The push towards designing biodiverse landscapes is paramount in ameliorating the ensuing biodiversity loss we are facing globally. As this realism seeps into our societal awareness, we are seeing a distinctive change in appreciation of a more biodiverse aesthetic.
Commercially, this is visible in many ways from swapping mowed lawns for native species rich grass and wildflower meadows, introducing a more layered and varied planting palette, reliant of native species, through to the introduction of planted swales.
As of November 2023, with the requirement for BNG (Biodiversity Net Gain) assessments for all planning applications, we envision this trend will continue as native and biodiverse design will be required to secure planning permission. It is hoped that this will help to support countless invertebrate species, in turn supporting our birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammal populations, hopefully providing many of these currently endangered species with viable habitat, and people with the joy of encountering them.
South Quay Plaza (image courtesy of HTA design)