Can It Be Too Cold to Snow?
As kids (and adults, admittedly), we’re left disappointed when pulling apart our curtains on a cold winter morning and not finding any snow. We’ll usually conclude that it is not cold enough — but have you ever considered that it might be too cold?
It can be too cold to snow. Exceptionally low temperatures can affect the conditions needed for snow to occur.
This article will explain the idea in greater detail and provide tips on how to protect your grounds over the winter.
When does it snow?
How to Spot Bed Bugs
As a child, the phrase ‘sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite’ may have seemed like a harmless nursery rhyme; as an adult, bed bugs can be a serious cause for concern.
Bed bugs multiply quickly, producing three or more generations in a single year. Identifying a bed bug infestation early gives you the best chance of complete eradication. Unfortunately, bed bug infestations are notoriously difficult to spot, but our guide should help you to recognise the early signs.
I’ve noticed bites on my body. Do I have bed bugs?
It is common for people to attribute any bites they find on their bodies to bed bugs.
Benefits of Having a Green Roof
Green rooftops are an answer to the problems of conventional urban roofs. They utilise all available space by transforming an unattractive grey roof into a blossoming garden for vegetation and animal life. Though most popular with large city-centre structures, a green rooftop also offers a myriad of benefits to homes and smaller businesses. This article will explain more about green roofs and the many benefits they offer.
What is a green roof?
A green roof is a rooftop onto which vegetation is grown or wildlife habitats are established. Green roofs come in many forms,
How to Save the Bees
The bee population is dwindling. In the past decade, the UK’s bee population has dropped by a third. Should the trend continue, this poses a significant threat to all of us. Bees play a fundamental role in our ecology, pollinating our wild plants — which, in turn, provides feed for livestock — as well as our crops. So what can be done to curb the falling bee numbers across the country and further afield?
The main causes of the bee crisis
There are a number of issues affecting the bee population in different ways. Some of these are interlinked,
Pocket Parks: Adding Greenery to Urban Environments
While city centres are filled with places to eat, drink, party and be entertained, there’s usually one thing missing: nature. Greenery is few and far between in our intricate concrete jungles, but that doesn’t have to be the case. But what’s the best way to integrate that much-needed slice of nature into the hustle and bustle of city life? One effective solution is pocket parks.
With a recent government funding boost for pocket parks across the country, we thought it would be a great opportunity to talk more about them, so read on to learn all you need to know about pocket parks and how they can benefit our cities.
Three Peakers Ride Again
Six years ago I took part in the UK 3 Peaks 24 hour challenge to raise funds for Greenfingers. We were a group of landscape professionals coming together for a very good cause. Three years later I re-joined the group, this time we decided to go back and climb the 3 highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales but cycle from the foot of each mountain to the foot of the next in just 5 days. It was a massive challenge for some of us! But the bonus was raising over £26,000 for our industry charity.
This September on Sunday 18th,
Apprenticeship Levy Are we ready?
There has been lots written in the press about the new apprenticeship levy, that is being introduced in April 2017. I believe it will change how we view and run apprenticeships beyond recognition. There will certainly be an increase of cash in the system. In the Horticultural Industry our new trailblazer standard has been approved and is now ready to be used as the framework for training operatives and supervisors. The whole principle of the trailblazers are to have good quality apprenticeship programmes that are employer led. If the reforms work as expected the whole process should be very straightforward from start to finish and this should have an impact on the skills gap.
Young Enterprise Company Programme
I had a really enjoyable couple of days with teams from the Hertfordshire Young Enterprise this weekend. I had been asked to join the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield District Council (WHDC) Cllr Lynne Sparks and Rachel Walsh also of WHDC to judge a mini competition linked to the youth company programme. Sixteen enterprising school student companies had been invited to come and set up trade stands to test their entrepreneurial and business skills.
The teams have been learning how to run real a real company that they have set up themselves, with help and advice from local business volunteers.
Neil Cain Operations Director wins National Apprenticeship Award
Huge congratulations to Neil Cain, our Operations Director who was last night named the City & Guilds Apprentice Champion of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards at an exclusive ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House. This was one of the most coveted awards and Neil fought off competition from hundreds of other apprentices around England to be awarded the top prize.
The Awards, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.
Neil was chosen as the winner in recognition of the outstanding contribution he has made to apprenticeships since starting as one in 1980 in the Sunderland Parks Department.
The Power of Partnerships
While our contracts are largely self-sufficient, it often makes sense for us to share certain equipment between depots, a small example for us being the remote control lawnmower which we use when areas of grass are too steep for us to mow with conventional ones. We run a simple diary and contract managers able able to book this machine up in advance.
This thought led me to contemplate the benefit of partnerships, not just within companies, but between them as well. All business owners can get into the mindset of thinking of themselves as completely self-sufficient, but the more I see of what can be gained through partnership,