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Visitors are urged to register early for BTME 2018 to benefit from queue-busting access to the Harrogate Convention Centre on 23-25 January 2018. By combining Continue to Learn, the Turf Managers’ Conference, GolfBIC and partner events, coupled with four halls of exhibitors, BTME 2018 will be a spectacular week of networking, education, and access to the latest innovations in the sports turf management industry. More than 140 exhibitors – from global giants such as Bayer, John Deere and Toro, to new, innovative companies – will put on the most diverse show in the industry, featuring everything from irrigation systems, golf buggies, and machinery, through to artificial turf, workwear, and wildflowers. On Tuesday evening, TV presenter and #ThisGirlGolfs ambassador Naga Munchetty, will host the BIGGA Welcome Celebration, featuring the BIGGA Awards ceremony, with the free-to-attend event promising a night of entertainment, including a performance by comedian Ian Moore. Kicking things off on Wednesday morning will be The BTME Breakfast Club: Cutting Edge Turf Management, featuring four of the biggest names in the sports turf industry. Joining Naga on stage will be Kenny Mackay of The Wentworth Club, Darren Baldwin of Tottenham Hotspur FC, Keith Kent of the RFU, and Twickenham and Stuart Kerrison of Essex County Cricket Club. Jim Croxton, BIGGA CEO, said: “Thousands of delegates will head to Harrogate for BTME 2018, and we want to make sure no one misses out. With hundreds of exhibitors all vying for the attention of BIGGA members, BTME is the premier place to get up-to-date with all the latest developments in the turf management industry. There will be four halls showcasing all manner of new products, innovations and


Customers and suppliers voted for the 12 Green-tech volunteers who bravely agreed to take part in the gruesome eating challenge, where jellied eels, lamb testicles, Morio worms, and cat food featured on the menu. The four with the most votes took to the challenge like professionals, and the event video can be viewed at: The Christmas video has been eagerly anticipated within the landscaping industry. One member of the final four is particularly entertaining, and dug deep for the stamina to complete his ‘courses’. It’s a much-watch video for some light Christmas relief. Managing Director Rachel Kay comments: “Green-tech is renowned as the leading supplier in the landscape industry, and our people are among the best. We are concerned that ITV might try to poach presenter Roger McGivern, but he’s assured us that the bright lights of television can’t compare with the delight he gets from selling tree stakes, soil and wildflower seeds. Our video has been incredibly well received and reiterates that there is no one else like us in the industry, and we’ll always go the extra mile to see our customers smile!”

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As we welcome in a new year, we’re looking forward to another season of unrivalled flower shows from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). With an esteemed portfolio, including the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22-26 May), each show offers its own unique character with an array of astonishing displays, design innovation and creativity, plus plenty of take-home ideas for everyone to enjoy throughout 2018. RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair, 13-14 February. Late event 12 February Where: RHS Lindley (SW1P 2QW) & RHS Lawrence Hall (SW1P 2QD). Tickets: £5 RHS Members, £8 non-members. Kick starting the gardening season, the RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair will see a variety of early flowering plants and bulbs. Visitors will be able to admire an abundance of stunning snowdrops in an installation created from gardens all over the country and make the most of on-hand advice from nurseries and speakers including Alys Fowler who will be encouraging everyone with tips and inspiration to get back in the garden after the winter months. RHS London Orchid Show and Plant Fair, 6-7 April. Late event 5 April. Where: RHS Lindley (SW1P 2QW) & RHS Lawrence Hall (SW1P 2QD). Tickets: £5 RHS Members, £8 non-members The RHS Lindley and Lawrence Halls in Westminster will be bursting with an array of top nurseries showing off their spring selections. Featuring plenty of plants to stock up on and take home tips and advice from an exciting programme of talks and workshops, visitors can browse the beautiful selection of orchids and fresh spring colour. In addition, for those looking for a taste of RHS Chelsea, guests will be able to view an exclusive preview of the show-stopping gardens and speak to the designers behind them. RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 13-15 April. Where: Bute Park, Cardiff Castle (CF10 1BJ). Tickets: RHS


Members £10 (£12 on the day), Non-members £11 (£14 on the day). The RHS returns to Bute Park bringing the best of Welsh gardening and the excitement of spring. From spectacular show gardens to top-quality plants and gardening merchandise for sale set against the backdrop of the magnificent Cardiff Castle, the show will see plenty of activities for all the family including workshops, a children’s trail and the popular wheelbarrow competition. RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 10-13 May. Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern (WR13 6NW). Tickets: Available from £18 - £36. Taking place within the picturesque Malvern Hills, the festival celebrates the finest in gardening, food and lifestyle with a vibrant line-up of features and exhibits. Visitors can expect plenty of show gardens and nursery displays as well as a variety of artisan food and drink from local producers. RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 22-26 May. Where: Royal Hospital Chelsea, London (SW3 4SR). Tickets: Available from £29 - £74. The world’s most famous flower show held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will see exciting show gardens, inspirational small gardens and vibrant horticultural displays showcasing the latest trends in garden and landscape design. The Great Pavilion will be home to over 90 exhibits while for the first time visitors are invited to a Chelsea Late in Ranelagh Gardens on Friday 25 May for an evening of music, entertainment and more. RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, 6-10 June. Where: Chatsworth, Derbyshire (DE45 1PP). Tickets: Available from £18.50 - £33.50. The newest addition to the Society’s portfolio of shows, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show celebrates the creative genius of gardeners and garden designers, showcasing the designers pushing boundaries with a collection of innovative


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Garden Aspiration The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) will team up at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 (2-8 July) to jointly fund a feature show garden to promote and celebrate the skills of landscape contractors. The joint initiative replaces (and will build on what has been achieved) the Young Landscape Contractor Competition, held for the last two years at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, which involved trainee Landscapers and Planting Designers working together on a show feature. RHS Director General Sue Biggs, said: “The RHS cares very much about promoting and recognising the skills of Landscapers, which is why we introduced the Young Landscaper Competition at Tatton two years ago, as part of our Horticulture Matters campaign. However, the competition struggled to attract applicants, because it seems young landscapers have been unable to be released from work or their own in-house training programmes. “For some time, we have been discussing with BALI other ways that we can support and promote Young Landscapers at our

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New Identity Spearhead Machinery will unveil its new-look brand identity at LAMMA 2018. Changes to the logo and machinery colour scheme coincide with the launch of new models, including a revamped TWIGA hedge-cutter series, available from January.

Rebecca King, Marketing Manager at Spearhead, comments: “The TWIGA range will feature a simpler naming convention, with a letter and number configuration throughout each series; the letter denoting either a Standard, Forward Reach or Telescopic arm, and a number giving the specified machine reach.” Machines on display at the Peterborough event include: new TWIGA Classic S55 Standard Arm, 5.5 metre reach; new TWIGA Mid T65 Telescopic Arm, 6.5 metre reach; and new TWIGA Flex S67 Standard Arm, 6.7 metre reach. Spearhead will also exhibit rotary mower models, including the classic Multicut 460 and the compact, robust, Multicut 300, and revolutionary Stubble Master 500 rotary mulcher. These versatile rotary mowers build on a heritage of more than 25 years of design, development and innovation, with high-lift blade featured across all models, and cutting systems and arrangements for grass, stubble and scrub land maintenance. Also at LAMMA will be the Stubble Master 500, with new livery and industry-leading features designed to make the cropping cycle more efficient and cost effective. The Stubble Master’s blade system is capable of mulching leftover stubble into small debris particles, aiding faster decomposition into the soil through the encouragement of worm activity. The mulched debris can also give protection to the soil surface. These combined actions ultimately result in an overall improvement to the soil structure. The Spearhead Machinery stand can be found in Hall 1, Stand No. 114.


