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Editor’s letter As the weather improves into the spring months, our gardens and beautiful open spaces brighten with colour as seedlings sprout, bulbs push through and plants that laid dormant through winter unfurl. And for the most part, we sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labour. However there are some shoots that are not so pleasing to the eye - such as Japanese Knotweed. Brought to the UK in the 19th Century, it poses a huge risk to the native bio-diversity in the UK. Now is the time that this non-native weed begins to emerge from its dormant winter state. This month on page 26 we offer some advice on identification of the invader and ways to go about eradicating the weed. Also in this issue we investigate the challenges facing women working in landscaping today. Perception is that the landscape industry is a male dominated profession, but as writer Ffion Llwyd-Jones discovers on page 14, there are many opportunities for women and indeed many are winning awards and accolades for their hard
work and commitment in their chosen fields of work. And speaking of dedication to the job, we visit husband and wife team Richard and Rachel Kay, founders of landscape suppliers Green-tech. Together with their team of 80 plus, they celebrate 25 years of business this year. Their interview on page 22 details how they built up their business from humble beginnings. And finally, we must not forget that the Royal Horticulture Society continues its busy calendar. The end of this month sees The Chelsea Flower open its gates and in this issue we take a sneak preview of what’s in store at the Hampton Court Flower show in July.
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Countrywide Grounds Maintenance Cheshire wins European Business Award Philip Young of Countrywide Grounds been with the business for 18 months and is Maintenance Cheshire is celebrating his already proving to be a fantastic asset. recent accolade of being named Franchisee “Countrywide Cheshire is not just about of the Year 2019 by Neighbourly, the me – we have a fantastic team of office world’s largest franchisor of home service staff and groundsmen who are continually brands focused on repairing, maintaining delivering a world class service to our and enhancing homes and properties. customers and a fantastic supportive family, Philip was presented the award at so without them, we would not be celebrating Neighbourly’s European annual Reunion held this success today. I would also like to thank Philip Young in Manchester on Friday 29th March in recognition Neighbourly, who has invested both time and acceptance speech of his outstanding commitment, performance and money into the brand and provided me with the consistently going above and beyond expectations. support and infrastructure needed to thrive.” The business, which has been trading for 14 years, has 26 James Kelly, Chief Operating Officer for Countrywide employees across Cheshire, and is part of the wider brand which Grounds, selected Philip Young as the winner for 2019, offers grass cutting, landscape maintenance, sports grounds adding: “Philip is the ideal franchisee and I’m so proud maintenance and winter gritting services to commercial clients. that he is part of our network. He exemplifies the kind Philip Young, Countrywide Grounds Cheshire, added: of franchise owner that we look for across our industry, “I am overwhelmed to win this award and it is great to delivering on our Code of Values as well as inspiring new receive the recognition for our achievements over the past franchise owners into the business. Philip is continually 14 years. It is a huge endorsement for me both personally looking for ways to stand out with his clients and this and professionally and confirms that I have made the right shows with his strong brand engagement and outstanding decision to hand over the reins to my son, Tim, who has now growth performance.”
Etesia launch VAT-free deal Incredible deals for a range of Etesia ride-on mowers. Etesia UK has announced a VAT-free offer on several of its ride-on mowers, and offering up to £1000 off the price of other models. The VAT-free offer runs until the 30th June 2019 and applies to the Bahia and Hydro 80 ride-on mowers. If you require a large ride-on mower, Etesia UK has announced a ‘try before you buy’ offer. Following a demonstration with an Etesia member of staff in attendance, customers will be presented with a cheque which will entitle them to an additional £500 discount on the purchase price of the Buffalo 100 range (BVHP2, BVHPX2, BPHP & BPHPX models) or a £1000 discount on the purchase price of the Hydro124 range (H124 DX, H124DN and H124DL models). This offer is in addition to any discount the customer undertakes with the supplying dealer and runs until 31st December 2019. Etesia UK Managing Director Les Malin says: “The exceptional success of our VAT offer a few years ago meant
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Squire’s partners with Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care for open gardens season 2019 Squire’s Garden Centres is pleased to announce it is partnering with Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care for its Open Gardens season 2019. This is an important fundraising event for the charity, which supports 250 patients, carers and their families every day in their own homes, at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford, Surrey. Squire’s Garden Centres is a successful family-owned horticultural business that serves the local community across Surrey, Sussex, North and West London. In 2019, Phyllis Tuckwell celebrates its 40th anniversary. This is the second year for the Open Gardens scheme whereby owners of private gardens open them to the public or host their own private garden events as a fund-raising opportunity, with all proceeds going to Phyllis Tuckwell. Gardens of all shapes and sizes - cottage gardens, rose gardens, community allotments, woodland and larger, formal gardens, even patios - are all welcome within the scheme, as Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres explains: “We are so pleased to work in partnership with The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care Open Gardens project. This is a lovely opportunity to share your enjoyment
of your own garden with likeminded visitors. Alternatively, you may prefer to appreciate the beauty of other local gardens and pick up inspiration to take home. This is a perfect way to way to enjoy nature while Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres raising funds for the charity. My late grandfather was a keen supporter of Phyllis Tuckwell and we are delighted to continue this family link. I hope that as many garden lovers as possible will open their own gardens or come and visit some of the stunning gardens in our area to raise money for this important local service.” www.pth.org.uk/open-gardens
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and many of the world’s top golfers and golf courses, are now looking for additional Distributor Installers. Huxley Golf Manager Jo Lyon says: “This is a great opportunity for landscaping businesses to grow their business and increase profits by selling and installing Huxley’s top quality synthetic greens, tees and practice areas to private customers and golf courses. Our Distributor Installers need to have their own demonstration green, and we provide sales and installation training to ensure that Huxley Golf’s high standards are maintained. Enthusiasm for golf is a must, but there is no need to play to a high standard.” Visit Huxley Golf’s website www.huxleygolf.com and contact Jo Lyon on 01730 829608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Call of the wild TV presenter Michaela Strachan rallies public to discover forest wildlife The Forestry Commission is inviting people to join the largest ever survey of England’s forest wildlife. The Big Forest Find is taking place in the nation’s forests, as volunteers and visitors embark on a journey of discovery through England’s wooded landscapes. The project is launched as part of the Forestry Commission centenary in 2019. From birds and butterflies to insects and plant life on the forest floor, the information recorded will paint a better picture of England’s forest biodiversity today. With forests facing challenges including climate change, pests and diseases, these records will help the Forestry Commission to enhance its land for wildlife for generations to come. From seasoned naturalists to budding wildlife enthusiasts, the Forestry Commission is encouraging people from all walks of life to take part. The Big Forest Find will be also supported by specialists from a host of other wildlife organisations including Plantlife, the Hawk & Owl Trust and Butterfly Conservation. Big Forest Find activities will include nocturnal wildlife surveying at Maybeck, Yorkshire, and bug hunting at Drinkwater Park, near Manchester. As part of the project, the public is being encouraged to record forest wildlife through the seasons using the free app iNaturalist.
Wildlife TV presenter Michaela Strachan took part in a Big Forest Find event at Westonbirt Arboretum in April. “Forests are an amazing environment to see and hear wildlife, from birds nesting, finding food and hunting in the canopy, to the abundance of insects living on the forest floor. There’s usually way more life living in a forest than is noticeable at first glance,” says Michaela. “The Big Forest Find is a great way to encourage people to explore the life behind and under the leaves! Get involved, get outside, get exploring and connect with the truly inspiring world of forests.”
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Big Forest Find at Westonbirt National Arboretum
Forestry Commission ecologist Molly Gorman adds: “From Grizedale to the New Forest, we work hard to make sure the forests in our care provide a real mix of habitats for wildlife to thrive. “The Big Forest Find is a fantastic opportunity for people to get out and explore, and help us discover even more about the animals, insects and plant life in our forests. These records are so important in the face of a changing climate, and will help shape how we look after our woodlands for decades to come.” The Forestry Commission is marking its centenary by inspiring people to connect with trees and woodlands, to help protect them for generations to come. Alongside the Big Forest Find, the centenary year includes new works by sculptor Rachel Whiteread and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, a show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year and commemorative tree avenues planted to celebrate 100 years of the Forestry Commission. The Big Forest Find is part of the Year of Green Action - a year-long drive in 2019 to help people to connect with, protect and enhance nature.
