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In the summer of 2018, we undertook one of our largest and most exciting project to date

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JD REWE LANDSCAPING In the summer of 2018, we undertook

Designer Richard Key and we were

garden too.Once underway, the initial

one of our largest and most exciting

excited to explore the drawings and

stages of the garden involved striping

project to date.

learn more about the vision he had

the existing lawn and paving back

in mind for the space.

to a blank canvas. It can sometimes be hard to appreciate how a space

We were contacted in November 2017 by a client who had recently

The garden would take

looks after a transformation and so

purchased a new build home in Thame,

approximately 10 weeks to build

our drone proved extremely useful in

Oxfordshire. Their large garden was a

with a budget of approximately

taking some birds eye view shots of

blank canvas of turf and basic paving

ÂŁ60,000. It would incorporate a

the work in progress.

and they desperately wanted the space

complex planting supplied by Folia

to reflect the interior of their stylish

Europe designed to provide instant

The team then began to lay the patio

new property.

privacy, a trendy and relaxing

and construct a large rendered wall,

seating area, lawn surrounded with

which created the perfect back drop

Having sought a designer of their own,

metal edgings, a variety of different

for the seating area.

we were provided with the plans and

paving types and an imaginative

drawings and asked for a quotation to

play area for the younger residents

The garden featured lots of other

build the proposed landscape.

at this home.

quirky items such as a drainage

The design was created by the

We were also asked to design a full

useful for the team to work with new,

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The main paving used within the garden was London Stone, Khaki and the paving featured in the pathway is Bradstone, Madera, both of these are Porcelain which is proving extremely popular due to its toughness and the ability to provide and ultra modern look matching a homes interior. Whilst the majority of the garden is on one level, there are also steps which run down to a lower path at the side of the house. The garden also comprised Cedar screening to add privacy and a sunken trampoline for the children. The play area also has recycled rubber chippings from Monster Mulch and a large climbing frame, which creates the perfect soft surface for outdoor play. The lighting which Jack designed compliments the screening wonderfully and creates the perfect night time ambiance, added to by the contemporary fire pit installed at the back of the garden. The elegant lighting around the seating area finished the garden beautifully and created an aesthetic exactly as the client desired. We all thoroughly enjoyed building this exceptional garden and look forward to working alongside Richard on many projects in the future. Issue 36 2019 Landscape & Urban Design


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The garden landscape is completed by the shed workshop and its bed of plants in front of it, including the Cercis Canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’ tree, Penstemon Heavenly Blue, Verbena Rigida and Cineraria. The riven and undulating texture of the Old Rectory Sandstone establishes a rustic feel to the garden, accomplishing a timeless landscape. The warm tone of colours throughout the garden complement each other, from the plants to the wooden furniture and workshop shed. Though new paving was laid for this project, the existing landscape already included Global Stone Old Rectory paving in York Green in place from over 12 years ago. After pressurised cleaning and repointing, the paving looks brand new which shows that, with maintenance and care, the Old Rectory is a timeless paving that adjusts with the times and is always in fashion. The clients said of the landscape and work involved: ‘The standard of work was so high. The upheaval of such a project might have felt overwhelming were it not for the confidence we were able to have in Archley Landscape Designs and the others, and the great sense of humour that they breathed through it all. We are delighted with the end product and we both think it is out of this world.’ Good teamwork and an excellent product resulted in a landscape filled with character, space, colour and, above all, a timeless and classical Suffolk garden.

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transform any garden, patio, pool

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surround, walkway, roof garden or

free from unsightly fixing screws,


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the WPC Boards are secured to the sub structure with hidden fastening clips made from nylon or stainless steel. Finishing touches to the install are then applied with a range of matching WPC profiles, angles and perimeter balustrades. One of the first companies in the UK to supply WPC decking, Rockwell have developed an unrivaled knowledge of the product and are happy to supply technical and installation advice via their decking department, led by Steve Blacow. “The Rockwood composite deck boards are an absolutely fantastic product. Very easy to handle and install, rot & insect proof, they don’t splinter or require staining or painting. it really is the ideal alternative to traditional timber deck boards - providing the customer with a sound floor underfoot for all their outdoor relaxation and socialising. WPC is everything that timber isn’t.” says Steve.

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or contract in Summer and Winter).

traditional hardwood market will be

Just 20 years ago cold, damp Britain

The kiln drying process also makes

completely replaced by these treated

was still happily hard landscaping

the timber much harder and more

softwood alternatives.

with frost bitten stone pavers and

resilient to wear. Thermo-treated

algae covered concrete slabs. Then the

timbers are perfect for decking (and

All these timber options will weather

garden DIY shows hit our televisions,

cladding) and will be guaranteed rot

down to a silver-grey over the

and a national obsession with decking

free for at least 20 years. A personal

first few years (some faster than

began. For the domestic market,

favourite is Thermo-Ash, which has a

others) but if colour fade is an issue,

this meant most of Finland was cut

beautiful grain structure and goes a

or slip resistance is a significant

into poorly preserved planks and

rich chocolate brown in the kiln.

consideration, then you now have

delivered to every garden centre in

an increasing choice of composite

the UK, while for the commercial

Pressure treated timbers (like

materials on offer. Commercial

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Kebony, Accoya and Lignia) are more

imperatives have accelerated the

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expensive to manufacture and to

development of composite decking

hardwoods (like Teak and Ipe) which

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– with hollow core, foam core, solid

of our weather. Early players in

parts of the country. This process uses

core, ‘double extrusion’ and even

the game, like The Outdoor Deck

air-tight chambers to force a complex

fire-rated options all competing for

Company, started importing much

concoction of preservatives into every

attention. As ever, it’s still largely a

more sophisticated treated softwoods

cell of the softwood timbers, effectively

matter of ‘you get the quality you pay

from the USA (where the industry was

replacing the original organic content

for’, but the manufacturing techniques

far better developed) but it’s only been

with a dense and dimensionally stable

are changing so rapidly in composites

in the last few years that affordable,

new core. As with thermo-treatment,

that its always best to chat with an

sustainable ‘technical timbers’ and

the process creates timbers which are

expert before you commit to one.

their composite alternatives have

even more akin to tropical hardwoods

started to make a major difference

in their resistance to abrasion, and

In summary, you can now assume that

to the economics and longevity of

Lignia (the newest product in this

many of the new ‘technical timbers’

UK decks.

sector) can even be fire-rated as part

will actually out-perform composites

of the treatment.

in terms of thermal movement

If you’re exterior landscaping right

and durability, but composites will

now, and your requirement is for

Thirdly, there is of course still a

currently win out when you measure

real wood, you currently have three

market for traditional hardwoods

slip resistance and colour longevity.

categories of material to choose from...

- though progress towards making

The best news is that our industry is

these timbers sustainable over the

now equipped with all sorts of viable

Thermo-treated timber is kiln cooked

last decade has inevitably reduced

and more affordable alternatives

softwood - a process which removes

the choice and increased the price

to traditional hardwood, so it looks

all the sugars (nothing for algae to

significantly. It seems likely that as

like our obsession with decking can

feed on) and most of the moisture

the ‘technical timbers’ become ever

continue, whatever the climate ahead.

(nothing to make the boards expand

more sophisticated and affordable the


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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ECODEK 1:- So, who are Ecodek? Tell us

than adding to it – hence carbon

Offering bespoke lengths to suit

negative - a huge achievement in

individual projects in both our AT

modern manufacturing and one that

and HD ranges means a welcome

British manufacturer Ecodek

clearly illustrates the company’s

relief on site to the usual problem

have been producing their unique

environmental credentials.

of waste materials. As ecodek®

about the company.

material is 100% recyclable, should

Wood Polymer Composite boards system for over 14 years. In 2017

Ecodek are members of Made in

any waste be generated on site, this

alone, the production of ecodek®

Britain, an organisation established

can be bought back by the company

material consumed more than 3600

to promote and support British

and put back into the production of

tonnes of recycled plastic milk

manufacturers, and proudly bear the

new boards.

bottles and sustainably sourced

Made in Britain Marque.

hardwood fibres. A recent life-cycle assessment considered the manufacture of ecodek (from cradle to factory-gate)

2:- What’s the difference between

standard wooden decking and your composite decking?

The boards will not warp, splinter or rot, and as ecodek® does not promote mould or algae growth, only require minimal maintenance, and do not require sanding or sealing.

showed that production of ecodek®

ecodek® WPC material has many

had a net effect of removing carbon

advantages over traditional

ecodek® material comes with a 25

dioxide from the atmosphere rather

timber decking.

year warranty as standard, giving


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piece of mind to both specifier and end user. 3:- Some of our readers will be

planning garden upgrades this coming summer, what advice would you give them when it

comes to adding decking space to their garden.

