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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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Whilst George Monbiot concedes that they are a problem, he is opposed to grey squirrel culls. Monbiot prefers for the pine marten population to eat all surplus grey squirrels instead. However this wacky environmentalist isn't opposed to feasting on grey squirrel. Monbiot went on Newsnight to and butchered a dead squirrel for presenter James O'Brien to taste. He hopes it's a craze that will catch on. Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Landscape Juice
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First of all, how long is a piece of string? Experience in all walks of life tell us that there are many factors that dictate the price of anything we buy. The quality of materials used - in the case of decking, think hardwood, softwood or synthetic and/or reclaimed materials. Then you have to think about the intricacies of the build itself and the time it will take the installer to create the decking. Also, what access does the artisan have to the area that they will be working in and what are the ground conditions like? There are so... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Landscape Juice
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The simple answer is yes. Trees can defoliate during the normal growing season for a number of reasons. Pests, disease, drought and lack of nutrient are just a few of the reasons why a tree may lose its leaves mid-season. I have two trees that are currently growing a second set of leaves. The first is a Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) the second is Henry's Lime (Tilia henryana). Both trees have shed their leaves through the summer due to drought related stress but with slightly different symptoms. Horse Chestnuts are one of the earliest in the year to lose their... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Landscape Juice
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A week after angering many in Russia by burning illegally imported Western food, authorities have started feeding Dutch flowers to the flames. Officials say blooms from the Netherlands, which supplies much of Russia's $2.5 billion flower market, pose safety risks because they may be infected. Critics say the "flower war" marks a new low in relations with the West and is Moscow's retaliation for a Dutch investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner over rebel-held east Ukraine in July last year. Whatever the reason, ordinary Russians, already struggling with unemployment and inflation, can expect higher flower prices in the... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Landscape Juice
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Do you recognise this man? If so, you are in for a reward if it leads to a successful arrest. He is thought to be responsible for a break-in and theft of garden and forestry equipment from a premises at 12.08am on Friday 21st August 2015 in Haigh, Barnsley, Yorkshire. Stihl MS362c Chainsaw - 18 inch bar Stihl MS362c Chainsaw - 16 inch bar Stihl 201T - Top handle chainsaw Husquavarna 550xp chainsaw - 15 inch bar Stihl HS81 Hedge cutter Stihl HS82 Hedge cutter More photos and details here Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Landscape Juice
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission care for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 154 countries. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission owes its existence to the vision and determination of one man - Sir Fabian Ware. Neither a soldier nor a politician, Ware was nevertheless well placed to respond to the public's reaction to the enormous losses in the war. At 45 he was too old to fight but he became the commander of a mobile unit of the British Red Cross. Saddened by the sheer number of casualties, he felt driven to find a way to ensure the final... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Landscape Juice
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Three million copies of Johanna Basford’s adult colouring book Secret Garden have been sold in China in less than three months, its publisher has announced, dubbing Beijing the “adult colouring-in capital of the world”. As the Beijing international book fair takes place this week, Laurence King Publishing said that Secret Garden had sold 6.8m copies around the world, with 3m of these sales in China, where it was published on 1 June. The title has also been a major hit in Brazil, where it has sold just over 1.1m copies, said Laurence King, with 650,421 copies sold in the US,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Landscape Juice
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UK house prices rose by 3.2% year-on-year in August, according to the latest survey from mortgage provider Nationwide. That is the weakest annual pace since June 2013, and it marks a slight slowdown from July. Month on month, prices rose by 0.3% in August, compared with 0.4% the month before. The average house value in August was £195,279, according to the Nationwide house price index. Source: BBC Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Landscape Juice
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Three pesticides banned in Europe for their potential to damage bee populations could pose an even greater threat than was thought, according to a new assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa). Already proscribed for seed treatments and soil applications, the Efsa analysis says that clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam also pose a ‘high risk’ to bees when sprayed on leaves. The UK is currently facing a legal challenge to an emergency exemption it granted, allowing use of two of the substances, after protests by the National Farmers Union. Source: Guardian Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Landscape Juice
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Once you place an advert for a landscaper and/or gardener, how do you know if that advert is getting seen by prospective candidates? If an advert is placed in a magazine, there is little way of knowing how many people have read it. Most websites offer very little in the way of active metrics with which to gauge how many times a job advert is being viewed. Landscape Juice's Landscapeengine.co.uk has a view counter on each advert so you can keep a tally on how many times an advert has been viewed. Obviously views themselves are no indication of the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Landscape Juice
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Landscape Sevices Direct is looking for landscapers and supervisors for all aspects of soft landscaping and fencing. The successfully applicant will be Working in commercial sector in various locations throughout home counties and London. CSCS card essential, supervisors SSSTS essential. SALARY: depending on experience. Apply here: http://landscapeengine.co.uk/job/landscape-operatives-and-supervisors-required/ Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Landscape Juice
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Brighton and Hove Albion football club will hold a one minute silence to remember groundsman Matthew Grimstone and other victims of the Shoreham air crash. Matthew had worked on the groundstaff for seven years but also played football for Worthing United football club. In a statement on the Brighton FC website, the club said: "Brighton & Hove Albion employee Matt Grimstone and Seagulls supporter Jacob Schilt are both believed to be among the victims of yesterday's tragic Shoreham air crash. "Matt, a member of the club's ground staff at the club's training facility in Lancing, a keen amateur footballer and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Landscape Juice
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Garden designer Claire Pollard sought help from her landscaping peers with a difficult landscaping project. The task involved digging down so that more of the garden is at same basement level as the rear of the house. Claire reported: "As you can see in the image the stone wall is fully built to the basement level but I am thinking that this probably isn't the case for the remaining length of the wall down the garden? The neighbouring houses look similar (they have basement levels) so I am assuming the ground level is the same on their side unless they've... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Landscape Juice
