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  • 7 tips to greatly improve the quality of car parks
    Meon Ltd
    Car parks are a common and, some would say, underrated system within any industry - public and private. They provide an organised, safe, and easy way to park when visiting somewhere. Although holding such importance to a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • What role do SUDS play in green infrastructure?
    Marshalls - street furniture
    Romy Rawlings examines the role that sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDs) play in green infrastructure. With over 5.2 million properties in England at risk of flooding, SUDs should be a part of an integrated strategy...
  • A guide to commercial container planting
    IOTA
    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...
  • 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...
  • This Girl Can campaign can help tackle activity levels
    Proludic
    On Friday the 11th December it was announced by England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies that obesity is the biggest threat to women’s health. She said this needs to become a national priority.
  • 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...
  • Providing outdoor musical activities for the elderly
    Percussion Play
    Being outside is necessary for well-being and enjoyment of life itself and a number of care and nursing homes are seeing the benefits of creating dementia friendly sensory gardens for residents and visitors to enjoy,...
  • Specifying non-slip decking for accessible stairs &ramps
    Marley Eternit
    What to consider when specifying non-slip decking for accessible high-traffic stairs and ramps When specifying decking in high-traffic public areas such as stairs and ramps, certain criteria should be addressed to ensure the...
  • Code for geosynthetics and steel meshes
    Road Surface Treatments Association
    A new code from the Road Surface Treatments Association (RTSA) points the way forward for future development of geosynthetics and steel meshes Cracking in asphalt roads and pavements is one of the biggest problems faced by...
  • Why Our Forests Matter
    WoodBlocX
    In the UK we sometimes take our forests, woodland and green space for granted, but you may be surprised to learn that the UK is one of the least wooded areas in Europe. Only 13% of our landmass is woodland, which is far less...
  • Calculating target soil volumes
    GreenBlue Urban Ltd
    Probably the most critical factor in tree health and longevity is the provision of enough quality soil for the tree roots. When planning trees into urban projects, it is crucial that the target soil volume is established in...
  • How to Grow Wild Flowers
    Harrowden Turf
    You’d think, wouldn’t you, that wildflowers would be easy to grow. After all, they’ve been enhancing our green and pleasant land for centuries with very little human intervention. In fact, they can be devilishly difficult to...
  • Choosing the right deck boards for your job
    Marley Eternit
    The popularity of deck boards for use in outside spaces is growing, and traditional grooved decking is still the most commonly used type. Contrary to popular belief, grooved board can be more hazardous than smooth when wet,...