The latest industry news comes from both the North and South of England this week as important developments in landscaping take place.
The Greener Cities Project
The first piece of news comes from Manchester, since the “Greener Cities” project was launched on 13th May with an Urban Landscape Innovation Day. The day was supported by Manchester City Council and Warrington Council, and was hosted by the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO).
The aim of the launch was to create greener, healthier environments, as well as make city centres more attractive to businesses and residents. To help support this initiative, a Dutch tree nursery has donated a tree to Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens. A Dutch bulb company has also helped by donating 25,000 bee friendly tulip bulbs to be planted across the city in order to promote biodiversity.
Increasing numbers of Dutch businesses are investing in Manchester, which is great news for the local economy. The NBSO was able to highlight its commitment to investing in the local business community by organising the Urban Landscaping Innovation Day.
According to the article in Horticulture Week online, the Dutch Government sees the potential of the UK’s Northern cities. With this, the NBSO want to look at innovative ways to regenerate green spaces in a sustainable and cost-effective way. The innovation day allowed the perfect opportunity to share best practices between the Netherlands and the UK.
The Garden Bridge
News from the landscaping industry in London has also emerged from Horticulture Week this month. It has been announced that Willerby Landscapes Ltd are the chosen landscaping contractors for the much anticipated Garden Bridge project. They will be working alongside designers, Thomas Heatherwick, Dan Pearson and Arup, as well as construction contractor, Bouygues TP-Cimolai to create it.
The Garden Bridge is planned to be a pedestrian footbridge with 6,000 sq m of garden. In the garden there is expected to be 2,000 shrubs, 270 trees, over 22,000 hardy perennials, hedging plants and climbers, bulbs, ferns and grasses.
There will be five planting zones on the Garden Bridge, in order to fully reflect London’s rich horticultural history. Plants, trees and shrubs native to the UK, northern Europe and other parts of the world will all be featured in the gardens, enhancing views of the iconic landmarks of London.
Planting will not begin on the Bridge until November 2017 before it opens in the summer, so we have a little while to wait for this huge development. However the good news is that as these significant changes are made in the landscaping industry across the UK, the sector is certainly getting the attention it deserves.