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November / December Welcome to a double November /December issue. worried about low This month we feature a special comprehensive report skilled workers. A from this year’s highly successful SALTEX exhibition. report, published GrootGroenplus took place in Zundert, Holland by Deloitte, points last month. This successful trade show for growers out that 38 per and nurseries was celebrating it’s 27th birthday. cent of lower This year it attracted over 300 standholders. A truly skilled EU nationals are looking at their options as well. international event it was attended by buyers from One thing that is clear for the whole world to see is all over Europe as well as that our current Government is in our editorial team. Looking complete chaos. forward we also have a Specialist disaster relief charity preview of this year’s BTME DART International UK, the response show in Harrogate. team of volunteer British arborists, SPECIAL DOUBLE IS The EU is not without its has again deployed teams to the SU E 35 PAGES OF INDUST RY NEWS! flaws – an aggressive and stricken Caribbean in the wake of SALTEX REPORT | BTM E PREVIEW intensive agricultural policy Hurricane Irma which hit the region. NURSERIES IN HOL LAND | ARBORIST | HARDSCAPER perhaps being the greatest DART responders are all of those - but it has been professionally qualified and an overwhelming force for experienced arborists who also good when it comes to the bring a wealth of additional skills. environment. Volunteers include paramedics, Theresa May’s desperate trainers, engineers and former military courting of Trump in personnel offering skills that are very pursuit of a new Free Trade relevant to the complex challenges of Agreement is a serious risk. helping communities to recover from THE UK’S NUMBER 1 Ministers intend to water a natural disaster. These volunteers LANDSCAPING INDUSTRY MAGAZINE down regulations in their are a credit to our industry and do www.landscaperma haste to demonstrate the a tremendous amount to ease the “success” of post-Brexit suffering of the people in the Caribbean. trade arrangements - such as those on GMOs, pesticides, We have a UK based charity that does a great deal to and animal hormones. help people in horticulture and landscaping. Perennial Brexit is causing our workforce to shrink- this is a helps over 1,200 people each year battling illness, financial serious risk to businesses. Unless the government can hardship, bereavement, disability & many more of life’s negotiate an immigration policy better than what already challenges. (p75). exists, the vulnerability of British businesses losing key So that’s all folks for 2017. All that remains is to wish you employees will grow. British firms need to be equally as all the seasons greetings and a successful 2018.





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Vintage Cuts 1921 was a vintage year for lawn lovers – it was the year in which Atco started manufacturing fine quality mowers for the gardens, pitches and ball courts of Great Britain. For the past 96 years, the company’s lawn mowers have earned an enviable reputation for outstanding performance, and can be found in royal palaces and village greens, from cricket pitches to tennis courts, and from stately homes to beautiful lawns. To produce only the finest cuts, the Atco team ensures no compromise on engine choice for the machines by using engine manufacturers such as Briggs & Stratton, Honda and Kawasaki. Specialist Atco dealers throughout the UK assist in selecting the most suitable lawn mowers for the consumer’s needs. The machine will vigorously inspected, and test and safety checked, by the Atco dealer before handover. Atco dealers provide full aftersales service and warranty support.

Battery Savings Etesia UK, the distributor of Pellenc battery-powered tools in the UK and Ireland, has announced a special offer that will see customers save up to 50% of the purchase price of the ULiB1100 battery. A forerunner when it comes to lithium-ion technology and high efficiency “Brushless” motors, Pellenc has established itself as the number one choice in the “Zero Emission” professional power tools market for the maintenance of urban and green-spaces. The combination of these two technologies makes it possible to eliminate direct emission of greenhouse gases, and significantly reduce noise and vibration. It meets the users’ requirements for comfort and sustainability while offering excellent cost efficiency. The Pellenc ULiB 1100 battery is equivalent to approximately 4,700 litres of fuel, at £1.18 per litre (as of 8.9.17) meaning that over the lifetime of the battery, users will be able to save up to £2775 when compared to petrol alternatives. In addition to the above savings, from 1st


November 2017 to 31st March 2018, users will also be able to save up to 50% of the cost of the purchase price of the battery. Options of commercial tools for commercial users range from hedgecutters to blowers, and strimmers to pedestrian mowers, all powered by the ULiB 1100 battery, which offers up to 1440 minutes of use on a single charge. When purchased with one tool, customers will receive 10% discount on the purchase price of the battery. When two tools are purchased, customers will receive 20% discount on the battery. Three tools = 30% discount on the battery, four tools = 40% discount on the battery and 5 tools = 50% discount on the battery. Pellenc supply tools and a range of batteries that are IP54 water rated and carry a full three-year commercial warranty.

Enhancing Royal Parks Capel Manor College is set to deliver high quality education and training for the prestigious Royal Parks Horticultural Apprenticeship Programme in a new three-year training programme specifically designed to support horticultural apprentices.

NEWS “Our Royal Parks are vital components of London’s green infrastructure, and they significantly contribute to making London one of the world’s finest capital cities and are loved by tourists and Londoner’s alike,” says Malcolm Goodwin, Capel’s Principal. “The Royal Parks’ Apprentices play an important part in helping maintain and develop the Royal Parks, and Capel is delighted to be working with The Royal Parks to continue and enhance their success. We do not underestimate the importance of this relationship, and know it extends our credentials and expertise for supporting green space, parks and zoos across the whole of Greater London.” Apprentices participating in this Royal Parks Apprenticeship Scheme receive first-hand training at one of the eight Royal Parks in central and Greater London. They will also study for qualifications in the horticultural industry at the College one day a week, receiving tuition and support from the knowledgeable and experienced teaching team, and attending specialist master classes with experts from The Royal Parks and the Royal Parks Guild. Dennis Clarke, Head of Park Services, The Royal Parks, said: “We’re pleased to partner with Capel to train our new apprentices – and potentially the park managers of the future. There are an estimated 77 million annual visits to the parks, so it’s vital we train the best new talent to the highest standards to deliver world class horticulture, and to continue to provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of London.”

Innovation Award Winner Taking centre stage on the Etesia UK stand at SALTEX 2017 was the new Bahia Hydro 80 MKHP4 E-Connect ride-on mower, which also won the SALTEX 2017 innovation award. Thanks to a series of clever technological innovations, the new E-Connect Hydro 80 is even easier to use and a pleasure to work with. Features include: a membrane keypad and a new LCD display; the RFID antenna, with the key ignition replaced by the use of RFID cards for simple, touch-sensitive starting; and, a full shut-down system, so the battery can be protected and saved during extended machine stops. An app allows recognition and display of nearby machines with Bluetooth, while additional information about the machine, instruction manuals and available accessories, straightforward ordering of parts and accessories, as well


as easy monitoring of maintenance periods and costs are all close at hand. The Hydro 80 is a versatile machine that can collect in all conditions, and benefits from a standard mulching insert. The 80cm cutting width, 240 litre collecting box, and impressive Kawasaki FS481H 11.7 kW engine give it impressive cutting performance and power. Thanks to a range of additional accessories, users are able to extend the versatility of the machine, ready for any scenario. Commenting on the launch of the Bahia MKHP4 E-Connect, Etesia UK operations director said: “This machine will appeal to fleet managers who wish to keep accurate records on what the machine has been doing in terms of maintenance, costings, performance, and output. It can also be fitted with a range of attachments for a wide range of applications.”

Specialist tree anchoring kits Green-tech has launched a new range of specialist tree anchoring kits at Futurescape 2017. The new tree anchoring kits have been developed in partnership with Anchor Systems (International) Ltd, the leading manufacturer of ground anchoring systems. Richard Kay, Chairman said: “We’re excited to unveil, after an extensive R&D period, our new tree anchoring kits. They are borne from the extensive civil engineering, ground


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reinforcement and utility knowledge of The Anchor Systems team and our own wealth of knowledge that comes from supplying anchor systems to the landscape industry for nearly 25 years.” Extensive feedback and first-hand experience has given Green-tech a unique insight into installer needs and pitfalls with available systems. The Anchor Systems team has addressed these to design and manufacture a robust and reliable system that meets all end-user requirements. Hadley Smith, Operations Director from Anchor Systems (International) Ltd comments: “Anchor Systems operates throughout Europe, and draws on two decades of experience in geotechnical and structural stabilisation. With our technical support, advice, design specification, and site testing services, we have been able to produce a range of high-quality anchoring systems for Green-tech that will meet the needs of landscape architects, contractors, designers and clients.” Richard continues: “The tree anchoring kits are fully

supported by technical drawings, method statements, installation videos, and site visits to assist with initial installations.” Green-tech has stands 47-50, and visitors to Futurescape are able to see the new tree anchoring kits and speak to Green-tech and Anchor Systems teams, pick up a copy of the new 2018 product catalogue, and see a selection of Green-tech’s best sellers from Green-tree soils and John Chambers Wildflower Seed to Green Screens, and recently launched soil conditioner TerraCottem Arbor. Richard Gill, Sales Director commented: “FutureScape is a hugely popular and successful show for us, so it is apt that we unveil our new 2018 catalogue and launch our new anchor systems here. A significant amount of time and effort has gone into the new anchors, and we are hugely excited about presenting them to the market. The Anchor Systems team has a great pedigree, is incredibly experienced and been a joy to work with. Feedback so far has been incredibly positive.”

Zero percentage finance To celebrate being named the ‘Best Builder’s Truck’ for the sixth year running by leading UK business van magazine ‘Trade Van Driver’, Isuzu Truck UK has launched a 0% finance deal for its Grafter N35.120T twin rear wheeled tipper models, with 50 of these Grafters being made instantly available to customers on a limited first-come, first-serve basis. As part of the incentive deal, there are two 0% finance options available, covering either a three-year or four-year period respectively, with the deals being available from all


the company’s nationwide network of sales dealers. VAT, Road Fund Licence and document fees apply to each deal, with the Grafter 0% finance being available through BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions. “The Isuzu Grafter 3.5tonne tipper is a natural fit within the working environments experienced within the building and construction industries,” said Pete Murphy, managing director, Isuzu Truck UK. “This limited time opportunity enables customers to strengthen their tipper fleets with our award-winning Grafter twin rear wheel model. The Grafter is

REACHES FURTHER, LIFTS HEAVIER The Volvo EC27D is a stand-out machine: the best in its class in terms of power and reach. With over 42 kN of combined digging forces, this 2.7 tonne excavator beats the competition in both side lifting and front lifting – and with an exceptionally large operating range of up to 4.7 metres. Intuitive controls, excellent stability and the industry-leading Volvo cab environment together make the EC27D the operator’s choice. Auto-idle and automatic engine shutdown reduce noise, cut fuel consumption and reduce maintenance costs while helping to ensure a higher resale value when the time comes to trade it in. Although, with your authorised Volvo dealer supporting you with maintenance and servicing, you won’t be needing to trade this machine in for a long time. Building Tomorrow.

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The Jeep vehicle line-up consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

Scrappage and Swappage Technology and Design The most capable SUV ever delivers even more legendary Jeep® 4x4 capability, a modern design that stays true to the original, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, more open-air options, and is loaded with more safety features and advanced technology than ever before. The all-new Wrangler’s interior design combines authentic styling, precision craftsmanship and high-quality materials that result in improved versatility and comfort for drivers and passengers. The all-new Wrangler’s unique design includes an instantly recognizable keystone-shaped grille, iconic round headlamps and square tail lamps, improved aerodynamics, a convenient fold-down windshield for off-road purists, even more open-air freedom, and dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations. Additional images and complete vehicle information will be available November 29 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Mercedes-Benz Vans UK’s Scrappage and Swappage programme enables van owners and operators to change their older model vans for cleaner EU6 models that have the latest technological advancements. For owners of EU1 - EU3 vehicles, the Scrappage programme gives customers the opportunity to get a new Mercedes-Benz van or an EU6 Approved Used vehicle, while their old van is scrapped. The Scrappage programme offers customers a deposit contribution of between £1,000 and £5,600, depending on the model (excluding VAT).

