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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November 30, 2014

A gardener’s Roof Terrace in Manchester

This year, we have been fortunate enough to be commissioned to design and oversee the construction of a number of roof terraces in several different cities in the UK and you can see some of our previous work  on our portfolio page as well as on the Houzz site. The latest to be completed is…

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March 8, 2014

Raising the roof with Lavender!

This week I was fortunate enough to attend a series of workshops at the Kensington Roof gardens in London, about yes, you’ve guessed it: Green Roofs and roof gardens!! As you know, this is a particular interest of ours as we design roof terraces as part of our portfolio of outside spaces.   One of the…

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July 11, 2013

Wildlife needs your help! -Create a home for nature in your garden

The recent news that our wildlife is struggling, revealed following a study of UK wildlife which suggested that 60% of all species are in decline is worrying.  This comes at a time when the EU have recently voted to ban the use of neonicotinoids on crops that are pollinated by bees following concerns over the decline…

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June 24, 2013

Why the grass isn’t always greener- Alternatives to lawn

Perfect green lawns are an English obsession and have been so for centuries- the sweeping green lawns of Capability Brown in the 17th Century are iconic statements and without the lawnmower, cricket, football, ruby & tennis would not have become the games they are today.  But are traditional lawns always appropriate in our gardens? Will…

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June 17, 2013

Our Boutique Allotment-Support and protection

Its that time of year when many of our crops, or even our ornamental planting, need stakes and supports if they are to stay upright or climb & clamber.  It is also that time where our crops need protection from a variety of garden pests if they are to survive birds; slugs; insects etc. and…

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