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An Environmental Initiative Rigby Taylor, in its 100th anniversary year, is heading a major initiative to assist in reversing the national decline in pollinating insects. It’s called Project Pollin-8.



Project Pollin-8 is a range of 10 specially developed Euroflor flower seed mixtures which has been introduced to supply longer seasonal sources of nectar and pollen, whilst at the same time providing incredible flower displays. In particular, a new mixture Euroflor Banquet contains the best species for pollinators, whilst delivering a high performance display. Banquet is the result of information obtained from independent research data published by the Urban Pollinators Group* (UPG). Sown from March through to June, flowers appear 50-55 days after seeding and will provide a riot of colour until the first frosts in late Autumn.

For a comprehensive Euroflor brochure ask your Rigby Taylor contact or Freefone 0800 424 919.

Also as part of this initiative, Rigby Taylor has launched a new website that details more about Project Pollin-8 and showcases all the Euroflor mixtures currently available.

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‘*The Urban Pollinators Group (UPG) is a national research programme on urban pollinators run by Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, & Reading universities (2010-2013).


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Editor’s letter In response to this Ffion Llwyd-Jones reports on page 22 on how the underlying issues affecting recruitment and a lack of awareness in industry opportunities is creating labour challenges. Elsewhere in the magazine read about how one large contractor has been bringing colour and tranquility to our towns and cities, and do also read our BTME report, featuring the winners from BIGGA awards night. Finally, if you’d prefer to read your latest landscaping news digitally, then visit our new website at, where you will also get the opportunity to subscribe to our newsletter. With best wishes for a busy and prosperous spring season.

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Our jobs as landscapers provided a wide range of services to public and private sector businesses, from local authority green space management, sports turf management and maintenance and state owned and private historic and heritage gardens. There is business and consumer confidence which has enabled the industry to achieve relatively steady growth over the years, however organisational bodies from across the sector report that the industry is still being held back by a skills shortage and from a lack of candidates seriously considering a long-time career in the business. It is essential that we address this recruitment issue now. Ongoing urban regeneration and building of new houses across the country requires professional landscapers to bring structure and beauty to our outdoor environments. Meanwhile increased consumer spending in the amenity horticulture and garden retail sector, will lead to subsequent demand for these products and services with consequent employment opportunities. While the industry does inherit much needed transferable skills from those choosing landscaping as a second career (despite the rather low salaries), there is still a lack of enthusiasm for working on the land from those leaving schools and colleges, which has a knock on effect on those trying to run businesses and provide essential services to both private and public end users.





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High quality wildflower seed, prepared by hand and supplied to specification John Chambers is a leading supplier of British native wildflower seeds, mixes and bulbs for every project and budget • Heritage Range: British native mixes developed and planted over the last 30 years. Renowned for quality and cleanliness of the seed. • Professional Range: Seed for the professional installer. Includes mixes of more commonly found species to suit a wide variety of growing conditions. • Impact Range: Vibrant and colourful wildflower seed mixes to create a feature of any landscaping project. • Conservation Range: Carefully selected, balanced wildflower mixes that provide colour and food to attract desired wildlife, including bats, bumblebees and wild birds. Request our 2019 catalogue today

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Entries open for 2019 BALI Landcape Awards Entries are now open for the 43rd British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Awards supported by headline sponsor Green-tech The largest landscape industry awards in Europe returns on Friday 6 December at the JW Marriott, Grosvenor House, Park Lane London and BALI registered members can now download the 2019 Entry Guidelines at and enter their scheme(s). BALI registered members can take advantage of this year’s early bird discounted rates, with the first deadline for Registered Contractor, Registered Designer and Group members set for 24 April 2019. The early bird deadline for International, Affiliate Exceptional Service and Employer Excellence categories is 5 June 2019. For 2019, one new category has been introduced, International Award – UK-Based registered member, which is for BALI registered members who are registered in the UK but have delivered a landscaping scheme overseas. Along with a number of band changes in other pre-existing categories, the exciting introduction and revisions were based on feedback from members and the BALI Awards adjudication panel. The 2019 BALI National Landscape Awards is expected to be as big and as grand as previous years with more than 1,000 members, guests and VIPs attending the 2017 and 2018 ceremonies. Adjudicators, led by the Chair of the Adjudication Panel John Melmoe, will be visiting eligible schemes between June and August and the 2019 BALI National Landscape Award winners will be announced in September. Final adjudication to determine this year’s Principal, Special and Grand Awards will take place at BALI Landscape House at the end of August. Commenting on this year’s Awards, former Managing Director of six-time Grand Award winner Willerby Landscapes, John Melmoe, says: “The BALI Awards ceremony in 2018 was a runaway success and now the team at BALI Landscape House are turning their focus to 2019. It is credit to the members of BALI who have made the awards into the most

prestigious event in the industry calendar. A key way to showcase your company’s capabilities is to submit an entry into this year’s awards. “The entrants should be fully focused on submitting flawless projects, highlighting the significant contribution of your staff and the underlying desire for your company to excel. It would give me and my fellow adjudicators great pleasure to see you at this year’s Awards in December. Good luck with your entries.” BALI Chief Executive Wayne Grills is also looking forward to seeing if the high bar already set on quality can be raised even higher in 2019. “Ever since the awards were first launched more than 40 years ago the standard of entry has improved tenfold,” he explains. “This is testament to the quality of work delivered by our BALI registered members, and, the overall quality of judging which helps BALI identify which individual or company is deserving of a prestigious BALI National Landscape Award.” To view and/or download this year’s entry guidelines, check all early bird deadlines and enter a scheme visit

Domestic Garden Construction – Over £500k – Bowles & Wyer – 2018 BALI Grand Award Winner – Private Residence in the Chilterns.

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Top marks for Green-tech who celebrate 25 years

Green-tech celebrates 25 years Yorkshire based landscape supplier Green-tech celebrates 25 years this year and has a calendar of events planned throughout the year to mark this significant milestone. These range from sales promotions where customers will enjoy a different offer on the 25th of every month; through to a celebratory open day at their head office in October. Green-tech was founded in North Yorkshire in 1994 by Richard and Rachel Kay with a second-hand van, £200 and an office in their house. Today it boasts a £14 million plus turnover and operates out of a purpose-built business park, employs in excess of 80 staff and sells more than 13,000 products. The company are producing 25-year anniversary supplement which will tell the inside story of the company, and introduce the driving force behind its success and the team who keep the well-oiled machine turning with an insight into their operation, brands and products. Rachel Kay, Green-tech’s Managing Director comments, “We are incredibly proud of our achievements over the past


25 years. When Richard and I made the decision to start our own business it was just the two of us and we never expected to become the largest or the leading landscape supplier in the UK. The last two and a half dec-ades have seen our family grow to include three children and our work family grow to in excess of 80 people. Despite the turbulent times of the recession and more recently the uncertainty surround-ing Brexit, we have continued to expand, grow and increase our turnover year on year. Our anniversary year will be no exception as we’re hoping for another record-busting year.” Green-tech is widely recognised for its commitment to the industry. Each year they support a vast number of events and exhibitions; generally, in ex-cess of 50. The company is also known for its commitment to raising awareness and educating the younger generation of the benefits to choosing a career in forestry, landscaping or horticulture. They have successfully taken on a number of Apprentices over the last two years and have plans to recruit more as they believe this is the most effective route to having

NEWS the skilled workers that will drive the future Green-tech. Chairman Richard Kay continues, “We appreciate our enviable market-leading position and work hard to stay ahead. We strive to always offer the best advice, products, prices, delivery and service. We have great relationships in the industry with customers and suppliers alike which we value greatly We enjoy great loyalty from our customers and suppliers which we appreciate. This has contributed hugely to our success. Whilst we celebrate our anniversary and just how far we’ve come, we’re still looking to improve and grow the business. Our next milestone is to reach a turnover of £20 million. We’ll continue to invest in our people, new tech-nology, new product development, our facilities and infrastructure to help us achieve this. So, look out for Greentech during 2019 and expect the see big things!” To add to their celebrations, Green-tech recently announced results from their annual survey which demonstrates their strength in the industry and cements their place as the landscapers chosen supplier. The survey was sent to Green-tech’s customers at the end of 2018 with the aim to discover their thoughts and opinions on all aspects of the business; from their people and products to their ordering, delivery and pricing structure.

98% of recipients rated dealing with Green-tech as excellent or good. Other headline figures include: • 98% think the product range is excellent or good • 98% say Green-tech’s product availability is excellent or good • 97% think the sales support and knowledge is excellent or good • 99% say their advisor is efficient • 96% are very likely to recommend Green-tech to others Says Richard Kay: “I’m very proud of this set of results. We work incredibly hard to give our customers the best service, prices and delivery and its fantastic to know it’s paying off and appreciated. A staggering 98% of respondents have said that dealing with Green-tech is good or excellent which is testimony to our consistently high output and service across all areas of the business.” For every completed survey Green-tech made a donation to their 2019 charity FND which supports those diagnosed with a Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), including Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD). The charity was founded by a group of people who had been diagnosed themselves, and who wanted to come together to provide help and support to others.

