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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness Autumn marks the start of the show season These include which ploughs on to January. Glee, Landscape, Birmingham, Futurescape, Four Oaks, Saltex and BTME Harrogate Chesterfield, - and that’s just the UK. These are ideal events Leeds, London, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, for networking and checking out new products Stoke-on-Trent and Thurrock and services. The Landscaper’s editorial team will If we had a socially minded, intelligent government be covering all these exhibitions to keep you up our industry could impact the environment in to speed, not only with our important ways simply due to the nature of printed pages but with hourly our work. digital updates. Planting more trees British towns and cities have and hedges in our towns been named and shamed by and cities make a strong the World Health Organisation contribution towards (WHO) for breaching safety cleaning up our air quality. levels for air pollution. Trees absorb CO2, removing WHO said that across the and storing the carbon while world most cities that measure releasing the oxygen back into outdoor air pollution are failing the air. In one year, an acre to meet its guidance for safe of mature trees absorbs the levels and are putting residents amount of CO2 produced when at risk of respiratory disease you drive your car 26,000 miles. FULL REPORTS and other health problems. Trees absorb pollutant gases Earlier this year it was and filter particulates out of estimated that outdoor air the air by trapping them on pollution was responsible their leaves and bark. In one FIAT FULLBACK | ARB for the deaths of 3.7 million year an acre of mature trees ORIST | HARDSCAPE R people globally. Air pollution can provide enough oxygen for www.landscaperma is associated with deaths from 18 people. Trees also cool the heart disease and stroke, as well as respiratory streets and the city. illnesses and cancers. One way to measure air quality If we really do remove the vehicles from our streets is to assess the levels of a type of pollution known as that are poisoning the air we breath and concentrate particulate matter (PMs). on making our towns and cities greener our children WHO sets out a safe annual average level for PMs and can look forward to a healthier life and we would save its latest data shows that nine British towns and cities our threatened, treasured NHS a fortune. breached these limit set for particles known as PM10. Have a good month.





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Award winners announced Sixty BALI members have now been informed they have won a BALI National Landscape Award, with some members successful in more than one category. This year’s Awards, in association with Horticulture Week and supported by headline sponsor Green-tech, sees 80 National Awards bestowed upon BALI members by the adjudication panel, which is chaired by landscape consultant and former senior lecturer in landscape studies at Writtle College, Greg Allen. Following a summer of visiting every entry, Greg and his team of six judges (pictured) – John Melmoe, Richard Barnard, Jason Lock,


Robin Templar Williams, Steve Roberts and Andrew Legg – met at BALI Landscape House in late August for the adjudication process that selects the award-winning schemes. Deliberations over the 115 entries took three days, at the end of which the list of winners was confirmed. Full details of the winning entries can be found on the Awards website at along with details of how to book tickets for the Awards Ceremony on Friday 1 December when the Principal, Special and Grand awards will be announced.

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Epicentre for turf professionals The BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition is recognised as Europe’s leading gathering of turf maintenance professionals, major equipment manufacturers and the top names in the industry. From humble beginnings as an educational conference for the members of the golf greenkeeping association, BTME has grown in popularity each year, firmly earning a reputation as the premier turf management event in Europe. For a few days in January the historic spa town of Harrogate becomes a centre for turf maintenance professionals. Taking place in the spectacular surroundings of the Harrogate Convention Centre, there will be exclusive product launches, innovative machinery unveilings and an unmissable opportunity to network with major names in the turf industry. BTME continues to grow and 2017 saw 4,460 individual visitors in attendance, with many returning for more than one day, such is the scale of the exhibition and conference. This number represented a 10% increase on the previous year, more than justifying the investment made by the 145 individual exhibiting companies who supported BTME, and without whom the event would not be possible. And BIGGA hasn’t forgotten its roots either. There are more than 240 hours of educational workshops and seminars comprising the Continue to Learn programme. In 2017 this amounted to 6,096 combined hours of education, or more than two hours for every golf course in the United Kingdom.

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Rupert Price, MD of Price Turfcare, attended BTME 2017 as an exhibitor and he said: “I’ve been to the show every year and Harrogate continues to be a great location for the show. It’s a great networking event and it’s nice to see some familiar faces and to meet some new people.” Alongside BTME, which begins on Tuesday 23 January, will be a number of partner events, such as GolfBIC, the Golf Business & Industry Convention, a must-attend for golf club owners and operators, taking place within the impressive settings of the Harrogate Convention Centre’s Royal Hall. Throughout BTME Harrogate becomes the epicentre for the turf management industry, make sure you don’t miss out. Head to for everything you need to know.

Bobcat launches new E17z Zero Tail Swing Excavator Bobcat has launched the new 1.7 tonne E17z Zero Tail Swing (ZTS) canopy model, completing the company’s 1-2 tonne range of compact excavators. The E17z provides an unmatched combination of features for a machine of this size, from ZTS and the roomy and


comfortable operator area to the ease of transport thanks to a shipping weight close to 1.6 tonne; its impressive digging forces and working range; the smoothness of the workgroup functions; the fast hydraulic performance in terms of low cycle times and its reliability, durability and easy service access. In the new E17z, the ZTS functionality is taken a level further using Bobcat’s Zero House Swing (ZHS) design, in which the front upper structure is also fully protected by ensuring the front corners are kept within the swing circle when the tracks are in the fully expanded position. As a result, the ZHS functionality on the E17z provides the peaceof-mind of 320° of free rotation when working close to walls and other obstructions, without sacrificing on operator comfort or performance.

Creating better green spaces An exciting new partnership between idverde and the RSPB will help improve the understanding and role Friends of Parks groups and residents can play in both discovering and looking after the wildlife and plants in their neighbourhood. The innovative approach will see a dedicated member of the RSPB team based in Bromley, working with idverde, the Council’s greenspace management contractor, to help deliver the Council’s Biodiversity strategy. The work underlines the commitment to maintain, enhance and restore Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCS) and other green spaces for biodiversity. The initial 18-month partnership will play a key role in helping their community become a greener place that benefits both people and wildlife which will create a green legacy for future generations. As London’s largest and greenest London Borough, it contains the landscape which helped inspire Charles Darwin, with the Borough continuing to have a strong connection to its natural environment, with 93 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs), six Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and five Local Nature Reserves (LNRs). The two organisations will be working closely to ensure the much-loved borough remains vibrant and welcoming to people as well as serving as an important and valuable natural habitat supporting a wide range of plants and animals. A key element of this work will be creating opportunities for everyone in the area to discover the wildlife and fantastic variety of species living in their neighbourhood.


The Kubota RTV range features an independent suspension and ergonomic design, offering a smooth ride and excellent operator comfort. Capable of towing up to 1,000kg, these rugged and dependable off-road vehicles feature hydrostatic transmission to provide optimum safety and control on inclines and uneven ground. Wherever you want to go, whatever the terrain, trust the Kubota RTV range to rise to the challenge. For more information about Kubota’s diverse range of world-class groundcare machines and aftersales support service, visit or call 01844 873190.


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Registration is still open in the RIBA Competition for inspiring and innovative ideas for the future uses of gasholder bases – the sub-surface voids left behind once an old gasholder has been dismantled. National Grid Property, which manages the company’s surplus land, has a portfolio of former gasholders which will be dismantled over the coming years. These voids represent an opportunity for repurposing and the competition is seeking alternative uses rather than the default practice of backfilling the holder. The initial phase of the competition will require digital submissions only, with five concept designs shortlisted for further development at the second phase. The deadline for first stage submissions is Tuesday 10 October 2017. Each shortlisted designer will receive an honorarium of £3,000 +VAT. The winner will receive an additional £4,000 +VAT and there may be an additional payment of £1,000 +VAT for a highly commended scheme.

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of class-leading towing capacity on tap. When the going gets rough the on-demand all-wheel drive kicks in for more forward traction when its needed, reverting back to 2WD when the terrain smoothes out. The 30.5cm ground clearance, power steering and VersaTrac Turf Mode that unlocks the rear differential for easier, tighter turns that won’t tear up grass. All new Polaris Rangers and Sportsman models (excluding Youth) also come fitted with CESAR security systems as standard. And if you’re not quite ready to purchase a new Ranger there is, in addition to the XP900, the even more powerful petrol Ranger XP1000 coming along for 2018.

UK homeowners are using their properties as a backup savings account as the average amount of equity released in July hit a record £78,334, according to figures compiled by leading equity release provider Responsible Equity Release. The equity release market shows little sign of slowing down, as homeowners turn to their properties to prop up savings accounts, pay off mortgages and cover pension deficits. With the average UK salary just under £28,000, homeowners released equity from their homes totaling almost three times the average annual wage last month. Responsible Equity Release figures also show that homeowners are taking advantage of innovation in the equity release sector to set up an additional borrowing facility which they can draw from if and when they need the money. On average, homeowners arranged an additional £37,000 in funds as a drawdown facility, on top of the equity already released. Over the past three months, 41% more UK homeowners released equity from their homes than the previous three months. Last month saw a 158% increase in the total amount of equity released, compared to July 2016. And the amount released in July 2017 was 10% up on June 2017. Steve Wilkie, managing director, Responsible Equity Release, comments: “People, especially those in retirement, are increasingly turning to their homes as a back-up savings account. With no signs that the Bank of England are going to hike interest rates any time soon, this low interest rate environment has killed the savings hopes of many”. Tufftruk | 26.06.14 | Truxta two colour / K.M.Y.K

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County Cricket Club’s groundcare and maintenance team in the daily preparation of its pitches. The team implement a daily routine that is second to none, working a month in advance, 12 months a year, to ensure its cricket surfaces are in the best condition all season.


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Materials for £15m Glasgow Fort Retail Park

a great relationship with Grace Landscapes and it was a pleasure to help them on this project. They always involve us early on which gives us time to explore the most suitable products to fit the job and the budget they are working to. Their work is always outstanding and we are proud to have been involved in such a prestigious project.” The landscaping for this high-profile development has been well received and Grace Landscapes has recently commenced Phase 3 of this project. They have confirmed that Green-tech is their preferred supplier.