Comedy Celebration Ian Moore will be returning to the BIGGA Welcome Celebration sponsored by Textron Golf, where he will join television presenter and event host Naga Munchetty. Ian is a regular on TV and radio, a best-selling author, and headliner at London’s world-famous Comedy Store. The BTME Welcome Celebration is a popular fixture of the BTME calendar. Taking place on Tuesday 23 January 2018, the free-to-attend event begins at 5pm with attendees receiving a free drink upon arrival courtesy of BIGGA. The event starts at 5.30pm, and is a celebration of the achievements of BIGGA members throughout the previous year. Those recognised will include: BIGGA Life Members, BIGGA President and Vice President, Continuing Professional Development Milestones, Master Greenkeeper Certificates, BIGGA Photographic Competition, and Toro Student Greenkeepers of the Year. Also revealed will be the winners of the BIGGA Awards 2018. The three awards categories are: Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year sponsored by Rigby Taylor, Young Greenkeeper of the Year sponsored by Textron Golf, and Greenkeeping Achievement of the Year sponsored by Baroness. Ian Moore said: “I’m really chuffed to be asked back to the BIGGA Welcome Celebration, and especially back to Harrogate, as I left a pair of cuff-links in the hotel last year and they promised to hold on to them.” Tickets for BTME, Continue to Learn and GolfBIC can be booked online with links available on every BTME event page on the BTME and BIGGA websites.


Chelsea 2018 Hillier has announced details of its 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden. “STIHL Inspiration” by Hillier will take on a more rustic theme than previously featured in Hillier’s exhibits with corten steel throughout, and orange and blue flowering plants will add warmth alongside the traditional feature of Hillier’s mature trees. Hillier holds the record for the most consecutive Chelsea gold medals and hopes the 2018 show will see it receiving its 73rd. Keen to boost interaction with the exhibit, Sarah Eberle, who is the lead designer for Hillier for the third year running, has deliberately created a walkway through the garden that will provide opportunities for greater interaction with all elements of the exhibit. Demonstrating the broader range of what is on offer

within the Hillier Garden Centres including pots, tools and accessories, the garden will be broken down into a number of smaller themed sections where visitors can take direct inspiration for their own gardens. This year, STIHL will be a sponsor of the Hillier garden. The theme of the 2018 garden is inspiration and the design will see the two companies uniting to encapsulate the “inspiring future generations” ethos of Hillier which has run through the company since its formation over 150 years ago. “We are delighted to have STIHL on board as a sponsor this year. Like Hillier, it is a heritage family owned company, and we share the same core values about inspiring gardeners through innovation”, commented George Hillier, who is one of the fifth generation of Hillier family members to be involved in the business.

Ford’s new 3.0-litre Power Stroke diesel engine, manufactured by Ford of Europe, will deliver bestin-class torque, towing capacity and payload capacity for F-150 pickup customers in the US, from later this year. Assembled at Ford’s Dagenham Engine Plant, UK, the first diesel powertrain for the top-selling F-150 delivers 250 horsepower (253PS) and 440lb/ft (596Nm) of torque in USspecification, more than any other diesel-powered pickup in its segment.

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Expanding Network

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When tool hire company Artisan Hire Centre was looking to upgrade one of its incumbent 7.5 tonne rigids, the Wiltshire-based business replaced it with two brand new 7.5 tonne Isuzu rigids to accommodate growth in customer deliveries requiring greater payloads.

Dennis and SISIS will show a range of market-leading turf maintenance equipment at the 2018 Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Conference and Exhibition, January 16-19 in Fort Worth, Texas. Dennis will showcase its G860 dedicated cylinder mower, with a range of interchangeable cassettes, (including scarifiers, verticutters, brushes, spikers, slitters and six- or eight-bladed cutting cylinders) and the newly launched Spring Tine Rake, which has 42 springs with 12mm spacings that can be used for the removal of dead turf matter, cleaning the surface and helping to stand grasses up. All cassettes can be changed easily without tools. Visitors to the Dennis and SISIS stand will see the SISIS Javelin Aer-Aid 1500 tractor-mounted vertical action aerator, which injects air directly into the root zone speeding up the aeration process, moving air uniformly throughout the root zone for complete aeration and not just where the tines have penetrated the surface. Those operating the Javelin Aer-Aid have the flexibility to alternate tines for other operations such as hollow coring prior to top dressing. Other benefits include a fast forward speed for excellent productivity, minimal maintenance and a smooth and quiet operation.

Having previously run four Isuzu NKR 3.5 tonne rigids in its 30-strong commercial vehicle fleet, Artisan Hire Centre was aware of the payload and reliability benefits of the Isuzu chassis. For this latest vehicle acquisition, Artisan specified two new Isuzu Forward N75.190 rigids, both fitted with beavertail plant bodies, built by AG Bracey Ltd, Bristol, and with rear-cab-mounted winches. Isuzu Truck dealer Greenmeadow Commercial Services supplied the vehicles, and the new trucks are expected to have a working life of four years, covering 30,000 miles per annum. “Our previous successful experience of running Isuzus meant we were more than happy to specify the Isuzu marque again for this new vehicle acquisition programme,” said Chris Comers, managing director, Artisan Hire Centre. Formed in September 2000, Artisan Hire Centre has its head office in Melksham, Wiltshire and operates eight depots covering the area from Oxford in the North to Basingstoke in the South and Bristol in the West. “Artisan Hire Centre has established a well-deserved reputation over the past 17 years, and we are extremely pleased to be part of its recent growth, with the supply of two new Isuzu 7.5tonners into its delivery fleet,” said Pete Murphy, managing director, Isuzu Truck UK. “Isuzu Truck, with its 7.5 tonne and 3.5tonne rigids, has established a unique niche in the building and construction industry here in the UK, and we are sure that Artisan will benefit from many good years of service from these recent new Isuzus.”


From natural turf to synthetic, solutions include the ride-on SISIS Brush-Pro, the tractor-mounted SISIS SSS1000 sweeper that can be pulled by any machine, and the Singleplay implement-mounted frame that accepts a variety of implements such as the 1.8m Flexicomb and the 1.8m Straight Brush – both of which will be on show at STMA. Experienced turf experts from Dennis and SISIS will be on hand at the exhibition to speak in more detail about the products. /


Glyphosate statement “Rigby Taylor is delighted the EU has renewed the licence for glyphosate,” says Peter Corbett, the company’s Chemicals Product Manager. “The loss of this important active would have cost local authorities many hundreds of millions of pounds to replace with alternative means of vegetation control. The industry now needs to take on board the importance of using this active ingredient correctly and in a sustainable manner. Rigby Taylor is working on a product stewardship package for glyphosate, which will include all the elements of best practice. The package will include advice and recommendations for managers, operators and other end users on how to use it correctly. There is also a need to educate the general public on its safety profile. We expect the UK authorities to re-affirm product labels in the next few months and Rigby Taylor will include these in the stewardship package. A key element to ensuring we can continue to have glyphosate

as a cost-effective management tool for vegetation management will be to use it in a programme with other products to achieve the desired outcome. Rigby Taylor will also address this issue in its forthcoming stewardship programme.” Rigby Taylor’s Chemicals Product Manager Peter Corbett says the company will be announcing a product stewardship package for glyphosate, which will include all the elements of best practice.