Call to action for Garden centres to support Greenfingers Garden centres across the UK are being encouraged to take part in Garden Re-Leaf Day on Friday 22nd March, 2019 to raise funds for the Greenfingers Charity, the national charity that creates magical gardens for children’s hospices. Last year’s event – the gardening industry’s equivalent of Comic Relief day – broke records, raising over £70,000. Since its inception in 2012, Garden Re-Leaf has raised £600,000 for the creation of gardens designed to enhance the lives of children with life-limiting conditions. Now, retail managers are being urged to get garden centres involved in fundraising activities for this year’s Garden Re-Leaf day. Charity events on the day and over the weekend can raise footfall at garden centres while generating funds to enhance the lives of terminally ill children. Greenfingers’ Director of Fundraising & Communications, Linda Petrons says: “We’re issuing a rallying call to every garden centre in the UK to par-ticipate in Garden Re-Leaf Day 2019. As a result of previous years’ events, life-limited

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NEWS children and their families have been able to share precious time together in Green-fingers gardens at hospices. It’s easy to sign up and take part in organised activities and we urge the industry to come together and support our mission to design and build beautiful gardens for play, therapy and relaxation.” For an adrenaline-filled challenge, retailers can hold a Great Garden Re-Leaf 12-hour Plantathon. Garden centres can invite customers and staff to take turns and continuously plant for 12 hours – or nominate one brave person to plant for the duration! It’s a great way of team-building, and plants potted for the Plantathon can be sold, with a percentage of each sale going to the Greenfingers Charity. Gardening workshops can run alongside plantathons, with retailers encouraging customers to buy tickets and brush-up on their gardening know-how. There are a host of fundraising activities that can take place at garden centres on Gar-den Re-Leaf Day. Retailers can hold a raffle, cake or book sale, or host a car wash in garden centre car parks and donate the proceeds. Managers are being encouraged to invite customers to enjoy afternoon

tea in garden centre cafes and make a donation from every cup of tea and slice of cake sold. Carrier bag tax could be donated to the Greenfingers Charity in March, and for re-tailers who have in-store activity areas such as soft play or crazy golf, 50 pence could be donated from the cost of every child who visits on Garden Re-Leaf Day. And why not get colleagues into Garden ReLeaf Day spirits by encouraging staff to wear their best (or worst!) green or floral outfits to work, and asking everyone taking part to make a donation? The Greenfingers Charity has ambitious plans to raise more than £500,000 this year and hopes that Garden Re-Leaf day will smash the £70,000 record it hit in 2017. The charity has already created 55 gardens at children’s hospices across the UK and plans to build four more in 2019 – at Claire House Children’s Hospice in Wirral, Richard House Children’s Hospice in London, Little Harbour Children’s Hospice in Cornwall and Grace House Hospice in Sunderland. For details of how to take part, visit

Glee at Spring Fair New Product Showcase Awards appeal to industry buyers

Winners of Glee at Spring Fair New Product Showcase Awards The winner and runners-up in the Glee at Spring Fair New Product Showcase Awards reveal how the event helps to champion their latest products, creating a plat-form that highlighted the best in innovation for the attention of influential retail buyers.


The hotly contested awards, in association with Garden Trade News, saw judges scrutinise the best products to be brought to market for 2019, assessing each for innovation, design, promotion and potential to grow sales. For winner Fly Away, an insect deterrent from Creative

NEWS Products, the triumph at Glee at Spring Fair followed hot on the heels of a successful trial last year by garden centre chain Blue Diamond. Managing Director of Creative Products, Mark Hall, says: “Blue Diamond sold 4,000 Fly Away across 19 stores over two or three months. Now, for Fly Away to win the New Product Showcase, is further great recognition of an innovative product” Fly Away is a safe and environmentally friendly device for fly-free entertaining and keeping flies off food. Creative Products believes that the uniqueness of the gadget – the battery-operated device quietly rotates soft, flexible dotted blades that insects do not like – helped it to land the soughtafter first place. Runners up included The Toronto Steak Grill from Tepro, which hopes to cash in on the popularity of alfresco dining, a sector buoyed by last year’s long, hot summer. On track for its UK launch in April, the Glee at Spring Fair ideally was timely in order to preview the product to buyers, with high street retail giant Robert Dyas agreeing to list the product. Also on the podium was The Mighty Little Digger, another from Creative Products, which is a handy tool with a heavy-

duty carbon steel blade and prongs that can dig, weed, hoe and till. Latvian biofuels business Dizmezs attended Glee at Spring Fair to unveil its Three-Hour Heat Box, a hassle-free pack of heat logs and wood-wool kindling aimed at busy consumers who don’t have time to gather ingredients for lighting a fire. The convenient solution, marketed under its WoodenSoul brand, is lit with a match and burns for three hours. It won fourth place in the Glee at Spring Fair New Product Showcase Awards. Woodlodge, which won fifth place with its William Morris Pottery Collection, said the New Product Showcase had enabled it to keep buyers’ minds focused on its latest product line at a key point in the new season. Sales Manager, Ian Flounders, says: “The judges noted how the William Morris range will bring added value to the container sector. They understood how the range had been influenced by current fashions in design and noted how the William Morris collection had been thought through.” • The next Glee at Birmingham event is 10-12 September, 2019. Visit for more details.

Power to go off grid Taylor Construction Plant (TCP) Ltd is releasing the LGP 2500, a Portable Zero-Emission Power Pack, with a bestin-class power output of 5kW for the most demanding tasks. Key features of the battery power pack are: • Zero emissions, silent operation and low running costs • High performance with a maximum sustained output of 5kW • Portable, compact and lightweight • Perfect for use underground or in confined spaces The new LGP 2500 Power Pack provides a clean air alternative to a traditional diesel generator for off-grid applications. This new product has zero emissions and is silent in operation making it an ideal choice for use in environmentally sensitive areas, emergen-cies, shift work and night-time working. Responding to greater concerns regarding pollution and carcinogens, the LGP 2500 Power Pack provides power without dangerous fumes, and is ideal for use in tunnels or confined areas. The LGP 2500 Power Pack unit has been approved to London Under-ground Standards S1171 - S1174 (March 2015). This robust portable 5kW battery generator has the highest power output in its class and can handle even the


most energy-intensive jobs including welding, grinding and con-crete mixing. A single charge can power 20 x 4mm welding rods, or over an hour of heavy metal grinding. The battery has an extremely long life and shows no power fade over its full capacity. The LGP 2500 Power Pack has been designed for ease of use. The portable unit can be carried in modules and requires minimal maintenance. It takes approximately 6-8 hours to fully recharge the power pack from the mains before it’s ready for action again.

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Mecalac announces senior appointment to guide product strategy Mecalac Construction Equipment UK (CEUK) has appointed Nadim Islam as Product Manager Specialist for its class-leading range of site dumpers and compaction rollers. Based at the company’s production headquarters in Coventry, Nadim will work closely with Mecalac’s in-house engineering department to drive innovation, strategy and product improvement. A graduate of Aston Business School, Nadim holds a strong track record in delivering commercial growth through effective leadership and strategic planning. Previous experience includes a product management role at electrical goods manufacturer Vax, as well as international retail and trade marketing experience. As part of his new role, Nadim will be responsible for laying out a strategic roadmap and leading a crossfunctional team to deliver continued product innovation for

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NEWS the global construction market. Alongside performance and productivity, this will include a focus on on-site efficiency, emissions com-pliance and sustainability. Commenting on his appointment, Nadim says: “I’m excited to be joining a company that holds such strong pedigree in the global construction indus-try. I look forward to working closely with the engineering team to deliver the innovations and improvements needed to meet changing sector re-quirements, promoting safety and functionality, while providing cutting-edge solutions to

support operators nationwide.” Paul Macpherson, UK Sales and Marketing Director at Mecalac CEUK, adds: “Continued innovation is key to maintaining our position at the fore-front of the global construction marketplace. Appointing Nadim to the role of Product Manager Specialist (site dumpers and compaction rollers) will help to guide the long-term success of our key lines and support wider strategic efforts to set the global standards in equipment innovation and design excellence.” •

New rotators spin into action

Maelstrom spinner by Sutcliffe Play Sutcliffe Play, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of children’s playground equipment, is introducing a new range of spinners and rotators for 2019. “We’re always looking to go that extra mile with equipment that’s guaranteed to excite and delight, and our new range of rotators and spinners is no exception,” says Andy Love from Sutcliffe Play. New products include: Whirlybob Roundabout – with a simple rotator design aimed at younger users, the Whirlybob Roundabout is centred around a revolving pole, with four curved HPL seats. Users can sit facing inwards or outwards on the roundabout and hold on to one of the four multi steel core ropes for added support. Hula Rotator – suitable for most ages, the hula rotator is modelled on the hula hoop, allowing users to stand inside the rotator with a rubber disc at the base that offers security when standing. Additional users can hold the hula ring as a hand grip and run around the outside to make the rotator


spin faster or slow down. Space Trainer – designed for juniors and teens with added appeal for older age groups, this dynamic rotator is designed to be used by standing on and leaning slightly backwards into the frame for support. Centrifugal force then holds the user in place, allowing for spinning or rotation, whilst leaning backwards means you can keep going faster for longer – offering a more thrilling play experience. Maelstrom – a deceptively simple spinner, with a twist. When the user overbalances, the Maelstrom will spin even faster as users use their own weight to increase centrifugal force. Users can slow down by position-ing their legs outwards, while tucking legs in will increase the speed of rotation. Andy continues: “Our range of spinners and rotators is perfect for any child looking for an exhilarating play experience, whether that be as a standalone item, or as a playground filler when used in conjunction with our wider play offering.” For more information