Planning a new or upgraded outdoor space is an exciting venture, but successfully completing the project can be an arduous task. Luckily, working with ecodek® is essentially the same as working with a hardwood timer, there are no tricky end caps or hidden clips to contend with. It is very important to ensure your proposed decked area will have adequate ventilation to enable the =longevity of your materials – luckily we have comprehensive installation guidelines available, and the sales team are more

delivery also means that the boards can be delivered when needed, without languishing on site.

than able to advise.

5:- We have seen a vast increase in

This means that laying your decking is

their garden or green space. Have

a relatively simple process and results

people using decking to enhance

you seen a specific trend or product

is a beautiful finished area.

that is now being implemented more

4:- In recent times you have been

We have found that green or

providing decking for buildings including Southbank Tower,

Elephant & Castle and The Old

Bailey. What makes Ecodek stand out amongst competitors?

ecodek® boards are available in three profiles, two finishes and five colours, so suitable for a huge range of applications both commercial and residential. ecodek® can be found across the UK and beyond, in public realm areas such as walkways, bridges, schools, care homes, stadia, restaurants – the list goes on.

so than before?

sustainability credentials are important to our customers, both commercial projects and homeowners. Customers are willing to invest more to attain a product that fits in with their aspirations for sustainability. We have launched a new ancillary lighting product to our range, DekGlo. • This revolutionary illumination system is an innovative form of lighting for the decking market, charging in daylight and glowing

ecodek® is prevalent in the major housing developments across London in balconies and roof terraces. With a high material stability that has negligible expansion or contraction, ecodek® offers the perfect choice for balcony applications. Again, offering boards in bespoke lengths minimises the issues of waste on site. Just in time manufacture and Issue 36 2019 Landscape & Urban Design


throughout the night. This new long lasting glow-in-dark lighting solution is designed to improve the safety and aesthetics for the outdoor living space. • No wiring or batteries are required, saving on installation time and the ongoing energy expense. • Guaranteed for 20 years, there is no ongoing maintenance issues giving peace of mind to the end user. • The incredible versatility of the DekGlo material means that the discs or strips can be installed absolutely anywhere, horizontally or vertically with no loss in performance. • Edges of steps, decking and balustrades can be highlighted to provide a safe outdoor area all year round. • It is the perfect solution for outdoor living, providing illumination without ongoing energy costs damage to the environment. 6:- What does the future hold for Ecodek? Any exciting projects for 2019?

As always, the Ecodek team are always working tirelessly with R&D within its state of the art, inhouse lab, as well as working with specifications across the construction industry. Watch this space!


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7:- Obviously Ecodek caters for both

allow the designer or homeowner

Something that a lot of competition

gardens into feature areas. For

commercial and residential clients.

does not do. Is it a challenge for you to cater to both markets or is it just that the product is that versatile? Ecodek have always worked with

to transform outdoor spaces and podium decks and balconies, we have produced a range of specific screws, substructure bearers and beams that take into consideration the change in outdoor temperature and weather.

both commercial and residential clients directly, and this is not set to

Landscape & Urban Design would

alter as we believe no project is too

like to thank Felicity from Ecodek

small nor too large. ecodek® is also

for taking the time to answer a few

available to purchase through a range

questions for us.

of trade counters and merchants across the UK, and international distributors in Europe and the UAE. With the versatility to adapt to urban or traditional design schemes, ecodek® decking systems will

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Borek. For the great outdoors

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Borek outdoor furniture pushes the boundaries of design and innovation in order to create high-quality, craftsman-built products which provide the ultimate in seating comfort. Nowadays the garden is more than just a place to relax, it has become a fully-fledged outdoor room that fits seamlessly with the atmosphere within the house. There’s lots more we could say about this stunning Dutch furniture but we suggest you turn the picture into reality and see it for yourself. Borek furniture is exclusively available through Robeys. Visit our showrooms in Belper, Derbyshire or contact us for further details.

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Outdoor Spaces duo, Jacob Botting

You may recognise these names as

the BBC Gardeners’ World Live

and Laurence Senior, took home the

they’re the four landscapers taking

Young Landscapers Competition

winning trophy and a Silver Show

top spots at the WorldSkills UK Finals

supported by the APL (Association

Garden Award.

in November. Matthew Wood was

of Professional Landscapers). This

crowned champion in landscaping

important industry competition

Newly announced, the young

with the Gold award. Meanwhile

encourages newcomers to the

landscapers taking part in the

fellow apprentice Sam Gordon, from

profession as well as showing visitors

competition are

The Gardenmakers in Warwickshire,

ways to use landscaping materials for very different results in an inspirational small garden layout.

took home the Silver, in a six-person • Team A: Matthew Wood,

WorldSkills UK Live at the NEC

Gordon, The Gardenmakers

Birmingham. Sam took Silver, Reece took Bronze, and Brian was awarded

The competition launched with aplomb in 2018 with two Diarmuid

national final, which was held at

Myerscough College, and Sam

• Team B: Reece McKay, College

Highly Commended.

Gavin Show Gardens, fondly named

of Agriculture, Food and

The Round Garden and the Square

Rural Enterprise (CAFRE),

This year, eminent garden designer

Garden, offering each team a very

and Brian Hughes, College of

Professor David Stevens takes the

different challenge whilst using

Agriculture, Food and Rural

design baton to create two gardens

identical materials. The Bespoke

Enterprise (CAFRE)

to challenge the competing teams.


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We caught up with Prof. Stevens,

elements of paving, steps and

success of the Young Landscapers

who has a back catalogue twenty-six

boundaries. It’s fantastic to be

Award last year it’s a real thrill and

Chelsea Flower Show medals, three

working with Marshalls as sponsors

pleasure to be working with the two

being Best in Show, and author of

of the competition, with their huge

teams in 2019.” He continues “It’s

no less than twenty-one gardening

range of excellent materials that

vital that young people entering

books, to find out a how his garden

can be chosen to suit virtually

the trade are taught the skills

designs will challenge the two teams

any situation.”

they need, and APL members have wholeheartedly embraced the

at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in June 2019.

The competition is as inspirational


for the visitors as for those involved, David explains “This year the

as David explains “While the gardens

competition highlights front gardens

will be an exciting challenge for the

which are so often overlooked, after

young teams, they will also be an

all first impressions count! The

inspiration to the public who can take

link between house and garden is a

many of the ideas home to enhance

vital one and the two designs, one

that all important plot at the front of

contemporary and the other more

the house.”

traditional, link strongly with the adjoining building. While planting

In just its second year, this

naturally plays an important

competition is certainly making its

role so too do the hard landscape

mark. David Stevens says “After the

You’ll be able to see the two Show Gardens and discover which team has won the accolade of BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers of the Year at the Show which takes place from 13-16 June 2019 at The NEC Birmingham. For info and tickets visit

ASCOTT For years, artificial trees and plants

former florists, carpenters and other

Built on a galvanised steel mesh and

have fallen victim of an unjustly bad

skilled trades.

using 100% UV-resistant and fireretardant foliage, the 1msq panels

reputation associated with plastic waxy like products of days gone by.

All the trees made by Ascott are

are easy to install, long lasting

Today, the bar has been justly raised

done so using real wood, sourced as a

and effective in both domestic and

and the market for authentic artificial

by-product of sustainable woodland

commercial spaces.

is proving its worth in both domestic

management. The use of real wood

and commercial spaces.

accentuates the authenticity of the

Ascott offer competitive quotes

design, and for this reason no one tree

and are confident that the quality

Ascott has been hand crafting and

is the same as the other, making every

of the finished product will exceed

supplying artificial trees, plants and

single build truly unique.

your expectations.

hedges for over 20 years and has built a reputation for high quality, life

Ascott’s artificial trees can be found

like products. Ascott supply both the

in hotels, restaurants, schools,

retail and trade markets including

retirement complexes and roof top

landscapers, architects and interior

bars across the country and overseas.

designers. Ascott supplies clients throughout the UK and worldwide.

Beyond trees, the popularity for artificial green walls has grown

Based just outside of Stratford-

exponentially at Ascott with their

upon-Avon, Warwickshire is Ascott’s

versatility to be used both inside and

custom-built workshop. Every tree is

out, transforming spaces as a cost

hand built in the UK utilising the skills

effective, low maintenance alternative

of an experienced team comprising

to real living walls.

Why buy artificial? • Low maintenance • Versatile • Cost effective • Durable • Non-toxic to pets • Hypoallergenic

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RHS MALVERN SPRING FESTIVAL For the hottest ticket on the

With more than ever on offer at RHS

and four Green Living Spaces will be

horticultural calendar, look no further

Malvern this year, green-fingered

on display - six of which will be from

than RHS Malvern Spring Festival,

visitors can expect a whole host of

brand new designers to RHS Malvern.

where gardening springs to life.

horticultural highlights.

