Category: Landscape Architecture



Public art

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 scheme. Some ... Read More
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 ... Read More
11th June 2020ACD Environmental


ACD Environmental was excited to undertake fieldwork with NJC Surveys in Essex. The purpose of this fieldwork was to gather baseline information including photography and total survey station data for the production of fully verifiable photomontages. This fieldwork was not only undertaken in line with the Landscape Institute’s ‘Visual Representation ... Read More
27th May 2020ACD Environmental


Now is the time to start looking out for signs of Japanese knotweed!   During the winter the plant dies back, but now you will be able to see the bamboo-like stems emerging. Japanese knotweed is an invasive, non-native plant that suppresses other plant growth and therefore it is an offence to ... Read More
17th April 2020ACD Environmental



ACD Graphics Examples

ACD has developed a strong graphics department, specialising in a variety of 2D and 3D programmes. Utilising software which is appropriate to the project and ranging from simple line drawings to fully rendered packages. We are able to tailor our graphics to not only suit the project but also client ... Read More
16th April 2020ACD Environmental


Following our series of blogs regarding the variety of factors that need to be considered when specifying trees within residential schemes. We have put together an information sheet with all chapters included.   Please see below to read the information in full.   Specifying Trees in Residential Schemes 2020
4th March 2020ACD Environmental


ACD Environmental was excited to attend the official launch of Whitethorn Gardens, Stoke Mandeville. Although a little wet it did not dampen the spirits of those who attended. ACD Environmental started work on this project with Kier Living in 2018, assisting with the full suite of ecological and arboricultural surveys, ... Read More
28th February 2020ACD Environmental


Tree Transplanting There are 3 main ways that trees are provided: bare-root, rootball and containerised. The pros and cons of each are summarised in the table below:   Initial Planting Size The initial planting size of trees is an important factor to consider when specifying trees. Trees can be bought at sizes ranging from ... Read More
13th February 2020ACD Environmental


Pollution Tolerance Trees planted in urban areas are likely to be exposed to the air pollution produced by motor vehicles. Pollutants include sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide which can contribute to lower rates of photosynthesis in trees, resulting in lower growth rates. Choosing trees tolerant to these chemicals can mitigate the ... Read More
10th February 2020ACD Environmental


Soil Compaction As soil becomes more compacted from pedestrian and vehicular traffic, the oxygen content of the soil becomes lower and lower over time. The majority of tree roots inhabit the depth where oxygen levels are optimal; by compacting the soil the available rooting volume for the tree lowers, which can ... Read More
7th February 2020ACD Environmental