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  • Sustainable drainage: beyond compliance
    Paul Shaffer co-ordinates CIRIA’s work on urban water management, including flood risk management and sustainable drainage, and is looking at approaches to encourage water-sensitive urban design (WSUD) in the UK. Together...
  • Pedestrian guardrail – what is BS 7818:1995?
    Alpha Rail
    When answering the question “Pedestrian guardrail – what is BS 7818:1995?” a useful starting point is to understand what is meant by a British Standard. The British Standards Institute (BSI) is appointed by the UK Government...
  • Top tips for laying turf in hot weather
    Harrowden Turf
    A beautifully manicured and verdant lawn is quintessentially British and should feature in every garden from a country Manor house to an urban abode. The environmental benefits and the sense of wellbeing generated by a...
  • 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...
  • Paving the way to shareable, more pedestrianised cities
    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...
  • Low maintenance landscaping that supports biodiversity
    Harrowden Turf
    Landscape designers are under a lot of pressure to delivery biodiversity, beauty, sustainability and easy maintenance all at once. It’s a challenge. Probably the easiest approach, should a client demand low maintenance, is...
  • School safety and security best practice
    Jacksons Fencing
    An advisory expert article covering school safety and security best practice.
  • Climbing: The Physical and Mental Benefits
    All children love to climb and explore, whether it’s scampering up a tree, scaling the sides of an adventure play tower, clambering on a bench or just scrambling up a rock to look around. In fact, you could even go as far as...
  • Wildflowers for specifiers and developers
    Harrowden Turf
    Easy BREEAM compliant environmental enhancement for building projects Feedback from property rentals and sales shows that BREEAM rated buildings deliver a better return on investment for developers and owners. The market...
  • Specifying non-slip decking
    Specifying non-slip decking for hotels, restaurants, pubs and smoking areas When specifying decking areas for hotels, restaurants, pubs and smoking areas, consideration must be given to aesthetics, maintenance and safety.
  • Watered-down SuDS regs need shoring up with common sense
    Hydro International
    Alex Stephenson, Director of Hydro International, addresses how policy and practice on surface water management has evolved three years on from a bout of devastating flooding in 2012. Are we any better prepared for surface...
  • 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,...
  • How to create a wild garden to encourage wildlife
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    As natural play continues to dominate the education sector, more Schools than ever are incorporating wild gardens into their grounds to support the national curriculum. From Early Years through to Primary education, learning...
  • 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...
  • Encouraging caterpillars and moths in garden design
    Palmstead Nurseries
    Working with Palmstead Nurseries on its forthcoming Soft Landscape Workshop in Ashford, Kent, Kate Bradbury is the author of The Wildlife Gardener and a freelance garden writer. She will be discussing biodiversity,...