In all projects sustainability is paramount to our
approach. We encourage reused, salvaged, reclaimed and recycled materials as an
alternative to virgin and primary materials. The performance of such materials
is assessed for suitability for the intended use.
SUDS (Sustainable urban drainage systems)
Sustainable drainage ensures minimum impact on our
rivers and water courses. Much damage to our environment has historically been
caused by extensive traditional land and surface drainage. Additionally in
times of drought, moisture in the ground isn’t available for crops. In clay
soils severe cracking occurs, causing damage to the surface, affecting plant
roots and in some cases leading to serious problems with mature trees which in
turn can affect safety to humans and buildings. Our approach is to deal with
this in a more sensitive manner, where problem drainage is addressed and
resolved with minimum movement of water thus ensuring natural groundwater
recharge. SUDS may include soakaways, filter strips, swales, detention ponds,
reedbeds, etc. but will also consider selective plant species, green roofs,
pervious surfaces and detention basins.
SOILS, COMPOST and MULCHES
Affectively addressed by use of resources such as
‘Earth Exchange’, green waste composting and organic mulching. We encourage prunings and brash from tree
works to be chipped on site and either used directly as mulch or stored/turned
in windrows to produce compost.
ENDURING LANDSCAPES and MINIMUM MAINTENANCE
Consideration is given to overall design and plant
selection in relation to site conditions, aspect and topography to ensure long
term success and reduced maintenance operations.