Healthier root system healthier sward less disease Glasgow Fort Retail Park is one of Scotland’s largest and most popular ‘out of town’ shopping destinations with 100 outlets and parking for 2,500 vehicles. It has a catchment area covering in the region of 2 million people and circa 100 retail and leisure outlets covering over 800,000sq ft. Award-winning commercial landscaper Grace Landscapes won the landscaping upgrade contract which included landscaping vast borders across the site and planting of 12m tall semi-mature Birch trees and native Pines, to echo the surrounding Scottish woodlands. Green-tech supplied everything required for the successful planting and development of the trees, shrubs and overall planting scheme which included sixty tree anchoring systems and irrigation systems. More than 1000 tonnes of Green-tree top soil, Green-tree Intensive Roof Garden Substrate and Green-tree Amenity tree soil was also supplied for the planting of the trees and throughout the entire landscaping scheme. Shrubs in the borders surrounding the shopping complex were top dressed with the 210m3 of bark mulch that Green-tech also supplied. Darren Hardman, Regional Contract Manager (NE), Grace Landscapes said, “This is a prestigious project and one which we were proud to have won. We have worked with Greentech for many years and they always offer us appropriate and helpful advice, fast and accurate delivery and competitive prices. Green-tech always has the items in stock and can delivery quickly to site. We will be using them for phase 3 and have no hesitation recommending them.” Head of Green-tech Sales Richard Gill said,“We have


Terrain Aeration have added a new Super Scamper Terralift machine to their fleet for deep penetration aeration. Originally a German invention used to aerate around tree roots with a blast of compressed air, the Terralift concept has been in service with Terrain Aeration for over twentyfive years. During this time, Terrain Aeration have treated all kinds of turf surface for waterlogging, compaction and panning, from sports fields, golf courses and bowling greens to treating trees in London parks, green spaces and the gardens of new house builds. The new Terralift machine, built by Terrain Aeration, takes the concept to a new level of treatment for waterlogging. The machine hammers a hollow probe one metre into the soil (with the help of a JCB road breaker gun). Once reaching this depth, a blast of compressed air is released to fracture and fissure the soil. On the tail end of the air blast, dried milled seaweed is incorporated and this, over a period of time, expands and contracts with the moisture content in the soil, similar to ‘breathing’ underground, which helps to keep the fractures open longer. The probe is removed and the process repeated using two-metre centre spacings on a staggered grid pattern. This grid ensures that each probe shot links with the previous ones. The probe hole is then backfilled with an aggregate to provide a long term aeration/ventilation shaft, allowing air and water to percolate into the fissures. The top 1” - 2” should have a cap of normal top dressing to encourage the grass to grow over the holes. The result is an improved healthier root system, a

From knowledge to networking You’ll find it all at BTME 2018 23-25 January 2018 | Harrogate Convention Centre Over 240 hours of education and more than 160 industry-leading exhibitors, all at one massive event. The BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) is Europe’s premier turf management exhibition. Make sure you’re part of it. Visit to find out more.


healthier sward as well as less disease damage to the turf. There is no mess, treatment can in fact be carried out mid season, should a green for example be too waterlogged to play, but otherwise pre or end of season is the best time. Despite people’s ‘fears’ that the Terralift ‘makes the Earth Move’ - it does, but just enough to show that the ground has been fractured from one metre depth back up to the surface. The slight ‘heave’ will settle down and you are left with a smooth playing surface. Prior to Terralift treatment it is best to have

Leaves and litter in the bag When it comes to clearing up autumn leaves and all types of litter and debris year-round, Little Wonder has it in the bag. That’s a hefty top-loading 282 litre capacity bag which comes with the Little Wonder Pro Vac SP. A leaf and litter vacuum that is designed to increase productivity, collecting twice the load of the nearest competition so


the area spiked or hollow tined purely to relieve the surface tension to allow air to gently blow through the top surface without causing any disruption. The Super Scamper Terralift is a compact design which enables it to fit through narrow gaps for access to bowling greens and gardens. The machine is equally effective in treating open landscape areas, as seen here in its first outing at the National Trust’s Stourhead estate. Tel 01449 673783

you spend less time emptying it. Self-propelled, the Pro Vac SP moves faster, manoeuvres better and gets the job done quicker, and we’re not talking just about leaf collection. This vacuum will pick up all types of debris, large and small, from bottles and cans to straw and gravel and everything in between that can be sucked up by the powerful Honda driven impeller, with the force of a hurricane wind. And that makes the Pro Vac ideal for clean ups in parks, amenity, residential and industrial applications, commercial sites and car parks. All this is

news done at industry-leading speed, with worry-free HydroGear T2 transmission, at up to 4.2mph forwards and up to 1.8mph in reverse. Moving at speed you can breath easy with a ‘windshield’ that diverts dust to ground level while you enjoy a clear line of sight, with visibility over the machine and a good view of the front nozzle area. The nozzle height adjusts automatically so there’s no need to stop the engine to change height settings to avoid scalping and digging in on rough terrains. The Little Wonder looks after operator comfort with an arched paddle handle to allow professional users of virtually any size to find a comfortable operating position. The sleek design and rugged front swivel wheels make turning and following curved paths and drives effortless. Heavy-duty treaded rear drive wheels allow excellent traction on both concrete and grass and there’s a toe tap dump valve for easy engine off manoeuvrability. All this comes at an affordable price and backed by the comprehensive Little Wonder two-year warranty.

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Peace of mind and tractor protection Kubota UK is offering new and current customers the highest levels of machinery repair cost protection and peace of mind through its innovative and enhanced Kubota Care programme. By choosing Kubota Care, customers can rest assured that all major service and maintenance works will be conducted by trained and authorised service engineers from their local Kubota dealer, with only Kubota genuine parts and lubricants utilised, ensuring maximum machinery performance and reliability. Available on all M Series and L Series tractors, the manufacturer supported extended warranty programme ensures Kubota customers can safeguard their tractor against any unforeseen repair costs during the first five years of ownership*. Customers simply decide the service hour usage at the time of purchase, so they only pay for the

hours they use. Keith Miller, Service and Training Manager at Kubota UK, said: “Ensuring our machinery performs to the highest levels throughout its lifetime is vitally important and Kubota Care is a great reflection of the belief and confidence we have in the quality and reliability of our products”. Kubota Care customers have the option to part exchange their tractor for another machine from the Kubota M and L Series range at any time whilst still reaping all the benefits of the warranty programme. In addition to the service and maintenance benefits, customers who utilise Kubota Care can also make the most of an enhanced machinery resale value during the five-year term, as Kubota Care is transferable with the tractor and its full-service history. Kubota Care should be applied for at the time of purchase (within 30 days) and covers repair costs for an additional 36-month period (after the standard one year and conditional two-year warranty options) for five years, or a maximum of 5,000 hours use.

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This milestone has been achieved through the development of consistent high-quality products that meet customer expectations in line with Rolawn’s reputation for industry leading turf quality. The range has evolved to include task specific topsoil mixes for turf laying, growing of vegetables and fruit, and for planting schemes in beds and borders, with added benefits such as increased fertility levels and water retentive polymers. This year sales of bulk bags of bark have been particularly strong, helping achieve this significant milestone ahead of schedule.

news Jonathan Hill, Rolawn Sales & Marketing Director stated “We are very proud of this achievement, the sales numbers prove the high level of demand for Rolawn premium quality topsoils and barks; which are running at a 99.6% service and product success rate in this financial year”.

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The Arctic Trucks AT35 is based on the New Generation D-Max which is equipped with a brand new 1.9 litre turbo diesel engine producing 164PS and 360Nm of torque. Key benefits include a 3.5 tonne towing capacity and a 1 tonne payload, as well as meeting Euro 6 standards without AdBlue making this truck more refined, quieter and economical than the previous model D-Max. The 17MY Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 will be available as a double cab with a choice of manual or automatic transmission. AT35 is based on the New

Isuzu are pleased to announce the introduction of the Generation Utah and will have the following equipment: New Generation D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 which will keyless entry & push button start system, 7” multifunction officially launch on 1st October 2017. colour touchscreen, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay & Android The Isuzu New Generation D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 is Audio, satellite navigation and a shark fin antenna. Black a pick-up truck engineered to shine in the most gruelling wheels will be fitted as standard, and silver wheels are conditions, and is the result of close technical collaboration available as an option. between two respected off-road and pick-up specialists. In addition to the above upgrades, further exclusive Arctic Each AT35 is based upon the strong and durable D-Max Trucks upgrades have been made to distinguish it from the pick-up vehicle, which is re-engineered by Arctic Trucks, a rest of range such as tinted windows, tailgate damper, Arctic company with a long and renowned history in Iceland and Trucks branded embroidered headrest, carpet mats, door Scandinavia as a creator of 4x4 vehicles able to take on the still covers, badges on the instrument panel & door panels. most demanding terrains and conditions. Harrowden_Landscaper_Jun16_Layout 1 14/06/2016 11:33 Page 1

Local service Nationwide reach Harrowden Turf brings together the country’s finest turf growers. So wherever you are, you won’t be far from one of our excellent farms. Our range is suitable for all grass surface requirements from the finest greens turf to the toughest sports and general amenity turf. We also supply Enviromat sedum green roof matting and Meadowmat wildflower turf. Call us today for a quote or brochure.

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Learning LIVE signals opportunity The SALTEX 2017 free education programme is set to inspire visitors at the NEC on 1 and 2 November. With the full Learning LIVE programme set to be revealed in the coming weeks, the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has released a few teaser seminars. The programme looks set to provide limitless opportunities and inspire and educate visitors from a wide range of sectors within the turfcare industry. Now in its third year, SALTEX’s free-to-attend education programme has gone from strength to strength. Last year, Learning LIVE saw 53 unique seminars, 99 high-profile speakers and many key topical issues explored. For 2017, the programme will follow the same successful format developed over the past two years situated within four purpose-built seminar theatres on the show floor with stateof-the-art sound systems and screens.

