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Reform Metrac H75 launched into market

Reform Metrac H75 launched into market: The Stuart Taylor International dealership has recently supplied the first two new model, compact, hydrostatic drive, Reform Metrac H75 multi-functional tool carriers into the UK, to Cheshire based contractor Ray Britland and Lancashire based contractor Ontrack AGM.

For Stuart Taylor International, Tom Taylor said, “the new Reform H75 model is proving to be a real hit with customers for a wide range of tasks” while for Ontrack AGM, Robert Carter added “the new H75 is a superb all round machine for our business”

Reform Metrac H75 launched into market

Reform Metrac H75 launched into market

Simon Richard, UK Agent for the Reform range added, “improving a tried and tested product is always a special challenge but the new H75 model meets all end user requirements, including versatillity, efficency and both user and environmental friendliness. Hydrostatic drive with electronic control offers two speed ranges, two terrain gear reductions and foot and hand drive modes. When four-wheel steering is active, the front and rear wheels run exactly in the same line, ensuring tension-free traction on more difficult terrain. Front, rear, four wheel and crab steering as well as offset four-wheel steering can easily be switched at the push of a button. The system is completed by the electro-hydraulic spring brake with an auto hold function which allows smooth and judder-free setting off on slopes.

The 75hp Perkins common rail diesel engine delivers 300Nm torque and the newly designed all-terrain chassis delivers four wheel drive, a four wheel steering system and five steering modes. The new H75 also offers powerful working front and rear hydraulics with 1500kg lifting force and standard weight compensation and the high efficiency of the electro-hydraulic power shift PTO provides power precisely when needed.

Operator comfort is catered for with a newly designed cab which has been completely decoupled from other vehicle components. This results in a major reduction in noise level and significantly lowered vibrations. The ergonomic armrest with it’s central controls forms the basis for easy operation of the new Metrac H75. It is attached to the driver’s seat, allowing fatigue-free working on any terrain, without interference from vibrations or slopes. The multi-function joystick combines all functions for driving and for controlling attachments The focus here was on logical and intuitive operation.” For more information visit www.slopemower.co.uk

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Fields in Trust Green Space Index launched

Fields in Trust Green Space Index launched: At an event in Edinburgh, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge helped to launch the Fields in Trust Green Space Index which reveals that, despite their value for health, wellbeing and climate change mitigation, some parts of the UK have access to 50% less green space than others and 2.8m people in Great Britain live more than a ten-minute walk from their nearest park.

The parks and green spaces that have been so vital to the nation’s wellbeing during lockdown are not equally accessible to all, according to new data from green space charity Fields in Trust. The Green Space Index is an annual barometer of green space provision and distribution and shows that people in the most well provisioned locations have the equivalent of 45m2 of accessible parks and green space per person compared to just 19m2 per capita in others.  Areas with the least provision tend to be those with a higher incidence of deprivation – precisely the communities who benefit most from green space access.

Fields in Trust Green Space Index launched

Fields in Trust Green Space Index launched

The visit came ahead of COP26 climate change conference, which will be taking place in Glasgow later this year, with today’s event one of several projects which have a positive effect on climate change that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited across Scotland. Urban parks and green spaces boost air quality, support habitats and mitigate the effects of climate change.

At the event in Starbank Park, Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Frank Ross, announced that the City of Edinburgh Council would be using the Green Space Index to determine strategic green space locations. He said: “Edinburgh is already a wonderfully green city, and we want to ensure it remains that way for generations to come.

“I’m extremely pleased to announce that the City of Edinburgh Council will be looking to partner with Fields in Trust in protecting in perpetuity a further 25 green spaces – adding to the 34 already protected. This will mean that almost everyone in Edinburgh will be within a ten-minute walk of a protected green space, ensuring that for years to come citizens are guaranteed a lifetime of opportunity for activity, play, learning, recuperation and community.

“Scores of volunteers across the city work alongside the Council to support our parks, green spaces and cemeteries. We are very grateful to Friends of Starbank Park their ongoing hard work and dedication and we will continue to work with them to make sure these important areas are preserved for the benefit of our future generations.”

The City of Edinburgh Council are the first Local Authority in Scotland to adopt this approach and follow the pioneering example set by Liverpool City Council in March 2021 to protect all 100 parks in the City.

During the event Their Royal Highnesses met with volunteers from the Friends of Starbank Park Group and park users of all ages who have found sanctuary in the park over the last year as a place to play, exercise, relax, and reflect.

Fields in Trust Chair of Trustees, Jo Barnett said: “Through the pandemic we’ve realised just how valuable parks and green spaces are to our health and wellbeing, yet across the UK only 6% of parks are protected and access to them is not equitable. The proven physical and mental health benefits of local parks is unchallenged. These are valuable places; places where we can all move, breathe, run and play. Fields in Trust welcome this significant commitment by the City of Edinburgh Council, we need to champion and support these precious spaces by protecting them for future generations to enjoy. Because once lost, they are lost forever.”

