already benefitted from ‘workers’. To continue operating in this way and reaping the rewards, it is essential that employers review contracts and prepare in advance of April 2020 to avoid potential pitfalls. Further information www.acas.org.uk The Employment Rights (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 www.legislation.gov.uk/ ukdsi/2019/9780111177457/contents

ABOUT OWEN BAKER Owen Baker is a technical officer for policy and research at the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI). Established in 1972, BALI promotes, supports and inspires over 900 registered members including landscape contractors, landscape architects, garden designers and suppliers to be leaders of an environmentally, ethically and commercially sustainable landscape services industry. Owen has a degree in landscape management and a Masters degree in marketing management.

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How was the company founded? Global Stone was founded in 2003, originally as part of the Kent Blaxill Builders Merchants Group. Julian Wood, managing director, was one of the founding members, helping to establish Global Stone as a quality wholesaler of natural stone paving to supply the domestic paving market. The company has grown to become an industry leading supplier of natural stone and porcelain paving, earning a reputation for quality and innovation. Launched in late 2017 and founded by Clare Morgan and Sara Cullis, Trovia meets the changing needs of the hard landscaping industry. As part of the Global Stone family, it offers bespoke, consultancy-led services aimed at designers, architects, landscapers and supporting merchants.

What is its route to market? Global Stone supplies to independent merchants around the country, while Trovia provides services to landscape designers, landscaper architects, landscapers and merchants. Who are the key personnel? Julian Wood (centre) is the managing director and a founding member of Global Stone. He has has a true passion for natural stone and paving solutions. He travels the world in search of beautiful, innovative high-quality products. Clare Morgan (right) is the executive director, focusing on growing the Trovia business, searching far and wide to unearth the best porcelain products. Clare helps designers and architects create cohesive spaces to meet and exceed client briefs that will stand the test of time.

Where is it based? Global Stone is located just outside Colchester, Essex, and Trovia has a showroom nearby in Ardleigh, Essex. What is the product range? Global Stone provides natural stone and porcelain paving in a range of sizes and formats to suit every kind of garden. With 35 collections and over 150 colours across both natural stone and porcelain paving, you can transform your garden, driveway or create a seamless indoor-outdoor look with the company’s products. Trovia currently has six porcelain collections, with a wide variety of innovative designs to choose from. Trovia also has a

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What kind of technical support is offered? The company’s sales team members are trained to provide any technical support customers require. From cleaning paving to grout materials and recommendations about installing paving, the team strive to solve all technical queries. They also provide a specialist cutting and finishing service to help create unique solutions. Do you have a showroom or product samples? Global Stone’s merchant stockists, based across the country, have both laid and stand displays, and provide samples to end customers. Trovia’s showroom is also available to demonstrate the fantastic portfolio of products to prospective and existing clients.

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“At Bowland Stone, we believe it is important that contractors should consider paying higher prices for their decorative aggregates because the quality is far better. The aggregates won’t absorb as much moisture to turn the stones green. There are a lot more colour options and styles available when paying a higher price as well, which can result in the finished garden project looking more aesthetically pleasing. The aggregates are also prepared to a higher standard, which means no need to wash the gravel before it’s used in the garden, making the preparation less time-consuming.”

“CED Stone Group stock a wide range of decorative aggregates in an equally wide range of prices. Material prices will always factor into a project, however, there are other factors which should also be considered when selecting aggregate. "Certain aggregates are more befitting for certain circumstances. Areas such as driveways, paths and borders each have their own requirements, so the area in which you are laying the gravel may differ from others. Shape, size, material, colour and porosity should also be considered when selecting aggregate for a project. "By doing this, you may pay a higher price, but you will certainly take away a material much more suitable for the project.”

DECORATIVE AGGREGATES W H E N I T C O M E S TO D E C O R AT I V E AG G R E G AT E S , S O M E C O N T R AC TO R S S I M P LY C H O O S E T H E C H E A P E ST FO R P R OJ E C TS . W E A S K F O U R L E A D I N G S U P P L I E R S W H Y C O N T R AC TO R S S H O U L D N OT A L WAYS B U Y T H E C H E A P E ST A N D W H AT OT H E R FAC TO R S T H E Y S H O U L D B E C O N S I D E R I N G

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“Some want to buy the cheapest product because their budget is being squeezed. But is it really cost effective? Are you buying purely on price without looking at the product quality? It’s important to look at the delivery as well as the service and aftercare on offer. "Most suppliers would like to think of themselves as competitive in the marketplace, and Smiths are no different. But where Smiths differ is the high quality of product, its expertise, its attention to detail and above all, its service to the customer. We believe paying the extra price will be worth it in the long run.”