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Within the theatres a number of influential speakers will be on hand to provide updates and key advice. Mark Pover, facilities investment strategy manager at The Football Association (FA), will be participating in a panel debate entitled ‘Funding the future of natural turf.’ With so much money being invested into artificial turf, SALTEX visitors will have an opportunity to ask the funders if there is a danger of natural turf being left behind. Commenting on the panel debate, Mark said: “We haven’t forgotten the fact that the majority of football matches in this country are played on natural grass. We have just shy of 800 artificial pitches on our 3G register suitable for affiliated matches and we are continuing to invest in these but there are approximately 23,000 natural grass pitches. Clearly these are very important, as is the quality, so we will continue to improve and use natural turf pitches to keep people playing and also attract new players. “We are currently spending two million pounds a year on natural turf pitch improvements and I believe that SALTEX is the ideal place to update the industry so that visitors understand exactly what we are doing and the targets we have set. It is also a good opportunity to address some of the negative rumours that are circulated annually and reinforce our commitment to natural turf.” For those visitors that are looking to progress their career, the ‘Career development’ seminar presented by Steve Chappell, head greenkeeper at the PGA Centenary Golf Course at The Gleneagles Hotel, should not be missed. Steve will be primarily focusing on how volunteering can significantly help improve job prospects. “The thought process behind the session is to provide a little bit more of an understanding of how volunteering can help improve and embellish your CV,” says Steve. “It can help you stand out from the crowd and be more employable to a prospective employer. “The seminar would be beneficial for younger people in the industry, and also maybe for those who feel they have become stuck in a rut. The message behind it all, is to use the opportunities that are out there to develop yourself because it can help you take that next step which will give you that career fulfilment you are looking for.” Additionally, the seminar ‘Making your move’ will be beneficial in helping a visitor along their career path. Wayne Billing, head groundsman at Northampton Saints RFC; Stuart Kerrison, head groundsman at Essex CCC and Danny Beckley, head of estates and grounds at Harrow School, will all be on hand to reveal the secrets behind making it to the top within their respective fields. For further inspiration, John Ledwidge will be

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documenting his rise from starting in an apprentice position through to being the current grounds manager at Leicester City FC in ‘From apprentice to grounds manager’. In a separate seminar John will also be joined by the rest of his grounds team in a session entitled ‘Building a team for success.’ By attending any of these seminars within the programme, SALTEX visitors have the opportunity to enhance their CV as IOG and Basis CPD points are available for all Learning LIVE sessions. Attendance at the seminars can be recorded by picking up a CPD form from the IOG Hub (Stand C180) and can contribute towards the minimum requirement of 35 hours in 12 months in order to qualify for the IOG’s Certificate of CPD Achievement. After being motivated by the Learning LIVE seminars, visitors can visit SALTEX 2017’s new feature - the Job Clinic. Located on the IOG Hub, industry expert Frank Newberry will be hosting 15-minute one-to-one sessions covering CV writing to interview techniques. To book an appointment with Frank, visitors are advised to go to the IOG information desk on the IOG Hub as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Visitor registration to SALTEX 2017 is free. To confirm your attendance visit

Scrappage Bonus Fiat Professional UK has launched a scrappage scheme to encourage the trade-in of older, polluting cars and vans, by offering a saving of up to £13,500 off a new, low emission van from the brand’s commercial vehicle range. The scrappage scheme is available using any petrol and diesel car or van registered before 31 December

2009 – customers simply trade in their old vehicle for a new Fiat Professional van. The Fiat Professional dealer will even organise the scrappage of the old vehicle, so all the customer has to worry about is which model to choose. The scheme runs all of this month until 30 September. The entire range of new Fiat Professional vehicles is included with a range of selected vehicle offers: up to £5,500 off a Fullback, up to £6,500 off a Fiorino, up to £8,500 against a Doblo, up to £10,500 off a Talento and up to £13,500 against a Ducato. (Discount includes customer saving and scrappage support). “There has never been a better time to buy a new Fiat Professional van,” says Richard Chamberlain, country manager, Fiat Professional. “I am delighted to announce that Fiat Professional is launching its own scrappage scheme, making new cars and vans even more affordable. And with a possible £13,500 to gain, and no restriction on the trade-in vehicle, I am sure many customers will find this initiative exciting and useful.” See Liam Campell’s review of the Fiat Fullback on page 50.

We're looking forward to Saltex 2017. We have a competition running with a first prize of £100! No purchase is necessary, just email and we'll send you an entry form.

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Topsoil David Sutton, Estates Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, was presented with a hamper of food products by British Sugar TOPSOIL’s Grace Townsend after winning a competition at the recent Parks & Gardens Live event at Woburn Abbey and Gardens. Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury, which is part of The Aspinall Foundation, cares for over 400 animals across 50 species on a one hundred acre parkland site. As one of Aspinall’s awardwinning parks, it is committed to the conservation, breeding and re-introduction of rare and endangered animals. In his

role as Estates Manager, David is responsible for ensuring the park’s landscape and infrastructure is maintained to an exceptionally high standard, both for the animals who call it their home and the many thousands of visitors it receives each year. British Sugar TOPSOIL, the country’s leading supplier of topsoil to the landscaping, construction and amenity sectors, is part of British Sugar, an AB Sugar company which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc. David’s hamper contained a selection of food products manufactured by ABF brands.



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Effective in reducing compaction Following extensive trials conducted by the STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute), it has been concluded that the SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid tractor mounted aerator would be an essential tool within any integrated turf management programme. Over a four month period, extensive STRI trials led by Dr Christian Spring were carried out at the world’s leading sports turf consultancy’s headquarters in Bingley, West Yorkshire. The research saw three trial plots set-up in which one area examined the effects of the SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid with air injection, one with the Aer-Aid without air injection, while the other plot was left un-treated. In particular, Christian and his team of researchers were looking at how and if the Javelin Aer-Aid had an effect on the hardness of the turf, root depth, water infiltration and disease. “The SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid was really effective in reducing compaction,” reported Christian. “In measuring the penetration depth, we ran the Aer-Aid over the surface and found that the probe was able to penetrate further into the soil profile, indicating that compaction throughout the entire trial site was significantly less than areas that were left un-treated.” “It became obvious that the Aer-Aid improved maximum root and depth within the soil profile and also had the benefit of increasing the depth of the average rooting mass. The reason or the rationale for this improvement was likely to be a result of the increased air space in the soil profile created by the air injection and the fracturing that resulted from that.” With 10mm diameter ‘tipped’ tines working at 75mm (3ins) spacing, air is introduced from the Aer-Aid at a rate of 88 litres (3cu.ft.) per minute at 120 PSI. These air injection tines are specially designed to use the maximum air available from the compressor and produces clean, fresh air, while also ensuring that surface disturbance is kept to a minimum. The cam trigger mechanism ensures that the air is always expelled at the bottom of the tine penetration, enabling treatment to be targeted precisely and consistently at desired depth It is common knowledge that well-aerated turf with good drainage and air circulation will experience fewer moisture problems, and during the trials, Christian reported that the plot which had been treated with the Javelin Aer-Aid had been extremely successful in keeping an all too common disease at bay. “The use of the SISIS Javelin Air-Aid proved beneficial in helping to reduce the conditions in which Microdochium Patch occurred on the trial plots. Plots that were treated

with the Aer-Aid, with the air injection switched on, appear to have significantly less disease than the un-treated plots during a period of disease pressure throughout autumn.”

Following extensive trials conducted by the STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute), it has been concluded that the SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid tractor mounted aerator would be an essential tool within any integrated turf management programme.

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More transparency needed Public spaces owned by private companies are quietly spreading thorough London. Under current laws, landowners decide who has public access, an unusual planning rule which should be revised. Assembly Members agreed a motion today urging Mayor Sadiq Khan to show more transparency in the next London Plan, when allocating public spaces to the private sector. Sian Berry AM, who proposed the motion said: “The secretive way private owners of public places, like our parks and squares, set rules for the public must be made transparent. Even City Hall – the seat of the democratically-elected Mayor and London Assembly – is surrounded by 13-acres of the privately-owned More London development, which

means that this outdoor ‘public space’ is controlled by corporate rules and not the law of the land. Being able to know what rules you are being governed by, and how to challenge them, is a fundamental part of democracy.” Nicky Gavron AM, who proposed the amended motion said: “There is far too little transparency around London’s pseudo-public space. It is ludicrous that so many Londoners will be using these spaces with no knowledge of the laws governing them and it’s something we should all be worrying about. It is vital this is dealt with in the London Plan and that city-wide transparent, accountable and uniform guidance for setting the rules for how these spaces are governed should be issued.”

Shine a light Retailers, garden designers and landscapers are this month (September, 2017) invited to a free event at one of the UK’s leading nurseries to explore the use of lighting in outdoor spaces. Wyevale Nurseries, which is located in Hereford, has teamed up with Landscapeplus, a leading supplier of garden lighting, to host the event on Thursday, September 21 from 6pm. Adrian Hoare, Garden Design & Domestic Landscape Sales Manager at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “During the evening we’ll be exploring the use of lighting in garden design. The event will commence with a tour of the nursery, taking in the diverse range of late summer and autumnal stock, followed by a talk and demonstration from Paul Willavoys of Landscapeplus. “Paul is the New Business Manager at Landscapeplus,

having been with the company from its early stages and developing through the sales team. He is now a well-known figure within the industry, having suggested lighting on many RHS show gardens with great success. “Paul has a desire to educate people through talks nationwide. People want to know more about the effects and control of lighting and the development from halogen to LED, amongst other topics. “He is also very passionate about developing products fit for purpose within the garden, ensuring lighting systems work and the clients get the system they deserve for their garden.” People who would like to attend the free event are asked to contact Adrian via or call 01432 845200.

