Garden designer to teach property professionals how to use horticulture to win over planners

Award-winning garden designer Janine Pattison is to teach building professionals the importance of using horticulture to win over planners.

Sustainable spaces - Image HW
Sustainable spaces - Image HW

Pattison said her continuing professional development courses would target architects, surveyors and developers. But even landscape professionals, who often fall short on new requirements for sustainability, could benefit.

Pattison, a BALI-award winner based in Bournemouth, Dorset, will look at planting, drainage, rain harvesting and runoff. She recently smoothed a house and garden project through planning by using bat and bird boxes and native topsoils.

"There’s a massive knowledge gap and there isn’t a very easy one-stop shop to get this information," she said. "Sustainability has been around a while but is only just coming to the fore with tougher demands on the code for sustainable homes.

"If you consider landscape early you get a better finished project, more likely to win over planners. It may be a simple matter of telling them you will strip topsoil, put it aside to replace later rather than importing it or mixing top- and subsoil into an unholy mess."

Pattison, who is to run workshops at the Sustainable Business Exhibition on 14 November, said ever-changing yardsticks on the code for sustainable homes, BREEAM and urban drainage made sustainability an evolving art.

The Bournemouth show, in its second year, offers guidance on running greener businesses and creating more sustainable ways of operating, with an emphasis on land- and property-related businesses.


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