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A team from Glendale has cleared an area of land in preparation for an exhibition commissioned by elusive artist Banksy. Dismaland, located on the 2.5 acre site of a former lido on the Weston-super-Mare seafront, has opened to the public as a six-week attraction showcasing work from 58 artists including Banksy, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty. Glendale was asked to focus its services on the project as part of its £17.5m contract with North Somerset Council, for which it delivers grounds maintenance, tree surgery, recycling services and beach management. The team worked delivering cleansing services and vegetation clearance,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Landscape Juice
The great age and location dilemma What future for younger workers in the north of the UK? One member of the network wonders what options are open to him. Winter work & marketing There are plenty of jobs to be done through the winter months, but how do you sell these tasks to your customers? Members pass on their ideas. Comments are dead. Long live comments! This could lead to a new type of contributor, which we have named the reactfluencer: a combination of reactive comments from influencers. Featured member ▪ Contact: Terrafirma Landscapes ▪ Location: Wirral ▪ About: Landscape... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Landscape Juice
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Marshalls, a manufacturer and supplier of hard landscaping products, had nearly 6% wiped off its company value yesterday as stock markets around the world went into meltdown. Fears about the Chinese economy - down over 33% since July - have caused concern and left great uncertainty about the prospects for future growth. Marshalls is one to watch. With younger, light-of-foot, product suppliers establishing themselves in the UK domestic landscaping market, there is little wiggle room on the upside. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Landscape Juice
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Anyone brought up before the birth of the internet had no choice but to digest news the way others wanted to present it. Manipulated headlines, misguided comment and erroneous reporting contrived to deliver a propaganda that only served up an extremely distorted view purporting to be fact. Of course many people would speculate on what truth lay beneath a story but very few had an opportunity to sway its effect. Luckily today we have a much more honest and direct means with which to peddle news and information. Also, we don't have to tolerate being pushed propaganda from organisations that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Landscape Juice
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Britain’s blue-chip index of leading shares has fallen into correction territory as fears over the global economy hit European stock markets again. The FTSE 100 index hit a new seven-month low of 6,359 points on Thursday morning, from 6,403 on Wednesday night. This is more than 10% from its record closing high of 7,104 points set in April, meaning that the FTSE is now experiencing a correction (a 20% fall would equal a bear market). Tony Cross, a market analyst at Trustnet Direct, said: “Having dabbled with the level yesterday, there can be no doubting that the FTSE 100 is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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So sad to see that Blec have gone out of business again. Redexim have purchased Blec's assets and will continue trading selling Blec products. Redexim - the parent company of Charterhouse Turf Machinery - have reached an agreement to purchase the assets of BLEC Global Ltd. The deal includes the purchase of the BLEC name and means that the products will continue to be traded by Redexim under the name of BLEC. Redexim will now be responsible for the full manufacture and distribution of the current range of over 80 different BLEC machines throughout the world including the UK &... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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By Marie Dollé head of content and digital strategy Kantar Media Relevant reader comments can act as as useful content for publishers and brand alike. Marie Dollé, Head of Content and Digital Strategy at Kantar Media, looks at the pros and cons of the alternatives such as encouraging users to post on social media platforms and the rise of a new type of contributor, the ‘reactfluencer': a combination of reactive comments from influencers. Reader comments are the bedrock of participatory media, however they can sometimes appear to be a puzzle for editors, with some going as far as disabling user... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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US scientists have identified the chemicals responsible for the mosquito-repelling activity of sweetgrass, a plant traditionally used by some Native Americans to fend off the bugs. In laboratory tests, two sweetgrass compounds drove mosquitoes away from tantalising fake blood samples, just as well as the widely-used repellent Deet. Further tests are needed to see how long the effects last. The researchers say folk remedies are a rich source of possible new repellents. "This is the fourth plant that we've investigated in this manner," said Charles Cantrell, a research chemist who works for the US Department of Agriculture. Source BBC -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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An aquatic plant, dating back to the start of the Cretaceous period, is believed by scientists to be the oldest flowering plant on Earth. New analysis of the fossilised remains from central Spain and the Pyrenees show that the plant is about 130 million-years-old, meaning it was around at the same time as feathered dinosaurs. The plant, Montsechia vidalii, resembles the modern-day coontail - commonly used to populate aquariums - and is thought to have grown underwater in shallow lakes. Read article in full Guardian : World’s oldest flower discovered in Spain Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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A book with pages that are impregnated with copper or silver can filter dirty water into drinkable water. The pages of the Drinkable Book contain the instructions on how the book should be used as a filter. The metal contained within the book's pages kill bacteria in the water as it passes through. In successful trials at 25 contaminated water sources in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh, the paper removed more than 99% of bacteria. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Gardener Kevin Nicks has taken a shed where no other has gone before: That's over 70mph. Kevin Nicks, from Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, Had tired of his Volkswagen Passat so decided to convert it into a shed on wheels. Over two 100m runs averaging of 70.8mph. Kevin is awaiting confirmation from Guinness World Records whether he's officially broken the previous record of 58.4mph. More: BBC Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Ever wanted to monitor staff levels of performance and read them side-by-side on a computer screen or print them out on paper? Well wearable technology is creeping into the workplace with applications ranging from opening doors in office buildings, security surveillance to fitness monitoring and keep abreast of employee activity. In fact the opportunities for wearable technology are endless. There will undoubtedly polarised opinion on the way this kind of technology is deployed. Some will be intrigued and interested in the comparisons or the individual data whilst others will only consider the implications of being monitored with the possibility of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Landscape Juice