Phew, well, it has been some time - the last blog was November 2009!
So,.... let me think.... anything new? Well, as Fereday has already posted (blogs passim), we're now down within spitting distance of London at Coulsdon.... or, more accurately, in the part of Coulsdon known as 'Stoat's Nest Village' - charming, yah! - no sign of any stoats, however.....
The drive down from West Yorkshire was unmitigated hell. The movers came the evening before - Pat, from Helpful Hogan,… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on February 26, 2010 at 14:04 —
While many have been experiencing a down turn in contacts and business, my new enquiries have increased about 50% and have started about 1 month earlier when compared to last year.
Spring is coming (once the snow goes away) and I have a great feeling in my bones! 2010 is going to be a cracking year.
When I first started my business, I didn't go for the smaller jobs; I have decided that this shouldn't be the case. I can add something different to even the smallest job which… Continue
Added by Kirsty Blair on February 24, 2010 at 22:59 —
Been thinking quite a lot about plants and planting plans over the last few days - we had an SGD (Society of Garden Designers) meeting in Edinburgh tonight where we all discussed how we take care of the planting part of the design process - everything from how we gather the brief, draw up the plan, source the plants, planting itself. There were about 14 of us there,… Continue
Added by Tracy McQue on February 23, 2010 at 10:00 —
Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for environmental and land-based industries, has announced that Leicester City Council has chosen to adopt greenSKILL: a skills assessment tool for the green space sector developed by Lantra in partnership with Greenspace.
Leicester City Council is the first local authority to offer their staff members working within the cities parks and green spaces, the opportunity to develop their skills against national standards.
Tony Bird, Lantra’s… Continue
Added by Lantra Sector Skills Council on February 22, 2010 at 15:30 —
Hello Everyone. I was just wondering how many members were aware of the Hard Landscaping Show and how well promoted it had been. Is any one intending to visit the show as we are carrying our several live demonstrations and they are always more fun when someone is actually watching!!!
Added by david Mackay on February 22, 2010 at 15:27 —
The skills of 800 Green Flag judges will now be recognised against national standards as they adopt the use of the online tool greenSKILL.
Developed by Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for environmental and… Continue
Added by Lantra Sector Skills Council on February 22, 2010 at 15:00 —
Is it just me, or do you find you need more than one mower with you at a time. All due to the fact of the different size gardens. I can start by cutting a large plot of land, and then next find myself trying to lift the mower threw someone’s garage or even their house.
When I first started out over 12yrs ago I bought a… Continue
Added by Neal@ShenleyGardenMaintenance on February 22, 2010 at 11:50 —
It seems that B&Q, the home and garden retailer owned by Kingfisher, would have been in the black for the final quarter of 2009 if it had not been for the long periods of snow and ice.
Kingfisher plcreported Q4 total sales down 1% (LFL down 3%) to £2.3 billion impacted by adverse weather. Expects adjusted full
year pre-tax profit to be up strongly on the prior year and slightly
ahead of current analyst consensus estimates.
B&Q total sales declined by 1.6%… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on February 22, 2010 at 8:00 —
When we came out to live in France 6 years ago it was always my intention to have a large vegetable plot and to keep some hens. I have done just that and so, this year, for fun/experiment/desire l am going to be following the advice given to the nation during the Second World War and the Dig for Victory campaign.
I have always had a very keen interest in how Britain survived as a small island, cut off almost, from the rest of the world and how it managed to produce enough food to feed… Continue
Added by Trevor Hunt on February 20, 2010 at 12:19 —
Hope you are well. Just wondering if we could include below on your website somehow.
Just looking for one more story!
We are particularly looking for an urban projects as we have not followed one so far.
Thank you in advance for your help
Channel 4 Landscape Man
A new series following the design and creation of six ambitious and… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on February 19, 2010 at 17:00 —
It's been a quiet week in the Fereday household.
Well, we finally made it. Cat and I are now settled properly in Coulsdon. That's just south of Croydon and about 5 miles away from Caterham (where they make the sports cars) if you don't know the area. We found a gorgeous flat, then lost it, then got it back again just after Christmas. It's a long story which is probably best told by Cat. She has the writing talent in the family. We're hoping we'll be able to keep the… Continue
Added by Andrew Fereday on February 18, 2010 at 16:26 —
Building on the success of last year’s Glee, many leading garden and leisure brands have confirmed that they will be returning to Glee 2010 with expanded stand spaces and bigger plans than in… Continue
Added by KIMBERLEY HORNBY on February 18, 2010 at 12:46 —
Based on ITC's history and long term experience with garden retail, they have put together their best selling products in 6 different pallets! All these vary in size and shape aimed at the garden centre market. Each pallet is made up of a limited number of pots of different shapes and sizes of the best selling lines. These pots are all handmade in Tuscany and are also suitable for the professional landscaper.
These ready-made pallets of… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on February 18, 2010 at 7:09 —
Mobilane will be unveiling its new LivePanel modular wall system at Ecobuild 2010. LivePanel will present the market with the most flexible system for decorating exterior or interior walls with a wide range of plants.
LivePanel consists of individual sections which are fixed to the wall or building using a lightweight aluminium frame. These sections can be cut to virtually any shape or size, making them extremely flexible and suited to a wide… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on February 18, 2010 at 7:00 —
This was one of the first proper commissions I got when I left college. The client was brilliant, willing to experiment and wanted to go for something contemporary and low maintenance. There are 3 'rooms' - two stone terraces (one for breakfasting, the other for sun bathing) and a dining deck for… Continue
Added by Tracy McQue on February 16, 2010 at 10:30 —
Added by Phil Voice on February 15, 2010 at 18:00 —
See G Spot blog two.
Michael came up with a great title for a blog and perhaps even a new TV programme to rival Gardener's World. And judging by the latest comments on that programme ,we need something to fill the gap! The 'G Spot' of course refers to The Garden Spot in case anyone was worried. I do have a… Continue
Added by claudia de yong on February 14, 2010 at 23:00 —
The phone rang.....I answered.....was it Virgin Credit Card services wondering when I can make a full payment on my monthly bill, or anyone of my other creditors "concerned" about my inability to pay what I had originally agreed to pay them when they lent me all that money? No! It was a potential customer.
"I'm selling my house but I don't have time to tidy the garden & there is a viewing in three days, can you help?"
Too right I can and did. Our first job of 2010 and I… Continue
Added by Paul Rogers on February 13, 2010 at 20:18 —
This is the story of the evolution of a garden tool business from a single plywood prototype to a full range of highly innovative and beautifully-designed ergonomic garden tools - set to debut in the UK next month.
About 4 years ago, my father Graham Renny (a retired engineer) made a device to help my mother, Susan, collect horse manure in the paddock of their Herefordshire…
Added by Bruce Renny on February 12, 2010 at 10:56 —
The Working Smarter System
Five Pillars of Productivity Summary
Maintaining a high-level of jobsite productivity is one of the most important activities for any foreman, crew leader, or project manager. By using the five pillars of productivity, the productivity and profitablility levels of any landscape crew, on every type of landscape project – maintenance or construction can be increased.
When production rates drop on a landscape jobsite, money is lost, and… Continue
Added by Mark Bradley on February 11, 2010 at 5:21 —