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Alice Holt, Hampshire
Deepdale, Dalby Forest, Yorkshire
Basingwood, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Drinkwater Park, Greater Manchester
To find out how to take part in the Big Forest Find visit www.forestryengland.uk/bigforestfind
Throughout 2019 the Forestry Commission is celebrating 100 years of forestry with a programme of events taking place throughout England. It will mark this milestone by celebrating the vital contribution forests make to enhancing our wellbeing, economy and environment. It will also look ahead to the next hundred years, at how forests will continue to play a critical role in underpinning the resilience of our environment, landscapes and economy into the future.
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Ffion Llwyd-Jones talks with industry professionals about the current opportunities – and challenges – for women in the landscaping industry Industry perception The United Kingdom ranks only 15th in the world (GGGR, 2018) in gender equality, despite having an almost equal (1.03) ratio of women/men. People’s perception of the landscape industry remains the biggest challenge as it continues to be seen as a mainly male profession. However, as Jodie Fedorko of The Leicestershire Garden Design, and a BALI GoLandscape ambassador, comments: “This shouldn’t put women off. It’s a maledominated industry, especially in landscape construction. It isn’t a sexist viewpoint that men, generally, are stronger and therefore better suited for construction careers, that’s just science, but we’re no strangers to manual labour and new equipment means physical brawn is less of a requirement.”
Oakley Landscape /Overall winner for the APL awards 2019
And, after all, the landscaping industry is a “fantastic industry for a woman to enter”, according to Sarah Goodhew, a recruitment consultant for Horticruitment’s Landscape and Nursery Sectors before returning to the tools in 2018; she is now horticultural team leader at Hythe Garden Landscapes in South East Kent. She adds: “It can offer flexible working options as well as being a very rewarding career – I urge women not to be discouraged due to family or childcare commitments.” The breadth of options offered by the sector are also attractive, as Hilary Oakley, partner in Oakley Landscapes, comments: “It’s a very interesting field, and women are increasingly working equally in husband and wife teams.” The company’s garden design won overall winner for the APL awards 2019. Beth Gostelow, named Apprentice of the Year at the national Bradstone Assured Awards 2019, agrees, adding: “The industry is also brilliant for keeping you active and fit – and there’s nothing better than being outside.” That positive attitude is echoed by Mark Bolam, recruitment consultant at Horticruitment. “It’s a fantastic job and great working environment.” However, he also notes the need to progress quickly, because the money at the bottom is poor: “In our experience, the average age of applicants for operative roles are 20-25 and 25+ for Team Leaders and above.” Sarah concurs: “Salaries across the industry are notoriously
FEATURE low in comparison with other careers with comparable training levels. I believe this plays a huge factor when deciding to enter the industry.” Strong foundation There are various ways to get into the landscape industry, ranging from Sarah Goodhew applying for a job with an employer or through a recruitment agency, to gaining practical work experience (with the intention of it eventually leading to a permanent job), and apprenticeships, college and university courses. Direct work experience with a company can be a practical way to experience the landscape industry and find out if it’s what you really want to do. That worked for Beth, who started working in her family’s business Gostelow Paving, and then completed a landscape design course at college, which, as she comments, has “really helped with designing new landscapes and looking at innovative ways to make a garden stand out.” She adds that working weekends in the industry can be a good move to find out if it’s where you really want to work before making a more formal commitment. Discussing apprenticeships, Stephen Ensell, Education Officer, British Association of Landscape Industries (Bali) comments: “Our industry sees a good proportion come into the industry that are career changers and many of these are women, but BALI sees the need to not only encourage career changers, but also school leavers. GoLandscape has been going into a range of schools, including all-girls’ schools and it’s interesting to see that it is not even on their radar, or even seen that it’s a credible career, but once it has been outlined in terms of the broad range of roles available as well as the skills we are looking for, there has been a good amount of interest, especially from the creative and environmental aspects of the job.” Jodie emphasises the importance of recruiting women into the industry at a younger age, talking to those of a high school age and making them aware of what the industry means and offers. She adds: “As more women are seen in roles, more women will come forward, so companies should show this on their websites and social media. There are women like me already in the industry, so companies could take advantage of the power of social media. People need to see there is a gender mix, and this can be most frequently seen on Facebook and
Oakley Landscape /Overall winner for the APL awards 2019
in Instagram posts. It’s not a case of glamorising the industry, but showing its real rawness. A diverse work force creates a more diverse client base.”
Stephen comments the 20117/18 academic year shows the difference in the number/ratio of men and women, adding: “I would suggest this would be mainly the horticulture route.’’ Sarah believes a formally recognised qualification, either via a work-based apprenticeship or college course is valuable: “This will provide a strong foundation to build on with further knowledge and experience. Back your qualifications up with experience to have a change of earning a respectable wage.” She adds: “Early education is where the main focus for the industry should be. Children should be exposed
Oakley Landscape /Overall winner for the APL awards 2019
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Oakley Landscape /Overall winner for the APL awards 2019
to different sectors within the horticultural sectors. By offering children the opportunity to understand and get involved at an early age, there will be no end to the enrichment gained by all sectors.” Multi-faceted industry While Mark comments that challenges for women in the landscape industry can include proving they can do the job as well as men, he quickly adds: “The reward is being accepted, having proved they can do it as well, if not better. Women seem to be promoted more quickly, as they have had to put the effort in to get there.” Sarah affirms: “Unfortunately, there will always be expectations with certain job roles or specific incidents of discrimination as with any industry. I feel that this industry in general can offer women a rewarding and satisfying career. The biggest reward for individuals within the industry is the satisfaction you get from utilising the multitude of
opportunities available.” And, she adds: “This industry is one of the most inclusive industries to be a part of. If you are capable and willing to put the work in, women can have as much support and development opportunities as their male counterparts.” For Hilary, seeing a design come to life is a major reward: “To design, build and finish a project is putting your work, your inspiration on the line.” In the end, many women considering working in the multi-faceted landscape industry may need to heed advice from both Hilary and Mark, as they state, simply: “Go for it!” Reference: Gender Gap Global Ranking. Score of 0.736. (0.00 = inequality, 1.00 = equality). The Global Gender Gap Report 2018. World Economic Forum. http://reports.weforum.org/global-gendergap-report-2018/data-explorer/#economy=GBR [Online] Accessed 10 April 2019.
Girl Power to young apprentice
Leonie Morris with ‘Strictly’ Anton Du Beke.
A talented young apprentice from Treherbert, in the Rhondda, South Wales has scooped a top prize in the 2019 Hire Awards of Excellence. Leonie Morris, who works as an apprentice fitter for the equipment supplier firm MHM Plant Ltd, has been judged as ‘The Apprentice of the Year’ at a glittering ceremony held at the Grosvenor Hotel, London. Her prize was awarded to her by BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Anton Du Beke. Leonie (22) joined the company in August 2017. She extends her time repairing, maintaining and servicing a wide range of power generation and associated equipment, alongside her studies at Bridgend College. The Hire Awards of Excellence celebrate the amazing achievements of hire and supply companies across the UK and Ireland’s plant, tool, equipment and event hire industry. Crucial recognition is also given to outstanding individuals who have consistently stood out from the crowd and achieved and set some of the highest standards in the industry. All the winners have been independently judged against stringent criteria, with the awards providing an excellent way of acknowledging and showcasing some of the very best practices that the hire industry can offer.
Commenting on winning this award, Leonie says, “I am honoured to have been given this award. It’s a great feeling to be formally recognised for doing a job I genuinely enjoy. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by enthusiastic and talented people, who always have the time to help me progress. I hope that my success will encourage other young men and women to take up an apprenticeship in the UK hire industry, as it’s a great business to be in.” Steven Jones, Workshop Manager, MHM Plant Ltd adds, “Talent isn’t a word I would use lightly, but in Leonie’s case, it applies. She is equally at home with petrol, diesel, mechanical and electrical equipment. I’ve worked with a few apprentices in my time, but none achieved, so early in their growth, the very high standards that Leonie sets out for herself.” MHM Plant hires and sells a wide range of power, fuel storage, lighting, welding and associated equipment for the UK and Ireland rental markets. The company was incorporated in February 2010 and has their headquarters in Port Talbot, South Wales. They operate nationwide from two locations. MHM West is located in South Wales and MHM North in Coatbridge, Scotland. A London depot, MHM South, is currently under development.
