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Etesia Recognises Success of Dealers at ‘Partners in Excellence’ Awards

The Etesia and Pellenc brands have had monumental success over the past twelve months and in recognition of this achievement, dealers from across the UK gathered at the ‘Partners in Excellence’ awards.

Over 60 dealers made the trip to the Heart of England Conference & Events Centre in Warwickshire, where…


Added by Fusion Media on November 20, 2014 at 9:24 — No Comments

UK's first bus powered by human waste goes into service

The UK's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste has gone into service between Bristol and Bath.

The BBC reports: The 40-seat "Bio-Bus" runs on biomethane gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste.

The eco-friendly bus can travel up to 300km (186 miles) on one tank of…


Added by Landscape Juice on November 20, 2014 at 7:39 — 1 Comment

London's garden bridge: the public park where groups and cyclists aren't welcome

Revealed: the garden bridge planned by Thomas Heatherwick and Joanna Lumley is not actually going to be open to all. Instead it will be a privately-managed tourist attraction likely to require advance booking.

The Guardian: London's garden bridge: the public park where groups and cyclists aren't…


Added by Landscape Juice on November 19, 2014 at 14:53 — No Comments

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Complete Weed Control’s Weed-IT Used on UK Rail Network

After extensive trials, the Weed-IT spot treatment technology has been considered a great success in the push to find a means of reducing the consumption of herbicides on the UK railways.

Forward thinking managers from the industry commissioned the trial of the Weed-IT system with a view to actively…


Added by Fusion Media on November 19, 2014 at 8:07 — No Comments

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Sherriff Amenity Announce New & Improved GoGreen

Over recent years, professionals in the groundscare and amenity industry have turned to Sherriff Amenity’s GoGreen complexed iron range. The popular products have now been updated as a new formulation.

Renowned for delivering outstanding results, the GoGreen range is available as long-lasting iron…


Added by Fusion Media on November 18, 2014 at 15:56 — No Comments

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Dennis and SISIS 2014 Bowling Maintenance Seminars Finish In Style

The Dennis and SISIS bowling green maintenance seminars finished in style for the year at BP Llandarcy Bowls Club in South Wales; with demand for tickets resulting in an extra day’s seminar being required to cater for the overwhelming number of greenkeepers wanting to attend.

Held last month in Neath, the…


Added by Fusion Media on November 17, 2014 at 15:36 — No Comments

Asthma sufferers warned of threat of spores in compost piles

Gregor Campbell, an art teacher from Paisley in Scotland, is joining UK doctors this autumn to warn gardeners who have asthma or a weak immune system to be on alert for a deadly fungus that lurks in compost heaps and in piles of rotting leaves.

Experts advise wearing masks to protect…


Added by Landscape Juice on November 17, 2014 at 9:40 — No Comments

Major oak in Sherwood Forest voted England's tree of the year

As a hideaway for those who robbed fat cats to feed the poor, it is perhaps no surprise that a 1,000-year-old oak in Sherwood Forest has won the popular vote for England’s tree of the year.

With a girth of ten metres concealing hollow hideaways in its trunk, the mighty Major Oak is reputed to be a bolt-hole of Robin Hood and his gang when fleeing the tyrannical Sheriff of Nottingham.

Almost as many stories cling to this ancient tree as acorns (150,000) and persuaded the public…


Added by Landscape Juice on November 17, 2014 at 9:27 — No Comments

Cannabis grower Joseph Collins spared jail to study horticulture

A man who admitted growing cannabis has been spared jail by a judge and will now go on to study horticulture.

Joseph Collins, 24, pleaded guilty at Truro Crown Court to growing cannabis plants while at Falmouth University.

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark said he was aware public schoolboy Collins came "from a good Christian family" and had been to a "very good school".

He gave Collins a six-month suspended sentence and said he should "start a new life" at horticultural…


Added by Landscape Juice on November 14, 2014 at 18:00 — 3 Comments

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Sixth Year of Seamless Improvements at Stoke City FC

Premiership football club Stoke City continues to see improvements at its 8-pitch Clayton Wood training complex, thanks to specialist contractor Souters Sports.

As part of an annual on-going renovation project carried out by Souters Sports, slit drainage at two-metre centres was installed this summer…


Added by Fusion Media on November 11, 2014 at 8:58 — No Comments

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Seppi Celebrate 75th Anniversary

Seppi - Italian specialists in manufacturing top quality forestry mulchers and mowers recently celebrated its 75th anniversary by hosting its biggest event in history for both dealers and distributors.

