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Whilst writing this column, temperatures are soaring long enough? We have to over 29C in parts of London, making it the hottest to try and predict the UK day in April since 1949. The average maximum best time to work temperature for the UK in April is 11.9C. outdoors, schedule In bright, sunshine-abundant weather, we all tend crews, and even halt to stay on-task with greater efficiency. The bright light operations. helps keep our brains awake, alert, and attentive. Garden work is The UK experienced the coldest March since 1962, and extremely competitive England its fourth-coldest since records began in 1910, and there’s no according to the Met Office. regulation to speak The icy grip of the so-called Beast from the East of, bona-fide business attacked the British Isles, with more snow, wind and owners constantly punishingly cold temperatures. We all felt the winter battling with cash-only operatives and clients. Many of would go on forever these still think it’s acceptable to pay a mean £5.00 an From a business perspective, weather can have a hour, and ‘anyone can do gardening’ is an attitude we’re significant impact on the bottom line. forced to confront. Nurseries and garden Ever the optimist, I firmly believe THE FIRST RAYS centres tend to do that we are about to embark on most business between a long period of fair weather and March and June, business will make up for the APRIL 2018 Sales of plants and ground lost. ISSUE 227 | £3.95 associated products, The first major outdoor show such as compost of the year has really got the and pots, stalled gardening season started with completely. a host of ideas and innovations. Landscape (p30) companies are The grass is now growing fast confronted with and our regular mower feature a number of daily (p38) provides some cutting news. weather related Soil erosion could be an issue after decisions. Is it going all the rain - we look at cause and to rain, when and effect (p50) how much? Will After a slow start nurseries are PLUS SOIL EROSION | MOW the wind prohibit looking forward to a busy year ERS NURSERY LIFE | ART IFICIAL GRASS the spraying of (p44). pesticides? Will the So that’s it folks – have a dry spell continue good month. THE






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New APL chairman Ken White from Frosts Landscapes has continued success.” stepped down as Chair of the Association APL General Manager, Phil Tremayne, of Professional Landscapers (APL). Vice comments: “Ken’s dedication to the APL as Chair Rod Winrow, from Garden House a Committee member, and particularly as Design, is taking on the role of Chair with its Chairman, has been instrumental in the David Sewell from the Garden Makers direction that the organisation has taken assuming the position of Vice Chair, until over the past couple of years. Ken’s business the November AGM where they will stand acumen enabled the APL to define a clear for re-election. 3-year strategy which has started to deliver Ken has made the decision to step significant benefits to membership. The down from the Chairman’s role as work creation of both the Business Development commitments have prevented him from Programme and ‘Ted Talk Style’ seminars were Rod Winrow giving the time and attention that he wished both initiatives that Ken pushed forward. I to give to the APL. would like to personally thank Ken for his commitment to Ken comments: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as APL and it has been a pleasure working with him.” Chairman and wish the APL Committee and its members

The lovely gardens of Langford in West Oxfordshire are open to the public on Sunday 10th June, as part of the National Gardens Scheme. The stone walls of this ancient, quintessentially Cotswold village provide the perfect backdrop to the 24 sumptuous gardens. These vary from classic small cottage gardens to


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by increasing the grass content and selecting only annual species of wildflowers, Everyday Meadow is faster to establish. Everyday Meadow produces a denser habitat thanks to its ability to be sown at 15 g/m2. Compared to most meadow mixtures, which are usually sown at 5-10 g/m2, Everyday Meadow rapidly creates a thick, attractive canopy, thus enabling the landscape contractor to tick another job off their checklist without having to be overly concerned about sparse or slowly developing vegetation cover. All 18 of the wildflower species in Everyday Meadow are indigenous to the UK and have been hand-selected for their native traits and disease and stress tolerant characteristics which make them perfect for urban, sub-urban and business park environments.

Strong start to 2018 Glee show organisers report he beginning of 2018 saw the annual exhibition witness support from the garden retail sector. With a relocation to NEC halls 6,7,8,19 and 20 set to refresh and revitalise the show floorplan, the exhibition floorspace is over 85% sold, with more than 300 exhibitors confirmed to attend. New brands include Royal Canin, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Festive Productions, Gorse Lodge Garden Ornaments, Asia Style, and Greenkey Garden & Home. The Retail Lab is confirmed to return in 2018, and a dedicated Pets at Glee section is to be introduced in 2018, bringing with it a showcase of pet brands and educational content. Matthew Mein, Glee Event Director, said: “It’s safe to say Glee is in great shape. We’ve a number of exciting developments and updates on the horizon so it’s great to see the garden retail industry responding so positively. Glee has a vital role to play in providing a platform for better business, a showcase of the latest innovation, a place for


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80 years in business This year, British greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic is celebrating a landmark 80th anniversary. The Lancashire-based business (founded in 1938 by brothers Vincent and Norman Hartley), has made its beautiful, handmade and bespoke aluminium greenhouses and glasshouses for 80 years, working from the same artisan factory beneath the base of the Pennines’ Chew Valley. Its history as a business and the provenance of its carefully crafted garden structures are the inspiration behind its RHS Chelsea Flower Show trade stand, and will be symbolically mirrored in displays which tell the historic stories of plants well known to British gardeners. Hartley Botanic’s 2018 RHS Chelsea trade stand will feature four of the manufacturer’s handmade greenhouses and glasshouses, as well as a limited edition structure commissioned to mark its 80th anniversary. Terrain Aeration 105x108.qxp_Layout 1 13/04/2018 17:02

West Lancashire-based garden designer Lee Burkhill (the Garden Ninja) will design the stand, along with landscaping delivered by Gareth Wilson of Derbyshire’s G.K. Wilson landscape services. It is Lee’s first time designing for Chelsea after winning the BBC’s 2016 Feel Good Garden competition at RHS Hampton Court with his Manchester-themed Show Garden. Landscapers G.K. Wilson are multi Royal Horticultural Society award winners with a legacy of medal-worthy gardens across the RHS’s various flower shows, including Golds at RHS Chatsworth and RHS Hampton Court last year. Tom Barry, Managing Director of Hartley Botanic said: “The stand will challenge visitors to take a second look at plants they are hugely familiar with. To gain a deeper appreciation and respect through learning about wellknown plants’ provenance and history. In the same way, our 80th anniversary this year draws attention to the history and heritage that lies behind a modern Hartley Botanic greenhouse. Aesthetically, our horticultural Page 1

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NEWS structures are incredibly beautiful, but it is the 80 years of engineering expertise, craftsmanship and enduring commitment to artisan production which reveal their true quality and worth.” Lee Burkhill, the stand’s designer added: “We are thrilled to have been chosen to design Hartley Botanic’s 2018 Chelsea stand, and I am particularly pleased to be working with one of the North’s best landscapers. Gareth and I will be looking to ‘break the mould’ this year with our combined design energy and plant enthusiasm, creating something that’s a true feast for the senses!”

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West Sussex garden re-imagines the rose gardens of the early 20th century, in the Rose Celebration Weeks: 18-29 June 2018. The romance of Borde Hill Garden’s rose collection is set to wow visitors this year in the garden’s 125th anniversary year as 750 plants and 100 varieties of David Austin roses bloom in a myriad of colours from soft pink through to deep crimson and from yellow to bright red in a setting inspired by the Garden’s Edwardian predecessors.

Curing the greens After shading issues were resolved at the Blackwell Golf Club in Worcestershire, Head Greenkeeper Rhys Thomas has restored the greens to their full health thanks to a range of ICL fertilizers.

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the greens and tees that had been planted 50 years ago,” says Rhys. After the trees were removed, it was apparent the greens would need attention after being in the shade for such a long time. Disease had crept in, resulting in a few scars and damage. Rhys said, “ICL’s Greenmaster Pro-Lite Cold Start is great for the spring. We know the greens will kick-off immediately once we get it applied in March. Previously, members used to say the greens were not playing well until June. The right products are being used now and the members have noticed the difference.” Rhys was also quick to highlight Sierraform GT K-STEP 6-0-27+2MgO+TE, which has a high potassium content to harden the turf in particularly stressful winter conditions: “In January or February, we turn to Sierraform GT K-STEP which trickles along nicely and we normally get a good amount of growth following application. We may also re-apply it in March if we are doing some renovation work just to give us a bit of recovery. Because of the microclimate we have here at Blackwell, it does make it hard to have a strict programme in place – we just have to judge it as and when. The ICL fertilizers have significantly improved the greens because they are a lot healthier now.”