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RHS HAMPTON COURT PALACE PREVIEW
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019
The RHS Sanctuary designed by Ula Maria at the RHS Hampton Court. Palace Garden Festival (credit Ula Maria)
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival supported by Viking Cruises will bring a celebration of flowers to the historic Hampton Court Palace from 1 - 7 July, 2019. With an abundance of beautiful gardens and plants on display, the festival will bring together thought-provoking designs to highlight the power of plants alongside plenty of inspiration for visitors to grow a garden they love. Promoting the benefits of green spaces, the RHS Sanctuary will offer a hidden area based on ‘Hortus Concluses’, Latin for ‘enclosed garden’ designed by Ula STOP PRESS! RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Preview Evening, Monday 1 July 2019, 5 – 10.30pm The Preview Evening is a chance to enjoy all that the Festival has to offer before it opens to the public. Visitors will get the first chance to explore the showground and enjoy a summer evening listening to live music with friends and a magnificent fireworks display to add to the festivities. Tickets start at just £60 for RHS members (£70 for non-members).
Maria. Ideal for contemplation and meditation, the garden will take you on a journey of the body, mind and soul. Medicinal planting will reflect its transitions while herbal, aromatherapy and meditation workshops will complement the garden’s therapeutic qualities. This year’s Show Gardens also promote the positive impact of plants. Teaming up with first time designer Aleksandra Bartczak, Crest Nicholson will create a small public park dedicated to physical and mental wellbeing. The garden will be divided into a community space and a contemplation area to encourage reflection and allow
Calm Amidst the Chaos by Joe Francis
RHS HAMPTON COURT PALACE PREVIEW neighbours of all ages to come together. Calm Amidst the Chaos by Joe Francis will create a natural place of tranquillity all set within man-made chaos. It represents the importance of creating a calm space and inner sense of peace to manage our hectic day-to-day lives. Lawrence Roberts’ immersive Through Your Eyes also explores the path of life and obstacles we must overcome as it draws visitors out from the crowds to enjoy a moment alone to contemplate. Set as a tribute to those who have pledged legacy gifts in their wills to the charity, Cancer Research UK will team up with Tom Simpson to create an area for pause and reflection. The Cluniac Garden by Tony Wagstaff in collaboration with Southend Youth Offending Service will support all members of the community in Southend while promoting the health giving properties of horticulture.
Stop and Pause Garden by Dave Green
Headline sponsor Viking will return with last year’s RHS Young Designer of the Year, Will Williams to create The Viking Cruises Lagom Garden. Providing a space to appreciate nature and its beauty, the design will lend itself perfectly for relaxing with friends and family. Entertaining is also captured with Pickering’s Gin and Hampden & Co’s The Botanical Engineers. Designed by newcomer Nic Houldsworth, the sensory garden features a floating bottle centrepiece as it depicts Pickering’s Gin’s journey from India. Other gardens will embrace sustainability. Designer Tony Woods and Thames Water will highlight the need to take care of our water resource. The Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden will demonstrate how gardeners can encourage biodiversity, reduce water use and prevent flooding. Last year’s Best in Show designer Matthew Childs will also highlight the environmental benefits of getting a
The Viking Cruises Lagom Garden, designed by Will Williams
Smart Meter with Smart Energy GB. A new Global Impact Gardens category will address challenges we face in today’s world through plants and design, whether they are social, economic or environmental issues, with this year welcoming two first time designers. The Forest Will See You Now by Michelle Brandon will highlight the benefits of trees, recreating a forest contained in an oversized packet of pills as it champions nature as a medicine in the 21st century. Also demonstrating how nature is imperative to happiness in a digital age, Seonaid Royall’s Believe in Tomorrow will reconnect children with nature. Following their debut last year, the Lifestyle Gardens return offering plenty of ideas to suit different ways of life. Dave Green’s Stop and Pause Garden will offer a meditationinspired space providing a still and tranquil woodland setting to practise the activity. Caitlin McLaughlin and sponsor Warner’s will join forces to encourage all pollinators to thrive with The Urban Pollinator Garden. Meanwhile, Pollyanna Wilkinson returns for her second year at the festival with a creative sanctuary that lends itself for a range of botanical crafts demonstrating how plants are not only beautiful but can be useful in so many ways, whether they’re for eating, dying fabrics or producing medicinal oils.
KEY FACTS: Event: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019 Venue: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU Date: 1-7 July 2019 Opening times: Monday 1 July, Preview Evening: 5pm – 10.30pm Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6: 10am – 7.30pm Sunday 7: 10am – 5.30pm www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourtpreview Tel: 0844 995 9664.
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STOP PRESS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
RHS Garden Bridgewater recreated at Chelsea The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Bridgewater Garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, is designed by Tom Stuart-Smith and heralds the creation of the RHSâ€™s new garden in Salford due to open in summer 2020. The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford is one of the most significant and impactful events in the RHSâ€™s 215 year history. The stunning 154 acre garden will breathe new life into the grounds that were once the historic gardens of Worsley New Hall. One of the largest gardening projects in Europe, it is being master planned by award winning Landscape Architect Tom Stuart-Smith. To celebrate this remarkable project, Tom is designing a feature Garden, which is not judged, at RHS Chelsea and is supported by Visit Britain, who is celebrating its 50th anniversary and promoting UK gardens as a key attraction for international visitors.
The RHS Bridgewater Garden at RHS Chelsea, which, at double the size of Show Gardens, will be the largest at the Show, is designed as a collage of the proposed garden around the new Welcome building at Bridgewater. The feature garden at Chelsea is designed, like Bridgewater, to be fresh, big, contemporary and inclusive. Two large steel space frames are to be used at Bridgewater to define the main entrance path and entrances to the 11 acre walled garden. At Chelsea they will be used in a less formal way to create a sense of containment and drama, signifying the boldness of the RHS vision. The garden is subdivided by paths, which will be fully accessible by the public. The pattern of paths is similar to that at Bridgewater and based on a mathematical pattern called the Voronoi diagram. The planting is composed of three distinct components. The canopy is created by a group of Cornus kousa. Under this
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CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW STOP PRESS and providing a sculptural counterpoint to the rest of the planting are seven clipped domes of Beech. The remainder of the planting comprises an extensive perennial meadow, which will give some feeling of the impressive scale of RHS Garden Bridgewater and includes many plants that flower later in the year. The planting is made up of varieties adapted to the damp mossy soils of Bridgewater and include many moisture loving plants like Iris siberica, Rodgersia and Darmera. The entire RHS Chelsea garden will be relocated and reconfigured at RHS Garden Bridgewater after the show. Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, says: “Of course working with Tom was always going to be remarkable and we knew he would deliver an extremely special master plan for the RHS’s new fifth garden, but he has surpassed even our greatest expectations with the impressive, beautiful, fresh and contemporary designs he’s come up with. “Through RHS Chelsea we’ll be able to give the world a taste of what this extraordinary new RHS Garden will be like when it opens in 2020, and we hope to engage even more people with its development. We are so happy to have already made so many new friends and supporters in the Salford area, and also to those who have been wonderful enough to donate towards the creation of the garden, especially the Garfield Weston Foundation.” Tom Stuart-Smith says: “I thought I would never “do another Chelsea” but this is too wonderful an opportunity; to publicise the extraordinary project at RHS Bridgewater
Artist impression of the Bridgewater Garden at Chelsea by Tom Stuart-Smith
which I am so proud to be a part of.” RHS Garden Bridgewater will open in 2020, in Salford, Greater Manchester, with a key highlight being the Walled Garden. The inner walled garden contains two beautiful new gardens, one designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, the other by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg. The RHS is currently fundraising for the final £5.5 million to open the Garden. Tickets for RHS Chelsea Flower Show are available to buy now at www.rhs.org.uk/shows
Hardy roses David Austin Roses is delighted to announce its attendance at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, showcasing two glorious new personalities from its English Rose collection, Eustacia Vye and Gabriel Oak. Thomas Hardy fans will recognise the new roses bearing the names of two beloved characters from the author’s classic novels The Return of the Native (1878) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1874). Named after the exotically beautiful but restless heroine of The Return of the Native, Eustacia Vye is an exceedingly pretty rose of soft, glowing apricot-pink. The blooms begin as shallow cups opening to full rosettes, revealing petals of a richer hue which gradually pale over time. Dignified, hardworking and honest, Far from the Madding
Crowd’s central male character is the inspiration for the aesthetically impressive, Gabriel Oak. A vigorous rose, bearing large many-petalled rosette blooms, this variety is very much in the style of the Old Roses. The outer petals of each bloom are a striking shade of deep pink which pale slightly over time, creating a most charming effect. David Austin, Managing Director, commented: “As many will know, Chelsea Flower Show holds a very special place in our hearts. It is where in 1983 my father, David Austin Snr – or Mr A as he was known introduced the very first English Rose varieties to overwhelming acclaim from the press and general public. The following year these beautiful, fragrant and hardy roses began to be recognised with the first of many gold medals at Chelsea.”
