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James Blake Associates – Team – Breaking News

Samantha Rigg, Head of Ecology at JBA, has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the practice this year and is promoted to Associate Director. In what has been a really tough year of covid and the extreme surges of work related to the impact of the pandemic on home…

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In answer to a client wanting to know if the shrubs eaten by muntjac deer

In answer to a client wanting to know if the shrubs eaten by muntjac deer, on a development site, was due to these shrubs being too immature on planting. This was as suggested by a resident managing the resident’s Man-Co. This is of course a case of a little knowledge…


Feburary Far From Quiet

As the corridors of No. 10 rock from storm to storm, instead of tackling the economy, living standards or energy, so too the weather sees us like corks on a rough sea, as the normally quieter Northern Jet stream ramps up, to deliver a month long conveyor belt of changeable…

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The Demise of the BBC Licence Fee is Bad for Democracy

Whilst I realise anyone younger than 30 will be inclined to think that I am an old fart, one foot in the grave, I think the one advantage of being over 60 is the sobering perspective and sense of reason you acquire as your mortality is gradually absorbed with each…

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Christmas Trees – Are They Sustainable (or should we go artificial)?

There is a hot debate running in the office about the sustainability of buying a natural tree for Christmas – knowing it has been felled for a 2-week stint in our front living room – before being discarded. Having heard the sad lament of a good friend having bought an…

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Interest rates!

Interest Rate Rise Raises Interest in Recession Speculation: Interest rates rose by 0.25% recently to stave off inflation. Was this a wise move? I’d like to think that those in charge know what they are doing, but when they justify the action, one that will plunder more families into poverty,…


Adapting to Omicron and Covid-19 … The best Christmas Party yet

We learned recently that new restrictions are necessary to protect us all from the new Omicron variant of our now all too familiar foe - Covid 19: Whilst Office parties are not banned, the fun will be knocked out by the muffled conversations of mask wearing party goers. However, at…


There Be A Storming Coming

Beware the winds early on Saturday morning, which could be very potent for a short time, as a developing mini-low pressure (what the Daily Express would call a “Weather Bomb”) is hurtling towards us on a powerful amplified jet, angled north to south: See the web link - which shows…


Winters first appearance

After an almost uninterrupted balmy Autumn of breathtaking mildness, bar a brief spell of 2-3 frosts, the jet stream has become increasingly amplified and has finally tipped under the UK (rather than in summer mode - to its north, as it has been for much of the autumn). This is…