Case Studies: The benefits of great landscaping

Graylingwell  Park, Chichester - image: JTP

Graylingwell Park, Chichester

NHS England's strategy to promote healthier lifestyles has its historical precedent in West Sussex, writes Josephine Smit.

RNIB Redhill - image: Gardner Stewart Architects

RNIB Redhill

This landscape uses colour, texture and form to gently guide both bodies and minds, Josephine Smit explains.

East Village - London

East Village

This landscape designed to encourage healthy activity is now the basis of further research, Josephine Smit reports.

Hanham Hall, Bristol

The landscaping at this trailblazing housing scheme does far more than simply keep it looking good, Josephine Smit reports.

The living wall on the National Grid's Warwick HQ carpark

Living wall, National Grid, Warwick

Greenery has transformed the National Grid HQ's car park into a fine example of sustainability, writes Josephine Smit.

Argyle Primary School, Camden, London

Playgrounds redeveloped under the Active Play pilot aim to improve children's health and well-being, says Josephine Smit.

Pancras Square: green space provides a car-free route between King’s Cross and St Pancras stations. All pictures: © John Sturrock

King's Cross, London

A high-quality public realm is helping this scheme to deliver on its commercial objectives, Josephine Smit explains.

Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf Group has given a new, positive meaning to the traditional rail operator's saying, leaves on the line.

Regent's Place, London

Central London has more than 700 green roofs covering in excess of 17.5 hectares, according to the map created by the Greater London Authority and the Green Roof Consultancy in 2013.

Eastside City Park - all images: Patel Taylor

Eastside City Park

Birmingham City Council's Eastside City Park has won a steady stream of plaudits since it opened at the end of 2012.

Bath Western Riverside

The regeneration of a derelict industrial site has provided an opportunity to create a new residential quarter with green spaces and a riverside walk in a prominent location at the gateway to Georgian Bath, a city renowned for its World Heritage status.

Healthy Design, Healthy Places Conference: Ideas, Evidence & Learnings

Ken Trew, Argent: saying that a landscape designer needs “energy and passion” to make a sure project is realised  - image: HW

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Seek champions, be vocal and push early for management plans conference hears.

VIDEO: BDP's Mehron Kirk shares learnings from Westminster's pilot 'Green Spine' project

Horticulture Week's Sarah Cosgrove interviews BDP landscape architecture director at the Healthy Design, Healthy Places Conference 2017 about the Westminster 'Green Spine' project.

VIDEO: Argent landscape lead Ken Trew shares learnings from King's Cross regeneration

Creating good-quality landscape and public realm was key to the success of developer Argent's regeneration of King's Cross, the Healthy Design, Healthy Places conference heard yesterday.


Great landscapes enrich our lives.  From the great public spaces landscape professionals create that draw people together and help communities thrive, to the garden sanctuaries that bring well-being and pleasure to so many, the transformative power of high quality landscaping is undeniable.

For this reason it is to be welcomed that in the past twelve months, the crucial role of landscaping in the built environment has begun to make its mark at a policy level. Landscape4Places is a campaign designed to ensure that this new recognition is not lost.  Our aim is simple: to get landscape where it should be - at the forefront of today’s place-making debate.

As a first step towards achieving this aim, the Landscape4Places hub on, will serve as a resource highlighting the impact of quality landscaping for all professionals involved in the creation of the built environment. It includes case studies featuring the key outcomes and lessons from the UK’s best landscaping projects, latest reference material on the impact of landscaping, plus updates, comment, and more.

If you have an exemplary landscape project you would like to be considered for inclusion here, please contact Sarah Cosgrove at


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The contribution that landscape makes to the liveability of our urban areas has been the subject of much research. Below you'll find links to a selection of position papers, surveys and other resources on the web examining the benefits landscape brings. If you have suggestions for links that could be added, please email Sarah Cosgrove at

Landscape Institute publication on the impact of landscaping on property values

Landscape Institute paper on the many links between landscape and health

A position statement on green infrastructure published by the Landscape Institute

Town and Country Planning Association guidance for delivering garden cities

Landscape Institute document on a new generation of garden cities 

Landscape Institute analysis of its member consultation on the Green Belt 

Proposals of new approaches to water and flooding issues by the Landscape Institute

Case studies on the benefits of investment in landscape by the Landscape Institute 

HW sister website aimed at all those involved in placemaking from developers to regen experts

Guide from Trees & Design Action Group to integrating trees in streets, civic spaces and surface car parks

Landscape Institute publication on the role of the landscape architect and the projects they deliver

International Journal of Health Geographics paper on the links between health and green space


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