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Green-tech opened the doors to its offices, production facilities, warehousing and distribution operation this month. More than 150 customers and suppliers attended the open day at Green-tech‘s purpose built business park in North Yorkshire. Guests were invited on a tour of the Green-tech operation where they could see the UK’s leading landscape supplier in action. A number of seminars that covered John Chambers Wildflower Seeds, the ArborRaft system and Greentree topsoil’s took place hourly. Visitors were invited to demonstrate their skill at Beat the Green-tech Goalie and encouraged to enjoy the Yorkshire hospitality that Greentech is famed for. 70 people joined the Green-tech team for dinner at a Harrogate Hotel, where the generous revellers raised £476 for Physcap; Green-tech’s chosen charity which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children suffering from severe physical and mental disabilities within the Yorkshire area. Head of Sales Richard Gill said “The open day was a great opportunity for us to bring our customers and suppliers together and to meet the entire Green-tech team. Guests could tour the premises and preview our latest product developments. Many of our suppliers and customers have been trading with us for a long time and the day provided the perfect platform for us to thank them for their loyalty, commitment and support.” The day was well received and great fun was had by all.

Green-tech has received numerous emails of thanks. Wayne Dand, Director at Ashlea Limited said “I thought your invite was well received and attended by all clients, architects and colleagues within the industry. You all must be very proud in the direction Green-tech is travelling; securing the number one supplier in the UK to the landscape industry. Well done for organising the event, keep up the great work.” Simon Ellis is a Director at NT Killingley and commented, “Many thanks for a great day and evening. I learnt something at the soils talk, so has to be a good day! The hospitality was particularly good and I look forward to both companies having a busy season.” Sean Towey, Regional Director at TCL Group said “Your set up was very impressive. The presentation of your office, stores and yard was outstanding, as was the friendliness of staff, alongside the comprehensive approach you take to the business, left me in awe of what a genuinely simple (in the best sense of the word) yet effective set up you have; clearly defined by the ‘inclusive’ approach with your staff using technology for your market edge.” Stuart Simpson, Director at Ashlea emailed “Thanks for your splendid hospitality and the invitation for the day and evenings events. It’s good to get to see a supplier’s facilities and first-hand look at how things happen. I look forward to the season ahead and working on a number of schemes together.”

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More games at Pride Park Nathan Scarff, Head Groundsman at Derby County FC, has revealed that a range of ICL products have helped him achieve his main target of hosting more games at Pride Park Stadium without compromising on the quality of the pitch. Nathan is entering his third season with The Rams after a hugely successful start to his current role. He was crowned the Sky Bet Championship Groundsman of the Season for the 2015/16 campaign and was one of two Head Groundsmen who were highly commended last season. However, with the pitch at the Pride Park Stadium in arguably the best condition it has ever been, Nathan and his team won’t be resting on their laurels. “We are targeting getting more games in the stadium,” he says. “In my first year here we got an extra four games on and the following season we got an extra four games on top of that. This year we are hoping to get around six extra games without compromising on the quality of the playing surface. “The new pitch construction, which was installed last season, combined with quality products, has enabled us to do just this, and I’m feeling confident for the upcoming season.”

Students and apprentices impress Having battled through the WorldSkills UK National Qualifiers, eight skilled young apprentices and students have made it through to the final showdown in front of 70,000 spectators at The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham (Nov 16-18). This years’ APL WorldSkills UK semi-final saw a bit of a change from the past two years with the event moving away from RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, and having more of a focus on the training and development of the competitors. Over the three days (21-24 August) the nine semifinalists had tasks to complete including paving, decking, walling and plant ident, procurement and working to a client’s brief.


All the semi-finalists impressed the judges, the eight competitors progressing to the finals are: • Ryan Bell • Thomas Cartledge • Josh Dow • Jake Hackett • Adam McGarry • Daniel McGeoghegan • Samuel Taylor • Kelvin White The finalists will be competing at the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham, taking place from 16-18 November 2017.

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Eleven ground-breaking new garden products have been confirmed as the winners of the coveted Glee New Product Awards 2017, at a special award presentation organised and run by Garden Trade News.Selected from hundreds of entries showcased at Glee the winning products were chosen by an expert panel of judges, representing independent and multiple retailers and international a single central located New Product Showcase at the end of central boulevard in Hall 17. WINNERS’ ROUND-UP Best Retail Services and Experiences Products Winner: Mud Daddy – Mud Daddu Best Outdoor Entertaining Products Winner: The Fire Pod – The Fire Pod Best Garden Decoration Products Winner: The Solar Centre - TrueFlame Best Home, Gift and Clothing Products Winner: Gold Leaf – The RHS Collection

Best Wildlife and Pets Products Winner: Wildlife World – Dew Drop Wild Bird Window Feeder Best Garden Care - Growing Accessories Products Winner: Elho – Green Basics Growhouse Flowerbridge Best Garden Care – Chemicals, Fertilisers and Growing Media Products Winner: Neudorff – Nemotode Range Best Plants, Seeds and Bulbs Products Winner: Wyevale Nurseries – Senecio Angel Wings Best Tools and Machinery Products Winner: Burgon & Ball – Wonderweed Puller Best Landscaping Products Winner: I-glo – I-glo Decking Disc Best of British Winner: I-glo – I-glo Decking Dish A final award – Best New Product at Glee 2017 – was selected from all the entries received. This year the highly coveted title went to I-go – I-glo Decking Disc.

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GLEE 2017 The Glee show is massive, here are just a few of the stands we visited with interesting and innovative products – have a look at their website:

Irrigatia Weather responsive solar automatic watering & irrigation systems pump water directly from a water butt or tap. TEL 01904 202243

Smart Direct are the No 1 importers and Artificial Grass Suppliers in the UK – only selling to the trade. TEL 0115 965 4425

Pots of Distinction supply traditional and tough – authentic clay pots that complete any garden. 01507 327798


GLEE 2017 Wonderwall planters are a high tech vertical pot that enables you to create amazing display’s for any type of indoor and outdoor use. TEL 01616 436742

Handy Distribution is now one of the largest Garden Machinery & Equipment Wholesaler TEL 01793 333 201

Flower Tower is perfect for balconies, patios and verandas. TEL 07905 199944

STAFF at Wyevale Nurseries are celebrating today. after their new plant Senecio ‘Angel Wings’ won a Glee New Product Award. Wyevale Nurseries entered the plant in to the Best Plants, Seeds and Bulbs category at the trade show at the NEC in Birmingham and were delighted it was named as the winner. Ben Gregory, Product Development Manager at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, said: “We’re thrilled that such a stunning plant has won this prestigious award. Senecio ‘Angel Wings’ is a fantastic plant,

Left: Ben Gregory, Product Development Manager at Wyevale Nurseries, with Senecio ‘Angel Wings’ (Below)

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100-year anniversary products with potential to the British market. Today, the company has long-standing partnerships with global suppliers, representing over 30 leading brands which are distributed through over 3000 authorised dealers nationwide. Cub Cadet garden machinery; WOLF-Garten and Wilkinson Sword garden tools; Mariner and Mercury outboard engines; Quicksilver leisure and fishing boats; John Deere and Yanmar marine and industrial engines, are just a few of the well-respected brands in the Barrus portfolio. Engineering excellence has always been a strong focus with expertise in specialist applications engineering support and the most modern custom-engine building facilities based at the company’s headquarters in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Proudly ‘Built in Bicester’, Barrus designs, develops and builds engines for customers across the UK and overseas. Robert Glen, Chairman, E. P. Barrus Ltd and the grandson of the founder Ernest Barrus commented, “As we celebrate our centenary we reflect on our proud past and most

An early MTD Lawn Tractor E. P. Barrus Ltd has confirmed that September 18th, 2017 marks their official 100-year birthday. It all began in 1917 when Ernest Prouty Barrus set up a company in the UK to supply Starrett precision tools including micrometers and measuring equipment and distribute them throughout Europe. Over the last century, Barrus has constantly adapted to new opportunities and challenges and diversified into multiple market sectors including Marine, Garden and Industrial. E. P. Barrus is coowned by the Glen family and MTD Holdings, also a family owned company based in the USA, and one of the largest producers of outdoor power equipment in the world. Barrus entered the garden machinery market during the late 1950’s and introduced the first Barrus-made lawnmowers sold under the brand name of Mowmaster. These “Direct collect®” machines were ahead of their time not only because they featured the unique Barrus grass collection system, but they were also the first composite plastic mowers on the World market. Barrus went on to become MTD’s first export customer in Europe in 1972 with the distribution of a range of garden machinery sold under the Lawnflite brand name. Barrus has continued to introduce new, innovative

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The latest line-up of Cub Cadet Lawn Tractors importantly express our sincere thanks to our customers, suppliers, distributors and partners, and loyal employees who have put their trust in Barrus and helped build the company’s success.” Over the years Barrus has been responsible for numerous innovative products and solutions including many firsts to be introduced to the UK market. These range from the first claw hammer, ride-on lawnmower and gas-fired garden barbecue. The D-BAT, a diesel powered all-terrain vehicle popular with the military; FAST PIRS®, an engine that can be rapidly restarted after being submerged, pioneered by Barrus for the Armed Forces and rescue organisations, and a multi-fuel outboard developed for the UK MoD capable of

running on four different NATO fuels. “One hundred years in business represents a tremendous milestone,” commented Robert Muir, Managing Director, E. P. Barrus Ltd. “Not only are we looking back but also forward, focusing on the company’s future to build on our success and best serve our customers. 2017 is, indeed, a momentous year with recent announcements including our exciting new location plans which will enable us to grow the business. The acquisition of the gardening gloves and footwear company, Town & Country, and the engine supply contract awarded to Barrus by Atlas Elektronik UK who will build the £48M next generation Royal Navy workboats. As our centennial strapline states, “We are celebrating our first 100-years, gearing up for the next.”

Grounds clearance made easy Robust brushcutters from Billy Goat are designed for cutting the toughest of overgrown areas. They plough through dense brush up to 6’ high, as well as grass and weeds as tall as 8”. Even saplings don’t stand a chance.