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Irish Student Greenkeeper of the Year Rody Kilbride from Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo is the winner of the Irish Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award 2018, sponsored by ICL and Syngenta. For several years, ICL and Syngenta have been proud sponsors of the Irish Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award, which is part of the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board’s (KWETB) Greenkeeping Training Course. Colman Warde, ICL Country Manager for Ireland said: “The training course is a fantastic opportunity which helps prepare the students for a promising future in this industry. It was great to present the award to Rody, who is a good example of enthusiastic, young greenkeepers. Aisling does a tremendous job arranging the course and it’s great to see the likes of David Behan from Naas Golf Club, David Callanan from Beech Park Golf Club, Mark Kirwan from the Heritage Golf Club and Tom Carew from Craddockstown put so much time and effort into helping train these students.” For the duration of the 48-week course, Rody was placed at Beech Park Golf Club under the watchful eye of Course Superintendent David Callanan. With the student course completed, Rody has gained a full-time greenkeepers job at

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Kitchen garden design Harris Bugg Studio has been appointed to design the new Kitchen Garden at RHS Garden Bridgewater. Set within the historic walls of the original Victorian Kitchen Garden, the design references the history of the surrounding landscape, while the horticultural vision combines edible planting with practical, traditional and new ideas to inspire visitors to grow their own at home. The design abstracts part of the route of the Bridgewater Canal, situated to the south of the site, as the bones of the navigation through the garden. Within the new garden, four distinct spaces will be created, each with an individual character and learning experience: the Permaculture Garden; the Classic Fruit and Vegetable Garden; the Ornamental Productive Garden; and the Walls, against which fruit trees will be trained in a variety of forms to celebrate the very best of horticultural training techniques. “The RHS challenged us to re-vision this space as a world class ornamental kitchen garden for the 21st century. Our aim is to create a garden that resonates with its rich and important historic past,“ while being packed with horticultural inspiration for visitors,” said Charlotte Harris. The horticultural vision for the garden is to inspire visitors to re-imagine how they experience productive growing. Evoking the spirit of Victorian walled kitchen gardens by demonstrating a wide range of plants for a purpose - fruit and vegetables, medicines (both human and veterinary), herbs, disinfectants and pesticides, perfumes, dyes and more - the garden will also explore more unusual species and growing techniques. It will showcase companion planting and wildlife-friendly plants throughout the garden to attract pollinators and natural predators. “RHS Garden Bridgewater is an incredible legacy for not just the RHS, but the whole of the North West region and we feel enormously honoured to be part of this project,” said Hugo Bugg. ”We’re enjoying the development of the construction and horticultural detailing process now, but like any garden, the joy of this space is that it will change and evolve over time. We see this as just the beginning of a long-

term relationship between us and RHS Garden Bridgewater.” Marcus Chilton-Jones, Curator, RHS Garden Bridgewater commented: “Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg’s ideas have truly captured the spirit of RHS Garden Bridgewater in reflecting the wonderful history and unique identity of this area while creating an important, forward-looking source of knowledge and inspiration for gardeners across the North West. The 11-acre Walled Garden is the jewel in the crown at RHS Garden Bridgewater. Charlotte and Hugo’s Kitchen Garden sits at the heart of this, which also includes our wellbeing garden, community teaching allotments and the Paradise Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith.”

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Seed plant investment A £1.5 million investment in state-of-the art packing facilities and additional storage capacity at Germinal GB’s Lincoln headquarters is part of a broader long-term strategy to increase efficiencies and competitiveness throughout its expanding forage and amenity seed businesses.

Managing Director Paul Billings says the improved customer service now resulting from these latest developments is an essential step in future-proofing the company’s interests: “We’ve installed an automated bag filling, palletising and pallet wrapping line capable of highly responsive functionality and outputs of over 500 bags per hour. We’ve also erected a new 18,565 square foot fully racked-out warehouse to effectively double our capacity to store finished goods. This means we can meet our customers’ orders for forage and amenity seed faster and more accurately, improving what is already renowned as a very dependable next-day-delivery service.” Germinal GB’s amenity division breeds and supplies a range of landscape, sports turf and amenity grass cultivars, as well as an extensive selection of UK-specific wildflower varieties. The company also distributes a range of state-ofthe-art phased release and speciality fertilisers, backed up by FACTS (Fertiliser Advisers Certification and Training Scheme) qualified support and advice.

Lighting the scene In some cases, landscapers and designers opt for standard black outdoor lights such as Spike lights, to hide the light source within shrubbery. However, there are finishes and materials that actually blend in with the garden landscape more effectively than black. Garden Green and Rustic Brown Spike Lights are camouflaged colours that will blend in with the surrounding foliage and soil, matching the rest of the garden’s colours and not drawing unneeded attention to the light source. New products such as the LuxRox Rock Lights are designed to add to the garden scene, blending in on gravel pathways and rockeries. Not only are they realistic in daylight, they create stunning effects at night and prove a unique way marker. Copper is a versatile material with a decorative quality, and will oxidise over time to change colour to look as if they

have always been part of the garden – as much an ornament as a light. For rural landscaping projects, such as parklands, Lumena has introduced the Radiata Natural Pine Bollard. This durable wooden path light will look perfect in the countryside setting and achieve a rustic, natural feel.

The award-winning Wonder Weed Puller from Burgon & Ball is a new idea for easy weeding, with an ejection mechanism to consign weeds to the waste. Winner of the GLEE New Product Award for Tools and Machinery and a finalist for Chelsea Product of the Year, the Wonder Weed Puller makes short work of weeds in lawns, and is designed to be used standing up, without bending or stooping.



Protect against lungworm Slugs remain a prolific pest in the garden, and their damage can extend far beyond destroying flowers and vegetables, as they can carry the lungworm parasite that can cause serious health problems in dogs and can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated. Some dogs deliberately eat the parasites, but they can also be ingested from foraging in undergrowth, eating grass, carrying around outside toys such as balls and rubber bones, and when the parasites have attached themselves to outside water and food bowls. They can also simply stick to dogs’ coats. Until now, most slug control methods, such as blue pellets, have been identified as being potentially harmful to dogs and other household pets. The biological nematodes used in Nemaslug, on the other hand, seek out and destroy only slugs, and will not harm to anything else in the garden. Unlike alternative pest control solutions, nematodes can be used as a preventative control. “We believe that by using nematodes to protect your garden against slugs, you are also protecting your dogs from lungworm,” says Gavin Wood from BASF. “This biological pest control is fast and effective, and is simply watered on to

plants and soil where slugs may be present.” TV Vet Marc Abraham (‘Marc the Vet’) explains: “Lungworm relies greatly on slug and snail hosts in order to grow and develop, and it’s from ingesting these (or even just licking their trails or infected water from bowls left outside) that disease transmission may occur. So the more contact our dogs have with infected slugs and snails, the more likely this often-fatal disease is spread.” All Nemasys products can be ordered online, with a season’s worth ordered and sent out as needed.

Following transformation of its factory in Pertuis, France, the Pellenc group has been presented with the Industry Showcase of the Future award. Pierre-Antoine Barre, Pellenc Industrialisation Methods Manager was delighted to have achieved such large-scale objectives: “Transformation of the Pertuis site means the Pellenc group’s capacity and industrial flexibility has grown, and the competitiveness of its product range has improved, building on French know-how, a symbol of industrial excellence and a source of employment reaching +7% a year.” Aurélien Blanc, technical assistant in the portable power tools shop, offered a great insight from an employee’s point of view: “The changes in the plant have reduced movements needed and distances covered. They provide real improvements in ergonomics, productivity and quality of work.”

