Category Archives: Landscape architecture

Coping with the Staycation

Ten Tors crowd on Dartmoor

This year has been unprecedented in so many ways but just one of the unforeseen effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the extraordinary rise in the number of people visiting the countryside.  Throughout the lockdown period people took advantage of the good weather to explore footpaths and beauty spots close to their homes, while the authorities argued about how far it was safe to travel to take exercise.  

Woodland Creation and the Woodland Carbon Code

. Photo: Forestry Commission

Before Coronavirus overtook all of our lives the Government were making major noises about greatly increasing the area of new tree planting each year.  Indeed back at the last general election it seemed almost like an auction as to which political party could bid highest.  The Committee on Climate Change have advocated planting 30,000 hectares of new woodland a year as part of a national solution to become carbon neutral by 2050 and […]
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ELMS Update

..Species rich grassland at Sissinghurst: a good carbon sink (Matt Jackson)

There is much speculation regarding how the forthcoming Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS) will benefit farmers as EU basic farm payments are withdrawn.  Many farmers see ELMS as being a simple extension of the existing Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CS) but politicians are asking why should the Government give £3 billion each year to Agriculture in the first place?  Surely farmers need to justify and prove this level of benefit to society.

Restoring Drake’s Island

The mystery of Drakes Island has captivated many of us in recent decades, as it sits silent, isolated and locked away to all.  At the heart of Plymouth Sound, it is a key feature within the landscape, and seen from the Rame Peninsula in Cornwall, much of Plymouth and around to Wembury Point; it can even be seen from Dartmoor.

In 1135 it was referred to as St. Michaels after the chapel that stood upon it, rededicated to become St. Nicolas’ at some time after.  The […]
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What is Landscape Architecture?

I am the newest member of the team at Land and Heritage Ltd.  When I was asked to write an article for our regular blog spot, I was a bit stumped – I’ve not been here that long, and having relocated to Cornwall from the East Midlands, I am still finding my feet in the South-West.  So I’ve gone back to basics – my remit for the business is to expand the services offered to include Landscape Architecture, so for the benefit of past, present and future clients I will pose […]
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Conserving Castle Landscapes

Castell Powys, or Powis Castle as the English know it, is a wonderful, striking medieval fortress and country mansion, sitting high on a hill overlooking the River Severn.  Once know as the ‘Red Castle’, it is internationally recognised for its high red terraces and battlements, which are clothed in enormous and ancient clipped yew topiary. 

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Landscape Architect Joins the Team

Amanda Urmson is a Landscape Architect with over 18 years’ experience in both public and private sectors. She is experienced in multi-disciplinary team work on major developments, and in partnering contracts and frameworks. Fluent in end-to-end working on various types of project, including urban spaces; infrastructure and highways schemes; schools; public open spaces, and reclamation schemes, Amanda has built strong project management skills, and a good breadth of knowledge across environmental sectors, structure planning and development control.

The Montgomery Canal: Restoring a Site of Special Scientific Interest

Current canal restoration, with newt exclusion fencing

This blog has some historical information, but please indulge me as I include some information from a previous job restoring the Montgomery Canal!  The canal is a SSSI for large sections of its length and also a SAC in Wales, primarily for rare aquatic plants, which happily co-existed with horse-drawn barges, but do not like modern propellers and silt disturbance.  Add in 127 listed structures, the 1986 Parliamentary Acct to restore the canal and many active […]
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Job Opportunity: Landscape Architect

 

Leeds Castle gardens design (Land and Heritage)

What is a landscape architect? We are generally very familiar with ‘Architects’ designing built structures, and with engineers making them happen, but what about the open spaces surrounding and between structures? They rarely simply ‘happen’ and require a level of thought from the modest to the sublime. Many of us are familiar with garden designers and landscapers, backed up by a host of television coverage from quick fix gardens to the Chelsea flower show design […]
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