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FEATURE INTERVIEW: GREEN-TECH
Landscape suppliers Green-tech celebrate its silver anniversary Founded in 1994 by Richard and Rachel Kay with nothing but bags of ideas, energy and determination, Green-tech has grown steadily and surely from humble beginnings in Yorkshire and today is the leading supplier of landscape products and consumables, employing more than 80 people. Maggie Walsh discovers how the husband and wife team have built up their business, which celebrates its 25 anniversary this year Tell us a little about who you are and what you do for those who may not be familiar with your business. One of the main aims when we founded Green-tech was to provide the UK landscape market with a one-stop-shop for landscape supplies; delivered to any site at a time to suit the customer. Today we are the largest supplier of tree planting products and soft landscaping materials to the UK landscaping, amenity and forestry industries. We have over 13,000 products to protect and enhance trees and their environment and are able to offer next day delivery on many of these items, using various modes of delivery to suit the site and offload requirements
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Who are your customers? Landscape contractors, architects and designers from across a range of industries – landscape, amenity, forestry, construction, groundworks, specification, grounds maintenance and horticulture. What was your background before founding Green-tech? Richard: I did a National Diploma in Agricultural Marketing and passed my BASIS exam at Brackenhurst College in Nottinghamshire. I left in 1989 as a qualified Agronomist
and worked in Agriculture for four and a half years, selling chemicals into the landscape industry before joining a well-established company Joseph Bentley’s of Hull as Sales Manager for their amenity division. When the company went into receivership Rachel and I decided to join forces and set up in business together. Rachel: My background was agricultural. My father was a farmer and Richard and I both shared a passion for it. I was a qualified accountant and worked in the motor industry as an accountant before moving into private practice. It was extremely interesting working with businesses of all sizes providing accountancy and business support but Richard and I had often talked about working together so when the opportunity came along, we grabbed it. What challenges did you face when starting out? Rachel: Mainly space, we had a two-bedroom bungalow at the time. The crunch day came when we had four reps in the house for a sales meeting with a supplier. I came home for a meeting with an accountancy client and had to use the spare bedroom. That was the moment I said “things have got to change”. We put a portakabin on my father-in-law’s farm in 1996 but we outgrew this in a few years. We were lucky to find a local farmer who had space and was willing to allow us to convert a building and then keep extending it as we grew! What’s your biggest achievement to date? Richard: There’s just so many things we are proud of that it’s hard to single one thing out. Growing the business as we have, employing in excess of 80 people, the business acquisitions, winning the principle BALI award for Affiliate Exceptional Service, being invited onto the BALI Board are all things I’m immensely proud of. Rachel: Just seeing how Green-tech has grown and
FEATURE INTERVIEW: GREEN-TECH What issues do you see facing the landscaping industry in the future and how do you feel they can be addressed? Richard: I believe they’ll be a few main areas that will present challenges and opportunities. For example, Government policy changes as a result of Brexit. The uncertainty surrounding Brexit is creating by the lack of clarity, which is without doubt making it difficult for many companies to plan. The lack of skilled labour is affecting the labour supply but projects such as BALI Go Landscape are starting to change the mindset and encourage students to consider a career in the landscaping industry. Rachel: I think the concern over the environment and the trends towards reducing plastic will become more prevalent over the next few years. The demand for less plastic will encourage suppliers, such as ourselves to research, source or manufacture viable alternatives. History of Green-tech over its 25 years
developed is something I’m incredibly proud of. We are supported by a great team of people who are each developing in their own right. I love to see people growing and fulfilling their potential. Building our own purpose-built business park which is home to our offices and warehouses as well as several other local businesses is also a huge achievement. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears but when I look at what we’ve achieved in 25 years I’m just so proud. In your day to day work, what’s your favourite part of the job? Richard: No two days at Green-tech are ever the same. It’s such a dynamic fast-paced business and I love the buzz that’s always present in the office. My back ground is in sales and so I always have a keen interest in how the sales team are doing and what orders are coming through. I get invited to many events and I really enjoy getting out there and meeting people. It’s what it’s all about – talking, swapping ideas, finding out what’s going on in the market. It’s the best industry to be involved with. Rachel: I enjoy working with the teams to find solutions to problems whether it’s product-based, operational, logistical or technological. I am very hands-on and enjoy developing individuals. I’m a great believer that we will always find the right role to fulfill a person’s skill set. A lot of our team members have started life at Green-tech in one role only for us soon to discover that their passion lies with another area and we have adapted or changed their role accordingly.
Recruitment, finding adequately trained candidates and retaining staff appears to be an industry-wide problem in landscaping. Is this a problem you come up against and if so how do you overcome it? Richard: Fortunately, it’s not something we’ve suffered with but I do agree that there is a skills shortage out there. For a long time, working in landscaping wasn’t particular sexy or well-promoted however I think that has all changed with the the introduction off apprenticeships. The younger generation is the future so these schemes and ones like the Pro Landscaper 30 under 30 which Green-tech sponsors to recognise the talent in the industry are crucial to raising the profile of a career in this industry. Rachel: We are an ageing industry and I strongly believe that the next generation will be the future of Green-tech. We have an active recruitment drive to take on apprenticeships. We took our first apprentices on in 2017 and they proved to be successful so we currently have another 2 apprentices and we’re advertising for more at the moment. We promote internally so our people rise through the ranks which is part of the reason that Green-tech has a high staff retention rate. Clearly, you’ve created a successful business model. What advice do you have for people looking to start up in the landscaping industry today? Richard: Have a robust business and financial plan to work to. Test your plan to ensure the demand is there and cost and sales model stacks up. Deliver amazing customer service. Profit - don’t be afraid to make it. Join industry groups where you will meet like-minded people and network, network, network. Take advantage
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Green-tech owners, Rachel and Richard Kay
of technology - use social media to promote yourselves for low cost big exposure and use software such as quick books or sage to ensure you have accurate data. Finally learn from your mistakes but most importantly have fun and enjoy building your business. Rachel: Work hard, get out there and meet people and donâ€™t be afraid to push the boundaries, think outside the box and take calculated risks.
Finally, running a business of 80 plus staff must take up a lot of time and energy - how do you relax? Rachel: Ha ha, thereâ€™s not a lot of time for relaxing with three children, 2 dogs, 3 alpacas and Belted Galloways to look after. But when we have a moment Richard likes to work out his stress at the gym and I like to paint. Richard: We like to take time to get away from it all, so travelling and holidays are high on our agenda.
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Japanese Knotweed: The Actionable Nuisance In order to identify Japanese knotweed landscape and property professionals need to know and be able to look for some key features. Kay Pemberton from Japanese Knotweed Ltd describes how to identify the weed and the potential outcomes should the non-native plant be ignored Japanese knotweed is a non-native invasive weed that was brought to the UK in the 19th century as an ornamental plant. However, it poses an enormous risk to the native bio-diversity in the UK. Not only can it damage and destroy hard surfaces, such as tarmac, concrete and brick walls, the plant grows so quickly and spreads so easily, it can deprive native plants of nutrients and sunlight, causing them to die. (Reynoutria japonica, synomyns: Fallopia japonica and Polygonum cuspidatum) is the most widespread form of knotweed. Distinctive identifiers through the seasons are described below. Spring Identification As the weather improves into Spring and the days become longer, that Japanese knotweed growing season starts in earnest. The emergence of knotweed depends on the weather, but as a guide, it starts to appear between April to May, with shoots that look like red/purple asparagus spears. As it grows, the leaves unfurl, revealing lime-green shovelshaped leaves. The stems have the indicative zig-zig growth pattern, which are green with visible purple speckles near the base of the stem.
Summer Identification From June to September, Japanese knotweed canes will grow to around 2-3 metres high. The plant has free standing upright stems (which resembles bamboo) and forms as a semi-dense stand, with lush green heart or shovelshaped leaves, up to 20cm long. In late summer, it flowers, producing panicles of small creamy-white flowers.