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Bringing colour to Solihull’s meadows During the past 20 years Pictorial Meadows have supplied stunning meadows for landscaping projects across the UK and Europe. Now the company will be supplying more than 30,000 square meters of their award-winning PM Turf product to Solihull Metropolitan Council in a new three-year project that will bring floral colour and improved biodiversity to the area. “We have been working with the team at Solihull Council now for some time now, providing technical guidance and advice to achieving their goal of installing a high-impact meadow product that could be relied upon to give quick and consistent results,”says Jonathan Wild, Commercial Director. “Our PM Turf is effectively a pre-grown meadow with all


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Inspection torches make light work Lighting experts, Luceco, have unveiled a new range of inspection torches and work lights to offer a lighting solution for a huge variety of jobs, with high lumen variation, USB charging capability and multi-shadow prevention. Consisting of two work lights and four inspection torches, the range will be a welcome boost for DIYers and professionals alike, and are available at trade suppliers such as Screwfix. Simon Shenton, Head of LED Development at Luceco, says: “The new lights and torches will provide an all-round light solutions package, allowing jobs to be carried out with ease. At Luceco, our mission is to create a rich range of products that are practical, versatile, costeffective and appeal to a wide segment of Inspection_Light_Advert_150mmx108mm.pdf 1 trade users and DIY-enthusiasts.”

The work light range consists of rechargeable Clamp Work Light with 360 degree rotation; this powerful light boasts a brightness of up to 1300 lumens, a durable polycarbonate structure, four hour battery life on full output and a 50% brightness. Also available is the Magnetic Work Light, offering a strong magnetic base and 1000 lumens for those tricky to light places. Luceco’s Inspection Torches will shed light on hard-to-reach places. With 1.5W, 3W, 5W and 10W versions, all torches feature clever technology to prevent multi-shadowing, which can sometimes obscure an area, hindering a thorough inspection. The 3W, 5W and 10W models also have the capability to charge other devices, such as phones and tablets. 27/02/2019 13:04










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Light your Landscape the easy way with Plug & Play in-ground and step lights, spikelights, path lights, wall washers, rock lights and more. Durable and desirable materials such as Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel, Natural Copper, Solid Brass and Anodised Aluminium are used. These materials stand the test of time,

Garden lighting can initially seem daunting or confusing, but for Landscapers and Designers being asked to provide lighting, there is a fantastic starting point and a great way to expand services offered. That is by considering Low voltage (12v) ‘Plug & Play’ lighting systems, by far the easiest to understand and install. The lights use 12v power rather than mains 240v electricity, which immediately eliminates the need by law, for a separate electrician to manage all lighting on a project. Obviously, electricians are likely to be involved with certain installations, but a Landscaper who can offer a client a choice of professional outdoor lights, ultimately extends their own creativity and professionalism. Add visual impact to feature walls, water features, decked areas, one-off sculptures and large trees by knowing how to illuminate them easily. In 2019 12v lights are built to last and ready for professional use in any location. In the past, Plug & Play systems were limited, mainly consisting of smaller, lower quality decking lights. Now, the extensive variety of Plug & Play fittings such as those offered by Lumena Lights include

but also look fantastic during daylight hours, often adding to their location. For example, solid brass lights look beautiful outside rustic, traditional buildings. 12v or ‘Low Voltage’ garden lighting is extremely adaptable. It is powered by a transformer that converts 240v mains voltage down to a much safer 12v. It can be installed by anybody, and is very resistant to outdoor weather conditions. Often, cold weather and heat produced by bulbs can cause condensation to occur in outdoor lights. With 240v mains fittings, this commonly results in the circuit tripping or shorting, however 12v fittings withstand the effects of condensation and will continue to work perfectly. The ‘Plug & Play’ concept is as easy as the installation! Lights use a two-pin plug located at the end of attached cable lengths. This two-pin plug simply pushes into a Connector or Splitter, or indeed directly into the power source - a Transformer. Once plugged in, the cable connector is secured by a threaded cap. This means no need for fiddly wiring at all - if an installer wishes to ‘hardwire’ in the traditional way the two-pin plug can be cut off and the wires stripped. Lumena’s Versa range includes various sizes of transformer, cable lengths, and multi-splitters, enabling the circuit to be as long as required, and allowing numerous lights to be fitted. We encourage you to have a go with this simplified lighting system and do it the easy way – Plug & Play ! See the ‘Versa’ Plug & Play range now at:

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Responding to an uphill recruitment landscape Declining work ethics and a general lack of awareness of industry opportunities are creating critical short- and long-term labour challenges in the world of landscaping. Ffion Llwyd-Jones looks at these issues and explores how the industry is responding ATTITUDES, AWARENESS, AND MONEY The industry is ill-prepared, says Marian Barker of Fresh Horticultural Careers: “The sector has never faced up to the long-term problem of recruitment because there have always been people around to work the seasonal highs. Now, the number of people coming here to work (seasonally or otherwise) is diminishing rapidly and there just isn’t the workforce to replace them.” Mark Bolam, recruitment consultant at Horticruitment UK agrees that finding reliable employees for the industry is “no easier than a few years ago; there seem to be less quality candidates on the market at all levels.” It’s an opinion echoed by Darren Taylor, Marketing and Communications Manager, of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI). “Members report that within the last 12-24 months the level of apprentices isn’t up to the standard they need or expect, that candidates just can’t do the job, and a lot of them are lazy,” he states. However, Karl Hansell, Communications Executive at the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) notes the labour shortage is not restricted to the UK: “Colleagues in America face a similar problem,” he says.

Trailblazer apprentices, credit Ros Burnley, Adrow


Trailblazer apprentices, credit Ros Burnley, Adrow

“Working outside year-round is a big thing, especially in the winter; perhaps it puts people off. And, in the past, the industry’s been regarded as something that you fall into, perhaps if you’ve not done particularly well on the academic side of things.” Marion agrees poor public perception of the industry needs to change, to realise it’s an industry based on skill and knowledge. She comments that while children in primary school are shown how to grow mustard and cress, sunflowers and vegetable patches, by the time they get into secondary school, such activities are off the curriculum. She adds there also needs to be more interaction between the colleges and schools. “You want to catch the 16-18 years old who don’t want to go to university, don’t know what they want to do, but don’t want to sit in an office all day,” she explains. “To a lot of young people, the idea of putting harnesses on and climbing trees sounds like fun, and arboriculture is one of the most lucrative areas of landscaping.” She points out another underlying problem: “The industry pays badly. We’ve got vacancies in Central London paying £20-25,000, and they work hard, have industry knowledge, and need a driving licence.” Mark agrees that managing salary expectations is a challenge: “The industry isn’t well paid enough, and

RECRUITMENT managers and greenkeepers. “It’s not just BIGGA, but is also part of other partners within the industry, “ he adds. “We publish those details in Greenkeeper International and to our members and on our website, so our members are made aware of them. It’s a useful tool, and it’s available and searchable if people need it. It certainly helps.” And Darren of BALI comments that there’s been a bit of a stigma to say the industry is poorly paid: “There are some areas that perhaps aren’t up to standards, but when you look

Trailblazer apprentices, credit Ros Burnley, Adrow

problems happen when people want to buy houses and have families.” And, as Marion points out, it’s an issue that dissuades career-changers who might otherwise fill the peopleshortage gap. “We’ve dealt with many organisations who teach horticulture to career changes and people returning to the career market. But the biggest issue is the money.” Mark confirms that employers value transferable skills from career changers, especially formal training, driving and managerial skills, but adds, “Realistic salary expectations are essential for second-career people.”

at the average salary that members pay out for an operative, it’s pretty good.” Addressing the issue of interaction among schools and colleges, Karl mentions the Young Greenkeepers Committee, which gives “a voice and platform for people who just getting into the industry”. “Many of our members host events where they invite school kids to the golf course, where they can find out about the ecology work going on, or some of the more complicated practices,” he adds. “ It’s a really good way that greenkeepers are bridging that gap to encourage more people into the profession. We are aware of the need to engage at the school level and we hope to do that more in the future.”