These powerful brushcutters are unfazed by hidden items lurking in the grass. They make clearing vast areas, meadows and fields a breeze, as well as also being handy for clearing paths and tackling overgrowth that has perhaps got a little out of hand. There are five models in the range offering a variety of options. All models have a 26” cutting width and a heavy duty blade spindle that is reinforced on four sides to tackle the toughest of cutting tasks with ease, as well as a rigid deck for extra stability. There are two self-propelled models with three speeds, both powered by 13hp petrol engines,


mowers and weigh in at 166kg. There is the choice of either a Briggs & Stratton or Honda engine. There are three hydrostatic transmission models available, all powered by 13hp Honda petrol engines. These have the option of either pull or electric starting and feature a unique pivoting deck to offer increased manoeuvrability. The top of the range HHEU model also features optional height adjustment from 4.5cm to 9.5cm.

(34”) with 48 blades and keen prices from £1607.88+ vat up to £3917.75+ vat there is a model for most applications and budgets. Vibration damped, easily adjustable handle bars that not only adjust height but also swing to the side allowing safe cutting under trees, along fence lines, it also comes with a built-in rotor brake for added safety for the user.

Get the job done! Ibea Flail Mowers with 16” tractor wheel transmission make short work of heavy duty brush, tall overgrown grass, thistles and saplings plus they are easy to use due to an uncomplicated design and controls. For steep slopes or banking applications a crawler tracked transmission option is available. The machines are available with a range of Honda commercial engines from 5.5hp to 14 hp giving you the choice of power necessary. Models start at 60cm (24”) wide with 32 blades up to 85cm

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Hovering over the toughest slopes Cobra has the UK’s largest choice of lawnmowers, with almost 50 different models available. Earlier this year Cobra added to its mower offering by introducing two AirMow models to its range. Banks and slopes can pose problems for conventional rotary or cylinder lawnmowers, however with a hover machine this is not a concern. The new Cobra hover mowers feature both a domestic and a heavy-duty professional option. Following the success of these two models, Cobra has now added a new model to the AirMow range. The new AirMow51B is a 20” petrol hover mower that is driven by an incredibly powerful Briggs & Stratton 575EX engine with ReadyStart technology that guarantees easy starting every time with no priming, choking or oil changing – just pull the starter cord! The 575EX is an E SERIES™ engine that is specially designed to reduce exhaust emissions and surpasses the European Exhaust Emissions standards by at least 25%. This also ensures easier starting,

improved performance and an enhanced customer experience. Weighing just 18kg the AirMow51B is incredibly easy to move around, something which is aided by the wheel kit which comes as standard, allowing the mower to be pushed easily over paths and difficult or uneven ground. When not needed the wheels can simply be lifted and clicked into place to be stored out of the way, they can also be easily removed. AirMow lawnmowers from Cobra can cut awkward places and even slopes up to 45 degrees thanks to a cushion of air that is formed between the lawn and the mower that gives the user a new level of freedom in the garden. The AirMow51B with the wheel kit retails at £429.99.

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Raising the standard First time Toro customer, Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire, has purchased a Groundsmaster 4300D rotary mower to tend the formal gardens. An improvement in the condition and appearance of the turf within the gardens of the 3000-acre estate is already evident. From Easter to September, the 65 acre gardens are open to the public and with footfall increasing so too are the horticultural standards. Jim Handley, head gardener, explains: “One of my main challenges after accepting the position at Grimsthorpe was to raise the horticultural standards of the gardens. Our expansive lawns are a major attraction for our visitors, especially those with young families, and it’s my responsibility to provide them with the best turf possible to enjoy their visit. “Soon after arriving at Grimsthorpe I realised that with our heavy clay soil, time constraints and natural mix of

turf species, our cylinder mower was struggling to keep the turf in good condition. With little to no seasonal lawn maintenance being carried out previously, I have been formulating plans to begin rejuvenating our turf over a number of years. The first step was to replace our cylinder with a rotary mower to help alleviate some of the problems we were having.” With it established that a rotary mower was needed to help with the regeneration and improvement of the turf, why a Toro? Jim says: “This is our first Toro mower, chosen simply because out of all the machines we looked at, the Groundsmaster 4300-D was the most suited. Its performance and comfort was unsurpassed and the ease of height adjustment and back up service presented was very good and sealed the deal.” A rotary mower is favoured for its ability to tackle longer, thicker grass and terrain with contours and undulations with ease. Jim says: “By switching to a rotary mower we have eliminated some of the previous issues we were having. It’s comfortable with the conditions of the ground and even if we miss a day cutting, it handles the longer grass easily, cutting it right back down again with no problem. Under

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mowers those conditions and has a team of Grimsthorpe Castle’s head gardener, right, with Reesink the cylinder mower four gardeners and Turfcare’s Stewart Jeffs and tended to roll groundsman, says the GM4300-D which is the grass, which the job of raising improving the appearance of the formal gardens wasn’t helping the the standard of the plant’s health or gardens has been appearance. The made easier since rotary is helping the arrival of the regenerate our Toro GM4300-D. turf, ensuring a “We have a lengthy good quality cut, programme of resulting with lush rejuvenation and green lawns.” and ongoing The GM4300-D maintenance to get is, says Reesink our lawns to a good Turfcare’s Stewart standard, the Toro Jeffs, incredibly is a fine addition to productive with a mowing capacity of 5.4 acres an hour, our armoury to help make this happen.” but its lightweight design means less compaction. This is And we’re delighted to hear it’s in good time for the castle an especially important consideration for clay soil which is which for the first time will be opening in October half-term prone to compact. for visitors to enjoy. SmartCut-Landscaper-Feb17.qxp:108x150 15:03 Page 1 Jim who has been working at the castle for five years 13/2/17



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Dealing with tough weeds During the course of the year tough weeds take advantage. Going un-noticed in the border they thrive, growing stronger and spreading through your precious plants in an attempt to overthrow them. We all have our main enemies among their ranks: nettles, brambles, ivy, ground elder, bindweed, to name but a few of the worst offenders. Late summer and autumn may seem rather later in the season to take action, but actually the time is just right. Tough weeds like these are actively growing, some, especially bindweed is flowering and there is plenty of foliage to absorb a weedkiller: the secret is using the correct one that will do the job. THE RIGHT APPROACH Systemic weedkillers, like Vitax SBK Tough Weedkiller (contains Triclopyr) works by moving from the leaves, down through the plant to kill the roots. Quite simply the more foliage there is to absorb the chemical, the more there is

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A year-round sport Technology is evolving at a rapid rate. Karl Hansell reports KARL HANSELL GOLF EDITOR For a number of years, I lived in Newcastle, the home of the 2017 British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, and so I can confirm that there are times when the cold wind blows off the North Sea and the rainclouds gather, it’s certainly not a place where you want to find yourself outside, playing golf. And so the success of the British Masters, which during October sees the European Tour return to North East England for the first time in 15 years, will depend largely upon whether the elements choose to play along. That part of the world is quite breathtaking and on behalf of BIGGA member Brian Clark and his team at Close House, I hope the conditions are such that their incredible hard work can be shown to its fullest. But in this modern world of Gore-Tex and year-round golf, rain doesn’t necessarily stop play. Greenkeepers find themselves competing against golfers, who expect the best possible conditions no matter the season. Good for green fee income, but bringing a range of difficulties for the greenkeeper, with many golfers having relatively little understanding of how the success of a course depends upon work completed many


months in advance, in the depths of winter. In the past the fairways would have been deserted throughout the winter months, allowing large scale renovation projects to take place. But this is no longer the case and the wear and tear of general play continues on turfgrass that is subjected to increasing stresses as the weather worsens. Combined with a warmer climate, these wet months lead to more aggressive disease activity and faster ingression. A wet, humid summer has only exacerbated this problem. Through the hard work of BIGGA, its industry partners, and its members, technology is evolving at a rapid rate and greenkeepers continue to be innovative with regards to overcoming problems. Golf is a year-round sport, it’s something we accept and embrace, we just need to communicate better to players about the fantastic job greenkeepers do, and let them know it’s getting harder to ensure perfect turf.


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Fiat Professional launched its first ever one-tonne pickup, the Fiat Fullback, in the summer of 2016. The Fiat Fullback is largely based on the Mitsubishi L200 and features the same engine, chassis and driveline but a slightly reworked front-end. Liam Campbell reports

The Fiat Fullback is available in two trim levels (SX and LX), two power ratings (158hp and 178hp) and one body style (double cab). It is very comfortable and spacious with the longest cab in its class, but the practicality is slightly compromised with a small payload and towing capacity. SPECIFICATION The low lying cab of the Fiat Fullback means entering and exiting the cab is very easy, while having the longest cab in its class ensures there is ample legroom for occupants in the front and rear. Despite the low seating position, there is great visibility although there are very few storage compartments around the cab. There are just two trim levels on the Fiat Fullback, the SX and LX. The basic SX trim is quite well-spaced and includes remote-control central locking, electric windows and mirrors, air-conditioning and a DAB radio with Bluetooth


connectivity and steering-wheel mounted controls. Moving up to the LX grade, customers also receive keyless entry and ignition, leather seats (the front ones electrically adjustable and heated), dual-zone climate control, privacy glass and a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and a reversing camera. ENGINE & DRIVELINE Powering along the Fiat Fullback is Mitsubishi’s all-new 2.4-litre turbo-diesel engine. There is an entry-level 148hp output and a more powerful 178hp output, along with the option of a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. On the combined cycle, the Fiat Fullback achieves a respectable 42.8mpg. The broad torque curves of both engines, and light chassis, means that the Fiat Fullback is surprisingly quick although we found the five-speed automatic transmission to


be slightly hesitant and slow. The engine is quiet, although quite a load of road noise is generated at high speeds and there is a lot of bodyroll going into the bends. TOWING AND LOAD AREA Productivity is a drawback of the Fiat Fullback, with a poor towing capacity, small load area and only an average payload of 1,050kg. The maximum towing capacity of 3.1 tonnes seems puny, when the likes of the Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max and now the Toyota Hilux and Nissan NP300 Navara now all offering 3.5 tonnes. Even the size of the load bed is compact. Measuring 1,470mm square, it’s around 60mm to 100mm shorter both length and width ways than most of vehicles in the sector. Even the maximum side wall height of 475mm is low compared with the deep load beds of the Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max and Nissan NP300 Navara.