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Les Malin is the new managing director of Etesia UK. He joined Etesia UK in 2000 as area manager, was appointed general manager in 2006, and promoted to operations director in 2014 – the company’s first UK director. Following the retirement of Etesia SAS president Patrick Vives In December, the board and shareholders unanimously decided to promote Les to the position of managing director. Commenting on his promotion Les said: “It’s an achievement and an honour, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to prove myself. My aim is to try and help the business continue to grow, and show the shareholders we can do what we need to do and make it work for them.”

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Record and Trace Synthetic Turf Maintenance specialists, Replay, has launched PitchPassport® 365, which is set to revolutionise the recording and traceability of synthetic turf maintenance and become the benchmark for the industry and beyond. PitchPassport® 365 is designed to provide full integration between the manufacturer, installer, maintainer and

the facility, collating historical, current and predictive maintenance information for all types of synthetic surfaces. Featuring online and offline functionality, all pertinent information and reports relating to the facility can be reported as the maintenance visit is taking place utilising live-stream monitoring technology. The data can then be accessed securely, anywhere at anytime from your inbox or dedicated client portal app. Key features include the usage calculator and heat

mapping technology, which uses an embedded algorithm to produce a dedicated map of the pitch, showing the high-wear areas of the facility in question. The information gathered by the tool can then be used in-house or by the external maintainer to ensure effective maintenance efforts. It can also be used to diagnose and schedule maintenance to resolve potential issues before they become major concerns. Through the app, the facility can view scheduled maintenance visits using the calendar function, including a thorough description of the work (to be) carried out, and any job notes specific to the surface. The maintainer can then edit the job live from the site, submitting photos, documents or notes from their visit creating a comprehensive maintenance report. Another feature, ReplayRescue, gives the operator the ability to report any urgent matters instantly using a red or amber alert to highlight the need for further action. Replay Managing Director and brainchild of PitchPassport® 365 Garry Martin said: “At Replay, we pride ourselves on being forward-thinking and always striving for that next tool and technique to take the synthetic turf maintenance industry to the next level. With PitchPassport® 365, we now have a tool that not only streamlines our operations, but offers tracking and traceability of works that has never previously been available. This enhances health, safety and asset protection and removes grey areas and burden of proof. Using the metrics obtained from the many features of PitchPassport® 365, Replay and the industry as a whole can use the information to enhance future offerings.”

Merchant Taylors’ has acquired 13 new replacement machines through George Browns, a UK Kubota groundscare dealer. The school has 285 acres of pitches, lakes and woodland, together with the campus. Grounds manager Richard Ayling said: “We need machines that can perform to the highest standards. Reliability is also important to avoid any costly downtime and the machines we use need to be comfy and simple to operate so my team can carry out their work efficiently. That’s exactly why we chose Kubota. We have had a relationship with George Browns and Kubota for decades, and have never been let down. This new machinery will significantly assist our team of ten groundscare staff, helping increase productivity of our operations across a wide range of applications.”



Dedication Pays Off A debut report designed to showcase the biggest and best businesses in York has been compiled by The Press, York St John University’s Business School and Mark it, York. Rolawn is proud to have been ranked 44th in the report, which was published on Wednesday 22 November and which is available on-line at: Jonathan Hill, Rolawn’s Sales & Marketing Director commented: “To be independently vetted so highly among York businesses makes us very proud. There are so many well-run professional companies in the area it proves that hard work and dedication pays off. With so many exciting activities in the pipeline for the coming year, we look forward to seeing how high we can climb in 2018.”

Etesia UK dealers recently visited the company’s HQ and factory in Wissembourg, France to see its state-of-art factory and production line. Etesia is a key supplier of local authorities and landscape contractors throughout Europe, with operations in more than 40 countries, spread over five continents. Les Malin, operations director of Etesia UK, said: “We are very proud of the work we do in the UK with our dealers and of our facilities in France. To be able to show the people, who are effectively our sales force, just how much effort goes into achieving the best and to get their feedback, is invaluable.”

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International Pick-up Award Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Amarok has won the ‘International Pick-up Award 2018’. “We are very grateful to have received the IPUA 2018 and feel honoured by the decision of the international expert jury,” said Dr Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Brand Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, at the presentation in Lyon. The jury rated the Amarok as the epitome of ‘work hard, play hard’, a core element of the pick-up segment, and described the Amarok as a ‘top pedigree workhorse’. The clear design, the fantastic feel and the finish, in short the workmanship, were specifically cited by the jury as being key factors in their decision. The size of the double cab with room for five people, the benchmark in the segment, also impressed with its modern design. The ergoComfort seats for driver and front-seat passenger also won over the jury, which highlighted the unique eight-speed automatic transmission and broad V6


engine specification in the segment. The jury members were particularly taken by the on- and off-road capabilities of the V6 Amarok, adding: ‘Performance is not a challenge for the Volkswagen Amarok V6. Its wide selection of 3-litre TDI engines, which range from 120 to 190 kW, fulfils the power and torque desires of all customer groups.’ The International Pick-up Award IPUA is awarded only every two or three years by a selection of the IVotY (International Van of the Year) jury members.

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To the Future

Twenty BIGGA members have been selected to take part in the Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI) 2018 at the company’s HQ in Ipswich in March 2018. Aimed at greenkeepers who want to make the leap to Course Manager, FTMI (made possible by Jacobsen, a Textron Golf brand), focuses on personal and professional development, utilising Course Managers, trainers and industry experts to mentor and educate the next generation of industry leaders. The successful candidates for the FTMI Class of 2018 are: Michael Budd, Westerham Golf Club Darren Burton, Royal Cinque Ports Seb Cavilla, Chippenham Golf Club Shaun Cunningham, Mortonhall Golf Club Lyle Davidson, The Carrick Matthew Gallagher, Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club Callum Goodhind, Prestbury Golf Club Graham Hastie, Stoneham Golf Club Nathan Jones, Royal Porthcawl Golf Club Mitchell Jordan, Lingdale Golf Club Andrew McIntee, Royal Troon Golf Club Scott McTaggart, Ralston Golf Club


Jon Methven, St Andrews Links Trust Chris Mullett, The Belfry Scott Parnell, Saffron Walden Golf Club Dean Reed, Queenwood Golf Club John Reid, The Duke’s, St Andrews Nick Roberts, Hendon Golf Club Timothy Lewis Sethi, Golfpark Zurichsee Steve Thorne, Rushmore Golf Club Karen Proctor, Director Global Marketing at Textron Golf, said: “This will be the sixth year that we will welcome 20 selected BIGGA Members to take part in the Future Turf Managers Initiative.” Sami Strutt, Head of Member Development at BIGGA said: “We saw an increase of almost 40% in the number of applications received for FTMI 2018. Every year the selection process gets more difficult due to high-quality applicants. The 20 successful candidates can expect to be challenged and pushed out of their comfort zone by the trainers, mentors and the Textron Golf and BIGGA teams, but they will definitely learn a lot and make some lifelong friends along the way.”


