Sometimes the best way to talk about landscape is to pass through it. And so, on a rainy November morning earlier this week, we embarked upon a walking case study tour to discuss the Urban Greening Factor, biodiversity net gain and the use of landscape as a means of bringing distinctiveness and value to developments, alongside our client Wates.
Our route passed through a part of London that is endowed with well-conceived schemes at a variety of scales. Starting at Pollard Thomas Edwards’ New Garden Quarter in Chobham Farm, we then crossed East Village’s Victory Park. From here we went on to Chobham Manor, which has received a number of awards for its landscape-centred approach. Next stop was the fantastic Tumbling Bay playground, where the deluge forced us into the Pavilion Café. An impromptu cuppa gave us a moment to reflect on the benefits of play as a destination, a pioneer of placemaking and the backbone of community formation.