Sustainable landscapes…….are they?

Ciaran PowerLandscape

So. You go to great trouble, time and expense in securing a piece of land, agreeing your vision for the site, appointing the design team and supporting consultants, liaising with the local planning authority, finalising the design, submitting the application, waiting in breathless anticipation, getting frustrated at the planners, amending the scheme, waiting again in breathless anticipation and eventually securing … Read More

What’s the difference between a tree survey and a tree survey? (note to developers, architects & planning consultants)

Ciaran PowerTrees

This is a subject that we have been highlighting for years and centres around quality……or rather the apparent lack of it within the arboricultural industry. What useful information can be gleaned from a list of trees? British Standard BS5837: 2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition & construction – Recommendations) sets out a standard to be followed during the gathering … Read More

Typical Work Flow Relating to Bat Surveys

Ciaran PowerProtected Species Surveys

Due to the decline in bat populations in the UK over the last century and the level of protection now afforded to bats, many planning applications must be supported by a bat survey. At Ascerta, we understand the importance of development schedules and strive to ensure that our clients do not suffer unnecessary delays as a result of any ecological … Read More

We’re Hiring – Experienced Chartered Landscape Architect

Ciaran PowerCareers

Landscape Architect We have an opportunity for a qualified and experienced Chartered Landscape Architect to join our small and friendly team, working on a range of projects across the country. For the right candidate, we offer an excellent salary package and benefits that will grow as the business expands and as your role develops within the organisation. Essential requirements: Creating … Read More

Do you know when the best time of year is to conduct Ecology Surveys for Badgers, Bats, Great Crested Newts?

Ciaran PowerEcology

Advance planning of ecology issues is critical to prevent delays both in achieving planning consent and to the overall build programme. Legislation protects many species, for example bats, badgers, breeding birds, water voles, great crested newts and otters. If the correct ecological surveys are not undertaken at the correct time, a developer may be exposed to legal action and inordinate … Read More