(video) Transforming Park Square Roundabout: behind the scenes

Motorists arriving in Sheffield this summer, may have noticed the transformation of Park Square Roundabout, as a profusion of perennial meadow flowers burst into bloom at the city’s entry.

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How might Brexit change the British countryside?

Olaf Schroth

On Thursday, 23rd of June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48%. Since then, a lot of possible economic consequences have been discussed but the potential long-term impact on the British countryside has rarely been debated. Read more…

Urban rivers: pleasure or danger; making space for water

Laurence Pattacini

Urban rivers are an integral part of cities. During the urbanisation process, the sinuous and unpredictable flow of the river has been controlled, dammed and straightened. The traditional, engineered flood defence in most cases keeps the water at bay, but Read more…

Has Jan Woudstra discovered the key to Capability Brown’s nickname?

In preparation for a paper on Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, Dr Jan Woudstra from the Department of Landscape, has discovered when and where the 18th-century Landscape Architect got his nickname.

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Nature knows best – Could embracing wildflowers improve garden resilience?

Emma Lewis

wildflowers represent nature’s optimum; natural selection occurring over many generations has promoted the traits that give the best chance of survival

Wildflowers appear to be very much in fashion this season, with many of the designers at RHS Chelsea Read more…

Art? Design? Aesthetics?

Catherine Dee

Thank you to all who responded to my BAD ART piece..

..I hope we can sustain a vigourous debate around the ‘what?’ and the ‘why?’ of art, design, and aesthetics of landscape in contemporary practice.

For me, the purpose of such debate is to clarify quality (of landscape architecture) and to ask the philosophical and practical question: “What are landscapes for”?

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Can ‘Friends’ save our parks?

by Melanie Burton

There are issues relating to responsibilities and insurances when community groups take over green space management (who is to blame if something goes wrong, who puts it right?).”

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Reviving Green Spaces Between Houses

Helen Woolley

A high percentage of urban green spaces in our UK cities is that within which social housing is set. Although the original intention was that these green space should be everybody’s in reality many of them have become nobody’s. Read more…

Greening the Grey – Vegetating front gardens for improved well-being

Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui

Today, one in three front gardens in the UK have no plants growing in them. This is three times less than 10 years ago. “So what?” you may think. Read more…

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