“Decorative stone is a truly versatile and economical surface covering, offering fantastic value, even for higher-end products. Pay a little bit more than your average gravel and you can add glints of quartz or highly polished pebbles. You can even achieve a perfect match with the colour tones of your paving, planting or buildings. For a small extra cost compared to the overall budget, you’ll set your project apart and add distinctive character to your client’s outdoor space.”

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n Wednesday 28 August, Pro Landscaper visited London Bridge station to see the launch of a series of 'New Forms' gardens. The gardens were commissioned by Team London Bridge, with support from Network Rail, and were delivered by Cityscapes. The four garden installations were designed by Ula Maria, Tessa and Caitlin McLaughlin, Alexandra Noble and Sarah Wilson, reusing materials from the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival. The launch event was a great chance to see the hard work that had gone into creating these temporary installations, and to hear the designers talk about both the concepts behind their designs and how they were created.

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What was your route into the industry? As soon as I finished school, I did a gamekeeping course. I then got a job working on a couple of estates around the north-west, but the jobs were few and far between, so I went to work as a self-employed gardener. It was mainly maintenance work, though. I carried out some hard landscaping work at the Southport Flower Show with my college tutor, which was interesting, and I really enjoyed it. It was probably the first competition that I had ever done, and we won a Gold Medal for the garden.

YOU’VE JUST GOT TO GIVE EVERYTHING A GO, AND IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF YOU CAN DO IT How does it feel to have won multiple accolades recently? My college tutor entered me for APL WorldSkills. It was a lot harder than I was expecting – one of the hardest things is trying not to look at what everyone else is doing! When they called my name out for first place at the awards ceremony, it was a really good experience. The APL’s Rising Star Award was something I wasn't expecting at all, either. The APL sent a big glass trophy, I was chuffed to bits with that. Winning the Young Landscapers Award at BBC Gardeners’ World Live was good, too. We worked in pairs – Sam Gordon and I were given designs by garden designer David Stevens. We had seven days to build the garden and then four days of the actual show. The weather was horrific, it rained pretty much non-stop, but it was great competition, I really enjoyed it. We won and both received a Gold Medal.

IT CAN BE REWARDING TO LOOK BACK AND KNOW YOU BUILT THAT GARDEN

What is your favourite part of working in this industry? For me, it’s probably when you finish the job. It can be rewarding to look back and know you built that garden. I also love a challenge – the harder something is, the more involved I get. I love to try new things, too. My boss lets me do some design work, which is really interesting. What is the most challenging part? One challenge is making sure everything is ordered on time and making sure everything is ready for the next day. Weather is always a challenge, too. You’ve just got to give everything a go, and if you believe in yourself you can do it. What are your future plans? For now, I imagine I’ll stay where I am at Great Oaks Landscapes and soak up as much knowledge as I can. Longer term, you never know what might happen. If I got my own company, or progress in my current company, that would be great.

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s a five-year-old, my preferred mode of transport was a yellow, peddle powered tractor. I went everywhere on it. When I say everywhere, it was mainly to the bottom of my driveway and back, but still, I was having the time of my life. If I wasn’t peddling around on my JCB, I’d be climbing a tree, painting, or building a den somewhere. Twenty-nine years later, Horticulture has allowed me to build a career around the things I naturally enjoyed as a kid. I still manage to find myself driving tractors, dumper trucks and diggers (real ones now). I still draw and paint daily, only SketchUp, Photoshop, and plants are my preferred medium. I’ve even been employed to design and build tree houses – professional den building, you could call it. As a landscape designer, I love that we can dream up these concepts and build them into reality. Watching a CAD model come to life after spending weeks and months living inside of it is quite an experience. When it all clicks together and comes to life, the finished product is often better than I could’ve dreamt. Once a project is finished, to watch people enjoy and interact with a space that began life as a sketch is a privilege I don’t fail to appreciate. It’s really special to use the skills I’ve been practicing since childhood to create something that people now enjoy. Above any personal gratification, though, the best thing about working in horticulture is the opportunity to provide a home for the wildlife. At a time when we’re hammering the environment, it’s up to us to provide places where the pollinators can hang out, birds can nest, and the hedgehogs can take cover. Our vulnerable wildlife is relying on us to make good choices and use our skills to create good habitats. Anybody that has created a garden will know, when the wildlife moves in, a garden takes on its own life. There’s harmony and restored balance and this, for me, makes horticulture priceless.

