Book review – by Alice

New Nordic gardens, Scandinavian Landscape Design by Annika Zetterman.  Published by Thames and Hudson March 2017. ISBN 978-0-500-51945-5. This is a specialist book that I’d happily recommend to anyone – perhaps best appreciated over a cup of coffee with sockerkaka or glass of Jordgubbar Absolut. “We see beauty in the bare and the exposed, and treat materials with the utmost respect. The definition of sustainability, a word used widely today, has always been fundamental to Scandinavian identity. We have had to work hard in a…




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MAD CITY – AN INTERNATIONAL HAPPENING FOR URBAN PLANNERS

City planning is stuck in last century, at a time when start-up culture, mixed-use development and sharing is already there. New questions are now needed to look for the answers.  Troy Hayes and Lionel Fanshawe will be speaking at Mad City – an international happening for urban planners, which will be held in Riga on June 1-2, 2017. It is a new type of event, which is challenging everything we know about “the boring conference”. MAD CITY – consider this a happening, a sparkling and flavourful event for urban planners by urban planners.…




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Invasive Plants by Isla Denton-Thompson

(Schedule 9 plants) – Section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Part of the job of many Landscape Architects involves designing planting schemes for clients. One thing we must consider when making species choices is ensuring we do not specify invasive plants in locations where they will cause potential ecological, environmental, or socio-economic harm. According to the RHS there are 1,402 non-native plants established in the wild in Great Britain, of which 108 (8%) are stated to have a negative impact. Non-native invasive…




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View from the canopy, by guest author Bernie Harverson

My name is Bernie Harverson and I am a self-employed Arboricultural Consultant with 47 years experience in the industry. I acquired my love of trees from the age of 11 when my parents moved from urban Ashford west London to rural leafy Haslemere in Surrey where, instead of climbing drainpipes and onto garage rooves I started climbing trees – ‘free climbing’ of course as there were no lifelines and safety harnesses in evidence then! I then wanted to identify the different trees species and a…




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New terra firma website launched

We are pleased to announce the re-launch of the terra firma website in new mobile optimised format please take a look www.terrafirmaconsultancy.com Robyn and Lionel look forward to seeing any of you visiting MIPIM in Cannes next week!




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‘Only connect’ (by Keith)

Recent news that the dormouse has been reintroduced to Wensleydale 100 years after they were last recorded there is part of move to try and reverse their drastically depleting numbers which has seen them classed as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species https://ptes.org/campaigns/dormice/ . Dormice depend on well-managed interconnected woodlands and hedgerows for their survival. They are entirely arboreal and to ensure a healthy gene pool and access to sufficient food, aerial routes between copses and hedgerows are crucial to their…




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Home is where the heart is (by Martin)

At terra firma our work with the Housing sector constitutes a sizable portion of the firm’s overall output. This emphasis on residential development is no coincidence, as it no-doubt reflects an emphasis in the broader construction sector. It will be no surprise to readers of this blog that Landscape Architects are keen to promote the virtues of integrating good design of the external spaces in any housing development. To that end, the Landscape Institute produced a Position Statement, ‘Making it Home: the power of landscape…




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Brexit station approaching….. all change?

When we finally set off down the no doubt long and winding Brexit road, as landscape architects we are likely to notice some effects on agricultural policy, environmental law and planning law and policy. Like everything, much of the outcome on these aspects of policy and law will be dependent on the type of legal agreement between the UK and the EU. As far as I can understand (and I’m no expert – seemingly in good company here with many far higher up the pecking…




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End of year Blog 2016, by Lionel

2016 celebrated my 20th year at the helm of terra firma and it came at the same time as the 50th anniversary of the Landscape Architecture course at Leeds which was the training ground for both my predecessor John Wigham (who founded the firm in 1985) and I, as well as for a fair few other senior members of our team; Robyn, Martin and Alice.  We produced some display boards, as requested of all alumni by the University for their celebration, which deliberately coincided with…




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