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Feeling chipper River Clyde Homes is an Inverclyde-based housing association that manages 5600 homes and factors 2500 properties for home owners. In 2017, River Clyde Property Management was created as an ‘in-house’ specialist team to maintain the grounds, landscaping and the local environment. Grounds Supervisor, Derek Robertson, specified a GreenMech Arborist 150 woodchipper to join his fleet, as it was “versatile enough to cope with the variety of arboricultural work we were going to face”. “I first used a GreenMech chipper when I worked as an Arborist for the council – we had a tracked one in our machinery fleet, so when it came to specifying one in my new position I straight away looked at what they had to offer. Above all else, it’s the range of safety options you get with the GreenMech machines that made me go for one once again.” The popular Arborist 150 is a simple-to-use, road-tow chipper particularly designed for the disposal of waste brash. Among other features, it has a bottombar safety mechanism, no-stress feed system and a steel engine bonnet providing robustness whilst lowering noise emissions. A 970mm x 790mm infeed hopper is coupled with a 150mm x 230mm letterbox-style infeed throat opening enabling heavily forked branches to be fed in easily. “Being a road-tow unit, and under 750kg in weight, is

important as we can move it easily to various locations – no two days are the same. We go from industrial to domestic jobs, all the way through to clearance projects, dealing with shrubs that are over 10 foot high. It’s a compact machine but delivers high power and throughput.” Having had experience with other makes of wood chipper in the past, Derek considers the GreenMech machines to offer better performance at a better price: “The Arborist 150 is competitively priced and is a cracking machine backed up by fantastic support from both our local dealer Hamilton Brothers at Bishopton and GreenMech. We have a team of young lads who are all trained up to use it – with all the safety features and how easy it is to use we’re all comfortable with the machine. We know we can trust it.”

Innovation for Change The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is pleased to announce that Drax and Ireland’s ‘Internet of Trees’ technology-solution provider Treemetrics are now confirmed for its flagship National Conference, 2-3 May 2018, in Edinburgh. The conference will focus on how fast-moving developments in science and technology, and the revolution they bring – from global economies through to the workplace – will re-shape the forestry and arboriculture industry. This powerful platform will equip and inform foresters and arboriculturists to face the inevitable changes ahead where innovation will drive long-term success. Treemetrics Chief Executive Officer Enda Keane and Chris Woods, Head of Digital at Drax Group, further strengthen the programme on day two. Enda joins Session 4, Emerging Tools for Tree Professionals, where he will talk about Treemetrics’ ground breaking work on real time data from harvester, working with the European Space Agency, future innovation and the potential impact on the forester’s role.

Chris will then join Session 5, New Horizons, to explore how digital storytelling is changing communications including examples of the ‘cool stuff’ that Drax has done. Enda and Chris are part of a two-day programme that also includes Jeremie Leonard, from BioCarbon Engineering, who will address the session on Automation in Machine Technology, on day one. As a Chief Pilot, Jeremie will examine how drones can be used to plant trees. He explains why this topic is of great importance for the Institute’s National Conference: “The forestry sector has been lagging behind in innovating and adopting new technologies. However, there are many disruptive high-tech solutions that are breaking into the sector. I am very proud to be representing one solution that uses remote sensing to develop a 3D map in order to drive automated tree-planting. I believe that forestry will be changing rapidly in the next few years, and it is important to know where the next big thing will come from.”

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Sherriff Amenity recently hosted the first myTurfClub event at Syngenta UK’s Jealott’s Hill Research Centre in Bracknell. myTurfClub is a new initiative from Sherriff Amenity, which aims to help improve the UK turf amenity sector stewardship of pesticide and products. Following Sherriff Amenity Joseph Dormer’s introduction, Dan Lightfoot (UK and Ireland business manager for Syngenta), provided an update and insight into fungicide planning. Next up was Rod Burke (Syngenta’s portfolio development manager for Europe, Africa and the Middle East), who offered helpful tips in his presentation entitled ‘Pigments – a first look’. Before lunch, Joseph provided a virtual tour through the online mySherriffAmenity platform. Lunchtime offered all attendees a chance to network before embarking on a tour of Syngenta’s facilities. Jealott’s Hill is a key site in Syngenta’s global research and development network, and key activities include research into discovery of new active ingredients, new formulation technologies, product safety, technical support of products

and seeds research. To conclude the event, Joe Kinder (Sherriff Amenity Technical Manager) advised on tank-mixes before Johnny Beck (Sherriff Amenity Amenity Specialist) delivered an insight into trial work and revealing key results. Event organiser Joseph Dormer said: “We put this event together specifically because there is a need to become more pro-active in our industry. We need to be able to predict what is going to happen and have a plan in place because we are slowly losing all of the fire-fighting products. We wanted to create an event which is all about getting the delegates to be a bit more interactive and ultimately try to ensure that everyone leaves here with something – from the assistants to the course managers. I’m absolutely delighted with the turn out today, considering the pressure everyone is under at the moment with the weather. Plus many people are trying to get greens renovations done and get their courses up to scratch for spring. I’d like to say a big thank you to Syngenta for hosting the event.

Training Courses 2018 Sports surface consultancy, STRI Group, has released dates for turf industry training courses held in autumn/winter 2018 at its UK headquarters in Bingley, West Yorkshire. The professional qualifications include BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Amenity Horticulture with Turf), FACTS (Turf), and BASIS Foundation. These courses are designed for lawncare services, suppliers, distributors, agronomists, greenkeepers/course managers and head groundsmen. Training and candidate support will be provided by STRI’s expert research staff, including Dr Ruth Mann, Global Head


of Research, and Dr Christian Spring, Research Operations Manager. The courses are externally examined. BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Amenity horticulture with turf) Training: 8-12 October, and 5-8 November. Exam: 3-4 December. This course is designed for individuals who sell or advise on the use of pesticides on turf. It offers technical staff, as well as course managers and head groundsmen, an opportunity to demonstrate competence and conformance with current


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Festival dinner Perennial is reviving its traditional Festival Dinner, an evening of fundraising, with the help of partners and supporters from across the UK horticulture industry. Taking place on 12 October at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the event will begin with a champagne reception in the Carlyle Suite, followed by a three-course dinner and entertainment in the Ballroom. The annual festival dinner dates back to Perennial’s origins. On 17 January 1839, the Gardeners’ Benevolent Institution was founded at the inaugural dinner, attended by gardeners, nurserymen and wealthy estate owners. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the dinners drew the attention and support of high society. In 1852, Charles Dickens presided over the ninth festival dinner, and in 1867 it was the turn of Sir Robert Peel, founder of the modern police force. Chris Crooker, Events Manager at Perennial, says: “Continuing the tradition of supporting those who look after Britain’s gardens and green spaces, this year’s festival dinner will raise funds to help make sure Perennial can continue to offer its essential welfare services, which are needed by horticulturists of every profession today more than ever.

And in keeping with the tradition of illustrious hosts of these fundraising events, James Alexander Sinclair will be the speaker at our new look festival dinner this autumn.” An auction will be presided over by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Jeremy Storey Walker, with confirmed lots including a spa break at Barnsley House, a package for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, and a holiday cottage stay at Easton Walled Gardens. Support for the event includes two headline sponsors – The Landscape Show and the London College of Garden Design – with further sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Laura Garnett (01372 384033 lgarnett@ for information. The 2018 Perennial Festival Dinner tickets cost £150 each and are available individually or in tables of ten. For more information, and to book tickets: call Maya Albert on 01372 384043 or email

Renovation edge Liberty Stadium Swansea, the premier sports venue in South West Wales, is home to Swansea City Football Club and the Ospreys regional rugby team. Although sceptical, Head Groundsman Dan Kirton made the switch to Johnsons Sports Seed in 2015 and admits it would take “something seriously special” to make them use anything else. Between Johnsons Premier Pitch & J 4Turf mixtures, the team has achieved fantastic year-round results year on year. “We had heard and read so many good things about the range that, for our renovations in 2015, we gave it a go,” explains Dan. At the multi-sport venue, Dan and his team of three face various challenges when it comes to managing the pitch: “We have on average 30 football and 20 rugby games a season, with sometimes just a single day turnaround between matches. Renovation can also be hectic – the concert schedule will determine how long we have to get the pitch match fit. To stand any chance of good results we need mixtures that germinate quickly.” Because of the unique requirements, DLF’s Ian Barnett

suggested using a combination of Johnsons J Premier Pitch during summer, and for the colder months, Johnsons J 4Turf. “If we have a rugby game on the Friday night, we’ll clean the pitch up and put J Premier Pitch down and by the following week we’re getting germination – you can’t ask for better than that.” J Premier Pitch is the UK’s No.1 sports turf renovation mixture, containing Europe’s highest rated cultivars to deliver a sward with exceptional wear tolerance, density and rapid recovery under heavy wear. J 4Turf tetraploid rye ensures rapid establishment even under low soil temperatures making it ideal for autumn and winter overseeding. “This year we have a concert on the 7th July, which gives us just three weeks for renovation before the first game of the new season. If we have any chance of getting the seed through in time we’ll definitely be continuing with our Johnsons Seed programme, as it’s easily the best seed we’ve ever used and, backed up with support and advice from Ian, means we haven’t looked back since.”

