Greengage is a Housing Design Award Winner with Adam Khan Architects and others for Tower Court, Hackney. Tower Court is at the head of Clapton Common, amongst a busy and culturally diverse residential neighbourhood.  A model for higher-density urban family living, the client’s brief called for particular attention to be paid to the needs of returning residents and the housing requirements of the Orthodox Jewish community. The scheme … more

It has been another busy year for our ecology team. After a mild winter and a rainy May the ecology survey season is now in full swing, with the British summer finally upon us. This year, as always, we have been working on a wide range of projects that have taken us the length and breadth of the UK. In April we were pleased to welcome two new … more

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Natural England’s four new policies herald the biggest overhaul in wildlife licencing in years. The aims are to benefit both European Protected Species (EPS) and developers by prioritising habitat creation at a landscape scale over mitigation at a site level, and enabling developments to proceed without seasonal delays and with significant cost savings. To slipstream these policies, Natural England is trialling a system of district licencing, which would … more

Morgan Taylor our Principal Ecological Consultant and Lisa Lange, Consultant have contributed to the March/April edition of RICS Property Journal (pages 12-13). Their article ‘Nature Counts’ explains why property professionals should all be invested in natural capital and ecosystem service valuation. More information on RICS Property Journal can be found on their website.

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In spite of another long, cold and wet winter our ecologists have been busier than ever travelling the UK undertaking surveys and supporting our clients. Whilst many animals are hibernating in this time, there have been several notable changes in the world of commercial ecology. Most importantly, Natural England’s new wildlife licensing policies will have profound effects on the way that consultants and design teams approach mitigation for … more

Greengage have been busy all summer monitoring a wide range of urban green infrastructure projects throughout London and the UK. Our ecologists have been on rooftops throughout the capital studying the many living roofs that we have been involved with over the last few years. We have seen diverse wildflower meadows in the most unlikely of places supporting a wide variety of life. Our detectors have been collecting … more

Our ecologists have had another very busy summer surveying across the country. We have had badgers on the Isle of Wight, bat roosts in Surrey, living roofs in central London, wind turbines in Kent and reptiles in Berkshire. As autumn approaches the ecology team can take a breath (and catch up on some sleep!) although plenty of surveys continue throughout this period. Reptile surveys will run up to … more

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Rio de Janeiro unveils itself to the world on Friday as the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games commences. The prelude to the Olympics has been marred by recent controversies, not all of which are culpable to Rio’s unpreparedness. The Russian doping scandal has once again questioned the integrity of international sporting organisations after a string of recent high profile incidents. It is the state of Guanabara … more

It’s been another busy summer so far for our ecologists. We added another face to the team in April when Laura Thomas joined as our new Graduate Ecological Consultant. Laura joined us from the Bat Conservation Trust and has been thrown in at the deep end with some of our larger reptile and bat survey projects. We were pleased to see our Senior Ecologist Morgan Taylor nominated as … more

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Our upcoming CPD will address the role of Arboricultural Consultants in the planning process to help project managers, architects and planners better understand the requirements with respect to trees and development in light of legislation, planning policy and industry guidelines. Through sharing of past experiences and future challenges, development teams will gain an understanding of how to avoid unnecessary costs delays to development, and how trees can be … more

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The idea of health and wellbeing is one that has advanced substantially over the past few years. Yet, for something so intrinsic to our own physical state, it is a concept that remains difficult to comprehend. Part of this difficulty lies in the challenge of defining what ‘wellness’ actually is. Whomever you ask, whether it be a doctor, lawyer or anyone else, will come back with an array … more

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Morgan Taylor our Senior Ecological Consultant has contributed to the June/July edition of RICS Land Journal. His article entitled Guidelines for bat surveys outlines the latest good practice advice from the Bat Conservation Trust on conducting surveys for planning and development. You can get the journal from the RICS website.

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In our latest CPD, Greengage will help project managers, architects and planners to understand what is required from project teams with respect to ecology and development, particularly in light of recent changes to guidelines, and potential future changes to protected species mitigation and licencing. Ecology is often a contentious subject in development and it can be valuable to have a sound understanding of what to expect, and how … more

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Our Senior Ecological Consultant, Morgan Taylor is speaking at an event being run by CIRIA. The event, taking place on 23 March at CIRIA’s offices is titled Monitoring biodiversity: lessons learnt. The event will showcase a range of measures used to monitor biodiversity on site with a focus on lessons learnt and delivering good practice. Morgan will be speaking about the challenges and opportunities of Monitoring Urban Biodiversity Post-construction. The event … more

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We are very pleased that Mitch Cooke, Director at Greengage Environmental, was a member of the judging panel for the Corporate Achievement Award 2016 for Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). This award recognises a successful initiative undertaken to benefit the natural environment by organisations and the initiative can be local, national or international. It can involve, for example, practical initiatives to benefit nature, effective local … more

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Economic Rewards of Green Infrastructure Evidence supporting the economic case for green infrastructure (GI) is steadily mounting up, with a wider spectrum of benefits than was originally anticipated. Now there is hope that the London Infrastructure Plan 2050[i] will provide the first long-term and city-wide approach required to maximise these benefits for London in the future. Remunerations from investment in green infrastructure range from climate change mitigation, to … more

Here at Greengage we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver truly sustainable solutions through a holistic, innovative and no nonsense approach. We asked our expert team to describe how we apply our wealth of knowledge in a way that provides our clients with bespoke ecology and arboricultural advice. Watch our video below to see our team discuss their work within the Ecological and Arboricultural sectors.

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As the ecology survey season rapidly approaches, many protected species, including bats, reptiles, dormice and great-crested newt, are becoming active. As you can see from Greengage’s Ecology Calendar the survey season for particular protected species runs until September. However, it may be necessary to undertake surveys at different times throughout the season, so it’s important to consider the ecological constraints of a development site early in the pre-planning … more

A few weeks ago Defra, with the support of the Office of National Statistics, released their data[i] on biodiversity indicators for benchmarking progress against the Biodiversity 2020 strategy[ii] – England’s nature conservation strategy that provides a basis for the policy approach to biodiversity, set against our international and EU commitments. The data show mixed results for conservation targets with many notable indictor taxa/receptors in decline, including wetland birds, … more

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My last blog focused on the threat of reduced protection for our most valued wildlife conservation sites. Thankfully initial comments from Brussels were reassuring, and the headlines satiated my smugness by stating more or less what I had written; Directives work, nature is valuable, enforcement is broken etc etc.  That’s fantastic, so far the consensus is that wildlife conservation legislation is fit for purpose, and many of those … more

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