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A New Garden at Bay Tree Farm Designed by Bestall & Co
Viburnum Gate by Aralia
It was vital a new garden at Bay Tree Farm reflected the tasteful and sophisticated renovation of its ancient farmhouse.
A contemporary garden with a real indoor-outdoor connection
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Wonderwall commercial is literally growing upwards! Since Wonderwall was introduced to the commercial living wall sector in February this year, the company has experienced rapid growth. Dave Fitton, along with Wonderwall designer Rick McKeever, are Wonderwall commercial. Dave, as an established landscaper, has worked in the living wall sector for over 12 years. Dave explains why Wonderwall is far superior to other options available: “Wonderwall is instant, it doesn’t need to be planted 2 or 3 months in advance, the individual pockets within the module are large enough to accommodate established plants. You’ll never be looking at a wall full of plastic or fabric with some foliage peeping
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Aggregate Industries’ revolutionary LytaScreed has once again proved its outstanding credentials during the renovation of one of the UK’s most prestigious educational institutions, University College London.
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Even with the unpredictable British weather to contend with, the use of the garden as an outdoor retreat is rising in popularity.
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REFINED RUSTICITY It was vital a new garden at Bay
York stone, echoing the renewed
Tree Farm reflect the tasteful
strength of the buildings. On
and sophisticated renovation
the other hand, use of cedar
of its ancient farmhouse. The
cladding and decking evoke
team at Bestall & Co knew that
the spirit of the surrounding
the design had to be modern, yet
sympathetic to the feel of this imposing property. It also had to sit
The greys and black of the
well in its vantage point above the
stylish outdoor furniture,
breathtaking scenery beyond.
the framework of the Alitex greenhouse and the slate of the
This southwest-facing space
spherical James Parker water
was redesigned and rebuilt over
feature add a hit of modernity.
three phases. Bestall & Co decided
So too does the inclusion of a
very early on to create a cultured
bronze-effect sculptural piece as
contemporary garden. The team
a focal point to the southeast of
developed clean lines composed
of resilient Indian sandstone and
The team at Bestall & Co knew that the design had to be modern, yet sympathetic to the feel of this imposing property 4
The borders closest to the house
Much of the planting at Bay Tree
are underplanted with Narcissus
Farm varies from softer hues
“Thalia” and Allium “Purple
like Nepeta “Walker’s Low” and
Sensation”. In this way, spring
Hydrangea “Annabelle”, through to
interest is increased in that part of
much richer colours. Examples of
the garden most readily seen from
the latter include Hylotelephium
indoors at a time of year when
“Matrona”, Veronica spicata
biting winds still blow.
“Rotfuchs”, Knautia macedonica and Astrantia “Hadspen Blood”.
Ilex “J.C. van Toll” lollipops and
Splashes of vibrancy are found
Buxus sempervirens balls add
in clumps of Rudbeckia fulgida
essential height and architectural
“Goldsturm” and Helenium
elements. Carpinus betulus
hedging around the sunken patio area brings in a touch of formality while Stipa tenuissima helps
Carpinus betulus hedging around the sunken patio area brings in a touch of formality while Stipa tenuissima helps soften the garden’s straight edges.
soften the garden’s straight edges. The movement of wind through the trees continues in the planting of Stipa gigantea in the lower beds. Like the soothing sounds from the water feature, the rustling grasses are an extra sensory element that render the sunken seating area a fantastic spot in which to unwind.
off outside in adjacent coldframes.
A conscious decision was made to
There are raised vegetable beds, a
lower the level of the seating area
small orchard and an ericaceous
in phase one, to avoid impeding
patch for blueberry cultivation.
views towards and from the house. You receive a warm welcome as
Despite its beauty, this remains
you descend to the side of the fire
a functional family garden. With
pit, elegant in its simplicity.
help, itâ€™s become the perfect place to relax, entertain and nourish body
In a similar vein, the second phase - the pool, hot tub and outdoor kitchen - were strategically positioned for their proximity to the home and an indoor spa and entertaining area. Phase three of the redesign further developed a sense of practicality. The stately greenhouse was erected in this stage. It allows the owners to start off their own produce, which can be hardened
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GREEN-TECH HELP CREATE LUXURIOUS OUTSIDE LEARNING SPACE AT NORTH YORKSHIRE PRIMARY SCHOOL The Early Years Foundation
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was already well equipped but
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Years team leader Mrs Michelle
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Ball approached Green-tech who
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VIBURNUM GATE When Aralia first started talking to the clients, they revealed they had not enjoyed the garden since purchasing the property, admitting the garden nearly meant they did not buy it in the first place. They do not use the majority of the garden which is a clear sign it is not working for them. It was a very boring garden, where the fenced boundaries imposed themselves on every view and made the narrow spaces feel unwelcoming. The Brief Aralia was comissioned to design
The garden was an odd shape
a contemporary garden with a
and the clients charged us with
real indoor-outdoor connection
diminishing this wedge effect,
which would complement the
obscuring it and attempting to
interior of the home, providing
make the garden feel larger. We
a contemporary green backdrop
introduced a series of horizontal
viewable through the many doors
layers into the garden to create
& windows of the home. The
visual depth & interest, and to
clients wanted to create a perfect
create the impression that the
â€˜entertainingâ€™ garden which would
garden was rectangular.