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The Swappage programme is aimed at both retail and small fleets of up to 24 EU4 - EU5 vans. These customers will be able to ‘swap’ the older vehicles for a new, EU6 MercedesBenz van with the support of an additional deposit contribution between £2,000 and £5,100, depending on the model (excluding VAT). Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, commented: “I’m not surprised that most of the headline-grabbing scrappage schemes available to motorists have been received with a degree of scepticism by the media and the general public; it isn’t always financially

Improved Productivity Reesink has announced a brand-new Toro rotary mower designed to improve productivity by going longer between stops. Revealed at SALTEX 2017, the ProLine H800 direct collect rotary mower promises to boost productivity and revolutionise clipping clear-up for groundscare professionals across the UK. With a 41ltr fuel tank and 810ltr collector, plus the ability to change the height of cut without stopping, Reesink Turfcare says productivity is at an all-time high with this machine. Jeff Anguige, national sales manager at Reesink, says: “This launch will appeal to councils and landscape


viable for someone to come out of an aged vehicle straight in to a new van. “This is why we have explored all our options in terms of genuinely supporting customers to be in cleaner, newer models as this doesn’t always mean a new van; we’ve been offering EU6 on some models since 2015. To offer a Scrappage and Swappage programme supports our commitment to having the safest and cleanest vans on the road and underpins our pledge to keep Britain’s businesses moving.”

contractors looking for minimum downtime. The fuel tank is large enough to power a full day’s work, while the generous capacity of the collector is accompanied by a sensor that alerts the operator when it’s full. This avoids unnecessary stopping to check and empty it.” Jeff continues: “With the ProLine, you simply switch the mower on and go, most of the chores are done for you. Once the collector is full, the deck automatically disengages to prevent overfilling or grass going uncollected. Clippings can be emptied into a truck bed effortlessly with the high lift system, which can be raised to almost two metres in height and remotely controlled from the operator’s station.” To further reduce interruptions, the height of cut can be changed between 20 - 110mm from the operator’s seat, enabling quick and intuitive adjustment. The automatic deck cleaning wipers means no time is wasted stopping to unclog the machine. The 26.1hp engine powers up to 12,000m2 of mowing

NEWS per hour, throughout which the ProLine’s high performance cutting system delivers a clean quality of cut ideal for sports fields and commercial sites. The machine affords excellent visibility, enabling trimming up to pathway and border edges. The welded bull nose bumper and heavy-duty caster forks are built to withstand knocks, and long-lasting skid protection makes it a machine to be relied on.

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Wipe-Out and Green-Out

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Rigby Taylor has announced two new specialist paints for marking lines on multi-use pitches and training grids where rapid changeover of sports is needed and existing lines and stencils have to be covered up. Both will conceal pitch line markings and stencilled logos.

Leading commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Truck UK has announced the launch of its new website, with the newly designed and fully responsive website specifically designed for the company’s key audiences, highlighting the various body types and vehicle weights available within the latest Isuzu truck range.

Wipe-Out paints deliver a bright white or vibrant colour line that lasts as long as conditions remain dry, but is easily removed with water – making them ideal for rapid changeover between sports with different line markings. Two formulations are available: Wipe-Out G for use on natural grass, and Wipe-Out S for synthetic surfaces. WipeOut G is applied through a spray or transfer wheel marker, or can be applied with a brush or roller for stencilled logos. The paint is simply removed with a pressure washer or hose with a soft brush attachment. Wipe-Out S is applied as a spray. It is not water soluble, but is removed using Duraline dissolving solution. Also new from Rigby Taylor is Green-Out, a paint that covers up existing lines or stencils through an advanced technology green paint available in both an Impact Readyto-Use formulation or as a Duraline Dilutable Concentrate. Unlike traditional green paint used for this purpose, GreenOut blends in better with the natural grass surfaces. All products available in 10-litre packs.


Explaining the rationale behind the new website, Pete Murphy, managing director, Isuzu Truck UK said: “The website redesign makes it as easy as possible for customers to find the product or service information that they are looking for. We have focused on creating as much valuable new content as possible, which takes the form of downloadable industry guides, blog posts and other interesting documents that cover the key topics affecting both our retail and fleet customers.” The new ITUK website has been designed to help customers identify the optimum vehicle selection by identifying all the different Isuzu trucks available, by weight, by body and by industry, with each GVW type having its own product page. Visitors can either scroll through the key facts about the individual vehicle specification or they can download individual spec sheets for more detailed information. The company’s award-winning CARE programme also features prominently throughout the website and is a key part of the Isuzu offering for customers, new and old. At the same time, the site provides a new dealer locator tool, which makes it far easier to identify local Isuzu Truck sales, service and parts dealer support. Featured in the website there are sections covering

NEWS key points within the Isuzu global and UK history as well as showcasing the outstanding technical innovation and expertise that drives the Isuzu R&D and vehicle development programmes. “It was important that within the redesign we provided substantial real genuine value to our customers who visit the site, as well as helping them make the right vehicle choice for their particular application,” commented Pete Murphy. “It’s all about helping our customers by providing them with valuable information to support their ongoing vehicle purchase programmes,”

arm rests, and the frame on the APEX can be fitted with a Rollover Protection System (ROPS) for added protection. Powering through the work is a premium-grade Kawasaki V-Twin (726cc) engine. The APEX zero-turn is available in two models: APEX 48 with a 122cm (48”) cutter deck and the APEX 52 with a 132cm (52”) cutter deck. With its commercial grade DNA, the APEX is a highly durable zero-turn and will outlast most other machines in its class. The Ariens brand has been family owned for more than 80 years, and is rapidly growing in the UK with a large network

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Designed and built with the professional in mind, Ariens Company has introduced the new APEX zero-turn mower to the UK. The Ariens name has built on a reputation for engineering excellence, and the APEX zero-turn continues this tradition with its ‘built to last’ quality. Well-crafted components, Hydro-Gear® transaxles, and a robust four-point cutting deck bring commercial performance. The APEX features an industry-leading frame design, with large formed tubular rails serving as the backbone to support the machine loads.

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has launched two new sales campaigns, one targeting the British public, and the second focused on trade. The public campaign, in association with Headline Sponsor and BALI Registered Affiliate member Gabriel Ash, focuses on promoting a ‘transforming spaces and creating new places’ theme, aimed squarely at the domestic market, designed to specifically raise awareness of the BALI brand to an ABC profile audience that might be looking for local landscapers, garden designers and suppliers in their area. The campaign will run until 31 March 2018, and will consist of offline and online adverts, including social and video, with chances to win Amazon vouchers. Di Limam, Managing Director of Gabriel Ash, commented on the campaign: “Gabriel Ash is delighted to be working alongside BALI on its public sales campaign. As a direct selling organisation, it provides the perfect opportunity for us to promote our award-winning RHS endorsed products to more than one million potential customers.” The campaign can be found at: BALI’s second campaign, in association with Headline

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The highly durable 10-gauge steel deck is 14cm (5 ½”) deep, with a reinforced leading edge providing the airflow needed to tackle tough mowing conditions. It has fifteen cutting positions in 0.6cm (¼”) increments, selected using a foot-operated deck lift and vertical pin system. A Constant Belt Tension System ensures the belt is always at the right tension to minimise wear and heat, while providing enhanced belt life with minimal adjustments. The large tyres provide superior traction and ride quality. The APEX has an adjustable high-back seat with padded

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NEWS Sponsor and BALI Registered Affiliate member Westminster Stone, centres around the promotion of the Association’s extensive membership benefit services. It was developed to help increase the number of new members joining the association in this membership year, up to the end of March 2018. BALI is offering one organisation or individual the chance to win a £1,000 holiday voucher towards their next overseas trip, for any new member who joins between 1 November 2017 and 31 March 2018.

John Clifford, Managing Director of Westminster Stone, commented: “We are proud to sponsor BALI’s trade campaign, as importers, manufacturers and retailers of the most innovative paving and flooring ranges in the UK, this is an opportunity to offer BALI members our extensive product ranges plus an array of benefits under our Approved Contractor scheme.” View the trade campaign, including terms of the competition at:

Intelligent Winner Intelligent One (iO), the world’s first autonomous robot dedicated to the hands-free, initial marking and overmarking of sports pitches, running tracks and much more, has won the prestigious Innovation Award at the SALTEX 2017 exhibition. Available from Rigby Taylor – the company at the forefront of supplying innovative products for the successful management and maintenance of turf surfaces – iO combines the latest technology with the award winning, global-leading Impact ready-to-use paint and is ideally suited for multi-pitches and multi-facilities marking. It was for these reasons that a panel of expert judges selected iO the winner over a host of other contenders for the award at SALTEX. Featuring a sophisticated built-in GPS-RTK receiver that links with a portable base station for accurate and reliable global satellite referencing, the iO operating tablet can plot and store multi-use line marking templates. Once manoeuvred into place by the operator from directions sent by the tablet, the iO will, for example, mark out a football pitch – all the perimeter and playing area straight lines, the ‘D’ areas, centre circle, corner angles and even the penalty spot without the operator having any physical contact with the machine. Even pitches with fixed post sockets can be marked. The iO can be programmed to mark multiple pitches at, for instance, a training ground, and will move to an adjacent pitch to carry on marking. It can mark all day because it comes with rechargeable lithium ion batteries and changer. Impact paint provides the brightest, whitest line that lasts, and as it is a ready-to-use formulation, there is no mixing, no measuring no pouring, and no added water. The operator has virtually no contact with the paint since a flow tube is simply inserted into the paint container then the iO


can start marking. The iO is capable of marking the following sports surfaces: football - any length/width and including fixed sockets; rugby (union and league); multi-lane athletic running tracks; tennis courts; and lacrosse, hockey and American football pitches. The iO marking of additional sports surfaces is currently under development.

Ecological Imagery Bluesky has supplied high-resolution aerial photography for a major conservation project to protect and transform moorlands in northern England. Purchased by The Moors for the Future Partnership, as part of the Euro16 million MoorLIFE 2020 project, the Bluesky photography provides a bird’s eye view of the area, reducing the need for site visits. The imagery helps identify areas in need of attention, and is used to accurately estimate quantities of materials needed for works. MoorLIFE 2020 aims to improve the ecological condition of 95 sq km of blanket bog in the South Pennines Special Area of Conservation, and reduce its susceptibility to wildfire through re-vegetating bare peat, improving hydrology and diversifying existing vegetation. Co-financed by Severn

NEWS Trent Water, Yorkshire Water and United Utilities, MoorLIFE 2020 also received Euro12 million of funding from the EU Life programme, the largest ever to a UK nature conservation project at the time. “To achieve the project aim, the funding will be spent on ambitious conservation works, extensive scientific monitoring and research, together with a programme of public and stakeholder engagement,” commented Rebecca Cassidy from the Moors for the Future Partnership. “As most of the work is done across wide expanses of rugged moorland, aerial surveys are an effective way to evaluate these areas at scale, and quality imagery is vital.” Using the Bluesky aerial photography within the Partnership’s desktop Geographical Information Systems (GIS), staff has been able to identify and map areas of eroding bare peat and different types and densities of vegetation. This information can be used to inform future works, saving time on the ground and potentially saving money by reducing the risk of over- or under-ordering materials needed in the field. The Moors for the Future Partnership is led by the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA), and has been


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working since 2003 to protect the most degraded landscape in Europe. Using innovative conservation techniques, it has transformed more than 32 sq km of black degraded peat in the National Park and South Pennines. A monitoring programme provides evidence of the effectiveness of techniques used and is backed up by innovative communications. The work of the partnership is delivered by the Moors for the Future staff team, with the PDNPA as the lead and accountable body. It is supported by partners, including the Environment Agency, Natural England, National Trust, RSPB, Pennine Prospects, and representatives of the moorland owner and farming community.

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Increased Fleet The new EC27C is the fourth machine in a line to join C D McNeill’s contracting fleet, who took delivery of the first of its kind to be sold in Great Britain some seven years ago and, prior to that, had a history of operating the Volvo 2.5 tonne EC25s over time. “We recognise the qualities of the Volvo product in terms of reliability, but more importantly, the after sales support that comes as standard from CSM Sales Ltd, which is why we’ve decided to replace like with like,” says Grant McNeill. Joining a mixed fleet of equipment that includes compact excavators up to seven tonnes as well as site dumpers and rollers, the EC27C is powered by a Volvo 1.6 litre low-emission, Stage III engine, coupled to a load-sensing hydraulic system for optimum performance and fuel saving. The EC27C features Volvo’s industry-leading comfortable cab for less fatigue and more production. Harrowden_Landscaper_Jun16_Layout 1 14/06/2016 11:33 Page 1

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NEWS The ergonomically designed cab offers greater leg and foot room, making it one of the most spacious in its category; the machine supplied to C D McNeill features an optional high-back seat that includes servo hydraulics levers that are integral to the seat unit, for maximum operator comfort. As a good deal of contracting work involves the removal and replacement of tarmac driveways, paths and car parking areas, CD McNeill has added protective chequer plate to the underside of the dipper arm. “Adding this simple feature saves a lot of damage to the arm when we are loading slabs of broken-up tarmac and helps to keep the machine looking fresh,” explains Grant. Established more than 49 years ago, C D McNeill offers a comprehensive contracting service throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. This includes general groundworks, hill road maintenance, work on large estates and tarmac and asphalt laying. CSM Sales Ltd is headed up by Managing Director, Calum Shaw, and is based at Longman Industrial Estate, Inverness.