Autumn Identification Between October to December, the flowers will have died and just like other herbaceous perennial plants, Japanese knotweed goes into senescence as the above ground parts of the die off for winter. Leaves turn yellow and start to fall in the autumn.
WEED CONTROL Winter Identification The underground crown and rhizome of the plant remains live but in a dormant state over winter. It will produce new growth again in the spring. The above ground canes die off and turn brown and brittle. The alternate (nonsymmetrical) stem growth pattern (zig-zag) can still be seen for identification.
Japanese Knotweed Removal Options Japanese knotweed can be treated in-situ with herbicide or dug out (excavated). Choosing and designing the correct remedial method requires understanding of the plant as well as consideration for the current and future planned use of the ground it occupies.
Duty of Care Japanese knotweed plant material or soil and waste containing knotweed is classed as “Controlled Waste”. The Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991 incorporates a responsibility on anyone who produces, imports, carries, keeps, treats or disposes of any controlled waste (such as Japanese knotweed) to ensure it is only ever transferred by someone who is authorised to carry it, to someone who is authorised to receive it, such as a licenced landfill facility. Action Plan If you suspect you’ve found knotweed on a property… Don’t… Where possible, allow works which can disturb the knotweed (i.e. development works) to commence without surveying a site for knotweed and drawing up a Knotweed Management Plan (KMP) if found to be present. Allow knotweed material to intentionally or unintentionally leave your site in a manner that will contravene the Environmental Protection Act and the Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations. If Japanese knotweed material is to leave site, it must do so via a registered waste carrier and must be disposed of by prior arrangement at a specially licensed landfill facility able to accept and dispose of Japanese knotweed. Allow Japanese knotweed to spread into adjacent properties, as this will leave you vulnerable to third party litigation from your neighbour(s). Flail or strim knotweed, as this will cause the Japanese knotweed to spread. Store materials on top of Japanese knotweed areas, or the materials themselves could become contaminated with knotweed and have to be disposed of accordingly. Add Japanese knotweed to compost, as this can lead to knotweed growing in your compost heap. Burn Japanese knotweed as a sole means of treatment as large rhizome and crowns can survive burning.
Herbicide Treatment Excavation This option controls knotweed growth but may not Excavation is recommended where long-term herbicide eradicate or remove the plants’ underground rhizome. treatment is not desirable or if the affected area is to be It is ideal for: disturbed, e.g. - Public Open Spaces such as parks - Development / Construction sites - Residential Property Owners - laying of turf - Where there is no proposed change of land use - laying of paving/driveway - House extension - building of outbuilding such as shed, greenhouse and garage
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Knot to be Ignored: The law on Japanese knotweed is clear. You must not cause Japanese knotweed to grow in the wild. If you have Japanese knotweed on your property, you must not allow it to spread into neighbouring properties. It would be classed as a private nuisance and you could be prosecuted under civil law, resulting in financial penalties. These cases below serve a warning to all property owners and property professionals that failing to control knotweed on your property or failing to identify knotweed can result in claims being made. It is within landlords, groundsmen, landscapers, gardeners, surveyors and property owners’ interests to know how to identify and manage knotweed. Case 1 In July 2018, Network Rail were successfully sued by two homeowners for encroachment of Japanese knotweed upon their properties (EWCA Civ 1514). The Court of Appeal awarded the claimants compensation for the “loss of amenity value”. This case solidifies that fact that Japanese knotweed is an actionable nuisance for which damages can be claimed. Case 2 In December 2018, Bristol County Council prosecuted a local property owner under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The prosecution was the result of complaints from adjoining properties that the landowner had failed to prevent the spread of Japanese knotweed originating from the landowners’ property. They were fined £18,000 plus costs. Case 3 In February 2019, in the case of Ryb v Conways Chartered Surveyors , an experienced and RICS qualified surveyor was found guilty of professional negligence for failing to identify Japanese knotweed at a property in north London. Damages of £50,000 for the loss in property value were awarded to the claimant, plus the cost of excavating the knotweed.
Ensure that you do…. Isolate the Japanese knotweed by means of ‘7m rhizome spread zone’ exclusion fence prior to the commencement of development works to prevent any disturbance of the plant by workers, vehicles or members of the public. Draw up a Knotweed Management Plan - especially if a number of contractors (i.e. demolition, ground workers, landscapers) are to be involved on the site and adhere to it throughout your project. Commence treatment/removal of Japanese knotweed as soon as possible after discovering its presence. Treatment of Japanese knotweed on land banks is highly recommended as they will prove easier to either sell or develop than if the knotweed has been allowed to thrive for several years. Adhere to recommendations in the PCA Knotweed Code of Practice (2018), when managing and treating Japanese knotweed. Property owners are responsible Finally it is important to remember that it is upon the property owner to ensure they manage and control knotweed on their property. Should knotweed be allowed to grow unfettered, the owner of the land or property could face litigation for knotweed encroachment or failing to prevent the spread of knotweed.
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Chemical training workshops by Green-tech
Following the success of previous Chemical Workshops, landscape suppliers Green-tech have announced dates for their next two chemical workshops - Training the Trainer. Each workshop features six speaker sessions (BASIS points available) which cover topical subjects including Japanese knotweed control, sprayer calibration, nozzle selection, choosing the correct chemical for the application, the future of glyphosate and alternative options, policy changes and updates to license requirements. They will include presentations from industry-leading guest speakers including Advanced Invasives, Amenity Forum, Bayer, Belchim, Certis UK (Scotland only), ICL and JSD Rail (London only). This is a free event, which includes lunch and provides a great opportunity for networking with like-minded peers in the industry. Delegates can collect BASIS Professional Register points for each session attended. Says Green-tech’s Sales Director Richard Gill: “I am delighted to be able to bring this workshop to London and Scotland. We received incredibly positive feedback from our previous training workshops which prompted us to offer the same workshop but in a different geographical region. I am incredibly grateful to our seven industry partners for joining forces with us. “The day will provide delegates with a great networking opportunity and will enable them to take away advice and best practice techniques to pass on throughout their teams.” • Places are limited. Book for a free place at https://www.green-tech.co.uk/chemical-workshop • Venues & dates: London: Wednesday 29 May Capel Manor, Enfield, London; Scotland: Wednesday 10 July, SRUC Oatridge Campus in Ecclesmachan, Broxburn, West Lothian. • Times: 9 am -1.30 pm followed by lunch.
Weed control for amenity areas Headland Amenity’s popular selective turf herbicide, Redeem has gained registration renewal. Its powerful triple active formulation controls a broad range of turf weeds and can be used on golf fairways, tees, sports pitches, lawns and other amenity grass areas. Containing Clopyralid, 2,4-D and MCPA, Redeem is effective against many common weeds including Daisy, Clover and Plantains. Control is achieved at low application rates ensuring a lower amount of active ingredient is required for efficient control. It is packed in 3L containers and each pack will treat one hectar (3L/Ha application rate). Grass areas can then be re-seeded as early as six weeks after application. Importantly, Redeem can be applied using knapsack sprayers as well as boom mounted equipment.
Redeem is an ideal product to use as a tank-mix partner with Elevate Fe and Xtend Soluble, to provide selective weed control alongside long-lasting iron and nitrogen application. Many liquid-applied iron products are unable to successfully mix with herbicides, but Elevate Fe is a unique, cost-effective, formulation for use on outfield turf. XTEND Soluble 46-0-0 contains two slow release components in combination with soluble, micro-prilled urea, to form a stabilised nitrogen, slow release fertiliser. Loss of nitrogen by volatilisation and leaching is controlled by NBPT and DCD respectively and release takes place over two to three months, from one application, with excellent turf safety.
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DLF Seeds joins The Amenity Forum DLF Seeds, the world’s largest producer and distributor of grass seed, have become members of The Amenity Forum. They join over 70 other organisations, covering all aspects of the sector, to deliver research and information to those responsible for natural turf areas. Amenity Forum Chairman Professor John Moverley comments: “We are delighted that DLF Seeds have joined the Amenity Forum and, by doing so, have demonstrated their commitment to delivering best practice in the sector. The forum advocates a fully integrated approach to amenity management, and choice of the right grass seed and its management thereafter is an important part of that.” As part of their relationship, DLF recently hosted an update event at their Didbrook research station. On the day, DLF UK Breeding Manager Tony Strickland delivered an insight into their Global R&D amenity grass breeding programme, and the 16 years of development, profiling and testing that goes into bringing a new variety to market. The event concluded with a visit the Amenity plots, to look at DLF’s portfolio of cultivars currently under trial. John added,
“The day was a fantastic opportunity to update those that attended on current policy issues, as well as to provide information on the new Assured Standard for the sector, which is due to be launched later this year.”
