Tag: ecology

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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Whisky and waves: the future of Scottish isle’s power?

Whisky and waves: the future of Scottish isle’s power?

Communities on the Isle of Islay are moving forward with plans for tidal energy and renewable fuels while maintaining age old methods of agriculture and whisky distilling. Everything seems to slow down on Islay – this southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides – also known as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’. Drivers wave as you …

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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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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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