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International Focus With nearly 800 visitors attending over two weeks in October, the Doosan Bobcat Demo Days (at Dobříš in the Czech Republic), attracted dealers and customers from around 30 countries. It is a unique opportunity for dealers to invite their customers and prospects to try out the full range of Doosan and Bobcat machines in working conditions, and provides an opportunity to talk to product specialists and demonstrators. Franck Hauville, Deputy Chief Investment Officer at CAP SEINE, and a visitors from France commented: “I was very grateful for the invitation and highly enjoyed a great Demo Days full of enriching discoveries. The visit was a total success in many ways: the organisation, the availability of the team, the smiles from all and the wide range of Doosan/Bobcat equipment presented and made available for testing. All ended by a spectacular show.” The venue for Demo Days is the Doosan Bobcat Campus, which combines a manufacturing plant, innovation centre, and a training centre. It is also the development point

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of new machines and technology, including the Doosan Portable Power range, prototyping and pre-production, and the delivery of training for dealers and customers in EMEA. Opened in 2007, and expanded in 2015, the 6000m2 training center provides training for the entire portfolio of Doosan and Bobcat products. It aims to encourage business growth through the development of professional skills across the business, and offers world-class training to dealer management, sales forces, service staff and aftermarket teams, and Doosan Bobcat employees. The Training Center has four training rooms, offices, five workshops, and 15,000m2 of outdoor area for working with Doosan and Bobcat machines. At Demo Days, the external space is maximised to give customers plenty of room to drive and operate even the largest machines from the Doosan range, including crawler and wheeled excavators, wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks. Demo Days also offers customers the full lineup of the latest products under the Bobcat brand, including skid-steer and compact track loaders, compact excavators, telehandlers and attachments. One of the highlights of the Demo Days is – as the name states – the demo show. It is a new show on every occasion, and uses live music, performing artists, colour laser lights, fog effects, and fireworks.


Student’s design shortlisted Writtle University College postgraduate student Eunjung Jun’s garden design for the Salvation Army’s Hadleigh Training Centre near Southend has been shortlisted for a Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Student Award. There are nine other shortlisted entries, with results announced in February 2018. Eunhung’s Life Cycle Garden features naturalistic and wildlife-friendly planting, which changes with the seasons, offering a colour-changing view throughout the year along with new seasonal opportunities for teaching horticultural practices to trainees. As well as showcasing trainees’ work, the garden would provide public spaces for socialising, meeting, and connecting with nature. Eunjung suggests it could also be a space for community seasonal events, such as a summer film festival or decorating Christmas trees. The design features cutting and vegetable gardens, and wildlife pond half-page area with planting changes RH a'Variety' The that Landscaper:Layout

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NEWS Eunjung completed a conversion course in Garden Design at Writtle University College last year, and is now studying for an MA in Garden Design. She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this award. My garden design could give tutors at the centre the opportunity to plan their teaching around the seasons, from taking cuttings to harvesting vegetables, from flower arranging to cooking with the fruits from the native hedgerows.” Eunjung completed the project under the guidance of garden design lecturer Steve Terry. He said: “I am thrilled for Eunjung, who has taken quite a difficult brief and created a design that works on many levels incorporating education, ecology, horticultural opportunities and revealing the work of the Salvation Army to the wider public. “The design is sophisticated and successful in bringing all these elements together. I wish Eunjung the best of luck with her nomination; it is well deserved.” More information about the awards at

Unique technology Ferris introduces the 400S light duty commercial zeroturn mower that uses unique mowing technology to provide commercial cutters with superior performance, quality and comfort. Featuring the patented suspension technology, heavyduty Hydro-Gear Commercial ZT-3100 Drive System, and speeds up to 13 km/h, the 400S is capable of tackling tight places, providing maximum manoeuvrability and productivity. The patented suspension system with adjustable coilover-shocks at the rear wheels, and a motion dampening, fabricated pivoting axle with shock absorbers at the front, offers superior operator comfort and increased mowing productivity. The patented suspension system responds to the most unforgiving terrain with refined control and incomparable steering accuracy. It allows the operator to maintain ground speed on rough underground without slowing down, taking full advantage of the available


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NEWS horsepower resulting in more covered square meters per hour and lower operational costs. Additionally, a Ferris zero-turn mower has no limitations on the daily allowable exposure with regards to hand/arm and whole-body vibrations (HAV’s and WBV’s). Powered by a Briggs & Stratton Commercial Series V-twin petrol engine (23 Gross HP per SAE J1940), the power source runs quietly and smoothly, is cost efficient and especially clean, thanks to the purpose-designed, 5 Step Cyclonic Air Filtration that allows a 250-hours air filter change. The engine is backed with a two-year commercial warranty. The all-new (patent pending), all-in-one mower deck hosts a unique versatility, setting the 400S zero-turn mower apart from the competition. The fabricated mower deck with a cutting width of 122cm (48”) addresses multiple differences across Europe when it comes to keeping tall grass short. Rear discharging, side discharging and mulching are coming as an integrated standard. and the allin-one mower deck offers two different mulching modes. Other features include a foot-operated mower deck lift, a premium high-back adjustable seat with padded arm rests, large, rotational moulded 21 litre fuel tank, large 20x10.0010 drive tires for superb traction, and a fabricated tubular steel bumper to protect the engine compartment. The 400S, with its unique multi-configurable ‘All-inone’ Mower Deck Technology, addresses all European customer needs, and offers a single solution customizable to specific operator preferences, no matter the grass and soil varieties, climate differences or preferred cutting and discharge methods. Specifications: Briggs&Stratton Commercial Series, 23-gross HP, 724cc V-Twin petrol engine with Cyclonic Air Filtration. Dual Hydro-Gear Commercial ZT-3100 transaxles with steel cut gears, charge pumps, shock valves and elevated expansion reservoirs. 122cm multi-configurable, fabricated steel mower deck with Triple technology and standard mulching inserts. Patented Suspension system. Foot operated deck lift with cutting height ranging from 38-114 mm in 0,6cm increments. Large 20x10.00-10 drive tyres and 11x4.00-5 caster tires. Ground speed up to 13 km/h with a productivity up to 1,27 Ha/hour (based on 80% efficiency). The 400S includes the Ferris 4 Year Limited Warranty, which covers the unit for four years (48 months) or 500 hours, whichever occurs first. (Belts, tires, brake pads, battery and blades are covered for 90 days.)

Green Spaces The shortlists for this year’s Fields in Trust Awards have been announced. For the third year the UK’s Best Park Award, as voted by YOU! will celebrate the nation’s favourite park following nominations by the public of 360 parks and with almost 15,000 votes cast. Four local green spaces have been shortlisted: Craigavon City Park in County Armagh, Roath Park in Cardiff, Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire and Stanley Park in Blackpool. The nominators of each of the four shortlisted local green spaces will be invited to Lords Cricket Ground to represent their parks at the Fields in Trust Awards on Wednesday 29th November, where the overall winner and UK’s Best Park 2017 will be named. The event will be hosted by sports presenter and journalist Jacqui Oatley. Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths said: “ The increased number of nominations, and large number of votes cast show just how much the UK’s parks and green spaces are cherished by people who regularly visit

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NEWS them. At Fields in Trust, our latest research shows a direct link between using parks and green spaces and positive health and wellbeing but, despite their clear health benefits, parks and green spaces are facing an uncertain future all across the UK. Cuts to local authority budgets are making it increasingly difficult to maintain these non-statutory services and this, coupled with continued development pressure, leaves our parks and green spaces in a vulnerable position. Recognising the UK’s favourite parks is a way of highlighting their contribution to our communities. I congratulate the four shortlisted parks, and wish them all the very best of luck at the Fields in Trust Awards later this month.” Awards host, sports presenter and journalist Jacqui Oatley said: “I am delighted to be hosting this year’s Fields in Trust Awards and can’t wait to hear stories of the fantastic work being done on green spaces across the UK.” Fields in Trust is a national charity that operates throughout the UK to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites.

Property Listings Fall The latest Property Supply Index compiled by online estate agents reveals new supply levels have fallen again in October. figures show the total number of new properties marketed by estate agents across the UK last month was down 4.3% on September, and 1.2% lower in London. This follows a 20% spike in new listings in September, after a quiet summer. Every month, analyses the numbers of new properties listed by estate agents in more than 100 major UK towns and cities to compile its Property Supply Index. The latest Index reveals that three quarters (75.2%) of UK towns and cities saw new property listings fall in October vs. September, with supply dropping 37.4% in Torquay and 37.0% in Oxford. Wolverhampton also has the unenviable accolade of being the only city in the UK where new property listings have fallen for the fifth consecutive month. Alex Gosling, CEO of online estate agents HouseSimple. com, comments: “A shortage of new properties coming

onto the market has been an issue for as long as anyone can remember, and despite a substantial boost in supply in September, levels have lapsed again in October, albeit they only retreated 4.3% which is cause for some optimism. “The housing market is in desperate need of a prolonged period of supply growth rather than isolated months where seller numbers rise, only to fall back the following month. We probably won’t see numbers jump again this year, but steady levels in November and December would at least give the market a strong base going into the New Year, particularly with some heavy Brexit headwinds heading our way. The Government can also play its part by delivering a positive Autumn Budget for the UK property market in a couple of weeks’ time. A shake-up of the stamp duty tax system would be a good start.”

Tackling Microdochium Patch How to manage Microdochium Patch, the disease that occurs on more than 90% of UK golf courses, is addressed in a new guide from Bayer. Dr Colin Mumford, Bayer technical manager, explains the guides covers all aspects of managing the plant disease – from understanding the issue and identification, to preventing and curing the disease. “Pesticides continue to come under increasing regulatory pressure,” says Colin. “For this reason, greenkeepers should be looking to implement an integrated approach to disease management, with the view of reducing reliance on chemicals. The guide clearly explains that cultural and biological practices should be considered ahead of any pesticide usage. It’s all about reducing the risk of disease outbreaks so that chemical applications are limited.” If chemical control is required, Colin notes the

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NEWS importance of selecting the appropriate fungicide for the individual disease outbreak: “Whether you need a systemic or contact acting product, or want to know how to rotate fungicide groups, the guide will assist in your decision. It really is a one-stop-shop to helping greenkeepers tackle Microdochium Patch.” The recent news about the withdrawal of all products containing iprodione, including Chipco® Green and Interface® from Bayer, reinforces the importance of an integrated approach to disease management. “The loss of iprodione alone reduces the available number of fungicide groups for turf managers from six to five,” comments Colin. “With other chemicals also due for assessment, a further reduction in the total number of products on the market for turf disease control is to be expected. It’s therefore important for turf managers to appreciate that the continued pressure on contact acting chemistry will mean that they need to adopt a preventative disease control strategy.” The guide is available from the Bayer website.

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NEWS and redistributes the infill evening, minimizing compaction on the surface and improving its performance – giving consistent playing characteristics while preventing pile damage caused by reduced infill levels. A contributory factor to the reduction of compaction is that the Osca’s working width will use fewer passes than other more conventional drag brushes to complete a pitch. Its aggressive brushing action agitates the upper infill level of the surface from side to side, as well as brushing forward, helping reduce surface compaction and encourage the fibers to stand up straight, which reduces the risk of contamination, drainage problems and leaves a consistent playing surface across the whole pitch. Dan, who uses the Osca on a bi-weekly basis, has

reported excellent results since using the product: “The SISIS Osca is a great machine to keep fibers standing up in synthetic turf and the dual oscillating brushes work in a different way to any other product on the market – in fact that was a key feature in me purchasing the machine.” “This product will save us money in the long run as it will eliminate the need for bringing in contractors and it will extend the life of our synthetic turf. The Osca is also incredibly simple and easy to operate – we just attach it to our tractor using the correct PTO – and adjust the speed depending on the level of brushing needed.” “I would absolutely recommend the SISIS Osca to anyone who is looking to improve their synthetic turf – it has now become a staple in our synthetic turf maintenance.”