RENUMERATION, EDUCATION AND DIGITAL TRENDS As Karl points out, the Committee for Golf Club Salaries (CGCS) has recommendations for remuneration for golf

Fresh Horticultural Careers’ team

Trailblazer apprentices, credit Ros Burnley, Adrow

And the planning and creation of new courses also directly impacts the industry’s workforce, as Darren explains: “The new Capel Manor qualification has been led by industry, by employers who helped develop the curriculum because that’s exactly what they’re looking for, which makes the student more employable. That’s a really important part for us.” Furthermore, the new Trailblazer Apprenticeship

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Mark Bolam

standards was developed with companies across the industry coming together to create apprenticeships that meet current and future needs in arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscaping – again resulting in a direct impact on the workforce. “The Greenkeepers Training Committee (a partner company) has done a lot of work with new Trailblazer apprentice scheme,” comments Karl. “It’s huge for us.” Darren agrees the scheme is “a sort of tour de force of the industry”, adding there’s been a lot of uptake for the foundation level, with the supervisor and manager level becoming available online. “Employers can start using them as part of their recruitment of apprentices,” he says. Digital, online technology is affecting more than education and apprenticeships. “It’s a game changer,” enthuses Richard Knight of online

lets registered candidates enter basic contact details, a profile picture and previous work history (verified by Marlin). Founder Demos Demetriou says: “If you want to be found by a private household or family office you really need the Marlin app. There are no recruitment agencies in the middle, just a transparent app that puts you in direct contact with your potential employer.” FULFILLING DREAMS Karl comments that while parents may dream of their child becoming a doctor or a pilot, they wouldn’t often dream of them being a greenkeeper. “We need to re-educate them about the opportunities, and what a fantastic industry it is with a chance to work anywhere in the world,” he explains. “ If you take the career seriously and decide it’s for you and you embrace it, then the opportunity’s there. You just have to get involved with education, make contacts within the industry, and who knows where it can take you monetarily and around the world?” And as Darren concludes: “The industry offers all the benefits of working outdoors, being part of a team – and there’s a paid pension, health and safety, and training courses. Let’s be positive about this!”

Demos Demetriou

service Grafter, which launched in 2018. He cites the digital app as a positive story, enabling people who need workers to find people who need work. “We create a community between grafters and employers,” he says. “Jobs can last from five days to two weeks.” While the app focuses on non-specialised labour, the ‘grafter’ profiles (rather than a CV) list location and any qualifications such as NVQs, HND safety courses, and specialist qualifications. Also cutting out the ‘middleman’, the Marlin app also


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Deep aeration cures waterlogging long term Heavy downpours of rain on compacted grass areas on sports pitches, bowling greens, golf courses and amenity areas can leave standing water, rendering them unusable and stopping play. The action of normal aeration, use of machines and foot traffic over time can leave areas compacted and panning occurs, causing poor drainage and depriving grass roots of oxygen and nutrients. Sports turf specialists Terrain Aeration have been providing a long-term solution to this for more than 25 years, using one- metre deep penetration of the playing surface. The Terrain Aeration Terralift machine solves the immediate compaction problem, a process which has a beneficial effect that lasts many years. The Terralift hammers a hollow probe one metre into the soil using a JCB road breaker gun (this is because the ground is usually so compact at depth that it needs this hammer to break through). Once the probe has reached one metre depth, compressed air is released up to a maximum of 20Bar (280psi) - the type pressure that is needed to fracture and fissure the soil. The probe is withdrawn and the process repeated using two-metre centre spacings on a staggered grid pattern - this means that each shot interconnects with the previous ones.

Terralift by Terrain Aeration

On the tail end of the air blast, dried seaweed is injected which sticks to the walls of the fractures and fissures and, over time, expands and contracts with the moisture content in the soil - similar to “breathing” underground. The 1½” probe holes created by the Terralift machine are backfilled with aggregate to provide a semi permanent aeration/ ventilation shaft, helping to keep the whole aeration process working. The top 1” should be topped with the usual top dressing to encourage grass growth over the probe holes. The Terrain Aeration process is ecologically sound, there is no mess and once the pitch or green has been given a light mow it’s ready for play to resume.

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Wildflower Turf Ltd has recently appointed Phil Singleton to further service its growing customer base in the north of England. Phil has a strong background in the horticultural and landscape industries, having formally worked for Icopal Limited (part of the BMI Group) and

Greenscape UK (now trading as Fytogreen). As former Deputy Chairman for GRO (Green Roof Organisation), Phil will use his skills to great advantage from the outset, with Wildflower Turf Ltd currently working on several large wildflower roof projects. Managing Director of Wildflower Turf Ltd, James Hewetson-Brown, says: “We are delighted to appoint Phil to this role. As interest in, and demand for, our range of wildflower products continues to grow apace, we remain committed to providing our customers with outstanding service. Phil is highly qualified and will be instrumental in providing our northern partners with the exceptional level of support that our customers have come to expect from us.”


Affordable fertiliser provides sward nutrients for up to five months Germinal has launched an organic based phased-release fertiliser that provides up to five months’ worth of nutrients and trace elements from a single application at a budget-friendly price point. Germinal Slow Release (GSR) Tri-Phase is an 18-3.5-8

which is subsequently followed by a final release of organic based Nitrogen. In addition, Potash is also released slowly throughout

Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium fertiliser, which also supplies one unit of Magnesium Oxide plus trace elements including Copper, Zinc, Boron, Manganese and Molybdenum. Recommended for use on all fine grass swards including golf greens, tees and fairways, sports pitches and all amenity areas, GSR Tri-Phase’s mini-granular (1-2mm) formulation delivers a cost-effective and consistent supply of nitrogen and potash over a period of 16-20 weeks. Richard Brown, Germinal Amenity Sales Manager explains: “We recognise that, for many landscapers, local authorities and golf, rugby and football clubs, grass and groundcare budgets can be very tight. We have therefore developed our own phased-release fertiliser which is as good as anything else on the market but at a more affordable price. It can be used either as a base feed as part of a wider fertiliser programme, or, where budgets are severely restricted, as a standalone, single application product.” GSR Tri-Phase contains three forms of Nitrogen to provide three phases of nutrient release into the rootzone: an initial hit of quick release nitrogen gives way to methylene urea

the growing season to regulate water uptake and to ensure nutrients and trace elements remain mobile and available for uptake. “This not only reduces plant stress throughout the growing season, Germinal Amenity Fertiliser but also enhances the sward’s ability to withstand drought conditions,” Mr Brown adds. “A single application of 25-35g/m2 in the spring – typically in late March or early April – will instigate good early season growth and recovery and provide the necessary nutrients required by high performance grass swards for the majority of the growing season and certainly through until August or September. During this time GSR Tri-Phase will release a slow and steady supply of available nitrogen ensuring a consistent rate of grass growth with no intense bursts of activity.”

NEW H2Pro SaltSmart launched by ICL ICL has launched a new addition to its leading range of H2Pro wetting agents – H2Pro “SaltSmart”. Utilising advanced polymer and surfactant technology, the H2Pro range of specialist wetting agents have been carefully formulated and tested to help turf managers achieve maximum control of their moisture management. The existing H2Pro’s DewSmart, TriSmart, FlowSmart and AquaSmart have been designed to achieve specific goals, each with a different blend of surfactants. The four products have been widely commended for offering a number of solutions such as preventative and curative action against Dry Patch, providing a

drier surface in wet conditions and significantly reducing irrigation requirements. H2Pro “SaltSmart” is set to provide turf managers with a wider range of options for their moisture management strategies. A unique

H2Pro “SaltSmart”.

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TURF AND GROUNDSCARE blend of penetrant surfactant with Calcium macropolymer, the product has been designed to move water and exchange cations thus reducing the impact of salt on turf. It works by allowing water to penetrate and dissolve and flush salts below the rooting level or out into the drainage system. The build-up of salt levels in rootzones can be problematic in sports turf and H2Pro SaltSmart will be a

welcome addition for venues such as links courses which may be situated close to the sea or for those who encounter high evaporation and low rainfall. The product could also be extremely beneficial for low CEC sand-based rootzones that have limited buffering against salt influx and for turf managers who have poor quality groundwater for irrigation. • /

Surface requirements Back in 1986, Managing Director of SCH Supplies, Andrew Rodwell, became frustrated at the lack of suitable lawn care attachments to fit to his garden tractor. Not being one to back away from a challenge, Andrew set about designing and manufacturing the attachments he wanted and started selling them to friends who had encountered the same problem. Today the company continues to provide robust machinery and equipment including a range of hand held and towed rakes, brushes and drag mats. Here are a couple of products to see a groundsman through the rest of the year. Artificial Grooming Rake The artificial surface grooming rake is used to carry out routine maintenance on artificial playing surfaces with a sand base. The two rows of spring tines tease through the playing surface to remove the surface compaction and aid drainage. A weight tray is incorporated in the design in order that top weight may be added to aid penetration on heavily compacted surfaces. The trailing brush will level and groom

Grooming Rake


the play area; having completed the operation, the play area will be in a ready state for many hours of hard use. Each working row of tines may be lifted out of work individually to suit your grooming requirements i.e. lift out of work the two spring tine rows and leave the brush in work. This simple grooming unit may be towed behind 13HP tractors and above. The groomer can be lifted out of work for simple and safe transportation to the storage area. Triangular Brush The triangular brush gives the artificial and natural grass areas that vital ‘scratch’ in between major services. The wheels on the upper side of the brush make it an easy task to transport it to the storage area. Simply turn the brush onto the wheels. A weight tray is incorporated in the design in order that top weight may be added to aid penetration on heavily compacted surfaces. The triangular brush and grooming rake is just a small part of SCH Supplies low cost artificial surface maintenance systems. More can viewed on line at

