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  • 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,...
  • Modular designs that don’t stick to standard dimensions
    WoodBlocX
    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...
  • Perimeter security: what you need to consider
    Jacksons Fencing
    According to the latest Commercial Victimisation Survey, business premises in all sectors experienced some form of crime in the last 12 months. Coupled with the current global security situation, risk and security managers...
  • LPS 1175 Security Rated Fencing and why it matters
    Jacksons Fencing
    Security Rated Fencing is integral to any well-planned and effective perimeter security strategy as it provides the reassurance of tested performance against a range of threats. LPS 1175 Certification was introduced by the...
  • "Our Children Need Places to Play"
    Proludic Play & Sports Areas
    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...
  • Specifying non-slip decking
    Marley
    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.
  • 5 key considerations of paving drainage
    ACO Water Management
    Standing water in paved areas is not only an eye-sore but it can also be a major safety hazard. Here, Neil Higgins, Product Training Manager at ACO Water Management, provides his top tips when considering drainage for paved...
  • 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...
  • Climbing: The Physical and Mental Benefits
    Schoolscapes
    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...
  • 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...
  • Choosing materials for landscaping decking projects
    Alfresco Floors
    In the past, selecting the boards for decking or cladding projects came down to three options: tropical hardwoods, tanalised softwoods and wood/plastic composites. Advances in decking technology now mean that landscape...
  • Specifying non-slip decking for accessible areas
    Marley
    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...
  • Timber decking for schools and education facilities
    Marley
    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...
  • Why do schools need acoustic fencing?
    Jacksons Fencing
    At any school, there will be times during the day when the student population will be outdoors, whether this is before and after lessons, at lunchtime, or during PE. But with many schools located in populated areas, it’s...
  • Rhythm healing and the power of the drum
    Percussion Play
    From the earliest times drums and their rhythms have been at the centre of social and cultural activities all over the world, in fact it is said to be man's oldest musical percussion instrument. However, drums have not...