The Landscape Institute has announced that this week is Plant Health Week. This is to recognise The Food and Agricultural Organisation’s (FAO) International Year of Plant Health 2020, with both events set to celebrate the benefits of healthy plants. The aim is to help protect and enhance plant life ...
21st September 2020ACD Environmental
As a keen gardener I love the infinite colours, scents and shapes of flowers in all their forms, and have always enjoyed designing harmonious blends of colour in planting schemes, concentrating mainly on perennials and small shrubs. I started growing flowers specifically for cutting many years ago, giving bunches away ...
4th September 2020ACD Environmental
There’s often some confusion with clients as to what a tree pit is. A common misconception is that a tree pit is a volume where the roots will be (or is intended to be) confined. A tree pit is the initial hole a tree is planted in – and should NOT ...
29th July 2020ACD Environmental
One of our landscape architects came across the North and South Meads owned by Wolfson College, Oxford, while on a site visit. These meadows are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and are relics of Marston’s medieval farming system. There is no evidence to suggest that ...
21st July 2020ACD Environmental
Following on from our last blog post 'Barking mad', we are going to look at visual acuity and the scale of tree bark textures therefore providing optimum viewing distances. Using visual acuity to provide optimal positioning With a bit of understanding about human vision and acuity, we can provide definitive distances ...
9th July 2020ACD Environmental
Introduction In our last tree bark themed blog we discussed the value of coloured tree bark in the landscape, however colour is only one aspect of bark to provide interest. In this blog we shall address the often underrated textural qualities of tree bark, and go into detail of how we ...
6th July 2020ACD Environmental
Whilst out undertaking fieldwork associated with an Environment Impact Assessment, one of our assessors was lucky enough to discover themselves in a beautiful elm tree woodland in Cambridgeshire. Elm tree woodlands and trees were once commonplace in the English landscape but started to reduce in the early 1900s after woodland ...
23rd June 2020ACD Environmental
It often gets overlooked once a landscape scheme has been installed, whether it be a wildflower grassland, urban trees, front garden shrub planting or roof garden and podium landscapes, the contractor walks away and the landscape fails. As well as the appropriate preparation prior to planting, the watering regime for the ...
18th June 2020ACD Environmental
Public art is becoming a more important component within new developments, so much so, that the requirement is often drawn into planning conditions. These are often pre-commencement conditions to allow the public art to form part of the design, as opposed to a ‘bolt-on’, at the end of the ...
15th June 2020ACD Environmental
Multifunctional landscapes are becoming increasingly popular and are providing a creative way to adapt green spaces. Whilst visiting a park recently we noticed that on the surface of it it was an attractive place for people to visit, take their daily exercise, meet up with friends and family (whilst observing ...
11th June 2020ACD Environmental