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Going Green Means Big Savings

At James Blake Associates we have been surveying trees and designing landscapes for developers for 30 years, but it was only in the last 8 years that we discovered how many common elements within standard landscape proposals add disproportionately to both build costs and maintenance costs.  In light of this,…

New Offices in Birmingham and Bristol

James Blake Associates has lots to celebrate!  We have opened offices in Birmingham and Bristol, welcomed new members of staff, and we’re about to celebrate 30 years in business. Heading up our new offices is Andrew Willerton for Birmingham, and Adrian Winstone for Bristol.  Both Senior Landscape Architects have extensive…

Landscape Architects in East Anglia

New Development Approved in Cambridgeshire – Landscape Designed by James Blake Associates

We’ve just received the excellent news from Bovis Homes, that East Cambridgeshire's’ DC planning committee has approved the development at Witchford, with a unanimous vote from members. Members complemented Bovis on the quality of the design response to the site constraints and how well the team worked with, and listened…

Alylesbury Natural Garden City

The Aylesbury Approach – Natural Garden Cities

Why we are doing it? This is ground-breaking, ecologically led, landscape design which is good for all parties. More biodiverse. More sustainable. Costs less to deliver. Faster to establish. Lower maintenance . Less costly to maintain. Preserves and sustains ecological systems. Produces healthier communities who are more in touch with…

Green London by James Blake Associates

Green Light to Help Make London Greener

James Blake Associates recently got the green light to make a street in London, green. We have introduced more nature into the heart of London.  This is nature enhanced, because we've included some exotic species, but only those that the invertebrates love, being scented and with nectar rich flowers, (and…

Issac Stirling

From James Blake Associates Field Ecologist to the next David Attenborough!

Our farewell to Field Ecologist Isaac Stirling is bittersweet.  Isaac has been a brilliant member of the team here at James Blake Associates – always committed in his work, and his passion for ecology.  (His jokes however, leave a little bit to be desired…only joking Isaac!)  We will miss him…

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment – A Dark Art

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) has been described as a dark art; the assessor is required to make fine judgements about the impact of the proposed development, and these judgements in turn, can influence the final outcome of the assessment. But what about when LVIA literally is a dark…

James Blake Associates Supporting Louise in her Career Development

Louise Fitzgerald - Professional Environmental Assessor Louise joined James Blake Associates in November 2016.  With a master’s degree in Environmental Geography and Climate Change, and a genuine passion to develop a career in saving the planet, Louise made an instant and perfect fit for James Blake Associates. Louise’s commitment was…

My 20 Years at James Blake Associates

This year, we are celebrating Vivienne Jackson’s 20 years with James Blake Associates. Viv is our wonderful Office Manager who always goes the extra mile, and whose attention to detail is second to none. We chatted with Viv about those last 20 years, how James Blake Associates has evolved over…

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