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New podcast for trades and construction business owners launches - Pro Landscaper Magazine. A new podcast for trades and construction business owners has launched providing vital support and motivation for the industry during the pandemic.
The Evolve and Grow podcast has been set up by The Trades Coach, Alison Warner, who hosts a series of compelling conversations with guests from successful business owners to leading industry figures. Alison said: “This is a brand-new podcast for the trades and construction industry sharing valuable tips and advice on how to grow a sustainable business, and strike a healthy work life balance. “It’s the perfect medium for busy people on the move, you can download an episode, listen in, in your own time, and refer back to the advice when you need a reminder.” The podcast also explores topical issues in the sector inviting experts to share their insights with the Evolve and Grow pod listeners.
Every working day, two construction workers take their own life; and stress, depression and anxiety account for a fifth of all work-related illness. Smiths Bletchington's Gabion limestone blocks - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Smiths Bletchington’s Gabion limestone blocks have been primarily used to fill gabion baskets for ground stabilisation, be it river banks, railway and road embankments and bridge abutments.
Smiths’ tells us how the way in which this stone product is being used is changing. Our gabion stone is a crushed Cotswold limestone with its typical Cotswold hues – warm creams and honey appearance – which offers landscape designers a softer more natural appearance to any large engineering project where the stone is left exposed. Equally this can be used to enhance any smaller landscape or garden project. With the ability to supply a mixture of sizes in both stone and basket it has opened up a whole new creative use for this product.
Landscape and garden designers are using these ‘architectural’ features in their new concepts. Other designs where our gabion stone has been used is when incorporating other ‘objects’ which may suit the surrounding environment – such as recycled coloured bottles. New South Africa Garden at Eden - Pro Landscaper Magazine. A new garden full of flowers from South Africa is now open at the Eden Project Biomes.
In the latest addition to Eden’s 30-acre outdoor garden, the newly-cleared 800sqm area is being planted with many of the trees, shrubs and flowers which define the beauty and diversity of the country’s landscapes. The new garden is inspired by the Veld, a wide range of habitats in South Africa from the mountains to the coast. It is set just outside the Rainforest Biome – the world’s largest indoor rainforest – next to a newly-created entrance to the Biome, designed to enable effective social distancing as people enter the covered spaces from Eden’s great outdoors. Plants include pink and white proteas, a signature plant in South Africa, summer-flowering watsonias, spiralling aloes, and striking red-hot pokers.
Mitie Landscapes boosts greener cities with latest launch - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Mitie has launched a Plan Zero City Landscaping Service designed to deliver sustainable services for customers with net zero carbon ambitions, by helping reduce emissions in high-pollution areas such as cities and urban environments.
The service uses only electric vehicles (EV), battery-powered equipment, such as electric trimmers, leaf blowers and lawn mowers, commits to using no single-use plastic and will generate zero landfill waste. This is part of Mitie’s Plan Zero commitment to champion sustainable services for customers, as well as reaching its own net zero carbon emissions target by 2025. The Plan Zero City Landscaping Service has also replaced all chemicals, such as pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, for environmentally friendly techniques, such as hand weeding, to further reduce impact on the environment. The Plan Zero City Landscaping Service is being trialled in London and will be rolled-out to other major cities across the UK later this year. Pro Landscaper August 2020 - Pro Landscaper Magazine. The August issue brings with it stories of success and ending of eras.
Our interview with Phil Jones, for instance, explores the rebrand of ESL Landscape Contractors to Cultura Group and how this better reflects the company’s ethos. We also hear from Tom Massey of Tom Massey Studio, who has gone from strength-to-strength since becoming one of Pro Landscaper’s inaugural 30 Under 30: The Next Generation. Last month, the industry also celebrated the achievements of Adam White as he passed his Landscape Institute presidency over to Jane Findlay of Fira. In his column, he reflects back on the last two years and the huge difference he has made to the association and the industry as a whole. With the Black Lives Matter movement gaining momentum, we’re eager to push for change in the horticulture industry. No doubt many companies are struggling to take on board the new rules and regulations around the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Millboard unveils new immersive website - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Millboard has launched a new customer-focused website.
Built on customer research and feedback, the new site is designed to be effortless and intuitive, providing inspiration for homeowners and industry professionals alike. Caroline Birdsall, Millboard’s marketing manager, says: “Millboard has undoubtedly established itself as a premium brand and we needed the look and the feel of the website to reflect that. But we also wanted it to do more than that, and to include more of what our customers have told us they’d like to see.” The new website uses high-definition photography and video, and hosts an inspiration section containing projects, galleries and an outdoor living blog. It signposts visitors towards a range of helpful services, such as ordering a free sample or finding a local supplier. The new site also contains a custom-built unique decking calculator, to give visitors the opportunity to plan their projects in full.
Birdsall adds: “We are thrilled with the new site. Green-tech has you covered! - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Leading landscape supplier Green-tech is well known for tackling new challenges quickly and head-on.
As it’s now mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, supermarkets, petrol stations and most other establishments; Green-tech has once again gone above and beyond to keep colleagues in the industry safe and on right side of the current legislation. It has designed and produced limited-edition face coverings which it is giving away on a first-come-first-served-basis. Managing director Rachel Kay comments: “It’s been a tough few month for everyone and we thought we’d bring a little light relief to a serious matter.
Applications open for Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Applications are open for the £92m Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.
This is aimed at helping heritage organisations to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including designed landscapes such as parks and gardens. Funds will be distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The new Fund is part of the wider £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund announced by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden at the beginning of July, which is the government’s biggest ever one-off investment in the sector. The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is open to: Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, says: “For many heritage organisations this funding will be the lifeline they have been waiting for and I urge them to apply as soon as possible. Landscape a key focus for new almhouses regeneration - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Southwark Charities has unveiled emerging plans for rebuilding its almshouses.
