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  • This Girl Can campaign can help tackle activity levels
    Proludic Play & Sports Areas
    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.
  • Drainage considerations for housebuilders and developers
    ACO Water Management
    The build quality of any housing development is always the most important aspect of the project. Having a poor infrastructure can lead to untold issues with the future performance of the house. As such, ensuring that all...
  • Forests v cities
    GreenBlue Urban Ltd
    Trees are woodland forestry plants. As soon as we forget this simple fact, we neglect the necessities that trees need and are likely to make mistakes when planting trees in urban locations. A tree in a woodland forest has...
  • Urban Runoff - The Forgotten Polluter?
    SDS
    Jo Bradley, Market Development Manager, SDS Limited, takes a look at a neglected issue..... Rainwater that runs off impervious surfaces such as roads, roofs and car parks can carry with it hazardous pollutants. Heavy storms...
  • Tyre Abrasion - The Dark Side of Microplastics
    SDS
    Thank goodness for Sir David, and all those colourful images illustrating how plastic is turning up in even the most remote and unpopulated places on earth. Who could fail to be astonished by its persistent and pervasive...
  • What is a pocket park?
    Furnitubes International
    Cities and other busy urban areas are always looking at how to improve life for their residents and make the most of any space. Although there are a few different ways to go about this, one that is becoming very popular with...
  • Materials for wayfinding and signage systems
    Marshalls - landscape protection
    Jon Scott examines material choices for signage in public areas. Arguably more than for any other piece of street furniture, the selection of materials for a signage product is vitally important. Primarily, every material...
  • Growing wildflowers in Scotland
    Harrowden Turf
    Stewarts Turf in Scotland are part of Harrowden Turf and have recently added Meadowmat wildflower turf to their product portfolio. In this article we look at the pros and cons of including wildflowers in garden design, green...
  • How to choose the right fencing for schools
    Jacksons Fencing
    Safety and security are two of the most important considerations for any education site, from pre-schools to universities. Numerous challenges and risks need to be addressed, such as accident and injury, anti-social...
  • Playground Inspection
    Schoolscapes
    Regularly inspecting both the equipment and the grounds of a playground installation ensures it remains a safe place for children to play and have fun. It helps to plan and follow a timetable of regular playground...
  • 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 native flora and fauna. Landscape architects, parks and gardens managers,...
  • Top play activities to encourage teamwork & group play
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    At Sovereign we believe in the benefits of group play and we champion products that can be used by multiple children at a time. Group play is an effective way to encourage communication and teamwork in children of all ages,...
  • Domestic acoustic fencing
    Jacksons Fencing
    Noise pollution is becoming an increasing concern, and it’s more than simply an annoyance – it can have a detrimental impact on health and wellbeing. Studies have found that even small increases in ambient sound can have a...
  • Impact-testing of vehicle security barriers
    Jacksons Fencing
    An aspect of security that has risen in awareness in recent years is the necessity of defending against vehicle impacts. Often, these occur from deliberate attacks and as a result, the demand for Hostile Vehicle Mitigation...
  • Getting to Grips With Highway Pollution
    SDS
    Pollution from urban highways, trunk roads and motorways poses significant risks to the environment from toxic metals and hydrocarbons that are carried in surface water runoff. The risks are well-documented and the...