New Memorial for Royal Flying Corps
Block Paving ExeterA new memorial to the Royal Airforce’s 47 squadron original founded in 1916 as part of the Royal Flying Corps was unveiled recently at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.


The memorial represents both past, present and future members of 47 Squadron and is a sculpture featuring four pilots by the sculptor Peter W Naylor.


The memorial has been placed on a specially prepared circular base, which has a Terrabound two tone resin bound porus surface to enhance the design.


The surface was chosen for its durability and low maintenance. Addagrip’s range of resin bound solutions are ideal for driveways and many commercial and domestic applications. If you are looking for new Block Paving in Exeter, I Dream Solutions are approved installers for Addagrip the company that supplied the surface for the memorial.


National Landscape awards
The 40 th Anniversary of the Bali National Landscape Awards will take place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London on 2 nd December 2016. It is expected that 900 guests representing the industry will attend.


There were 127 entries which were reviewed in August by the Bali adjudication panel again chaired by Greg Allen who specialises in landscape construction, contract management and has vast plant knowledge.


Greg commented: “Over the forty years that the BALI National Landscape Awards have been running the professional attainments of BALI members have consistently reached new heights in quality and excellence year on year, and 2016 is no exception. Our BALI Awards judges travelled the length and breadth of the country this summer to visit every scheme, including, for the first time, the design entries. We have all been delighted to witness some truly outstanding projects.


Attention to detail, which sets BALI members’ work apart, was clearly evident in all the winning schemes, as was a thirst for innovation to resolve complex challenges faced by designers and contractors. The international entries this year are mostly on a huge scale and demonstrate the transformative nature of landscape design and construction when employed with vision and ambition.


The standard of workmanship achieved by all entries, whether in the domestic, commercial or public sectors, has been inspiring and with so many excellent entries again this year the task of selecting the Principal Award winners has taken hours of collective deliberation by the judging panel. That said, it is a task we all relish and feel privileged to undertake on behalf of the wider industry.


As we celebrate 40 years of the BALI Awards I would like to congratulate this year’s winners on their remarkable achievements and I, together with the many colleagues and guests attending the ceremony in December, look forward to seeing which of them will be recipients of the Principal, Special and Grand Award accolades.” If you require landscaping and artificial grass in Devon, call I dream solutions today for a free site visit.


Artificial Grass

The popularity of artificial grass continues to increase with artificial grass being the go to choice for many local authorities, sports venues and schools due to its low maintenance and long term cost effectiveness. Now Hampton Court has opened its ‘Magic Garden’ which is an innovative new play area designed by architect Robert Myers. The Garden was officially opened by the Duchess of Cambridge in May 2016. She was happy to explore the garden and play in the sandpit with some of the children and was obviously impressed by the Magic Garden.


The Garden covers an area the size of a football pitch and at its heart is a large circular area of artificial grass representing a tournament field for imaginary jousting with the obligatory towers for the King and Queen linked together by and aerial walkway. The whole area is surrounded by exciting play features based loosely on medieval times including a magnificent 25ft dragon made from concrete with smoking nostrils and eyes that light up every hour. There are large sand pits and paddling pools and many clever, innovative and exciting features to entertain the most discerning child.


The garden is designed to hold several hundred children and parents at any one time and the artificial grass will ensure it is low maintenance. It is certain to be a great attraction. For a free quotation on artificial grass in Torbay call I dream solutions on 01626 680194.



California Drought creates a boom in artificial grass lawns

California has been suffering a drought for over 4 years, the Country has lost over 12.5 million trees due to the lack of water. The State has imposed rigid restrictions on homeowners, banning them from watering their lawns more
than 3 times a week – instead of twice a day, and offering them incentives to re-landscape their gardens using native , drought resistant plants.


However, a large percentage of homeowners have taken to installing artificial grass as they want to keep the look of a well cultivated lawn and be able to use the space to play with their children and relax. This is creating a boom in the local artificial grass industry with more and more people realising that the product has improved and is now an option to be taken seriously. The product is being endorsed by more and more users even the Hollywood Bowl has recently changed to artificial grass, so for all artificial grass in Devon call us today.