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  • Photo of A wilder vision for Dartmoor revealed

    A wilder vision for Dartmoor revealed

    South West-based native woodland charity, Moor Trees, has unveiled its new vision for Dartmoor. The vision is of a landscape with restored woodland and scrub spreading up from the valleys, creating a more varied mix of habitats in which wildlife can flourish. It has been illustrated by noted Devon naturalist and wildlife artist, Mike Langman. Moor Trees director, Adam Owen, said: “Now that dramatic biodiversity loss and rapid climate change are widely accepted as genuine crises requiring urgent action, Dartmoor’s wide open spaces, along with those of Britain’s other upland National Parks, present a unique opportunity for us to respond…

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  • Photo of The Eden Project invites TEP to re-imagine Morecambe’s seaside

    The Eden Project invites TEP to re-imagine Morecambe’s seaside

    TEP (The Environment Partnership) has completed landscape designs to support the planning application for the Eden Project’s new venture – Eden Project North in Morecambe, Lancashire. TEP has been working alongside a multi-disciplinary design team, including the Eden Project’s own designers Grimshaw, Buro Happold and WSP.  The Eden Project has an holistic vision for its £125m regenerative Eden Project North in Morecambe, which was submitted for planning at the end of August and is due to open in 2024. The project will showcase sustainable design, reimagining the British seaside resort for the 21st century, and is expected to attract around…

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  • Photo of Paddington Central Amphitheatre gets green light

    Paddington Central Amphitheatre gets green light

    Plans to improve the amphitheatre and shop fronts at Paddington Central were given approval and advertisement consent by Westminster City Council. The development for client British Land will see the public space at the heart of the 11-acre Paddington Central masterplan revamped with new planting, increased seating capacity, improved accessibility, a new permanent screen, and enhancements to the existing retail façade. Sheldon Square will provide a thriving and highly sustainable community space and a new centrepiece for the campus. Gillespies is delivering the landscape design for this new square, working closely with British Land and architects Feix&Merlin.

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  • Photo of McWilliam Studio wins Gold & Best in Show at Shenzhen Flower Show

    McWilliam Studio wins Gold & Best in Show at Shenzhen Flower Show

    McWilliam Studio has been awarded a gold medal and best in show at the 2021 Shenzhen Garden Festival. This is for their garden ‘Between Heaven and Earth’. The festival celebrates design talent, showcasing gardens for each of China’s regions. This helps to promote regional identity. Designers from the UK, US, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, the Philippines, Lithuania and South Africa took part.   McWilliam Studio won a competition to create a garden that would best represent host region Shenzhen. They beat off proposals from four other firms including two based in China.   Inspired by Shenzhen’s rapid development, ‘Between Heaven…

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  • Photo of Birmingham first UK city to develop an Urban Forest Master Plan

    Birmingham first UK city to develop an Urban Forest Master Plan

    Birmingham is taking a strategic approach to its urban forest. It is engaging experts and key stakeholders to help it prepare an Urban Forest Master Plan.  This project is the first of its kind in the UK and follows a model used in the US and Canada.   The Plan will help Birmingham work towards a vision for its trees that is sustainable into the future.   In the UK, the development of detailed Urban Forest Master Plans (UFMPs) has been slow. A significant reason is the absence of a case study and resultant model.   The Birmingham project will…

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  • Photo of Works start on key SEND schools in Lincolnshire as investment continues

    Works start on key SEND schools in Lincolnshire as investment continues

    Four Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) schools in Lincolnshire will expand. This is part of Lincolnshire County Council’s £86 million investment programme. The aim is to improve and develop special schools across the county.   Working alongside contractor Willmott Dixon, Newark-based landscape architecture studio Influence is providing landscape design services. They will be working on Willoughby School in Bourne, Eresby School in Spilsby, St Bernard’s School in Louth and The Priory School in Spalding.   The council’s investment strategy seeks to create an extra 500 SEND school spaces across the county. This is to meet the increasing demand and…

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  • Photo of HS2 project team to create 127 hectares of new habitat

    HS2 project team to create 127 hectares of new habitat

    The HS2 team will create 127 hectares of new habitats to lift the local natural environment. It’s called The Colne Valley Western Slopes project. It will be a major contributor in meeting the HS2 carbon reduction targets by delivering ecological gain.   This scheme will reduce the carbon footprint by reducing road haulage and waste treatment activities. It will allow habitats to sequester carbon by replacing arable land with natural habitats.   Plant species and habitats are being selected to be resilient to a changing climate.   65,000 trees and shrubs of 32 species will be planted together with 3.5km…

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  • Photo of Tom Stuart-Smith appointed to design Cuerden Hall’s grounds

    Tom Stuart-Smith appointed to design Cuerden Hall’s grounds

    A renowned landscape architect has been appointed to transform the setting and grounds of Cuerden Hall and preserve the ancient woodland surrounding it. Colin Shenton, owner of the historic Grade II* listed countryside mansion situated in the Cuerden Valley near Chorley, Lancashire, has engaged Tom Stuart-Smith following a highly competitive design consultation process, in which four firms tendered for the project. Tom is an accomplished landscape architect and garden designer, delivering projects in the UK and worldwide – including the Queen’s Jubilee garden at Windsor Castle, the Garden of Illusion at The Connaught Hotel, the Keeper’s House Garden at the Royal…