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GREG PACKMAN RECENTLY LEAVING THE ROYAL PARKS TO START A NEW VENTURE IN HIS CAREER, GREG PACKMAN’S JOB AT ISLINGTON COUNCIL SEES HIM HAVING A SENIOR ROLE WITHIN THE TREE INSPECTION DEPARTMENT. GREG UPDATES US ON HIS NEW ROLE AND CONSIDERS HIS FUTURE ASPIRATIONS

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ith London recently being named a National Park City, one of its most important factors is, arguably, trees. Greg Packman is one of the individuals keeping the trees in check and ensuring their health is maintained. Recently starting his new role for London Borough of Islington as a senior tree inspector, Greg Packman has continued to succeed within the industry, being named a Pro Landscaper 30 Under 30 winner in 2018. The role has presented Greg with more opportunities, not only assessing trees and their health, but it also means he now offers consultation advise to clients. Greg says: “It differs from my old role. There, I was working in a junior role, but now I’ve gone into this at a senior level and I'm leading on a lot of the consultancy work. It’s still risk management and surveys of trees, but I’m acting as a consultant to them.” The new role allows Greg to work in a variety of areas in London, such as City of London, Epping Forest, Alexandra Palace and the Inner and Middle temples. These areas, according to

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Greg, make for a diverse role, which allows him to work in areas which differ in characteristics. “I work on sites that all vary – something like the Inner Temple gardens which are very formal, to Epping Forest. It’s nice having the variety, and to also be able to have my own ideas and implement

IT’S NICE HAVING THE VARIETY, AND TO ALSO BE ABLE TO HAVE MY OWN IDEAS AND IMPLEMENT THEM them.” Within areas such as Epping Forest conservation is key, which means Greg can continue to work on industry conservation – similarly to the work he did in the Royal Parks. As with most roles, there are some challenges with Greg’s new job, the main one relating to budget cuts, volatility and instability with the external client work coming in. “As an employee at a local authority, there are always

typical challenges. Ongoing budget cuts are an issue as it means there’s less money to deliver a good service. All the work we do is on fixed-term contracts, so any of our contracts (when it comes to re-tendering) might not go back to us again.” When discussing future plans, continuing to further build and develop his knowledge within the industry is at the top of Greg’s list, as well as increasing the amount of work he carries out with external clients. “Ideally, I'd love to be in the position to take on more of a lead on the external work, once I've been in the role longer.” Having a strong relationship with the London Tree Officers Association and Ancient Tree Forum also sees Greg being involved with the Urban Tree Festival. Greg frequently discusses the importance of trees and their conservation with other members of the forums, as well as improving public awareness and promoting engagement. Looking to the future, returning to the Royal Parks for a senior role would be something Greg would welcome, as well as potentially working abroad. “I'd love to do something like tree management of Central Park in New York or the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University.”

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s an industry, we have a blind spot when we think of career changers, and we are not alone. Yet in 2015, a study showed that 46% of adults will quit their work and completely retrain at some point in their working life. A further study in 2017 reinforced these findings, with nearly half of the UK workforce found to be stuck in careers they don’t enjoy and wanting to change career path. David Epstein demonstrates in his book, Adapted from Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World, that career changers make-up for the head start of early-career specialists by finding work that is better-suited to their skills and personalities. Separate research in the US – conducted in response to comments by Mark Zuckerberg about age and ability – has shown that a 50-year-old tech founder is twice as likely to start a blockbuster company than one who’s 30, and the 30-year-old is more likely than someone who’s 20, with the average age of 45 as a founder of a start-up.

AS AN INDUSTRY, WE HAVE A BLIND SPOT WHEN WE THINK OF CAREER CHANGERS Often career changers are overlooked, and many are nervous about how their employment record may be perceived. But, many career changers (far from a being a poor second choice) are in fact strong candidates. Many can offer a range of incredibly useful skills honed in other sectors. These transferable skills may be lacking in others with less experience. Having

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habitats and the problems associated with lack of contact with the natural world, we need good people more than ever.