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NEWS considerations, Hartley Wintney GC called on the services of Terrain Aeration. The greens are cut using a John Deere 2500E, which reduces triplex ring with exclusive offset cutting units, and a Baroness LM55 Pedestrian. Prior to the Terrain Aeration treatment, a Verti-Drain was used with 12mm diameter tines to a depth of 250mm to open up the surface and allow the compressed air to escape during treatment. A Toro ProCore was also used to remove thatch from the surface. Following preparation, Terrain Aeration moved in with the specialist Superscamper Terralift deep penetration aeration system, working two metres apart, to blast air at 18 bar pressure to break up the compaction and panning. Where the ground is exceptionally hard, the specially incorporated JCB hammer drives the probe down to the one metre depth, where it releases the air blast, followed by the injection of dried seaweed. This serves to maintain

the aeration to get oxygen to the grass roots, and continue to relieve compaction – the seaweed swells with moisture, keeping the fissures open. The compressed air exits through the previously created Verti-Drain slits. “The greens were back into play immediately,” says Matthew Rolls, the club’s Course Manager. “One green needed a little levelling to deal with some high spots, but that was to be expected. We then backfilled the holes with Lytag and topped up with rootzone. The two guys from Terrain Aeration were very good, exceptionally helpful, and a pleasure to have on the site.” Terrain Aeration has been treating golf courses, sports pitches, amenity areas, trees and gardens for over twentyfive years using the Terralift deep penetration aeration system, and has a long history of testimonies to the effectiveness of the treatment.

Showcasing Specialist Careers From the largest equine hospital in Europe to a company that specialises in turning desert into green space – there will be a huge range of interesting opportunities on show at Writtle University College’s Careers Fair. More than 60 organisations will be inspiring students at the event - on Wednesday 29 November – with the varied and exciting jobs they could go onto after studying. WUC offers courses in Agriculture, Animal Science and Management, Art & Design, Bioveterinary Science, Equine, Floristry, Global Ecosystem Management, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture & Garden Design, Sport and Veterinary Physiotherapy. Exhibitors will include: The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, Colchester Zoo, the National Trust, English Heritage, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. A specialist veterinary centre will be in attendance, as well as pet behaviour counsellors, a physiotherapy centre and the local Football Association. There will be seed merchants, feed producers, major suppliers of berries and citrus fruits plus landscapers and garden designers. Representatives from professional bodies, charities and organisations giving business support services to the sectors WUC serves will be alongside agribusiness property


consultants and specialist recruitment companies. There will also be employees from genomic research centre the Sanger Institute and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science. Three workshops will include: concentrating on social media and how to use it to find work; the practicalities of running your own business; and, how to survive assessment centres. Mark Yates, Careers Coordinator at Writtle University College, said: “The nature of our specialist courses means that there are some very interesting career options for our students, such as a nutritionist, an equine behaviour consultant or a government research scientist. Nearly 97% of the last Higher Education cohort surveyed were either working or undertaking further study. “The Careers Fair has grown every year, and aims to bring together a breadth of organisations to inspire students with the career possibilities that could be open to them. “Employers really value the chance to talk to students about their future options, and students gain a lot from talking to employers about how their studies are relevant to different opportunities. It’s a great chance for students to think through how their studies will improve their future career and studies.”

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Enhanced EC18D The 1.8 tonne Volvo compact excavator was supplied to proprietor Willie Paterson by SMT GB’s utility dealer, Rockbreakers UK, and replaces an older EC15B which was originally purchased back in 2005. W.T Paterson is a familyrun business, based in Stirling and covering Central Scotland and the surrounding areas. “We’ve been really pleased with the original machine and that prompted us to replace it with the enhanced EC18D with the extending tracks and two-speed travel,” says Willie. “The machine does everything we want of it on site from getting into quite restricted areas to clean out conveyor belts, breaking concrete to expose broken water mains, maintaining ditches and water courses on the property boundaries and general ground maintenance,” he says. “We have the usual assortment of buckets. A hydraulic hammer and, more recently, we’ve added a hedge and ground cover cutter which runs off of the third line.” The Volvo EC18D features a D0.9A Volvo diesel engine that meets the latest EPA Stage-IV emission regulations. Emissions are further kept to a minimum thanks to the optional automatic idling system, which reduces

engine speed to idle if the controls are inactive for more than five seconds. If the machine is left idling for longer, the engine can be automatically shut down. This then stops the hour meter, leading to longer service intervals, lower operating costs and ensuring a better resale value for the machine.

John Deere’s new HPX 815E Gator utility vehicle will be making its public show debut at BTME 2018 in Harrogate next January. This latest diesel powered Gator shares its new styling with the XUV 855M model, which replaces the 855D. The HPX 815E is ruggedly designed for a range of transporting and general materials handling duties in any outdoor environment. Powered by an 18hp 854cc engine working through a two-speed high-low continuously variable transmission, this two-seater vehicle is available with true on-demand four wheel drive and is capable of travelling at speeds of up to 25mph.



FROM KNOWLEDGE TO NETWORKING Within two months of the doors closing at the fantastically successful BTME 2017, two thirds of exhibitors had booked their spot to return the following year. BTME’s reputation as Europe’s leading turf management exhibition for turf professionals and buyers is such that the event would go on to sell out in record time.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Barely contained within the walls of the Harrogate Convention Centre, BTME 2018 will feature an incredible programme of education, product launches and worldrenowned speakers. More than 140 exhibitors from across the turf management industry will showcase their latest products and innovations at the event, which takes place between 23-25 January 2018. The launch of the Continue to Learn programme in October only added to the excitement, as BIGGA members turned their attention to BTME and

the unmissable opportunities for career progression that it presents. Last year’s exhibition saw nearly 9,000 turf managers, golf club owners and industry decision-makers pack into the centre. LEARNING BTME 2018 will feature more than 250 hours of education, including Continue to Learn, the Turf Managers’ Conference, and the GolfBIC Conference. Continue to Learn runs from January 21 – 24 in the

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Harrogate Convention Centre’s Queen’s Suite, and The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate. In addition to the hundreds of hours of education, there will be new innovations such as a Careers Clinic, hosted by Tony Martin, managing director of Golf Recruit. Mock interviews will also be held, with some of the leading names within the turf management industry on hand to give BIGGA members the chance to practice their interview techniques. DISCUSSION A highlight of this year’s programme will be the return of the industry-leading discussion panel, hosted by television

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CAMPEY TURF CARE SYSTEMS Many new and innovative products will be on the Campey stand. These include the exciting new rotors for the Koro Field Top Maker, which are already making a name for themselves treating the fine turf at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Other exciting machines include Vredo’s compact seeders, the phenomenal Imants Shockwave, Dakota spreaders, and the latest Omarv Alba scarifier, collector.

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CHARTERHOUSE TURF MACHINERY For the past 35 years, Charterhouse Turf Machinery has provided Groundsmen and Greenkeepers with professional machinery, to keep both natural and synthetic playing surfaces first rate. Charterhouse distributes the Redexim range of aerators, overseeders, topdressers and scarifiers for natural turf, as well as one of the best ranges of synthetic turf maintenance machinery – everything from a light surface brush to a full deep clean. As a trading division of Charterhouse, the specialist landscaping and turfcare equipment from Blec is also available. To further compliment this, Charterhouse is also exclusive UK distributors for the Graden range of verticutters.

DENNIS & SISIS Dennis and SISIS return to BTME 2016 with a range of products engineered to provide turf professionals with machines that really perform. On display from the SISIS product portfolio will be the tractor-mounted Javelin Aer-Aid, the pedestrian 600HD, and the tractor-mounted TM1000 scarifiers and linear aerators. Dennis will showcase the Razor Ultra 11 bladed mower and the popular FT510 interchangeable cassette mower. EUROPEAN TURFGRASS LABORATORIES European Turfgrass Laboratories aims to provide the turfgrass industry with a complete testing facility for all materials used in the construction process, and is now in its 21st year of business. Both on the USGA list of approved physical testing laboratories and 1 of only 10 worldwide A2LA-accredited laboratories in the field of Geotechnical (Putting Green Materials), ETL can test sand, gravels, soils, peat, rootzones and irrigation water. Choosing the right construction materials is paramount to the completion of a successful project. JOHN DEERE John Deere’s new 8900A PrecisionCut fairway mower will be on show alongside the award-winning 9009A TerrainCut rough mower from the A Model range, featuring the advanced TechControl display. The industry’s



biggest choice of hybrid electric cylinder mowers is represented by the pioneering 2500E greens mower, equipped with revolutionary Quick Adjust cutting units and the SpeedLink system for extremely quick height-ofcut adjustment. The whisper-quiet TE Gator electric utility vehicle is also on display, together with a versatile 2R Series small chassis compact tractor and 180SL PrecisionCut walkbehind greens mower, incorporating a fixed-head version of the patented SpeedLink technology.

MAXICROP UK Maxicrop will be exhibiting its range of seaweed extracts, bio-stimulants and liquid fertiliser products at BTME Harrogate 2017. The company’s well known and trusted brand is an established part of many turf managers programmes, and can be used successfully to produce top-quality, hard-wearing and well-presented sports turf of all types.

emphasis on being smart with its Central Control system. Regular demonstrations will be carried out throughout the event’s three days, to demonstrate the power, efficiency, and operator programming simplicity. Witness how real-time PC interaction with Rain Bird’s latest technology – IC (Integrated RAIN BIRD EUROPE Control) field modules and smart sensors can improve labour Rain Bird will be exhibiting its golf range of25/10/17 products with08:55 time, ease Page 1 diagnostics, and save the club money by reducing



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THE GRASS GROUP The Grass Group’s product extensive range includes mowers, stoneburiers, scarifiers, blowers, vacuum sweepers/ collectors, supplied to professionals engaged in the care, maintenance and management of turf. The Grass Group has been established for more than 25 years, and is one of the UK’s premier turf and grounds maintenance equipment suppliers for professionals in the care of sports fields, golf courses, recreational areas, cemeteries, airports and schools. It represents a number of prestigious brands including Progressive, Rotadairon and CTI for Tines and bedknives.

overall cost of long term ownership. These demonstrations will complement the existing range of high-quality, innovative, reliable and well-engineered products that have established Rain Bird as the irrigation market leader all over the world.

RIGBY TAYLOR On Stand B60, greenkeepers and groundsman will find cost-effective grass seed, fertilisers and other consumable products from Rigby Taylor. In addition to the company’s constantly evolving range of industry-leading grass seeds from Top Green – including high-performing and marketleading tetraploid mixtures – Rigby Taylor will launch a unique grass seed treatment for improved germination and accelerated plant establishment. The company’s stand will also display the latest developments in fertiliser super microgranulation and wetting agent chemistry. A further innovation on display will be the world’s first automatic linemarking robot. Called ‘Intelligent One’ the machine has been developed around Rigby Taylor’s award winning Impact line-marking paint. The company’s marketleading position now includes an industry-first partnership with The Football Association’s Pitch Improvement Programme. Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity of winning two pairs of tickets to see the England vs. Holland match at Wembley.


TYM TRACTORS With Reesink Turfcare now also offering TYM tractors, the Toro turf machinery distributor has products that are a great fit for Toro customers looking for a compact tractor to work alongside their Toro equipment. TYM tractors are ideal for use with popular Toro units such as the ProCore aerator and ProPass topdresser. They can also be fitted with an array of attachments such as loaders and backhoes. TYM is well established as the tractor of choice among golf clubs, sports stadiums, local authorities and landscape contractors in the USA, Australia and Europe. YAMAHA MOTOR EUROPE Yamaha Golf Cars have been designed with one goal in mind – to be the world's best golf car. Drawing on half a century of two-wheel experience, Yamaha has utilised its technological expertise to design and build the Yamaha G29 Golf Car. On display will be the latest G29 E model, with its purpose-made Yamaha 48V electric motor, and the YTF2, a utility version designed to carry loads. Yamaha experts will advise on the many different purchase and lease options, and explain the range of different vehicles and specifications, including the petrol engine G29 car and specialist bespoke vehicles.