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Soil resources survey

Amelanchier laevis ‘Snowflakes’, and daffodils at sunrise on Seven Acres in spring at RHS Garden Wisley

Tim O’Hare Associates (TOHA) has undertaken a Soil Resource Survey to determine the quality of soils displaced by planned improvements and building works at RHS Garden Wisley. The development of the Welcome Building, construction of the National Centre for Horticultural Science & Learning and new Horticultural Service Yard are part of a wider £160 million investment in horticulture by the RHS. The National Centre for Horticultural Science & Learning in the south of the RHS’ flagship garden is to be completely redeveloped, with three new learning gardens. The changes requires existing soils to be removed and stockpiled prior to construction, but subject to the results of the TOHA survey, the soils will be re-used in these key landscaping projects. It is hoped the survey will identify soils suitable for new planting beds around the new visitor entrance, the Welcome Building and horticultural developments. Low fertility soil for


wildflower areas and soils offering good drainage for other planned gardens will also be required. Senior Associate at TOHA, Tim White, carried out the survey and is optimistic that the soil can be put to good use: “The exciting developments planned for RHS Garden Wisley call for a range of soils and it makes absolute sense to utilise what is already available on site. That said, once we have determined the nature of those soils and how they can be used to best effect around the garden, it is vital that they are managed carefully throughout the entire construction period to avoid degradation and inter-mixing. The Soil Resource Survey is only the very start of the process, and a comprehensive Soil Management Plan will be needed to ensure this element of the project is a complete success.” The project will start in Summer 2018, with the upgrade to the Welcome Centre; the Hilltop redevelopment will start in 2019.


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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) held its first outdoor event of 2018 with RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018, in Bute Park adjacent to Cardiff Castle. Despite the cold, slow start to Spring, the 23,000 visitors enjoyed colourful displays on show by nurseries, and in the floral marquees, along with interactive displays, and imaginative outdoor spaces created by competitors for the Best of Show and Regeneration Garden (a new category). Ffion Llwyd-Jones reports



Millie Souter Landscape Design won Gold and Best Show and Regeneration Garden and Best Construction for her Regeneration Garden, described as ‘a public garden with affordable and accessible materials at its heart’. James Alexander-Sinclair on the RHS judging panel said: “It’s a wellbalanced and very atmospheric design that demonstrates great ambition.”

Evergreen Wales and designers Richard & Adam Davis won Silver for its ‘Cwm Caerdydd’ Show Garden. It was the first EverGreen Wales show garden by the father and son pair, and was designed to ‘echo the natural terrain and feel of the valleys with a crafted edge’, with all material sourced from Wales.

Pam Creed’s design ‘The Reimagined Past’ won Silver in the Regeneration Garden category. It showed a ‘deconstructed Victorian garden of miscellaneous household items from the era, with fireplaces, grates and drain covers predominantly salvaged from South Wales’.

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Shin Myungja’s ‘The Reflection in the Past Garden’ showed the connection between the inside and the garden, and was awarded Bronze in the Regeneration Garden category. Her ongoing goal as a designer is to create spaces that give peace to those who look at them.

Displaying a ‘functional space for professional couples looking for a contemporary and green design requiring minimal maintenance’, first-time show garden designer Petra Kodurand was awarded Bronze in the Show Garden category for ‘Suburban Euphoria’. Bridgend College has a longstanding presence at the show, with each garden designed by a student.

A Silver award for the Show Garden ‘Disequilibrium’ was received by designer Mike Furse, who designed a ‘Japanese-inspired garden offering a calm space to observe, listen and reflect in the workplace away from the stresses of everyday life’.



A riot of colour was on show at the Barton Nurseries stand. Jonny and Lucy Allen have run the Cambridgeshire-based company since 2003, where they grow a wide range of shrubs and perennials. For the 2018 season, Barton has introduced three new Clematis varieties (Charmaine, Moonglow and Vienetta) from Raymond Evison. It won a show 4 Flower Award for its display of ‘clematis, echiums and eryngiums’.

Staffordshire-based Middleton Nurseries were kept busy with visitors to its stand at the Cardiff show, which included ‘The Dressing Room’ display, with a wide range of new and unusual herbaceous perennials and shrubs.

The striking blackand-white giant chessboard, complete with multi-coloured plants and flowers attracted attention by the Lands End Nurseries’ stand. The Somerset-based nursery specialises in British-grown hardy shrubs and trees. It was awarded a show 4 Flower Award for its British-grown hardy shrubs exhibit.

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RHS FLOWER SHOW CARDIFF 2018 Harts Nursery, based in Congleton, is a ‘lily and bulb specialist’, and its stand at the show displayed riotous colour, together with a striking sculpture. It received a Silver-gilt show award for a ‘display of lilies’, and a 4 Flower Award for its exhibit of ‘Spring and Summer flowering bulbs’. Among the new lilies for 2018 are the bright orange Corallo Beach Asiatic lily, the deep-red Black Belt Oriental lily, and the fragrant Orienpet (tree lily) Miss Feya Oriental Trumpet with crimson red recurved petals with deeper red spots, which can reach a height of 120cm+ once in flower.

Wiltshire-based and family-run Botanic Nursery Garden is a National collection holder for foxglove, and grow rare and unusual garden-worthy plants. Mary and Terry Baker have almost 80 years experience growing prize-winning plants from seed, and have written an e-book ‘Sow: Seed sowing guide’. The guide offers general seed sowing guidance, and on species such as peonies, clematis and salvia. A show Bronze award was given for ‘Waiting patiently for Spring’.

Proctors Nursery is a familyrun business based in North Staffordshire, and has 18 acres of production at Endon and at Brown Edge, which has been in the Proctor family since the 1870s. Because the plants are grown in the heavy North Staffs soil, the company’s motto is ‘If it will grow here, it will grow anywhere!’. The company aims to produce 90% of plants it sells, and is open to public and trade. It won a show 5 Flower Award for its ‘lupin, delphinium, meconopsis and salvia’ exhibit.



The Herbs in Wales seasonal display of herbs and colourful wildflowers attracted much visitor attention, and the stand was packed with herb buyers. Its ‘seasonal display of herbs and wildflowers’ won a show 5 Flower Award.

Bedfordshire-based Oscar Plants was originally in the bedding plant market, then specialised in country cottage perennials and grasses in 2010. However, from 2018, the company is also growing home-grown bedding and basket plants, such as geraniums, callibrichoa and verbenas. It was awarded a show 4 Flower Award for its exhibit of ‘Country cottage perennials and grasses’.

Petrichor bulb specialists received a ‘Best Exhibit in The Plant Village’ award at the Cardiff show. The company is based in Cheshire, and offers a large range of varieties for planting in the Spring, Summer and Autumn, including alliums, agapanthus, amarine, begonias, camassias, eremurus, eucomis, fritillaria, nerine and ornithogalum. It won a show 5 Flower Award for its ‘bulbs and bulbous plants’ exhibit.