WE SHOULD EMBRACE ALL OF THOSE WANTING TO RETRAIN AND WORK WITHIN OUR SECTOR made more informed decisions on their chosen careers, they are less likely to jump between jobs, and importantly for us as an industry and employers, they are likely to have the talents and interests to thrive within their chosen field. Many school leavers are simply not choosing landscape, and much valuable work is being done to try to change this. Young people and early career specialists should be valued, encouraged and nurtured, and it is good to see the RHS Young Designer and Pro Landscaper’s own ‘30 Under 30’ doing so. However, we should embrace all of those wanting to retrain and work within our sector, and not simply focus on school leavers and young workers. The SGD Awards tends to be one of the few schemes where excellence is recognised without an age bar. The SGD here just selects on whether the entrant is in education, or based on the number of years in practice. The focus then becomes talent – far better surely than limiting by age, which research shows only recognises around half of the potential. We need talented people with a diverse set of skills to ensure that our industry meets both current and future demand. With the threat of climate change, loss of tree cover, loss of

We should be looking for all of the 40 and 50-year-olds who, if our industry follows the patterns shown in other sectors, will create the successful businesses of the future. This is an interesting and important industry to work in, and we have much to offer. We need to encourage all of those whose skills and personalities are wellsuited to our industry, and that includes the 46% who retrain. Are you interested in having your say? Get in touch via content@eljays44.com. We’d love to hear from you.

ABOUT HELEN ELKS-SMITH Elks-Smith Landscape and Garden Design is based just outside Southampton. The company works on projects in the south of England and is a small but expanding practice, working almost exclusively for residential clients. Helen has won many awards, including a Silver Gilt on Main Avenue RHS Chelsea 2019, and was the SGD Medium Residential Award winner 2019. She has been appointed trustee of TDAG and will be speaking at futurescape. www.elks-smith.co.uk

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Barton Grange Landscapes is looking for a head landscape foreman to carry out the construction of bespoke residential garden projects to the highest standard of workmanship. Candidates must have excellent practical skills and at least five years of experience in hard landscaping, a good eye for detail and a strong work ethic. The candidate will be responsible for setting out jobs from design drawings and plans, site preparations (including groundworks and drainage), brickwork/blockwork, paving, and the ability to set out cross falls, fencing and decking/composite decking, and the construction of water features.

Thomson Environmental Consultants has an opportunity for a site operative to join its team on a full-time basis. Thomson’s work involves undertaking wildlife mitigation, habitat creation, landscaping and vegetation clearance projects in and around the south-east, south-west and the Midlands. The candidate will ideally have experience of working on landscape construction sites and must be enthusiastic and hard-working. You must be practically-minded, enjoy working outdoors and have a good level of fitness. Experience in the forestry, agricultural and/or landscaping sectors would be a bonus but is not essential.

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Greenfields is looking to recruit an experienced, enthusiastic manager to run a play area and school works department. The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of play areas, safety surfacing, repairs and general school landscaping. The ability to cost jobs and supervise staff are also essential skills. In return, the role offers a salary of £35,000pa, plus a monthly bonus (on target) of up to £10,000pa, as well as a company vehicle.

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s centre for year-round remembrance – a vibrant landscape of reflection and inspiration. The 150-acre arboretum honours those who’ve served and continue to serve in the army. The Arboretum is looking for a dynamic grounds and landscape manager to manage the grounds, trees and memorials, as well as manage the development. A successful candidate must have proven grounds and landscape management experience. Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential, as are employee and stakeholder management skills.

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Tulip Landscapes London Ltd is a family owned garden design and landscaping company based in Queens Park, London. Operating for over 15 years, Tulip Landscapes London Ltd services high-end private and commercial clients throughout Central London. The company is looking for a garden maintenance manager to oversee existing gardens and teams on site and from the office. The company designs new gardens and manages ongoing evolution and maintenance of established gardens. Successful candidates would have proven experience of practical horticulture in private gardens ideally as a head gardener.

Gerald Davies Limited is looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced landscape manager to deliver commercial hard and soft landscape contracts. This opportunity exists for an ambitious manager who is passionate about the industry and wants a full-time direct employment career with an award-winning commercial landscape contractor. Gerald Davies Limited is a contracting company based in Port Talbot, South Wales and operates across Wales and England. The company has been established for 34 years, and operates within the landscape and environmental sector.

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

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Cole & Yates Recruitment is looking for an experienced landscaper in the Essex area. The successful candidate will need to be an experienced landscape labourer, and have worked to install the landscaping on new-build housing sites or worked on garden redesign and build projects. As well as both soft and hard landscaping experience, the candidate will also need a driving licence and transport. The role will involve installation of landscaping (turfing, planting, decking, patio laying, fencing and so on) in a variety of gardens and will need to have strong attention to detail.

HL Services specialises in permanent and temporary recruitment solutions across the UK for the grounds maintenance and facilities management sectors. Explore a wide range of vacancies in London and across the UK by searching HL Services on the Horticulture Careers homepage. The company is recruiting landscaping and grounds maintenance staff at all levels.