Hoping to be awarded prestigious RHS

Situated at the foot of the stunning

“We are always so proud to welcome

Malvern Hills at Three Counties

everyone to the Showground, from

Showground, the four-day festival

RHS Gold Medal winning Show Garden

from 9-12 May has everything there is

designers to the many wonderful

The Floral Marquee is home to a

to offer for keen horticulturalists and

nurseries that enter our Floral

stellar selection of 70 hand-picked

gardening novices alike.

Marquee,” commented Di Walton, Head

leading nurseries from across the UK.

of Shows at Three Counties.

With space in the Floral Marquee at

RHS Malvern Spring Festival, in association with Great Little Breaks,

“Each brings their own incredible

has been held at the showground since

talent and knowledge and it’s what the

it began in 1985.

public love so much.”

Seen by many as the start of spring,

Created by the very best in the

the festival opens the door to the

business, the Show Gardens at RHS

summer season, attracting more than

Malvern, are a real treat for any

100,000 people annually.

visitor. In 2019, eight Show Gardens


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medals, designers will also be on hand to answer questions from visitors and to share their very best hints and tips.

Malvern being the hottest ticket on the flower show circuit, there is a long waiting list. A haven for gardeners wishing to take something special home, the Floral Marquee is also a great place to quiz the experts on how to improve your gardening.

In a first for 2019, the marquee will

Spaces area is all about bringing the

“Demand for space in our Floral

feature an indoor plant area, where

outdoors in. For everything from patio

Marquee is really high. This year the

visitors can pick up the very best

to balcony gardening, the Green Living

marquee is so oversubscribed that we

house plants and succulents. The rise

Spaces area demonstrates that having

have a waiting list of nurseries! It’s

in popularity of indoor growing comes

no garden at all is not an excuse to

amazing that so many people want to

after the hashtag #plantsofinstagram

not grow plants, and how even a

come to RHS Malvern Spring Festival

attracted millions of followers, with

small windowsill can be the perfect

to exhibit, we’re very proud.”

millennials falling head over heels for

growing spot.

the not-so-humble houseplant.

With a heavy focus on mindfulness

In the House Plants show, ten award

and wellbeing at this year’s RHS

winning nurseries will be exhibiting

Malvern Spring Festival, visitors

plants for indoor spaces – from trendy

will find plenty of opportunities to

succulents and air plants to all colours

wind down and take five minutes out

of rainbow streptocarpus and luscious

of the day, including the Health and

exotics foliage. Plans are also in the

Wellbeing Garden.

pipeline for Instagram-friendly points throughout the showground.

Nina Acton, Shows Development Manager at Three Counties is

With more than 37 per cent of the

delighted with the turn out for

British population living in rented

this year.

accommodation, the Green Living

Advance tickets to RHS Malvern Spring Festival are now on sale, with prices starting at just £19 for RHS and Three Counties members, or £21 for the general public. Children under 16 go free.


EVEREDGE In 2018 EverEdge were tasked to supply plastic powder coated steel planters for the redevelopment of two Grade II listed Regency Villas. The Villas are being developed for Pegasus Life to provide 50 apartments. Glen Howells Architects have designed the project to fit in seamlessly into the distinguished streets of Montpellier, Cheltenham. Sky Garden, the contractor on this project, came to EverEdge to provide the steel planters. The planters are 900mm tall and have been designed to fit between existing structures on the roof of the building. The planters are filled with a mixture of void former, grit, bark and 300mm of topsoil. Because of the size of the planters, they are braced for strength and to prevent the steel from bowing. The planters are made from durable steel for longevity and finished in a light grey powder coat which matches beautifully the building. All the planters have an internal jointing system which was a requirement on this project to give them a near seamless appearance. EverEdge Planters are available in virtually any design, shape and size and in a range of finishes making them the perfect addition to any project.

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To celebrate the family business marking their 20th anniversary earlier this year they have launched a small collection of summerhouses & gazebos. Designed by Stan Fairbrother this beautiful range encompasses the companies twenty years of knowledge and expertise, with a passion for designing structures that their customers will be able to enjoy for years to come.

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by BALI Registered Affiliates

who stated it ‘satisfied the brief

Boswall MBALI MSGD of Marian

Palmstead Nurseries, How Green

on every level and was beautifully

Boswall Landscape Architects has

Nursery, CED Stone Group and

executed.’ Celebrations continued

been crowned with the prestigious

Johnsons Wellfield Quarries.

when Woods was also awarded the top prize for his Jam Factory podium

Grand Award at the 7th annual Society of Garden Designers’ Awards

Commenting on her win, Marian

garden design in the Roof Garden

2019 which also saw tremendous

Boswall MBALI said ‘It’s a huge

category, also a BALI National

wins for fellow BALI Registered

honour to win the Grand Award

Landscape Award 2018 winning

Designer members in their

amongst so many talented designers.

scheme, making it two out of two

respective categories.

The project was great team work

during the evening’s ceremony.

from start to finish, with wonderful Marian, whose Large Residential

clients who understood my vision,

BALI Registered Designer James

Garden, Reighton Wood, wowed

and fantastic contractors BALI

Scott MBALI MSGD of The Garden

judges with its exquisite planting

Registered Donovan Landscapes.’

Company, who designed the stunning Laurel Cottage for a Small

with ‘texture, atmosphere and a great synergy of materials’,

Other notable wins for BALI

Residential Garden, also took the

went on to win the coveted Grand

Registered Designers included Tony

highest accolade in this fiercely

Award at the annual SGD Awards

Woods MBALI MSGD of Garden

contested category.

in front of over 400 guests at The

Club London, who took top prize

Landmark Hotel in London on Friday

for his design of Merchant Square

BALI Registered Designer John

1 February.

Floating Pocket Park in the Public or


Commercial Outdoor Space category.

Registered Contractor Bowles &

The garden was built by BALI

The scheme, which also won a BALI

Wyer won the Healing or Learning

Registered Contractor Donovan

National Landscape Award Principal

Garden category, taking the trophy

Landscapes with materials supplied

Award in 2017, impressed judges

for his design of the Addenbrookes


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Outpatients garden which was also

BALI’s Chief Executive, Wayne

Country Supplies, Barcham Trees,

built by Bowles & Wyer who won a

Grills, commented; ‘My sincerest

Easigrass and Deepdale Trees as

BALI National Landscape Award in

congratulations to all of our BALI

well as BALI Registered Contractor

2018 for the same project.

Registered Designer members

Landform Consultants.

who received an award at the SGD BALI Registered Designer Gavin

Awards on Friday. With so many

In total 19 winners were announced

McWilliam MBALI MSGD, working

members receiving top honours,

during the evening’s ceremony out

alongside Andrew Wilson FSGD,

it is encouraging to see that their

of 38 projects that were assessed by

won their category, Hardscape,

hard work, commitment, knowledge,

the SGD Judges. The SGD’s Lifetime

for the BALI National Landscape

skill and quality craftmanship has

Achievement Award was bestowed

Award 2018 Grand Award-winning

once again raised the standards of

upon master plantsman Piet Oudolf.

Hertfordshire Garden, built by

landscaping in the UK.’

Bowles & Wyer. The judges were highly complementary, stating the

BALI Registered Affiliate members

garden was ‘impeccably executed,

were also out in force, sponsoring

ticking all of the hardscape boxes

this year’s award categories,

with beautiful drystone walls

including Harrod UK, CED Stone

and corten steel windows that

Group, British Sugar TOPSOIL,

demonstrated the faultless attention

EuroPlants UK, Stonemarket,

to detail.’

Green tech, Marshalls, Gabriel Ash,

TOP TIPS FOR CREATING THE PERFECT SUMMER GARDEN With warmer weather on the horizon,

When mixing products, be sure

colour blend, reflect natural products

many homeowners are enlisting the

to request samples and compare

and provide homeowners with the

help of landscapers to transform

before ordering, to ensure they are

ultimate choice in durability, longevity

their outdoor living space. In this

compatible and will deliver your

and style are all the rage.

article, Group Sales & Marketing

desired aesthetic. We offer a ‘samples’

Director, Malcolm Gough at Talasey

service on all of product ranges to

To satisfy this demand, we recently

Group explores his top tips for

make comparison easy.

introduced 12 new ranges to

creating the perfect summer garden.

