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  • 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...
  • Palisade vs mesh fencing
    CLD Fencing Systems
    Almost everyone will have come across palisade fencing. Defined by its tri-tipped ends, it was always considered to offer a barrier between properties and would-be trespassers. However, in recent years, more and more...
  • Sustainable drainage: beyond compliance
    CIRIA
    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...
  • The Corten Steel Weathering Process
    Round Wood of Mayfield
    When you first receive your Corten Steel products they will arrive in an un-weathered or partly weathered condition. Once placed outside the weathering process will begin. Each stage is explained in more detail below, to...
  • What role do SUDS play in green infrastructure?
    Marshalls
    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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Latest anti-littering strategy - its affect on councils
    Amberol
    It is estimated that 62% of people in England drop litter. Although these figures are alarmingly high, statistics show that 90% of sites in England are deemed by the government to have an acceptable level of litter. So why...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Paving the way to shareable, more pedestrianised cities
    Marshalls
    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...
  • How exercise can benefit the mental health of children
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    It is no secret that exercise helps to keep our bodies healthy, and while we all know the benefits that an active lifestyle can have on our children’s physical health, we can also use exercise to improve their mental...
  • 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...