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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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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Sail, sun and serendipity

Sail, sun and serendipity

‘We sail,’ Captain Sergey Utitsyn asserts firmly. ‘This is a sailing ship!’ He was responding to my temerity in calling the ten-night Star Clipper Eastern Mediterranean voyage from Venice to Athens, a ‘cruise’. And his choice of words really is the best way to describe the Star Clipper tall-ship experience – a wonderful sailing holiday …

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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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Ground Control: achieving balance

Ground Control: achieving balance

Unsettled, unpredictable and downright unfriendly weather created challenges in landscape maintenance in 2012. To mitigate similar problems in 2013, here are some essential steps for ground renovation, disease prevention, and ongoing maintenance. (Originally published in The Landscaper magazine, February 2013) It all begins with soil analysis Soil analysis is recommended as the first step in …

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Innovation in recruitment and retention strategies

Innovation in recruitment and retention strategies

Global HR experts will share unique approaches and best practices at IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) 2012 Conference. “IRC has geographic coverage that places it firmly in the top 10 global search firm groups,” says Sylvia MacArthur, president of the IRC Executive Board. “Seizing opportunities to share best practices with world-leading Human Resources (HR) …

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