BTME THE EXHIBITOR LISTING: Acumen ClearWater AFT Trenchers Ltd Agronomic Services Ltd Aitkens Amazone Ltd Apex Tool Solutions Ltd Aqua Aid Europe Aquatrols Askham Bryan College Automated Managed Services B. A. Hydro Solutions Ltd Bailoy Products Barcham Trees Plc Barenbrug UK Baroness Bayer Bernhard and Company Better Billy Bunker Blec Global Ltd BMS Border Sports Services Ltd British Sugar TOPSOIL Campey Turf Care Systems Carrus Charterhouse Chikara / Katana Club Car / Ingersollrand Compo Expert UK Ltd County Sport Surfaces County Turf Ltd CRL - Clive Richardson Ltd Dalton Cooper Delta-T Devices Dennis & Sisis Duncan Ross Ltd Durabunker Ltd Eagle Ecobunker Ltd Ecosol Turfcare Ernest Doe & Sons Ltd European Turfgrass Laboratories Farmura Ltd Fineturf Machinery Forthroots Ltd Gambetti UK Ltd Garfitts International GBR Technology Limited GCSAA Germinal GKB Machines Global Turf Equipment UK Ltd Golf Club Managers Association

GolfBIC - Creative Golf Video GolfBIC - GRN OGRO GolfBIC Intelligentgolf GolfBIC - Majestic Coffee GolfBIC - Remus Rewards Ltd Greenacres Artificial Grass Greentech Sportsturf Ltd GreenTek Solutions Grillo Agrigarden Ltd Groundsman Industries Headland Amenity Ltd Humber Palmer Hunter Industries Hurrells & McLean Seeds Ltd Husqvarna Huxley Golf ICL Indigrow Ltd Institute of Groundsmanship Inturf Jac. Uittenbogaard & Zonen BV John Deere Johnsons Sports Seed Kioti Koch Turf & Ornamental Kubota Lastec UK Limagrain UK Lindum Turf Lloyds / Hunters LS Systems M H Goals Ltd Martin Lishman Ltd Maxicrop UK Maxstim Merrist Wood College MIXTO UK MJ Abbott Ltd Mosquito Magnet MTD Speciality Turf Products Myerscough College One Ash Training Ltd Otterbine on Reesink Turfcare stand Parnells Perennial Perrot Pinseeker Ltd Plastech Limited Price Turfcare Profusion Environmental Rain Bird Europe Redlynch Leisure

Richard Peel Groundscare Rigby Taylor Ltd Sheltons Sportsturf Drainage Ltd Sherriff Amenity Sibelco SISGrass Soil Biology Ltd Spectrum Technologies Sports Metals SRC Group Srixon SRUC Elmwood St Andrews Management Centre STRI Sustane Natural Fertiliser Symbio Syngenta Tacit Talbot Sports Turf Installations Tarmac Topsport Team Sprayers Textron Golf The Grass Group Thorntrees Amenity

Ltd Tillers Turf Toro Commercial Toro Irrigation Trimax Mowing Systems Triton Golf Ltd Tru-Turf / Double A True Surface by Turfline Turf Machinery Spares TurfCare Turfkeeper Ltd TYM Tractors Ultra Soil Solutions Ltd Union Press Ltd Vale Engineering (York) Ltd Vanmac (Trilo) Velvit Ltd Verde Sports Ltd Vinylguard Golf W. L. Gore & Associates (UK) Ltd Waste2Water Europe Ltd Wiedenmann UK Ltd Wildflower Turf Ltd XL Horticulture Ltd Yamaha Motor Europe

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Iconic London landmark development wins Grand Award

On December 1 st the 41st BALI National Landscape Awards, BALI Registered Contractor Maylim received the coveted Grand Award for One Tower Bridge, a stunning mixed-use development directly adjacent to one of London’s most iconic landmarks. A BALI member since 2013, Maylim has achieved the BALI Grand Award with the company’s first BALI Awards entry, an incredible achievement. The BALI National Landscape Awards, in association with Horticulture Week and headline sponsor Greentech, are held annually at London’s Grosvenor House on Park Lane and are the largest landscape Awards scheme in Europe. They recognise the excellence in landscape design, construction and maintenance, and in Affiliate customer service, achieved by Registered members of the British Association of Landscape Industries. 115 entries were received this year and 80 awards made. The Awards ceremony was hosted by popular BBC journalist and Breakfast business presenter Steph McGovern, who addressed the record-breaking audience of over 1000 BALI members and guests during the luncheon and joined Awards sponsors on stage to present the 29 Principal and Special Awards. The presentation of the Grand Award to Maylim’s Managing Director Thomas O’Mahony, was made by headline sponsor Green-tech’s

Sales Director, Richard Gill. Maylim, who are based in North London, were awarded the Grand Award - BALI’s highest accolade - at this year’s ceremony for their landscaping of the One Tower Bridge. The BALI Awards adjudication panel highlighted the company’s attention to detail throughout the project and their ability to overcome huge logistical challenges as key to their Awards success. Although Maylim have undertaken numerous high profile projects, including Phase one of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment and work to extend Tate Modern, this is the first time they have entered a project into the BALI National Landscape Awards. Commenting on the company’s achievement, chair of the adjudication panel Greg Allen said: “One Tower Bridge is a magnificent advertisement for British landscaping and Maylim is a worthy recipient of the 2017 BALI Grand Award. To receive the highest possible landscaping accolade at their first attempt is remarkable. This year I and my fellow judges were, once again, faced with having to select one scheme that shone out from amongst the other Principal winners that we had identified as truly exceptional. Our choice of One Tower Bridge as the Grand Award winner was unanimous and we applaud and congratulate everyone at Maylim for delivering a beautiful piece of landscaping artistry.”

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Beijing Tsinghua Special Adward for Sensitive Land Restoration

Blakedown Sport Play Elite Player Performance

Bowles Wyer 18 Addison Avenue



Bowles Wyer Roof Terraces

Bowles Wyer St Peter’s college, Phase 1

Chris Parsons James Bird Landscapes

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BALI Ecoland Planning and Design Corp Raycom infotech

Endrick Landscapes Special Award for outstanding charitable contribution



Garden Club Special Award for design Build

Garden Club London Merchant Square

Graduate Gardeners Private Residence in Hatherop

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Ground Control Lingley Mere Business Park

Idverde UK Manor Gardens

In-Ex Landscapes Woodberry Down



Kingston Landscape Group Dickens Yard

Maylim One Tower Bridge

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Maylim Grand NT Killingley Private Residence in North Yorkshire



Nurture Landscapes Chiswick park

Nurture Landscapes

Oak View Landscapes

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BALI Outdoor Creations Private Residence in Betchworth

Planters Horticulture Plant wires orpic



PWP Landscape An Urban Courtyard

Spruce Special Award Newcomer

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BALI Spruce Landscapes Eco Garden

Talbot Farm Special Award first-time


BALI Talbot Farm Landscapes

Total Protection Landscaping

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2017 BALI National Landscape Awards PRINCIPAL, SPECIAL AND GRAND AWARD WINNERS: The 2017 Principal Award winners are: Domestic Garden Construction - cost between £30k – £60k – sponsored by Hedges Direct Spruce Landscapes for The Eco Garden Domestic Garden Construction - cost between £60k – £100k – sponsored by Johnsons of Whixley Graduate Gardeners for Private Residence in Hatherop Domestic Garden Construction - cost between £100k – £250k – sponsored by Makita UK PWP Landscape Design for Urban Courtyard Domestic Garden Construction - cost over £250k – sponsored by Europlants UK Outdoor Creations for Private Residence in Betchworth Domestic Garden Construction – Soft Landscaping – Unlimited Cost - presented by GoLandscape NT Killingley for Private Residence in North Yorkshire Soft Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost under £300k – sponsored by Ground Control Bowles & Wyer for St Peter’s College, Perrodo, Phase 1 Soft Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost between £300k-£1.5m – sponsored by Todds Nursery Kingston Landscape Group for Dickens Yard Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost under £300k sponsored by Vande Moortel In-Ex Landscapes for Woodberry Down, Block 1 Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost between £300k – £1.5m – sponsored by Quinton Edwards Total Protection T/A Total Protection Landscaping for Dollar Bay Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost over £1.5 million – sponsored by NatraTex by BituChem Maylim for One Tower Bridge Community and Schools Development – sponsored by Brett Landscaping Garden Club London for Merchant Square, Floating Pocket Park Regeneration Scheme over £500k – sponsored by Rigby Taylor/Top Green Talbot Farm Landscapes for Hyde Park Parade Ground Reinstatement Works Grounds Maintenance – Free Public Access – sponsored by Harrowden Turf idverde UK for Manor Gardens Grounds Maintenance – Limited Public Access – sponsored by Toro Nurture Landscapes for Chiswick Park, Enjoy-Work Grounds Maintenance – Private, value under £50k – sponsored by John Chambers Wildflower Seed Bowles & Wyer for 18 Addison Avenue Grounds Maintenance – Private, value over £50k – sponsored by ICL Monsanto Ground Control for Lingley Mere Business Park,


Warrington Registered Designers and Registered Contractors Joint Submission – sponsored by Easigrass Chris Parsons (MBALI MSGD) & James Bird Landscapes for Birch House, Sheffield Sports Grounds and Leisure Facilities – sponsored by Kubota Blakedown Sport and Play for Elite Player Performance Programme, Motspur Park Interior Landscape – Installation only – sponsored by Adtrak Planters Horticulture for Plant Wires, Orpic, Oman Green Roof Installations and Roof Gardens – sponsored by Green-tech Bowles & Wyer for Roof Terraces International Award – sponsored by CED Stone Group Ecoland Planning and Design Corporation for Raycom Infotech Office Park Landscape Renovation Design (Plaza B) Affiliate Exceptional Service – sponsored by idverde Landscapeplus Employer Excellence – Turnover under £2.5 million sponsored by Adtrak Oak View Landscapes Employer Excellence – Turnover over £2.5 million sponsored by Fresh Horticultural Careers Nurture Landscapes THE 2017 SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS ARE: Special Award: Sensitive Land Restoration – presented by Thrive Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute for Landscape Renovation of Chaka Salt Lake Special Award: Design & Build – sponsored by British Sugar TOPSOIL Garden Club London for Merchant Square, Floating Pocket Park Special Award: Outstanding Charitable Contribution – sponsored by GreenBlue Urban Endrick Landscapes for Horatio’s Garden, Scotland Special Award: Best First Time Entrant – presented by BALI Chalk Fund Talbot Farm Landscapes for Hyde Park Parade Ground Reinstatement Works Special Award: Best Newcomer – sponsored by Natural Paving Products a member of the Talasey Group Spruce Landscapes for The Eco Garden The 2017 Grand Award winner is: Grand Award – sponsored by Green-tech Maylim for One Tower Bridge


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SALTEX SALTEX 2017 | 1 - 2 November | NEC Birmingham


A year’s worth of meticulous and strategic planning from show organisers culminated in what is being hailed by many as the best ever SALTEX.

The two-day exhibition has quickly grown to become the premier annual grounds care event in Europe and on 1 and 2 November, the halls of the NEC, Birmingham were a hub of innovation, inspiration and opportunity. Ahead of the 9am opening, a huge queue of visitors stretched beyond the three mighty halls of 6,7 and 8 and it wasn’t long before the show floor was packed with grounds care enthusiasts from all over the globe. More than 300 exhibitors showcased their products and services; Learning LIVE, SALTEX’s all-encompassing education programme, featured over 100 high-profile speakers who tackled a number of key issues, and other show features – including Pathology and Soil Science Live, Ask The Expert and the Job Clinic offered invaluable free advice and career progression opportunities. The Outdoor Demonstrations area enabled visitors to see some of the latest equipment in action and attendees also had the chance to see every entry in SALTEX’s new Innovation of the Year Award. Exhibitors reported constant engagement with a high

calibre of attendees across the two day event as visitors immersed themselves in the vibrant atmosphere and unparalleled interaction. The SALTEX buzz was captured by all and social media channels became a frenzy of show photos, selfies, videos and positive comments – so much so that at 11am on 1 November, #SALTEX17 registered as the third most trending topic in the UK. Furthermore, not a moment was missed through the all new SALTEX TV. Learning LIVE discussions, panel debates and presentations, as well key interviews with visitors, experts and exhibitors were all broadcasted live on four large screens throughout the show floor. Despite a turbulent year of economic uncertainty, SALTEX successfully united every corner of the grounds care industry. As the only independently-audited show of its kind in the UK, the IOG has never shied away from being transparent with visitor numbers and the official figure will be released as soon as the audit has been completed.

