Parks & Gardens
Horticulture Week's Parks & Gardens News delivers the top stories affecting public open spaces, including amenity turf, historic & botanic gardens, parks trusts, volunteering and parks funding.
Parks & Gardens In Depth
Three of the top brands submit saws for testing in the Wild Wood at Derby College, Sally Drury reports.
Repairing pitches with precise machinery can sustain more play and increase revenue, says Sally Drury.
How will these three new models fare when tested at Cannington Golf Club? Sally Drury finds out.
Some 45 per cent of parks managers say local authorities are thinking of selling or transferring management of their parks.
Your professional gardening and landscaping queries answered
Sid Sullivan's Blog
Incisive insight and candid comment from parks consultant Sid Sullivan
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Parks & Gardens News
- National Trust property opens knot garden
- Monitoring of potentially damaging pine moth to be stepped up
- Glendale works with Army Reservists to restore park island
- Four councils join the 'say no to the mow' campaign launched by Plantlife.
- Park worker attacked
- Hyde Hall seeks new curator as part of development plans
- Ousted Paterson lashes green pressure groups
- Drainage installation to bunker building lead to busy summer for Speedcut
Kevin Line's Blog
Head gardener Kevin Line explores his passion for and experiments with plants.
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Green space management
Guidance and advice from parks and business experts
Your employees can help you to differentiate from your competition in a positive way, says Neville Stein.
See full winners list and case studies on award-winning parks.
How To Buy...
Buyers' guide - tractors Vibration levels, implements and working conditions are key considerations, Sally Drury explains.
Buyers' guide - Chainsaws Your experience and training are key factors when it comes to choosing a chainsaw, Sally Drury explains.
Buyers' guide - Brushcutters The terrain and nature of the job will dictate which machine you should be using, Sally Drury explains.
Buyers' Guide - Blowers and sweepers Sally Drury looks at blowers and sweepers that can be handheld, pushed, vehicle-mounted or towed.
How to buy - Chainsaws The latest models will cover a wide variety of different professional tasks, Sally Drury finds.
How to buy - Paving, walling & fencing There are important factors to consider when selecting landscape materials, Sally Drury advises.
New wider models of the Vredo Super Compact Overseeders are available from Richard Campey Turf Care Systems of Macclesfield.
For lawns up to 2,000sq m, this new 190cc mower offers a 51cm cutting width, centralised five-step height adjustment and a three-speed transmission.
To meet the needs of sports and leisure facilities, artificial turf manufacturer TigerTurf UK has developed a premium range of playing surfaces, including Soccer Real.
A three-year warranty is offered by Rochford Garden Machinery on the new Weibang Legacy 56 PRO.
How the funding squeeze is hitting green spaces.
The recent inquest into the death of a young woman at Kew Gardens in 2012 caused by a falling branch from a mature cedar raised important tree-risk management questions. After lengthy proceedings, a jury found that there was insufficient evidence to ...
If there was any doubt that collaboration pays, two important developments within horticulture's wonderfully diverse but, for far too long, dangerously fragmented industry should settle the matter for good.
It is almost exactly a year since the Parks Alliance was formed, bringing key professional bodies within the parks and allied sectors together to lobby, engage and communicate on behalf of embattled urban parks and green spaces.
Getting the message across to those outside the world of professional horticulture - and first and foremost our politicians - about the damage that will be wrought tomorrow from today's green-space maintenance budget cuts remains the single biggest c...
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Advice from Horticulture Week's equipment expert
- I am repeatedly having trouble with moss on a tennis court and a large area of car parking -- both are Tarmac. I do not want to use chemicals. The areas concerned are in heavy shade much of the time because of tall trees. Any ideas?
- I am looking for hanging basket supports that can be moved to lower the position for watering then raised to their original height. Can you help?
- Have you ever heard of a Japanese manufacturer called Orec? I am interested in its new commercial grade lawn mower -- the GRH 537 -- with hydro drive. It has a high-lift blade, a fan and next to the ejection chute it features a plastic duct connected with the engine air intake to improve airflow into the bag. I am also looking at the new AS Motor collection mower 531 with two-stroke engine. Should I stick with the Orec?
- Are there any wheeled brushcutters that you could recommend to reduce the amount of undergrowth at the edge of woodland rides? Estate manager, Warwickshire.
- I am looking for a petrol pressure washer for cleaning off algae from stone steps and paving. Do you have any recommendations for a budget of around £350?
- What oil should I be putting in my trailed gang mower TG4650?
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