allow the clients to share their stylish home with their friends
Another aim was to create financial
and family, the clientsâ€™ preference
value, so that monies spent on
was to use large expansive terraces
the garden would not be lost if
that allowed a good flow for guests
the clients decided to move on.
whilst entertaining. Not only was
To this end we took the direction
creating beautiful views important
of creating a boutique hotel effect
but also physically linking the
garden which would have wide
interior and exterior visually was
an important consideration; this worked particularly well for the kitchen into the outdoor lounge area which blends seamlessly making the interior itself feel larger and more spacious.
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This year we have made changes to the show layout and introduced a new category of gardens ‘Space to Grow’ creating a whole new avenue of gardens with inspiration for all.” Thirdly, we were tasked with
creating a sense of journey within
We used a mixture of treatments to
the garden, maximising every
lose the boundaries and make the
millimetre of the space, including
space much more enjoyable for the
the side paths.
clients - including pleached trees, contemporary slatted fencing and
The side paths were previously
mature hedging, as well as adding
unused, wasted space and these
features such as art panels to
are now very much visually linked
delight the eye.
into the garden space. Not only from the garden, but also from the
The crisp, contemporary lines
interior of the home. Stunning
of the hard landscaping are
views now are enjoyed from the
softened by the surrounding
clients office & TV Room.
planting. Much of this is evergreen or low maintenance. Key trees selected include pleached
Hornbeam, Magnolia stellata, and
The client response
Prunus serrula ‘Tibetica’, whilst
Our client told us how much he
grasses, bulbs ferns, climbers and
loves the transformation we’ve
ground cover plants complete the
achieved. Some notable quotes
Whilst the garden is great for
“The garden has transformed the
entertaining, it is also the ideal
house, transformed the way the
relaxation space too, thanks to
house interacts with the garden
the secluded sunken seating area
space... especially when you open
featuring a pair of comfortable
up the kitchen and you get the
sofas. There’s also a relaxing day
view of the water feature.”
bed, which doesn’t mean it can’t be used at night to gaze at the stars...
“The lighting provides perfect
“I don’t think I could have been
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interest, so wherever you are in the
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alongside her parents Mr and Mrs
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young people have places like this
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At the opening, the Cox-Leadbeater
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family planted a rockrose in
role in promoting the health and
memory of the late MP, affirming
wellbeing of nearby residents. The
the family atmosphere those who
MTX planters will see an entire
worked on the community garden
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have hoped would be brought to
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Goodwood Estate goes Toro Goodwood has returned to Toro as it continues in its ambition
Included in the order are three Groundsmaster 3500-D mowers,
to develop a ‘super fleet’ for its 12,000-acre Sussex estate.
a Groundsmaster 4300-D, two Groundsmaster 5910 mowers, two
Such a large enterprise as Goodwood comes with a wide set of challenges and having a Toro ‘super fleet’ enables three mechanics to become Toro-trained to a high standard to limit sub-contracting and out-sourcing. The estate will also now carry a range of parts for the equipment it operates to “drive efficiency” and allow for an instant response to any issues says Phil, general manager of sports turf and grounds.
UTVs – the GTX and MDX-D, and MyTurf servicing system, to take care of the estate gardens, grassed lawn areas, motor circuit, airfield and horse race course. This latest order complements a fleet of Toro fine turf machinery purchased in 2015 for The Downs and The Park golf courses. This latest Toro order is the culmination of a few years work for Phil, assessing how best to manage such a large estate and team. He says: “Having one big fleet has brought our four teams of 35 gardeners, groundsmen and greenkeepers together, to share techniques and skills according to the different environments they are using the machines on.” Phil says the demonstrations required to make sure the machines he chose were relevant for the different areas complementing wide ranging criteria wasn’t actually as complicated a process as one may expect: “When you know and trust a brand the decision-making becomes easy,” he says. www.toro.com
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Aggregate Industries’ revolutionary LytaScreed has once again proved its outstanding credentials during the renovation of one of the UK’s most prestigious educational institutions, University College London.
As part of UCL’s £1.2 billion
In keeping with the architectural
refurbishment programme, main
heritage of the Wilkins Building,
contractor Balfour Beatty was
the terrace included a Portland
tasked with building a terrace next
stone floor, with a new external
to the 19th Century Grade 1 listed
staircase leading to the refectory at
Wilkins Building, providing a vital
lower ground floor level.
passage through the university’s Bloomsbury Campus while also
As such, the project required a
serving as an outdoor events space.
lightweight podium screed suitable to carry natural stone paviours
Located close to Regent Park
that could also provide a superior
in London, the £10m revamp
incorporates a complete modernisation programme,
Cue Aggregate Industries and its
including the construction of a
pioneering LytaScreed – one of the
new single storey building below
fastest drying and most versatile
the terrace to house a full range
floor screed ranges available to the
of catering kitchen facilities to
provide food for the new refectory.