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SALTEX The BigMow robot can cover up to 2 hectares (20,000 m2), making it ideal for sports fields, golf courses, public areas and public or private parks, etc. The robot uses an underground wired perimeter for navigating; this sends an electromagnetic signal recognised by the robot, via a sensor, that determines its distance from the edge of the grass area. BigMow has a total of 15 cutting blades all sharp as a scalpel, that pulverise the grass into very fine particles. This mulching technique is how they produce the perfect cut that creates healthier, greener grass areas along with other benefits such as: The mower can operate day and night, provides the perfect cut with minimal human intervention. Designed to cater for large areas and professional applications. It improves the quality of the grass and lets you make significant savings. TEL : 01462 676222

l i e a h ownt tr The NEW all-purpose utility radial for side-by-sides and ATVs from Carlisle

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Cleveland Sitesafe Limited manufacture a wide range of secure, vandal resistant buildings, stores and amenity structures including pavilions, kiosks, playground stores, machinery garages, chemical stores, fuel stores and fuel tanks. All products are built to order so they can design products to the customers own required size and layout. The range of Apex modular buildings are used for numerous purposes, manufactured in steel plate for strength and security, but clad in timber, brick, stone or texture coating and with apex tile roofs they provide excellent security and vandal resistance whilst still blend into many different settings. TEL 01642 244663


UK importer & distributor for Branson Tractors offer a complete range of tractors from 20-110hp and a comprehensive range of attachments & accessories. TEL 01789 774089

Cub Cadet line up of commercial mowers have been designed to meet the demands of everyday professional use, providing more strength, performance and comfort than ever. Industry-leading strength, performance and comfort features have earned our Pro Z Series the approval of serious landscaping professionals. From frame to front yoke, the PRO Z Series is designed to outlast the demands of everyday professional use. TEL 01869363636

Easy Petrol Post Driver is a revolutionary machine designed to knock any size post into the ground, up to a 4” diameter. Weighing 15.3kg the machine is lightweight and portable, but still able to drive posts as swiftly as much larger and heavier hydraulic and pneumatic tools. The high impact hammer action of 1720 BPM will drive a post into the ground in a matter of seconds, with the power pack being the ultra-reliable Honda GX35T 4-Stroke Engine. There are multiple adapters available to suit many different applications. They slot into the Master and are fixed without the need for bolts or tools, which makes a quick and easy change while out in the field. Tel: 01142 699119

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Etesia launched their range of Greener City Equipment at the show which includes a range of environmentallyfriendly battery-powered pedestrian and ride-on rotary mowers. Taking centre stage was the Buffalo 124 HVHPX four wheel drive ride-on mower and the Bahia M2E electric ride-on mower. The Buffalo 124 HVHPX is fitted with a 124-cm overlapping cutting deck and a 23-hp two-cylinder Briggs and Stratton Vanguard engine, and has a high hourly mowing output of up to 15,000 sqm. per hour. The Bahia M2E is the world’s first fully electric ride-on cut and collect mower. Featuring all of the benefits of its petrol ‘brother’ which has made the Bahia a user favourite, with the added advantages of no odour, zero emissions, low noise, low vibrations, reduced maintenance costs and reduced health and safety issues for operators. This model has been developed around the chassis of the petrol-powered Bahia models and effectively has the same compact look with a cutting width of 80cm and grass box capacity of 240 litres. Power comes from 4 acid/lead batteries producing 48V, 115 ah and conveniently located under the operator’s seat which can be re-charged within six hours via a 16amp 200v power socket. Also on show will be the complete range of battery-powered pedestrian mowers from the N-Ergy range. With mowers from 41cm-46cm cutting widths, push and single speed available, there is a mower suitable for everyone. TEL 01295 680120


EverEdge flexible steel lawn edging is the solution to the age old problem of maintaining neat edges for lawns, drives, paths, driveways and flower or vegetable beds. Being flexible, it curves or bends easily to virtually any radius or angle to fit any shaped lawn, path or bed. EverEdge lawn edging can be used in a variety of soil conditions and, once it’s installed, is tough, weather resistant and maintenance free. 01453 731717

GKB Machines range comprises specialist machines for the laying, maintenance and redevelopment of sports pitches and golf courses, from brushing and cleaning artificial turf to tackling surface drainage and aeration, infill removal and sand spreading. Introduced at the show was new Combiseeder, for accurate seed application at a rate of over 1500 holes per m², and the new Renovator, a robust and reliable synthetic turf maintenance machine with five rotating brushes. GKB’s Quick-Brush is designed to brush in the infill after Renovator operation. On display alongside the new machines, the Combinator combines frase mowing and verticutting grass areas, typically sports turf, while removing and loading the complete upper layer of unwanted turf. All irregularities are removed from uneven surfaces and cut material loaded by conveyor belt to a trailer on the move. TEL 07495 883 617


GroundsCare Products exhibited the Turf Teq’s walkbehind tractor with its five attachments. Edger/Trencher, Power Rake, Power Broom, Rough-cut mower and Snow plough. All driven by a 13hp Honda engine and hydrostatic drive. Also RotoCleanse a self-contained, walk behind, professional pressure washer. They were also demonstrating the ZipLevel a high precision survey module TEL 0118 981 1313

Harry West Prees Ltd based in north Shropshire are the importer and distributor of the SEKO range of composting equipment and diet feeders and the manufacturer of manure spreaders ,trailers ,diet feeders and agricultural and commercial buildings TEL 01948 840465




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Japanese Knotweed is a leading Japanese knotweed removal company with a proven track record in working successfully for local authorities, developers, construction companies and private landowners. Their highly knowledgeable and skilled staff provide a comprehensive service and are committed to providing the highest level of customer care. They provide Surveys and Knotweed Management Plans, including for long term chemical treatment, guarantees and immediate excavation options. Their remedial methods are tailored to each site and provide sensible and efficient eradication solutions to meet all requirements. They are dedicated to raising awareness of invasive and injurious weed issues and helping clients find legal assistance in cases of Japanese knotweed encroachment. TEL : 01794 330196

Javelin Irrigation Systems are a specialist and major importer, stockist and national distributor of irrigation and pumping machinery for use in agriculture, horticulture, sports turf and landscape ramenities, environmental and industrial applications. TEL 01507 607175


Avant Tecno (UK), based near Thetford in rural Norfolk, has now sold in excess of 5000 compact loaders to a broad spectrum of end users including farmers, landscape gardeners, local authorities, horse owners, and private individuals. Avant continues to produce many innovative solutions in the field of multi-functional loaders and attachments as product development has always been and will be one of the most important factors in the company’s success. Today, Avants are exported to 50 countries and there are over 40,000 Avant loaders working all over the world. TEL 0800 015 8482

New Code is set to raise the standard within the industry Japanese Knotweed Control returned to SALTEX to raise awareness of a new Code of Practice for the management of Japanese knotweed. The Code of Practice contains the most up-to-date advice for those who may encounter, or need to manage, land that is susceptible to or infested with the invasive plant. Japanese Knotweed carries a significant threat to amenity, built and natural environments of the UK. Japanese Knotweed Control was founded in 2004, as one of the UK’s first specialist knotweed remediation companies. Today it operates nationwide to remove invasive plants from domestic, commercial, and public properties. JKC has drawn from its extensive experience to provide valuable insight for the writing of the Code, and now JKC is campaigning to raise awareness and encourage organisations to follow the advice. 0845 643 1168


Kubota exhibited a comprehensive product range including walk behind and ride-on mowers, sub-compact, compact and mid-range tractors and petrol and diesel-fuelled utility vehicles. Recent introductions to the market, featuring some new product innovations such as Kubota’s Bi-speed turn feature tractors, have helped to solidify Kubota’s market position. In addition to the product quality and reliability Kubota’s excellent aftersales solutions are delivered in partnership with its established dealer network, with many dealers enjoying longstanding relationships with their customers, anchored in a nationwide commitment to service excellence. TEL 01844 268000

Tyre-Line Ltd are the UK sole official distributor for Carlisle & ITP tyres, with fitments available for Power Sports, Groundscare, Agricultural & Trailer

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Mumby Machinery Ltd A wide range of quality new landscaping and turf care products at competitive prices TEL 07860 489714

Poweroll are the UK manufacturer of multiple usage, specialised sports field rollers. They’re used at many top UK cricket grounds, colleges, lawn tennis clubs, and, with a more recent addition to the range, Bowling greens. In addition to a wide range of new rollers, there are often fully rebuilt and second hand rollers available from other manufacturers. They also manufacture a traditional heavy hand roller for artificial wickets and lawns. TEL 01822 832608

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Price Turfcare’s first visit to SALTEX proved to a very positive experience for Managing Director, Rupert Price and his team. “As a start-up business which has only been in existence since the beginning of the year, our first visit to SALTEX has been a very positive experience,” he said. “Our stand was next to one of the IOG theatres, which ensured plenty of footfall, before and after each presentation, but having said that, it was very consistent throughout the two days. “The Ventrac tractor was extremely popular with visitors and we had some great leads, which will keep us very busy in the run-up to Christmas.” TEL 01284 827540 www.


Select Grass are one of the leading importers and Artificial Grass Trade Suppliers in the UK. Suppliers to Landscapers, Garden Centres, Building Suppliers, Local Councils and any traders installing or retailing Artificial Grass. TEL 0115 6848754


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Techneat’s Acuspray Pedestrian sprayer is aimed at the professional groundsman and keen gardener, for the application of a wide range of products, onto fine turf and hard surfaces. The 25 litre tank covers 625 m2. The machine features a unique wheel driven pump, providing an accurate repeatable application rate. Light weight by design but strong in construction, the sprayer uses modern manufacturing processes to produce a robust and durable machine. The Acuspray is the ideal sprayer for grass court venues, golf greens, bowling greens and cricket squares where frequent treatments are required. TEL 01353 862044 |



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SALTEX SCAG have followed their practice of continuous development and listening to operator feedback by developing the V-Ride 2. Essentially, the revised stand-on deck configuration has placed the operator more towards the centre of the machine. Other features on the new machine are: • Wider stand-on platform • Increased operator comfort with a wider and deeper cushion to lean against. • Improved deck lift and adjustment facility • Wider control handles • New wider dashboard with Tiger-Eye electronic monitoring • Operator pad is removable for easy access to hydraulics • Increased diameter drive wheels • Four stowage brackets for easier trailer fixing • Replaceable front caster bracket assembly • 8 gallon fuel tank 01789 488450

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Vitax Supaturf is a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of Line Marking Paints and Machines and other Turf Products. Their portfolio includes a comprehensive range of turf fertilisers, carefully formulated to provide ideal nutrition to all types of turf, including all types of grass pitches. Their line marking machines and liquids are used in every type of sports venue, from international stadia, including football and rugby world cup venues, to local municipal and school sports fields. Whatever the application, Supaturf line marking products deliver the very best in terms of quality, visibility, brightness, reliability and longevity. The Supaturf range of line marking machines includes both the state-of-the-art SWOZI GPS machine, battery powered units and the latest developments in transfer wheel machines. All are factory produced in the UK under ISO 9001 Quality Control Systems and are delivered with guaranteed warranties. TEL : 01530 510060

SALTEX T H WHITE Machinery Imports is the sole distributor of Ferris, Wright and Spider professional mowing equipment in the UK. The business is part of the wider T H WHITE Group which has been helping customers get the best from machinery, land and buildings since 1832. The company is represents some of the best niche products in the professional Groundcare market and displayed a selection of Ferris, Wright and Spider machines at the show. TEL 07970 383948

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Essential work needs completing KARL HANSELL GOLF EDITOR

There was a time when the dark winter months were the quietest out on the golf course. Things have changed Karl Hansell reports

Having played a round at Seaton Carew’s characterful links a few weeks ago, I can confirm this is no longer the case. Reduced green fees meant passing punters were visiting the course, members sought to get their fill, and greenkeepers, delayed by an early morning frost, found themselves contending with golfers to squeeze in mowing, hole changing, and the completion of bunker renovation projects. It made for one of the least peaceful rounds I’ve ever played, and frustrations in our party grew at the sheer amount of traffic. But what else could be done? The essential work needs completing if golfers are to continue to enjoy the standard of course they have become used to. Within these pages, and within the pages of BIGGA’s own publication, Greenkeeper International, we have lamented the loss of valuable products that have been in the greenkeepers arsenal in the past, such as Carbendazim, which combated casting earthworms. As an industry insider, it came as no surprise to me to see small piles of mud around the course. I knew what was going on, but the golfers I was playing with had no idea. It’s a long-term goal of the Association to remedy this, to ensure every golfer knows what’s happening out on the course. With winter underway, it isn’t just golfers for whom


education is at the forefront of our thoughts. For BIGGA members, term time has started, so to speak; regional conferences are held across the country, where world class speakers deliver the latest education, ensuring BIGGA members are the most highly trained within the industry. There are also major education events hosted by greenkeepers themselves, such as the bunker camps – first hosted at Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland and now spreading to other venues – where greenkeepers from across the country come together to share their ideas on how to improve their courses. And this education period culminates during one week in January, when Harrogate in North Yorkshire becomes the epicentre of the turf management industry. BTME 2018 promises to be an incredible event, featuring the biggest names in the industry. The Continue to Learn programme and Golf Business & Industry Convention will be two other highlights of the whole BTME spectacle. I would encourage anyone involved with the turf management industry, whether you work on a golf course or not, to get along to the event, where you’re sure to find inspiration, knowledge, and a whole host of networking opportunities.