Speed scarifying Leading Belgian manufacturer Eliet has launched an innovative new machine, set to dramatically reduce the time landscapers and groundsmen spend undertaking scarifying operations and disposing of thatch and moss. The NEW C550ZR Collector brings a new standard in turf maintenance, collecting moss and thatch into narrow rows for easier disposal, resulting in huge time savings for the operator by reducing the cleaning time by up to 50%. Mowing the grass is only one small step in maintaining healthy turf. Dehatching is also a key element of lawn care and with the increased use of mulching and robotic mowers, the requirement is now greater than ever. The constant deposit of hard-to-break-down organic material can result in a layer of thatch accumulating within the turf structure. If left undealt with, this will seriously inhibit lawn development and can encourage both invasive species and diseases to develop. Dethatching removes this layer of material and moss from the turf, providing the space for the grass plants to grow and your lawn to flurish. Eliet has introduced an effective solution to this issue with the C55OZR Collector, which provides efficient
scarification, moss and thatch removal with improved collection. As material is removed from the turf, it is deposited into a discharge channel with an Archimedean screw that carries it to the side of the machine. It is deposited into a narrow row, which on the next pass of the operation can be re-collected by the machine and integrated into a new row, along with the raked-up material from the second strip of turf. In this way the C550ZR can collect the moss and thatch of a 1m working width into one row, which is hugely time saving. This new machine is self-propelled and features an above-average 55cm working width which limits the number of rows to collect, and opreates at 2.5km/hr. The scarifying blades are spaced every 15mm to provide an intensive treatment to the turf and are designed to rotate forwards; thus maximising dethatching performance. This contra-rotation results in improved removal and collection of material which is pulled out and thrown vertically onto the collecting auger, increasing the efficency of dethatching by up to 30%. In addition, the extremely fine blades have Permanently Sharp BladesTM technology to ensure minimum turf damage and
TURF extended blade life. The machine also features controls with an anti vibration damper for improved operator comfort and safety and runs on a rubber-coated roller that ensures an aesthetically pleasing striped pattern on the lawn. Gracienne Geenens, Sales Director at Eliet says: “We’re absolutely delighted to be bringing the C550ZR Collector to the UK market. It’s a fantastic, innovative piece of equipment which will save landscapers both time and money.” • The C550ZR will be available for demonstration during April through UK distributor PSD Groundscare.
ICL reveal three-year wetting agent project Producing the top-quality turf needed for high-level sports requires a keen focus on turf maintenance and inputs. All applications of water and nutrients should be optimised to ensure responsible resource-use efficiency. ICL has started an exciting research project exploring the use of wetting agents to further improve water use and to potentially help optimise nutrient use for managed amenity turf. It is a three-year research project delivered through the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, Lancaster University. The Centre is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is supporting local sports field construction specialists J Mallinson in collaboration with surfactant specialists at ICL. Dr Andy Owen (ICL International Technical Manager) has been instrumental in planning the project. “I have known the research team here at Lancaster Environment Centre for a
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number of years and the chance to collaborate and generate useful research optimising inputs to turf through wetting agent use is invaluable.” Headed up by Dr Jaime Puertolas and Professor Ian Dodd, the project will be utilising ICL’s H2Pro range of wetting agents, which includes TriSmart, AquaSmart and FlowSmart and the research team will be using these products in a series of experiments, both laboratory, glass house and field-based. A year has already passed on the three-year project and Dr Puertolas believes that some new ground-breaking information could well be on the horizon. Understanding Surfactants “Understanding surfactants and what they do is a very interesting subject, we normally modify the soil moisture by how we place the water through irrigation type or the frequency of the irrigation application but this is another way of manipulating how the water is distributed in the soil,” he says. “We hope to generate information which could improve irrigation effectiveness and better understand water and nutrient movement through a soil and uptake by a plant. “Working with J Mallinson and ICL is a win-win situation because we can deliver research in our line of expertise but also connect with industry practice; that is really important to us because it covers two of our aspirations – to be more environmentally friendly and to continue to innovate.” Lana Farren, Research Manager for ICL, believes that the research is being carried out at an incredibly appropriate time. “The world is becoming more and more
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TURF environmentally aware. The reality is that demand for water is increasing with large volumes being used for irrigating crops and amenity turf. Improving water and nutrient efficiency “We also lose a lot of applied nutrients through leaching, which can be environmentally damaging. If we can improve water and nutrient use efficiency then ultimately, we are becoming more sustainable,” she continues. “This project is one of a number that have been funded in Lancaster’s Plant & Crop Sciences research group via the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, and it is heartening to see such engagement between academics and industry to develop real-world solutions.” Andy feels that as a global supplier of turf and agricultural products, ICL has a certain responsibility to conduct such vital research. “ICL will continue to invest in good quality independent research that helps support our products. We recognise
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that water and nutrient use efficiency is critical for crop management worldwide, so this research is vitally important.” “Our wetting agents are used both in sports turf and agriculture and ultimately we want to be able to support the whole range with robust data, so we can market them responsibly.”
Seasonal changes The British lawnmowing season is officially changing. Leading lawnmower manufacturer Cub Cadet highlights this shift with the first-year-on-year comparison of data (2017 and 2018), published in April. The information collected by the company is part of a fiveyear survey to accurately plot how the changing weather patterns are impacting grass growth and lawnmowing activity in the UK. Gardeners were encouraged to enter their first and last mowing dates. The figures provided by almost 100 gardeners in the UK showed that on average their mowing season was 227 days in 2018 compared to 233 in the previous year. The most popular week for gardeners to begin mowing was 26th March 2018 and the most popular week for a final cut before winter was across two weeks, week commencing the 5th and 12th November 2018. The shortest mowing period entered in the survey was 161 days in West Yorkshire the longest was 301 days in Shropshire where their mower was still being used in mid-December. The majority of lawns had their final cut
in November between the 2nd and 30th, whereas in 2017, most had the final cut in the fortnight between 23rd October and 5th November. Phil Noble, field sales and technical manager for Cub Cadet, says: “It is interesting to see how these results have changed since last season. By accurately plotting when gardeners are performing their first and last cut we can help them with planning their lawnmowing and scarifying.” In order for Cub Cadet to generate year-on-year comparisons and to analyse the ongoing impact of weather conditions, it is inviting gardeners to submit their lawnmowing dates again this year. The 2019 survey is now live. https:// www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7ZJ3RMR To participate, gardeners can complete a form online with the date of their first mow. Cub Cadet is offering one lucky participant £50 worth of National Garden gift vouchers to be redeemed at garden centres across the country. Terms and conditions are available at: https://www.barrus.co.uk/cub-cadet. For more information about Cub Cadet please visit www.cubcadet.co.uk.
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Hillier Nurseries appointment Hillier Nurseries has recently appointed Adam Dunnett to its board of directors. He will also continue in his role as amenity sales director. Adam joined Hillier in 2018. As amenity sales director, he leads the sales team and helps drive tree sales across all key customer market sectors, promoting Hillier Trees as the leading supplier of high quality, UK grown semimature trees. Horticulture is a passion that runs in Adam’s family — his father was managing director of Blakedown Nurseries for over 40 years. His own career started with an apprenticeship at the tree and shrub grower Ellis Brothers Nurseries then, after college, to Webbs Of Wychbold where he held a
number of roles, culminating in running the wholesale division for more than 10 years. A move into retail followed, as plant buyer for both Blooms Garden Centres and then Wyevale Garden Centres. “Hillier is a business I’ve admired for more than 30 years, either as a competitor or customer,” says Adam. “I feel honoured to now be part of the board of this wonderful family business, who have been part of horticulture for over 150 years. The team I’ve joined are full of experience and more importantly have massive enthusiasm to continue driving the business forward. As one of the few UK growers of semi-mature trees, we have a very exciting future ahead of us.”
