Author: Ffion

Positive Learning

Positive Learning

Investing in our children’s positive future, in a flexible, nurturing and teacher-endorsed equestrian environment The impact is fantastic! The looks of awe and wonder, and that sense of discovery… you just see the children’s faces light up when they interact with the horses. They want to do it, they ask for more; it’s the first …

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Canine Couture

Canine Couture

From Tinkerbell’s Simple Life wardrobe to New York’s Pet Fashion Week, canine couture is challenging runway displays from Los Angeles to Paris. Human fashion pales in comparison with the riotous colour, vivid styling, and total fantasy of the fashions offered for our dogs. But is your pooch’s fashion style up to scratch or is there …

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Celtest: testing services for unique East Midlands Airport project

Celtest: testing services for unique East Midlands Airport project

Project: East Midlands Rehabilitation Runway project Resurfacing works using Beton Bitumeux Aeronautique (BBA) surface and regulating courses. Remove existing Marshall asphalt runway surface course over a width of 44.2 metres. Replace with a new BBA surface course; in addition, material in the central 22m keel section was replaced to a depth of 165mm. Up to …

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Cyprus – an island sojourn?

Cyprus – an island sojourn?

Bright blue skies, and temperatures in the high 20s… no, not Wales in a Spring heatwave – I was in Cyprus for a week, invited for a visit with friends. Leaving Larnaka airport, I stepped out into wall-to-wall sunshine. And the short drive to the house in Voroklini involved car windows down, and a glimpse …

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Greening our Cities: Are we doing enough, or do we need a law for landscaping?

Greening our Cities: Are we doing enough, or do we need a law for landscaping?

Climate change, energy security, biodiversity losses, growing urbanisation… people are increasingly aware, especially in our densely packed island, of their own relationship with the environment. Multiple ‘green’ initiatives and developments abound, which can be confusing and difficult to identify. Is the landscape industry doing enough to promote effective, practical and environmentally aware landscaping protocol and …

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Day of the Knotweed

Day of the Knotweed

Once desirable, it is now seen as aggressive, virulent and definitely not a plant to be trifled with – Japanese knotweed, that is. Japanese knotweed, a native of eastern Asia, was welcomed to Britain’s shores as an ornamental ‘architectural’ garden plant in the early 1800s. Its popularity was short-lived; less than a century later, it …

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Good Business: Gender Diversity at the Top

Good Business: Gender Diversity at the Top

Gender diversity at the leadership level is recognized as good for business, with hiring, appraisal and succession planning recognized as a critical development strategy. Successful companies that lead by example choose to work with suppliers (from media and marketing, through to executive search) that demonstrate their own development and understanding of gender diversity. Why is …

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Conval-Aid | Healthcare Products Case Study

Conval-Aid | Healthcare Products Case Study

After thorough investigation of Blue Link (the company and its solutions), Conval-Aid decided on installation of the customizable accounting system. An important factor in the decision was Blue Link’s willingness to customize the solution to Conval-Aid’s needs, and to assist with implementing the new system.   Situation Established in 1976, Conval-Aid provides a wide range …

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RDA launches flagship magazine for disability equestrianism

RDA launches flagship magazine for disability equestrianism

New publication will ‘inform and inspire’ about disability sport Riding for the Disabled Association is launching a new magazine – available by free subscription – designed to inform and inspire its readership about the work of RDA UK; disability sport and equestrianism. Published by Matrix Print Consultants Limited, RDA Magazine will launch in January as …

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Breeding for the Ideal Amenity Grass

Breeding for the Ideal Amenity Grass

Marker-assisted breeding and genotype mapping may eliminate long-term field trials, bringing improved grass varieties to market – and to amenity turfs – in record time. New processes at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS*) means plants can be tested as seedlings, reducing the time from initial development to completing STRI trials ­– …

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