OFF-ROAD Off road, the Fiat Fullback is one of the best performers. The respectable 4WD-system from Mitsubishi has four settings; 2WD High, 4WD High, 4WD Low and 4WD Low with centre diff-lock and the ability to select 4Hi from 2Hi at speeds of up to 62mph. The maximum approach and departure angles at 30 and 22-degrees respectively, with a ground clearance of 205mm. A slight criticism is that there is no hill descent control, and the first gear is quite fast so a lot of braking is required while travelling downhill. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY The Fiat Fullback is priced from £20,995 plus VAT which, for a moderately spec double-cab pickup, represents fairly good value. List prices increase to £22,995 for the LX models and £24,395 plus VAT for the LX automatic.

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Confor fights for 'missing millions' Confor has promised to maintain the pressure on the UK government to increase planting rates in England after latest figures showed the 2015-2020 target could be missed by FIVE MILLION trees. Latest quarterly statistics showed that less than 2.3 million trees had been planted between the May 2015 election and the end of June 2017 - only just over half the 4.4 million needed during that period to hit the 11 million target. If the current planting rate continues, fewer than six million trees will have been planted by May 2020, a deficit of more than five million trees. Stuart Goodall, Confor’s Chief Executive, said: “The latest planting figures demonstrate that we need a step-change in activity, a completely new attitude towards tree planting by officials. “Since the June election, we have had a number of positive meetings with forestry minister Thérèse Coffey and she has demonstrated a real desire to turn things around. That government level support needs to be actioned on the ground if we are to find those missing five million trees…. and more. “We have consistently raised this issue with ministers and offered solutions, including the Woodland Creation Planning Grant that has unlocked interest in large productive planting schemes for the first time in decades. At our request, Forestry Commission recently organised a meeting of agents and officials across the Defra family to identify remaining barriers and find ways forward.” Confor will continue maintaining the profile of this vital issue at a series of major events in the autumn, engaging directly with the Defra ministerial team: Mr Goodall said the five-point plan outlined in Confor’s election manifesto Planting The Future, published ahead of June’s election, was a clear and positive blueprint for change. Its recommendations included ending the chaotic three-agency system for considering planting applications, reducing the bureaucracy around the application process and treating forestry equally in land use decisions. “Achieving targets also requires officials to see tree planting as a positive activity, and find reasons to support

it, not look for the negatives, which is often the case at the moment”, added Mr Goodall. “We are really ramping up our campaigning at this crucial time for the future of our countryside. That means linking our continuing campaign for new planting with our call for an integrated approach to countryside policy after Brexit - we will have a new discussion paper out very soon and our work in the devolved administrations. “In Scotland, we have a policy conference in September which links the Scottish Government’s ambition to increase tree planting rates and creating new low-carbon homes. “Confor remains committed to leading the debate on the future of forestry and how we can secure a sustainable future for an increasingly valuable rural industry. Pressing for increased planting, alongside protecting our productive resource, is absolutely central to that approach.”

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PSD Groundscare have announced the upcoming launch of the new WS/16-35D chipper from manufacturer TS Industrie. TS Industrie completes its wood chippers range with the arrival of the new WS/16-35D which was launched at the Confor Woodland Show. The launch of this new Chipper demonstrates TS Industrie’s determination to be a major player in this market segment and re-acting on customer feedback. Equipped with a No Stress system, two feed rollers to facilitate the entry of the branches, electric controls, a 270 ° rotating chimney and a folding hopper for easy transport, the Wood Series range brings novelties developed to increase user comfort. The powerful, WS/ 16-35D, although less than 750 kg, chips branches with a diameter of 16 cm with its KUBOTA 35hp diesel engine, as does its turntable model, the WS/16 -35DT. To simplify life for landscaping professionals, TS Industrie has developed a wide range of sub 750 kg machines, so that an end-user can tow this machine with a simple Category B driving license. Stuart Mercer, Sales Director of PSD Groundscare said: “The introduction of the WS/ 16-35D now ensures TS Industrie have a robust, reliable and efficient solution for almost any arborist requirement and compliments the existing range perfectly. I have already had a number of customers show interest in the expanding range and look forward to demonstrating the outstanding

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Bio-secure trees Although 60,000 of its young potted trees were large enough for sale two months ago, Barcham Trees has deliberately not released them until 1st September 2017, when their quarantined growing season ends and the Cambridgeshire nursery is sure they are pathogen- and pest-free, and safe to be planted into the UK landscape. “Customers have asked for them earlier”, explains managing director Mike Glover, “and although they were well rooted by July ours is the only British tree nursery which insists on this long period of quarantine, during which time the health and vitality of our newly potted stock is regularly checked by Bartlett Tree Experts, DEFRA and our own staff. “This policy demonstrates the practical realities of implementing a true bio-security policy, and its success means it cannot always be ‘business as usual’, and that methods and practices have to be rethought, often with cost implications to our business”, Glover concludes. His Barcham co-director and chairman of the Arboricultural Association Keith Sacre believes that with ‘Protect and Survive’ as its theme, the 51st Arboricultural Association National Amenity Conference will be the first international conference on arboricultural bio-security. “We shall be examining the implications and effectiveness of bio-security policy, as well as considering plant health overall”, says Sacre.


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Ailsa Wood Products is based in South Ayrshire, Scotland, and manufacturers and suppliers garden products to trade throughout the UK and export markets. The company’s products range from recycled whisky barrels and hand-crafted wooden tubs and water features to highquality fencing, trellis and gates, and planter designs to complement both traditional and contemporary homes and gardens. L-R Richard Williams, Matt Wilson, and Scott Wilson, Ailsa Wood Products

Alpha Plants (based in Spalding, Lincolnshire) specialises in an extensive range of hardy jumbo perennial plug plants, wildflower plug plants, jumbo grass plug plants, salvia young plants, and a range of pluggrown herb and vegetable plants. It also offers a bespoke service supplying either seed or cutting raised varieties in a plug format tailored to suit customers’ needs. Mike Roberts, Alpha Plants, chats with a customer.


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Established in 1998, Armlee Nurseries supplies alpines, rockery plants, perennials, lavenders, grasses and a spring bulb collection to garden centres, nurseries, landscapers and local authorities. The extensive range has bespoke colour labels, and barcoded pots; they are supplied in marketing trays of eight. The company is based in a purposely-designed and built site in Leyland, Lancashire. Busy stand at Armlee Nurseries.

Clover Peat Products is a family-based business, which harvests the peat from managed peat reserves that are not designated sites of scientific or scenic interest. It offer standard and prescription mixed compost, delivered in quantities ranging from a single pallet to a full 20-pallet load, direct from its factories or via wholesaler stockists. The company is based in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Andrew Mather, Clover Peat Products.

A.S.T.A Piante is a wholesale supplier of Italian plants to garden centres and nurseries in the UK. Purchases can be made by container or half-container load, and deliveries (managed, packed and delivered) arrive in the UK every week. The company also has a UK-based retail nursery (Newington Garden Design, in South Oxfordshire) where smaller purchases can be made at trade discounts. Bennati Tiziano and Lorenzo Chiti, A.S.T.A. Piante

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Cheshire (Macclesfield) based King Feeders UK is a specialist in the supply of green waste composting machinery, and machinery screening equipment, and also sells new and used agricultural machinery including diet feeders and straw bedders/bedder feeders. Its diverse customer base ranges from county councils and local authorities to landscapers, leisure parks, and recycling consortiums. The company has ISO 9001 accreditation from ISOQAR. Andrew Billing, King Feeders UK.

Based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, Europlants UK is the sole UK agent for Europe-based Vannucci Piante. From its 12-acre nursery in Hatfield, Europlants supplies the garden centre and amenities markets. Plants include bamboo, photinia, pleached trees, palms and topiary, plus climbers, exotic plants, conifers and trees. Delivery can be direct from Italy; it does not sell directly to the public. Flaviu Visan and Oscar Puig, Europlants UK.

Based in Opheusden, The Netherlands, Cor Huibers was founded in 1994. Cor Huibers products range from tall-stemmed, short-stemmed, and espaliered fruit tree, multi-trunked trees, and rare species. The company also does container cultivation, which makes it possible to deliver best-quality trees throughout the year. The computer-controlled system ensures the trees have optimal growth and maximum quality from the roots. Henri van Nifterik, Cor Huibers.


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Moles Seeds is a wholesale supplier (based in Colchester, Essex) of flower and vegetable seeds throughout the UK and overseas. Its customers range from commercial growers, and nurseries to landscapers, colleges, and social enterprise groups. It offers both conventional and organic vegetables, and rhubarb, asparagus crowns, onion sets, seed potatoes, seeds for green manure, cut flowers and wild flowers, and amenity grass seed. Peter Wyatt and Roger James, Moles Seeds.

Glasgow-based Mim’s was established in 1988, and has introduced new ranges from Malaysia, Vietnam, China and many other parts of the world; it is the world’s largest exporter of Malaysian pottery. Products range from glazed pottery and terracotta, to baskets, lanterns, and pot feet and saucers. Its Enchanted Garden series includes mythical beasts, serene Buddhas, and peaceful angels. Sean Louran, Liam Wilkinson, and Simon McDaniel, Mims Pottery.

Kettlethorpe, Lincoln-based Hortifeeds was set up to offer local horticultural growers a better alternative to ‘off-the-shelf’ fertilizers; now, almost 20% of the company’s total production is for custom blended fertilisers. The company’s standard ranges include watersoluble NPK fertilizers, liquid NPK fertilizers, and granular, dry powder and controlledrelease fertilizers. It also produces a range of trace-element fertilizers, speciality fertilisers and water-treatment products, and organic fertilizers. Paul Wright and Ryan Wilson, Hortifeeds.

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New Leaf distributes irrigation technology, and is a Netafim main distributor. The Preston, Lancashire-based company has more than 20 years’ experience using fieldproven pioneering irrigation innovation throughout the UK. The irrigation systems are designed to produce higher yields and better crops, while using fewer resources, to optimise growers’ results.