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Scrappage Upgrade Volkswagen UK is extending its successful Scrappage Upgrade scheme into 2018, further encouraging the switch to its latest generation, lower-emission new cars. Almost 5,000 older diesel vehicles have been removed from the road since the scheme was launched in September. The incentive is confirmed to run until 2 April 2018, with deliveries of qualifying new vehicles to be completed by 30 June 2018. The Volkswagen Scrappage Upgrade scheme means customers of qualifying vehicles are able to trade in their cars in exchange for incentives against the majority of new Volkswagen models if the new car is ordered by 2 April 2018, and delivered by 30 June 2018. The trade-in vehicle needs to

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The new 2019 Jeep Cherokee, mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV), boasts a new, authentic and premium design, along with fuel-efficient powertrain options. Additional images and complete vehicle information will be available January 16, 2018, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

have been owned by the customer for at least six months. Alison Jones, Director of Volkswagen UK, said: “All new Volkswagen petrol and diesel cars meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards, so whether it’s our latest Euro 6 cars, or our class-leading range of plug-in hybrid or full electric models, we have something to make the continued Scrappage Upgrade offer irresistable.“ Volkswagen has stated it aims to be the global leader in electric vehicles by 2025. The brand is working hard on a comprehensive electric car offensive. Underpinning this is a dedicated electric vehicle structure, the modular electric drive kit (MEB), which forms the basis of an innovative range of electric vehicles, such as the I.D. and I.D. BUZZ, both of which are already confirmed for production.

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Leading designers from the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) predict the hot new trends in garden design for 2018, including plantings, materials and design styles Garden by Cassandra Crouch

OUTDOOR LIVING According to award-winning garden designer John Wyer, outdoor structures are set to be big in 2018. ‘Plug and Play’ pergolas, with integrated drainage, lighting and heating will be the must-have garden feature, while outdoor kitchens will continue to grow in popularity, with dedicated spaces for cooking, eating and entertaining becoming a central focus. ASYMMETRY It’s all about asymmetry in 2018. Prepare to see a contemporary update on the classic crazy paving with large-scale natural indigenous stone, according to Cassandra Crouch. Gardens will feel less structured, as geometric lines


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and hard surfaces are softened by planting, and edges are broken down to create the feeling of a garden that has been there for years. ECOLOGICAL GARDENS Designer James Scott believes that gardens designed to benefit the environment and encourage wildlife will also be big in 2018, with native plants and locally sourced materials becoming increasingly popular. Similarly, as interest in producing our own food continues to grow, we will see a trend towards edible planting with greenhouses making a comeback. MATERIALS COPPER Copper, both as a material and colour, will make a big impact in 2018, according to Paul Hensey. Weathering to a beautiful

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bluish-green patina, hard landscaping in copper can provide a wonderful sense of warmth to planting and a contrast to surrounding gravel, stone or wood. Where a perpetual copper colour is preferred, copper-effect stainless steels will be a popular alternative. Cassandra Crouch believes there will be a move away from shiny stainless steel finishes, with a natural weathered patina becoming popular. WOOD-EFFECT TILES Increasingly popular in interior design, wood-effect porcelain tiles look set to become a trend in garden design, according to designer John Wyer; he first used them two



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Garden by Adolpho Harrison different stones together to reflect the various colours and tones within the garden itself. TEXTURED PAVING Hand-made bricks and textured paving blocks will be big in 2018, believes designer Jane Finlay. The blocks’ irregularities and imperfections bring a natural element to small urban gardens; end-grain oak blocks, replicating original wooden cobbles (such as seen in historic settings like Blenheim Palace), are also predicted to be popular.

years ago on his award-winning garden at the RHS Chelsea flower show. Hard-wearing, scratch, stain and heat-resistant, they can be used for both flooring and cladding. LIMESTONE After taking centre stage in James Basson’s award-winning garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year, limestone is set to make a return to the domestic garden, with the introduction of harder-wearing mid-toned stones rather than the bright white varieties of a few years ago, reflecting the natural, warm colour palettes popular in interior design. Adolfo Harrison also predicts a trend towards mixing

PLANTING SHRUBS It’s all about shrubs this year, say designers from the Society of Garden Designers. We’ll be moving away from naturalistic perennials and grasses to provide accent and structure to the garden according to Cassandra Crouch, while interest in exotic and unusual specimens will be particularly prevalent, opines John Wyer. Euonymus oxyphyllus, an elegant, slowgrowing shrub from Korea is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its rich, emerald green leaves that turn to shades of yellow, bronze and red in the autumn, and produce a spectacular show of colour in the summer from its cherrylike fruits.

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Euonymus oxyphyllus in the field

LOW-LEVEL WOODLAND PLANTS Low level woodland-style planting that mixes ferns, mosses, anemones and tufted grasses is something we can expect to see more of in 2018, according to designer Adolfo Harrison. It’s a trend seen at the NEO Bankside development opposite London’s Tate Modern, and works well in tricky, shaded city gardens. ARCHITECTURAL PLANTS Sharp architectural planting contrasting with softer organic hard finishes will also be popular, believes Jane Finlay, adding that such plantings can sometimes be mixed with country-style planting to blend sharper elements together. Adolfo Harrison believes that plants such as the Sabal minor (dwarf palmetto) or Chamaerops humilis (dwarf fan palm) will be popular alongside Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’, with

the latter’s height and 2ft palmate leaves meaning it can transform even the most humble planting around it in to something far more exotic. The Society of Garden Designers is the only professional association for garden designers in the UK, and has a Find A Designer search facility on its website: It is active nationally and internationally, promoting its aims through its journal, workshops, seminars, conferences and annual SGD Awards scheme.

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18,000 visitors 600 exhibitors Paysalia is the leading trade exhibition for everyone in France involved in landscaping. Noémi Petit, show manager, explained “In 2017 we attracted over 18,000 visitors from all aspects of the landscaping business. Furthermore we had over 600 exhibitors - a significant increase over the show two years ago. “Our visitors are the professionals who imagine, create, or maintain public or private green spaces and they come to meet the manufacturers of equipment, tools, nursery gardeners and suppliers of street furniture, pools and watering systems. All latest technical, design and environmentally-friendly innovations are on display at Paysalia.” The Landscaper’s roving photographer captured just a few of the shows’ interesting stands, which included some familiar names

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Productive Planting Scheme The largest tree-planting scheme in England (for more than 25 years) will have 600,000+ trees planted on a site at Doddington North Moor in Northumberland. The decision was announced the day after Andy Howard, project manager for Doddington, described his long battle to gain approval at a major land use conference at Westminster, organised by Confor. Mr Howard said: “I’m delighted to have secured the go ahead for the project at Doddington North. Well-designed new forests are fantastic assets for local people and wider society. Hopefully, us starting to plant trees at Doddington North, and the lessons learned from the application process, will encourage others to take that important step. I’d like to acknowledge the valuable support of the local population, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, and the unstinting positive backing from Confor. I’m also grateful to the Natural England and Forestry Commission staff at local level who ultimately found a way for us to some together to find a solution.” Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor, welcomed the ‘fantastic news’, which comes just two weeks after approval of the Lowther Estate planting scheme, south of Penrith in Cumbria. Lowther will see more than 210,000 trees planted on a 170-hecatre site, with 120 hectares of productive conifer species and most of the remainder productive broadleaf species. The Doddington site, near Wooler, is 354 hectares, with 268 hectares to be planted: 42 per cent conifers (the vast majority Sitka spruce), 20 per cent native broadleaf, and 13 per cent mixed Scots pine and native broadleaf. Of the remaining 25 per cent, 10 per cent is open ground, and 15 per cent managed priority habitat. Mr Goodall said: “This is fantastic news for the industry and testament to Andy Howard’s dogged determination to take on and change a poor system that puts rigid process ahead of pragmatism and public benefit. As he said at the conference, Doddington has broken the mould and should lead to a more workable approach to modern, welldesigned productive planting schemes – the door has been opened for others with high quality planting schemes to walk through. I’m really pleased that Andy highlighted the importance of the Woodland Creation Planning Grant at the start of the Doddington journey. Confor proposed the WCPG as a means to de-risk the early application process and Rory Stewart announced funding for the grant at our event in London two years ago.” One of the major battles to get approval was the designation of the planting site as priority habitat. Andy


