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 Braine

Senior Landscape Architect

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 previously worked in a number of firms in Australia and New Zealand and in the 12 years since graduating from Sheffield University he has delivered many complex and wide ranging projects from planning though to construction. Chris is a keen hiker, biker and climber.

Tom Beaumont

Tom Beaumont

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.

Paula McHale

Landscape Technician

Paula brings strong design and architectural knowledge to the team from her diploma in 3D Design & Fine Art and Post Graduate Architectural Design from Northumbria University. Since joining Weddles in 2018, she has become a key team member in supporting assessment, design and documentation for a wide range of local and national projects.

Evan Fu

Evan Fu

Landscape Technician

Evan joined us in 2019 after his masters at Sheffield and working at Urbis Ltd in Hong Kong. He has strong technical, hand drawn and computer graphic skills. Evan also has a background in ecology, giving him a strong knowledge of regenerative and restorative design as well as creating and developing management schemes for the natural and built environment.

Emily Hull

Landscape Graduate

Emily joined us in 2020 after completing her MA Landscape Architecture and BA in Geography. She has a very strong eye for detail and excellent report writing skills. Alongside her studies she worked for several years as a Support Worker for adults with learning and physical disabilities which allowed her to see first-hand the joy and calm that can come from positive outside environments and which has inspired her to work towards the creation of more inclusive landscapes, through design and implementation.

Professor Mike Browell

Consultant Landscape Architect (Past Principal)

Mike has over 40 years experience as a leading Landscape Architect, Arboriculturalist and Ecologist, and for 24 years Mike was the principle of Weddles. Mike has delivered countless projects throughout the UK and internationally, and is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute, founding member of the The Chartered Institute Of Horticulture, professional member of the Arboricultural Association, and visiting professor of Landscape Architecture to China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou.

Lu Zhong

Senior Architect / Landscape Architect (China Director)

Lu is dually qualified Architect and Landscape Architect. With her urban design and management background she is a keystone of Weddles. Lu joined Weddles in 2007, and since then has forged strong links between Sheffield and China.  As China Director for Weddles, Lu manages all Chinese projects, so if often found travelling between the UK and China.  Lu is Chartered Landscape Architect and an experienced horticulturist.


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.