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  • Fundraising for new play area projects
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    Put the Fun in Fundraising by getting staff, pupils and parents involved and organise an event which can not only raise necessary funds for a new project but help bring communities together. Fundraising is a fantastic way to raise money which can be used on school resources and new play equipment for outside spaces. The simplest idea can generate...
    Article, 21 March 2018
  • Non slip decking for balconies and residential areas
    Marley Eternit
    Non slip decking for balconies and residential areas Specifying decking for residential balconies brings its own set of challenges. For the resident, an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space is the priority. For the specifier, issues such as safety, cleaning, maintenance and sustainability are the focus....
    Article, 15 August 2017
  • Teaching children how to be safe in playgrounds
    Setter Play
    There’s no doubt that children love nothing better than to scramble and mess around on school playground equipment. From as early as 2 years old, toddlers love climbing, swinging and running about in a playground, and when they head off to school they’ll love playing on the school’s equipment just as much. When you take your toddler to a...
    Article, 18 December 2015
  • Trees and climate change
    GreenBlue Urban Ltd
    By signing up to international carbon reduction targets, world leaders have issued a challenge to everyone involved in urban space design. Whilst we cannot realistically claim that planting trees in towns will significantly affect global climate, what we do know is that they have a major role to play in city climate mitigation and adaptation...
    Article, 17 May 2016
  • Creating the perfect sports pitch
    To the untrained eye, a fence is just a fence. But when it comes to enclosing sports areas, it can keep balls in play, reduce maintenance, provide safety and security, deter vandalism and graffiti and even be an integral part of the field of play. Mo Ali, Zaun’s sports systems expert explains below. I’m on a mission to better inform specifiers and...
    Article, 22 June 2015
  • A guide to the benefits of urban trees
    GreenBlue Urban Ltd
    Over the last decade, the activities of numerous charities and public sector organisations (eg Trees for Cities, The Forestry Commission and Natural England) have helped to put the creation of sustainable urban forests firmly on the agenda for politicians, policy makers, planners and landscape design professionals. Throughout this period, ongoing...
    Article, 03 August 2016
  • "Our Children Need Places to Play"
    UK families are concerned that their children may soon have nowhere to play and urge the government to address the situation urgently. That’s according to early findings of new research [1] by the Association of Play Industries (API), of which Proludic Ltd is a member, which shows over half (56%) of parents are unhappy about the about the lack of...
    Article, 30 November 2015
  • Metal railings differentiate a housing marketing suite
    Alpha Rail
    You’re a landscape architect, you’re designing the external works for your next housing estate development for your construction client and you want to impress. This article explores how metal railings can differentiate a housing development marketing suite. When you begin the design process and you’re having a flash of creativity and inspiration...
    Article, 13 March 2018
  • A guide to commercial container planting
    This guide to container planting outlines, in a 10-step process, all essential requirements for a successful commercial planter installation. 1. Fill the bottom of the planters with an appropriate drainage layer. Prior to this step, if desired, the planters can be lined at the base with geotextile membrane, which will help to clean any water...
    Article, 14 October 2015
  • Growing Wildflowers In Scotland
    Harrowden Turf
    Stewarts Turf in Scotland are part of Harrowden Turf and have recently added Meadowmat wild flower turf to their product portfolio. In this article we look at the pros and cons of including wildflowers in garden design, green roofing and landscaping projects in Scotland. You’ll have seen the statistics about 97% of wildflower meadows having...
    Article, 23 February 2018
  • The principles of successful urban tree pit design
    GreenBlue Urban Ltd
    The benefits that populations of healthy urban trees can create are significant, yet the environmental conditions found in urban spaces can often be a barrier to their successful establishment and long term survival. In order to provide urban trees with the best opportunity to survive and thrive it is essential to consider the conditions of soil...
    Article, 12 May 2017
  • It’s time we went wild
    Harrowden Turf
    The UK population is rising fast, and with a finite amount of land to be used for housing, infrastructure and food production, the pressure is on for our native flora and fauna. Landscape architects, parks and gardens managers and gardeners can all help. This article explains how. Biodiversity statistics are worrying The disappearance of our...
    Article, 07 March 2017
  • Latest anti-littering strategy - its affect on councils
    It is estimated that 62% of people in England drop litter. Although these figures are alarmingly high, statistics show that 90% of sites in England are deemed by the government to have an acceptable level of litter. So why the disparity between the amount of litter dropped and the apparent cleanliness of our streets? I’d suggest that it is largely...
    Article, 09 March 2018
  • Paving the way to shareable, more pedestrianised cities
    Marshalls - street furniture
    Sometime in urban history the status quo ante for streets and public spaces was replaced by the idea of segregating pedestrians and vehicles, with cars squeezing pedestrians off the streets, making it impossible to walk and causing a loss of vitality in public spaces. Now, as pedestrian needs are being better acknowledged, more consideration is...
    Article, 22 April 2015
  • The Modern Slavery Act and the landscaping industry
    Glenn Bradley, Group Ethical Trade Manager at Hardscape, is spearheading changes around business and human rights in the UK and Ireland in relation to modern slavery. Here he explains what the Modern Slavery Act means for landscape professionals, and why the industry needs to take action. The Modern Slavery Act This April, the Modern Slavery Act...
    Article, 03 April 2018