For anyone who read my earlier blogs, you'll know I was very excited about getting our garden built this year and we carried out phase 1 in March (clearance, removal of fences & planting of beech hedge) in preparation for the new hard landscaping build.
I knew that the landscaper wouldn't be able to do the work until August but wasn't prepared for what has now occurred, so I am in a complete quandry about whether to proceed or not this year. I shall explain.
With a horrifying average of three deaths a year in the grounds maintenance industry, Lantra Sector Skills Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have today (28 July) united with industry representatives to tackle the issue.
The workshop, held at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, focused on health and safety issues such as mowing on slopes, exposure to noise and vibration and safe use of pesticides. Specialist consultants, advisors, training providers and trade… Continue
Two new products from Etesia and one new Pellenc product will all be making their debut at this year’s IOG SALTEX show - details of which are being kept under wraps until the first day of the exhibition.
The Etesia team will be out in force on stand U15, with Etesia UK showcasing its range of professional ride-on and pedestrian mowers, ride-on brushcutters & trailers along with Pellenc’s lithium-ion battery powered chainsaws, polesaws, hedge… Continue
Added by Tina Ribbans on July 27, 2010 at 13:10 —
At first glance, the comment wall on your page might seem a little confusing.
If someone leaves you a comment, there might be a tendency to write a comment straight back using the comment block at the foot of the comment wall. However, if you do this, the comment is left on your own wall and not that of the person who's left you a comment and by you doing so, the person you wanted to see your comment might not actually notice that you have responded (I hope you're understanding… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on July 27, 2010 at 8:30 —
As Love Parks Week is taking place this week (24 July - 1 August), encouraging people all across the country to appreciate the beauty of our parks, a new report from the UK body for public health specialists shows that parks may be beneficial to our health as well.
The Faculty of Public Health report “The Great Outdoors: How Our Natural Health Service Uses Green Space To Improve Wellbeing” says parks are essential to our mental wellbeing. Nature’s impact on mental conditions in… Continue
The garden, designed by Stephen Dennis and installed by Brett Approved Installers Fulford and Mole Driveways and Patios Ltd of Staffordshire, won a Bronze medal at the annual event in Cheshire.
The garden called Breathe features a large glass cube set on a patio deck around an attractive pond providing an area for relaxation or entertainment. Brett supplied its Travertine natural stone paving for the stylish patio area, in addition to providing… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on July 25, 2010 at 7:58 —
Most professional gardeners do not charge by the hour. Instead they will discuss with you what you want from your garden and assess the maintenance requirements. You will then get an annual price, divided in to monthly instalments.
However, for the purposes of this discussion, let us assume that a professional gardener has a rate of £20 per hour in mind when quoting, and compare that with the odd jobber/handyman who charges £8 per hour.
We are very slowly adjusting to the flora and fauna of the south..... as far as the flora goes, what's really great is that plants grow like, well, they grow like, .... (I can't say 'weeds', can I??)..... okay, they grow exponentially like the world's disaffectedness with the Doha trade rounds... zzzzzzzz ..... nah, they just grow like weeds when all is said and done... and I'm fairly happy about that - I'll perhaps rethink the amount of space I leave between perennials (read: the amount of… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on July 23, 2010 at 23:00 —
Hi- we have a (very) overgrown smallholding (11acres-ish) in Central Portugal. We are trying to clear the brambles and broom and rebuild the lovely, old, dry stone terrace walls. It's quite a job for two!
Just thinking... if anyone is ever considering a trip to the area we have a lovely cabin (sleeps four) which anyone would be welcome to use in exchange for some help!! We primarily need help clearing but there's also lots of other stuff-… Continue
Mulberry Lodge is recently converted range of late Victorian agricultural buildings in the village of Walkington, Nr. Beverley, East Yorkshire, UK. The dwelling is primarily single storey and sits in a large 7 acre landscaped plot. The inner courtyard is approximately 20m x 10m.
The current owners bought the property three years ago and undertook a high end re-fit of the interior including the rooms that overlook the courtyard those being… Continue
Wildflowers on the Green
Why is creating a wildflower meadow like baking the perfect sponge? Because to achieve a pretty, evenly mixed and diverse meadow there needs to be a combination of the right ingredients, timing and temperature, just like baking.
This year many people who use my local Millennium Green are wondering what has happened to the wildflower meadow. Where are the flowers? Why is there a lot of grey-green stuff that looks like a weed?
Unlike most ovens, nature is… Continue
The impact that the building and construction trade has on the environment is becoming more and more of a concern as we become increasingly aware of the pressures that society can have on the world we live in. Silva Timber understand the impact that forestry has on the environment and ensures that all of our timber is legally sourced from well managed forests, protecting both biodiversity and the indigenous people's rights.
Increasingly, customers are specifying sustainable products… Continue
Just been down to the courtyard for a 'reward' ciggie after completing summarising and analysing 10 speeches..... ARGH!
At this point, I feel like the chap in the cigar ad as I sit outside mulling the day's efforts and trying not to worry about the 'value add'.... when Eric appears (I should perhaps explain that all bees in the garden are called 'Eric', largely because it makes it easier when you are talking to them - and, no, I don't think they talk back to me... at least, not… Continue