Specifically designed and
innovative product reduce the
manufactured to meet the
weight of a screed by up to 50%,
complex requirements of modern
but being a secondary aggregate,
construction practice, when
it also cuts the demand for natural
building the Wilkins Terrace 120
tonnes of LytaScreed Topped solution was utilised by placing the
Steve Curley, Lytag general
LytaScreed Base with a permeable
manager at Aggregate Industries,
15mm sand cement topping.
said: “The Aggregate Industries’
This created a semi dry floor
screed suitable for all sensitive
product proved the perfect solution
floor coverings, such as the
for providing the lightweight
Portland natural stone, in as little
podium screed suitable to carry
as five days.
natural stone paviours that the UCL refurbishment required whilst also
What’s more, with an ever
creating an unrivalled drainage
increasing emphasis on
sustainable construction, LytaScreed was instrumental in
For further information about
helping the UCL revamp achieving
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Rigby Taylor Helps Bring Nature Into Towns
Increasing numbers of county, borough and parish councils, as well as schools, are seeing high levels of improvements in the increased levels of visual impact and the biodiversity benefits being created by their use of Rigby Taylor’s EuroFlor urban flower mixtures.
where the flower mixes would look best – roundabouts, housing estates, trunk roads and motorways – and determined that the EuroFlor mixes would eliminate 85 per cent of our annual bedding and provide savings in excess of £40,000 per annum.”
Importantly, too, local community budgets are also benefiting from the reduced cost of the urban flower seed mixes compared to bedding schemes. Indeed, not only is the seed and installation cost much cheaper, but in-season maintenance costs are also reduced.
Other councils throughout the UK have had similar experiences.
As an example, Monmouthshire County Council has been winning plaudits from both the public and wildlife experts with outstanding results from using EuroFlor. Upon entering the county visitors are greeted by welcome signs carrying a bee symbol to indicate the work the council is doing to encourage pollinating insects and to acknowledge the council’s recently introduced Pollinator Policy. Tenor and Classic (perennial and annual) EuroFlor mixture were sown on Monmouth’s roundabouts and roadsides, and attracted hundreds of letters of praise from the public. Nigel Leaworthy, operations manager for landscape and grounds maintenance, says: “The displays ticked so many boxes in relation to the Pollinator Policy, ie no plants grown in greenhouses, no travelling to the individual sites once planted to weed every two weeks, no watering, etc. “We identified strategic locations
EuroFlor mixtures provide: • Choice of both annual and perennial mixtures • Selected mixtures for both spring and autumn sowings • Low installation and maintenance cost • High visual impact & long flower displays • Support for pollinating insects • Ecological & species biodiversity • Germination tested and packed in foil sachets. Ecology seminar shows what wildflowers can do An ecology seminar at Great Barr Golf Club in Birmingham was attended by over 40 sports, amenity turf and landscape professionals who heard some excellent presentations on the ecological opportunities provided by wildflowers, how this can be managed as part of a sustainable landscape programme and what innovative solutions are available. Also, Chris Stilgoe, head greenkeeper at the golf course, hosted an on-course site visit showing what can be achieved by sowing EuroFlor mixtures on the course. www.rigbytaylor.com
New Etesia fleet for Greenfingers Greenfingers, based in Midlothian, Scotland, have renewed their fleet of Etesia groundcare equipment by purchasing 14 Pro 46 PHCS pedestrian mowers and a Buffalo 100 BPHP rideon mower. Established in 1991, Greenfingers offers professional garden and grounds maintenance and commercial soft landscaping throughout the Lothians, Borders and Fife. The contractor has been relying on a wide range of Etesia equipment for a number of years, and proprietor Jason McCran revealed how it all started. “I had initially heard of Etesia through press articles in trade magazines - there were always good reviews and people seemed to rate them highly. That was a long time ago now and we’ve been buying the machines for as long as I can remember and every member of the team feels confident using them.” As part of his fleet renewal, Jason purchased 14 Etesia Pro 46 PHCS pedestrian mowers and a Buffalo 100 BPHP ride-on mower. Jason’s team use the Buffalo BPHP for the larger green space areas that the company maintains. Featuring a 100cm cutting
deck and a 20.5HP diesel Perkins engine, up to 12,000sq.m. of grass can be cut and collected per hour. The efficiency of the unique cutting system allows professionals to work faster and operators see increased productivity as the Buffalo 100 excels when used on wet grass or in the rain. This machine is also fitted with a built-in grass collector with a capacity of 600 litres, and the hydraulic emptying system is controlled from the driver’s seat. For further information, please contact Etesia UK on 01295 680120 or visit www.etesia.co.uk. You can also follow Etesia on Twitter @EtesiaUK for much more news, reviews and insightful views.
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SHOW GARDENS ON APL AVENUE AT BBC GARDENERS’ WORLD LIVE SHOWCASE AMAZING INDUSTRY TALENT! The five gardens built on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live have once again impressed our judges and the public, with comments already flying on how it is the highlight of the show. With the introduction of the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award this year, it is a great way to showcase young talent, and give them the chance to build some of their first solo show gardens.