Boots Hold Up Under Pressure

Looking after a football pitch is a high-pressure business when the turf you’ve treated, mowed, nurtured and manicured is seen by thousands of spectators at the ground - even more so if the match is televised. Providing a top-quality playing surface is an everyday reality for Grounds Manager John Ledwidge and his team at Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium and the nearby training ground. John Ledwidge explains how he maintains the high standards at the club and comments on a recent footwear trial they undertook.

The Groundsmen We are a unified team focusing on pitch care and landscaping at both sites. In 2015 and most recently this year, we won the prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Professional Football Grounds Team of the Year award, evidence of our dedication and skill. Britain leads the way in pitch care, management and design with science, technology and the latest machinery widely used to plan and improve the quality of the playing surface in football. But with this comes a real health and safety requirement for its groundsmen. Callum Allsop, Head Groundsman at the training ground said “We prepare a safe and playable surface for the players but we also have to stay safe and protected.” Typical working pattern The football season begins in mid-August and completes mid-May, but summer isn’t all rest and holiday. During summer, pitches are renovated, reseeded and once the seed come through, it’s back to daily mowing and turf care. My team endure hot sun and cold frosts in equal measure throughout the year, with nearly all their time spent outside. Safety clothing and footwear protection play an important part so they can keep safe, dry and comfortable during work. On any given day, regardless of weather, we may be brushing



off morning dew, power washing machinery clean, mowing in wet conditions or long grass and carrying out irrigation work, sometimes walking up to 14 miles a day. Gore and HAIX Collaboration In 2015 HAIX safety shoe manufacturer, in close partnership with W.L. Gore and Associates (UK) Limited created new leather and textile boot designs under the name, Black Eagle 50 Mid utilising GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort product technology. These lightweight boots feature a unique lacing system, which ensures that laces do not dangle into mud or water when putting on or taking off the footwear. It is rated to standard EN ISO 20345:2011 safety footwear for professional use with the classification 1 of S3. S3 classified boots offer basic requirements for a safety boot, as well as closed and energy absorbing seat region, antistatic, protection from water penetration and absorption, penetration resistant and cleated sole.

Gore and Haix offered us a wearer trial of the HAIX GORETEX® Black Eagle 50 Mid boot, with all the team testing the boots from January to March 2017. (In fact, the boots are still in active service and worn daily by us.) Questionnaire Results and Comments After three months, questionnaires were completed by the team to provide honest and detailed feedback on the performance of the boots. Feedback showed that 100% found the boots waterproof, with 80% saying sweat levels were far less than in previous boots they’d worn. 100% found the weight of the boot good or very good, thus avoiding tired and heavy feet. 90% said temperature was pleasant when indoors and also when outdoors in varying temperatures. 100% found the comfort of the footwear good or very good and all found them better than their previous

boots. Asked to comment on re-drying qualities, replies included “always dry by morning”. The whole team said they would recommend the boots to colleagues. Paul Billington, a groundsman at the club for the last 18 years said: “they’re a lot better than any I’ve had before. The rest either hurt your heels or made your feet ache. My feet were cold in winter in previous boots, but fine in these.” Groundsman Nick George stated: “In icy conditions they’re much better underfoot, they’re very grippy and hardwearing and they also keep the water out. So you might come in and my feet will still be roasting even though it’s freezing outside.” Conclusion My groundsmen put these boots through their paces and the results speak for themselves with positive feedback from the team, who appreciated the science behind the durable and breathable waterproof GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Technology. It seems that having the right boots makes a massive difference and I believe happier people produce better work.

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In the wake of Hurricane Irma

Specialist disaster relief charity DART International UK, the response team of volunteer British arborists, has again deployed teams to the stricken Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma which hit the region. This, one of the most powerful and catastrophic Atlantic Ocean hurricanes recorded, has claimed many lives, destroyed homes, schools and hospitals, and has accounted for mass evacuation in the face of life threatening wind impact. Just days later, Hurricane Maria followed the same path of destruction. Flying initially to Barbados, then directly on to mountainous Dominica, 90% destroyed, the DART team began a two-week mission to aid the relief campaign so urgently needed, with a second team following a fortnight later. “Getting to the scene promptly is essential to assist with the clearing of fallen trees on roads and the repair of other vital infrastructure. This is an immediate priority which allows rescue organisations and aid agencies to operate

more safely and effectively,” says Jenny Long, a volunteer and wife of a DART member. “Local community leaders and volunteers really value the service our teams deliver, but more importantly they’ve demonstrated an appetite for learning the skills themselves. From previous deployments we learned that by delivering training and donating essential items such as chainsaws, timber milling equipment and personal protective equipment we could help rebuild livelihoods and make some of the most vulnerable communities in the world more resilient to future disasters. The situation in the Caribbean is exactly what we are trained to deal with.” DART responders are all professionally qualified and experienced arborists who also bring a wealth of additional skills. Volunteers include paramedics, trainers, engineers and former military personnel offering skills that are very relevant to the complex challenges of helping communities to recover from a natural disaster. >>

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Makita UK, a main sponsor of the charity, says: “DART personnel are fully equipped with Makita chainsaws that are robust enough to cope with the challenges they have to face during these critical times and wherever they are assisting in the world.” Before DART return to the UK they will carry out a

Should we have apprentices for managerial positions? Following the successful launch of the arborist, forest operative and horticulture and landscape operative apprenticeships in England, earlier this year, the employerled partnership behind the initiative is now asking the question, does industry require apprenticeships for managerial or advanced technical roles? The trailblazer partnership, which includes 50 industry employers, is now investigating if there is demand for managerial or advanced technical apprenticeships, by consulting with employers in the sector, to determine if new apprenticeships are necessary, and what skills they should contain. A coalition of arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscape industries have already been successfully developing apprenticeship standards since 2015, under the


4-day programme of chainsaw and clearance training for 18 members of the Dominican Fire Department using equipment donated by sponsors Makita UK and PPE by Fletcher Stewart Stein. Makita UK has agreed to DART’s request to donate the chainsaws to the local community when they leave Dominica.

new process, often known as ‘trailblazer’. Trailblazers continue to be at the forefront of Government apprenticeship reforms in England and apprentices are now being recruited to the three new standards, which were announced in the summer. A fourth apprenticeship standard for horticulture and landscape supervisor, is currently in the approval process. Simon Rotheram, managing director of Beechwood Trees, commented “It is vital that the industry provides feedback on the requirement of a new apprenticeship for managers. A lack of informed response now, may result in the wrong decision being made for future generations, resulting in a major skills gap for supervisor level arborists, and other supervisory industry roles, looking to develop their careers into more managerial positions.” If you think your organisation might benefit from an apprenticeship for managers or advanced technicians, it is imperative that you complete the questionnaire, before the 2nd January. The survey can be accessed here: www.surveymonkey.


Safe Sex in the Garden Barcham Trees secured another great ‘catch’ for its series of arboricultural seminars when it lured Tom Ogren from California to present a seminar at its Cambridgeshire nursery. He is one of the leading experts in the field of allergenic plants and their impact on people and communities. He devised the OPALS (Ogren Plant Allergy Scale) which is now used by, among others, the American Lung Association and the USDA Urban Foresters. Colin Hambidge reports The scale measures the allergy potential of all garden and landscape plants within a range of one to ten; the higher a plant’s rating the higher its risk of being an allergen. For example, Acer rubrum Autumn Glory is rated at one, while Callistemon citrinus (bottlebrush) is rated at nine. More than 130 different criteria are used to develop allergy rankings for plants. Each factor is either positive or negative. All factors are not weighted the same because some are more important than others. Most plants will have a combination of positive and negative factors that are computed to determine their OPALS ranking. Some of the factors used to rank a plant include the amount of pollen produced, the potency of individual pollen grains, length of flowering, the size, density, shape and weight of the pollen grains, sex if dioecious, average rankings in actual skin scratch, patch and sniff tests, and cross-reactivity to food allergies. Additional information regarding the factors used to build OPALS may be found in Tom’s book Safe Sex in the Garden. Tom Ogren’s main objective now is to help drive a robust, healthy trend toward allergy- and asthma-friendly gardens and landscapes in urban areas. For 30 years he has been researching the connections between the planted urban landscape and human health, in particular pollen-allergies and asthma. He has published three books on this subject, the latest being The Allergy-Fighting Garden. His interest in the subject began around 30 years ago when his wife, to whom he has been married for 50 years, developed asthma and allergies. At the time, Tom read a book which claimed allergies were actually psychosomatic; this was a theory he was happy to accept at the time, but as his wife’s problems increased he grew to realise the theory was not true. “Allergies affect how we perform in our lives and can have major negative impacts on us”, says Tom. Dioecious plants - those which are either wholly male or

wholly female - are of particular interest to him. Dioecious trees include willow, red maple, holly, yew, juniper, mulberry and bay. While urban trees, and especially those in public areas, are predominantly male and therefore shed no fruit onto pavements, female trees produce no pollen and so may be termed ‘allergy-free’ or ‘allergen-friendly’. Tom Ogren is a great advocate (one might almost say ‘evangelist’) of female trees and of female plants in general. He is an avid plant collector and claims to have the largest collection in the world of female cultivars of trees, shrubs, vines and grasses that are useful in landscapes because they are totally pollen-free. He is also a consultant to states, cities, counties, schools, hospitals, and has worked for pharmaceutical companies. He lectures frequently to healthcare professionals, city planners, arborists, landscapers and nurserymen, and now has several partners in a commercial venture to get many more pollen-free plants available to the public. So how big is the problem of allergies? Tom told us that in 1950, it was thought that two to five per cent of the population of the USA had pollen allergies. This figure had grown to 12 per cent in 1988 and had rocketed to 38 per

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cent by 1999. Asthma is the most common chronic illness of childhood in the USA, and developing pollen allergies more than doubles the chance of a child developing asthma. In 2017 the charity Asthma UK ( reported there are currently 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12) receiving treatment for asthma. The condition also increases the risk of developing heart disease and leukaemia, while women who have airborne allergies are at an increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers (Cell Biology, 2010 Study). Tom also mentioned more women than men suffer from asthma. Another charity, Allergy UK (, reports that 44 per cent of adults in Britain suffer from at least one allergy, and the number of sufferers is on the rise, growing by around two million between 2008 and 2009 alone. Almost half (48 per cent) of sufferers have more than one allergy (Mintel, 2010). While pollen is capable of travelling considerable distances, Tom told delegates most lands very close to where it originated. For twelve years, he taught


landscape gardening in a California Youth Authority maximum-security prison, and he has also worked with the University of California Cooperative Extension, to establish community gardens in the Los Angeles inner city. While he is an advocate of using female plants in landscapes and gardens, he does not feel they should be used to the exclusion of male and monoecious plants (those which have both sexual reproductive systems on the same plant). “All plants are useful - in the right place”, he says. “”I would now never plant pollen-producing plants near doors, windows or too close to any part of a dwelling, but they can still be grown elsewhere”. It disappoints Tom that so many landscape and garden designers limit themselves to around only 12 different plants, which they use in most of their projects. “It’s boring, and I much prefer plenty of diversity in planting schemes. Diversity of planting acts as a safety net or insurance policy”.