Design a garden fit for your pet The LANDSCAPE Show is collaborating with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to introduce a new ‘Pet Friendly Garden Competition’ at their trade event at Battersea this September. The competition will be a unique and exciting opportunity for entrants to display their creativity and design a garden space specifically catered to pets. It is open to all ages and has three different entry categories: Under 16s, Non-Professionals and Professional Designers. the winning entries will be showcased at this year’s LANDSCAPE Show at the Evolution Centre, Battersea Park, on the 17 and 18 September, 2019. The entries will be judged by a panel of judges including Deputy Chief Executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Peter Laurie. Says Peter Laurie: “Here at Battersea we’re always looking for ways to enrich our dogs’ experience. Our staff and volunteers work hard to create inviting green spaces at our iconic London centre in the heart of the city, and we provide advice to pet owners on how to create pet-friendly gardens for their dogs and cats. I’m really looking forward to judging the entries in the LANDSCAPE Show design competition. As more and more people look to find creative gardening solutions with limited space and resources, it will be very interesting to see how people approach this project to create a green oasis for their four-legged friends.” The winners from the Non-Professional and Professional category will each receive £500 worth of HTA Garden Centre vouchers, and the Under 16s winner will get an exclusive VIP family tour of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
All entries should arrive by the 19 July 2019, and submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org • For full details of how to enter the competition and a brief visit: www.landscapeshow.co.uk/pet-friendly-gardencompetition How to enter: Please submit your sketches/drawings via email to email@example.com to arrive no later than the 19th of July 2019. When submitting your entry please specify which category you wish to be entered in (Under16’s, Non-Professionals, Professionals) and attach no more than 2 x A3 sized illustrations which include: • A plan of the area showing sections/structures/planting etc.. • One or two elevations. A description of the materials that could be used. NOTES 1) The 3m x 3m limit is for the internal dimensions of the area. 2) There is 2m height restriction 3) I t must be able to sit within the confines of a typical garden space. 4) The budget includes all materials, professional fees and VAT 5 For budgeting purposes you can use any one to help build the structure. (i.e. Volunteer labour) Good luck! For further information please contact: Anoushka Bokhoory, LANDSCAPE SHOW Tel: +44(0)20 7821 8221 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org LANDSCAPE Show Twitter: @Landscapevent #LANDSCAPE 2019 | Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Twitter: @Battersea_ | #PetFriendlyGarden
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University cheer for Dennis PRO 34R In 2015 De Montfort University, Leicester agreed a 25-year lease on the council-owned Beaumont Park and has been home to the university’s men’s and women’s football teams for past three years. The facilities are also widely used by the local community. Cameron Flitten, head groundsman at De Montfort University, says that the new Dennis PRO 34R rotary mower is significantly improving the vast array of pitches at the impressive sports facility. His interest in the Dennis PRO 34R was first ignited when he saw a glimpse of the prototype model. “One day their Area Manager was dropping some equipment off to me and on the back of the trailer there was a machine that I had never seen before. I asked him what it was and it was then that he told me it was the Dennis PRO 34R prototype.” The prototype which Cameron saw that day was launched at SALTEX 2017 with the sole purpose of gathering feedback from potential end users. Over the course of the next twelve months, the mower was refined and developed based on the input from the groundsmen who would eventually be using it. With no stone left unturned, the all new PRO 34R was unveiled at SALTEX 2018. The Dennis PRO 34R is a 34” (860mm) rotary mower which has been designed to help groundsmen achieve an aesthetically pleasing appearance and desired playing surface. It is ideal for sports pitches and lawns producing the enviable ‘Dennis Stripes’ while a powerful vacuum flow
Dennis PRO 34R delivers at Beaumont.
collects debris quickly and efficiently. The angle of the cutting deck and twin blades can be easily adjusted using a single ‘click adjuster’ ensuring the mower is suitable for changing conditions and meeting groundsmen’s requirements. Unique features of the Dennis PRO 34R Rotary Mower include: 5 forward and 1 reverse selection for speed of operation; 90 litre capacity grass box; two section cast aluminium rear roller; easy to use height of cut gauge; single point height of cut adjustment for ease of operation; optional front wheel or smooth/weile roller options; front brush for standing grasses upright; adjustable handlebars for operator comfort.
Roller under control KUHN’s mid-range Poly-Longer and Multi-Longer hedge and grass cutters are now available with a hydraulic roller that provides greater control when operating on verges, ditches and riverbanks, and allows a rapid switch between operational modes.
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Controlled directly from the tractor spool, the roller ensures good ground-following when cutting uneven terrain, with a fully extended range of 62mm outside the flail head. For hedge cutting, the roller is retracted out of the way to ensure a neat and even trim. The Poly-Longer is a 5.5m horizontal reach machine with 4-function joystick with electric proportional control. It has a parallelogram pivot-mounted straight arm and 116 degree slew. The hydraulic roller option is available on the 1.2m belt drive flail head and adds £986 to a machine price of £24,593. The larger Multi-Longer GII has a horizontal reach of 5.7m and has 4-function joystick with electric proportional control. It has the OptiView parallelogram pivot-mounted semileading arm and 116 degree slew, with a 1.2m belt drive flail head. Hydraulic roller adds £986 to a machine price of £30,847.
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Customer Service is key Cambridge based groundscare company Brookfield Groundcare has recently invested in a Toro LT3340 triple cylinder mower because of the “excellent back up service provided by Reesink Turfcare” says company owner, Danny Wright. With 15 years in the business maintaining plots from small gardens to huge country estates for private and commercial clients across Cambridgeshire, Newmarket and Suffolk, having a reliable backup service is vital. “Reesink is known for providing really good customer support particularly when it comes to its backup service,” says Danny. “I know that if there was ever a problem with our machine, they would get a replacement out to me immediately. When you’re a relatively small business with a wide client base, that’s vital. I’d actually say that the backup is just as important, if not more than, the quality of the machine itself.” The LT3340 heavy-duty triple cylinder mower, with its sheer durability and strength makes for a perfect addition to a groundscare fleet. With such a powerful and versatile machine, it’s no wonder Danny is already seeing an improvement. “It’s a lot quicker in operation,” he says. “And the controls are better situated compared to other brands so it’s more user-friendly and comfortable. Based on the performance of the machine, and the service that Reesink provides, it’s likely that as the company continues to grow there’ll be more investment in Toro.”
Company owner Danny Wright with the Toro LT3340
Digital Display STIGA which manufactures lawn mowers and a wide range of powered garden equipment has updated their state-of-the-art ride-on mowers STIGA Estate Pro 9122 XWSY and the Estate 7102 HWSY with new smart widescreen digital display with intuitive icons making it impossible not to achieve the best cutting results! The screen displays information such as an OPC sensor, a safety feature within the seats so that the machine won’t engage blades unless there is pressure on the seats. In addition the screen shows additional features such as battery and fuel status, cutting deck engagement and working working time, allowing the operator a far more productive ride on mower.
Digital screen on STIGA machine
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. Itâ€™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.
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Step by Step guide to laying artificial grass With over 30 years of experience in fitting artificial grass and turf for a range of clients, iGrass has developed a tried and tested method of lawn installation. Follow this simple step-by-step guide to install an artificial lawn and achieve a stunning and professional finish Tools & Equipment: n Turf Cutter n Blower n Stiff Brush n Wheelbarrow n Sand Hopper n Cutting Blade n Nails n Compactor Plate Step 1 - Install Edging Artificial grass must be installed into an edging such as a patio stone, block paving, or timber. This will prevent the base material from breaking away under foot.
If you do not have an existing firm and stable edge to lay the grass into, you can use steel edging to fit the turf into. When installing the edging, be sure to apply a generous amount of post mix into a beveled channel on the inner edge as this will stabilise the edging system and also help eradicate any weeds. Step 2 - Lay the Base Cover the desired turf area with type 1 or MOT stone. A 1-tonne bag will typically cover an area of 10-12mÂ˛ depending on ground levels. Blind off the type 1 stone with 30-40mm of 6mm granite to dust stone. This will provide a firm and stable base to ensure sufficient drainage.