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Pellenc expands distribution across UK Etesia UK has recently announced new partnerships with Camsaw Ltd, which will see the County Laois based business exclusively distribute Pellenc battery powered equipment throughout the Republic of Ireland. In addition current Etesia dealer Sharrocks, a family owned business who specialise in the supply of machinery for agriculture, grass care and other land management requirements, will now be distributing Pellenc battery powered equipment to the areas of Birmingham, Shropshire, Staffordshire, South Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. Says Paul Carney of Camsaw Ltd: “We are delighted to partner with a company like Pellenc. They have shown that their pathway to growth is through new product developments and innovations. It is an exciting opportunity for Camsaw to partner with a company so far ahead of its competitors in the market.” In recent years, Pellenc has gained market recognition

by offering a unique range of ‘zero emission’ batterypowered tools, thanks to the development of Lithiumion ultra-high performance batteries. This technology, which is exclusive to Pellenc, allows for a drastic reduction in the production of greenhouse gases and noise pollution. It is also comfortable for users, meets new sustainable development demands and offers excellent economic profitability. The extensive product range features an impressive portfolio - from chainsaws, pole saws and hedge cutters to grass strimmers, brushcutters and mowers and is unrivalled in terms of performance, lightness and durability. Not only will users be able to comfortably achieve a full day’s work without having to re-charge the battery but they will see a huge amount of savings by eliminating the necessity of purchasing fuel.

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Winners of the Society of Garden Designer Awards The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) seventh annual award ceremony took place recently, where 18 designers and two landscape design companies were presented with awards Marion Boswell’s winning garden (photo: Jason Ingram)

The most prestigious award, the Grand Award, was presented to Marian Boswall MSGD for her Reighton Wood Garden, a large contemporary garden in Kent with abundant planting and dense borders which the judges described as ‘absolutely stunning’. Adolfo Harrison MSGD won the coveted Judges’ Award for his Barcelona-inspired courtyard garden and revolutionary garden designer Piet Outdolf was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Marian Boswall’s garden, which the judges also said demonstrated ‘sumptuous planting with texture, mood, atmosphere and playfulness’, was also named best Large Residential Garden alongside Robert Myers MSGD who was joint winner in the category for his walled garden in rural Buckinghamshire.


The Judges’ Award to Adolfo Harrison MSGD was for his creative approach to a small courtyard in West London. Including a pergola, a corten steel water cascade and a seating area set amongst lush green planting, the garden

Adolfo Harrison’s London courtyard (photo: Richard Bloom)

HORTICULTURE FEATURE Robert Myers’ walled garden in rural Buckinghamshire (photo: Alex Ramsay)

was described as ‘fresh, new and different’ by the judges who said the design ‘creates a wonderful atmosphere’ and offers ‘a welcome antidote to formulaic city gardens.’ The garden also won the Garden Jewel Award. Newcomer to the awards, Dutch designer Noël van Mierlo won the International Award for a stunning Japaneseinspired garden in the Netherlands (below) which was also voted winner of the People’s Choice Award – the only award in the competition determined by public vote. The garden, in which Japanese elements combine with a modern Western aesthetic, incorporates a Japanese teahouse designed as a refuge for meditation, meandering paths to encourage mindfulness and materials inspired by wabi-sabi principles of imperfection and the beauty of the ageing process. The judges called it ‘brave, accomplished, well-balanced and aspirational.’ Tony Woods MSGD picked up two awards in the Roof Garden and Public or Commercial Space categories for his Jam Factory and Merchant Square Floating Pocket gardens respectively. The latter transformed a disused area in West London into a series of floating gardens connected by walkways and including a deck area for seating, two large family friendly lawns and extensive planters, which the judges called ‘a wonderful floating oasis’ and said was ‘an

amazingly clever idea that could be applied to any city.’ Returning to the podium for the second year running, Helen Elks-Smith MSGD won the Medium Residential category for her contemporary family garden in Hampshire while James Scott MSGD from The Garden Company Ltd was presented with the Small Residential Award. Also triumphing, Martha Krempel took home the award in the ‘Big Ideas, Small Budget’ category for her Horse Shoe Bend garden, a small walled garden in London inspired by Arizona’s Painted Desert and Pointalist art, where an indoor garden of cacti and grasses spills out into wildlife friendly planting outside in hues of coral pink, pale yellow and mauve . Japanese inspired garden wins International Award (photo: Caroline Piek)

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HORTICULTURE FEATURE Martha Krempel’s Horse Shoe Bend garden (photo: Clive Nichols)

Elsewhere Rachel Reynolds and Sam Westcott were named joint winners in the Fresh Designer category for designers who have been practising for less than five years; Landscape Company Bowles & Wyer, led by John Wyer FSGD, won the Healing, Learning or Community Award for one of five courtyard gardens they have designed for Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, and Gavin McWilliam MSGD and Andrew Wilson FSGD picked up the Hardscape Award for the hard landscaping of their Hertfordshire Garden, featuring drystone walls and corten steel windows which the judges said was ‘hugely accomplished, impeccably executed and demonstrated exquisite work’. The Planting Award was won by Emily Erlam for Tithe Barn, described by the judges as “a plant-lovers garden demonstrating pure plantsperson talen’. Designed for maximum impact and year round drama, the garden, in the flat lands of north Norfolk, features exuberant planting around a series of spaces including an outdoor living room


and kitchen, a courtyard and a rain garden. Other awards on the night included Paul Hensey FSGD and Lara Behr who were joint winners in the Paper Landscapes category. SGD Chair, Sarah Morgan said: “The SGD boasts some of the most talented garden designers in the world and these awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and showcase some of their inspirational work. Every year reveals some extraordinary projects and provides us with a visual feast of gardens and landscapes. 2019 has proved to be no different. It is clear from tonight just how much exceptional work is being done within the sector. Each and every one of these awards is richly deserved and I congratulate everyone on their achievements.” THE SGD STUDENT AWARDS Duncan Cargill, who came to garden design after a career as a creative director in London and New York before

HORTICULTURE FEATURE graduating from the London College of Garden Design in 2018, was the winner in the Student Design – Domestic category for his Norfolk Flint Garden, which the judges said was a ‘sophisticated design presented through wonderful sketches that evoke the landscape beautifully.’ Meanwhile Bob Richmond-Watson, also from the London College of Garden Design, and Michael Ekers, from Writtle University College, were joint winners in the Student Design – Commercial category. THE SGD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Other special awards given on the night included the SGD Lifetime Achievement Award – an award granted to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the landscape and garden design profession. The Award, which is gifted by the Council of the Society of Garden Designers, was given to visionary garden designer and world-renowned plantsman Piet Oudolf. The SGD Council said: “From the age of 25, Piet has made a phenomenal contribution to new ways of thinking on naturalistic planting using grasses and

herbaceous plants. Using all the sound principles of good Planting Design, Oudolf’s work sits comfortably in formal and informal settings, town and country, without losing any of the design integrity of structure and balance. “From the Highline in New York to Pensthorpe Natural Park, from the Wisley borders to Olympic Park, Oudolf’s work is both impressive and intimate. His determination to find out more about his ‘performers’ by opening up a nursery and astutely observing his palette at all stages of development has taken Planting Design to another level of horticultural science and experimentation and has launched a whole new appetite in the industry for a wide range of quality herbaceous plants. “His plant combinations, brought to life through his seminal books written alongside Noel Kingsbury, have fasttracked many a fledgling designer to add something quite magical to their projects and made his lifelong research accessible to others. Thank you Piet for your passion and generosity to our industry.” • Visit to see all winning gardens.

THE BEFORE AND AFTER OF ONE METRE DEEP AERATION COMPACTION AND WATERLOGGING STOP PLAY. DOWNTIME COSTS MONEY. Terrain Aeration’s long-term treatment reaches one metre deep where compressed air blasts the compaction. The soil is opened up for good drainage and a healthy sward with minimum disruption. We have been successfully aerating sports turf, bowling greens, golf courses, parks, trees and gardens for over twenty-five years.

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Award winning TCL GROUP discusses the logistics needed to help transform urban landscapes into green places to ‘be’ With major urban redevelopments taking place in the UK’s once grey cities and traditional high streets adapting to become places to ‘be’ rather than shop, developers, councils and retail groups are looking at different ways to protect their local environments and economy. And embracing nature in the midst of the concrete, brick, glass and tarmac is becoming ever more important for a more colourful future for our towns and cities. Improving the wellbeing and happiness of residents and visitors, reducing crime and encouraging erstwhile shoppers to spend their hard-earned salaries on entertainment, eateries and simply soaking up the atmosphere, rather than just shopping are all high on the agenda of those who have a stake in these areas. Outdoor space specialists are working hard with partner

organisations from local councils to housing developers, to create vibrant urban landscapes, so that our city dwellers don’t feel the need to escape to the country in order to enjoy beautiful surroundings. One such specialist is the TCL group, named one of the 1,000 companies to Inspire Europe by the London Stock Exchange, which offers a cross section of expertise in the outdoor arena from public open space and garden design, grounds maintenance and civic floral displays. Part of the group’s remit is to provide show gardens for many of the top housebuilders. It is currently nearing the end of a £1.5 million contract for Bellway Homes Thames Gateway on the multibillion redevelopment of the former Battersea Power Station site, Nine Elms, London.

