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Philip Voice
Piis, near Monflanquin France
Interests: gardening, outdoors, wine, history, golf, photography, walking, football, landscape structures and architecture
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These generations of hard work and involvement with the landscape are now having to be defended against some environmentalists, such as George Monbiot, who has described “the Lake District as sheepwrecked”. In my opinion the land is not wrecked by sheep – generations of sheep and farmers have created the environment here together. It is not in our interest to wreck our land with excess sheep, my farm averages around two sheep per acre, and I am preserving it as best I can for the next generation. continue reading: As a shepherd, I know we have not ‘sheepwrecked’ Britain’s landscape Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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I have been a long-term believer that we are under-selling the health and medicinal benefits of plants. Herbal remedies have been around for as long as man has existed on this planet but their benefits have not always been recognised. Indeed anyone who evangelised about the use of plants for medicinal purposes could be accused of sorcery and witchcraft. Luckily, today, people are waking up to the potential of the chemicals held within plants and trying to understand what uses they hold. I was particularly interested in an article on the BBC website by Dr Chris Van Tulleken. Dr Van... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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I have to say I do get irritated by the do-gooders who who preach to the rest that we must all do something to help save the planet. For sure, good housekeeping - or garden keeping, in this case - is worthwhile, if not just for personal pleasure. But please, letting a few square metres grow wild with nettles, or putting up a bee hotel, isn't going to save the planet. Even if a few hundred thousand people do it, these tiny actions are not going to save the planet. (my bee hotel -pictured - is more for ornamental purposes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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An experienced gardener who died of multiple organ failure might have brushed past a toxic plant while working on an Hampshire estate days before his death, an inquest heard. Nathan Greenway, 33, was taken to hospital after his wife found him 'drenched in sweat' and vomiting on the floor of their home in Aldershot, Hampshire last August. Hours earlier, he had been working near the poisonous plant aconitum - known as Devil's Helmet' or Monkshood - while clearing weeds ahead of a party at Mill Court in exclusive Upper Froyle, near Alton, Hampshire. Read more Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Is it me or are 90% of gardens I see going through on Twitter, Facebook or business blogs all following the same theme? Square block painted rendered walls with stone coping wrapped around a dull outdoor seating area with a sofa and chairs, with obligatory brightly coloured cushions, that wouldn't look out of place in a penthouse docklands flat. Oh, I nearly forgot....there's almost always an outdoor gas fire embedded into one of the rendered walls. Then there's the planting afterthought. 'I know, let's throw in a few token Verbena bonariensis and a under plant the birch tree with Alliums'.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Are you looking for landscaping and/or gardening staff? Landscape Juice is the largest association of landscapers and gardeners in the United Kingdom. The Landscape Juice brand receives over 120,000 visits each month with c50% returning visitors. As an online business we have the deepest industry reach of any group but what is more, we uniquely cross the trade/consumer divide making us best placed to put your career vacancy in front of potential job searchers. Landscape Juice's dedicated landscaping industry job board - www.landscapeengine.co.uk is a simple but extremely strong marketplace for both those looking for landscaping and/or gardening staff and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Do you remember how the Millennium Dome became a political football? Many critics thought that the Labour government led project was a white elephant that was doomed to fail. In indeed, the Conservatives used every opportunity to discredit the Millennium Dome project and for a time, it looked as though the critics were going to be proven right. Sharply in focus when the clocks chimed midnight on 31st December 1999, the Dome (as many called it) slowly, but surely, slipped from the consciousness of its most vociferous critics. Later renamed the O2 (Arena), the Dome has now enjoyed huge commercial... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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I have been a supporter of providing more green spaces in urban areas. Green spaces - whether that's a park, roof garden or a small punctuation of borders and/or grass - brings well being, softens an otherwise harsh infrastructure and creates ecosystems for wildlife. Up until yesterday I would have agreed with many others and say we should introduce more green spaces within our towns and cities. Quality of life for those who live away from accessible natural countryside should be paramount to urban planners. Today - and after reading The dangers of eco-gentrification: what's the best way to make... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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This latest version of the long-established Hayterette offers the same unrivalled rough-grass performance as its many predecessors, but makes the most of Hayter’s recent advancements in lawn mower technology. Key to its impressive cutting-capability are its four swinging metal blades... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Garden machinery deals and reviews
Alys Fowler and Jane Perrone focus on the most popular homegrown crop, the tomato. They can be tricky to grow, but get it right and there's nothing quite like a fresh-from-your-garden tom. Tomato expert and heirloom champion Craig LeHouiller shares some of his experience of growing over 1000 varieties, while chef Stevie Parle and tomato enthusiast Naomi Schillinger tell us about their favourite tomato dishes, and Joe Archer, horticulturist at Kew Gardens, enlightens us with some strange-but-true tomato facts. Have a listen and give us your feedback on the blog below or send us a tweet. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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We hear all to often about how hard it is to attract good talent into the industry. One of the landscape industry's biggest problems stems from the outsiders' perception that the trade is a menial one. This erroneous perception leads to 1. a cash culture that brings no new investment and 2. low bidding in the market place. I'm sure everyone wants to see prices rise - or at least get what should be a fair market rate? Is it time to introduce a voluntary £10.00 per hour minimum wage? You may say that this will squeeze profits all the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Get your hands on top-quality European engineering and turn the job of large-scale lawn-maintenance into more of a pleasure than a chore with the impressively agile Stiga Villa 14 HST. It couldn’t be easier to control and manoeuvre, with its... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Garden machinery deals and reviews
