Category: Landscape Architecture

25

Nov2020

Pathway to Chartership

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Here at ACD, we take professional development seriously, encouraging our landscape architecture graduates to work towards obtaining Chartered status with the Landscape Institute and gain the prestigious letters CMLI after their name. The Landscape Institute has developed the “Pathway to Chartership” which typically takes around two years, although this is ... Read More
25th November 2020ACD Environmental

22

Oct2020

Planting for wildlife

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Everything you need to know about planting for wildlife  Green spaces are disappearing at an alarming rate due to urban expansion, therefore gardens and open spaces have become increasingly important, not only to us, but to the wildlife around us. Green spaces help to form green corridors, providing habitats and connectivity ... Read More
22nd October 2020ACD Environmental

09

Oct2020
Have you ever been grumpy, had a quarrel, or just felt a little stressed? How often have we told ourselves to go outside and get some fresh air?   For many, spending time outside is a regular part of everyday life, taking a break to work on an allotment, walking the dog ... Read More
9th October 2020ACD Environmental

28

Sep2020

Fully verified photomontages

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Recently, ACD was commissioned to undertake the production of fully verified photomontages, also known as Accurate Visual Representations (AVR) and Visually Verified Montages (VVM). We thought that it would be useful to share the process of how we prepare these. The verified views are created using a combination of photography, survey ... Read More
28th September 2020ACD Environmental

21

Sep2020

Happy Plant Health Week!

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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 for ... Read More
21st September 2020ACD Environmental

04

Sep2020

Growing cut flowers

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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 ... Read More
4th September 2020ACD Environmental

29

Jul2020

What is a tree pit?

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  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 ... Read More
29th July 2020ACD Environmental

21

Jul2020
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 they have ... Read More
21st July 2020ACD Environmental

23

Jun2020

Elm tree woodland

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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 ... Read More
23rd June 2020ACD Environmental

18

Jun2020
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 ... Read More
18th June 2020ACD Environmental