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Trex Decking Customise Your Garden With Trendy Inspiration

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

PLUS... Friluftsliv: Interiors Inspired by Reconnecting With Nature

Designing Your Outdoor Environment


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JOHN DEERE

CONTENTS

ISSUE 32

FEATURES 36-39 Aggregate

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ELHO

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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HTA

Show Gardens on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live Showcase Amazing Industry Talent!

44-45 Bradstone

Even with the unpredictable British weather to contend with, the use of the garden as an outdoor retreat is rising in popularity.

54-56 Charlotte Rowe

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ARALIO

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.

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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

woodlands.

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

the garden.

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


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Planting

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

“Moerheim Beauty”.

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.

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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.


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Functionality

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, it’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

The Reception children, aged

are really enjoying sitting and

Stage outside environment

4 and 5, wrote a beautiful letter

learning outside so a big thanks

at Bedale Church of England

to Green-tech to express their

to Green-tech for their kind

Primary School in North

gratitude for their new grass.

donation.”

Yorkshire has been given a

Class teacher Mrs Ball said,

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Green-tech is the largest supplier

from leading landscaper supplier

“We operate a free-flow

in the UK of landscaping

Green-tech.

environment so the children are

materials; selling everything

continually learning through

from tree shelters and stakes to

The children’s outside

play. The donation of this

soils and wildflower seeds.

playground and learning zone

artificial grass has allowed us

was already well equipped but

to make our outside ‘classroom’

They offer a range of artificial

the school wanted to make it

area even more appealing and

turfs from contract 25/30mm

even more comfortable for them

comfortable for the children.

pile, entry level turf which

with the addition of soft artificial

We are lucky to have a large

doesn’t compromise on quality

grass.

outside space and some fabulous

through to Luxury 35/40 mm

resources and have fit the grass

pile which is natural tri-tone

Assistant Headteacher and Early

in numerous places so that the

colour with a luxurious feel. They

Years team leader Mrs Michelle

children can enjoy a warmer,

offer a variety of roll widths and

Ball approached Green-tech who

drier and cosier environment

all relevant accessories for the

donated a roll of luxury artificial

when they are doing their

professional installer.

turf. This will provide a hard-

activities; which is especially

wearing, maintenance-free soft

important during the colder and

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surface; ideally suited for school

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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

‘entertaining’ 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 clients’ 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

ranging appeal.

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

The Design

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

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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

look.

include:

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...

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“The lighting provides perfect

“I don’t think I could have been

views and backdrops from inside”.

more blown away by what’s been created in my house. I absolutely

“Areas of the garden that had no

love coming home”.

benefit to the house whatsoever all of a sudden have added such

Aralia

interest, so wherever you are in the

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MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME HELPS CREATE URBAN OASIS IN LONDON BRIDGE Marlborough Sports Garden, a

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Leadbeater. The planters now sit along the edges Some may recognise these

of Marlborough Sports Garden, filled

planters from this year’s Ecobuild

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These planters have been donated

friendlier place to live, Marlborough

to Bankside Open Spaces Trust

Sports Garden has been transformed


into a design-led, active space, with an ecological, community preoccupation. Helen John of BOST said: “We are delighted to have benefitted from the kind donation of the planters by MEDITE SMARTPLY. The planters really put the ‘garden’ into Marlborough Sports Garden.” Speaking about the garden Tom Daley said: “This area of London doesn’t have much outdoor space so I am delighted to see this new facility up and running.

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The garden, which has been community recreation ground for over 100 years, plays an important role in promoting the health and wellbeing of nearby residents. “I hope local school children get a

who painted over graffiti and

huge amount of use and enjoyment

planted the planters. There is

from it. It’s really important that

a football pitch, sand court, a

young people have places like this

decking for picnics, basketball

to play and exercise in.

facilities, and a table tennis area.

Well done BOST for redeveloping

Seating areas nestle amongst the

the Marlborough Sports Garden and

teal coloured planters to create

providing this fantastic space for

areas of urban calm, where people

everyone.”

can relax and enjoy this unique space.