Install low maintenance materials

our Vitripiazza porcelain paving range, which includes large format

Summer was made for garden

1200mm x 1200mm stones and

us and with more people choosing

parties and BBQs, breaking off to

driveway suitable options, as well as

to upgrade their outdoor living

mow the lawn just spoils the fun.

much more!

space it’s set to be a busy season

Taking time out to cut grass is not

for industry professionals. No

the only problem, as we saw in last

matter how big the space, there is

year’s heatwave, the sun can really

Accidents happen and there is nothing

so much that can be done in the

take its toll on lawns, leaving them

worse than spilling red wine or food

garden, from replacing a patio to a

discoloured, dry and scorched.

on a brand-new patio, therefore,

complete renovation.

Installing artificial grass is the perfect

adding a protective finishing touch

solution, latest innovations such as

to landscaping materials is vital.

Luxigraze, are hassle-free and don’t

Sealants preserve the look of paving

Mixing colours, textures and sizes

require any watering, remaining

and delay the stone from soaking

of paving was popular last year,

lusciously green all year round.

in spillages, allowing more time for

Another summer will soon be upon

Don’t be afraid to mix it up

something which is set to continue in 2019. No longer are landscape

Keep on top of the latest trends

Paving protection

clean up. Unlike many sealants on the market, Pavetuf sealants are fully

The start of a new year means new

breathable which means no waiting

from porcelain and natural stone

landscaping trends. A trend which

time, they can be applied immediately!

to clay pavers and resin bound

is predicted to be popular in 2019 is

aggregates – we’ve seen many of our

porcelain paving, as customers look

customers make unusual product

modernise their outdoor spaces with

combinations look fantastic this

contemporary and sleek designs,

past year! Not only does using a

this material is in high-demand –

combination of different materials

something which was discussed in

look stunning, but it results in

the latest BMF quarterly meeting.

completely unique designs.

Porcelain flagstones that offer a varied

designers afraid of mixing materials,


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For more information about iGRASS® products, to order a free sample or to enquire about professional training days, please visit or call on 08000 844 339.


BESPOKE GARDEN STRUCTURES FROM OECO GARDEN ROOMS Oeco Garden Rooms have been manufacturing and installing timber framed structures for over 10 years. They specialise in building bespoke garden rooms, offices and studios for those who want to extend their living space for a multitude of uses. Made from a traditional timber frame construction, concrete pile and steel foundations, these garden rooms are built to last and can be year round. Western red cedar external timber cladding finishes off the look, providing rich and varied browns, reds and pinks making each garden room unique. Our bespoke garden room service allows you to decide on site where you want the windows and doors, switches, lights and sockets and allows our installers to run any additional wiring such as internet, telephone or alarm cables inside the walls.

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AIRCLOS these products unique; Excellent

against atmospheric issues, and

specialised engineers.

energy consumption.

security measures developed by Airclos UK designs, manufactures

guaranteeing high optimization of

and installs stunning outdoor spaces

Inhouse manufacturing of the systems

We customize every detail to offer the

business opportunities

unbeatable after-sales service throughout

and transparency of the panels, type of

that convert wasted space into new

The AIRCLOS Retractable Roofs

and components, guaranteeing an the life-cycle of the product.

are the best option in the market for

Designed specifically to guarantee its

spaces. Among the features that make

offering great insulation performance

roofing terraces and other outdoor

optimal solution for each project. Material structure, extras, finishes, etc.

hermetic and waterproof properties,

Retractable roofs allow you to get the most out of your outdoor areas by

transforming your terrace or garden into a relaxing space that can be used all year round.

The Airclos UK product range includes:


Multi-channel control

from the Somfy brand, a leading brand with more than 40 years of

installations as standard. Its multi-channel function

The AIRCLOS Retractable Roofs are powered by tubular motors

Multi-channel control is integrated into all Airclos UK

experience worldwide. Major product features:

allows independent operation of motors, lighting, heaters

• Conversion of voltages to adapt to differing international standards. • Auto instant attachment of the drive wheel.

• Instantaneous end-of-run adjustment system.

• Traction by steel chains and galvanized cable. Our technical department selects the right motor for each project

according to the power calculations and necessary characteristics.


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and other accessories.


seasons it prevents the heat from

room depends on many factors such as

in, and in hot seasons it will act in an

Achieving greater thermal comfort in a

escaping and the cold from coming

the weather outside or the activities that

inverse manner).

take place inside. To achieve adequate thermal comfort we work mainly on the following factors:

1. Thermal insulation: thermally

2. Waterproofing: the capacity of an

enclosure to prevent the entry of water and wind. Sealing is an imperative in our designs.

protecting the room helps to preserve

3. Ventilation: the ability of the

enclosures to control the exchange of

air with the exterior. Ventilation renews and improves air quality.

4. Solar gain: the amount of heat

obtained by a body when exposed

to solar radiation. This factor can be

improved by controlling the proportion between the glazed surface, the type of glazing, etc.

the desired temperature (in cold ENERGY EFFICIENCY

A good design, using the right materials and enclosures, drastically reduces

the energy consumption of a building

and its carbon footprint. Our enclosures guarantee energy efficiency by working on:

1. Lighting: Increasing the amount of

natural light greatly reduces electricity consumption.

2. Air conditioning: The correct choice of materials helps us achieve a high

degree of thermal comfort without the help of other mechanical systems

TECHNICAL SUPPORT At Airclos UK we have a highly qualified

Manager who will supervise each part

with decades of experience. This allows

offering the optimal solution for each job.

evolve, putting Airclos UK always at the

adapt the design of the system, tailoring it

technical team composed of professionals

of the process to ensure that we are

our products to constantly improve and

If necessary, our technical department will

forefront of this industry.

to the features of the project (redesign of profiles, thicknesses, etc).

When a new project arrives at our offices, it is assigned to a Project

If you would like any further information please contact us directly: Tel: 0044 1304 212121 or Email: (Airclos Uk is a trading name of Crown Outdoor Ltd)

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factors’. Their design brief specified

Panache One London Road has

decided to purchase the old Lloyds

robust retractable roof systems to

received rave reviews from customers

Bank building in the center of Poynton

both terraces with versatile perimeter

across the board and is the place to

and transform it into a modern

glazing, doors, perimeter planters,

be in Poynton. The Terraces provide

restaurant serving contemporary

heating, integrated lighting etc.

a different aspect to the site and are available for private functions and

British food, fine wines, beers and cocktails enjoyed in a relaxed setting

Crown Outdoor were called in to

events and are an integral part of

with live entertainment and a

survey and design structures for the

the success and concept that Gary

stunning grand piano.

North and South Terraces. We worked

envisaged at the outset. They bring

alongside Gary and Natalie, amending

a welcome feeling of openness that

He recruited top Manchester interior

designs and plans until they had

customers love.

designer Natalie Waldron (Natalie

exactly what they required to suit

Waldron Design) to provide interior

the business needs, aesthetics and

design concepts and oversee the

budget. We provided cgis, dwgs and

development. The building was a flat

information that could assist with the

roofed ‘block’ with little character,

planning process.

so Gary and Natalie quickly decided to transform the building inside and

Planning was achieved and Crown

outside to achieve an interesting,

Outdoor Installation Engineers

contemporary and appealing

installed both terraces over a 2

restaurant and bar with many ‘wow

week period.

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structures can be linked in various

which meet the newbuild house

weekending in the UK is firmly on the

combinations to create bespoke,

energy efficiency criteria, rather

rise, with glamping at the forefront of

adaptable accommodation for

than the lower minimum, required for

the ‘staycation’ revolution.

different uses.

caravans, garden rooms and glamping

Lancaster-based Harrison Pitt

Certainly not limited to luxurious

Architects’ versatile approach

glamping, PlusPods have already

and innovative eye for quality

generated requests for bespoke

Sustainably sourced larch for the walls

development, is proving perfectly

modules across the sector.

allows sympathetic blending with

placed to support businesses

Applications include holiday cottages,

urban or rural surroundings. They

capitalizing on 2019, dubbed the year

garden rooms for hotels and pubs,

can also be delivered with a sedum

of ‘exponential growth’ in the luxury

home offices, shared amenity areas on

roof for use in sensitive environments

staycation market.

camping sites, even low-impact small

like National Parks and Areas of

residences and accommodation for TV

Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

pods. Solar panels and a log-burner or

Working in partnership with specialist

pellet stove can all be designed in too.

and film sets. 2018’s long hot summer only

timber home manufacturer JT Construction, the multiple award

Designing for long term sustainability,

increased enthusiasm for

winning architects have launched

the team construct and insulate each

‘staycationing’, and with the glamping

‘PlusPods’. These luxury modular

pod to the highest industry standards

sector growing 11% year on year,


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‘comfortable camping’ is offering a

to challenge existing market leaders’

and the careful restoration of

sound investment.

typically lower thermal standard

historic buildings throughout the

glamping pods, the competitively

United Kingdom.

