• Happy Christmas

    from all at 2B

    and welcome to our highlights of 2019...

  • ...but first, a little winter slideshow...

Below we set out our highlights of 2019, which include projects, technical work for the Landscape Institute, and what has been happening in Team 2B.

Appeal successes

Appeal plan

It has been fascinating to act as landscape witness on two housing appeals, for both a developer and for a local planning authority.

Our evidence was vital in securing an appeal success for a small housing site at Tetford in the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB, whilst in East Yorkshire we put the argument against a major housing scheme outside the development boundary, which was subsequently refused.

Any contradiction here? We don't think so...

A year of Masterplanning


Well, a couple of years, really, but this is the story of this year's projects.

Several have been in Calderdale, as our Halifax office (Amanda!) gets into full swing, but also at Barton-upon-Humber.

So, Visualise this...

After all the technicalities of cameras, lenses, and fields of view in the LI Guidance, we used some fairly simple techniques to illustrate these projects.

Bill is 'LI Volunteer of the Year 2019'

Just possibly connected with the publication of Landscape Institute 'Visual Representation of Development Proposals' Guidance, the 'Volunteer of the Year' award also recognises many years of contribution to the LI.

Quiet, please!

When a local couple told us that the noise from an A-road adjacent to their garden was driving them mad, we knew what to do.

Here's the story.

Team #chooselandscape

2B has been choosing landscape in a variety of ways over the last year, and we claim the youngest ever recruit to the #chooselandscape campaign - poor kid!

Cara's first year as a landscape architect

Cara created a blog, last Christmas, about the transition from geography student to landscape student.

This Christmas, she reviews the last year as both landscape student and practitioner, and concludes "It's never too late to change career paths - you'd be surprised how many of your past experiences are relevant to the landscape profession!"

Be warned, she has a lot to say!

Slow The Flow - Opportunities Mapping

Slow the Flow, of which Amanda is a founder member, just keeps going from strength to strength.

In one of her final projects before going off on maternity leave, Amanda teamed up with Stuart Bradshaw from Slow the Flow and, together, they evaluated and mapped the Natural Flood Management and Sustainable Drainage opportunities around Mytholmroyd in the Calder valley.

And so to Christmas and the New Year

Thanks for sticking with us this far!

We hope you find some of our adventures interesting - we would love to know your thoughts on any of them.

Professionally, we are looking forward to the adventures of 2020 with our usual enthusiasm for the challenges to come.

The nation's political priorities have just been overwhelmingly declared, but there is something else that is far from resolved.

If we could ask our grandchildren, in fifty years time, what was the crisis that we should have been focussed on in 2019, what do you think they would say? They might well point to the most important words of 2019...

You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!

In our small way, we are hoping to become more involved in partnerships which address the climate change and biodiversity crises. Our response is expressed through landscape architecture, for people, place and planet.

If you feel the same way, please...

Get in touch