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Wet back gardens

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1. Causation Diagnosis: there are several causes: and often the worst cases are a product of several of these causes coinciding. These are (inter alia) a) former road ways insufficiently broken out (common with old mental hospital or MOD sites); b) old haul roads; c) old materials/ build access routes…

Natural Landscape Architecture

Big Savings From Natural Landscapes

I’ve heard many clients say – I hate wildflower  - it doesn’t work and looks a mess: That’s “poppy-cock” to coin the pun. Getting great, biodiverse wildflower areas (poppy fields) that look really colourful and full of lovely wildflower, and no weeds or mess, is easy, simple and cheap: You…

Abby Stallwood

Meet our New Team Leader – Strategic Landscape Division

Abby Stallwood has joined (or should I say re-joined) James Blake Associates, as Team Leader of the Strategic Landscape Division. Abby brings a significant level of experience with more than 10 years post CMLI qualification, having worked on numerous site promotions, environmental impact assessments, landscape and visual impact assessments (as…

Peter Brais

Peter Brais takes over as Head of Arboriculture at James Blake Associates

Peter is a highly experience arboriculturist and is very commercially aware, practical and down-to-earth, and above all, very keen to assist our clients in offering an excellent, rapid and effective service. Peter follows on from Kev, who has moved on for pastures new, and benefitted from a 2 week overlap…

Apartment gardens

Life (and Business) After Covid19

Once or twice in a lifetime, something happens to change the world. The world's smallest organism has just had the biggest impact on our lives. Many of us, me included, have felt the sadness of loved ones lost. We live with the anxiety of a latent and lurking danger, the…

Heartening So Many Clients Still Going Strong

Whilst many clients are locked down, many are still going, all working from home. There is a shared commitment that even if this horrid disease were to linger for a year, it’s a short time in development time frames, and promoting new sites is still crucial, to ensure we have…

Existing Schemes – How Much Could You Save?

In business its a big mistake to think - I've already paid for that - I cannot justify more fees - even though to do so might save you much more money overall. Say you bought new software for £10k, because it saves you 50K, then new free software comes…

Business Almost As Usual: To Confound Covid-19

James Blake Associates has all team members now working from home, with VPN, Office 365 emails and Microsoft Teams for conferencing purposes (plus skype/ Zoom as our clients require). Work is allocated in the normal way, weekly, onto team member goal sheets, who will work from home unless they have…

Ecology and Arb Surveys Suffolk

Ecology and Arboriculture Surveys – Timing is Key

Ensure you have the right consultant that does what is needed the right way but knows when a survey is needed and when it is not. For example, a client recently asked JBA to check if they needed all the surveys recommended in the PA1 report. We found they did…

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