TCL created a sixth floor roof garden for Bellway Homes’ New Festival Quarter development of luxury apartments in London’s Docklands


FEATURE The complex of one, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments is one of around 20 separate yet interconnected developments on a 3 km stretch of the River Thames, some of which has not been open to the public for the past 90 years. The work has seen TCL create gardens, public and private squares and footpaths, two podia and two rooftop gardens. The grounds will form part of a car-free ‘linear park’ containing footpaths and cycle lanes which will run along the entire 3 km stretch of the regenerated embankment, making Nine Elms one of the greenest districts on the South Bank. The wider 195-hectare semi-derelict formerly industrial site will eventually contain 20,000 new homes, restaurants, public squares, cultural venues, schools and shops just minutes away from central London. Two new tube stations at Nine Elms and Battersea are set to open on the Northern Line in 2020 and the area also houses the US Embassy and New Covent Garden Market. The largest regeneration zone in central London, Nine Elms adjoins other parts of the South Bank transformed from their previously industrial persona into iconic locations – such as the Tate Modern, the London Eye and the National Film Theatre – opening up a further stretch of previously unattainable riverbank. Downriver, TCL also created a dramatic sixth floor roof garden at a luxury apartment complex in London’s Docklands.

The Mediterranean style garden at Bellway Homes’ New Festival Quarter development in Poplar, Tower Hamlets, was a logistically complicated feat, which produced stunning results. The development of studio to three bedroom apartments and penthouses with price tags of up to £795,000 has views across the docklands and nearby Canary Wharf. The design brief for the overall development was to incorporate the spirit of the area’s original Festival of Britain architecture with contemporary styling to create a landmark development, which was also at one with the existing community. Bellway Homes created four buildings of different heights each with generous terraces or balconies, while TCL created a village green and the visually stunning roof garden which overlooks the docklands.

Images on this page: TCL is nearing the end of a £1.5 million contract for Bellway Homes Thames Gateway on the multibillion redevelopment of the former Battersea Power Station site, Nine Elms

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TCL is nearing the end of a ÂŁ1.5 million contract for Bellway Homes Thames Gateway on the multibillion redevelopment of the former Battersea Power Station site, Nine Elms

TCL Group’s civic floral display company Plantscape supplies cities, towns and BID groups across the UK with all year round blooms


FEATURE TCL Group’s civic floral display company Plantscape supplies cities, towns and BID groups across the UK with all year round blooms

The work saw TCL staff craning 200 tonnes of materials, including hardwood decks, seating, mature Mediterranean planting such as olive trees, massive planters and furniture onto the sixth floor. At ground level TCL has created a stunning community garden – Church Green – by planting mature shrubs and trees to give instant impact and complement a specially commissioned piece of artwork worth tens of thousands of pounds. John Wickham from architects Murdoch Wickham said: “TCL have delivered our vision as designers with an instant high quality landscape in a very tight programme and within budget. Everybody is impressed with the scheme.” TCL South East director Jeff Thackeray explained: “We have been creating show home gardens and landscaped areas for big name developers including Bellway for a number of years. But this has to be one of the most stunning and most complicated, projects so far. Away from the capital’s skyscrapers, TCL’s sister company Plantscape, is helping BIDs (Business Improvement Districts), retailers and local authorities play their part in improving wellbeing and happiness for their locals – and thus encourage civic pride and greater

spending power among residents and visitors. The company grows 12,500 summer plants a year and installs and maintains its revolutionary seven-day watering planters as far north as Oban in Scotland. Four of the UK’s ancient walled cities – York, Chester, Worcester and Beaumaris – were awash with planters and hanging baskets last summer and residents of the West Yorkshire town of Featherstone report the blooms overflowing from 150 hanging baskets, lamppost wraparound planters and window boxes made them feel happier. Town clerk Vicky Symons said the displays gave them a sense of pride in the town. “We received so many lovely comments. One of our councillors is a taxi driver and he received daily compliments on the floral display,” she exclaims. While there are many challenges facing both cities and towns across the UK as the urban population continues to grow - alongside lifestyle expectations of those who live and work there - the trend opens up exciting opportunities for landscape architects and their fellow landscapers to lay down their vision across the country, and create beautiful urban landscapes for the generations to come.

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Powerlines kept clear with GreenMech Woodchippers Running GreenMech woodchippers since 1999, Powerline Services MLJ Ltd and Director Ben Jones have recently taken delivery of their latest additions, two ArbTrak 150’s. A loyal customer to the tracked units since GreenMech launched their first model in 2003, the new machines on their fleet effortlessly traverse all terrains reducing transport time and increasing productivity. Herefordshire based Powerline Services offer safe, effective and efficient removal of trees and vegetation from powerlines – serving as a sub-contractor on the Scottish and Southern Energy, National Grid and Western Power contracts. “Our woodchippers are our core piece of machinery” explains Ben. “For the majority of sites we’re operating on, the work calls for a tracked chipper. We’ve always had tracked units from GreenMech but as requirements and the

type of materials we’re handling change, we’re constantly reviewing that our fleet is fit for purpose.” So impressed with the Arborist 150 road-tow chipper already on the fleet, the delivery of the two ArbTrak 150’s from Tallis Amos at the end of 2018 came without the need for a demonstration. “The ArbTrak 150’s are a perfect size to handle the brashy material that makes up a large percentage of our projects. We can quickly and conveniently track them to the area of work meaning no time is spent transporting material to the chipper, therefore improving efficiency for my teams.” The highly manoeuvrable tracked chassis of the ArbTrak 150 provides high ground clearance of 274mm and a tracking speed of 3kph. Fitted with a 34hp diesel engine, it is a popular choice with contractors and those maintaining difficult terrain, requiring maximum traction and minimal ground pressure.

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‘Living Green Roof’ at M1 services Wildflower Turf Ltd is helping enhance the biodiversity of the £60M Leeds Skelton Lake Services when the ‘new concept’ Motorway Service Area (MSA) opens on the M1 later this year. With the new MSA occupying a lakeside environment, the integration of the hotel and food court buildings to their surroundings has been of the utmost importance. Wildflower Turf Ltd are working closely with the Landscape Architect, Smeeden Foreman, and Wetherby-based Brambledown Landscapes Ltd to deliver an enhanced landscape that fits seamlessly into the local environment. The innovative design of the main building showcases a unique and eye-catching undulating roof that will utilise wildflowers, supplied by the team at Wildflower Turf Ltd and installed by ABG Ltd. The ‘Living Roof’ will be soil-less and consist of up to 41 native UK wildflower species that will provide a haven for bees and other invertebrates while delivering significant aesthetic appeal and ensuring that the building blends into

its lakeside location. Managing Director of Wildflower Turf Ltd, James Hewetson-Brown, says: “We are delighted that one of our wildflower roofs will be showcased at Leeds Skelton Lake Services. As awareness of the importance of biodiverse habitats increase, this new concept in MSA shows that the built environment can exist harmoniously with, and indeed give back to, the natural landscape.”

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BTME reports successful 2019 trade show The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) reports excellent numbers attended its annual exhibition, held in Harrogate, North Yorkshire this January The BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) welcomed 4,500 individual delegates into the halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre, with the 154 exhibitors showcasing their wares in a new, innovative layout that enabled greater opportunities for interaction with visitors. Among the range of fun initiatives in 2019 were Golf Course Construction Live, which saw the construction of a revetted bunker and then a USGA-specification green within the exhibition halls. There was also a golf simulator hosted by BIGGA’s Official Golf Partner Rigby Taylor that sought to raise awareness of the horticultural charity Perennial. The exhibitors themselves got in on the act, with 18 companies coming together to host an “18 holes of BTME” competition, alongside exciting innovations such as Syngenta’s augmented reality and Bayer’s “turf canopy”. The total number of visits during the three days was 7,200 with an average visitor duration of 1.6 days, up by 13% on 2018. The increase in duration was attributed to the greater opportunities for engagement, therefore visitors spent more time in the exhibition halls, alongside the expanded education programme that kept visitors around for additional days. This year the Continue to Learn education programme increased with an additional 1,000 education opportunities made available. Visitors scanned into sessions 2,275 times, leading to a total of 6,123 hours of education being enjoyed throughout the week. This equates to more than two hours’ education for every golf club in the UK. The BIGGA Welcome Celebration sponsored by Jacobsen was held on the opening evening of the exhibition and saw Stuart Imeson of Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club, the team at Harleyford Golf Club and Jack Percival of Chipstead Golf Club each receive awards for their achievements throughout the previous year. Jack even received a standing ovation for his efforts to support the homeless, having turned his own life around after spending six months living on the streets when he was 17 years old. During the exhibition, BIGGA’s annual general meeting took place and witnessed a changing of the guard of sorts as


