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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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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 7 days ago 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
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When it came to switching off from work I was (and still am to a degree) on the of the world's worst. Having been self-employed from the age of nineteen, I don't really know how someone who is employed approaches their work/life balance. Speaking from experience, there is always something to think about; Like getting the payroll done, making sure that funds are available to pay the VAT or ensuring that work vehicles are serviced and that MOT'd at the right time - these, of course, are just a tiny snippet of the kind of things that you have to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Up-to-the-minute ‘Burn Right’ technology means this chainsaw complies with Euro 2 emission-standards and is amongst the most eco-friendly and clean-running petrol models you can buy. Added to this, a host of features and functions are included to simplify operation and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at garden machinery reviews
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2014 Saltex visitor numbers released by the IOG show that the rate of decline has slowed slightly but remain within a downward trend. The year's last ever show from Windsor saw, 7,485 (unaudited) people pass through the doors over the four days. However, 2014 represents the second lowest number of visitors in the last ten years. 2014 Total visitors - 7,485 2013 Total visitors - 8,599 2012 Total visitors - 6,405 2011 Total visitors - 9,500 2010 Total visitors - 8,958 2009 Total visitors - 13,402 2008 Total visitors - 11,564 2007 Total visitors - 13,504 2006 Total visitors -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Landscape Juice
The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) said farewell to Windsor last week with its last ever show to be held on real turf. Saltex will now move to Birmingham's NEC and into a critical three year phase that will see it surve or fail. The IOG have admitted that the move from Windsor was necessary. In an interview with Hort Week, IOG Chairman David Teasdale, said: "the IOG saw the decision as necessary after both visitor and exhibitor numbers had dwindled" and added "It's been a miracle in many ways that we have kept this show alive". Indeed this year saw... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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I got an email from a colleague this week in which he commented on the Institute of Horticulture's (IOH) recent ascendancy into Chartered status. 'Have we slipped back to Edwardian England!' he quipped. I'd briefly read the IOH press release but got bogged down quite quickly. There was much name dropping with Marchioness such and such, Lady this, Chief Whip, Honorary Secretary. And of course the Queen, who bestowed this magnificent honour. Indeed the language used is far removed from the horticulture world myself and many of my professional colleagues can possibly relate to. I have to agree that raising... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Landscape Juice
Perfect Paving Systems of Stourbridge removed in August due to poor workmanship and customer service— Marshalls Register (@MarshallsReg) September 2, 2014 Paving manufacturer Marshalls has taken to Twitter to name and shame two Marshalls Register member businesses that fell foul of its required standards. Perfect Paving Systems of Stourbridge was removed from the Register in August "due to poor workmanship and customer service" and Prosser & Craik Paving Contractors of Saltburn were removed from the Register in July for "failing to adhere to the guarantee t & c's" The move to name and shame comes after the APL Vice Chairman... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Saltex kicks off today. The last ever from the Windsor racecourse show ground that's been its home for many years. From next year Saltex moves to the NEC Birmingham and will be held in November instead of its traditional early September spot. The change of venue and dates comes after a number of years of decline in visitor and exhibitor numbers. According to the Saltex website there are 230 exhibitors this year compared to 250 last year. In 2009, for example, Saltex attracted over 500 exhibitors. Personally I don't think moving Saltex to the NEC is the right way to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Four bee-eater chicks have fledged on National Trust land on the Isle of Wight thanks to a joint protection operation by the National Trust, the RSPB and Isle of Wight naturalists. It is the first time the birds, who usually nest in southern Europe, have bred successfully in the UK for 12 years. Three of the chicks fledged last week and the fourth has tried out its wings in the last couple of days. If these survive, this will be the most successful ever bee-eater breeding attempt in the UK. The last successful attempt, which resulted in two chicks, was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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(Image: Before planting - rustic wall using reclaimed tile and stone) With the ubiquitous nature of social media it's very easy to spot trends developing within landscaping. Where once one had to rely on trade magazines featuring projects, it is now possible to see projects develop on a minute by minute basis as landscapers and garden designers post images and/or video, to Facebook and Twitter etc. Art and design has been plagiarised forever and it's not necessarily a negative thing. In today's fast media world I'm certain that visual media is an acceptable form of sharing good ideas and I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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A Landscape Juice investigation has revealed that Amazon.co.uk openly advertising the banned herbicide Sodium Chlorate on its website via its sellers. Landscape Juice was first made aware of Sodium Chlorate being sold as a total weed killer on Amazon on the 6th July 2014. Sodium Chlorate – a non-selective weed killer - was banned across Europe in 2009. We then purchased a one litre bottle to inspect the product and then contacted Amazon on the 14th July 2014. We were told by a Executive Customer Relations manager that the seller would be investigated. "I can confirm that our sellers are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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What I have noticed is that resin jointing products' popularity is beginning to wane, with complaints about the look of the joint after a short time after work is completed. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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The Governor of the Bank of England says that UK interest rates 'will need to start to rise' in the coming months. However any increases will be 'gradual and limited'. The official bank interest rate - set by the Bank of England - has been at a record 0.5% since March 2009. The minutes of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting - held 9 - 10 July - confirm that a UK interest rate rise is getting ever closer. Rates are expected to start rising in early 2015. However, some economists put a 40-50% chance on rates rising before the end... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Landscape Juice
It's a tragedy to see such beautiful show garden trees at Hampton Court wasted in this way. Lazy & thoughtless! pic.twitter.com/4VYlCioIhV— David Dodd (@Doddster1970) July 16, 2014 I've always been very careful about the way I promote show gardens. One the one hand I see them, quite rightly, as a way of advertising skills, creativity and expertise but on the other hand, I've been acutely aware of the waste generated when a show garden is demolished at the end. It's often a comfort to see trees and plants sold off at the end of a show knowing that, at the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Using the internet is now officially as popular as reading a newspaper, says Ofcom. Some 41% of people say they now access news on websites and apps, up significantly from 32% in 2013. Forty percent say that they read newspapers to follow the news, which is unchanged year on year. Also, the internet has overtaken the radio (36%) to catch-up on the news. Sixteen to twenty-four year olds are driving the surge in consuming news on the internet or apps, with 60% doing so in 2014, up from 44% last year. Some 45% of 16-24s said that websites or apps... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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I kind of discovered Cleome late in life. Cleome hassleriana (spider plant) is a plant that tolerates dry conditions, therefore it's a favourite here in south west France. If you're keen you can grow Cleome from seed and if you're lazy or don't have the facility, you can purchase plants. However you can also easily grow Cleome from soft/semi-hardwood cuttings. I'm so surprised that there appears to be no advice on this anywhere. Of course to take a cutting, you need a plant in the first place. I bought three small Cleome in mid-April and planted them directly into soil... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Over the weekend I decided to conduct a little experiment. I've been on Twitter for quite a while so I thought check out some of my oldest buddies, right at the very beginning of my list. I then un-followed Twitter buddies I no longer considered to be of relevance to me. Un-clicking some of my list was easy. I knew immediately that the account I was following no longer held an appeal for me. It also became apparent that some of the people I was following had either never followed me back or had un-followed me long ago. For some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Why not join the Great British Bee Count and help build a nationwide picture of bees’ health. There’s currently no accurate picture of the condition of bees in the UK. We know that bees are dying, going hungry and becoming homeless. One of the UK's buggest problems is the loss of vital habitat - with 97% of wildflower meadows have disappeared in the past 60 years. Already more than 20 species of bee have become extinct - and more than a quarter are under threat. We can all do something. TBees provide an essential link in our food chain -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Landscape Juice
Modern Deck by Boston Architects & Designers Flavin Architects Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Landscape Juice
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Do you hate leaving your garden for any length of time when the plants are in active growth? How many gardeners, every morning make a coffee and walk into their garden or terrace before I do anything else, look at their plants to see how they are doing? Some days it's possible that some plants have put on several centimetres of growth overnight. Thunberbia alata (Black Eyed Susan) for example, grow rapidly. Perhaps putting on 5cm or more in a single day. Thnubergia are also known as the clock vine because their twinning shoots only spiral around their support in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Landscape Juice
Although not a primary target, Kew was bombed during the 2nd World War. Plants, library books and scientists were sent to safe areas of the Kingdom so as to protect Kew's priceless and irreplaceable plant collection. Whilst male gardeners were re-directed to other aspects of the war effort, many women were drafted in to keep Kew Gardens operational. A depletion of scientists and big changes at Kew meant big challenges. Kew wasn't just a major plant collection and many important experiments were done there to find ways of using plants and plant material in aspects of material production. One example... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Landscape Juice