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

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

BARTON GRANGE LANDSCAPES Location: Lancashire

GREENFIELDS GARDEN SERVICES Location: Gloucestershire

TULIP LANDSCAPES LONDON Location: London

COLE & YATES RECRUITMENT Location: Essex

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THOMSON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS Location: Surrey

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Location: Staffordshire

GERALD DAVIES LTD Location: Wales

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CAITLIN MCLAUGHLIN

JOHN WYER

Garden designer, Thrift Landscapes

Chief executive, Bowles & Wyer

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If you weren’t in the horticulture industry, what would you be doing? Plant conservation.

If you weren’t in the horticulture industry, what would you be doing? Running a restaurant.

Other than the UK, which country’s landscape inspires you the most? Japan. I visited last autumn and fell in love with the country and gardens.

Other than the UK, which country’s landscape inspires you the most? The Pindus mountain range in northern Greece is pretty amazing.

What would you blow your budget on? Trees, for when you find the perfect specimen for a garden.

What would you blow your budget on? A bike (the non-motored variety.)

One thing that you think would make the industry better? Emphasising sustainability and conservation, it should be something that we – the landscaping industry – take responsibility for. Best piece of trivia you know? Parrots are able to eat plants and seeds poisonous enough to kill humans by eating soil to neutralise the toxins. Who would play you in a movie of your life? Emma Thompson is incredible, so maybe she could play me when I’m older. What three things would you take to a desert island? Lip balm, chocolate, and the Harry Potter book series (which I am arguing counts as one thing!)

The one person in the industry you’d love to meet? I’d have been fascinated to sit down for a long chat over dinner with Russell Page. One thing that you think would make the industry better? Clients valuing landscape more highly. Who would play you in a movie of your life? My wife says Greg Wallace. I say John Malkovich. What three things would you take to a desert island? A trumpet, a sharp knife and a pepper grinder. Your favourite joke? Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

Karaoke song of choice? When I’m confident, anything by Beyoncé.

Karaoke song of choice? ‘My Girl’ by Otis Redding.

What is your Halloween costume of choice? Anything with fake blood is a good option.

What is your Halloween costume of choice? I make a convincing vampire!

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ROBERT GRIMSTEAD

DANIELLE ELLAM

Garden designer and head of outdoor living department, Lower Barn Farm

Assistant designer, Robert Barker Design

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If you weren’t in the horticulture industry, what would you be doing? I think I would either be a street artist or a music producer.

If you weren’t in the horticulture industry, what would you be doing instead? Lindy hop dancing.

Other than the UK, which country’s landscape inspires you the most? I went to Malta last year and the 25ft tall agave coupled with seas of aloe vera blew my mind.

Other than the UK, which country’s landscape inspires you the most? Italy, mainly for the simplicity of its planting.

The one person in the industry you’d love to meet? Andy Sturgeon, I love the simplicity of his work.

What would you blow your budget on? Plants.

One thing that you think would make the industry better? More skilled labour, hopefully this current renaissance we’re experiencing will inspire the next generation to get involved. Best piece of trivia you know? That my cousin is the Ronseal man? What three things would you take to a desert island? My music collection, a sound system and a generator. Your favourite joke? I have two girls, 10 and 6. We’re no good at naming things in our house. Karaoke song of choice? ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen. What is your Halloween costume of choice? The Spirit of Jazz from The Mighty Boosh.

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The one person in the industry you’d love to meet? Piet Oudolf. One thing that you think would make the industry better? Overall, it would be better if we could make the garden design world more accessible. Who would play you in a movie of your life? Helena Bonham Carter. What three things would you take to a desert island? A good book, a cup of tea and my cat.

OWEN BAKER Technical officer for policy and research, British Association of Landscape Industries www.bali.org.uk If you weren’t in the horticulture industry, what would you be doing? Restoring old cars by day, guerrilla gardening by night. Other than the UK, which country’s landscape inspires you the most? Italy and France. The one person in the industry you’d love to meet? Martha Schwartz. One thing that you think would make the industry better? More collaboration amongst the industry. Best piece of trivia you know? Sea otters hold hands while they are sleeping so they don’t drift apart. Who would play you in a movie of your life? Stephen Merchant on stilts. What three things would you take to a desert island? Silky Saw, Kindle and Bear Grylls.

Your favourite joke? Brexit!

Your favourite joke? What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo? One’s really heavy and the other’s a little lighter.

Karaoke song of choice? ‘Like a Prayer’ by Madonna.

Karaoke song of choice? ‘Lonely Boy’ by The Black Keys.

What is your Halloween costume of choice? The Invisible Woman.

What is your Halloween costume of choice? A Rod and Emu costume.

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