Howard argued that the site had become overgrown with rhododendron, bracken and gorse and said the main danger was doing nothing. “Mother Nature does not work to civil service procedures,” he told the conference. Under the Doddington planting proposal, the amount of priority habitat on the site will increase by almost 70 per cent due to enhanced management. Mr Howard told the Westminster conference – Towards A Common Countryside Policy – that early engagement with the public, and taking time to explain the scheme to people, had been crucial. The local population had been hugely supportive, he said, and had helped to keep him going at times when he thought about giving up. “Doddington has hopefully broken the mould and can help us start to move away from the ridiculous position where you have to prove that planting trees is not a bad thing,” he said. “You have to be prepared to challenge the ‘Defra family’ and their understanding, you have to plan very carefully, talk to local people at a very early stage and adhere closely to the UK Forest Standard. In the end, Doddington has proved that positive action gets results.” Richard Greenhous, Director of Forest Services for Forestry Commission England (FCE), admitted at the conference that lessons had been learned by FCE during the Doddington process, especially around handling largescale productive planting applications, because expertise had been lost as the focus shifted to smaller-scale planting over the past 25 years. Dr Thérèse Coffey, the Defra minister responsible for forestry, urged the private sector to bring forward more large-scale productive planting schemes. She also repeated her concerns that first-time applications had to be of a higher standard, and challenged the industry to take up more of the money available from Government, especially through the Woodland Carbon Fund. Dr Coffey said a number of changes to the grants system had been made to make the process quicker and simpler.

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Paving the Way

Wienerberger, the UK’s leading provider of wall, roof and landscaping solutions, has further increased its product offering with the launch of a new Kassei KTF clay paver. The launch of the new product will help Wienerberger to meet the rising demand for versatile clay pavers in the UK, as well as provide a cost-effective natural paving solution. Jo Roberts, Landscape Category Product Manager, commented: “The launch of the Kassei clay paver not only looks great, but also offers a versatile and costeffective paving solution, suitable for a wide range of landscaping projects.” Measuring at 160 x 160 x 65mm, the Kassei KTF clay paver can be laid on both a rigid and flexible bed, allowing for a versatile build whatever the scheme design. With the appearance of natural stone, the new clay paver is available in four different colours including Astra, Caron, Lotis and Orion, all of which are available in a tumbled design for a more traditional aesthetic or an un-tumbled design for a smoother, more uniformed appearance Furthermore, the Kassei blend is a combination of all four colours and is available in the tumbled format.


Bradstone’s Natural Granite paving provides a modern, minimalist feel to outdoor spaces, with machinecut edges, textured top surface and two colours. It is available in four size, including 900x900mm. The company’s Ashbourne paving incorporates riven paving and fettled edges for stunning visual realism and an authentic natural stone appearance. It is available in two patio-pack sizes and five colours.


Premier paving brochure The Talasey Group’s 2018 brochure is the first produced under the new company name. From January 1, 2018 the Talasey Group will be the new trading name for Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd. The Talasey Group encompasses Natural Paving, Vitripiazza, Baksteen, Pavetuf, Resiscape and Luxigraze. The 2018 brochure can be downloaded from the Group’s new website, and available on request from Talasey Group’s headquarters in Doncaster. The Natural Paving range continues to be one of the company’s most popular brands, including Premiastone, Cragstone, Classicstone, the Fossestone block paving collection, the Cobblestone cobbles, and walling options known as Cottagestone. The Premiastone collection has a new colour, a lightly flamed granite flagstone known as Silver Ash. A new style in the Classicstone collection is Yorkshire Blend.

Six additions to the Vitripiazza collection include Avorio, Bronzo and Pantera to its Anno collection, and Moda, Elegante and Classe to its new-for-2018 Stile collection. Vitripiazza offers 26 different colours across eight ranges, with accessories. 2018 also sees a new product range for the Baksteen brand – the Dutch Square range offers five colour options in a new square format ideal for pathways, drives and edgings. The new brochure also features the company’s Luxigaze artificial grass and accessories, and products from the new Resiscape range of resin-bound aggregates (and accessories), available in six standard colours, and pre-measured bags. The new brochure also includes the full range of Pavetuf accessory products, the rapid-setting Pavetuf Jointing Mortar, Pavetuf Jointing Compound, and installation products including specialist blades.

Brick and Paver Wienerberger, UK manufacturer of wall, roof and landscaping innovations, has launched a complete brick slip and paver slip solution, and a new website to showcase the offer.

Brick slips have been a trend in the UK for some time, for both internal and external use, and make it possible to achieve a range of styles from traditional to ultra-modern. Natural clay paver slips are an increasingly popular flooring solution to add character to internal environments as designers look to ‘bring the outside in’. Wienerberger’s new brick and paver slips solutions include different options of colours, sizes and textures. To support the launch, Wienerberger has developed an online platform to showcase the offering, and provide some inspiration to designers. The tool provides access to interactive functions, including viewing the slips in residential and commercial settings, and testing aesthetic combinations of how the brick and paver slips may work with their surrounding environments as well as in contrast with each other. This allows architects and designers to experiment during the design stages of a project. Richard Brown, Category Manager – Wall at Wienerberger commented: “We are very excited to launch our new brick and paver slips offering. We see the use of slips as a growing market that offers a great deal of creative potential for architects and designers. Our market-leading range means we are able to provide something to suit every design taste. We are also very pleased with our new online tool, designed to demonstrate how beautiful brick and paver slips can look both in domestic and non-domestic settings. I would encourage anyone considering designing a project using slips to visit the site and have some fun selecting different slip options in a range of environments to see how the different combinations work together.”

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Timber Fence Alternative

Hardware Options

Wood plastic specialists, Composite Prime, has developed and launched HD Fence, a contemporary, durable solution for residential gardens and commercial boundaries.

TIMco has launched a new hardware range under the brand TAURUS, which is the company’s first venture into fence and gate hardware, and includes hinges, gate catches, bolts, hasps, staples, chains and fence accessories. TAURUS packaging options include bulk and bags, with new labelling and clear product information, including the corrosion rating and fitting instructions for the end user. TIMco has strategised and developed the merchandising around the new range with bespoke TAURUS stands for merchants, which are branded to assist the end user with product selection. The range and merchandising stands were put together by Paul White, Ironmongery Products Manager at TIMco, who comments: “We’ve taken a lot of time and consideration over the launch of our new TAURUS range to ensure the merchandising reflects the quality of the products within this range and is clearly identifiable to the end user in stores. We are ecstatic with the quality of the final products and branded merchandising stands.”