Full details of the Green Space Index – including an interactive web app to explore local provision can be found on the Fields in Trust website www.fieldsintrust.org

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Mark Richardson Associates Launched

Mark Richardson Associates Launched: Industry veteran, Mark Richardson of Stewart Landscape Construction announces the formation of Mark Richardson Associates, a new consulting business that will offer the landscape industry a broad range of experience and expertise including project management, feasibility studies and sourcing of products and services.

Richardson, who has worked in the UK landscape sector for 33 years, 20 of which have been spent managing his multi award winning company, Stewart Landscape Construction Ltd says, “Through my time delivering many complex projects I have often felt that my clients would benefit from the services of an independent consultant who could provide a much needed project management role or indeed act as an intermediary between the clients and the landscaper. Often clients do not understand the complexities in delivering a landscape project on time and to budget and so having someone to help them through that process would be invaluable.”

Mark Richardson Associates Launched

Richardson, who has been planning his new consultancy business over the last year launches Mark Richardson Associates in August 2019. Commenting on the launch he says, “During the planning phase of this business I spoke to many industry movers and shakers who have expressed an interest in my services. Excitingly some of that interest has been from international clients so I have decided to offer my services to a global market.”

Richardson has used a business development advisor to help him create his new consultancy practice. Neville Stein, who is an expert in business diversification believes that Richardson can offer something new to the landscape industry and says, “Mark has a real passion is to help clients turn their ideas into a tangible reality, enabling them to achieve a landscape project that exceeds their expectations.” Stein, who has a real understand of the landscape market also says, “Often landscape clients need someone to ‘sense check’ their ideas to ensure that they are implementable and then to help them deliver the project to the right specification, within the financial budget and the required timescales and this is just what Mark is so good at doing.”

Richardson will continue to operate his landscape company in the medium term, and in particular will continue to build award winning show gardens at Chelsea.

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TurfSync Launched By STRI

TurfSync Launched By STRI: STRI Group is delighted to announce the launch of a new sports surface performance tracker – TurfSync.

TurfSync connects the team and players to the surface they are playing on, whilst providing stadium operators with important management data.

TurfSync Launched By STRI

Its easy-to-use online interface allows the groundstaff, coaches, management and venue operators to view all aspects of the match-day playing surface and training facilities.

TurfSync also highlights sports surface trends, identifies risks and allows venue operators to solve problems before they occur. Helping them achieve or maintain a world class standard playing surface and to make key decisions around usage schedules.

TurfSync is already being used by a number of professional football clubs including Hearts FC and Burnley FC and is being rolled out across a wide variety of sports including golf, horse racing, rugby union and Aussie Rules football.

STRI’s head of Group development, Andrew Brooker, said: “TurfSync is an important system ensuring that sportsmen and women can perform at their very best on the highest quality surfaces across the world. Venue operators can access key data when organising multiple events across their facilities. We have developed TurfSync so it benefits a wide variety of stakeholders.”

TurfSync Launched By STRI

Hearts owner, CEO and chairwoman, Ann Budge added: “TurfSync’s tracking system will allow the grounds team at Tynecastle to ensure that the surface is maintained at the highest standard.”

For more information contact: enquiries@turfsync.com or visit https://www.turfsync.com

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New Pellenc Website Launched

New Pellenc Website Launched: A brand new dedicated interactive website has been launched by Pellenc UK which showcases its vast range of market leading battery powered equipment.

The new look website is available to view on all desktops, laptops and mobile devices and will be the online reference point for all things Pellenc.

New Pellenc Website Launched

Pellenc was the world’s first manufacturer to introduce lithium-ion technology in portable power tools and has developed the most comprehensive range on the market leading the way in terms of performance, lightness and durability. The extensive range of Pellenc products from chainsaws, pole saws and hedge cutters to grass strimmers, brushcutters and mowers are available to view in the product section on the website providing a more detailed view of each product.

Users of the site can also check up on news, price lists, developments and events from Pellenc, as well as being able to find their nearest dealer.

Furthermore, current Pellenc users will have a wealth of resources at their fingertips with easy access to brochures, product tips, spare parts information and how-to videos.

To view the all-new website please visit www.pellencuk.com

Pellenc products are exclusively distributed in the UK by Etesia UK.

You can also follow Pellenc on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @PellencUK for much more news, reviews and insightful views.

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New Countax C40 Launched

New Countax C40 Launched: Effortless mowing of large areas of lawn are all in a day’s work for the new Countax C40. Property owners with around an acre of lawn to cut will find this new garden tractor fits the bill perfectly with its full Countax specification. British weather conditions are not the kindest for garden machinery so it’s good to know the C40 is tough and durable. Designed and manufactured in Britain, using the latest technology, you will find there are features on the C40 you would expect only on top of the range ride-on mowers.

