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We have found a great new product to VE open space and play design schemes..

...that will save money on conventional bench seating, add colour and offer the opportunity to display art or information graphics, or even be part of a way-finding strategy. The Art seat a simple solution. The Art Seat is very flexible in how it can be used; it has a contemporary…

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Indian Summer Dream

How much might you be longing for one of those dreamy, mellow Indian Summers: like those that garlanded our childhood memories - with slow-mo sunny afternoons and lingering picnics in favourite country places - special only to us? Well, I am dreaming - and dreams can come true, but first…

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Save Millions On Your Next Development Site

Save Millions on your next site: You can do this simply signing up for net bio-diversity gain? Sound’s crazy – right?  Well we think you’ll ‘go wild’ at the savings we can make for you. So how can you save so much money by embracing what must seem like a…

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Healthy Eating

Do you want to make a difference with climate change? Do you want to be healthier and live longer? All you have to do is eat less meat and your carbon footprint drops like a stone, and you get fitter and healthier to boot. I used to detest vegetarian food,…

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The Future of UK Green Space Design

20 years ago, (2001), I believed I was a commercially aware Landscape Architect, having then 13 years working for top house builders, but ‘you don’t know what you don’t know!’ Establishing the OASIS Landscape Management company (2011) means, I now have to pay for the maintenance work myself, which was…

Developers have a chance to Take a Stand for Building Better Biodiverse Futures

Who do you think has greener credentials - farmers or developers. Seems obvious, but like so many things, the truth can be surprising. My last family home was a new developer’s house, and it had been recycled from a disused intensive pig farm, with an acre of concrete yard and…

Ancient and Veteran Trees

As well as providing unique and irreplaceable habitats ancient and veteran trees can pose significant constraints, when it comes to potential site development, and consequently should be identified at the earliest possible opportunity. The assessment process for Ancient and Veteran trees needs to acknowledge their unique key characteristics such as:…

Don’t Believe the Lies About Climate Change

Lies - you ask? What lies? That Climate Change exists? No...that is not a lie, it most certainly does exist, and the science is as clear as it was for the need for a vaccine for the pandemic. There is no doubt it is happening and faster than we are…

Get Wild about Play Design

Get Wild about Play Design

Natural Play & Wild Play - play area schemes not only look better, enhance play value & inspire imagination, but they cost £30K less to build than traditional "Local Equipped Areas of Play." If, that is, they're designed to accord with Play England’s/ Scotland's national guidance “Design for Play” (2008),…

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