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  • Photo of Plans accelerate for a car-free Strand

    Plans accelerate for a car-free Strand

    Work is set to start on the £18m reimagining of Strand Aldwych in central London, turning this polluted traffic bottleneck into a car-free public space. Westminster City Council’s plans, developed with local partners and by LDA Design, WSP and Norman Rourke Pryme, describe the scheme as a “massive shot in the arm for the local economy”. It is hoped the new design will boost a part of the city affected during the pandemic by loss of trade and footfall. Reclaiming part of the Strand from traffic will create a unified cultural and educational district, with public realm that can host…

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  • Photo of First Hillier Trees in Place at Maggie’s Centre Southampton

    First Hillier Trees in Place at Maggie’s Centre Southampton

    The first of more than 100 British-grown trees supplied by Hillier Trees have been delivered to their final destination at the new Maggie’s Centre in Southampton. The Centre and surrounding grounds, which will be the first for Maggie’s in the South of England, is designed to create a tranquil oasis for visitors. The Centre is being created in partnership between award-wining architects AL_A, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Sarah Price, one of the country’s most sought-after landscape designers. The design will create an oasis in the grounds of the hospital’s suburban campus. Almost three quarters of the 1,470m2…

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  • Photo of HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    HS2 will plant more than 300,000 trees this winter as part of the project’s Green Corridor programme. This adds to the 430,000 trees already planted across Phase One, taking the total to over 730,000 by the spring. Up to seven million trees will eventually be planted along Phase One, with many new grasslands, meadows and recreational areas for local communities. Some of the UK’s most experienced and leading ecological consultants are working with HS2, with the winter programme being carried out by a number of specialist ecology companies subcontracted to HS2’s enabling works contractors, in locations between London and North…

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  • Photo of Spreading Christmas Cheer with sensory garden

    Spreading Christmas Cheer with sensory garden

    The Spirit of Christmas is alive as landscape supplier Green-tech joins other businesses in the landscape industry to answer the call from the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity to design and build a surprise sensory garden for the Taylor Johnson family, whose 5-year-old son Joshua has severe complex physical and neurological disabilities.  Leading this amazing DIY-SOS style project is Sussex-based landscaping firm Conquest Spaces who set out to do something for the local community this year and asked the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity to refer a family in need of a new garden. Joshua Taylor Johnson from Haywards Heath…

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  • Photo of Landscape industry pulls together to build surprise garden for family in need

    Landscape industry pulls together to build surprise garden for family in need

    Businesses in the landscape industry are joining forces with the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity to design and build a surprise garden for the Taylor Johnson family, whose five-year-old son Joshua has severe complex physical and neurological disabilities. The surprise will also help mark the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity 20th Anniversary this month. Lockdown has affected many families, but for those without access to a garden, staying home has undoubtedly been a challenge. Sussex-based landscaping firm Conquest Creative Spaces set out to do something for the local community this year and asked the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity to…

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  • Photo of Three tiers for award-winning garden

    Three tiers for award-winning garden

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  • Photo of Restoration of unique ‘Capability’ Brown garden given lifeline

    Restoration of unique ‘Capability’ Brown garden given lifeline

    A grant from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage has thrown a lifeline to a project to restore the only surviving ‘Capability’ Brown curved walled garden, at the National Trust’s Berrington Hall in Herefordshire. The project had been at risk of delay due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the conservation charity, but a £269,000 grant from the Culture Recovery Fund has ensured work can continue to restore and conserve this rare survivor of Georgian garden design. Berrington Hall near Leominster sits within the last garden and landscape to be designed by the renowned 18th…

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  • Photo of Brambledown Landscape community project

    Brambledown Landscape community project

    Vulnerable Benwell residents benefit from improved access to free lunch club thanks to partnership between Your Homes Newcastle and Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd. Broadmead Way Lunch Club, which is ran by volunteers at Broadmead Way Community Church, in West Benwell has been providing free lunches on a Monday for 18 months. Offering a menu of soups and salads to local residents, the lunch club is a vital community resource for lots of people, including many with mobility issues. As the car park had fallen into serious disrepair, it became more difficult for residents who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters to…

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  • Photo of New landscape for St George’s Hospital

    New landscape for St George’s Hospital

    Award-winning landscape company take on the ambitious challenge of designing and constructing a new landscape for St George’s Hospital in just a matter of weeks. Although Bowles & Wyer are well versed in challenging landscapes, this must be their quickest landscape project yet. Just three weeks ago, the St George’s Hospital Charity contacted the firm regarding the renovation of the sloping landscape located in front of their main hospital entrance. Next week, construction begins after a whirlwind project brief, design and sign-off process. The project has come about thanks to new funding received from the Sir Captain Tom NHS fundraising earlier this year. Whilst the hospital enjoys a…

