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April Chill Greta's Bain

April Chill Greta’s Bain

Is the April Chill Greta's Bain? It would be easy to think the contrast of this year's Pacific Oceanic La Nina induced April Chill would be a sign that global warming wasn't such a threat as Greta is making us believe, but you'd be wrong: very wrong, though the late…


Beware the Equinox Siberian Tiger

Beware the equinox Siberian Tiger - it bites! I've kept a little quiet on the weather - it's been too benign. However, signs are gathering & near enough in range to share a wary warning with you. After a brief cold snap on Tuesday next week, it warms up, spring…

Lock-Down Routines & Rituals:

Lock-Down Routines & Rituals: Desk to 45 Challenge:

With studies showing that inactivity is the new "smoking" when it comes to health & well-being, getting stuck under your desk has become a big issue & loss of fitness a real-life risk. You are undoubtedly 35% more efficient than last year for not doing all that crazy-horses driving about…

Biodiversity net gains

Biodiversity net gains

One really important difference that James Blake Associates has as a team, in the eyes of our clients, is our multi-disciplinary services (Arb, Eco, Landscape and legacy), but it’s not just the multi-disc that’s the key point of difference – (several other firms have that too) but the spirit in…

Wet back gardens

Wet back gardens

1. Causation Diagnosis: there are several causes: and often the worst cases are a product of several of these causes coinciding. These are (inter alia) a) former road ways insufficiently broken out (common with old mental hospital or MOD sites); b) old haul roads; c) old materials/ build access routes…

Natural Landscape Architecture

Big Savings From Natural Landscapes

I’ve heard many clients say – I hate wildflower  - it doesn’t work and looks a mess: That’s “poppy-cock” to coin the pun. Getting great, biodiverse wildflower areas (poppy fields) that look really colourful and full of lovely wildflower, and no weeds or mess, is easy, simple and cheap: You…

Abby Stallwood

Meet our New Team Leader – Strategic Landscape Division

Abby Stallwood has joined (or should I say re-joined) James Blake Associates, as Team Leader of the Strategic Landscape Division. Abby brings a significant level of experience with more than 10 years post CMLI qualification, having worked on numerous site promotions, environmental impact assessments, landscape and visual impact assessments (as…

Peter Brais

Peter Brais takes over as Head of Arboriculture at James Blake Associates

Peter is a highly experience arboriculturist and is very commercially aware, practical and down-to-earth, and above all, very keen to assist our clients in offering an excellent, rapid and effective service. Peter follows on from Kev, who has moved on for pastures new, and benefitted from a 2 week overlap…

Apartment gardens

Life (and Business) After Covid19

Once or twice in a lifetime, something happens to change the world. The world's smallest organism has just had the biggest impact on our lives. Many of us, me included, have felt the sadness of loved ones lost. We live with the anxiety of a latent and lurking danger, the…