October 30, 2015

The Height Weavers Community Green Space: Our winning scheme for the Design for Life Competition

In September I worked on our Poppyhead consultancy submission for the Design For Life competition held between GroundWork London, the National Housing Federation and the Landscape Institute.  As a chartered landscape architect, I am a member of the Landscape Institute and this competition was an ideal opportunity to consider the creation of more sustainable housing environments by…

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September 30, 2015

Helping us manage water and heat in towns and cities: A vital role for Green Space

Water shortages and floods as well as heat build up are becoming more common; partly because of climate change that is resulting in more extreme weather patterns but also, because of the way we use and manage the land. As hedges, woodlands and natural wetlands have been removed the countryside has become far less absorbent.…

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August 30, 2015

The value of our allotments

The month of August is one I cherish on our beloved  3 year-old boutique allotment because it is a time for calm & reflection.  The rush of getting everything in the ground & careful  nurturing has subsided whilst the weeds are growing slightly less rampantly and crops are being lovingly harvested, producing a wealth of…

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July 31, 2015

The Boutique Allotment Plus: What’s cooking?

It was March of this year when I last posted an update on the progress and development of our newly expanded boutique allotment so now we are well into the summer season, I thought an update was a little overdue. You may recall me telling you that the size of our allotment has almost doubled…

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June 28, 2015

Public Realm: Public London, Public Manchester?

The public space (including green space and green infrastructure) between buildings, the so-called Public Realm, is one of the most, if not the most important element of a city: It’s the place where people move through and interact and a large determinant of their quality of life.   The design and development of that space, its…

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May 31, 2015

The Modern Garden : A basis for dynamic and functional landscape design

This month we were appointed to design the outside space, of a new build modernist eco property in Birmingham.   This is an exciting project for us, as fans of this style, because the property is a clean lined modern property, which warrants a similar powerful modernist narrative for the landscape. In this first of a…

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April 30, 2015

Fabricating bespoke design features

As a landscape designer, the components of a design often require fabrication separately to the creation of the space itself. They may require special materials, skills, tools and facilities to create the elements. Often, especially for roof terrace design and unusual spaces or particular garden projects, I work with local UK-based fabricators to create elements…

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March 29, 2015

Our Kitchen garden extension (The Boutique Allotment Plus)

  Ha Ha, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for! You may recall my previous blogs about my love of kitchen gardens, both designing them and managing them! This passion includes advising clients and designing their kitchen gardens. You may also recall my award-winning show garden at Grand Designs Live with the…

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February 27, 2015

In memory of trees

This last week I have been fortunate enough to pay a visit to an established UK tree nursery: Hilliers in Hampshire.  Hilliers are about much more than trees with a portfolio of garden centres, cash and carry and shrub and perennials supply. Here, I am focusing upon tree supply as this was the purpose of…

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January 31, 2015

The legacy of Beth Chatto: Ecology and Aesthetics: a powerful association

At a Society of Garden Designers ceremony in London to celebrate the best of garden design and garden designers last night, the well known plants woman Beth Chatto was awarded the John Brookes Lifetime achievement award!- Hip hip hurrah for such a fitting tribute to a lady that has given so much to the profession and our approach…

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