We are a small and experienced team of Chartered Landscape Architects, Arboriculturalists, Landscape Planners and Ecologists, based in Sheffield with a focus on planning application design, survey to contract administration. Over the last 60 Years we have developed a tried and tested approach to provide a quick and flexible response to clients’ requirements, combining excellence in design with cost effective solutions.  Our track record of good design is well established and backed up by a range of awards.

Client satisfaction is our priority; we have the capability to progress schemes rapidly from appraisal and design through to contract and completion. We are experienced lead contract administrators and as members of multi-disciplinary design teams. We believe that early incorporation of landscape design and management expertise into development projects can bring major benefits of a fundamental kind and often for a cost saving.

Who We Are

Neil Northrop

Neil Northrop


Neil is an experienced Chartered Landscape Architect, Arboriculturalist and Ecologist who is experienced in the full design and construction work stages, from initial client liaison, feasibility, concept design, planning applications, detail design, specification, management plans, BREEAM accreditation and on-site services.  He has realised some Weddles largest projects, such as the 2014 World Horticulture Expo Glasshouse and Pizhou City Masterplan.  Neil is a visiting tutor for Sheffield University.

Chris Braine


Chris has a broad skill base as a Chartered Landscape Architect, member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and Associate of the Arboriculture Association. He has over 15 years professional experience since graduating from Sheffield University, including practices in London, Sydney and Melbourne. During this time he has delivered many complex and wide ranging projects through planning and into construction. Chris is a keen hiker, road cyclist and climber.

Tom Beaumont

Tom Beaumont

Senior Landscape Architect

Having previously worked in a number of UK and international practices, Tom brings a wealth of design, horticulture knowledge and implementation skills to Weddles. His strength lies in working closely with clients to understand their aspirations, to produce cost effective designs. He is a Chartered Landscape Architect and a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. Tom has a passion for running and illustration.

Esther Hyde

Landscape Assistant
BA (Hons) MA

Esther joined our team in 2023 after graduated from her MA in Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, with special interest in restorative urban design and active travel. She previously was part of Beanies Wholefoods co-operative in Sheffield. Esther loves climbing and cycling.

James McGrath

Landscape Assistant
BA (Hons) MA

After completing a MA in Landscape Architecture at Writtle College in Essex, James then worked for two years in the industry before moving up to Sheffield and joining Weddles in 2024. During his time at college, he developed an interest in urban regeneration projects as well as exploring how disused city spaces can be used for food growing. James enjoys playing music in his spare time.

John Harvey

Senior Ecologist

John is an Associate level CIEEM member, who has worked in ecology consultancy since 2014 after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a BA in Urban and Environmental Planning. He is well experienced in all ecological survey techniques, and currently holds a Level 1 Bat Class Licence, Level 1 GCN Licence and Badger Class Licence. John received a 1st Class MA in Landscape Management from the University of Sheffield in 2023, his dissertation was on Biodiversity Net Gain compliance in the practitioner workplace.

Cian Oldfield

Assistant Ecologist
BSc (Hons) MRes

Cian joined us in 2022 after completing his Master of Research in Evolution and Behaviour at the University of Sheffield. Alongside his role as Assistant Ecologist, Cian is our in-house GIS Manager and R Studio Technician. He has a wealth of experience working with Great Crested Newts and holds a Level 1 GCN licence. Cian loves all things outdoors and is a keen climber, holding a Level 2 Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue licence. He is currently working toward his  BS5837 tree surveying accreditation.

Imogen Glover

Year Out Landscape Assistant
BSc (Hons)

Imogen has joined us for her year out during her MLA Landscape Architecture with Ecology degree at Sheffield University. She has a particular interest in public perception and use of outdoor environments. She provides support to both the landscape and ecology teams and is learning basic arboricultural skills.

Amy Wardle

Consultant Ecologist
BA (Hons) MA

Amy has an interdisciplinary background, but her focus has always been studying and working for nature. She graduated in 2019, winner of the Palgrave/Edward Carpenter Award for Animal Studies at the University of Sheffield. She undertook her first season in ecology in 2018, and has also worked in landscape-scale ecological restoration across the north. Birds are her growing specialism, along with mammals. Amy enjoys all outdoor activities, but is often found cycling.


