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Biodiversity Net Gain: Launch of Biodiversity Metric 3.0

Biodiversity Net Gain: Launch of Biodiversity Metric 3.0

Defra and Natural England have now officially launched version 3.0 of the Biodiversity Metric (Defra Metric 3.0).  The latest iteration of the metric has been adapted to respond to feedback and is intended to be more efficient and to help ensure consistency between...

Landmark Presents: Mina Road Park Play Area

Landmark Presents: Mina Road Park Play Area

Landmark has been working closely with Bristol City Council (BCC) Parks Services, Friends of Mina Road Park Playground and the St Werburgh’s Community Centre for a little over 6 months now.  We are very excited to see the Mina Road Park play area project gathering...

Invasive Species Series: Signal Crayfish

Invasive Species Series: Signal Crayfish

Carrying on our invasive species series, we turn this month to the aquatic environment, and the signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus). The species is listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), meaning it is an offence to release...

Planning Approval in Green Belt

Planning Approval in Green Belt

We are delighted to announce that planning approval has been secured for the conversion of redundant agricultural sheds into a pair of high-quality new homes within the Green Belt in Surrey. Working closely with the design team, we delivered the Landscape and Visual...

Seabank Community Turbine is Highly Commended!

Seabank Community Turbine is Highly Commended!

The Seabank Community Wind Scheme was a finalist in the Community Led Placemaking Award in the Planning Awards 2021. 

Whilst we firmly believe that this scheme should be a winner (we may be a little biassed), we are pleased to see that it received a High Commendation in this award category.  So congratulations to Ambition Lawrence Weston/Ambition Community Energy and Womble Bond Dickinson.

Invasive Species Series: Oak Processionary Moth

Invasive Species Series: Oak Processionary Moth

For the next blog in our invasive species series we are moving from flora to fauna – the oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea).

While there is no current legislation concerning this species, the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat nonetheless name it as an Alert species, and requests that any sightings are reported.

Landmark Presents: The Dell Park Play Area Project

Landmark Presents: The Dell Park Play Area Project

Landmark has been working with the Friends of the Dell Park for over 4 years now and we are very excited to see the Dell Park play area project (Chepstow) gathering momentum.

The draft designs for the play area have now been shared with the community and general public.  These designs have been informed by community feedback that has been collected by the Friends of the Dell Park volunteer group. 

Subsidy Free Solar at Army Barracks

Subsidy Free Solar at Army Barracks

The Landmark Practice is extremely proud to have supported the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in successful delivery of a pilot programme for ground mounted, solar photovoltaic development within operational Army sites. 

Working to Public Power Solutions Ltd and the Army’s delivery partner, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Landmark provided Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Ecology and Landscape services in support of delivery four schemes under project ‘Prometheus.’

A Warm Welcome to Elliot Veale!

A Warm Welcome to Elliot Veale!

We are thrilled to announce that we have a new team member in our Landscape Team.   And who better to introduce him than the man himself; a few words from Elliot below ….

“I am excited to be joining a smaller and more environmentally focused practice where I can progress my career as a Landscape Architect. Having previously worked for a large multi-disciplinary architecture company, feeling a part of a close knit, enthusiastic team was what instantly drew me to The Landmark Practice. Being able to have influence over and responsibility for projects from inception to completion is the reason I got into the profession and what I feel Landmark can give me.

Oakfield achieves BwN Award!

Oakfield achieves BwN Award!

We are thrilled to announce that the Oakfield residential development in Swindon has just achieved Building with Nature ‘Design’ award accreditation.

The Oakfield project is Nationwide’s first residential development, with a focus on a community led design approach. The Landmark Practice was appointed to provide landscape architectural and Building with Nature assessor services in early 2020 as part of the principal contractor’s design team; and is taking the project through to completion on site. 

Invasive Species Series: Giant Hogweed

Invasive Species Series: Giant Hogweed

The second in our invasive species series, we turn this month to Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum).

Listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Ace 1981 (as amended), it is an offence to plant or cause to grow, or to allow this species to spread to the wild.

How to identify Giant Hogweed

Giant hogweed belongs to the umbellifer family and it’s not difficult to see that it is a close relative of the countryside favourite, cow parsley.

Landmark achieves SafeContractor Certification

Landmark achieves SafeContractor Certification

We are extremely pleased to have today achieved accreditation under the highly respected SafeContractor SSIP scheme.  

As a Practice we are highly committed to the health and safety of our staff, our clients and their employees. Certification under the SafeContractor scheme bolsters our existing SMAS commitment.

For organisations that need to demonstrate compliance with increasingly stringent legislation, SafeContractor verifies the compliance of contractors and suppliers.

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