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RHS FLOWER SHOW CARDIFF 2018 Natural pest control for slugs is the goal of Nemaslug, described by BASF as ‘a revolutionary biological control slug control product containing nematodes of the species Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita, microscopic worms that are already present in our soil. This product offers reliable performance and acts in a natural way, so is compatible with organic farming.’ agroportal/uk/en/products/ product_search/product_ details_116162.html

In Floral Marquee 2, Farmyard Nurseries created a woodland setting with related plantings. The Carmarthen-based nursery covers an area of approximately three acres, and stocks more than 2,000 varieties of plants. Many plants are grown outside in open beds ‘to promote hardy garden-worthy plants that will survive the rigours of our Welsh climate’. It won a Silver-gilt award at the show for ‘Woodland and shade plants’.

Tale Valley Nursery provided a display of early shade perennials in a naturalistic setting, in the Floral Marquee. It was awarded a show Silver-gilt for the ‘early shade perennials in a naturalistic setting’ exhibit.


Swift City, designed by Carolyn Robertson, showcased a ‘nature-rich patch to discover a giant willow swift surrounded by wetland, coastal and brownfield habitats reflecting Cardiff Bay; a hotspot for swifts in the city’. It was created as a ‘fully accessible garden’, to encourage children to get closer to nature.


Cambridgeshire-based D’Arcy and Everest is an alpine plant specialist, and provided a striking circular display of alpines and unusual small perennials in the Floral Marquee. At the show, its ‘25th anniversary display of drought-tolerant plants’ won a Gold award, and the ‘display of alpines succulents and unusual small perennials’ won a Silver-gilt award. The family-run nursery propagates and grows all its plants, and specialising in unusual alpines and sempervivums from around the world.

Designer Isla Horton created the feature to ‘celebrate what local people can achieve when they come together to grow’. Grow Cardiff is a Wales-based charity that ‘aims to inspire and practically support people of all ages and backgrounds to grow together’. It works with schools, local groups and organisations across Cardiff and beyond.

The Wildlife Trust’s Rain Garden was designed by Rebecca Vincent as ‘an ordinary, urban garden with elements to nurture the natural flow of rain water’, together with a curved path weaving through the garden, and a willow hedgehog sculpture.

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Mini rider The new addition is the Cub Cadet LR2 FR60 mini rider. This super nimble machine needs little more space than a walk-behind mower, yet easily fits through garden gates and packs a powerful punch delivering impressive results cut after cut. Equipped with a compact 60cm (24”) cutter deck, it can cover a lawn area of up to 1,500 square metres in one hour. The cutting height can be adjusted through five positions from 38mm to 95mm. Powering the LR2 FR60 ride-on mower is a 223cc Briggs & Stratton engine. This powerful and reliable single cylinder engine has enough reserves to master any situation. For peace of mind the mower is backed by a three-year conditional manufacturer’s warranty. Featuring a luxuriously smooth hydrostatic transmission and an exclusive steering wheel system, the user has optimum control and comfort when getting the mowing done. The tight 46cm turning radius means the machine is easily manoeuvrable around obstacles in the lawn such as

shrubs, trees and flowerbeds. Equipped with 3-in-1 capability, the user has the option of discharging grass clippings from the rear, cutting and collecting them in the 150 litre grass bag, or mulching with the optional mulch plug. The grass bag is easily emptied from the driver’s seat and benefits from dual handles and a bag full indicator.

New tradition for striped lawns The key to the perfect striped lawn is a cylinder mower and for more than 50 years, cylinder lawnmowers from Allett have been creating quintessentially English lawns around the world. The key to this success has been Allett’s speciality in designing and manufacturing precision, single-cylinder, walkbehind mowers. Until now, Allett’s mowers have traditionally been powered by petrol, with some products also available as electric models. However, Allett has added lithium-ion models to its range with its Liberty battery powered mowers, allowing gardeners to create the perfect striped finish without the need for the noise and fumes of petrol. The Liberty lawnmower, which has already received rave reviews from both professional and domestic users, is available in three different models - the 30cm, the 35cm and the 43cm. All three feature a rear roller which creates the stripes, and are powered by Allett’s 40 volt 4Ah lithium-ion battery that can recharge from flat in 1 hour 45 minutes. The Liberty 30 push mower is the entry level option for small


to medium gardens. It has a five blade carbon steel cylinder and a 32 litre grass box capacity. Also well suited for small to medium gardens, but offering more features, is the midrange Liberty 35. The Liberty 35 is a self-propelled model to enhance the ease of use for the operator. It is compatible with the Allett Lawn Care cartridge range of the aerator, lawn brush, scarifier, dethatcher, verticutter and 10 bladed cutting cylinder for the complete lawn package. The final mower is the Liberty 43 which is the top of the range model. With a self-propelled feature, steel front roller and double section rear roller with geared differential it gives the ultimate in cutting perfection. To compliment this, it has a vast 62 litre grass box collection. Like the Liberty 35, it is also compatible with the Allett Lawn Care cartridges. Discussing the battery powered additions, managing director of Allett Lawnmowers, Austin Jarrett commented: “Here at Allett we are incredibly proud of our roots and the tradition associated with our lawnmowers, however that needn’t mean we don’t evolve our offering. Battery powered products have significant benefits – not just for the environment but also for users. They are incredibly convenient and offer significant power without compromising on the cut quality that our machines are famed for.”


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Great brands... new Etesia dealer Etesia UK has announced the appointment of Country Machinery Ltd, based in Driffield, East Yorkshire as its newest dealer.

Country Machinery, a family run business providing sales, services repairs and parts for all grounds care machinery, has enjoyed rapid growth since its establishment in 2012 – as managing director Karl Terry explains. “Initially I started working for a local dealer and then I came out of the trade for a short period before setting up by myself. I started with a single garage, then went to a triple garage and as of

September last year I took the plunge and rented a purposebuilt retail unit. Also, last year Thomas Sissions, an agricultural engineer who has worked with Claas, McCormick, Case and New Holland, came in as my business partner. “We’ve got dealerships with some great brands and the recent Etesia partnership is a sign of how far we have come. Everything is just going in the right direction.” Karl, having been in the grounds care industry for the majority of his working history, revealed that Etesia is a brand he has been keen on adding to his portfolio for a long time and that a visit to SALTEX last year proved to be the ideal opportunity. Tel: 01377 538120

The Eden Project - new robotic gardener Popular visitor destination, the Eden Project, has added a new member to its horticultural team this spring.

Husqvarna Automower , a robotic lawnmower which works unassisted throughout the day and night, has been installed at the Cornwall site to maintain the grounds surrounding the famous iconic bubble-like Biomes. Kevin Ashmore, Husqvarna Professional UK Manager said: “With sustainability at the heart of the Eden Project it was important that whatever solution we provided was as ecofriendly as possible and Husqvarna Automower fits the bill.” The Automower works via the installation of an electrical


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Flail - tall grass, brush, thistles and weeds Ibea Flail Mowers with 16” tractor wheel transmission make short work of heavy duty brush, tall overgrown grass, thistles and saplings plus they are easy to use due to an uncomplicated design and controls. For steep slopes or banking applications a crawler tracked transmission option is available. The machines are available with a range of Honda commercial engines from 5.5hp to 14 hp giving you the choice of power necessary.

Models start at 60cm (24”) wide with 32 blades up to 85cm (34”) with 48 blades. Vibration damped, easily adjustable handle bars that not only adjust height but also swing to the side allowing safe cutting under trees, along fence lines, it also comes with a built-in rotor brake for added safety for the user.


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Circumnavigation: The 24,900 mile mower! Nick Barban of Lawn & Border is a RHS-qualified landscaper, mostly dealing in commercial estates, and has been using Hayter products since his business began back in 2002. This May, Barban will reach a landmark milestone – mowing the circumference of the earth with his Hayter mower. Using a pedometer, he was able to calculate his average pace of 3mph and then work out the figures based on a five-day working week, throughout 10 months of mowing per year. By the end of this spring, Barban will have mowed a total of 24,900 miles, which is equivalent to the circumference of the earth.