Leyland Golf Club’s Course Manager Scott Reeves took over the role of association chairman from Les Howkins MG. Chris Sheehan of West Derby Golf Club became BIGGA President, with Colin Webber of Portmore Golf Centre becoming BIGGA Vice President. BIGGA Chief Executive Officer Jim Croxton says: “BTME was a vibrant, busy three days and I’m delighted to say that on the whole the changes we implemented for 2019 have paid off. I believe this was a contributing factor towards one of the statistics that I’m most proud of, which is the fact that visitors to BTME stuck around for longer than ever before. Everyone is aware of the networking opportunities provided by BTME, including those outside of show hours, and I’m pleased that so many people chose to return to the show for a second visit the following day. “We’ve received overwhelming feedback, including from our members, who said the new layout was a huge improvement, once they came to terms with where everything was. There was also an appreciation for all the things we did to improve the visitor experience. “May I give sincere thanks to all the exhibitors for being part of the event. We are really keen to hear feedback and we’ll be talking with each of them extensively over the next few weeks. Thanks to our team for their efforts and thanks to all the visitors who came out and made it such a special occasion.” HAPPY CUSTOMER One happy exhibitor at the Show was Price Turfcare, the UK and Ireland distributor of the Ventrac multi-implement compact tractor and Ryan turf maintenance equipment, who certainly selected a prime position at the revamped BTME. Despite a few grumblings from some exhibitors about their location and subsequent footfall, the company’s Managing Director, Rupert Price was particularly upbeat, “We deliberately chose a location in one of the walkways that linked the Purple and Green zones and it worked exceptionally well for us. Many people asked if we were late booking our space, as it was a slightly unusual position, but this was a deliberate decision that paid off brilliantly.

BTME 2019 REVIEW “This is the third time that we have attended the show and there’s definitely a different vibe from the first two occasions. Nobody really knew of us back then, but now they come onto the stand and say that they’ve seen us on social media or in the press and they want to see the equipment in the flesh, so to speak. “Needless to say, with the amount of footfall across the stand, we’ve had some great enquiries and there’s a lot of work to do over the coming months, when we’ll be following up the leads and booking demonstrations.

Turfcare stand at BTME 2019

To follow are a few more of the exhibitors who reported a good few days at the Harrogate Convention Centre. PASSION FOR TURF With a stand theme of Your Turf Our Passion Pitchmark report a successful launch at BTME of Turfix, the newly formed subsidiary of The Pitchmark Group. “BTME 2019 was a huge success for Turfix, with lots of interest in our stand and new product ranges – particularly our range of ICL’s updated ProSelect seed,” says Darren Rodman, Marketing Director of The Pitchmark Group. “It was great to start 2019 with a bang by launching Turfix, and BTME proved the right platform to do that.” Turfix will act as Pitchmark’s sole UK distribution arm, offering premium pitch solutions to the professional sports turf sector. This will include bespoke advice, education and the supply of a wide range of products from manufacturers including Pitchmark, ICL, Harrod Sport, Tildenet and BMS. Turfix is set up to offer quality of service with turf support managers, who have been groundsmen or greenkeepers, able to spend more time with customers and implement specifically tailored solutions for all their requirements. Turfix customers nationwide will also have access to a unique GPS pitch-marking service using Pitchmark’s LineMaster system.

Turfix Stand at BTME 2019

SUCCESS FOR COMPACT TRACTOR Having debuted at BTME 2018, the TYM T393 tractor returned in 2019 headlining the TYM tractors stand after a successful launch year. With its perfect positioning to bridge the gap in the TYM line up from the compact utility range into the mid-duty range, the T393 was the logical choice to bring to BTME, says TYM sales manager, Steven Haynes: “The T393 has done hugely well in the UK in its first year, the fact that it’s able to do a lot of the tough stuff as a compact is a major benefit which will appeal to the fine turf market. It has already established itself as a comprehensive workhorse, a tractor that can take on the small and big jobs with ease.” A 39hp Yanmar engine, two transmission options: 12x12 speed manual with dash mounted shuttle lever or a three range HST transmission, and the highest lift capabilities in its class at 1200kg, means productivity is at the fore of the T393’s design. It has one of the highest hydraulic flow rates with a maximum output of 42 litres per minute, making it suitable for use with a wide range of hydraulically driven attachments.

The T393 headlines the TYM tractors stand at BTME

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BTME 2019 REVIEW The cab features wide opening doors which allows for easy access on and off the tractor and, unlike larger models, there is no intrusive B-post on the tractor to hinder visibility. AIR-INJECTION TO REVITALISE GROWTH Charterhouse Turf Machinery launched the OxyShot machine into their Aeration portfolio at BTME 2019. Produced in response to industry demand for a machine similar to the popular ‘Robin Dagger’ air-injection unit, Charterhouse’s new machine promises to relieve compaction, improve drainage and revitalise growth. Ideal soil conditions should comprise of 45% mineral, 25% water, 25% air and 5% organic matter. Any imbalance in any one of these components can result in the soil becoming inert, restricting growth or even killing the grass plant. For strong, healthy root formation and a free draining soil, maintaining a network of pores and fissures in the topsoil is essential. The new OxyShot uses a single 25mm probe to inject air into the soil in four directions, at a pressure of up to 110psi and to a maximum depth of 500mm (20”). It can also be

OxsyShot revealed by Charterhouse at BTME 2019


fitted with an optional 14mm probe, to reduce the working depth to 250mm. The compact, highly manoeuvrable pedestrian unit can be easily transported to the desired location or problem areas to lift the soil, thus relieving compaction and improving drainage without the need for chemical applications. The OxyShot is an ideal tool in the armoury of groundsmen and greenkeepers and is ideal for use on high traffic, high footfall, areas including walkways, bunkers and greens. Perfect for ‘on the spot’ treatments, it is most effective when used in conjunction with other methods of aeration. Commenting on its launch, sales manager Nick Darking says, “We are very excited to have added this machine to our range, further extending Charterhouse’s offering in the aeration market. The industry has been waiting for a machine of this type for quite a while and we look forward to getting out and showing it to customers over the coming months.” SPECIALITY FERTILISERS They say all good things come in threes and for Headland Amenity, BTME 2019 saw the introduction of three new products to their range of speciality fertilisers and chemicals for golf and sports turf. The new additions include H-Cote and Protec Plus fertilisers and a triple-active selective herbicide, Columbus. H-Cote controlled release fertilisers are a new range of mini-granular fertilisers, designed to fill the gap between traditional outfield and fine turf products. The 150 SGN mini granules are easy to apply and rapidly dissipate into closemown turf. The product’s 3 to 4 month longevity is due to the inclusion of high levels (70-91%) of controlled release nitrogen from Poly sulphur coated urea, providing release characteristics that are gentle and sustained, with minimal risk of flushing or excessive growth. The 3 formulations, 223-8, 15-5-12 and 10-5-14 all feature iron and magnesium for strength and colour and have all performed outstandingly in trials on both golf green surrounds and approaches as well as winter sports pitches. Protec Plus liquid fertilisers feature slow-release nitrogen from a unique liquid source of methylene-urea. The particularly low salt index of this material renders the finished products extremely safe to apply even under extremes of hot/dry weather and contributes to a consistent, reliable and long-lasting turf response. The Protec Plus range also features three formulations, 28-0-0, 15-0-12 and 16-4-8, each containing good levels of slow-release nitrogen for cost-effective results during the summer. Headland’s new triple-active selective herbicide Columbus is formulated from Clopyralid, Fluorxypyr

BTME 2019 REVIEW machine on the rear traction roller which keeps the machine cutting well and true. The new fixed head machine can utilise the interchangeable ATT TMSystem™ cassettes. In addition to the accuracy and cleanliness of cut achieved with the SMARTCut™ cassette, the operator can easily switch this out for another cassette from the range to aerate, brush, dethatch, scarify, top-dress, groom, level or mow, all with a single machine. Commenting on its launch, Sales Manager Vinny Tarbox says, “Much of the design of the new INFINICUT® FX has been motivated by the requirements of our industry professionals, to provide them with the mechanical maintenance tools and techniques that can assist in the creation of a strong, healthy plant. With the continued nonrenewal of plant protection products around Europe, this has never been more important. The new Fixed HeadTM package will help a broader market base to benefit from the numerous advantages of Cub Cadet’s unique cuttingedge mowing technology.” BTME 2020 returns to Harrogate Convention Centre from 21-23 January, 2020. H-cote mini fertiliser

and MCPA for control of a broad spectrum of common turf weeds. For use on all managed amenity turf, its unique micro-emulsion formulation provides enhanced herbicidal activity to help ensure good control, with treated areas able to be re-seeded from as little as 8 weeks after application. FIXED HEAD MOWER The launch of the new fixed head INFINICUT® mower from Cub Cadet at BTME 2019 showcases how the mower experts provides its customers with the appropriate tools to capitalise on agronomic advacnes within the industry. Following on from the hugely successful INFINICUT® FL floating head mower, the INFINICUT® FX incorporates many of the key tried and tested features in a simpler, more affordable package. Available in 22”, 26”, 30” and 34” cutting widths, industryleading cut quality remains at the heart of the new FX design philosophy. Key attributes such as lightweight design, Lithium battery power and quiet operation come as standard, while transport wheel and other bespoke options are available. The cassettes are ‘bottom mounted’, bolted in place, which reduces the risk of the unit oscillating when in use. The FX also offers the ability to parallel the whole