Silver Merit - Timotay Landscapes, designed by Timotay Landscapes
Jacob and Laurence won the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award this year,
The five front or back gardens that feature
with both teams putting in a huge amount of
on the APL Avenue, give the public the
effort and pride into the gardens they built
opportunity to witness first-hand what can be
from concept drawings supplied Diarmuid
achieved in a small space. Landscapers and
members of the APL team there to support the public greater understanding of the costs of a
The gardens received:
Silver Merit - Jacob Botting and Laurence Senior (Company: Bespoke Outdoor Spaces)
APL members, Big Fish Landscapes, also
Silver - Dan McGeoghegan and Ryan
took home a plethora awards for their
Bell (Company: The Plants & Paving Company)
work on two gardens; the Tesco ‘Every
The five gardens at the competition received:
Little Helps’ Garden that took home BEST
Gold Award - KeyScape Gardens, designed by
CONSTRUCTION and Gold award, and the
Wilson Associates Garden
Wyevale Garden Centres Solutions Garden which took home a Platinum Award.
Gold Award - Living Gardens, designed by Peter
Visitors to the BBC Gardeners’ World Live at
NEC Birmingham, 14-17 June, are also being
Silver Merit - A to Z Gardening Landscaping
asked to vote for their favourite garden on
Services Ltd, designed by Levente Papp and
the APL Avenue. The Peoples’ Choice voting
will take place during the show days with the
Silver Merit - Conquest Creative Spaces,
award being presented at 3.30pm on Sunday
designed by Ross Conquest
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High-performance, Low-maintenance Materials Outdoor living space is one of the most popular home additions but deciding which materials to use can be a minefield. With so many options available, it is important to choose a product that suits your needs and can endure the wet British weather. Whether you’re considering a patio or a deck, it’s important to think about the longterm care and upkeep required to maintain your garden’s appearance and safety. For instance, over time, mould and algae can form on a patio made of stone, pavers or cement causing it to become slippery and unsafe. Likewise, wooden decking will deteriorate over time without perennial stripping, staining and sealing. If you are looking to spend more time enjoying your outdoor space rather than maintaining it, composite decking, such as Trex, offers an ideal alternative. This highperformance, low-maintenance wood-alternative material is designed to resist fading, stains, scratching and mould – and it won’t rot, warp, crack or splinter like wood. Upkeep is hassle-free with no sanding, stripping or painting required, and food and drink spills wash off easily with just soap and water. Additionally, Trex decking is made up of 95% recycled materials, making it an ideal choice for ecoconscious consumers. Levels Incorporating levels into your garden can really bring an outdoor space to life, adding more visual elements and maximising space. 51
Levels can be achieved in a variety
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Among the hottest design influences
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platforms. Incorporating steps is
hoo-gah) – the Scandinavian
also a wonderful way to add drama
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Create a useable living space below your deck with revolutionary Trex RainEscpae® The new Trex RainEscape® system allows homeowners and developers to maximise outdoor living environments and create the dream space. Trex RainEscape deck drainage system manages water to allow for a dry, useable space beneath an elevated deck.
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Working with nature Sioo:x are leaders in wood protection using silicate technology. We provide a highly effective proven system to protect wood of all types. It gives long life and a beautiful natural surface with even colouration and is friendly to people and the environment. An example of a Sioo:x project is the larch house Lentran project in Scotland. Sioo Wood Protection AB www.sioox.org.uk
Composite Prime® - the rising star in long life environmentally friendly decking The landscaping and urban design sector is sitting up and taking a rapidly growing interest in Composite Prime’s® HD Deck® ranges, utilising the latest composite technology to produce a long life, low maintenance, slipresistant and child-friendly material which outperforms traditional treated timber. Highly attractive, it’s also environmentally friendly, combining Forest Stewardship Council FSC® 100% certified hardwood timber from well managed, sustainable sources and recycled plastics, seen as a crucial consideration in the current global campaign to reduce plastic waste. Composite deck boards, available in different colours, easily replace worn timber boards using the existing frame at 300mm joist centres. The undoubted star of the range is HD Deck Dual®, which uses the True Grain™ colour system to create the look and feel of traditional timber without the need for annual treating. It also offers maximum resistance to stains, grease, BBQ fats and the like.
Unique Dual sided colours allow decks to be laid with contrasting colours, providing an innovative and flexible solution that is proving highly popular among both stockists and landscaping and urban design specifiers. Also among the naturally evolving range is HD Deck ® XS, extra-strong decking, again with longer life and reduced maintenance over traditional timber. Thanks to retailers responding to consumers’ aversion to plastic waste, demand for Composite Prime’s® decking ranges has soared due to the recycled plastic content. The company is now one of the largest suppliers of composite products in the UK, with over 70 stockists nationwide. Stockist finder on website. Composite Prime ® : 0113 426 2770 firstname.lastname@example.org www.composite-prime.com
UK COMPANY A TRAILBLAZER IN WAR ON PLASTIC WASTE
A British company is saving the
Demand for the firm’s decking
equivalent of ten million plastic bottles
and fencing ranges – made from
every six months going to landfill or
the latest composite technology
adding to the plastic waste pouring into
creating the natural look and feel of
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timber – has soared as consumers shun plastic.
