Category: Teaching & Learning

How I learned to love weeds…

A recent article in the Guardian by Alys Fowler recommends that we reassess our relationship with weeds. As rewilding is very much centre stage at the moment, should we go further than using just wildflower mixes and let…

Laboratory soil analysis

Texture and pH are important attributes of soils, determining infiltration capacity and availability of plant nutrients, among other things, arguably very relevant information for landscape architects determining suitable planting schedules. Analysis of various local soils was undertaken this…

A clear landscape view of Cheltenham

Our new first year students explored a part of the Cotswolds last week, partly to orientate themselves in the broader Gloucestershire landscape but also to study at close hand some features that make up the scene: local rocks…

Forest of Dean Freeminers

For me, I suppose it’s the geology that makes the Forest of Dean unique. As an earth scientist, my interest is always fired by a knowledge of the strata underground and how that influences the surface relief. The…

Lightmoor site visit, Forest of Dean, 29th October

We’ve been using Lightmoor as a project site for many years. Not because we can’t think of anywhere else to go but because it perfectly fits the bill in terms of its mining heritage which imbues the whole…

Cirencester practice visits

We met Jane Fitzgerald White and David Bailey from PortusWhitton in Cirencester market square. They gave us a potted history of the place from the Roman days, through the Dark Ages to the time of the medieval abbey,…

EDP: AIM HIGH

EDP aims to be the most responsive, effective and sought-after environmental practice in the UK. Ben Connolley, working in their Cheltenham office, took time out to attend our last AD5000 session and explained in detail how EDP’s working…

An inspiring talk about landscape inspiration

Jane Fitzgerald White, with the Portus Whitton practice in Cirencester, explained, indeed emphasised, the importance of the why and not just the how of landscape architecture. She herself has always taken delight in gardens and plants and has…

LVIA is more interesting than design. Discuss.

The last session of the Professional Practice module comprised a double act from Kathryn Ball and Radek Chanas who both work as landscape architects at Pegasus in Cirencester. Initially they revealed how they got into the profession themselves…

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE TALKS

Students on the AD5000 module have recently had lectures from Mark Cowell and Dan Bowles. Mark talked about the development of professionalism and the history and role of the Landscape Institute and Dan about his current work at…