Using a unique composite material that combines FSC® 100% certified hardwood timber and recycled plastic, the product offers a much-needed alternative to timber fencing, renowned for breaking and becoming loose in the wind. The composite material is more durable and lowmaintenance than its timber counterpart, ensuring the fencing boards are anti-rot, sturdy and do not require painting or preservation treatments. Each board slots seamlessly into a multi-directional post and the easy-to-install solution also has a versatile retrofit option for concrete posts. The concrete post adapter allows HD Fence boards to slot between existing posts, saving time and money digging out and removing old concrete posts. Should a board need to be replaced it can be done so easily without replacing the entire panel, which cannot be achieved when working with timber fencing. Charles Taylor, sales director at Composite Prime, said: “We’re pleased to bring HD Fence to the market. Unlike timber fencing, if a board is broken the entire panel does not need to be replaced, as each six-foot panel is made up of nine boards. For such a sturdy product, the boards are lightweight, easy to handle and simple to install. It’s our aim to be at the forefront of composite technology within the garden product sector and our fencing goes a long way in ticking these boxes.” HD Fence is available in a selection of colour options offering a natural yet contemporary look for outdoor living, with no need to paint or treat the fence. The specialist’s full range includes decking, fencing and garden products, which can be purchased from a number of distributors across the UK.


A brand-new TAURUS brochure also accompanies the new TAURUS range, suitable for merchant buyers to assist with the selection process to offer in store, and is also available for end users to take away from TIMco stockists. Simon Midwood, Managing Director of TIMco comments: “TAURUS is a natural extension to our existing ranges and allows us to branch into new areas and provide customers with an enhanced product offering. We’re thrilled with the final products and innovative packaging and initial feedback from our customers has been extremely positive.”

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Green roof makes a splash in Cannon Hill

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A residential property in London which recently added an extension to house a swimming pool and changing rooms has made its roof space more appealing by creating a lavender and mixed herb green roof. The project at Cannon Hill was designed and installed by Wild About Roofs, who specialise in supplying and installing an innovative range of herb and wildflower roofs. They commissioned Boningale GreenSky to provide a variety of lavender, rosemary and thyme plants for the new pool house’s flat roof. Unlike many commercial wildflower roofs, these larger plants were supplied as small pots to provide instant impact for a highly visible site. The end result is stunning and provides the home owners with a visually appealing outlook, as the pool house is overlooked by the main house. It also makes a positive impact on local biodiversity because for years to come, as the green roof flourishes it will provide a valuable food source for pollinators. Maggie Fennell, Head of Boningale GreenSky, said; “Green or living roofs are becoming more and more popular in domestic residential settings, especially in large towns and cities because of the inherent benefits they provide. And just like the example here at Cannon Hill, they also make the landscape a lot prettier, while being good for the environment. The mix of herbs and lavender specified on this project has provided a truly stunning and striking domestic green roof design.” Boningale GreenSky also helped with the supply of the substrate, making sure it had the correct nutrition level and water holding capacity for the plants to thrive in the long term.


When Tinwood Estate winery in Chichester looked to expand its service to customers by building three luxurious vineyard lodges in the grounds, they asked ANS Global to provide green roofs for each. Passionate environmental custodians, the owners of Tinwood look to encourage biodiversity wherever possible, and incorporating living roofs into the woodland accommodation seemed an ideal contribution.

The lodges are contemporary and high-end providing both luxury and comfort. Built from western-clad cedar they are designed to blend seamlessly into the woodland surroundings providing a fun additional element to the vineyard experience, but also reinforcing the Estate’s commitments to environmental causes. As much as the lodges are intended to provide temporary shelter for guests at the Estate, they also offer longer-term sanctuary for wildlife with green roofs presenting ideal conditions for many species to thrive. Green roof creators plan a bio-diverse structure specifically to attract wildlife whilst also allowing for the addition of other features such as beehives, birdbaths, insect hotels and log and stone outcrops. There is plenty of scope for all such additions in the grounds of the Estate, and with Tinwood being part of the Entry Level Stewardship Scheme – a recognised

GREEN ROOFS sedum green roof can be a cost effective way to reduce your storm water tank size. The other specification was a specially grown wildflower blanket that contained an array of Wildflowers native to the area. The native plants have become vital in green roof design to try and best replicate the previous wildlife on the site. By using native plants they have created an effective nectar source at roof level to support the bees, butterflies and other rare invertebrates creating a stepping stone for wildlife across a grey city scape.

programme whereby farmers actively encourage biodiversity – the incorporation of green roofs falls in line with the owners’ environmental vision and values.

Elephant and Castle

Eco Green Roofs have just completed the first phase of the Elephant and Castle Regeneration. The huge scheme is being built over the course of over ten years and the first phase Trafalgar place is just being finished. Eco green roofs installed a series of roofs over a number of different buildings on the development. There were two green roof specifications used the first was standard sedum blanket roofs, these were used in the more shaded areas and eco green roofs successfully installed over 400m2 of sedum blanket. the sedum blanket specification was different to a usual sedum specification because the blanket was laid on 120mm of substrate as opposed to the optimum 60mm in most of our standard sedum blanket green roof systems. The reason for the 120mm of substrate was to account for extra storm water runoff, by using the sedum roof you can calculate for more water retention in the storm water calculations which allows a reduction in the size of a storm water tank. So the

Richmond Park The brand new Richmond Park golf course clubhouse, built in the famous Royal Richmond Park, was specified to have a beautiful green roof to ensure it blended into its magnificent surroundings and limit the impact on the protected local wildlife. Eco Green Roofs Ltd. undertook this prestigious green roof project, producing a spectacular acid grassland roof using turf grown from within the park itself. Eco Green Roofs was asked to trial a range of new green roof substrates (soils) that would be suitable for the acid grassland covering. Generally, substrates are alkaline not acidic in nature, therefore expertise in this field was provided by Eco Green Roofs’ in-house ecologist, Dr. Chloe Molineux. She holds a Ph.D in green roof substrate design and conducted a range of tests using the Richmond Park turf and specially formulated substrate blends in order to provide the project with the most successful specification possible. The result is a superb semi-intensive green roof that makes the clubhouse disappear into the park and provides the building with many economical and ecological benefits, including: storm water attenuation, heat and sound insulation and habitat for many plants, invertebrates and birds.

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Versatile Paving The Talasey Group has supplied approximately 2,990 metres of its Natural Paving’s Promenade Classic Sandstone for a 60-unit housing development in Chigwell, Essex, on the site of the former Tottenham Hotspur Football Club training ground.

Group deliver the project, commented: “This is a stand-out project in a notable location and something that we’re really proud to be a part of. As we operate a merchant only sales policy, Anderson Group purchased all their products through one of our merchant partners and it’s exciting to see our customer network having the opportunity to supply such a prestigious project.”