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For the first six years of running my business I ran only vehicles with petrol engines. Even after I got my first diesel (1990) I still kept a petrol Renault Trafic for a further three years. I switched to diesel because, it seemed, everyone I spoke to told me that diesels - even though they cost at least £1,000 extra, at that time - were better work horses and more economical to run. Bear in mind that the cost of diesel was much lower than petrol back then too, so it seemed to make sense. Even today I still run... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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The Masport 200 ST is probably the best quality petrol-powered push lawn mower with a steel deck available today, the Masport 200 ST has been built to last and boasts high-specification features throughout. Its large-sized dual bearing wheels give it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Garden machinery deals and reviews
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Driving its powerful and durable brushless propulsion-motors is a high-performance 25.2v (2.9Ah) lithium-ion battery that has no memory effect; and which charges in only two-hours, giving a mowing time of up to the same amount. The beefy propulsion motors work... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Garden machinery deals and reviews
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Large enough to cover a substantial lawn with speed and efficiency, but small enough to fit through narrow gateways, this compact ride-on from Lawnflite is the obvious choice for anyone seeking to step-up from a walk-behind mower. Thanks to its... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Garden machinery deals and reviews
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I was extremely perturbed, but not surprised, to hear that Chief Political Editor of the Telegraph, Peter Oborne, resigned his position because of the conflict of interest between his employer's advertising objectives and its responsibility to report a true and honest story. On Peter Oborne's resignation, Our Kingdom said: "The coverage of HSBC in Britain's Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril. Landscape industry press can also be accused of only running with positive stories. There can be only one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Odey is on record for saying that we have entered an economic downturn that is likely to be remembered for one hundred years and the central banks are powerless to stop it. UK Business Insider quotes Odey: "My point is that we used all our monetary firepower to avoid the first downturn in 2007-09," he writes, "so we are really at a dangerous point to try to counter the effects of a slowing China, falling commodities and EM incomes, and the ultimate First World Effects. This is the heart of the message. If economic activity far from picks up, but falters, then there will be a painful round of debt default." Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Watching my Twitter stream this morning it's apparent that the majority of businesses in the landscape sector shut down for two weeks over Christmas. It makes sense and I have to admit that it was the one time of year during my landscaping career I was happy to close the office door for a few days and not be too bothered about the phone or email. During my annual summer holiday it was different as I always fretted and kept in touch with the office, just in case. But at Christmas I always felt able to switch off and enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Landscape Juice
Good news for the landscaping industry. Google Trends reports show that there was an increase in searches for the term 'landscaping' for the year 2014 (UK only) on the Google search engine. 2014 was the second successive year in which searches for landscaping showed a marked improvement, after hitting an all-time low in March 2012. Scotland led the way with England coming third for landscaping related queries on the Google search engine. Now it's worth taking note and thinking about what happens next. The not so good news is that the Google Trend prediction for 2015 shows a drop in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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I think traditional marketers are starting to get the message. The internet has become so much a part of our daily lives now that it's a natural pathway for commerce to use it more and more in the future. Volvo has decided that it will ditch expensive trade shows in favour of internet marketing and intends to up its digital advertising spend. Whilst Volvo say there are no immediate plans to scrap their traditional dealerships, this decision clearly puts them on the path to change the conventional business model over time. Volvo already sells 80% od its vehicles online. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Former Trustee of the Soil Association, Joanna Blythman, has to today explained the reasons why she and three other trustees resigned from the Council of the Soil Association. In a blog on here website, Joanna publsihes a joint resignation letter from herself, Lynda Brown, Pat Thomas and Andrew Whitley citing concerns, amongst other things, as to the direction of the Association. "We fear for the good name and relevance of an organisation that we have supported for many years. We have done our best to alert fellow trustees to the dangers implicit in the way that the current strategy is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Landscape Juice
Hi Helen March would be £300.00 per week and April £450.00 per week. I cannot however guarantee that there will be much by the way of accessible fields though as they have been planted up with wheat. We have pasture and other areas. Let me know if you're still interested? Kind regards Phil Voice
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I've just read an very interesting blog post - Only one chance to get it right - by David Fursdon about an idea "of listing the landscape in the same way as buildings are listed grade I,II or II". David makes a good point about how any system that might be put in place is in danger of being abused and that the likes of English Heritage are too resource starved to deal with running such a scheme. As someone who's helped carve out and alter landscapes over many years I can see why, in certain situations, a block should... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) appears to be heading for a crisis as one of its members warned other organisations about trying to get close. Writing in the November edition of the Pro Landscaper magazine (page 24) managing director of ISS Facilities Services Landscaping, Phil Jones, said that having seen the BALI board in action at the recent BALI AGM that he said he came away feeling far from being part of 'well-run, professional organisation'. Jones said that at the AGM meeting lacked engagement, clarity and management professionalism. It was more like a scene from the Vicar of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Landscape Juice