Category: Landscape Architecture


When was the last time you saw a live hedgehog? Are you plagued by slugs and snails on your herbaceous borders or your allotment? Our iconic, beloved, and charismatic mammal is native across the UK but is on the priority species list. Hedgehogs are listed as vulnerable on the Red ... Read More
1st June 2021ACD Environmental



Hedge trimming

It is easy to trim a hedge into a regular rectangle, but you are often faced with a problem where the bottom of the hedge starts looking a bit sparse whilst the top half is looking lush and green. This is because the bottom of the hedge is less likely ... Read More
27th May 2021ACD Environmental



Fruit trees

Fruit trees within the landscape are beneficial for a variety of reasons: they contribute to the local ecology by providing a food source for a variety of species; provide flowering decorative trees which are visually appealing within the landscape; grow edible fruits; and provide focal areas within open spaces where ... Read More
18th May 2021ACD Environmental


Did you know, that the presence of Japanese knotweed on a development site has the potential to lead to prosecution (imprisonment of 2 years) and / or compensation claims (up to £5000)? It can potentially cause damage to buildings, hard surfaces and the ecosystem of the surrounding area, swamping native and ... Read More
28th April 2021ACD Environmental


As our population grows our demand for natural resources increases, which in turn puts enormous pressure on our land and our natural soils. Soils act as a natural sponge and can attenuate rainfall at the source. Heavy and storm event rainfall can wash away this valuable resource, and in turn ... Read More
22nd April 2021ACD Environmental


Tackling the Climate Emergency: Mitigation, Adaptation and Biodiversity Online CPD held by the Landscape Institute.      In September last year, staff members of ACD took part in a two-day CPD covering the vital and pressing issues of our time - the climate and ecological emergencies, and to hear what we can do as ... Read More
30th March 2021ACD Environmental



Oak processionary

It's an oak-less cause, or is it...   One of the most valuable native trees in our country is the English oak (Quercus robur). It provides an incredible number of benefits and needs for our society and our environment. As an environmental practice we seek to get as many of these integrated ... Read More
17th March 2021ACD Environmental


When assessing the impact of a potential new development on its surroundings, and during the design process, landscape architects and landscape officers often refer to Landscape Character Assessments. They provide an insight into which elements make the landscape unique, valued, which features should be considered for retention, and how landscapes ... Read More
5th March 2021ACD Environmental


The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has published a new discussion paper on ‘Natural Capital and Environmental Net Gain’. Natural capital can be defined as the world’s stocks of natural assets which include geology, soil, air, water, and all living things. Therefore, this has the potential to impact society, economies, air ... Read More
22nd February 2021ACD Environmental



ACD Advent Calendar 2020

Here is a look back at all the facts we provided each day in December, through the run-up to Christmas in our ACD Advent Calendar. Welcome to the ACD Environmental advent calendar. Follow our page to receive a fact every day until Christmas! Let’s start off with a fact about ... Read More
24th December 2020ACD Environmental