Richard Wooldridge, director at

priced and sustainable PlusPods

Harrison Pitt, said; “I had the idea for

look set to become an attractive and

Directors are Richard Parker, Richard

PlusPods while on a family glamping

desirable fixture in the landscape,

Wooldridge, and Zoe Hooton.

holiday. I realised that a highly

whatever the forecast. Part of a design and build

insulated glamping pod would be able to lengthen the tourism season by

Based at Castle Hill in the historic

partnership with Lancaster-based J

providing comfortable accommodation

heart of Lancaster, Harrison Pitt

T Construction, PlusPods are unique

throughout the colder months; and

Architects was founded in 1979.

modular structures designed to

would also make the PlusPod more

Since then, they have built a national

offer a flexible solution to creating

cost effective and greener to run.”

reputation as a highly versatile

outdoor living space. Constructed of

practice offering innovative solutions

sustainable materials to blend in with

Celebrating 40 years at the forefront

across building design, planning and

their environment, they are completed

of innovation and design, and with

sustainable solutions.

to a high standard inside and out, and can be used for a wide range

a dedicated hotels and leisure team offering planning consultancy, project

Their varied workload ranges

management and sustainability

from contemporary commercial

consultancy, Harrison Pitt are already

and educational projects, through

taking 2019 by storm. Determined

to bespoke residential design

of purposes.

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HI-TECH TURF Hi-Tech Turf’s first project of

As the museum has been open for

Baby Discovery Area – An area

2019 was at The National Football

over six years and has welcomed

specially designed for under 5s

Museum in Manchester. The

around 2.5 million visitors through

National Football Museum opened

it’s doors a refresh was required.

On The Ball – An area to show off

it’s doors at it’s current home in

Hi-Tech Turf were employed to re-

your skills or learn some new ones

the Urbis Building, Manchester in

cover the floor space in a number of

Pass Master – Showcase how quick

July 2012 following it’s previous

areas throughout the seven storey

and accurate you are at passing

residency at Deepdale, Preston

museum, areas turfed included: Shot Stopper – Put your goalkeeping

North End’s ground. The museum regularly welcomes approximately

The Main Entrance – This area

skills to the test and see how many

500,000 visitors from the UK and

houses the Hall of Fame, the whole

shots you can stop in one minute

overseas every year. The Museum

floor was covered here and also

exhibits over 2,500 objects at

included a mini pitch. George Best’s

Due to the volume of foot traffic the

any one time and there are a

Mini sits proudly on display here,

museum attracts and the interactive

number of interactive areas and

as well as FA Cup and Premier

nature of a number of the areas a

temporary exhibitions.

League trophies.

very hard wearing artificial grass


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was required which would also be

for two weeks in January to allow

coming up, a pitch or play area

easy to keep clean. The product

the re-fit to take place, it has now

installation or even a small domestic

used for this project was HT Game,

re-opened and is welcoming visitors

lawn area Hi-Tech Turf stock over 15

a 12mm turf developed as a Tennis

to see the exciting changes that have

different types of grass so they will

carpet so it’s properties lend itself

taken place. The Museum is open 7

have something to suit every project

very well to the heavy foot fall

days a week and entry costs between

and budget. They also stock 18mm,

it will encounter. HT Game is a

£5 and £10.

25mm and 35mm Shock Pads, glue, tape and membrane.

densely tufted polypropylene turf which provides excellent traction

Hi-Tech Turf Ltd have been installing

underfoot whilst providing an

artificial grass for 12 years and

aesthetically pleasing surface. The

take on a variety of projects both

project required nearly 800m2 of

domestic and commercial. They also

turf across the various areas and

provide a well established trade

white line material was also used to

supply service to landscapers and

create football pitch markings. The

artificial grass installers across the

Museum was closed to the public

UK. If you have a similar project

Samples can be requested through the website or by calling on 01244 289182.


polypropylene material and its tufts were

joints, yet still provided adequate foot

have’ item for your garden. But why

spread widely apart in order to mimic the

traction for sport. Artificial grass is now

has it become so popular overnight and

appearance of natural grass. Although

accepted for football around the world

where did the idea come from?

this concept provided extremely popular

and is becoming extremely popular for

for multi-sports pitches it never really

numerous other applications.


took off for football. The ball behaviour


and playing characteristics did not match



the capabilities of natural grass. Carpet

Artificial grass actually has a history

Artificial grass has actually been around

burns and serious injuries led to many

of nearly 70 years in the UK, first being

since the 1960’s, predominantly being

pitches being uplifted and an eventual

made Cumbria for fruit and veg stalls

used for football pitches. The first well

ban from English Professional Football.

and grave surrounds. In the early 1980’s

known installation of a full sized pitch

Clubs like QPR, Preston North End, Luton

a manufacturing plant was set up in

was at the Houston Astrodome in 1965

and Oldham, who had installed such

Preston, Lancashire, making a selective

and was then known as Chemgrass. By

pitches in the early 1980’s, removed their

number of products mainly for the

1966 the a major league baseball team,

surfacing and returned to natural grass.

football and multi-sports pitch market.

playing on this surface, so it was renamed

By the mid 1990’s a third generation

Verde Sports Ltd, set up in 1988 after

‘Astroturf’, a word that now appears in

of artificial turf was appearing around

purchasing a company called Scana

the English Dictionary. An official patent

the globe. It was now being made with

Leisure Surfaces, who installed synthetic

was applied for in 1967. This surface was

a new polymer know as polyethylene,

sports pitches out of needle-punched

a tightly curled nylon fibre, which was

which was softer than its predecessors.

carpeted surfacing. Verde immediately

woven into a foam backing and has since

This new turf also featured longer fibres,

started to introduce the use of artificial

been referred to as the ‘first generation’

which were combined with a curled

grass for golf, cricket, tennis, bowling

of synthetic football surfaces.

‘dead grass’ thatch, creating a much

green banks and various leisure surfaces.

known as the Houston Astro’s were

more realistic appearance to the finished The second generation of artificial

article. For sports applications, soft

By 1990 artificial grass was regularly

grass was introduced in the 1970’s

infills were introduced to the synthetic

being used around holiday parks for

and was known as the ‘shag turf’. The

grass industry, which added extra

covering caravan verandas to make them

new yarns were made of a less abrasive

comfort and put less stress on player’s

less slippery. Children’s Nursery Schools


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soon caught on to the idea and fitted sand

landscape market

infilled surfaces, over a suitable shock

and it incorporated

pad, into their playgrounds. Verde’s first

softer polyethylene

private lawn was installed in the summer

fibres and a

of 1990 and was only replaced 20 years

thatched base to

later for a cricket practice strip in the

create a much more

same garden.

natural appearance. Verde immediately

By the beginning of the 21st Century

started to export to

the internet was born. Verde started to

countries such as

adapt their range of sports products,

Dubai, Cyprus and

to become more suitable and attractive

the Canaries where

to the domestic landscape market.

grass was difficult to

They launched a website and started


mainly of relatively cheap alternatives for the landscape market. Small rolls

to sell grass for gardens around the UK. In 2001, Verde took a bold step and

Around this time, the rest of the world

decided to sell their range of grasses to

had started to invest heavily into

garden centres across the UK, offering

the design of new yarns to be used

merchandising, product and concept

predominantly for the landscape market.

training and basically encouraging the

Single strand monofilaments and new

promotion of this new idea on a much

texturizing procedures meant that

larger scale. Verde exhibited at GLEE, an

combining yarns of different heights,

exhibition that, at the time spanned over

shapes and colours were possible.

9 halls. Within their first year Verde had over 150 garden centres selling grass

In 2010 Verde launched a new product

for them and within the next 12 months

known as ‘Verdelawn’ which capitalized

many had decided to stock at least 2

on this concept. It was an immediate

versions to increase their potential sales.

winner and was launched out to Builders Merchants to be wholesaled around


the UK. Many new products have


since been launched such as Groovy

By 2004 Verde had launched a new type

Grass, Verde Prime and other vibrant

of artificial grass, their Verdeluxe. It was

coloured grasses. Verde Garden Grass

the first of its kind to be offered to the

and Verde Home turf are relatively new additions to our landscape range and we continue to work on new developments all the time. By 2015 the world went crazy with artificial grass. China and the Far East went into mass production,

are now sold via supermarkets to pick up and put in your shopping basket. Carpet Stores, Builders Merchants, Garden Centres and Numerous other outlets, wholesale large rolls for landscapers and private customers to collect and take away. You can buy a piece of artificial grass of any size on the internet but very few people are able to quickly tell the good stuff from the cheap imitations’. VERDE NOW … 100% MADE IN THE UK So what next. Verde have always prided themselves of manufacturing in the UK and are currently in the process of launching a 100% UK manufactured artificial grass for the landscape market. Joining together with a brand new production plant in Scotland, Verde have redesigned their popular Verde Lawn. The yarn will be extruded in Scotland, it will be tufted into artificial grass in Lancashire and then coated with a latex backing which is manufactured in Manchester. The New Verdelawn will have a 35mm pile height, be lovely and soft, yet retain its well-known resilient characteristics. It will not be cheap but it will be durable, heavy duty, look extremely realistic and will now be made 100% in the UK.