Trilo - mow, scarify and collect Aston University Recreation Centre in Great Barr, Birmingham, used to use a contractor for any scarification work - that’s until Head Groundsman, Malcolm Edwards, did his sums. He found that by making a capital investment in a machine he could save money in the long run; and he chose a Trilo C15 to prove it. Now they have one machine to mow, scarify and


collect all in one pass as they wish. Malcolm has been at the university for 39 years and is supported by only one other groundsman to maintain the 50-acre campus. “We’ve used a contractor for the ground works for the previous years but after a trip to Saltex we found we could buy a unit for the amount we’d spent on external labour. This was a major reason for the purchase, but more than that the build quality, working speed and versatility of the Trilo C15 was far superior to anything else we looked at.” With the range of blade and shaft attachment options available, the C15 has become a multi-functional piece of kit for Malcolm, used for year-round flail mowing and scarification. “Jon Proffitt of Trilo brought the machine in and left it with us for a few days to try out, which we did alongside some other models. The C15 was the easiest to use, especially adjusting the depth of scarification which is a piece of cake. The size of it also suited our tractor and the requirements of our site making transport and manoeuvring around the site simple. We’ve had it out over the autumn scarifying the cricket squares, outfields and our other playing surfaces including football and rugby pitches. With the work it’s done already, compared to the what we would have had to pay, the C15 has almost already paid for itself! The versatility of what it can do is fantastic, but with the added bonus that we can get the work done whenever we want to and not just when the contractor can fit us in.”

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Future challenges facing the nursery industry From labour shortages and increasing supplier costs, to tightened bio-security and the problem of attracting a younger generation to the industry, the future of the nursery industry has its challenges. And this year, a slow and cold Spring meant a slow start to the season. Nonetheless, as three leading nurseries explain, there are also some things to look forward to in 2018. Ffion Llwyd-Jones reports LABOUR As Brett Avery, Managing Director at The Farplants Group, points out: “Labour will be an on-going challenge in the post-Brexit market; increased competition means we need to continue to provide an attractive work environment to get the very best seasonal workers.” Based in West Sussex, the Farplants Group is a wholesale supplier of outdoor plants to garden centres/chains, and its co-operative group has five member growers, each specialising in different plant ranges. It employs up to 500 staff during the peak gardening period through the Spring and early Summer. Brett comments that he needs hands for over 11 million plants a year. And while Chris Marchant, Orchard Dene Nurseries agrees that getting labour is a challenge, he points out there’s also a challenge with “attracting and retaining staff, both full and part time, in an industry with a work image problem”. The Oxfordshire-based company wholesales herbaceous nursery producing plants in peat-free compost, and is a key industry specialist, with 25 years landscape design experience. Chris adds: “Perceived restrictions on the import of labour from the EU will require nurseries to seek staff from the UK. Better training and conditions together with better pay will have to be considered to avoid a labour crisis.”

Orchard Dene: Chris and Toby Marchant selecting plants for a garden design project.


CHALLENGE: INCREASED SUPPLIER COSTS Increasing supplier costs already affect the industry, and Brett comments that Farplants “continues to innovate and look for efficiencies to ensure we continue to offer excellent value and quality”. Chris adds that if the UK nursery industry finds imports from the EU become more expensive after Brexit, that situation “may allow the UK growers to increase prices. The extra revenue will have to be spent on the employment and training of staff.”  He comments: “The UK is not very good at adopting the co-operative sales approach employed by some EU countries. After Brexit, the continuity of supply for many nurseries will become a challenge.”   CHALLENGE: BIO-SECURITY/ENVIRONMENT For Steve McCurdy, Managing Director at Majestic Trees, biosecurity is the biggest challenge. He has written a position paper on the topic, and comments there has been a lot of industry discussion. Majestic Trees is an independently owned and operated award-winning nursery, which supplies semi-mature and mature trees, and offers a range of services from supply to design, build and aftercare. The Hertfordshire-based company has more than 7,000 trees over 19 acres. Steve adds: “Let’s come ready to put forward workable solutions that might hurt, but [will] be better for the future of bio-security and the landscape we all enjoy.” Brett agrees that bio-security “continues to be of the utmost importance”. He adds: “Threats from disease such as Xylella are incredibly serious and it is vital we ensure the health of our plants and protect others in our local communities.” Chris comments that progressive restrictions on pesticides mean “growers will have to change their approach to pest control – especially pests such as vine weevil – within intensive container-growing environments. Growers will need to embrace high disciplines of cleanliness and hygiene within the growing environment as an aid to pest

NURSERY LIFE should not be perceived as dull and monotonous. We need to change the image of the profession among younger people and those seeking an outdoor career.” LOOKING FORWARD And as for looking forward to the good things in 2018? On a timely basis, Brett is looking forward to “warmer weather that is on the way” and is ready to help UK garden centres refill their benches. He adds that 2018 is the first year of Farplants’ Small Plants for Small Spaces range, the Majestic Trees: Nursery 2017

control.” He adds that dangers from imported diseases are another challenge, and comments that “higher vigilance and discipline is required when importing stock from both EU and outside EU. Current phytosanitary inspections will need to be increased to prevent the disasters of the past few years, such as Chalara, Phytophthora, Xylella, and the Oak Processionary moth.” Additionally, he comments on the increasing pressure on land usage: “The lure of developers’ money may swing the balance on how to earn a ‘living’ from a nursery site. Plant production is no easy number to get right. We must be careful that small and medium scale production units are not lost to housing development schemes.” CHALLENGE: ATTRACTING A YOUNGER GENERATION Chris comments that the average age profile of UK nurserymen is “relatively high compared to other industries”. He adds: “We need the younger generation to become involved. The role of modern nurserymen/women requires high skill levels in fields ranging from botany, science and technology to effective marketing and financial control.  It

Far Plants: Small Plants for Small Spaces display at Aylings Garden Centre

company’s new concept for selling small hardy plants. Brett says it was designed to modernise the promotion of traditional alpines and make it easy for newer gardeners to make the most of their small spaces. He adds: “With 200 varieties on offer, backed with inspiring promotional materials, retailers can now create a dedicated area to promote plants perfect for smaller, modern garden spaces.” In addition, he is looking forward to the HTA National Plant Show in June, and launching new varieties for 2019.”

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Steve is anticipating the completion of a “major expansion” at Majestic Trees’, “which will increase production by 35%+”. He adds: “With a 8.5% sales increase last year, and Brexit not hurting sales as the ‘experts’ forecast, combined with bio-security concerns, I anticipate a big increase in demand for trees grown in the UK. With the RHS new position on only allowing trees into shows and gardens that have been quarantined for 12 months, I expect the trade to suddenly start thinking about the why, what should I do, and looking to cover their own backsides going forward.” In addition to “celebrating the resurgence of specialist propagation skills here in the UK”, Chris is looking forward to the formation of the AHBD Trailblazers Apprenticeship Scheme. He says: “This will give great opportunities to all nursery workers to become a skilled and valuable contributor to the business that employs them.”

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Targeted and personalised Woodlodge, supplier of garden pots, horticulture products and gardenware, is introducing a new pointof-sale (POS) service across all its ranges, including Heritage Garden, Feather, Chelsea Terrace, Vintage and Rustic Garden. Retailers can use this service to print targeted and personalised content that will convey Woodlodge’s brand personality and engage with customers. The print room creates banners, bench tape and promotional material for each range, and changes each season to keep artwork and themes refreshed. POS can be printed to any size and specification. Also available is effective benching and display stand solutions, made to order, on-site. These are printed exclusively for the store by Woodlodge, enabling effortless integration with EPOS systems. Additionally, Woodlodge’s team of expert merchandisers works closely with garden-centre staff, helping them decide


how the products can be best displayed, as well as providing the stands, refreshing the POS and cleansing the stock. New ranges for 2018 include Woodlodge’s include Feather, a collection of lightweight pots made of recycled plastic and painted different colourful glazes; Driftwood, new shapes and colours in the Heritage Garden range, and the launch of charity pots for Greenfingers and Marie Curie. Woodlodge Managing Director, Michael Wooldridge said: “We understand our stockists want a service that is reliable, available and delivered on time. We introduced our national merchandising team and POS printing as part of this to help retailers maximise their sales of Woodlodge products.”