The aim is to deliver a highly sustainable, socially responsible mixed used scheme at the site on Nicholson Street in Blackfriars. The sensitive design of the proposed building will release one-third of the site to garden and public realm for the enjoyment of the residents and local community alike. Southwark Charities’ almshouses provide accommodation for older people of limited means who have been resident in the borough for at least five years, enabling them to live safely and independently for as long as possible, for a modest maintenance charge.
The existing almshouses were built in 1973 and are in need of updating. The primary purpose of this proposed new development is to build 60 new almshouses, more than double the existing number, on the Blackfriars site. New call for London’s fleets to turn engines off when parked - Pro Landscaper Magazine. A new London-wide campaign has been launched encouraging businesses to tackle air pollution caused by idling engines.
The call for action comes amidst emerging evidence that air pollution is linked to poor recovery and higher infection rates of COVID-19 due to damage caused to the lungs. Idling Action’s #enginesoff campaign asks firms to pledge that their fleet drivers and other employees will not leave their engines on when parked. £1.3bn investment to deliver homes, infrastructure and jobs - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Tens of thousands of new homes and other vital infrastructure projects have been given the green light with nearly £1.3bn of investment confirmed today by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. The move is part of the government’s plan to deliver upgrades to local infrastructure and boost skills to help fuel a green economic recovery. More than 300 successful projects in England are being told they will receive a share of the £900m Getting Building Fund, which was announced by the Prime Minister in June, to invest in shovel-ready housing and infrastructure projects, creating jobs and supporting economic recovery across the country.
The investment is expected to deliver up to 45,000 homes, create up to 85,000 jobs and reduce around 65 million kgs of CO2 emissions across England. Tobermore increases production capacity to meet surge in demand - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Paving and walling manufacturer Tobermore has invested £10m in expanding its manufacturing facilities. The company is ramping up production in response to a surge in market demand for its hard landscaping products. Construction of Tobermore’s new multi-million pound factory is currently underway with project completion scheduled for the end of the year.
The new plant will have a gross internal floor area (GIFA) of 4416m2 and is expected to create dozens of local jobs across numerous departments including production, dispatch and haulage, as well as sales and administration. Tivoli commences trial of electric fleet - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Tivoli has introduced a long-term modernisation programme for equipment and vehicles with a view to replacing them with electric or hybrid versions where possible, helping the company to achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral in the next 12 months.
A company-wide assessment of its existing equipment is underway, and the company is looking to bring in electrified replacements where possible. This is an ongoing project that the company says is likely to require an investment of around £15m in the future. Idverde digs deep to help people in horticulture as a Platinum Perennial Partner - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Idverde, the UK’s leading green space management company, is delighted to have become a Platinum Partner of Perennial – the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough. Dedicated to supporting more than 7,000 colleagues across the UK and Europe, idverde is the UK’s leading grounds maintenance and landscaping provider. The company also grants up to £40,000 per year to local projects via its Community Investment Fund, a charitable initiative aimed at empowering communities to deliver sought after projects to improve their green spaces and boost wellbeing. idverde HR Director, Andrea Gomm, says:“We know that people can find themselves in challenging circumstances, and the current health crisis has meant that more people throughout the horticultural industry may need extra support and advice through no fault of their own.
Weston Ground Maintenance settles on petrol over diesel with SCAG - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Weston Ground Maintenance has recently received its new 31HP petrol SCAG Turf Tiger 52 for carrying out the work that the company undertakes. Dave Bill, the owner, explained that a succession of machines over the years have come and gone and steadily he has built up a picture of his ideal machine and, when the time came for a new purchase and when he was disappointed with the service of one dealer, he took the advice of a friend in another grounds maintenance company who said “try SCAG – they’re bulletproof”. He had a machine demonstration by Dominic Mason; petrol was the engine of choice, and Dave chose to have the mulching kit for efficiency and a striper kit for the best finish.
The machine is the first of the new Vanguard 31HP high efficiency petrol engine powered SCAG machines sold by STM Co Ltd. This engine is an excellent example of how petrol is competing against diesel in this market – and Dave has proved it already with a confirmed saving of 1.5L of fuel a day. Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Manoj Malde - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Shane McCormick - Pro Landscaper Magazine. New RHS president puts diversity as a priority - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Land Design Partnership reveals rebrand - Pro Landscaper Magazine. One-third of injuries at home happen in the garden - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Drivers warned of ‘white van tan’ dangers - Pro Landscaper Magazine.
Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Ann-Marie Powell - Pro Landscaper Magazine. £20m in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses - Pro Landscaper Magazine. CORE Landscape Products details its Tree Root Protection System - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Charity sanction pays for mass tree-planting in East London - Pro Landscaper Magazine. New advice for safe management of Scotland’s parks and green spaces - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Scotscape merges future landscape construction operations into Cultura Group - Pro Landscaper Magazine.
ICL launches new multi-surface cleaner - Pro Landscaper Magazine. RHS launches new careers resource to help attract people to industry - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Take your horticultural career to the next level and apply to become a Master of Horticulture today! - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Join a webinar with Cleve West and Cityscapes - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Sudbury manufacturer reveals major factory extension plans - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Online garden design service for landscapers launches - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Green-tech becomes a Platinum Partner of Perennial - Pro Landscaper Magazine. GGM Groundscare announces new jobs and recruitment to support business growth - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Wildflower webinars a thriving success - Pro Landscaper Magazine. Landscaping contractor st petersburg. Landscape Installation Company.