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Hedges Direct joins Mobilane Approved Supplier scheme

Hedges Direct, the nationwide specialist in hedging plants, has joined the Mobilane Approved Supplier Scheme.

The company stocks bare roots, cell grown plants, pot grown shrubs and root ball hedge plants to satisfy the demand for deciduous or evergreen hedging, cheap garden hedging, top of the range instant hedging, fine topiary, trees or lawn turf. Hedges Direct have added Mobilane Green Screens, the LivePanel living wall system, NoiStop noise reducing acoustic fencing, and the MobiRoof green roofing system to its extensive product catalogue.

Hedges Direct has been selling quality hedging for almost 10 years and sells over one million plants a year. The company has vast experience in supplying very large quantities of hedging to landscapers, garden designers, builders, hotels, pub chains and other trade/wholesale buyers, and is equally happy to supply beautiful plants to the individual gardener. Hedges Direct is open seven days a week and customers can order online or by phone.

For three years running Hedges Direct has supplied quality hedging to ITV’s Love Your Garden, hosted by Alan Titchmarsh.

As a Mobilane Approved Supplier, Hedges Direct will enjoy the benefits of a dedicated Account Manager, marketing resources such as brochures, and a profile on the ‘Where to Buy’ section of the Mobilane website

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Mobilane is supporting the International Conference on Living Walls and EcoSystems

Mobilane is excited to be attending the International Conference on Living Walls and Ecosystem Services, hosted by The University of Greenwich at the Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre 6-8 July 2015

The three day event will offer delegates a range of international speakers and industry-lead workshops, as well as walking tours of London living walls conducted before and after the conference, as well as a networking reception and an exhibition of living wall systems.

Workshops at the conference will focus on; system installation and maintenance; plant selection; valuation of ecosystem services; and living walls for vertical farming.

“This is a very exciting event,” says Paul Garlick, National Business Manager at Mobilane UK. “The market for living walls and green roofs is becoming well established in the UK and across many other territories, but there is still a lot of work to be done in underlining and promoting the value of living systems in the urban environment.

“For many people they are an aesthetically pleasing novelty, however, the full benefits are not always understood. So events like this are crucial for not only explaining the benefits in detail, but also for explaining the practical considerations for anyone thinking of embarking on a living system installation.

“The International Conference on Living Walls and Ecosystem Services is attracting the leading experts in the field and is a must-attend event for those who work in the industry, as well as those with an interest in living walls and green roofs. It is a rare opportunity for the living systems community to come together and focus on the industry and to network.”

The International Conference on Living Walls and Ecosystem Services takes place Monday 6th July – Wednesday 8th July at 10 Stockwell Street, SE10 9BD, the brand new library and academic building of the University of Greenwich, which is located within the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For more details visit http://www.greenroofslivingwalls.org/

Mobilane CPD seminars with DCE

This year we are again running a host of seminars in conjunction with DCE at a number of locations around the country, details of which and the joining instructions can be found in the links below.

Our seminars will be focusing on building a greener environment, focusing on how our products can help to create environments that are more environmentally friendly from installation. As all of our products are installed fully grown their impact on the environment starts from installation.

As focus is turning to air pollution and ways in which to reduce it in a number of cities across the country, and indeed the world, installing products that help to improve the air quality is something a number of councils are starting to look at. With our green screens being a fine example of a way in which to easily reduce the number of air pollutants, namely PM10s and PM2.5 which are absorbed by such products.

It has been proven that greening up the built up environment has a positive effect on communities thanks to the multitude of health benefits. Introducing green spaces into inner city areas helps to reduce the temperature of the localised area as well as helping to increase biodiversity and help to make it more aesthetically pleasing. It can be used to help prevent graffiti thus making the area more inviting and welcoming.

More recently we have introduced the Living Hoardings product which is being leased out to construction companies. The Living Hoardings cover existing wooden hoardings to help companies give back to the surrounding area by the benefits of the living hoardings such as absorbing much of the dust particles in the air that are increased surrounding a construction site as well as to help keep the site looking more aesthetically pleasing as they work and, as previously mentioned as a graffiti preventative. These Living Hoardings are being leased so that they can be maintained appropriately so that when the need comes to take the hoardings down, they can be dismantled and redeployed elsewhere.

To find out more details of this and to hear more about the products that we sell and all of their uses, come and join one of the CPD sessions. Follow the links below to find out further details on the joining instructions. Alternatively contact us direct through the website at http://www.mobilane.co.uk or via phone on 07711 895261

Leedsregistration link (18th September 2013)

Chorleyregistration link (26th November 2013)

Our Green Screens help Marlow become a safer place for drivers

We have helped to increase road safety and support the environment in Marlow as we have installed our Green Screens. Our six-foot high Green Screens can now be seen on the central reserve area of the A4155 Marlow Road, on the east side of the roundabout at the junction with the A404.  They have already proved effective in the aims of reducing both driver distraction and roundabout approach speed.

This project comes about after the local authority in Marlow following a review of the analysis of reported injury collisions in the last three years took the initiative to act to improve safety at the junction.  It was found that these were mainly as a result of excessive approach speeds towards the roundabout.  The installation of our Green Screens have restricted the visibility on the approach to the roundabout which has instantly provided the desired effect and created an aesthetically pleasing barrier which is sustainable and environmentally sound.

The addition of the screens serves to restrict drivers’ views of traffic to their right as they approach the roundabout, encouraging them to reduce their speed. Initial results from speed flow data show an average total reduction of around 4mph in approach speeds and also a significant reduction in the number of vehicles approaching the roundabout at higher speeds.

Green screens are a simple yet remarkably effective concept, featuring a biodegradable pot which holds a wire mesh ‘fence’ onto which vegetation, usually ivy, is grown. Our screens are cultivated offsite and are delivered ready to install. As soon as they are installed they provide an attractive barrier solution with aesthetic, environmental and maintenance benefits over traditional walls and fences.  They also provide an acoustic barrier which reduces the traffic noise in the surrounding environment.  Unlike hedges the vegetation in the screens does not grow significantly above the height of the wire fence, so they do not require regular pruning, and they are much narrower yet more dimensionally stable than hedges.

Green Screens have a wide range of uses, including encouraging biodiversity, improving air quality and tackling graffiti.  Local authorities are increasingly adopting innovative uses of the screens as they continue to see their versatility, sustainability and low maintenance costs. We are pleased to see Marlow leading the way and the results from this installation.