Style and Substance Premium fencing, gates and garden accessories company, Jacksons Fencing, has launched its new 2018 collection of quality handcrafted fence panels: Aran, Metro, Mitre and Storm. Aran brings a traditional and homely feel with its woven effect, while Metro’s elegant design will ‘optically’ expand your garden to give the illusion of more space. Mitre, a twist on the commonly known palisade or picket fence style,

is ideal for outdoor spaces where light takes priority over privacy. Storm was specifically created for exposed gardens with strong prevailing winds. Jacksons Fencing panels are all made with Jakcure® treated softwood and come with a 25-year guarantee. There is no need to apply any further timber protection treatment to Jacksons Jakcure® treated product, so it’s a maintenance free choice.

Panache Ground, part of Bradstone’s concrete paving range, can make your patio sparkle with its smooth surface and light reflecting particles. Available in three shades of grey, in paver sizes of 450mm x 450mm, which can be combined to create a unique outdoor area. And, with 83% recycled content, it’s kinder on the environment.

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Tree stump control A new formulation for Monsanto’s Ecoplug Max is available from distributors. Ecoplug Max is a patented tree stump control application method, originally developed in Sweden to deliver more efficient forestry clearance. The plug acts as a delivery device for glyphosate into the tree or stump. Each plug contains 283mg of granular glyphosate, which is translocated through the stump and down to the roots, preventing new growth sprouting and leaving the stump to gradually rot away. The unique design eliminates the risk of chemical spillage, and the application method reduces the risk of chemicals getting into water or potential overdosing. With its new formulation, identified by MAPP 17581, Ecoplug Max is authorised by the Chemicals Regulation Division, (CRD), ‘for use in all situations, (stump).’ It can be used on tree stumps in forests or amenity vegetation and on land immediately adjacent to aquatic areas as well as stumps within the aquatic zones of rivers or lakes described by CRD as Open and Enclosed waters. Under an Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use (EAMU)

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Glendale Civic Trees has announced the promotion of Deric Newman to the position of general manager. Deric steps up from the role of director of sales at the national tree supply, planting and relocation specialist, a position he held for more than 20 years. As general manager, he will oversee all aspects of the business, including day-today operations, human resources, recruitment, sales and health and safety. Civic Trees was established by Deric’s father, Chris Newman, and was acquired by Glendale in 2006.


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Soil erosion

Soil erosion can be a slow process that continues relatively unnoticed or can occur at an alarming rate, causing serious loss of topsoil. Soil compaction, low organic matter, loss of soil structure, poor internal drainage, salinisation and soil acidity problems are other serious soil degradation conditions that can accelerate the soil erosion process. David Curtis reports. Soil erosion is a naturally occurring process that affects all landforms by the natural physical forces of water and wind or through forces associated with human activity. Erosion, whether it is by water, wind or tillage, involves three distinct actions – soil detachment, movement and deposition. Topsoil, which is high in organic matter, fertility and soil life, is relocated elsewhere “on-site” where it builds up over time or is carried “off-site” where it fills in drainage channels. Soil erosion reduces plant growth and contributes to the pollution of adjacent watercourses, wetlands and lakes. Water Erosion The widespread occurrence of water erosion combined with the severity of on-site and off-site impacts have made water


erosion the focus of soil conservation especially after the UK’s extended winter this year. The rate and magnitude of soil erosion by water is controlled by the following factors: Rainfall and Runoff The greater the intensity and duration of a rainstorm, the higher the erosion potential. The impact of raindrops on the soil surface can break down soil aggregates and disperse the aggregate material. Lighter aggregate materials such as very fine sand, silt, clay and organic matter are easily removed by the raindrop splash and runoff water; greater raindrop energy or runoff amounts are required to move larger sand and gravel particles. Soil movement by rainfall (raindrop splash) is usually greatest and most noticeable during short-duration, highintensity thunderstorms. Although the erosion caused by long-lasting and less-intense storms is not usually as spectacular or noticeable as that produced during thunderstorms, the amount of soil loss can be significant, especially when compounded over time. Surface water runoff occurs whenever there is excess

SOIL water on a slope that cannot be absorbed into the soil or is trapped on the surface. Reduced infiltration due to soil compaction, crusting or freezing increases the runoff. Runoff from agricultural land is greatest during spring months when the soils are typically saturated, snow is melting and vegetative cover is minimal. Soil Erodibility Soil erodibility is an estimate of the ability of soils to resist erosion, based on the physical characteristics of each soil. Texture is the principal characteristic affecting erodibility, but structure, organic matter and permeability also contribute. Generally, soils with faster infiltration rates, higher levels of organic matter and improved soil structure have a greater resistance to erosion. Sand, sandy loam and loam-textured soils tend to be less erodible than silt, very fine sand and certain clay-textured soils. Human activity can reduce soil organic matter levels, cause poor soil structure, or result in soil compaction, contribute to increases in soil erodibility. As an example, compacted subsurface soil layers can decrease infiltration and increase runoff. The formation of a soil crust, which tends to “seal” the surface, also decreases infiltration. On some sites, a soil crust might decrease the amount of soil loss from raindrop impact and splash; however, a corresponding increase in the amount of runoff water can contribute to more serious erosion problems. Past erosion also has an effect on a soil’s erodibility. Many exposed subsurface soils on eroded sites tend to be more erodible than the original soils were because of their poorer structure and lower organic matter. The lower nutrient levels often associated with subsoils contribute to lower crop yields and generally poorer crop cover, which in turn provides less crop protection for the soil.

Slope Gradient and Length The steeper and longer the slope of a field, the higher the risk for erosion. Soil erosion by water increases as the slope length increases due to the greater accumulation of runoff. Consolidation of small fields into larger ones often results in longer slope lengths with increased erosion potential, due to increased velocity of water, which permits a greater degree of scouring (carrying capacity for sediment). Cropping and Vegetation The potential for soil erosion increases if the soil has no or very little vegetative cover of plants and/or crop residues. Plant and residue cover protects the soil from raindrop impact and splash, tends to slow down the movement of runoff water and allows excess surface water to infiltrate. The erosion-reducing effectiveness of plant and/or crop residues depends on the type, extent and quantity of cover. Vegetation and residue combinations that completely cover the soil and intercept all falling raindrops at and close to the surface are the most efficient in controlling soil erosion (e.g., forests, permanent grasses). Partially incorporated residues and residual roots are also important as these provide channels that allow surface water to move into the soil. Hydroseeding Supplies UK (HSUK) is one of the largest providers of Hydroseeding mulches, consumables and specialist erosion control products in Europe. HSUK working alongside Profi le Products LLC who manufacture the market’s broadest line of erosion and sediment control products, turf establishment products and associated consumables to control erosion and accelerate seed germination. HSUK are the UK’s exclusive UK distributors of Profile Products 01684 212025

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Lighting the scene without being seen Finishes and materials that blend in with the garden. Martin Bennett reports In some cases, landscapers and designers may opt for standard black outdoor lights such as Spike lights, in order to hide the light source within shrubbery. However, there are finishes and materials that actually blend in with the garden landscape more effectively than black.

