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  • Protecting and maintaining metal railings and gates
    Alpha Rail
    The majority of metal railings, gates and architectural metalwork supplied by Alpha Rail have been galvanised, and often also powder coated, to protect them against rust. However, regardless of how well a railing has been...
  • 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.
  • Bespoke galvanised steel planter manufacture
    Outdoor Design
    Bespoke steel planters can be made in all shapes and sizes, to suit a huge variety of settings and applications. Drawing on specialist product knowledge, design expertise and manufacturing processes means that a solution can...
  • Tree anchors: design guidelines and considerations
    Platipus Anchors Ltd
    The following guidelines take you through the most important considerations you need to make when designing a scheme involving tree anchoring. Tree sizes Is there accurate information regarding the overall height and...
  • Modular designs that don’t stick to standard dimensions
    If you are designing a large landscape scheme that will be a pleasure for people to live and work in, planters are a useful tool to have in your project. Planting brings life to streets, squares, parks and housing...
  • 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...
  • Five benefits of using trees in urban design
    Furnitubes International
    Find out the main benefits of including trees in urban design.
  • Materials for wayfinding and signage systems
    Marshalls - street furniture
    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...
  • Timber decking for schools and education facilities
    Timber decking for schools and education facilities Decking specified for schools and playgrounds needs to be aesthetically pleasing, easy to clean and not present a hazard to playing children. Timber decking is a very...
  • Products to aid facility management
    Meon Ltd
    In order to aid facility management performance, it is very important to ensure your surface and its markings are kept to the highest standard possible. You must make sure you have all the required markings and zones to keep...
  • When to facet and when to radius metal railings
    Alpha Rail
    One of the many considerations that surveyors have to take in to account when they are on site measuring a metal railings installation project is when to facet and when to radius metal railings. Let’s first explain what is...
  • 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...
  • Gates for playgrounds and play areas
    Jacksons Fencing
    Things to consider when choosing a playground gate. Access for emergency services is essential. An ambulance should be able to drive right up to the play area in all weather conditions with enough room for a trolley bed to...
  • 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...
  • Top tips for specifying sports ground fencing
    Procter Contracts
    Sports grounds need fencing, either to stop balls straying or prevent trespassing – or both. However, with so many different types to choose from, specifying fencing is not straightforward. This article provides five top...