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Landscaping and urban design
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market. Products combine Forest
months” to become one of the largest
Stewardship Council FSC® 100%
suppliers of composite products in the
certified hardwood timber from well
managed, sustainable sources and recycled plastics, seen as a crucial consideration in the current global campaign to reduce plastic waste. Behind the fast-expanding company, which is based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, are two men with a proven pedigree in the plastic and timber sectors. Managing director Dom Harrison is the fifth generation of his family to work in plastics, while sales director Charles Taylor is a third generation timber merchant. Sales director Mr Taylor said: “Our entire ethos is centred around a range of products that offer low maintenance and long life, are socially responsible and kind to the environment, safe and childfriendly. Not only is our slip-free composite decking comfortable to walk on barefoot, but it’s also naturally splinter-free.
“Sustainabily is a byword. Both stockists and endusers have the satisfaction of knowing that they are selling and buying a product that’s great for the environment. “We have the figures to prove it. We recycle the equivalent of 280 plastic milk bottles, or 3,000 plastic bottle caps per square metre of decking. Over the past six months alone, we have recycled the equivalent of 121,500,000 plastic bottles tops and saved an estimated 9,520,000 milk bottles from going to landfill or into the oceans. “Consumers are increasingly switching to composite materials instead of plastic and as global challenges around plastic waste and the ability to plant forests to meet future timber demands increase, composite provides a sustainable and genuine alternative to timber. “There has been extraordinary growth and very positive feedback in the last twelve months alone, which suggests there is enormous potential for expansion into other sectors.” Managing director Mr Harrison explained: “Our heritage, experience and knowledge in the timber and plastic trades recognise the current challenges and limitations in these markets and across similar composite products. “What we are offering is a durable and authentic alternative to timber. The timber itself is also end of line wood waste from the hardwood floor industry, so it ticks all the right boxes for sustainability on the timber side, FSC and reused end of line waste. “Education is the key to success. Building relationships with our target audience and communicating the advantages and benefits of composite can only reinforce the integrity and popularity of the product.” End-users include builders, developers and contractors, along with the garden, landscape and architectural sectors.The DIY market has grown quickly, with increasing interest coming from environmental bodies. 58
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FRILUFTSLIV: INTERIORS INSPIRED BY RECONNECTING WITH NATURE Last year was all about hygge: we spent the winter months indoors, cosied up by flickering candle light with blankets, hot chocolate and muted colours. But as spring is finally giving way to summer, as people try to draw away from a sedentary lifestyle and more towards fitness, and as we attempt to take breaks from modern technology and embrace digital detoxes, we’ve noticed a new trend emerging: Friluftsliv. The philosophy of friluftsliv is nothing new in Scandinavia. The definition of friluftsliv is “free air life” in Norwegian and equates to no similar English word or notion. The goal is to live a content, fulfilled life by connecting with
on how to embrace this concept for those of us that can’t make it regularly to the great outdoors.
the world outside your door and
Reconnect with nature The obvious
appreciating the beauty in nature
first step to embracing friluftsliv
around you. It is claimed to
is to put down the phone or laptop,
relieve the stress and anxieties of
switch off, and get outside.
everyday life, and also helps your physical wellbeing by being out
It might be easier said than
done, but creating a welcoming environment in your outside
To fully take advantage of this
space is the best way for you to
trend in our everyday lives, Festive
encourage yourself to get out there.
Lights have put together some tips
Set aside a space in your garden
this space regularly. Find greenery
to be calm and peaceful, then use
– whether real or artificial – and
this as your area to reconnect
fill the space with it; draping over
with nature and to spend time
furniture, hanging in baskets, or
outdoors. To make it an even nicer
simply dotted on surfaces.
environment, surround yourself with natural plant life and flora, decorate with discreet fairy lighting and solar lights to create a warming atmosphere, and find a comfortable place just a few steps
spaces to bring friluftsliv to fruition. Twig lighting is ideal to appeal to the trend, particularly if your inside space is usually stark
from your back door.
and white. Log slices as coasters
Bring the outdoors in If your
in a new contrast in texture and
working life doesn’t allow you
colours. In terms of hues, keep
much of an opportunity to spend
colour schemes very natural,
time in the great outdoors, or your
incorporating green, brown, beige,
home doesn’t have any outside
rust and greys.
space to enjoy, that doesn’t mean you can’t still embrace the concept of friluftsliv. Instead, bring the
Use natural wood in your indoor
or decoration are perfect, bringing
For office workers, light spaces can be difficult to find, especially
outside to you wherever you are.