Revisiting Yesteryear Developer Anderson Group’s ambition was to create a typical Essex village plan, using different house styles to create an attractive community. It was essential the products used on the properties were versatile, and would look good across the different types of dwellings. Mark Thurston, Procurement Manager at Anderson Group commented: “One of the biggest challenges when working on a project of this scope is the need for products that are high quality but also cost-effective. These were the criteria that led us to choosing Natural Paving products, as the stone available was a perfect fit, with remarkable texture, colour and price. We’ve been very impressed with the company’s paving solutions and look set to use them again on another upcoming job.” Anderson Group asked local builders merchants, Sliverton Aggregrates, to put forward a range of sandstone choices for the development’s outdoor environment. After viewing a range of choices, they settled for Natural Paving goods on grounds of the product’s colour and shade. Mark Buckle, Customer Sales at Silverton Aggregrates commented: “We were approached by Anderson to put forward a sandstone option for this development. Natural Paving was the third company we presented to them and they were very impressed. I experienced no problems working with Natural Paving, part of the Talasey Group. When necessary, the company was helpful and responsive. Late on in the development, Anderson Group changed the specification from single size stones to larger packs. It was a challenging moment and we didn’t have much time to react. Thankfully, Shaun Utting of the Talasey Group was on hand to resolve the issue. “ Shaun Utting, who was in charge of helping Anderson


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Living Walls

This year has been a great year for urban greening all over the globe, according to ANS Global, which has its head office in Aldingbourne, Chichester. “The green agenda is on the increase in the UK, with the Mayor of London planning to make more than 50% of the capital’s area green by 2050, making it the world’s first ‘national park city’ by 2019,” said a company spokesperson. “We’ve had a busy year installing living walls in the UK and

around the globe.” The company’s choice of the five best living walls include: Granta Park, Cambridge Blackpool and The Fylde College London Wall Place Nando’s Cambridge Bird Street, London

The impact of digitisation on contemporary culture provided inspiration for the work of Rotterdam-based artist Ton Kalishoek, who has used Medite Tricoya Extreme (MTX) for his designs. “From a creative point of view, I am particularly interested in the effect that digitisation has on our language, our way of communicating and our visual language,” says Ton. His series of timber sculptures and objects follow three design themes: people, animals and plants. Instead of traditional sculpture materials, such as bronze or stone, the artist uses materials from the building, furniture and automotive industry. Peter Clifton, Product Manager for MTX, commented: “The uses of this product never cease to amaze me. With a 50-year aboveground guarantee and effective resistance to fungal decay, MTX exhibits real strength in outdoor weather conditions, and offers true versatility for designers and craftsmen.”



Colour Preferences Embrace coloured light in the garden for an elegant paradise By Martin Bennett Garden designers often view coloured lights as garish, with clients sometimes insisting only on warm or cool white light. However, Coloured lighting can be exciting, and if used in the correct way, can make a huge difference in the overall appearance of a garden at night, especially in winter.

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A fantastically effective way to use Colour is to ‘wall wash’, or to up-light a feature.These are well-known techniques, that are worth experimenting with. There are in fact many other ways colours can be used differently, to bring your garden to life at night. Orange Dichroic uplighting Lion

An effective method is to enhance the natural surroundings with similar colours. A great example of this is up-lighting trees or plants. Use a green dichroic lens or coloured bulb to enhance their natural, lush appearance. It will create vibrant green foliage rather than what can be a washed out green, which can be the case when using white light. Lighting a specific feature in this high impact way can also help draw the focus away from other areas of the garden. Lively purples and reds are great to emphasize the heads of flowers, berries and lavender bushes, and warmth is easily achieved by using a warming amber tone. Bring ornaments to life with colour – one of my favourite pictures is of the lion statue (inset), uplit with an orange lens which really makes him stand out in what appears to be his natural colour. Coloured lights are widely available by using Dichroic coloured lenses available from Lumena at less than £6.00 each and coloured PAR38 Floodlights bulbs are ideal for uplighting medium to large trees. LED Wall washers are a new product from Lumena and are available in Red, Blue and Green as well as Warm and Cool white. Coloured waterproof IP68 Striplights are another product new to Lumena. These can safely be used outdoors and are idea for steplighting and around outdoor buildings. Warm, white, cool white, Red Green and Blue are available. Martin Bennett is the founder of Lumena Lights.

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Airport Project As part of the construction of a new £15m link road at Manchester Airport, Johnsons of Whixley has supplied trees, plants and grasses to the new Enterprise Way at Airport City North, in partnership with landscapers Blue Wigwam. The range included large single- and multistem trees, ground cover flowering plants and lowmaintenance grasses. The construction of the new link road, part of Airport City North at Manchester Airport, marks a major milestone to help underpin future development, including the creation of offices, advanced manufacturing units and new hotel beds, creating a total of 11,400 new jobs. Enterprise Way will connect new development plots to the rest of the landmark site and the wider transport network. Johnsons of Whixley senior amenity sales manager, Tony Coles, said: “The development at Airport City North is truly exciting, and it’s been a privilege to provide products to Enterprise Way section of the wider project. Working with our partners at Blue Wigwam, we have delivered to an

exacting specification and deadline.” Blue Wigwam director, Richard Hughes, said: “I have worked with Johnsons for the past 17 years, and in the past year they have given me support and a quality of service and product that I can’t get from other tree nurseries. I believe that my loyalties lie with Johnsons of Whixley, and for a good reason – they look after me and my company.”

Nursery Investment Glendale Horticulture took ownership of a 15.5 acre site nursery in Harvington, Evesham on 2nd January 2018. The new site has 16,868sqm of existing glass and is ideally situated within close vicinity of Glendale’s existing nursery sites. This site will provide additional production capacity for the business, with investment in new technology to develop more automated processes, which will enable Glendale to benefit from further production efficiencies. It is anticipated production will be introduced as early as February 2018, using the existing glass. The investment in this nursery supports the strategic growth plan for Glendale Horticulture in this market.

Manager Appointment Glendale Horticulture is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Dudley as Manager for its Lathom Nursery in Lancashire, with effect from 02 January 2018. Neil joins Glendale from J A Jones & Sons, a tree and amenity nursery business based in Southport, Lancashire, where he gained his horticultural


experience. His responsibilities will include management of both sites at Ring O’Bells Lane, Lathom, including logistics, despatch, planning, office administration, nursery production and some arboricultural activities. The company also anticipates re-establishing hedging and amenity tree production at the nursery. We would like to congratulate Neil on his new role and offer him our full support.


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Green Game Myplant & Garden 2018 trade fair for horticulture and landscape will be across three halls, with eight macrosectors across the 45,000 sqm exhibiting space.

Hall 20 will have nurseries, garden care stands, and motor garden, plus a 300sqm outdoor area for demonstrations (between halls 16 and 20). Expanded green building and outdoor space (swimming pools included) will include ‘landscape area’ for meetings and international design studios. There will also be the seminars area and the Urban Green Management department. Hall 16 is represented by horticulture, services, pots and professional containers, and garden care. An exhibition with the theme of landscape is planned. Hall 12, connected to hall 16, will have an independent entrance, and is the new entry in this fourth edition of the fair. Hall 12 will be rich in innovations, initiatives and exhibiting sectors. The Garden Center New Trend event will open its doors with its third edition, divided into six areas following the ‘small concept, smart business’ notion. Half of hall 12 will transform into a colourful, bright and animated Décor District with flower fashion runways, exhibits and exceptional settings, and flower-design contests with international masters of decoration. There will also be art&craft labs, photo shooting sessions, music themes and a lounge area. Following the business theme, a new edition of GAME (Garden Meeting) will take place. GAME is the event dedicated to retailers in the garden industry, with a big arena open to meetings, surrounded by exclusive exhibiting areas. The most original and current themes in the green industry will attract professionals in the field, from landscape design to retail, and from production to research.