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A day to construct The new range of heavy-duty PVC-clad buildings from Britcover are the ideal solution for the storage and maintenance of landscaping machinery and vehicles. All models are designed and built in the UK, using galvanised steel frameworks and heavy-duty, PVC-coated fabric. With sizes and prices to suit all budgets, from the 3m wide freestanding ‘Thunder Dome’ to the 9m wide Container Canopy. John Houston of Britcover explains “Our structures are used across a wide range of industries including machinery hire companies, rail track maintenance companies, recycling centres, landscapers, car valeting, and much more”. Houston adds “It’s not just the great value which attracts customers but the speed at which they can be constructed”. A typical Thunder Dome structure taking only around a day to construct, and can be self-built or built by one of Britcover’s construction teams. Their Storm Trooper model is fully compliant with current building regulations, and is calculated to withstand the worst UK snow and wind loads. Both the Thunder Dome and the Storm Trooper structures can be bolted on to a concrete base or can be supplied with

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Remove graffiti and chewing gum All Oeliatec weed control machines kill weeds with 100% hot water by delivering an efficient low pressure treatment at temperatures of up to 120°C. This destroys the cellular structure of the weed to kill off the plant. The intense heat penetrates deep into the root system killing the plant from the leaf down to the root. It is effective with all broad leaf plants and grass along with moss and algae which can also be removed at the same time. With five models available, customers will not only be able to control weeds, moss and algae but also remove graffiti and chewing gum from streets, paths and walk ways. Leading groundscare machinery distributor Etesia UK has taken on the distribution for the Oeliatec in the UK and Ireland.


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Perennial - a lifeline for the landscape industry During the festive season, please spare a thought for those people in our industry who need help.

Perennial is here for everyone working in or retired from all areas of the horticulture and landscaping professions when times get tough. We offer free and confidential advice and support to people facing a range of difficulties including injury, bereavement, illness, debt, disability and unemployment. Our support also extends to the families and continues for as long as it is needed.

George’s story Perennial helps people like George*, who had been forced to retire early from his gardening career due to ill health. He and his wife were living on benefits and their debts were mounting. They were put in touch with Perennial and the Caseworker identified and applied for several benefits they were entitled to. They were also awarded an on-going weekly payment, as well as receiving grants from other charities towards the cost of a mobility vehicle for George’s wife who was unable to leave the house. When George’s wife sadly passed away, Perennial was there to help him help sort out his finances. He received demands from the authorities for repayment of some of his benefit shortly after his wife’s death and was terribly distressed as he planned to spend his little savings on a

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GROOTGROENPLUS 2017 Passion for sustainability GrootGroenplus took place in Zundert Holland last month. This successful trade show for growers and nurseries was celebrating it’s 27tt birthday. This year it attracted over 300 standholders. A truly international event it’s attended by buyers in growing numbers from all over Europe. Chairman David Boomer opened the show and spoke passionately about the high level of co-operation that takes place between the different growers to achieve the highest standards of sustainability - information is shared on a regular basis to improve their products. “The tree nursery industry is in close contact with nature“ Booomer also made reference to Brexit, he explained that they were worried about Brexit because as things stand they have excellent communications and free flowing arrangements with the UK and they are not confident that this will continue if the UK leaves the EU. Just a few of the many interesting stands:



Boomkwekerij J. van Aken an Zn BV is a modern company, that supplies avenues and trees , conifers shrubs, spindles and multi-stemmed trees . With an area of approximately 45 ha they offer the widest range of plants to destinations all over Europe

About Plants Zundert B.V. is a cooperation between two tree nurseries, Ron van Opstal B.V. and Jochems- van Opstal B.V. Twenty years of experience has resulted in attractive, top quality garden plants being cultivated on a total surface area of 5 hectares of greenhouses and plastic tunnels and 20 hectare container field. Their decorative plant nurseries have become a familiar name among clients at home and abroad. Their target group lies in the commercial market, auctions, exporters, wholesale, garden centres, at home or in the UK They sell a broad range features visually attractive garden plants in containers.: Abelia, Acer, Buxus, Choisya, Calluna, Gaultheria, Helleborus, Hydrangea, Leucothoe, Nandina, Pieris, Skimmia, Virburnum, various species of Carex and dwarf conifers.


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Adriaanvandebijl produce avenue trees in the open ground on approximately 75 hectares and also on approximately 3 hectares of avenue trees and multi-stemmed shrubs in container. From Acer to Zelkovathey offer a wide assortment of product They can deliver trees year round in the size 6-8 to 25-30 and are therefore much less bound to the ‘season’.

Gelderplant supplies plant material from its own nursery for the construction of public green spaces and gardens throughout Europe. They have been doing this for 70 years. Outside their own national borders, they work together with various wholesalers to sell the trees and plants. They aim for a sustainable result within the available budget. They have a motivated team of green professionals assists with purchase and provide fast, excellent service. Gelderplant can support you with crop choice and also take care of the planning, logistics and administrative handling.

Boomkwekerij Spierings BV is a nursery with 9000 m2 of greenhouse and about 40 hectares of land. The nursery specializes in the production of hedge plants, solitary and preformed plants. Part of this production is also available in pots. They supply landscapers and contractors all over Europe particularly in the Uk


HORTICULTURE Nursery Timmers specializes in the cultivation of Hague plants . At their nursery of approximately 17 ha. they grow shrubs and conifers with clods in the ground, for hedge and block planting. By pruning and undercutting their plants several times, they create sturdy bushy plants with good root formation. The hedge plants are grown in such a way that they can form a nice, dense hedge. Some of the plants are also potted in the greenhouse so they can deliver them, whether or not they are germinated, for a longer period.

Huverba supply all types of greenery. To landscapers, gardeners, garden architects, contractors, maintenance companies, traders and fellow growers all over Europe Avenue trees, Multi-stems, topiary trees and solitary trees. They cultivate in clay and sandy soil, depending on what the type of tree requires.

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Hardy horticultural solutions Johnsons of Whixley showcased its market-leading landscape range to buyers from holiday parks, resort hotels, golf resorts and other leisure attractions as an official exhibitor at the Holiday Park & Resort Innovation show at the NEC Holiday Park & Resort Innovation is Europe’s leading event for holiday park and resort owners, and provides attendees with advice, services and products relevant to their own requirements and objectives. Other exhibitors included industry-leading businesses from sectors including accommodation, catering, leisure and energy. Johnsons of Whixley joint managing director, Andrew Richardson, said: “There’s a huge variety of exhibitors attending the Holiday Park & Resort Innovation show, and we were pleased to showcase our hardy horticultural solutions to the leisure industry, as part of the show’s wider offering. “We have a proven track record of supplying an excellent quality of products and services to businesses in the leisure industry, including Haven’s Thornwick Bay holiday park and Haggerston Castle, earlier this year.” Johnsons of Whixley is one of the largest commercial nursery businesses in Europe, and a trusted supplier of plants and trees to the amenity sector in the UK.

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Oman Botanic Garden set to be world’s biggest The Oman Botanic Garden will be largest botanic garden in the world. Covering over 420 hectares of land, the large-scale installation will allow visitors to experience the entire flora and varied habitats of Oman – from the Northern Mountains to the Sabkha salt flats – in just a few hours. The garden will house a significant number of endemic and endangered species, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world, while two of the more sensitive habitats will be enclosed within ‘biomes’ to mimic the natural temperature, lighting and humidity of unique external environments. The site for Oman Botanic Gardens is one of the only few locations in the world where the ancient seabed remains visible following tectonic activity; these existing natural ridges and ravines have been used to design buildings and walkways for visitors.


Christmas days out Visitors to RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex this season will have the first glimpse of the new Winter Garden, with the key plantings now in place alongside specially-commissioned sculptures by David Watkinson before it is officially opened next winter. A new Winter Trail will highlight some of the choice winter specimens from around the garden, including Prunus maackii ‘Amber Beauty’ (Manchurian cherry) with its polished golden peeling bark and the deeply scented Viburnum bodnantense ‘Charles Lamont’, both in the Winter Garden. RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon will be the first of the four RHS Gardens to kick off the festive season with its Glow illuminations lighting the way from 17 November through to 6 January. The Holly Trail is a highlight of the festive season, showcasing the wonderful diversity of the genus Ilex with more than 150 varieties to find around the garden. Meanwhile, the Winter Sculpture Exhibition is a seasonal treat for art lovers until 18 February, and younger visitors will enjoy seeking out the artworks around the garden. In late winter, the newly-planted Rosewarne Daffodil Collection, formerly on display at RHS Garden Wisley, will begin to emerge as the cheery heralds of spring. In North Yorkshire, RHS Garden Harlow Carr is hosting its own spectacular light show for the first time this festive season. The Glow illuminations will run from 23 November to 30 December, bringing a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS Garden, while a series of events will get visitors into the festive spirit in the run-up to Christmas. From late autumn through to early spring, the self-guided Winter Walk takes in the highlights of the garden in all its ethereal winter glory, and from mid-February 5000 irises planted to mark the Winter Walk’s tenth anniversary last year will burst into flower. Concurrent exhibitions running until 25 February examine the history of inspirational Women in Horticulture, including Gertrude Jekyll and Constance Spry, and the nation’s fascination with Japanese gardens, highlighting the restoration of the 1920s Japanese-style garden at nearby Valley Gardens. RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey demonstrates that winter can be just as full of interest as any other season, with the paved Winter Walk around Seven Acres exploring the fiery stems, delicate winter blooms and vibrant foliage that bring the colder months to life. On selected dates in December, families can combine a visit to Santa and Mrs Claus with a chance to see the Christmas Glow installations by Jigantics,

showing the garden in a whole new light every day from 1 December until 3 January. In the New Year, no visit to Wisley is complete without stopping by the Alpine Display House, a riot of colour in the early months as many of its specimens come to their best. Then from 13 January to 4 March, thousands of exotic butterflies will take wing to delight visitors seeking refuge from the cold amongst the tropical plants inside the Glasshouse.


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Choosing the right garden light By Martin Bennett The best way to select the most suitable garden lighting is in some ways the same as choosing a new car. First, determine the main vehicle requirement such as a family car, a 4x4 for rural environments or perhaps a fast sports car, then choose the most attractive model from a reputable maker within the budget available.

For lighting, first decide what is required; if highlighting smaller to mid-size features such as trees, statues or areas of planting, then adjustable, spike mounted spot lights are understandably the best option. The most durable spike lights are made from Solid Brass or Marine Grade Stainless Steel. Designers and Landscapers favour these hard-wearing materials due to their reliability, low maintenance and indeed their pleasing aesthetic. It’s a good idea to use designs that accommodate replaceable LED bulbs rather than built-in LEDs. This


way, factors such as light output and colour temperature such as warm or bright daylight white can be chosen to a client’s satisfaction. Remember when considering brightness, it’s the lumens that count. The best bulbs have 80 plus lumens per watt. It’s always important to light pathways for safety reasons. Lights that perform this straightforward and expected function can also be an impressive garden feature in their own right. The most attractive lights are those that blend in with the garden environment. ‘Spreadlights’ crafted from Brass in a rustic bronze finish meet both criteria. Functional and elegant, all light is directed downwards, ‘spreading’ a pool of light with no light pollution. A recent innovation from Lumena, involves lights mounted in Radiata pine sleepers or posts, for a fantastically durable wooden bollard light with a beautifully rustic character. The ‘Radiata’ Pine is sourced from South Africa where the dry weather increases its density resulting in low splitting properties. The wood is treated and kiln dried to give a guaranteed life of up to 15 years. Similar Pine is used in children’s playgrounds and nature reserves. Solid Brass lights are incorporated into machined orifices in the timber posts to create a naturally unique path light. Radiata are available in two heights, designed for 300mm - 400mm secure in-ground mounting. A professional garden designer can advise on installation spacing and the best LED bulbs to be used. They can be used on either 12v or 240v lighting systems. Martin Bennett is the founder of Lumena Lights.

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