2022 Sheffield Design Awards ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ Sheffield Winter Garden
2018 Sheffield Design Awards ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ Sheffield Winter Garden
2013 Civic Trust ‘Green Flag Award’ Heriot-Watt University Campus
2013 Civic Trust ‘Green Flag Award’ 
Heriot-Watt University Campus
2013 Civic Trust ‘Green Flag Award’ Sheffield Winter Garden
2012 Civic Trust ‘Green Flag Award’ Heriot-Watt Formal Garden & Woodland
2011 Civic Trust ‘Green Flag Award’ Sheffield Winter Garden
2010 Civic Trust ‘Green Flag Award’ Old Bailey
2009 Civic Trust Award Humber Bridge
2007 Academy of Urbanism ‘The Great Place Award’ Sheffield Winter Garden
2006 Horticulture Week ‘Best Landscape Project’ The Oval

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2007 Landscape Institute ‘President’s Award’ Sheffield Winter Garden
2004 Civic Trust ‘Green Flag Award’ Sheffield Winter Garden
2004 Royal Fine Arts Commission ‘Jeu d’esprit Award’ Sheffield Winter Garden
2004 Civic Trust ‘Green Flag Award’ KC Stadium
2004 European Federation of Interior ‘Landscaping Groups Gold Award’ Sheffield Winter Garden
2003 Royal Fine Arts Commission Trust ‘Building Of The Year’ Sheffield Winter Garden
2003 RIBA ‘Yorkshire Award’ Sheffield Winter Garden
2003 Civic Trust ‘Green Flag Award’ Sheffield Winter Garden
2003 Variety Club of Great Britain Best Regeneration Award Sheffield Winter Garden
2003 RICS Pro Yorkshire Award for Design & Innovation Sheffield Winter Garden
2003 Wood Award Shortlist Sheffield Winter Garden
2003 British Guild of Travel Writers Commendation Sheffield Winter Garden
2003 Yorkshire Regional Award Old Bailey
2002 Civic Trust ‘Green Flag Award’  Sheffield Winter Garden
2000 Civic Trust ‘Green Flag Award’  Sheffield Winter Garden
1997 Queens Silver Jubilee Award Drax Power Station
1995 BALI ‘Grand Award’ British Nuclear Fuels HQ
1995 Civic Trust ‘Green Flag Award’  Drax Ash Mound
1993 ‘Office of the Year’ The Pearl
1993 BALI ‘Fison Principe Award’ The Pearl
1993 ‘Facilities Management Award’ The Pearl
1991 ‘European Better Environment Award’ Stocksbridge Engineering Steels
1986 Bali ‘Fison Principe Award’ Drax Power Station
1985 Bali ‘Fison Principe Award’ British Nuclear Fuels HQ
1981-2011 20+ Horticulture Week Awards
1957-2018 50+ Additional Minor Awards


Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Humberside County Council
Liverpool City Council
Sheffield City Council

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Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council
York City Council
Central Lancashire New Town
Skelmersdale New Town
Mosborough New Town
Department of Transport
Property Services Agency
Scottish Development Agency
Northern Counties Housing Association


Heriot-Watt University
University of Liverpool
Sheffield University
University of Bradford
Rotherham Schools
Durham University


National Grid
National Power
East Midlands Electricity
British Nuclear Fuels
Humber Bridge Board
Stocksbridge Engineering Steels
Avesta Sheffield
Slag Reduction Company
Low Level Waste Repository
Freeman Fox and Partners


Bell Cable
Yorkshire Water
Severn Trent Water
East of Scotland Water


Doncaster Hospitals NHS Trust
Nottingham Hospital NHS Trust
Rotherham Hospitals NHS Trust
Trent Regional Health Authority


Estate Agents
Property Surveyors
Architects and Developers
Private householders
Youth Hostel Association
Sir Owen Williams and Partners
English Partnerships
Pearl Assurance
Hanson Trust
York Rowntree Trust
SPA Lanscapes
Rippon Homes


Professor Arnold Weddle

We are a long established practice founded by Professor Arnold Weddle in 1957.