By using Landscape Architects and Ecologists from the outset, biodiversity can be baked into a development, in an innovative, cost-efficient way. This will not only improve biodiversity gains, but will also ensure a successful journey through planning, implementation and ongoing maintenance.
To achieve this, there will have to be a shift in public and developers’ aesthetic preferences, as there is a move away from expanses of highly clipped lawns and monocultural planting. Moreover, over time and with deeper understanding, occupiers and developers will learn to appreciate a highly layered planting aesthetic, required to achieve maximum biodiversity.
Designing with biodiversity in mind brings a host of benefits that would not otherwise be realised, many of which we have previously looked at in detail, referenced below.