What do you understand by Landscape Character Assessment? How can you help to safeguard Landscape Character? Why Landscape Character is important.Landscape character is defined as the natural and historical characteristics of a landscape, that give it a sense of place and distinctive locality. For instance, the South Downs have a rolling topography. Sheep graze and bleat in fields, scattered trees, sloe thickets and hawthorn hedges rustle in the wind; its a very distinctive landscape character. The National Parks Authority thought so too; recently the South Downs have been granted National...Read More
How to select exciting trees for great interest in urban settings; specimen trees with all year round colour
Firstly, look at the site. Is it sunny? Is it sheltered? If it is in a wind corridor, a street where the wind blows through, in winter this will be very cold and exposed. Conversely, a sunny sheltered courtyard may allow you to plant a more tender tree, such as an Olive tree or Magnolia grandiflora. What are the site restrictions and what characteristics do you want from the tree? Trees with interesting bark can contribute so much in winter. For instance, Betula utilis jacquemontii, with its white bark. Prunus serrula- with its shiny mahogany bark- these two trees are exceptional in urban...Read More
What is Green Infrastructure? (GI) How GI understanding can help you and your local community to combat climate change.
What exactly is Green Infrastructure (GI)? Green infrastructure is the green space, urban trees and bushes, woodlands that surround us. It is seen as important, because not only does it act on humans to give positive effects to society, but local councils are using GI to enhance local ecology to improve local health and well being as well as to boost ecology. Green infrastructure (GI) works at all spatial scales from micro to macro. Big Society ideas and the idea of local community involvement in GI means that new GI can be planned, delivered and managed at the local level. Despite the...Read More