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Winners celebrate their award at BTME 2019 A greenkeeper at Chipstead Golf Club in Surrey received a standing ovation at the BIGGA Awards, held on the opening evening of the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME), in recognition of his selfless efforts in helping the homeless Jack Percival now 24, found himself homeless for six months at the age of 17. In the years since he has turned his life around and works hard to support those who sleep out on the streets. Deputy course manager Jack was among the prize winners at the BIGGA Welcome Celebration, where he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution of the Year sponsored by Jacobsen. Just before Christmas Jack hosted an event in Croydon, London that provided food and warmth for the homeless during Christmas. He put out an appeal on social media for donations, with a huge number from within the golf industry and the wider world responding. The work was a huge success, but is just one example of Jack’s incredible efforts to support the homeless and those less fortunate. Each Christmas he had previously made up sandwiches and soup and travelled via bus to Croydon to give out food to the homeless. VOLUNTEERING COMMITMENT He also volunteers weekly with Croydon Nightwatch, which is where a member of staff encouraged him to seek support for the aid he provides at Christmas. Since then, Jack received van loads of sleeping bags, hygiene essentials and warm clothes, in addition to donations of food, raising national awareness of his campaign. Jack said: “This is unbelievable, I didn’t think I could cry in front of hundreds of people, it was just brilliant. I didn’t do this for an award, I was homeless myself when I was 17 and I did six months on the street. I turned my life around, met my partner, and this is just the start for me. We did a big feed at Christmas and there was one guy who cried because he got a haircut. I saw a guy dance because he got new shoes and you can’t put a price on that.” BIGGA Chief Executive Officer Jim Croxton said: “When I heard Jack’s story I was absolutely blown away. Having heard what he went through during those six months


Jack Percival with Textron’s Andre Andrade and BIGGA Chairman Scott Reeves

when he lived on the street and then seeing how he has worked tirelessly in the years since to not only turn his life around but also provide opportunities for others less fortunate, is quite inspirational. “I’m delighted that we have been able to recognise Jack’s achievements in this small way. He is an incredible young man and I’m proud to call him a member of the association.” CHAMPION PERFORMANCE Other winners on the evening of celebrations included the greenkeeping team at Harleyford Golf Club in Buckinghamshire. The team were proud winners of the BIGGA Awards 2019 Championship Performance of the Year sponsored by Rigby Taylor just five years after the club was declared bankrupt. They were recognised for their incredible performance in preparing the course for The Matchroom Sport Championship. Harleyford, which is the home course of European Tour star Tyrell Hatton, has a team of six greenkeepers whose office is 1.5 miles from the golf course – meaning a 15-minute drive from the maintenance facility to the first tee.


Harleyford greenkeeping team with Stephen Alderton, marketing manager at Top Green and Chris Clarke, executive chairman of Rigby Taylor

Stuart Imeson with Adam Butler of Baroness

The team has not only been commended for its incredible work in preparing the course to a standard worthy of hosting a professional tournament, but the staging of the event didn’t go without incident. When stormy conditions and heavy rain on the eve of the tournament completely washed out the club’s bunkers, the team worked through the night to replace the sand, with even Craig’s fiancée, Tracy Forth, being enlisted to cut rough and blow fairways. The tireless efforts of the team paid off and Harleyford has been chosen to again host the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Matchroom Sport Championship once again in 2019. Craig said: “This is mad, I can’t believe it to be honest. When you look at who I was up against, I am really just a little short for words. I didn’t think we would win. The guys on my team were amazing and they’re a real credit to the golf club.” Of this win Jim Croxton declared: “I’m delighted that the team at Harleyford was nominated for this award as they are a fantastic example of what can be achieved with a talented and determined team led by an exceptional course manager, as Harleyford has in Craig Earnshaw. For the club to bounce back from bankruptcy to the hosting of the PGA EuroPro Tour is quite remarkable and to then overcome the stormy conditions that plagued the buildup to the tournament is exceptional. Congratulations to everyone at the club and good luck for 2019!

Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumbria was the winner of the BIGGA Awards 2019 Greenkeeping Project of the Year sponsored by Baroness. In addition to taking on parenting duties and embracing his changing role at the golf club, Stuart has continued to provide excellent educational opportunities for fellow BIGGA members through his incredibly-successful Bunker Camps, which was a sellout in 2018 as greenkeepers from across Europe came together to take part. Bunker camp has been running for five years and was initially envisioned as a way for Stuart’s young team – he was only 23 at the time – to interact and network with other likeminded greenkeepers. The camp sees volunteers head to Dunstanburgh Castle to participate in the construction of revetted bunkers over a two-week period, with educational seminars and workshops taking place alongside the practical greenkeeping. More than 250 people have now been involved since the start of the bunker camp and education days. Stuart said: “To be honest I’m a little bit star struck by the whole thing. If you just look at the standard of people that were up for awards, it’s an amazing achievement. If you look at my three lads, it’s absolutely out of this world to even think we could win something like this.” On this award Jim Croxton said: “Stuart is a fantastic example of the modern greenkeeper who is both highlytrained and keen to communicate about the work he undertakes to further improve standards across the industry. He has a genuine passion for greenkeeping and to develop the course at Dunstanburgh Castle, but the beauty of the Bunker Camp project has been that it has helped hundreds of golf courses across the region to improve their own standards, which is highly commendable. •

FATHER PROJECT And finally, BIGGA member Stuart Imeson rounded off a banner year that saw him become a father for the first time and then be placed in charge of the entire operations at his golf club by winning a prestigious industry award. Stuart, general manager and head greenkeeper at

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Bradstone Paving awards top installers Paving manufacturer Bradstone celebrated the achievements of its Assured members at its annual national installer awards, with seven category winners unveiled and one exemplary landscaper crowned the 2019 Installer of the Year.

Best Driveway – up to 50m2 Winner: Oakley Landscapes Best Driveway – over 50m2 Winner: Alfresco Landscapes Highly Commended: MJT Landscapes; Haydon Hill Paving Ltd Best Use of Porcelain & Natural Stone Winner: Lee Harvey Designs Highly Commended: T Perrin & Sons; Milner Landscapes Best Apprentice Winner: Beth Gostelow from Gostelow Paving Highly Commended: Jason Nicholls from English Landscapes Engineering Excellence Winner: The Garden Barber

Winners of Installer of the Year, T Perrin and Sons, with Bradstone’s Simon Marriott.

The awards, now in their sixth year, recognise landscapers who have demonstrated excellent levels of workmanship, design expertise and customer service with categories including Best Patio, Best Apprentice and Engineering Excellence. The 2019 recipient of the Installer of the Year was revealed as T Perrin & Sons, a Brentwood-based landscaping business specialising in patio and driveway design and installation. On receiving the award, Mike Perrin of T Perrin and Sons, says, “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised for the quality of our work and our creative landscape designs, especially in such highly competitive categories. We already have some exciting bookings in place for 2019 which will really showcase our landscaping abilities and, hopefully, earn us a place in Bradstone’s 2020 Awards too!” Across the seven remaining categories, the Bradstone Assured 2019 national award winners are: Best Patio – up to 50m2 Winner: Alfresco Landscapes Highly Commended: Dynamic Landscapes Best Patio – over 50m2 Winner: T Perrin & Sons Highly Commended: Alfresco Landscapes; Habitat Landscapes

Winners were chosen by an expert judging panel including guest judge, Steve Smith, from the Association of Professional Landscapers and Bradstone’s National Sales Manager, Peter Montgomery, who also donned the mantle of awards presenter. With competition fierce, particularly amongst the larger-scale projects over 50m2, the judges opted to hail an additional eight landscaping businesses as highly commended owing to the sterling and creative use of hard landscaping showcased within their entries. Peter Montgomery, National Sales Manager for Bradstone, comments: “For consumers, finding the right expert to transform their outdoor space can be difficult. That’s why we initially created our Assured network of installers; to offer homeowners access to a choice of quality-assessed, fully-insured landscapers, giving them complete peace of mind.” Bradstone’s national network of approved tradesmen has met strict selection criteria to ensure only the best and most capable landscaping professionals are recruited. With the Bradstone Assured seal of approval, customers have peace of mind that their garden project will be completed on time, on budget and to a high professional standard. Opting for an Assured Installer will ensure a 10-year guarantee on the Bradstone products used, as well as a five-year guarantee on the installation. To find out more about Bradstone Assured, visit

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BTME preview; recruitment in landscaping industries; Designing CityScapes plus lots more in the latest issue of The Landscaper Magazine