Posts Tagged ‘Landscape contractors’

Natural stone surfacing: balancing acts


The palette of materials for hard surfacing spawns more and more options as construction technologies develop, not least with emerging concrete paving and bound surfacing products. Progress marches on.

But the appeal and effectiveness of natural stone in landscape architecture and construction – hardwearing Yorkstone, sympathetic limestone, fine-grained slate, solid granite – still stand, complemented as well by similar advances in stone manufacturing processes.

One reason for the persistent role of stone is the way that it allows designers, specifiers and contractors to balance competing priorities in projects: the authenticity of heritage styles versus the dynamism of contemporary accents; standing out in new build projects versus blending into restoration work; the civic benefits of pedestrianisation versus the commercial importance of traffic management. (more…)


Parks and happy people


The Dirt

How and why should green spaces feature in urban design?

The Dirt draws together a number of posts that look at the beneficial effects of nature on mood, behaviour, community relationships, and rehabilitation.

It quotes a University of Rochester study: “Incorporating parks and other representations of nature into urban environments may help build a stronger sense of community among residents”.

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Defra on Saving our Soils


British Sugar TOPSOIL

A Defra study has highlighted the dangers posed by general degradation of soil quality in England.

It explores the potential impact on agriculture and food growth, and on flood alleviation.

Its proposals would affect the construction industry by regulating handling and removal of soil from land under development for housing and infrastructure. At the same time, the agricultural industrial will be required to change its approach to fertiliser use.

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Biocontrol of Japanese Knotweed


Science Daily reports that Defra is launching a public consultation on the use of Aphalara itadori, a sap-sucking insect, to control Japanese Knotweed, following successful work by researchers at the University of Leicester.

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Tales of topiary


How topiary works – gives a description on various types of topiary from the traditional to architectural.

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