The garden, which has been community recreation ground for

At the opening, the Cox-Leadbeater

over 100 years, plays an important

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

generation of children who will use

have hoped would be brought to

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the space.

need to be replaced. The garden’s

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The John Deere garden celebrating 100 years of tractors has been awarded a Silver Gilt medal at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Designed by Elspeth Stockwell and Jo Fairfax, the garden features a striking ring of 100 golden tractors rising above upright grasses that represent fields of crops and meadow style planting portraying the rural landscape. The charred oak circular seating and backdrop hint at farm buildings dotted across the countryside. Nature looks on as tractors cultivate the fields. Elspeth Stockwell is a qualified horticulturist and medalwinning garden designer. Artist and sculptor Jo Fairfax develops lighting and sculptural installations and his work has won many awards. Both designers live in the East Midlands, near to John Deere’s UK & Ireland headquarters at Langar, Nottingham. This year is a special anniversary for John Deere as the company marks 100 years of selling tractors. Blacksmith John Deere founded the company that bears his name in 1837, in Illinois, when he invented a new type of plough but it was 1918 before the company moved into the tractor business. A century of tractor innovation has followed, including the launch in 1963 of the company’s first lawn tractor, the 7hp 110, drawing on the experience and technology of its larger agricultural cousins. John Deere has grown to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of agricultural, turf and lawn & garden equipment, its ethos firmly rooted in its founder’s core values of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation.

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Stihl To Showcase Pro Cordless Range At Saltex Stand: HO70

Guthrie and Craig Established in 1995, Guthrie & Craig currently support a large number of Landscaping Clients UK wide. Guthrie & Craig can assist with the development and maintenance of:

STIHL’s Lithium-Ion PRO Cordless product range will be showcased at Saltex, offering contractors the durability and longevity needed to handle the toughest jobs. On display will be STIHL’s new FSA 130, a powerful and lightweight brush cutter specifically designed for working on large areas of thick grass at length. Visitors can also see the powerful HSA 94 hedge trimmer, ideal for maintenance teams working in urban areas, as well

as the BGA 100, a quiet hand held blower that comes with three power stages, perfect to tackle those difficult tasks, especially in noise sensitive areas. All the products can be used in conjunction with backpack machinery, offering the high capacity contractors require in the grounds care industry. For more information visit www.stihl.co.uk.

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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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LYTASCREED TOP OF THE CLASS IN £10M UCL REVAMP 36


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

drainage system.

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

UK market.

provide food for the new refectory.

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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

quarried material.

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

ground-breaking LytaScreed

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

system.”

sustainable construction, LytaScreed was instrumental in

For further information about

helping the UCL revamp achieving

Aggregate Industries,

‘very good’ status BREEAM ratings.

visit www.aggregate.com.

This is because not only does the

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British Standard blended topsoil. With the Landscaping community

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to meet the changing demands of the Landscape sector. ‘Supplying

demanding consistent, reliable, high

Cecil MD at Soils and Stone.

permeable aggregates, recycled

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solutions and materials from sustainable sources as well as traditional landscape materials means that we can continue to better meet our customers’ needs for a greener future.’ continues Ozzy Cecil.

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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

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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

Gavin.

members of the APL team there to support the public greater understanding of the costs of a

The gardens received:

garden build.

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.

Design

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Gold Award - Living Gardens, designed by Peter

Visitors to the BBC Gardeners’ World Live at

Cowell

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

Alina Ciobotaru

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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“We offer an extensive range of porcelain

Management at Bradstone,

paving, suitable for both traditional and

explains: “Fired at up to 1,400°C,

modern gardens. For a sleek and stylish

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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


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Hygge

of ways from raising flower beds to

Among the hottest design influences

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hoo-gah) – the Scandinavian

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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.

Unlike competitive products – which make use of “under joist” technology – Trex RainEscape is installed above the joists, protecting them from moisture, water damage and deterioration that may occur over time and ensuring the structural integrity of the deck.

Installed above the joists of the substructure, this innovative system features a trough and downspout construction that drains water away from a deck and protects the area below from rain, sun, snow melt and other elements.

The system is easy and efficient to install on both new and existing decks – making it an ideal solution for both contractors and do-it-yourselfers.

As a result, homeowners gain bonus space for storage or added living area. With Trex RainEscape, homeowners can safely outfit the area under a deck with outdoor furnishings, lighting, ceiling fans and entertainment components.

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The Trex RainEscape system is an easy and inexpensive addition to any elevated deck and is backed by a 20-year limited warranty. To learn more about Trex RainEscape, visit www. trexrainescape.com Visit www.uk.trex.com for more information on Trex products.


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 hello@composite-prime.com www.composite-prime.com

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UK COMPANY A TRAILBLAZER IN WAR ON PLASTIC WASTE

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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

the world’s oceans.

timber – has soared as consumers shun plastic.