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  • Photo of New pop-up Community Garden to be installed in London

    New pop-up Community Garden to be installed in London

    A new pop-up green space is to be installed in the heart of the City of London at Moor Lane next week. The Moor Lane Community Garden has been developed through a co-design approach with local community and resident groups, the City of London Corporation and its cultural district, Culture Mile and award-winning landscape, art and architecture practice, Wayward. Inspired by the iconic architecture of the Barbican and London Wall, this temporary installation responds to the area’s design and history, while exploring new and exciting ways to green our streets. The new urban green space will be a test bed for a future…

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  • Photo of HS2 to host webinar on the new habitats created in West Midlands

    HS2 to host webinar on the new habitats created in West Midlands

    In the West Midlands, HS2’s landscape and ecology programme will create more joined up wildlife habitat including woodland, along with community spaces around the new railway for people to enjoy for years to come. Around 250,000 trees will be planted in the West Midlands and Warwickshire by HS2’s enabling works contractor LMJV (Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons Ltd) and their team of ecologists and landscape architects, with 80,000 already planted. In addition, 40 ponds and many acres of wetland, heathland and meadow in the region have been created. New wildlife habitats in a variety of locations include new badger setts,…

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  • Photo of Green-tech’s Green-tree roof garden substrate

    Green-tech’s Green-tree roof garden substrate

    Client: Dandara Living Landscape Contractor: Palmer Landscapes Green-tech has announced that their Green-tree roof garden substrate was used in the award-winning scheme installed by Palmer Landscapes. Leodis Square, Sweet Street, Leeds is a city centre development project, comprising four apartment blocks of up to 12 storeys high. The development is also home to two podium gardens; situated on the roofs of the on-site car parking, which form the courtyards for the apartments. Palmer Landscapes is a commercial landscape contractor with 50 years’ experience behind them. The Leodis Square project took two years to complete and won them a 2020 BALI…

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  • Photo of How to Design a Restorative Garden by James Smith

    How to Design a Restorative Garden by James Smith

    In challenging times gardening can be a powerful therapeutic tool.  It’s well known that the process of gardening – digging, weeding, planting seeds and staying connected with nature – is good for one’s overall health and wellbeing.   But the way we design our gardens and the features we choose to incorporate can also be restorative – from the sensory quality of certain plants to the calming nature of water and the soothing power of different colours. James Smith, design director at landscape company Bowles & Wyer has designed a number of restorative and healing gardens for hospitals to inspire good…

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  • Photo of What Lies Beneath – An Exclusive Collaboration Between The APL and Professor David Stevens

    What Lies Beneath – An Exclusive Collaboration Between The APL and Professor David Stevens

    In their 25th anniversary year, the APL has joined forces with award-winning garden designer Professor David Stevens to create a ground-breaking show garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020.   ‘What Lies Beneath’ is a completely unique show garden that will demystify its build for show visitors.   As visitors walk through the beautifully presented garden, experiencing all the elements, including a raised glass fronted pool, green living wall, a steel walkway and a paved driveway, they’ll be able to view a reconstruction of the underlying foundations in an eye-level cross-section.   Visitors will come away with inspiration. Along with…

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  • Photo of Peter Donegan to design ‘Northern Roots Oldham Garden’ at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2020

    Peter Donegan to design ‘Northern Roots Oldham Garden’ at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2020

    Having returned from France after the inauguration of the WW1 Centenary Peace garden he designed for the 13th century Chateau de Peronne, garden designer Peter Donegan is set to return to show gardening at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2020 with the Northern Roots Oldham Garden. The show garden has been designed to showcase the pioneering new green space project Northern Roots, the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park on Snipe Clough, placed in 160 acres of stunning green space in the heart of Oldham, Greater Manchester. Paying homage to Oldham’s rich industrial heritage, the Northern Roots Oldham Garden…

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  • Photo of Manchester City Council has approved plans for Mayfield

    Manchester City Council has approved plans for Mayfield

    Manchester City Council has approved plans that will kickstart the £1.4bn regeneration of Mayfield. The transformation of a derelict part of Manchester’s industrial heritage into a distinctive and imaginative mixed-use neighbourhood – centred on the city’s first new public park in more than 100 years – can now get underway.   The decision allows The Mayfield Partnership to start of one of the UK’s largest urban regeneration projects, which includes extensive public space; 319,900 square feet of world class commercial space across two buildings, The Poulton and The Republic; and a multi-storey car park.   In unanimously supporting the applications,…

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  • Photo of New team lead developments at Stanmer Park, Brighton

    New team lead developments at Stanmer Park, Brighton

    Work at Stanmer Park began in June 2019 and is due for completion by August 2020. The £5.1m project is being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Community Fund, Brighton & Hove City Council, Plumpton College and South Downs National Park Authority. Work is being carried out by Buxton Building Contractors Ltd. As works progress, the team that will help to deliver the National Lottery Heritage Fund objectives is beginning to come together. Brighton & Hove City Council has appointed the estate manager Rob Dumbrill and estate ranger Will Furze. The pair will be responsible for delivering the…

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