“Verde have always prided themselves of manufacturing in the UK and are currently in the process of launching a 100% UK manufactured artificial grass for the landscape market”


100% UK MADE PRODUCTS Benefits of Being Verde Accredited

 Promotion on our website  Recommendation to potential clients  Promotional literature & merchandising  Product training & workshops  Access to top quality British products  Part of a nationwide established team Requirements for Accreditation

 Only promote Verde products  Provide site installations for approval  Produce references on request  Professionalism at all times  Active on social media  Interested… Call 01254 83166




Verde Sports Ltd, Gabbotts Farm Barn, Bury Lane, Withnell, Chorley Lancashire, PR6 8SW.


Email: Tel: 01254 831666


The leading supplier of artificial

recommended it to a friend, who

iGRASS® is available exclusively

grass for landscape trade

also had iGRASS® installed to their

to the landscaping trade, with a

professionals, iGRASS®, asked

rear garden.

variation of luxurious products at different pile heights to allow

customers to nominate their favourite project of 2018, and

Vicky Ned, iGRASS® Account

landscapers and designers a wide

Balance Gardens was announced

Manager said: “A huge

variety of lawn styles to suit

as the winner for its installation in

congratulations for Balance Gardens

client’s needs.

Holloway, North London.

on their win. The installation did look stunning and Balance Gardens

Innovative production methods

10 finalists were shortlisted on

were able to showcase the iGRASS®

have created a unique ‘intelligence

iGRASS®’s social media platforms

product perfectly.”

yarn’ with the latest technological enhancements for durable and

and the public were able to vote for their favourite project.

Lech Brom Owner of Balance

professional looking grass.

Gardens said: “We are so thrilled to Balance Gardens used the popular

have won the iGRASS® project of

iGrass Iris 35mm product for their

the year.

winning garden. Iris uses a C shaped yarn that creates luxurious green

“We always use iGRASS® as the

tones and a natural looking outdoor

products are top quality. The

area that is child friendly and

customer service and delivery teams

requires little maintenance.

are efficient and always willing to help. A big thank you to everyone

The clients were so pleased with their artificial grass that they

who voted!”

For more information about iGRASS® products, to order a free sample or to enquire about professional training days, please visit or call on 08000 844 339.


Key to Grant Associates’ landscape

district, as well as providing 15km

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and

strategy is the creation of a green

of cycle paths. The parks will feature

landscape architect Grant Associates

corridor that will act as a spine for the

a variety of tree-like, geometric

to create a new business and

whole district.

canopy structures that offer shade,

residential district in north Madrid

The spine will be a continuation of ‘El

shelter and visual interest. These

has won outline planning.

Paseo del Castellana’ – Madrid’s main

‘Fractal Trees’ will complement a

thoroughfare and promenade.

series of water features that also aim to mitigate Madrid’s hot summer

The proposal for Madrid Castellana


Norte aims to transform a vast,

The idea is to restore a pedestrian

500-hectare tract of neglected land

character to this most northern

close to Chamartín railway station.

stretch of Paseo de la Castellana, and

The parks will furthermore break

create a gateway to El Monte de El

up the linearity of the masterplan

Constituting the most significant

Pardo, a protected forest parkland

by extending out from Paseo de la

regeneration plan for Madrid in over

lying just a few kilometres northwest

Castellana in a series of wave like

20 years, and one of the largest scale

beyond the city limits.

formations, with larger green spaces at the core of the neighbourhoods,

masterplans in Europe, the project also involves the renewal of the area’s

New green parks will serve to link the

diffusing into smaller spaces towards

transport infrastructure.

different neighbourhoods of the new

their edges.


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The exact design detail for

urban planning. The design

each park will constitute a

of Madrid Castellana Norte is

distinct and recognisable

all about improving people’s

space, mirroring the diverse

quality of life and boosting the

topography of Madrid and its

connectivity of this part of the

varied urban fabric.

city. A network of green public spaces is fundamental to this

North Madrid’s existing,

vision. New parks will unify

fragmented network of

the different elements of the

roads and railway lines will

new district, while connecting

be replaced with a layout

the city to the wonderful

that integrates and unifies

mountainous parkland on its

transport systems.

north-west fringe.”

Chamartín station will become

Andrew Grant, founder and

a transport hub with improved

director at Grant Associates

links to the city’s airport.

“The landscape strategy is The overall aim of the Madrid

based on creating a succession

Castellana Norte masterplan

of different sensory

is to create a model of 21st

experiences and public spaces

century urban sustainability,

rather than a single unique

able to attract international

space. It should serve to

investment to the district at

create a strong sense of place

the same time as being an

and identity for the people

attractive, green place for

who work, visit or live in this

people to enjoy.

formerly overlooked part of

“This bold plan to renew

one of Spain’s great cities.”

the northernmost area of Madrid takes the city to

Ibrahim Diaz, senior associate

the forefront of sustainable

at Grant Associates

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lawn mix, planting compost, tree

project; part of the Scottish

stakes, cross bars, belting and blocks.

Government ‘Scotland’s Schools

Client: The Highland Council Main Contractor: Morrison

for the Future programme’

John Chambers Wildflower Seed has

was commissioned by the

a 35-year history of supplying native

Highland Council.

British produced wildflower seed and

Ryder Architecture

mixes to rural and urban projects

Landscape Architect:

The 17,500sqm campus replaced

across the UK. Seed is sourced from

the previous Wick High School and

growers that are long established

consolidated a number of existing

and stringent in their collection

primary schools, a nursery, sports

processes; it is cleaned by hand, a

facilities, a community library and

labour-intensive process that will only

swimming pool; into one integrated

achieve the highest quality standards.

community facility.

The team of specially trained seed cleaners only dispatch the best seed

The campus formally called the

that ensures optimum growth and

East Caithness Community Campus

success no matter the climate or

was officially launched in the

soil quality.

Summer 2018. As well as the standard mixes, the Ashlea Limited, one of the UKs

team at John Chambers Wildflower

largest privately-owned commercial

Seed work with Landscape Architects

landscaping company, is part of

and Ecologists across the UK to

the supply chain for Morrison

create bespoke wildflower mixes

Construction and has undertaken

that meet specific criteria. The team

the soft landscaping to a number

takes time to consider bio-diversity,

of schools in the central belt of

location, flowering periods and project

Scotland and in the Highlands. They

aspirations before it creates a mix

were awarded the contract for soft

suitable for a specification.

landscaping which included wildflower seeding around the extensive grounds

Commenting on the project Stuart

of Wick Campus.

Simpson, a Director of Ashlea Limited

They turned to leading landscape

said, “The establishment of the

provider Green-tech who supplied over

wildflower areas has been excellent.

300kg of John Chambers Wildflower

It was first seeded in May 2018 during

Seed for phase 2 of the project,

the very dry period we experienced

including a specialist eco species rich

this summer.


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Construction Architect:

LDA Design, Glasgow Landscape Contractor: Ashlea Limited The establishment of the flowering lawn has been excellent, one of the best we have ever seen and I am sure the warm weather was the main contributing factor. Being so far north in Scotland the site is subject to ever changing weather conditions and an almost constant wind. It has been a pleasure to work on this project and we always turn immediately to Greentech as our landscape supplier. They always supply what we need; when we need it; at the most competitive prices. Their John Chambers Wildflower Seed is hand prepared and of excellent quality. We have used their seed on many other projects; always with outstanding results. “

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LUC won a 2018 Landscape Institute Award in the Heritage & Conservation category for the regeneration of Cassiobury Park in Watford.

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LUC was lead consultant for the Heritage Lottery Funded scheme to rejuvenate this popular open space rich in history.

Eco Edge is stylish, strong and as easy to work with as wood, making it an ideal edging for gardens and landscaped public space. Unlike wood, however, it is rot-proof, needs no varnishing, staining or preservative making it cost-effective, flexible and long lasting.