if your desk isn’t situated near a
In the home, seek out bright, open,
space that brings you the joy of
airy spaces that allow a lot of light,
nature is small plants that can
with views of nature or just the
easily be kept alive in an otherwise
great outdoors, if possible, and use
stuffy environment, clever
window. All you need to build a
lighting to create an atmosphere reminiscent of the outdoors, and maybe a picture of your favourite view. Again, greenery is your best option here – choose small ferns, cacti, and regularly flowering houseplants to keep the feeling awake, alive and active, and plant these in small (or large) terrariums. Live the cabin life Cabins and BBQ huts have become more and more popular over the past few years: these aren’t just any old garden shed anymore! These homes away from home, which can be easily set up in a mid-sized to large garden, are ideal for helping to reconnect with nature. With no electricity and all natural decorations inside, you’ll be able to restore the peace and calm you’re looking for. 63
Even if you donâ€™t have access to
Have wooden flooring underfoot,
Sheepskins and tactile shaggy
a cabin, you can create the feel of
and even seek out wooden
pieces can be draped over chairs,
one in your own home. Wooden
accessories: you can even find
over beds or as rugs on wooden
elements are key to the outdoor
crockery and cutlery made from
floors. Theyâ€™ll keep the feeling
lifestyle, and are fortunately
warm and cosy while also
easy to find in furniture. Choose strong and sturdy furniture in natural wood that will last a lifetime and will connect you with the tree it came from.
Fire pits, chimineas and barbeques will add to the feeling of reconnecting with great outdoors and all things natural.
reviving those natural outdoor vibes. www.festive-lights.com
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SMART CARE PODS’ CUTTING THE COST OF CARE
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Care Pod buildings do not require foundations. They can be installed on a concrete slab or supplied with purpose made self levelling ‘feet’ making them easy to install without any harmful damage on the site. Being portable they are easy to relocate when they are no longer required ensuring a solid investment. Care Pod buildings surpass exacting UK building regulations, benefit from exceptional build quality and offer the highest levels of insulation making them safe, comfortable and warm. Specially designed facilities include wet room style bathrooms for assisted showering, wheelchair accessibility and a suite of ‘smart’ options to help care for elderly These ‘plug and
environment near to
occupants which include sophisticated
play’ buildings are
loved ones and carers.
home automation of everyday tasks operated
manufactured in Great Britain where they are built, equipped and entirely finished before
Smart Care Pod homes are custom built for purpose and designed
by voice control with a touch screen interface and the ability for the building to communicate status information, passive surveillance information and alerts both
leaving the factory.
to cater to the specific
We believe that Smart
This system can be extended to incorporate
Care Pods can help
an environment for
a data retrieval and logging system allowing
cut the cost of care by
the aging that is not
relatives or carers to access the occupants
care history and add notes of treatments/
home adaptations and
or depressing, but
actions taken as appropriate.
care home fees with a
one that frees them,
encourages them, and
providing the elderly
enhances their quality
and disabled with a
requirements of the
locally and to a remote destination.
Our unique leasing facilities allow commercial care providers and private individuals alike the opportunity to spread the cost of Care Pod ownership into affordable monthly payments. 69
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We exhibit at some of the RHS shows
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THE AIPH COMMUNITY GARDEN 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition
A multi-award-winning garden design
sustainability and harmony between
and international landscape architecture
nature and human beings. The exhibition
practice, Lotus Design studio (www.
is aiming to host eight million visitors,
lotusdesignstudio.co.uk), has been
and its goal is to create a sustainable
commissioned by the International
environment for its citizens.
Association of Horticultural Producers
(AIPH) to create a community garden
The design concept for the AIPH
for the 2018 Taichung World Flora
Community Garden is based on a
Exposition. The exhibition will take
combination of various functions:
place at the Houli Horse Ranch & Forest
sustainability, ecology, landscape and air
Park in Taichung from 3 November
quality improvement. It demonstrates
2018 to 4 April 2019. The main themes
how green spaces in cities improve the
of the exposition are ‘Rediscover GNP:
environment, social life and health of
Green, Nature, and People’ and ‘The
urban communities, and focuses on
Sound of Blooming’, conveying ideas of
what green spaces can do for these
communities, most of whom live in
The rain garden and permeable paving
apartments without access to their own
surface will create a sustainable drainage
garden or outdoor space.
system (SUDS), allowing the movement of storm water through the surface and
The green space spans 660m2 and
preventing flooding and storm water
includes seventeen ornamental and eight
runoff. A SUDS provides amenity and
fruit trees (an orchard), vertical gardens,
biodiversity benefits and lessens UHI
raised edible planting beds, an eco-
effects through cooling by evaporation.
friendly natural pond, a green roof, a rain
It is environmentally beneficial and cost
garden, permeable pathways, solar panels,
a planted table with An aquaponics (sustainable farming) system, insect
The insect hotels within the native
hotels, outdoor gym equipment and native
planting areas promote biodiversity,
providing a space for hibernating insects such as ladybirds and butterflies.
Key Design Elements The eco-friendly contemporary office
The planted table enables food to
building for meetings provides an
grow right where it is eaten! The table
important landmark within the space.
includes a mix of edible plants (i.e.