Award-winning Retail Project Johnsons of Whixley has supplied more than 20 varieties of shrubs and herbaceous plants to a landscape upgrade scheme at the Glasgow Fort Shopping Centre. Following a competitive tender process, the North Yorkshire nursery secured the five-figure contract to supply more than 7,500 plants in partnership with commercial landscapers Grace Landscapes, based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. The company’s work on the 5.6ha site helped earn Grace Landscapes an award in the Soft Landscaping (£300k to £1.5m) category at the recent BALI Awards. As part of an ambitious upgrade scheme, the two businesses worked alongside other partners, including property developer British Land and Landscape Architect McGregor Smith and main contractor McLoughlin Harvey, to create a new identity for the facility. The landscape strategy was combined with a public art initiative to create a setting that reflects the character of the local area, including the surrounding Scottish woodlands, while encouraging visitors to spend time in the external, green spaces. Johnsons of Whixley senior amenity sales manager, Tony Coles, said: “It’s great to see the work commended by BALI, and we look forward to maintaining and further strengthening our relationship with Grace Landscapes, and our other partners in the commercial sector, during the next 12 months.”


Support for landscapers and horticulturists

The collapse of construction firm Carillion poses a threat to horticulture businesses that had contracts with the company. Many of the large construction projects Carillion was delivering have significant landscaping and nursery supply elements, leaving companies unsure whether they will get paid and jobs at risk. For individuals who find themselves facing redundancy and/or financial hardship as one of the knock on effects of this action, Perennial is here to help. The UK-wide charity is dedicated to helping everyone in the horticulture industry when they are in difficulty. Britain’s second largest construction firm, which employs 20,000 people in the UK, went into liquidation on Monday 15th January with debts of around £1.5bn. It is the smaller businesses that were sub-contracted by Carillion that are likely to bear the brunt of the company’s collapse. With the Government limiting its support primarily to the company’s public sector contracts, redundancies in commercial companies are expected to run into thousands. Trade body Build UK estimates that between 25,000 and 30,000 businesses are owed money by Carillion. Sheila Thomson, Director of Services at Perennial says: “The collapse of Carillion will affect a large number of small sub-contracted businesses, many of which were pro-actively encouraged by the Government to get involved in these public sector contracts. While Perennial cannot offer advice to businesses, we are here for any individuals from the

horticulture and landscaping trades that have been affected by the situation and are faced with redundancy, a cut in hours or a reduction in personal income in any way.” While many companies will have to wait to find out whether their debts will be paid, individuals who find they are facing redundancy, loss of income or financial hardship, can contact Perennial in strictest confidence for advice and support. Perennial’s services extend to everyone working in or retired from all parts of the horticulture industry. Perennial’s services are free, confidential and independent and help extends to spouses, partners and dependent children. Every person that Perennial helps faces different challenges and therefore all help is completely tailored to individuals and continues for as long as they need it. Perennial’s casework team can advise on benefit entitlement and help with any claims, represent at hearings and tribunals and award grants in certain circumstances. Perennial also has a dedicated debt advice service for those facing financial difficulties and its support includes negotiating with creditors and making applications for bankruptcy. If you are worried about your job find out how Perennial can help with the website: or contact Perennial by email on or phone in confidence on 0800 093 8543.

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APL Spring Seminar – Faking It Following on from the success of the seminars in 2017, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) are continuing their specialist one-day seminars held at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire. Taking place on 20 February, this ‘Faking It’ seminar will focus on all aspects of artificial landscaping including artificial grass, composite decking, porcelain and the great artificial plant debate. Mark Gregory, twenty-time Gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and previous Chairman of the APL, will be hosting a range of presentations, panels and Q&A sessions throughout the day, making the seminar more engaging and interactive. Speakers include: Richard Nunn of Gekko Industries, Karl Harrison, Managing Director of Exterior Solutions Ltd, Graham Pattison of Alfresco Solutions, Richard Bickler, Green Envee and , Paul Masters from headline sponsor London Stone.

The future of disease control A new disease forecasting tool on the Syngenta Greencast turf management website now gives a clear picture of disease pressure across the UK – and a forecast of where there risk of infection is set to occur and will enable more informed actions. Live Maps combine accurate weather forecast information along with proven disease prediction models, to foresee and track risks for up to five days before they occur. Encompassing Google maps, users simply zoom in to their own area for a close up of detailed local information. The maps cover all key turf diseases, along with forecast changes in soil temperatures and a new feature for Grass Growing Potential. Daniel Lightfoot, Syngenta UK Turf Business Manager, enthuses that one of the great advances of Live Maps for greenkeepers is the ability to visibly track conditions and risks progressing across the country – and giving time to assess action plans. “Targeting preventative disease programmes during periods of infection risk, but before symptoms break out


consistently maintains better playing surface conditions,” he advocated. Daniel pointed out that STRI research had shown fungicide programmes based on proactive forecasting maintained better conditions using fewer applications over the course of the season, compared to routine application or treatment at the first signs of disease. “Timing is the absolute key,” he advised. “Live Maps is a new way to better pinpoint the optimum application timing.” He believed that turf managers are going to have to get ever better at prevention in the future, to mitigate the impending loss of iprodione and to meet the increasingly stringent demands of today’s players “Whilst products such as Instrata Elite have excellent curative activity on early disease stages with in the leaf, the results are consistently better and longer lasting if it can be applied before symptoms have broken out on the surface,” he added. Danial believes the new Grass Growing Potential maps will be especially useful for aiding Primo Maxx application interval timing – enabling turf managers to focus on periods of peak growth and potentially ease off when conditions are less favourable. “If you use Grass Growing Potential in conjunction with soil temperature, it could be highly beneficial for timing renovation or over seeding activities to get seedlings off to the best possible start,” he said. “It also has a role for predicting turf recovery and implications for the disease management programme.” The Live Maps are available now free for all registered GreenCast subscribers, under the ‘Weather’ tab in the navigation bar.


A true central focal point within this next generation of shopping and leisure experiences in Bracknell town centre is an 800 metre expanse of Mobilane WallPlanter. This has created a stunning tapestry along the car park and walkways, providing both beauty and function, shielding an otherwise bland car park faรงade whilst also allowing unhindered ventilation.


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By Tabitha Grammaticus-Smythe

Dear Fans Happy New Year – It’s been a while. I would like to thank the thousands of my loyal readers who took the trouble to send me a seasonal greeting card. Our dear leader has been sunning himself in some exotic location for nearly 30 days whilst the rest of us have been slaving away over a hot computer. You would think with that massive dose of Vitamin D his mood would at least be sanguine. Oh no. Ever since he found out that our young, handsome automotive editor Liam Campbell was being jetted to the Chilean Andes to test drive the new Mercedes X-Class he’s been like a bear with a sore head. ‘Effective this week, the company is adopting Fridays as Casual Day. Employees are free to dress in the casual attire of their choice’ reads a short note from our management. I guess that’s instead of our missing Christmas bonus. Well all I can say is that I’m confident that us girls will witness a wardrobe malfunction of epic proportions from the men in our office. Research carried out by garden furniture specialists has revealed that greenfingered Brits with a fondness for the outdoors will spend the equivalent of over three years of their working lives preening and maintaining their gardens. Taking into account that Brits usually spend around 37 hours per week at work for 48


If I find that David Cameron hiding in one of these sheds I will do to him what he did to the country

weeks of the year. Even though Brits are less likely to venture into their gardens during the winter, their love for getting their sears, paint pots and lawnmowers out of the shed still sees them spending an average of just over two hours gardening each week. Putting on my Agony Aunt hat I must respond to Andy from Southend on Sea. Andy, you have to be very careful - it’s so easy to send a txt to the wrong person. I suggest you buy her a magnificent bouquet, a box of quality chocolates and offer to look after her garden for a year - free of charge. There is a good chance she will forgive you although I wouldn’t - still, I knew a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.


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