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New BS8596 for Bat Surveying

The new British Standard BS8596 will cover the surveying of trees and woodland for bats and is expected to come into effect this year. This is Specific to woodlands only. It will provide guidance to all land-based industries to standardise how trees and woodlands should be surveyed for bats and their roosts, and how bat habitats should be assessed (when this is appropriate), prior to tree work being undertaken. Read more →

Approval for New Era Square

Yesterday New Era Square was unanimously approved by Sheffield City Councillors.  Phase 1 is due to begin this summer, with a target to complete the entire scheme in three years. The site off St Mary’s Road and Bramall Lane will include a business incubator for start-up firms with exhibition hall. Phase 1 – which involves major Chinese investment – will include a 21-storey tower Read more →

Japanese Knotweed Surveys

Failing to control the spread of Japanese Knotweed could now result in an anti-social behaviour order, and a fine of up to £2500. We offer a range of invasive species surveys and mitigation reports to ensure as a developer you do not risk this fine. We regularly carry out basic ‘Invasive Species Surveys’ or a more comprehensive ‘Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey’. Read more →

DRAX Ash Mound Research

We are have recently expanded on our award winning restoration work on the DRAX power station ash mounds. Weddles has been working at DRAX and other power station for over 40 years, which has enabled us to become national experts on industrial restoration with specialism on land and particle stabilisation.  We have developed best practices in horticultural and arboricultural on difficult industrialist reclamation.

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Climbers Club

As a office full of climbers, we were delighted to be approached to put forward a proposal to improve the Bosigran Climbers hut in Penzance.  We produced a robust design that sat well into the stunning landscape above Bosigran Crag. It complements the beautiful granite  Count House building. This is the only climbing hut in Cornwall, but its situation is perfect for climbing on the North Coast. Read more →

Hangzhou complete

Weddles trip to China in August included a visit to the recently completed Hangzhou Residential development. Weddles have been working closely with the developers to produce a high quality landscape masterplan for the shared private garden.  The design and implementation has proven to be a great success, as now all 1229 residential units have been sold.  The gardens are in a European classical style and  based on the language of curves, linking a series of individual ‘jewel’ themed semi-private garden rooms. Read more →

Heriot-Watt Award

Heriot-Watt University has just been announced Winner of the Scottish Green Flag Award 2014 for the Formal Gardens and Central Woodland designed by Weddles. See the Article above.

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UK Ambassador On Site

Ma Zhengang, former Chinese ambassador to the UK (1997-2002), visited the International Horticultural Exhibition 2014 Qingdao on May 26 accompanied by Li Fengli, secretary-general of the expo executive committee. Read more →

Chartered Horticulturists

This week, three more members of the Weddles team became members of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists. Neil Northrop, Lu Zhong and Chris Braine are now all full MCIHort members.  Mike Browell, Principle, is one of the founding members of this Institute, and has been a member for 25 years .  Weddles has a background of strong horticultural knowledge, which is demonstrated though our projects over the last 57 Years. Read more →

Botanical Garden Shortlist

We were delighted to hear this week that we have been shortlisted for the complete redesign of the main entrance and northern part of Shanghai Botanical Gardens. This will include a world class orchid house at 9000m2, which will become the biggest in the world.

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