ARTIFICIAL GRASS Then, crown the base. This allows for a natural settlement of the grass that makes sure the grass turf fits adequately into the edging system and prevents a ‘crater effect’ if the base settles. This guarantees a stunning aesthetic that ensures a more authentic and natural-looking lawn. Step 3 - Apply Weed Membrane Apply the weed membrane directly on top of the granite dust and fix it into position using 4-inch galvanised nails to prevent it from moving. We don’t recommend fine granite going directly onto the weed membrane. Step 4 - Fit the Artificial Grass Lay the artificial grass. If using more than one section of turf, the grass must be laid in the same direction. By way of example, iGrass artificial grass product is sold in 4m and 2m widths, so you will also need to factor in potential wastage. For the most natural and optimum finish, run the turf towards the property. Step 5 - Joint the Turf When jointing the artificial grass, it should run parallel. You cannot joint onto a salvage piece, so this needs to be removed as it is used purely for protection during transit. Remove the salvage piece from your roll of grass using a stanley knife. Cut the strip off with the first 3 stitches to ensure a clean joint, making sure only to cut the backing with the tip of the blade. Once you have prepared your joint by cutting back the 3 stitches, joint the artificial grass using jointing tape and adhesive. Place the jointing tape, shiny side down, directly under the two pieces that form the joint. Nail the tape in place to stop it from rolling up or moving out of position. Glue a line of adhesive 10mm each side of the join and fold the artificial grass onto the adhesive, making sure not to get any glue onto the yarn. If you do get any glue on the yarn, it should be removed immediately with white spirit. To achieve the best join, leave a small gap of 2-3mm between each section of grass. Nail the joint every 700mm using 4-inch galvanised nails. Only tap the nails in half way as they are used to temporarily hold the turf in position until the glue sets and will ensure the join isn’t pulled apart during the remainder of the install. Once the artificial grass installation has been completed, don’t forget to remove these nails that were used during the jointing process
6. Secure Perimeters Trim the grass at the perimeter using a Stanly type knife and apply a bead of adhesive to the inner edge of the perimeter to secure it down or alternatively use 4-inch galvanised nails. Step 7 - Sand-Infill the Lawn Sand-infilling is an important final step that truly enhances your lawn’s authentic look but it is very important that it is only carried out in dry weather. Brush the grass against the pile using a stiff broom or motorised brush. Ideally, use a sand hopper as this will spread the sand more evenly and make the sand-infilling process much easier. Split a bag of kiln dry sand and spread the sand evenly over the grass. One 25kg bag will cover an area of 4m². Brush the sand into the grass or use a garden blower to encourage the sand into the thatch of the grass. Check for uneven areas by walking across the lawn and if you feel any lumps of sand underfoot, use the garden blower to rectify and smooth out the infil. Installation is Complete! The artificial grass installation is complete and you have achieved a stunning and professional finish that looks even better than a real grass lawn! For further installation and fitting advice or for information about our professional installation training courses visit www.igrass.co.uk
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Husqvarna fleet in control With Husqvarna’s new range of professional batterypowered machines, operators can now take on landscaping without worrying about fumes and noise. Lightweight and designed for comfort and ease of use on long shifts, they’re quiet enough to use anywhere, anytime. There’s no need for petrol as these machines offer petrol performance with battery convenience, and they meet even the most stringent environmental regulations. With extremely low running costs and long battery runtime, they offer high productivity and the results you and your customers expect. Our professional integrated and backpack batteries are compatible with all professional battery machines giving you the flexibility to match the right battery to the machine depending on the application. All weather use (IPX4 rated) means operators can continue to work regardless of the weather forecast, both professional battery machines and batteries are weatherproof. Husqvarna 500 Series battery Machines offer professional durability you can rely on, they are put through the same duration lab test procedures as Husqvarna 500 Series 2-stroke machines. Husqvarna Fleet Services™ is fully compatible with the Husqvarna Battery Series, allowing landscapers to control of their fleet and get insights into daily business to create a more profitable and efficient operation. www.husqvarna.com/uk
STIHL on the benefits of Battery An increasing number of landscapers are moving towards battery powered machinery due to its lightweight nature and reduced vibration during operation, making tools more comfortable to use over extended periods. To ensure professionals have a solution for every application, STIHL’s extensive range of battery powered products deliver high efficiency without compromising on performance. The KMA 130 R is STIHL’s hugely versatile kombi engine, which can be used in conjunction with many of the existing Kombi attachments. Depending on the task, the maximum speed can be regulated in three stages, helping save energy and extend the battery life. Additionally, STIHL’s FSA 130 brushcutter, available in both loop handle (R) and bike handle versions, is lightweight and specifically designed for working on large areas of tough grass. STIHL’s lithium-ion PRO battery technology has advanced to a point that it can now rival, and in some cases better, the performance of petrol products. The universal battery means that professionals can easily interchange it among products depending on the tool they require for the task at hand. Additionally, the innovative battery management system ensures maximum power is available to users regardless of whether the battery is 100% or 1% charged. www.stihl.co.uk
Don’t be fooled by high voltage claims It is a common misconception that the higher the voltage, the better the machine; this is not true when it comes to performance. Les Malin, Managing Director of Etesia UK, who distribute Pellenc battery-powered equipment explains why. Groundscare professionals could be forgiven for opting to choose a new battery powered machine based on the high voltage Don’t be fooled by high voltage claims when it comes to battery powered equipment. it offers - after all, most marketing strategies tend to shout the loudest when it comes to voltage. However, what often goes under the radar is that the voltage of a battery purely indicates how much potential is in a battery, but that potential is not a measure of energy. Voltage will only tell you how fast that power tool will want to operate, it doesn’t tell you how strongly it will operate and it will not tell you how long it will operate for. You can think of volts as horsepower for cordless tools. The higher the volt, the more power it can use for higher drain applications. However, you can have all the voltage you want in a machine but with low amperage the machine would not be much use at all. Think of a small hose pipe struggling to squeeze a large amount of water through it. You would have low volume and high pressure. Continues on Page 48
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POWER TOOLS Alternatively, the same could be said for a machine that has high amperage and low voltage. It would be the same as having an extremely large water pipe which only manages to trickle a few drops of water through it. The bottom line is that it takes two to tango. For a cordless tool, you really need volts and amps to work together for higher demand applications. You will need them to both flow at a similar rate and that is exactly what you get with Pellenc technology. Pellenc significantly leads the way when it comes to the volts/amps balancing act and boasts 43,6 volts and 35,2 amps. This combination of more power and more runtime makes Pellenc equipment the market leader. As a result, operators using Pellenc equipment
have leverage over their competitors. They will have the latest generation and top performing technology meaning that their tools will run with more power for a longer period of time. Furthermore, they can start earlier, work later, and work closer to schools and hospitals due to the reduced noise. Contractors using Pellenc battery-powered equipment can also promote the fact that they are using market leading technology and are cutting down on noise pollution and emissions, and, as a result, position their businesses as environmentally friendly, and, in turn, charge more for their services. Pellenc products are exclusively distributed in the UK by Etesia UK. www.pellencuk.com
Spring starts with a new ECHO 58V battery trimmer The new ECHO DST-58V2AH 58 Volt battery trimmer is small, lightweight and yet packs the power of a petrol trimmer to take on the toughest jobs. No longer is there a need to store petrol, mix two-stroke and fill a tank. Simply charge and go with a powerful trimmer built to the same professional standards as ECHOâ€™s petrol versions, which means itâ€™s durable and built to last. Low noise, low vibration operation and zero emissions at the point of use add to the already convincing case for using battery power. Thereâ€™s no more cold starting, the trimmer is clean to use and store and requires minimal maintenance due to non-wearing parts. The ECHO DST-58V2AH comes with a 2Ah 58V lithium-ion battery which produces all the power needed to quickly cut and clear large areas. The battery can also be used with other ECHO 58V products in the new range. Run time is 30 minutes and fully charging the 2Ah battery takes just 30 minutes with the quick charger supplied. There is the option of a 4Ah battery for longer run time. The trimmer features a robust brushless motor, which
is long-lasting and maintenance free, which also means reduced costs on servicing to add to the savings on fuel. The ergonomic front handle design is excellent for manoeuvrability and user comfort and the variable speed control enables optimised cutting power with precision. There is a hi-lo speed switch to select output for maximum performance or a longer run time. When the trimmer line runs out the Speed-Feed 400 trimmer head, which comes as standard, reloads in seconds without disassembly. The ECHO DST-58V2AH is ideally suited to use in noise and emission sensitive areas such as schools and hospital grounds, parks and public gardens as well as around domestic properties. The new ECHO 58V range comprises the trimmer, a hedge trimmer and power blower, which come with the interchangeable 2Ah battery as standard, and a chainsaw and lawn mower. The chainsaw or lawn mower come with the 4Ah battery so operators benefit of extra run time for the other products you might need. www.echo-tools.co.uk
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