Neudorff specialises in the development and production of natural gardening products for the garden, home and environment. In 1851, fabric dyer Wilhelm Neudorff, together with Carl B. W. Scheibler, founded the Neudorff company in Königsberg/Prussia. By 2011, Neudorff products were available in more than 20 countries, and with more than 1,300 SKUs. The company’s UK headquarters are in Solihull.

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Toddington, Gloucestershire-based QCR Recycling Equipment was formed in 2011 (previously Mil-tek Direct), and offers balers, waste compactors, clinical waste destroyers and total waste management. The company has been a baler and recycling equipment supplier for fourteen years, and its 2,500 customers range from FTSE100 companies, HM Prison Service, NHS and private sector hospitals, to schools and colleges, hospitality groups and cathedrals.

Based in Hillsboro, Oregon (USA), Root Pouch is a family run business that turns discarded plastic bottles into a versatile, geotextile material. The Root Pouch fabric planting container keeps plants healthy by letting excess water drain and allowing roots to breathe and grow. It is used by nurseries, hydroponic growers, and in urban gardening, and the global distribution network includes the UK.

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these 5,127 British heroes – the organisation committee wanted to create a peaceful and impactful memorial within the grounds of the museum where people could contemplate and pay their respects. “With names being etched into the concrete via the printing process, graphic concrete represented a way of honouring every single one of these heroes, without the lengthy lead time associated with professional engraving. “Technically, given the intricacy of so many words and letters, we knew this represented the biggest ever test to our casting process. With a huge amount of planning, the production went exactly to plan and we’re delighted that the panels look absolutely perfect. “The result is a fitting tribute to some of our nation’s heroes and we are delighted with the finished installation.”

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Extending the use of the garden throughout the year, these hideaways come complete with a wood burning stove and 240v electrics, while a 75mm insulated cavity, constructed using a breathable carbon-neutral material made from 80% recycled bottles, ensures that the interior stays cool throughout the summer and cosy when the frost begins to bite. Plankbridge shepherd’s huts start from £16,500 and measure 12’ long. Longer and bespoke designs can be quoted for.

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Aggregate Industries has helped reopen one of Europe’s few remaining saltwater lidos, in a £3 million restoration scheme for the Jubilee Pool in Penzance. The project was part of an effort by the community and local government to restore the cherished bathing spot, which originally opened in 1935 the year of King George Vs Silver Jubilee. The repair and restoration was in response to the serious structural damage suffered in the storms of 2014, which battered the Cornish coastline. The location of the project demanded specialised design requirements, as being a saltwater tidal pool meant there was a high risk of corrosion to the concrete reinforcement. The restoration required a blue coloured swimming pool base to be constructed with a blue pigmented concrete, which had to also comply with an XS2 exposure class – this defines the concrete design requirements to ensure durability for the intended design life. However, due to the soaring cost of the required blue pigment, Aggregate Industries worked closely with the main contractor, CORMAC Contracting, to propose a more


cost-effective solution using a coloured surface hardener in conjunction with a lightened base concrete. Andrew Wilson, Territory Sales Manager at Aggregate Industries, explained: “We collaborated with the colour surface hardener supplier to provide a bespoke concrete that not only met the XS2 exposure class but the unique requirements of the project. “The product of choice was a bespoke mix of Artevia Light concrete which not only complied with the exposure class and achieved the high durability requirements but also provided a lightened concrete for the installation of the colour surface hardener. This high performance formula, coupled with a light concrete design to ensure consistency of colour, means the pool not only looks visually appealing but will stand the test of time. In all, we supplied a total of 492m³, which was produced by the Redruth plant. “Jubilee Pool is an important fixture in the local community and has long been a focal point where people can gather and socialise, and families can enjoy a fun day out. We were delighted to play our part in refurbishing the pool to give it a new lease on life. Combined with its aesthetic appeal, Artevia Light was the ideal solution in terms of design, durability and cost.” The Jubilee Pool repair and restoration project totalled £2.94m. The Coastal Communities Fund granted Cornwall Council £1.95m and match funding was provided by Cornwall Council, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership’s Regional Growth Fund, Tempus Leisure, Penzance Town Council and The Friends of Jubilee Pool.



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Stone that looks like wood Black-grey in colour and shot through with golden-brown hues, Slatewood is grained and craggy; making it an excellent alternative to using old or weathered timber in your garden scheme. When pieces of Slatewood are traditionally split, its minerals give it a natural wave, making it look remarkably similar to worn bark. Visually the effect is just as good, if not better, and like any natural stone material Slatewood is incredibly strong and hard-wearing. Being a completely natural, non-processed stone, Slatewood naturally imitates the normal colour variations found in timber materials due to its own organic mineral combinations, making it a more authentic alternative than more commonly used wood replicas that are usually manufactured from concrete or ceramics. Made primarily of Mica and Quartz minerals with smaller amounts of Sericite and Chlorite, the Quartz minerals grow causing the surrounding minerals to deform, creating eye-shaped formations called Augen which have the appearance of wood knots. ‘We’re always looking for new and exciting products to offer

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Firm foundations ‘Rock-solid’ foundations are vital for any structure – and the sustainable ground screw based system from Stop Digging is increasingly proving the solution of choice. Unlike traditional excavated concrete foundations, screw foundation systems can be installed throughout the year and are perfect for the conservation minded. Ideal for ‘temporary’ structures like garden sheds, garden rooms, decking, fencing and other installations, they are quick, easy plus cost effective to install. Screw foundations are also great for short duration shows and events as they can be easily extracted, should a structure need to be removed or re-located. The only evidence is a matrix of small holes which within weeks disappear, leaving absolutely no trace of what had previously been built. With a matrix of ground screws installed, a perfectly level platform can be created onto which the desired structure is erected. Even if the topography is uneven or there is a crossfall, the ground screws can be set at differing heights. The galvanised tapered steel screws are available in various lengths and diameters to accommodate different load requirements and soil consistencies. Differing screw heads are then used, including adjustable mounting plates that provide lateral movement for installations calling for greater accuracy, depending on what type of wooden, steel or concrete beams, joists or posts are to be installed. Pipe screws, into which steel pipes can be inserted and bolted, are also available for installing park benches, signs, bollards, waste bins and a host of other hard landscaping applications.

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Mike England Timber has shaped itself as one of the UK’s leading independent timber suppliers. Their menu of services and products would serve very well the needs of a high-quality designer and manufacturer of leisure and park homes. Established since 1987 Prestige & Homeseeker Park & Leisure is one of Europe’s largest and most successful manufacturers of park homes and leisure lodges. They approached Mike England Timber to help create a log cabin feel for their Foresters Lodge. Mike England Timber specified Sikkens Cetol WP 567 BPD base coat, together with further coatings of Sikkens Cetol WF791 translucent finish coat. They also wanted the internal ceiling of the lodge to have a warm, slight oak look to it with a natural feel and minimum sheen.

New breed of drinking fountain Summer 2017 has seen a tipping point in the battle to reduce the growing environmental problems caused by single use plastic bottles. In August, Borough Market became the latest big name destination to introduce a new breed of public drinking fountain, announcing plans to stop the sale of single use plastic bottles. The move sees them join others including London Zoo, Wimbledon Tennis Club and Heathrow Airport, who have all installed a new game-changing type of water fountain. 38.5 million1 plastic bottles are bought in the UK every day, but only just over half are recycled, while 16m are put into landfill, burnt or leak into the environment and oceans each day. Plastic bottles can take up to 450 years2 to break down once they reach the sea. Many of the popular bottled water brands consumed in the UK are transported hundreds of miles from their source, contributing to the 350,000 tonnes3 of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere every year by the bottled water industry in the UK.


The Endura II 4430BF fountain from Halsey Taylor is the latest weapon in the battle to tackle these problems. It is one of a tough new breed of drinking fountains that is vandal-proof, freeze resistant and suitable for outdoor use. The fountain’s own environment credentials are also strong as it’s made from 75% recycled materials. The fountain has two streams of water to drink from and one to refill reusable water bottles and it has some clever ways to ensure the water supply is hygienic and easy to access. The water dispensers are shrouded and the water comes from deep within, meaning that users can’t put their mouths directly on the spouts and pass on germs. Screened water is supplied from the mains and the fountains are WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) approved. They’re also approved under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) for their ease of use by those with visual or physical impairments. The Endura II 4430BF fountain is supplied exclusively in the UK by Durham-based firm MIW.


Vertically Challenged After the success of the last seminar on paving, the APL are holding a one-day technical seminar, sponsored by London Stone, looking at the challenges of vertical landscaping. Industry experts and practitioners will be on hand to provide information and technical knowledge about all aspects and types of vertical construction and finishes. The event takes place on 26 September at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire. This day will be packed and fast paced and will include topics and speakers such as:Kate Gould, Kate Gould Gardens, will be joining us to look at the design process. This will include the considerations that should be explored when including free standing or retaining walls in your projects. This will cover purpose, site assessment, materials, aesthetics and costs. All of these areas should be explored before the design. Then a look at what information contractors should expect from construction drawings supplied. Oliver Magnusson will discuss the role of a structural engineer. Many contractors have issues of when or if a structural engineer should be approached. In this session we look to give good practical advice on if required when should they be approached and by whom? This will also cover what the costs may be, and who should pay for it. There are many types of walls with many uses and in this session we look to explore these. Paul Hensey, Green Zone Design Ltd, will discuss backing walls, and we will also look at facing walls, concrete block, brick and stone. We will take a really good look at the choices available and the technical aspects of each. Craig Potter, London Stone, will be talking on Design Clad, a very popular porcelain cladding system used as an alternative to rendering. He will discuss the pros and cons of the system, but also installation methods. Previous APL Chairman and Managing Director of Landform Consultants, Mark Gregory, will be talking about waterproofing and weep holes on retaining walls. He will also share case studies around the design elements and applications, and also a case study around the previous talk from Paul Hensey. The day will also take a look at Gabion Systems, specialist mortars, wall drainage, compact earth walls, dry walling, rendering systems and finish with an industry debate on all that was picked up in the day. It will be fast paced and informative. A day to provide education and invaluable networking. www.

