May 22, 2018

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Four Seasons Gardens is transforming Brightwater Commons -

Friday, May 18, 2018

South Africa: Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson – Environmental Affairs Dept Budget Vote 2018/19 -

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sustainability is key for Corobrik -

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

FutureScape Africa Trade Show- 1st November 2018 save the date -

Friday, May 11, 2018

Van Dyck Floors steps into MasterFibre SA joint venture -

Friday, May 11, 2018

Watering Wonderland with Cellfast -

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Renowned firm Square One Landscape Architects seeks experienced project landscape architect -

Friday, April 27, 2018

Badec Bros share tips on how to get the most out of your highveld garden this winter -

Friday, April 27, 2018

Proper water management key to viability of solar-powered irrigation systems -

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Corobrik invests R800m in Gauteng mega factory -

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Celebrate Life without Walls at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Friday, April 20, 2018

World Forum on Urban Forests 28 November – 1 December 2018, Mantova, Italy -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Designing regenerative landscapes -

Friday, April 20, 2018

South AFrica at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this May -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Great Escape industry exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

First look at Macmillan’s RHS Chatsworth Legacy Garden -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waker Neuson’s Excavator: Equipped for Future Requirements -

Friday, April 13, 2018

The 7 strangest plants in the world! -

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

ILASA Conference on the 13 & 14 August 2018, Drakensberg -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Living Building Challenge – A reality for South Africa? -

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Why composting is the greenest thing you can do

The amount of urban waste being produced is growing faster than the rate of urbanisation. According to the World Bank by 2025 there will be 1.4 billion more people living in cities worldwide, with each person producing an average of 1.42kg of municipal solid waste per day. In South Africa alone, organic waste (i.e. perfectly compostable material) is one of the highest waste contributors to overflowing landfills, which are the largest source of methane gasses. Fruits, vegetables and cereals are said to have the highest wastage rates of any food, while one third of all food produced in South Africa…

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The Department of Environmental affairs: Working for Eco Systems

Introduction and background It is estimated that nearly 5.7 million hectares of untransformed land in South Africa has been degraded. To optimise the benefits from this land there is an urgent need for a country-wide land restoration programme to address this challenge. The need for such a programme are emphasised by the fact that by far the largest component of degraded land are situated in the former homelands where dependence on natural resources, high population densities and unplanned extraction and management of natural resources (especially wood and unsustainable grazing and fire regimes) reduced livelihood options. These poor, and energy and food…

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The Importance of Gardens in Ecosystems

ALL green areas – whether planted landscapes, wild areas, or a road verge with weeds – contribute to the urban ecosystem. They are vital to our well-being: green areas produce air for us to breathe, they filter pollution, absorb storm water and reduce flooding, purify water and maintain a pleasant temperature. Without sufficient planted areas and infiltration – due to the many tarred and paved areas, and reflective surfaces – the city heats up. This is known as the urban heat island effect: pollution levels rise and our quality of life decreases. On summer days, especially when there is no…

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Afrilandscapes rises to the occasion with top notch greening plan for grain silo district at the V&A Waterfront

AfriLandscapes, a division of AfriServ SA, was awarded the landscaping contract to develop and implement a world class greening plan that would complement the built environment of the prestigious Grain Silo Precinct at the internationally-renowned Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. The historic Grain Silo, as it was formerly known, now houses the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from across Africa and its diaspora. Called the Zeitz MOCAA, the museum opened its doors to the public in September this year. According to Landscaping Manager, Julian Bartels, this was an exciting project to head up, both from a…

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Lucrative vacation vocation available with HUsqvarna

  SA rapper icon Jack Parow created a social media storm this week with the launch of South Africa’s laziest job competition. Parow, who proclaims he has a ‘PhD in chilling during the day’, urged students and recent graduates seeking well-paid holiday employment to apply for SA’s laziest summer job, where languishing in the garden in a deck chair for 10 days is about the most strenuous requirement. The search for three successful candidates – in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town – was launched by Parow on behalf of Husqvarna South Africa – leading gardening, forestry and agricultural equipment supplier….

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Why Skyscrapers Now Look Like Trees in Cities Around the World

Oh the potential of “living walls!” Daniel Bell must be one of the few people in the hotel industry who never receives complaints. “It’s always really positive,” he says, talking about the feedback he receives for his work at London’s five-star The Athenaeum hotel. “I always see people smiling. I walked past today and there were people just standing beside it, being photographed.” Bell, of course, is no ordinary hotel worker dealing with needy clientele. He’s a “vertical gardener” who turns walls and buildings into leafy idylls, and much of his work is in the travel industry. He’s best known…

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Case Study: A Green Lung in Qatar’s Desert Landscape – Oxygen Park by AECOM

A “green lung” in Qatar’s desert landscape is helping people stay healthy and active by reconnecting them to nature. Erik Behrens and James Haig Streeter of AECOM recently completed Oxygen Park, a unique public space in Doha’s Education City. Built to promote exercise and social gatherings, Oxygen Park is partly buried underground and features undulating, organic forms masses inspired by the desert’s wind-eroded rocks and landscapes.   Oxygen Park derives its name from the elemental life-force of oxygen, which the park also produces with its tree-studded green landscape. The designers wrote: “Oxygen Park is a man-made ‘green lung’ with a…

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Call For Project Proposals: Environmental Protection & Infrastructure Programmes (EPIP)

Background The Department of Environmental Affairs, through the Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programmes (EPIP), is implementing projects that address a myriad of environmental challenges whilst creating the much needed jobs in the environmental sector under the auspices of the Expanded Public Works Programmes (EPWP). The main objectives of the programmes are Better Environmental Management Practices; Job Creation; Skills Development; and Strengthening Support for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). Standard requirements applicable to all focus areas for Infrastructure and Mass Employment Projects: • The projects must originate from public bodies, including DEA branches, municipalities, public entities, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community-Based…

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Successful bidder announced for Clifton Precinct development, Cape Town

Successful bidder announced for Clifton Precinct development The City’s Immovable Property Adjudication Committee has awarded the tender for the development of the Clifton Precinct to K2015298271 South Africa (Pty) Ltd. The bidders were notified of the outcome of the bidding process on 28 September 2017. The proposed development will improve public access to the beach, ocean and recreational facilities as well as protect the natural vegetation, enhance local and international tourism potential, and unlock investment to drive job creation. Read more below: The City of Cape Town advertised the tender for the development of the City-owned land between the Clifton bungalows…

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R7.5 million Smart Park in Seawinds

The City’s Seawinds Smart Park is the sixth of its kind and is now officially open to residents who will have access to a range of facilities. The City of Cape Town’s latest smart park is officially open to the public. Built at a cost of R7,6 million, the facility in Seawinds near Lavender Hill is the City’s sixth smart park, following similar ventures in Atlantis, Nomzamo, Delft, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu. The project included upgrading a portion of an existing Recreation and Parks facility into an integrated facility that offers informal and formal recreational opportunities. ‘The smart park design landed…

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