Working for Watford Borough Council, we restored surviving historic features such as the monumental Lime Avenue, carriage drives and estate watermill ruins; recreated iconic features of the picturesque parkland such as the tea pavilion and gardens, reinstated the Bandstand and refurbished the popular water play area, allied to a new park hub building. 0117 929 1997

Straight Eco Edge is available in straight pieces for linear borders. Rolled Eco Edge comes on a roll for bends and slopes. Both are available in dark grey and brown in 10, 18 and 25 metre lengths, and all are 14cm deep and 0.7cm wide. Tel: 0333 202 6800

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the Glasshouse’s roof is a perfect

RHS, Hartley Botanic unveiled an

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iconic Glasshouse commission to

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form the centrepiece of the Royal

and allowing light to flood in from

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EXCITING TIMES FOR INDUSTRY LEADER Over 50 years ago, a company in

buildings for Zoo’s, coffee shops, even

in a small number of weeks rather

Arundel, West Sussex, produced a

A&E wards. Their team of structural

than months. It is great to see the

groundbreaking range of polytunnels

designers work solidly to ensure every

reaction from the client or contractor

for commercial horticulture.

calculation is on the nose, ready for

when we get to work; our process is

Continually growing, they are now

their craftsmen, also in-house, to

seriously quick.”

the UK industry leaders in the design,

produce the framework components.

manufacture and installation of

Their approach to work, allows for

And the buildings themselves are

inspired structures, ranging from

the rapid installation of impressive

far from the norm either. Working

beautifully curved timber canopies

steel and timber structures that

to a goal of banning boring buildings

in nationwide visitor attractions

grace hospitals, leisure facilities and

Fordingbridge excel in structural

to industrial steel constructions

schools up and down the country. “We

timber as well as steel, creating

covering football pitches, ambulance

undertake all of the pre-fabrication

curves and lines that flow through any

bays and hospitals. But they are not

here, leaving minimal disruption to the

landscape. “We have invested in the

stopping there.

client onsite,” explains Stephen Toone,

technology and the people to make

Managing Director of Fordingbridge.

buildings interesting again,” Stephen

Fordingbridge also produce pre-

“We prefab all of our structural

says. “If you imagine a standard brick

engineered building frameworks

components offsite, meaning that

building. You could create interesting

from their custom developed Arundel

once the groundworks are completed,

shapes, but it can be expensive, has a

factory. Garden centres, exhibition

the building envelope can be erected

large carbon impact and takes time.


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Then you need to make it fit with the

The company’s portfolio is an

“Our skills with structure put all the

landscape. Now imagine having your

impressive one and chances that either

details for our element of the building in

foundation laid and seeing beautiful

yourself, family or your colleagues have

black and white. If the client wants light

sustainably sourced timber curves

interacted with a Fordingbridge product

exposed timber beams and columns

begin to grace the landscape in a matter

is high. Installing hundreds of steel and

throughout, we can make that happen.

of days. Our approach allows that

timber canopies, walkways and shelters

If they want a steel framed atrium,

to happen.”

throughout schools, hospitals and

polyester powder coated in RAL4003

theme parks, their experience in this

covering a connecting swimming pool,

With such a wide commercial portfolio,

field alone is broad enough. Combine

no problem. Once we have taken a

Fordingbridge have a number of

this with the inspired commercial

design order, we can provide full cost

processes in place that promote results

building back catalogue and the offering

certainty so the client knows exactly

through relationships. Working closely

becomes even more enticing.

what to expect. The steps which lead to this are all about communication,

either directly with the client, or via an architect or contractor, they ensure

What is next for Fordingbridge? Self-

and we are strong believers in that.

a full understanding from the outset

build, and the approach they have taken

Our company is proud to have so much

allowing for a minimum of disruption

to it is an interesting one. Working

repeat business and so many referrals,

and measured results. “We undertake

either to an architects drawing, or using

and we don’t get that by keeping our

installations in live hospitals, schools

their own design team, they draw and

clients guessing or not delivering.”

and Zoos, so prefab is a longstanding

manufacture the structurally calculated

prerequisite rather than just a buzz

building components in their factory.

From a covered walkway or canopy for

word for us,” Stephen confirms. “We

They then deliver and completely install

your next commercial project, to an

can’t ask a hospital to completely close

the building as they would regularly,

inspired building for your discerning

for a few months while we do our bit.

or can now deliver the components in

client, Fordingbridge are certainly the

It is a case of do as much as we can

kit form for a third party to erect. “We

company to consider.

offsite, arrive and install. Our position

understand that a lot of self-builders

is enviable. We have our own structural

want to do just that. They want to get

drawing team, our own engineers and

their hands dirty, stand back and see

factory, our own logistics and our own

the fruits of their labours. But equally

installers. All these factors make our

they don’t want to dig a hole and spend

process and products exceptional.”

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National Planning Policy Framework

m2. Provided appropriate statutory

Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS)

requires sustainable drainage on new

National SuDS Standards are met,

rainwater drainage on developments

developments of 10 or more dwellings

the SAB will be required to adopt and

across Wales apply from 7th January,

(and similar scale commercial

maintain approved SuDS that serve

heralding wider use of concrete

developments). However, the Welsh

more than one property.

block permeable paving. Meanwhile,

Government has just implemented

the trade association Interpave

Schedule 3 of the Act, which relates to

Mimicking Natural Drainage

has published the new Edition 7

provisions for SuDS.

The Welsh National Standards point out that: “The SuDS approach

of its definitive guidance to this essential SuDS technique – ‘Design

These include the establishment of a

and Construction of Concrete Block

SuDS Approving Body (SAB) to be set

Permeable Pavements’ – now available

up within each local/unitary authority,

to download from

alongside its lead local flood authority duty. SAB approval will be required

It’s over 3 years since the

before construction of drainage

Government chose to abandon

systems can commence on new and

dedicated requirements for SuDS

redeveloped sites. The requirement for

on new developments in England

SAB approval will not apply to single

using the 2010 Flood and Water

dwellings and developments with a

Management Act. Instead, the

construction area of less than 100


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mimics natural drainage, managing surface runoff at or close to the surface and as close to its source as practicable, controlling the flow … and providing a range of additional benefits. It contrasts with traditional drainage techniques, which are based on underground pipes to convey rainwater away from properties as quickly as possible. Surface based sustainable drainage components…

are generally simpler and easier to operate, monitor and maintain…. Where SuDS are on the surface, high quality visual impact is essential to ensuring public acceptability and maximise amenity benefits.”

Flexible Applications

management train’. Water in open

In fact, it can also accept runoff

SuDS features on the surface can then

from other impermeable paving and

be used safely to enhance landscape

roofs, giving further savings. It can

design and biodiversity.

simply infiltrate rainwater falling on it straight into permeable ground,

Interpave’s new ‘Design and

after removing pollutants. But, more

Construction of Concrete Block

By its very nature, concrete block

commonly in the UK, permeable

Permeable Pavements’ guidance

permeable paving is uniquely

paving is used to collect and store

includes an extensive new Glossary

placed to meet these requirements,

water on site during storms, before

and covers the most recent permeable

as an attractive, surface-based,

gradual discharge to other SuDS

paving techniques, such as overlays

multifunctional SuDS technique. Of

features along the ‘management train’,

to existing road constructions

course, hard surfaces are necessary

to surface water or combined sewers,

and enhanced, predictable water

for developments anyway – for

or to watercourses.

storage using flow controls. The structural and hydraulic engineering

roads, parking, shared spaces or play. But permeable paving also

This attenuation and delayed

design procedures have been

provides an inherent drainage system

discharge from the permeable

comprehensively updated and new,

that requires no additional land

paving avoids drains surcharging

straightforward maintenance and

take for water storage, treatment

and downstream flooding. Where

reinstatement guidance added.

or conveyance. It also addresses

a comprehensive SuDS scheme is

both flooding and pollution issues,

planned incorporating landscape

eliminating pipework, gulleys and

features, concrete block permeable

manholes, and should therefore cost

paving removes water-borne pollution

less than conventional drainage

and provides a gradual flow of clean

and paving.

water at the head of the ‘SuDS

The guide is freely available to download via the Design Construction & Maintenance section of

LASTING PEACE Woodscape are proud to be a part

made it all possible. The area is home

Durable Hardwood, a timber that

of Basingstoke’s War Memorial

to a number of Peace Plaques designed

lasts for decades, Woodscape were

Park, with Clifton seats featuring

by local schoolchildren, along with a

the ideal choice to assist the people

prominently in the long-awaited Peace

sculpture of local surgery pioneer Sir

of Basingstoke in creating a venue

Garden, opened on 21st September

Harold Gillies.

that will deliver to the community for many years to come.