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Bees are best Bees are the best pollinators in the animal kingdom, new research has confirmed. With flowers being visited by many different types of animal, it can be a challenge to work out which of these visitors are good pollinators for particular plant species. Researchers from Edinburgh Napier University, the University of St Andrews and the University of Bristol, with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, looked at the ability of flower-visiting insects to move pollen onto flowers in a diverse community of plants on Mount Carmel in Israel. By measuring the amount of pollen different species of insects deposited onto flowers and combining this with how often they visited flowers, they produced a score for the performance of each type of insect as a pollinator for a wide variety of plant species. Dr Gavin Ballantyne, of Edinburgh Napier University, said: “Honeybees, sweat bees and different types of solitary bees were the most effective visitors.

“Bee species come in a huge range of different shapes and sizes and you’ll often see a morphological match between their size and tongue length and the shape of the flowers that they visit and successfully deposit pollen onto. We also found that the hovering bee flies, known as bombyliids, were the most effective non-bee flower visitors.” The findings help ecologists to understand which plants benefit from which insects and identify which species might be especially vulnerable to change in complex environments like Mount Carmel, where there are dozens of plant species flowering at any one time, being visited by hundreds of species of bees and other insects.

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horticulture outdoor spaces. Neil Lucas, Knoll’s owner and a trustee of the Knoll Gardens Foundation said, “Our gardening style here at Knoll allows the natural food chain to flourish. Beneficial species tend to eat up those that are not the gardener’s friend as soon as they start to become overabundant and damage the garden, doing a lot of the work for us and removing the need for pesticides.”

Good things come in small packages As plans intensify ahead of the opening of the South West Growers Show (SWGS) at the Matford Centre, Exeter on Wednesday 4th October, both exhibitors and organisers are focusing on the importance of reaching the key regional horticultural, turfcare and amenity trade across the South West and surrounding counties. At a time when many trade events are amalgamating

and moving away from traditional geographical audiences, SWGS is not only retaining its focus as the South West’s only trade show aimed at growers and plant buyers from local authorities, garden centres and retail outlets, but has expanded its focus to cover the cross-over amenity, landscape and turf-care industries. “Visitors to SWGS this year will have access to a one-stop shop,” states event chairman David Jackson. “Not only will we have our traditional focus on nursery and plant features, but the dedicated amenity and landscape section will offer a new feature for our visitors, many of whom have multiple interests across all of these sectors. But importantly, we will retain a focus towards our core target audience, which is the regional trade across the South West and surrounding counties.” With a reach covering from Lands’ End and encompassing all of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire across to West Sussex, South Wales and South Midlands, SWGS offers an unrivalled opportunity for trade professionals across the surrounding counties to view the latest ranges, product launches and industry news, while at the same time providing exhibitors with the unique opportunity to engage directly with a key customer base. Stuart Lowen, marketing manager at regular exhibitor Ball Colegrave echoed Mr Jackson’s comments, saying, “Ball Colegrave is delighted to be attending this year’s South West Growers Show. This is a very special and friendly regional show with ‘Growing’ very much at its core. “We very much enjoy this opportunity to meet with so many existing and prospective customers from the surrounding counties who perhaps do not always get the opportunity to visit other industry events further afield.” There are still places available for late exhibitor bookings, and reservations can be taken via the website or by calling the team on 01404 821982. Visitor registrations can also be made via the same route.

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horticulture The garden will provide a peaceful and beautiful setting for people with cancer, friends and family members to relax and reflect. Johnsons of Whixley supplied a selection of shade tolerate herbaceous, edible and screening plants. Johnsons of Whixley area sales manager, Vicky Newell, explained: “The garden truly is beautiful. It is arranged on three levels and features beautiful Betula pendula Szechuanica multi-stem, cocooned in a ceiling to floor undulating clear window. The tree lets in so much light to the building that it lifts your spirits as you enter. “The majority is made from recycled materials and water from the roof is drained via a single rainwater pipe hovering above a water bowl, and the next level has an edible garden featuring fruit trees and culinary herbs. Underneath the building is a swath of shade tolerate plants and a disabled access walkway so patients can enjoy their environment.” dRMM garden designer, Rupert Muldoon, said: “Maggie’s Centre in Oldham presented the opportunity to design an ornamental forest floor, which is lushly planted and flows below the sculptural birch and pine trees on a sloping, shaded site. “My design was based upon mixes of plants species that would knit together and thrive alongside one other, resulting in a very intricate planting schedule of perennials and shrubs. And working alongside Johnsons, I was assured of the best quality plants, which are all British-grown on site.” The establishment of Maggie’s Centre was inspired by the story of Maggie Keswick Jencks, who was told she had cancer in a hospital corridor, and vowed that no one else with cancer should be treated in that way. This led to the first Maggie’s Centre being opened in Edinburgh in 1996, and since then 21 Centres have opened in the UK and abroad.

New plantlife garden wildflower mix Award-winning eco outfit Seedball has just launched its new Plantlife Garden Wildflower Mix. The special mix of British wildflower seeds has been created in collaboration with the wild plant conservation charity, Plantlife and includes wildflowers that are most likely to thrive in nutrient rich soils commonly found in gardens - Meadow Buttercup, Oxeye Daisy, Red Clover, Self-Heal and Yarrow Sale proceeds will be donated to Plantlife to help fund habitat restoration at their newest reserve, Greena Moor

in Cornwall. Greena Moor is an excellent example of culm grassland found only in Cornwall, Devon, the New Forest and South Wales. Simply throw the seed balls onto soil or compost in a garden bed or planter, on local wasteland as part of a community project or scatter them along the roadside water well (or wait for rain) and watch them grow. Made from clay, peat-free compost, seeds and chilli powder, seed balls have their own mini ecosystem, protecting seeds from birds, ants and slugs and giving them the nutrition they need to get a head start and germinate easily. Each tin has 20 seed balls with 30 seeds per ball, RRP £5.99

Exotic Garden The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has unveiled its brand new Exotic Garden, the first of its kind at its flagship RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. Well-known broadcaster and gardening enthusiast Sophie Raworth opened the feature in an event to mark its official launch.

Bringing together an abundance of unusual and exotic species and cultivars, the brand new feature immerses visitors in a secret paradise bursting with intriguing plants and gigantic leaves. The garden, situated next to the BowesLyon Rose Garden and Cottage Garden, showcases an oasis of more than 100 species for visitors to explore, as well as a beautiful bespoke pineapple fountain at its heart. RHS Garden Wisley Curator Matthew Pottage says: “We are thrilled to reveal our new Exotic Garden. We have never had anything like this at RHS Garden Wisley and it’s a fantastic triumph for the team. We aim to create inspiring experiences for all our visitors so it’s brilliant to now introduce such an innovative garden that offers something different. I hope visitors enjoy this little slice of paradise for many years to come.” The Exotic Garden is now open to the public. For more details on entry and opening hours, please visit:

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The easy way is plug & play Learning about the different aspects of garden lighting can seem daunting for some at first, especially if you have been asked by a client to provide lights as part of a service. Martin Bennett reports only can it be installed by anybody, especially with the

A fantastic starting point is low voltage (12v) ‘Plug & Play’ systems. Installing outdoor lights in this way really couldn’t be easier and with a much wider range of higher quality lights on the market currently, there are plenty of options ready for any purpose and location. In the past, Plug & Play systems were limited and mainly consisted of smaller size, lower quality decking lights with a built in LED light source. Now there is an extensive variety of Plug & Play fittings such as inground and step lights, spikelights, path lights, rock lights and more. These designs are now available in durable and stylish materials such as Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel, Natural Copper, Solid Brass and Anodised Aluminium. For extra choice on lighting effects, light colour and brightness, it is wise to use fittings where a replaceable LED bulb can be housed. 12v or ‘Low Voltage’ garden lighting is extremely adaptable. It is powered by a transformer that converts 240v mains voltage down to a much safer 12v. Not


simplified plug & play systems, but also is very resistant to outdoor weather conditions. Often, cold weather and heat produced by bulbs in light fittings, can cause condensation to occur in outdoor lights. With 240v mains fittings, this commonly results in the circuit tripping or shorting, however 12v fittings can withstand the effects of condensation and will continue to work perfectly. The concept behind the versatile outdoor ‘Plug & Play’ systems is a two-pin plug located at the end of cable lengths attached to the lights. This two-pin plug simply pushes into a Connector or Splitter, or indeed directly into the power source - a Transformer. Once plugged in, the cable connector is secured by a threaded cap. That is it! This means no need for fiddly wiring at all, and if an installer wishes to ‘hardwire’ in the traditional way via a junction box, the two-pin plug can be cut off and the wires stripped. Various sizes of transformer, cable lengths, and multi-splitters are available, enabling the circuit to be as long as required, and allowing numerous lights to be fitted in many areas of the garden. We encourage you to have a go with this simplified lighting system and do it the easy way – Plug & Play ! Martin Bennett is the founder of Lumena Lights.


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Dear Fans Friday the 15 September was National 4pm Finish Day. The brains behind the scheme was Red Bull, who devised it to promote productivity and working smart rather than working long hours. Our Dear Leader invented Poets Day (push off early tomorrow’s Saturday ) many many years ago. The rest of us of course have to stay to 5 30 pm - still as you know, I’m not one to complain. I was however treated to day out at Glee Show and promised a fine breakfast as long as I got to the NEC by 8 30 am. I climbed into my sporty BMW at 6am and sped towards a fine morning repast. Sausage bacon and eggs are an ideal start to the day as long as you have, like me, a superb figure. The only thing that I found depressing was that it was served in a metal trough - and the baked beans were in a metal cup. What marketing guru came up with that brilliant idea? The Dear Leader was not amused either and told the hovering manager that it was plates and cutlery that separated us from the animals. On the following day we could hear a great deal of laughter as the two leaders hid themselves in the meeting room for a couple of hours. It’s not that I’m nosy but it is my job to tidy and to my horror the cause of all the mirth was written on a reporters note pad under the heading Ten Round the Garden Double Entendres...

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