Take the 97cm (38”) reinforced cutter deck. It’s the ideal size for those one-acre lawns, and places where there may be access limitations. Fitted with the optional 300 litre Powered Grass Collector you get a superb cut and collection of the grass, even in wet conditions, with the integrated roller leaving behind a neat striped finish. Driving the C40 you’ll appreciate the single cylinder Ariens 546cc engine for its smooth running, high torque, economy and durability. You’ll notice as well the low noise operation, a result of a cleverly designed double skin bonnet and the cut and collect system which minimises air disturbance from the blades, reducing unwanted sound.

New Countax C40 Launched

List all the features on the C40 and it’s impressive. The garden tractor is ergonomically designed with easy-to-use controls including a geared deck-lift system that lets you change the cutting height with ease. The pedals and levers are all positioned within easy reach and are engineered to be lightweight in use. One pedal controls forward speed, press it further and your speed increases, release it and you slow down. The dashboard display with running hours, cutter deck and Powered Grass Collector status indicators is visible at all times. Don’t try starting the C40 if the hand brake is not engaged because you won’t be going anywhere. This important safety device is fitted as standard. Access on and off the tractor is made easy with a shaped steering wheel and adjustable seat position.

If the going gets rough you can rely on the strength of the heavy duty cast axle to withstand the stresses of uneven terrain, while the strong, durable, single pressed steel body is built for longevity. When it comes to maintenance nothing could be easier with easy access to the engine area and the translucent seven litre fuel tank for checking fuel levels. Above all the C40 is a Countax with a long British heritage, offering premium performance at an entry-point price.

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New Plant Based Podcast Launched

New Plant Based Podcast Launched: A new podcast has been launched to celebrate a love of all things plants.

The Plant Based Podcast, sponsored by Suttons Seeds, previewed on Sunday 3rd February and within less than 24 hours of being available on iTunes had rocketed to the top of the games and hobbies charts, beating all others to the number one spot in the UK. Since then, three new episodes have been launched with a new episode going live fortnightly on Sundays.

New Plant Based Podcast Launched

The podcast is a project launched by two prolific gardening writers, bloggers and presenters – Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek, and Ellen Mary. Ellen and Michael have been plant lovers since childhood, and have a combined 35 years worth of experience in the industry as well as a strong, engaged social media following.

It comes at a time when plant based alternatives are increasingly in the spotlight, with names like M&S, Sainsburys and Greggs all recently launching vegan ranges. However, The Plant Based Podcast goes beyond veganism and investigates the wider benefits and uses of plants, as well as the people embracing them in their day to day lives.

The podcast is a project launched by two prolific gardening writers, bloggers and presenters – Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek, and Ellen Mary. Ellen and Michael have been plant lovers since childhood, and have a combined 35 years worth of experience in the industry as well as a strong, engaged social media following.

It comes at a time when plant based alternatives are increasingly in the spotlight, with names like M&S, Sainsburys and Greggs all recently launching vegan ranges. However, The Plant Based Podcast goes beyond veganism and investigates the wider benefits and uses of plants, as well as the people embracing them in their day to day lives.

In each episode, Michael and Ellen meet someone with a true passion for plants – from a bodybuilder whose muscles are now entirely plant based purely from converting to veganism, to an expert at the Chelsea Physic Garden who discusses home remedies using plants, as well as the owners of a restaurant tipped to be the first vegan eatery to receive a Michelin star. Other episodes explore the importance of bees and how the right plants can make a vast difference; how the urban jungle trend can change our gardens; and how the world of edible plants can tantalise taste buds.

Subscribe to the Podcast via iTunes or Spotify, and visit theplantbasedpodcast.net for more information. On the website you will also find exclusive content and articles to coincide with the topic of each episode.

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Turfix Launched At BTME

Turfix Launched At BTME: With a stand theme of Your Turf Our Passion Pitchmark report a successful launch at BTME of Turfix, the newly formed subsidiary of The Pitchmark Group.

“BTME 2019 was a huge success for Turfix, with lots of interest in our stand and new product ranges – particularly our range of ICL’s updated ProSelect seed.” Says Darren Rodman, Marketing Director of The Pitchmark Group. “It was great to start 2019 with a bang by launching Turfix, and BTME proved the right platform to do that.”

Turfix Launched At BTME

Turfix will act as Pitchmark’s sole UK distribution arm, offering premium pitch solutions to the professional sports turf sector. This will include bespoke advice, education and the supply of a wide range of products from manufacturers including Pitchmark, ICL, Harrod Sport, Tildenet and BMS. Turfix is set up to offer quality of service with turf support managers, who have been groundsmen or greenkeepers, able to spend more time with customers and implement specifically tailored solutions for all their requirements. Turfix customers nationwide will also have access to a unique GPS pitch-marking service using Pitchmark’s LineMaster system.

For more information visit: www.turfix.co.uk 

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