2018, the International Day of Peace, commemorating the centenary of the

Woodscape supplied curved timber

end of the First World War.

benches, with the Clifton Seating System providing a functional yet

The grand opening was attended

stylish framing for the main circular

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area, along with one of their popular

MP Maria Miller and the Bishop of

hardwood cubes, custom etched to

Basingstoke, the Right Reverend

create a wonderful entrance marker

Canon David Williams, along with

for the garden.

many representatives from the local community, including the Peace

As specialists in manufacturing

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The UK’s leading manufacturer of

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The North West-based centre

Surfacing, has renovated Halton

wood bark.

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Parish Community Centre’s outside space with flooring made from

These products are then used in

overgrown with weeds, neglected and

waste tyres.

installations to create safe, colourful,

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weatherproof surfaces in areas such

surrounded by dangerous fencing and

Based in Deeside, family-run Safer

as children’s playgrounds, gardens

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Surfacing processes rubber from

and rooftop terraces.

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its recycling arm, Endurmeta.

As a space that is used for community

Looking for a more smooth, safe and

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for visitors, such as mums, toddlers

base layer of recycled rubber to ensure

first time in years and couldn’t be

and the elderly, to enjoy, members

the whole outdoor area was level. This

happier with result.

of the community turned to Safer

layer also acts as a fall attenuation

Surfacing for help. They wanted a

layer, making the play area safe.

“Not only is recycled rubber beneficial for the environment, but it is

clean, attractive outdoor space with a hopscotch area that children and

Following this, the upper layer of the

affordable, versatile and lasts for

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surface (the wearing course) was laid

many years,” Ian added. “The problem

on top of the base. To ensure it fitted

however is that many people don’t

The Safer Surfacing team worked

evenly and matched the surrounding

realise these benefits – which is where

around the clock to clear the entire

area, a mixture of green and brown

Safer Surfacing comes in.”

outdoor area, removing all excess

rubber crumb with a depth of around

weeds, loose materials and fencing.

15mm was selected. Finally, the

“Our goal is to see more school

The old flooring was stripped away and

team cut out the hopscotch shapes

playgrounds, domestic and

shipped back to the company’s site to

and numbers and filled them in

commercial landscapes and

be recycled and revalued.

with grey mix to give both contrast

equestrian arenas being made out of

and consistency.

recycled products. We want people to know that it truly is a perfect

Ian Dixon, business development lead for Safer Surfacing, explained:

A versatile material, this wetpour

alternative to regular mulch or bark,

“By stripping out the old surface at

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and our work with Halton Parish

Halton Parish Community Centre and

and is extremely long lasting and safe.

Community Centre demonstrates this perfectly.”

putting it back into our manufacturing process, we are able to create an

After just two days, the outdoor play

entirely new product for use in

area at Halton Parish Community

equestrian arenas.”

Centre was completely transformed from a tired and neglected backyard

Now, with a blank canvas to work

into an accessible, safe and attractive

with, the Safer Surfacing team began

play area. As a result, the community

the renovation by installing a smooth

centre can now use the space for the

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KENT CRICKET When a job advert states, ‘no two

today and it’s currently under 2 foot

ideal conditions for soil to become

days are ever the same’ it is usually

of snow, so, what are you going to do

nitrogen deficient. If left untreated,

meant as an enticement for an

about it?”

groundsmen run the risk of seeing significantly bare patches as the

adaptive, dynamic and unflappable individual, constantly ready to deal

So far, 2019 has been far kinder

season nears; which are not only

with a new challenge.

to cricket than 2018. The snow in

unsightly, but open the door for

Kent has been minimal, and the

weeds and if too severe, are likely

However, for a groundsman

frosts have been manageable. The

develop into areas of inconsistent

during the spring, it is more the

most common issue seen across

bounce and cracking.

‘marketeers’ way of saying, “You

amateur and recreational surfaces

know that beautiful maintenance

has been red thread. Not uncommon

Adrian Llong, the newly promoted

schedule you’ve prepared for the

at the best of times, but a constant

Head Groundsman of Kent Cricket,

cricket square? As nice as it is, you

flow of rain and mild temperatures

is responsible for overseeing both

had planned to be pre-season rolling

over the winter have provided the

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in Canterbury’s 18 match wickets

is critical in order to maximising

or contractor then be aware that

and a dozen practice wickets on the

the periods of time when cross

there is plenty of support and advice

outfield which are under constant

rolling can be effectively carried

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demand. Llong also manages The

out, beginning the important

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County Ground, Beckenham, which

consolidation of the soil. In

aimed at making the job as efficient

has this year extended the square to

tandem, the staff will be carrying

and successful as possible.

include 9 match wickets, 4 practice

out a rigorous disease prevention

wickets and 2 newly strips that will

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and products to minimise the

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The UK’s climate is changing.

years (i.e. the most recent growing

by members concerning turf

Within the cycles of seasonal

cycle) has, at some point, been

availability and have received

weather we are increasingly seeing

drier than usual, hotter than usual,

reports of suppliers struggling to

extremes of heat, cold, rain and

colder than usual or wetter than

provide enough product for the

sun throughout the year. Whereas

usual – depending on the geographic

needs of the industry. Research by

these extremes have previously led

location of the grower.

BALI has revealed this is currently

to minor disruptions which could

a widespread issue and has resulted

be absorbed by either suppliers or

in restricted supplies to several

contractors, the frequency of these


episodes is increasingly affecting a

The effect of the weather on

stocks of turf has been twofold:

greater proportion of the industry.

1. It has presented growers with

Thanks to BALI’s diverse

It is testament to the flexibility,

significant challenges to ensure turf

membership, the association is able

professionalism and ingenuity

is growing adequately despite the

to liaise with members who both

of the industry that some of the

extremes of weather.

supply and use turf, learn from their

issues have taken so long to surface

experience and share information

and cause an issue. Like all living

2. The conditions throughout

which provides a balanced summary

products, turf is grown on a cycle of

2018 up to the present day have

of the situation. Predictably, there

production. The length of this varies

presented landscape contractors

isn’t a simple solution, and the

between suppliers from less than

with favourable conditions for

issue appears to have arisen as a

12 months to 2 years depending on

laying turf and consequently a

consequence of several factors which

composition of species, substrate

sustained demand.

may continue for some time. It is

and weather.

hoped that publishing this report

Whilst periods of warmer, wetter, drier

will lead to greater understanding

The prevailing weather throughout

or sunnier weather is not unusual, the

within the industry.

the UK for large parts of the past

cumulative effects of several extreme


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weather events over an entire

on groundwater for the majority of

with this issue, but the industry

growing season has started to affect

its water storage. Growers use this

– both suppliers and users – must

output of turf. Due to the weather,

groundwater during periods of lower

ensure lines of communication

root establishment has been poorer,

rainfall, together with surface water

are open and dialogue established

which means the rolls of turf cannot

reserves on site.

to enable measures which allow the expectations of clients to be

be lifted as easily or quickly by machinery. When root establishment

Both resources rely on periods

managed. Availability of water

is poor - as has been the case

of sustained rainfall to recharge

resources and climate change are

recently - the soil falls from the roots

and, so far this winter, this has not

issues likely to affect many other

of turf lifted, meaning the useable

happened. Consequently, in the

areas of the industry in the long

amount of turf is significantly lower

event of another spring or summer

term, and these are challenges we

than normal.

of low rainfall, opportunities to

must face together.

provide additional irrigation may be Some growers have reported

severely limited.

losing 1 roll of turf for every 5 lifted - far higher than would be

BALI is also aware of concerns

expected normally.

regarding the cost of turf, which have arisen around the same time as this

The turf growing industry is now

shortage. A separate working group

heavily reliant on a period of

will be established to investigate this.

warm, wet weather during spring to recharge stocks. Whether this

By publishing this statement BALI

occurs depends on the weather over

hopes to raise awareness of the

the next few weeks. As many will

issues surrounding turf supply.

be aware, the south of the UK relies

There can be no blame associated

If you are a BALI member and would like to be involved in any future discussions regarding this topic then contact BALI’s Technical Officer (Policy & Research) Owen Baker on 024 7669 0333 or

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putting out. For fairways, we chose the

has called on a duo of seeders from

larger Redexim Overseeder 1275.”

Charterhouse Turf Machinery to help

The current regime involves a double

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great again in as little as a week which,

has been at Sheringham for 23

as September is a very busy time for

years and is supported by a team

us, is important.” Two passes are also

of 6 greenkeepers. “Our sward

conducted with the Overseeder on

conversion programme has been in

the fairways, however, this tends to

place for three full seasons and was

be later in the calendar, to capitalise

kickstarted alongside investment

on the increased moisture content

in new machinery” he explains. “We

therefore helping to maximise uptake.

went for the Redexim Verti-Seed 804 for the greens as we were impressed with the gear system which meant we could easily and accurately control the amount of seed the machine was


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compacted grass areas on sports

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and, over time, expands and contracts

years. It works like this. The Terralift

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