Its green roof lessens the ‘Urban Heat
vegetables, fruit and herbs) to encourage
Island’ (UHI) effect, as well as capturing
healthier and more sustainable living,
particulates and pollutants in the
demonstrating a way of growing food
air, producing oxygen and providing
in your own home and with limited
insulation to enable energy saving.
space. An aquaponics (sustainable farming) system will be installed with
The sustainable structure will be made
the table, to demonstrate that fertilising
from recycled shipping containers to
can be done sustainably without using
reduce its environmental impact and
chemicals, which can be bad for the
provide a low carbon footprint.
overall health of the soil and the water
A rainwater harvesting system will
table. Aquaponics systems constantly
be installed to capture rainwater for
recycle or re-circulate water, meaning
irrigation. Reducing water use will be
that plants don’t need to be watered.
an important key consideration, as the
This is a significant benefit, first because
exhibition will take place during the dry
many crops fail because of poor watering
season when there is barely any rain
routines/techniques and second because
in Taichung, making water resources a
they reduce the waste of water.
critical issue. The eco-friendly pond provides many Solar panels will be installed on the top
practical benefits for wildlife, creating a
of the building to absorb the sun’s rays,
habitat for a wide range of aquatic plants
generating electricity in a sustainable
and animals, with low maintenance and
minimal electricity cost. Bio-ponds
attract people as well as birds, insects, and wildlife, support local fauna and encourage biodiversity. The orchard trees and raised edible planting beds will attract butterflies and other insects to enhance biodiversity and inspire visitors to harvest their own food in a sustainable way and to engage in healthy outdoor activities. Research hasÂ demonstratedÂ widely that gardening and harvesting can have a very positive social, economic and environmental impact on communities. The raised beds will be made by recycled corrugated steel roof sheets and timber.
tea planting on the slopes of mountains
The outdoor gym area, which is located
evergreen feature. The rice plants will
between the orchard and the edible planting beds, also provides wellbeing benefits, as it attracts visitors to use the space and provides a free opportunity to
be planted in the eco-pond to represent traditional rice fields in a natural setting. Tall, evergreen ornamental hedges along
exercise in a sociable way.
the two boundaries provide an enclosure
The vertical gardens, made from
and also function as a wind barrier
recycled gutters within the raised beds, demonstrate a way of increasing growing space and productivity and making maximum use of limited space in a country where most people live in apartments and donâ€™t have their own garden or outdoor space. The proposed tree planting will enhance wildlife, cooling the air, providing shade
within the space as a green structure, during the winter season in Taichung. Conclusion The design elements of the project have evolved with the aim of promoting industrial sustainability and the healthy future of the planet. These aspects contribute to the ambition
for the space and reducing the UHI effect.
for the AIPH Community Garden to be a
The proposed planting scheme contains
will transform urban areas for the benefit
mostly native local plants such as the traditional Taiwan tea (Camelia sinensis) and rice (Oryza sativa) plants, to enhance habitat and encourage biodiversity. The proposed tea planting on the small hills references traditional Taiwanese
and hills, and will provide a striking
beautiful and functional installation that of their inhabitants and the environment, reflecting a new era of sustainability. www.lotusdesignstudio.co.uk
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LANDSCAPE, THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED TRADE SHOW OF THE INDUSTRY IS RETURNING WITH ANOTHER HUGELY SUCCESSFUL LINE-UP The LANDSCAPE Show is uniting the Landscaping community, bringing together talented Landscape Architects, Garden Designers, Contractors and
Developers all under one roof for two
LANDSCAPE Show 2018 promises
days, discovering some of the industryâ€™s
to deliver a range of both fresh and
most ground-breaking products
returning exhibitors showcasing a
available. Dedicated to sourcing the
huge variety of products from Garden
latest innovations and technologies
Furniture, Living Plants and Trees,
in the landscaping industry, the show
Garden Structures and Buildings and
features the best people in the business.
Water Features to name a few. Having
Join these experienced professionals
already partnered with all of the
at Battersea Park on Tuesday 18th and
major trade associations as well as an
Wednesday 19th September and rub
expanding range of media titles, the
shoulders with industryâ€™s elite to select,
event is truly independent, focussed and
source and network!
dedicated to the industry it serves.
It’s a must visit event for any
professional landscape designer,
Alongside the main exhibition,
contractor or architect looking to
there is also a free to attend CPD
source the newest product ranges
Accredited Seminar Programme.
to use within their projects. Garden
Hosted across four seminar
and Landscape Designer, Karen
theatres, there’ll be over 40
McClure says “So much inspiration,
seminars available to attend
so much talent and immaculately
throughout the two day event.
put together! Well done team
Each session address current
LANDSCAPE show! Roll on next
topics that are integral to the
industry and is CPD accredited to allow visitors to earn points
With typically 85% of the show
towards their professional
visitors likely to recommend or use
education too! LANDSCAPE
an exhibitor for a future project,
has carefully planned the
the exhibitor list is growing from
Seminar Programme to include a
strength to strength every year.
representative from each sector of
So there is an enticing array of
the landscaping world, so there is
companies to meet and producers to
something for anyone who is keen to learn.