Held over two days, 150 dealers and distributors from more than 30 countries assembled at the Seppi factory…


Added by Fusion Media on November 10, 2014 at 15:58 — No Comments

Warning over rogue tree surgeons in the West Midlands

Residents in the West Midlands are being urged to check the credentials of tree surgeons before going ahead with work after receiving reports of rogue traders in the Wyre Forest District area.

Wyre Forest District Council is advising residents to check the qualifications and experience of their tree surgeon before agreeing to any work.

The council says that a professional arborist will have at least a Level 2 Arboricultural qualification in addition to NPTC chainsaw…


Added by Landscape Juice on November 10, 2014 at 10:40 — No Comments

Indian summer extends the season for gardeners

The November issue of the Horticultural Trades Association Market Update reveals that garden centre sales for September are up 15% on last year following a dry and warm month, which has encouraged consumers to continue to invest in their gardens.

The latest figures from the HTA Garden Retail Monitor show that garden retail sales are currently ahead by 10% (to the end of September) compared with 2013.

This follows a rainy August where the national benchmark was at 2%. Figures…


Added by Landscape Juice on November 10, 2014 at 10:28 — No Comments

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Heron Lakes Luxury Lodge Park Undergoes Elegant Makeover

In the heart of Yorkshire countryside, the heavenly Heron Lakes Luxury Lodge Park sits. Created following eight years of meticulous research and planning by the Bird family, the lodge breaks offered at Heron Lakes are renowned for being simply beautiful and tranquil.

Set in 75 acres of idyllic landscaped lakes and woodland, the park is a desirable destination for a Yorkshire holiday and lies only four miles from the picturesque market town of Beverley, which boasts a number of… Continue

Added by Tobermore on November 7, 2014 at 10:01 — No Comments

SuDS : Lets take a moment to soak up infiltration

Infiltration simply put is the ability of soil to absorb rainfall or overflows from rivers and streams. It is measured in inches per hour or millimetres per hour. Water being infiltrated soaks through the soil to the water table or becomes part of the sub-surface runoff process.

Rates of infiltration reduce with levels of precipitation to a level where precipitation exceeds infiltration and run-off occurs.

Various surface materials will either impede or improve the…


Added by Al Tunnington on November 7, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Plant protein could be used for blood, say scientists

Scientists have discovered a protein found in sugar beet that could be used as a blood substitute.

Haemoglobin is the protein that carries oxygen in blood and the team say plant and human versions are very similar.

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Added by Landscape Juice on November 6, 2014 at 12:42 — No Comments

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Winter on its Way?

As predicted last month, the wet weather has arrived, although it’s still reasonably mild and grass on greens and pitches in general is still growing. But the 'auld enemy' is creeping in and showing her hand.

Even in strong swards moss has built up and is going to be a major problem over winter and into early spring. On synthetics algae and moss are prevalent and will need treatment and then mechanical brushing.…


Added by Fusion Media on November 5, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

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Leisure Centre Turns to Replay Maintenance to Extend Life of Surfaces

When an artificial turf pitch (ATP) reaches a certain age and is in need of repair, thoughts will naturally turn to resurfacing. However, as one Replay Maintenance’s clients recently discovered, not all surfaces are irreparable.

Additional usage can often be derived from a suitable programme of repair and a continued maintenance programme being put in place. The client in question, Active Newham in East London, runs a facility with three 3G pitches which have achieved its longevity in…


Added by Fusion Media on November 5, 2014 at 10:35 — No Comments

Marshalls issue bullish trading statement

Marshalls' revenue for the ten months ended 31 October 2014 was up 18 per cent at £312 million (2013: £265 million). Marshalls says is is experiencing strong order intake and sales growth

In a bullish statement, Marshalls state that [if[ the positive market conditions continue it is likely that the full year results will be above current market expectations.


Sales to the public sector and commercial market - which represent approximately 63 per cent of…


Added by Landscape Juice on November 5, 2014 at 7:18 — No Comments

How the Met Office helps the insurance industry assess risk

The Met Office is helping the insurance industry understand its windstorm risk. The Insurance and Capital Markets Applied Science team at the Met Office has developed a suite of European windstorm products and services aimed at supporting reinsurers, insurers and brokers this coming winter and beyond.

As well as hazard maps designed to support risk pricing at a local level, the product suite includes a catalogue of historical windstorms for portfolio management and capital reserving…


Added by Landscape Juice on November 5, 2014 at 7:09 — No Comments

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