I deliver both new design and restoration for an extensive range of park and urban greenspace projects. Many of them in significant historic settings. People are passionate about their parks, and with my background in horticulture, arboriculture, construction and design I enjoy working closely with communities and clients, often involving participatory design to achieve consensus on challenging projects.
Managing change within large historic landscapes is often controversial, and a key part in leading multi-facetted projects. As is securing the necessary consents and funding to make them happen. My schemes have attracted over £35m funding in the last 5 years.
Recent projects include Kew Gardens at Wakehurst, Grade I registered Brompton Cemetery, many designs for the Royal Parks.
Urban landscape projects include masterplan strategies for Gorky Park, and others in Moscow – and closer to home, Victoria Park, Arnold Circus, Derby Arboretum, Northala Fields and … many more, big and small, and all equally important.
Q & A
As a Landscape Architect, who has inspired you?
JC Loudon. His approach to landscape design was to create inspirational landscapes to inspire people to wonder about the natural world, ecology, architecture and geology, as well as creating beautiful spaces for people to think and enjoy.
What’s been your proudest moment since joining LDA Design?
Being appointed for Vicky Park in Tower Hamlets. I worked there when I was 16 as an apprentice gardener and it was in a bit of a state - so it was nice to go back and finish the job properly.
If you could change one thing about your local high street ....
It would be to put the Nags Head Pub back into the Nags Head. The old pub is now a betting shop with one armed bandits. There were plenty of bandits in there when it was a pub, you could have a pint, and people knew where to get off the bus. Is that progress?