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On 26 September, the APL held a one-day seminar on the challenges of vertical landscaping at the HTA offices in Chilton, Oxfordshire. The day was a great opportunity for experts in the industry to get together and share best practice and experiences as well as network.

The day was introduced by APL Chairman, Ken White, who discussed the amount of expertise in the room and how as an association, there is a real community of knowledge that can be shared. He then introduced previous APL Chairman, Mark Gregory, who chaired the rest of the day and gave insights into his experiences of vertical landscaping over his career.

The day included some educational and insightful talks from Kate Gould, Kate Gould Gardens, discussing the design process and the considerations that should be explored in a project; Oliver Magnuson, Frosts Landscape Construction, giving an overview of the role of a structural engineer and highlighting the importance of giving them as much information from the start as possible, as this may help to avoid costly changes and problems later; Paul Hensey, Green Zone Design Ltd, discussing planning, the different types of walls and when to use them; Andy Loudon, DSWA Master Craftsman and Chief Examiner, giving hints and instruction on how to achieve the look from a master dry stone Waller and Paul Masters, London Stone Paving Ltd, talking about Design Clad, a very popular porcelain cladding system used as an alternative to rendering.

There were great opportunities for networking and a chance to visit our exhibitor sponsors CED Natural Stone, Citation, Global Stone, London Stone and Makita.

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