With typically 85% of the show visitors likely to recommend or use an exhibitor for a future project, the exhibitor list is growing from strength to strength every year.
Some of our star-studded Seminar line-up includes RHS Chelsea Winner Kate Gould, London College of Garden Design’s Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Royal Horticultural Society’s Sue Biggs to name a few. There is no need to book in for seminars, simply register for your free ticket to get access to all seminars on the day. The show is open from 10-6pm on Tuesday 18th September and from 10am-5pm on Wednesday 19th September. Register for your free ticket at: http://www. landscapeshow.co.uk/register Website: landscapeshow.co.uk Email: email@example.com Phone: +44 (0)20 7821 8221 @LandscapeEvent @Landscape.show
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Gismos, Gadgets and Good Design
IT & business innovations from beyond the housing sector Professor Dr Michael Benfield
In the early ‘noughties’ I ran a seminar for ‘Constructing Excellence’ on ‘Safety by Design’, followed a few years later by one on ‘Designing Out Waste’. The purpose in mentioning them is to emphasise the fact that, despite new products and new and updated regulations, like those dealing with high speed electronic communications networks (Approved document ‘R’), the house-building industry has made little progress so far this century. Back then I argued for buildings to be designed via ‘partnerships’ that embraced site constraints, programmed out risk, and ensured good immediate and ongoing communications with present and future stakeholders. I pointed out that to do so required ‘design teams’ who not only knew their legal duties & responsibilities, but who understood how the job would be done. In turn this meant grasping the logistics, getting to grips with handling and ‘Temporary’ works, as well as embracing snagging and maintenance along with the lifetime risks of the building both in construction, in use and decommissioning. Stressing that ‘good design’ is SAFE I also urged participants to accept their responsibility for making others aware of all of these risks. While today it’s pretty easy to specify IT related products for any building, like visual or fingerprint recognition access, remote video surveillance, cell-phone heat and light control, and so on, doing so efficiently remains a major challenge. Indeed, arguably this is more important than these ‘nice to have’ gismos and gadgets themselves. Home buyers and renters alike remain more concerned about the cost and speed efficiency of new home construction, their comfort, running, and maintenance costs. In several respects ‘Designing Out Waste’ was an extension of the earlier attempt to introduce business innovations from outside the construction industry. Techniques and disciplines like ‘Six Sigma’ and ‘Kaizen’ were applied across the whole design and build process to cut out waste in design time, scheduling delays, and prototyping errors, as well as material waste, etc. Once again an important element of this was the acceptance that building design needed to become a collaborative exercise, rather than the God given domain of any one person. As in the motor, aircraft and ship building industries, for example, recognition of the increasingly complex nature of the building enterprise was seen as increasingly important. Designing with partnering in mind emphasises communications, the importance of avoiding delays, and the need to programme out errors. It also recognises the need to really know what stocks & other ‘industry standard’ materials are readily available, how jobs will be done in practice, and the need for a better and fuller understanding of the building and manufacturing tasks involved. Grasping the totality of the logistics involved was seen then, and remains today, of major importance. Getting to grips with transport, ‘Right First Time’ and ‘Continuous Improvement’ processes were and are obvious candidates for expanding the horizons of the design team. Equating the notion of ‘Lifetime Costs’ with the avoidance of delays and the need to programme out errors, along with a sound knowledge of materials, processes and procedures remains vital. Although accepting that good design avoids waste, then and now many ‘professionals’ - used to a more relaxed regime - found and find this an unpopular constraint. Few, it seems are ready even now to accept responsibility for, and bear the cost of, any waste caused by them. As we move further toward ‘factory built’ homes clients and their professional advisors and consultants must understand that, to produce a building in the factory requires all elements to be determined in detail before work commences, rather than muddling through trying to resolve complicated design issues as a project progresses. While this is possible using sloppy ‘wet’ trade building techniques, where adjustments can be made in-situ, complex off-site manufactured elements are much more difficult to alter. Failure to understand this is both prejudicing MMC and costing clients and builders’ small fortunes to correct. Partnering for the whole design, supply and construction chain is a vital process that must be developed to correct this. Consequently, whilst moving with the times to incorporate all that is best and wonderful and time saving and comfortable, and desirable in any building design we undertake, manufacture, or build, I still find myself ‘shouting at the wind’ for fundamental shifts in professional attitudes. However, the ‘winds of change’ are blowing and I do detect small shifts. As construction moves ‘off-site’ into the factory these will greatly improve efficiency, quality, and affordable delivery of all levels of social and private housing.
Michael Benfield 2017
Prof. Dr. Michael Benfield is a Chartered Environmentalist. He predicts that current pressures for more housing will increase demand for Off-Site Production and MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) leading to new standards of professional capability, project design and the development of new management tools for the housebuilding and construction sector. Listing Chartered Builder, Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Manager amongst his credentials, he is an Affiliate of the RIBA and chairs leading UK timber engineers Benfield ATT. Based in Caldicot, Monmouthshire, they are a ‘full service’ timber Design and Build group using 3D design as a key efficiency tool. www.BenfieldATT.uk
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