Garden Green and Rustic Brown Spike Lights are an excellent example of this. These camouflaged colours will blend in seamlessly with the surrounding area such as foliage and soil, matching the rest of the colours of the garden and not drawing unneeded attention to the light source. Various new products such as the LuxRox Rock Lights are designed specially to add to the garden scene, blending in beautifully on gravel pathways and rockeries. Not only are they realistic in daylight, they create stunning effects at night once lit and prove a unique way marker. Alternatively, if you are looking for lights that will provide


ornamental value within your landscape, Copper is a versatile material which has a fantastic decorative quality. After a while, Natural Copper lights will oxidise to change colour to really look as if they have always been part of the garden - as much an ornament as a light! For rural landscaping projects, such as parklands, Lumena has introduced the Radiata Natural Pine Bollard. This durable wooden path light will look perfect in the countryside setting and achieve a rustic, natural feel. Incorporating outdoor light fittings that blend with the colours of a natural environment can create the perfect ambiance, without the fittings looking out of place. Light fittings in natural tones are available from Lumena Lights. Martin Bennett is the founder of Lumena Lights Tel: 01327 871161


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Flowers to live by

Registration is now open for ornamental exhibitors at the International Floralies – Nantes on 8-19 May 2019 in Nantes, France. The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) approved the show as a ‘C Category International Horticultural Show’ during its meeting in Melbourne on 21 March, and actively encouraged participation in the event. Floralies Nantes is a major event in Western France, and takes place every five years in the La Beaujoire exhibition park. After the great success of ‘Art Bouquets’ in 2014, the ornamental design of the 2019 edition will have ‘Fleurs à vivre’ (flowers to live by) theme. Inspired by a quote from Montaigne: ‘If life is nothing more than a passage, let’s at least sow flowers along it’, the theme will be divided into seven ambiances presented throughout the park’s indoor and outdoor areas, giving the visitor a sense scenery, enchantment and wonder. Registration is now open for all plant aficionados, professionals and amateurs. Potential ornamental exhibitors are invited to visit the Floralies Committee’s extranet (, to submit an application, find a partner to combine skills and team up with, or get more information. Exhibition space, technical support and basic materials are provided free of any charge, just like the dedicated communication space and the contribution to accommodation expenses. Applications should be submitted before 30 June 2018.

The new Calibrachoa mini petunia ‘PinkTastic’ is tipped to become one of the UK’s biggest horticultural trends this summer, singled out as pick of the year by Fleuroselect’s Europe-wide horticulture experts, and winner of a People’s Choice award at the RHS’s flagship garden, Wisley. Suitable for window boxes, hanging baskets and containers, the ‘PinkTastic’ Calibrachoa was created by German breeding company Selecta One.

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Demand for specimen shrubs Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford has created additional bed space on its nursery for specimen shrubs and has extended the range to include several native hedging varieties. Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, said: “Our new specimen beds are quarter of a hectare each and the total additional area space is half a hectare. We also use drips for accurate and efficient irrigation for all our specimen shrub range. These additional beds now bring the new 600 bed specimen area to nearly two hectares of 7.5 litre (L) and 15L pots. We plan to install another quarter of a hectare next year. The housing industry is currently the largest market for us for specimens. Holiday parks and the education sector are also using more specimen shrubs.” One of the key lines in this range is Phormiums. Adam said: “We produce the largest range of coastal evergreens of all UK growers and are renowned for both quality of product and excellent stock holding. Our range is under constant review with new, improved varieties regularly introduced.”

Learner of the Year Awards Reece McNaughton, an 18-year-old apprentice from Kelso, won the Horticulture category at Lantra Scotland’s annual Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. Reece was also Overall Runnerup for the Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year. The horticulture category runner-up spot went to 22-year-old Jennifer Wright from Dunfermline. Reece said: “It’s great to win these awards, so a big thank you to everyone at Mertoun Estate Gardens, my tutors at Borders College and Lantra Scotland. Winning the horticulture category is one thing, but to be second overall is unbelievable. Winning will give me a lot of confidence and self-belief and I’m sure will help me get to where I want to be in my career.” The 2018 Learner of the Year Awards were organised by Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the landbased, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries.


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Horticulturalists of tomorrow Six students studying horticulture have been awarded £8,500 worth of scholarships by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). As part of the DCF Scholarship Season, four students have received Student Scholarships with two students receiving the Floranova Scholarship and Markham-Colegrave Scholarship respectively. Student Scholarships of £1,000 have been awarded to: Gavin Trinder from Monmouthshire is currently studying for his Level 2 in Horticulture at NPTC, alongside his work as a nursery manager. He will use his bursary to further develop his knowledge through his college studies. Jake Jackson from Warwickshire is studying for a BSc in Landscape Architecture at Reaseheath College, after already completing a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture. With his bursary, he is looking to purchase new equipment for his course and increase his knowledge by experimenting with new crops and seeds. Vida Svahnstrom, a Swedish/US student is studying for a BSc in Evolutionary Biology at the University of St Andrews. Her studies involve working on the border between horticulture and scientific research, and she will use her bursary to help fund her upcoming internship at the Logan Botanic Garden in the summer of 2018. William Saunders from Warwickshire is studying for a FDSC in Horticulture at Nottingham Trent University. His particular interest is in commercial horticulture, hydroponics and new growing techniques and his bursary will go towards his summer placement in the US through The Ohio Program. In addition, James Crawford from Writtle College was awarded a $4,500 bursary from the Markham-Colegrave Scholarship and Emma McFarline from CAFRE awarded a £1,500 bursary from the Floranova Scholarship.

Jeff Colegrave, DCF Trustee, says: “As is the case every year applications for this year’s scholarships came in from students studying in colleges across the country. It is really encouraging to see the variety of horticultural interest that our successful candidates have and I wish them all the best for their future endeavours.” The next Scholarship Season runs from Sep 2018 to Jan 2019.


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The Landscaper | Issue 227 | April 2018



Silent Pool Gin Garden Giles Rayner, a leading player in the world of water sculpture, will take centre stage in the Silent Pool Gin Garden at the upcoming RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (22nd - 26th May). The latest creation from Rayner - who is noted for his stunning Arches of Oman sculpture which lies in the gardens of The Royal Opera House in Muscat - has been commissioned by Neale Richards Garden Design, which is responsible for the design and installation of the overall Silent Pool Gin Garden. Rayner specialises in using copper, stainless steel and bronze, often at a large scale, to create imaginative and highly individual designs, which combine energy and intrigue with simple aesthetic beauty. He will use polished copper distillation helmets in the construction of his sculpture at the Silent Pool Gin Garden, in a nod to the Holstein still used in their gin-making process, which comes from the Surrey Hills. His creation at the Silent Pool Gin Garden will see Rayner’s sculpture sit within a garden design that combines hard landscaping with drifts of soft planting, using Purbeck walling, Portland stone and weathered oak. A raised infinity pool will flow into a lower reflective pool, and a private canopy will be provided by multi-stemmed trees. The use of moving water empowers each design

with real life, achieving sometimes a sense of the dramatic; sometimes the more peaceful. The news of Rayner’s involvement comes hot on the heels of his show-stopping Arches of Oman water sculpture, which is still wowing visitors to and residents of Muscat. An inimitable design featuring two entwined tusks, it is 12m tall and 7m wide, and the sculpture features a majestic flowing curtain of water. David Neale, managing director at Neale Richards Garden Design, said: “The sculpture that we have commissioned Giles to do is a representation of the citrus notes which go into the Silent Pool Gin as part of their botanicals. This was a way to include this particular botanic in a non-botanical way as we could not include citrus in the planting, but have included Orris root (Iris), Angelica archangelica and Chamaemelum nobile (Chamomile), as well as possibly rose and lavender into the planting.”

Gift of a garden Award winning garden designer, landscaper and Greenfingers Charity Ambassador Jody Lidgard officially opened the new pirate themed garden at Andy’s at St Andrew’s Hospice in Grimsby.

The opening was attended by hospice staff, children and families and many friends of Greenfingers Charity who generously supported the creation of this new enchanting garden. Originally from Grimsby and passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people, Jody was keen to work with Greenfingers Charity to design and create a garden which would provide life-limited children with a


feast of new sensory experiences. Speaking about his design, Jody said “I feel extremely privileged to have been able to bring this gift of a garden to children from the area where I grew up”. Michelle Rollinson, Chief Executive of Andy’s at St Andrew’s Hospice said “We are delighted with how our new pirate-themed garden looks. Jody and his team, as well as the team at Greenfingers have done a fantastic job of transforming the area. The new garden will give patients and their families a space to relax at a time in their lives when it matters the most.” John Ashley, Greenfingers Charity Chairman said: “Having seen this garden before work started, I am thrilled to see this wonderful transformation which I’m sure children and families will very much enjoy.

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