Thanks to retailers responding to consumers’ aversion to plastic

Landscaping and urban design

waste, Composite Prime® has seen

specifiers are seen as a key target

“extraordinary growth in just twelve

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

UK.

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.

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“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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Trex, the world’s No 1 alternative decking brand, offers an innovative, stylish and eco-friendly way to bring any garden project to life. The high-performance wood alternative, composite decking is comprised of more than 95 percent recycled materials, whilst providing the look and feel of real wood, making it the optimal material for creating an enviable al fresco living space. Offering an elegant finish and requiring minimal maintenance, Trex resists fading, scratching and mold growth so, unlike wooden decking, it won’t rot, warp, crack, split or splinter.

Trex never needs sanding, oiling or staining – and spills and debris are easily washed away with soap and water. With each board protected on three sides for superior defence against severe weather and heavy foot traffic, Trex decking will retain its good looks even after years of wet British winters. Trex decking is available locally through Arbordeck stores http://www.arbordeck. co.uk/ with prices starting from £75m² including VAT (tax) and secret fixings. Visit www.uk.trex.com for more information.

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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

and about.

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

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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

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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 don’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. They’ll keep the feeling

lifestyle, and are fortunately

wood.

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.

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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


NEW FUTURISTIC STREET LIGHT LUMINAIRE FROM AURA LIGHT HAS SMART FEATURES

Aura Light has taken a step into the future with its new Indico LED road and street light luminaire.

company in Sweden, the Indico luminaire is now available in the UK and across Europe to modernise street lighting.

The innovative exterior lighting solution not only breathes a stylish and contemporary design but incorporates intelligent features to create an advanced street lighting scheme. Launched last year by Aura Light UK’s parent

The luminaire is available in 35W, 60W, 90W and 120W for a low-energy LED street lighting solution to replace less efficient HPS street lamps. www.aura-light.co.uk 01952 250800

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SMART CARE PODS’ CUTTING THE COST OF CARE

We are delighted to introduce our new range of ‘Home Care Pods’ which offer a 100% built off site solution for assisted living and caring for elderly loved ones and relatives where they want to be most – at home. Our Smart Care buildings are available in three sizes, 20m2, 30m2 and 40m2 and are designed to be delivered by truck and ‘dropped’ into place by crane. 68


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

elderly providing

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

replacing expensive

confusing, imprisoning,

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,

self-contained home

encourages them, and

providing the elderly

enhances their quality

and disabled with a

of life.

comfortable home-based

requirements of the

locally and to a remote destination.

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TEAK GARDEN FURNITURE

BESPOKE OLYMPICS

Solid Oak Hardwood Furniture is a family run business established over nine decades. Our aim is to create beautiful garden, park, street and memorial furniture using only the best FSC certified Teak, Oak, Iroko and Sweet Chestnut. Our craftsmen create both standard and bespoke - benches, tables, chairs, massive picnic tables and even children’s furniture so your young family and their friends can join in the fun! 70

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We are a member of BALI, the

We exhibit at some of the RHS shows

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that have some of the very finest

the well-known county shows.

designers and landscaping contractors in the UK today.

So if you would like to see our furniture please call to see where

Call us on 01429 890808,

We would be appreciative if all

we will be during 2018 or you are

Email: sales@sohf.co.uk or

of you Landscaping Designers,

always welcome to visit our works in

sales@teakgardenfurniture.co.uk

Architects and Contractors could

Hartlepool.

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add that extra bit of charm in your

Our quality and reputation speaks

Solid Oak Hardwood Furniture Limited

projects whether it is a simple patio

for itself. We look forward to

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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

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(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,

effective.

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,

local plants.

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

way.

minimal electricity cost. Bio-ponds

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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 has demonstrated 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 don’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

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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

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Developers all under one roof for two

LANDSCAPE Show 2018 promises

days, discovering some of the industry’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 industry’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

discover!

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

year.”

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: info@landscapeshow.co.uk Phone: +44 (0)20 7821 8221 @LandscapeEvent @Landscape.show

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Landscape T H E I N DU S T RY T R A DE S H O W

Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 September 2018 - Battersea Park, London The LANDSCAPE Show returns to Battersea Park in London on Tuesday & Wednesday the 18th & 19th of September 2018. Over 200 manufacturers and suppliers, over 2,000 visitors and over 40 CPD accredited seminars.

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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

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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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