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Successfully Building with Nature

Successfully Building with Nature Erected as the UK’s first green infrastructure standard, the Building with Nature benchmark makes it straightforward for those charged with delivering, designing and sustaining green infrastructure to carry out ecosystem services for wildlife and people.

The Building with Nature Benchmark

The Building with Nature benchmark provides a basic evidence base to:

• Assist project teams in engaging with stakeholders
• Communicate throughout the design process
• Present the goals of the development schemes to relevant local planning authorities

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The Building with Nature standard offers a separate evaluation of the development’s delivery of good green infrastructure via an evidence-based technique.

The benchmark was developed through a strong partnership between Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the University of the West of England. The Building with Nature Standard was launched to take a fruitful and hands-on approach to an environmentally-friendly development that cares about context and location and is sensitive to long-standing management and maintenance.

The Four Elements of Building with Nature

Lockhart Garratt’s proud to uphold the four elements involved in the 23 standards of Building with Nature.

1. Core

Within the Building of Nature benchmark, this set of five standards considers the fundamentals of green infrastructure designs. It takes into account the multi-functionality, design, long-term management, resilience, and relevance of an infrastructure scheme.

2. Wellbeing

Lockhart Garratt is committed to the wellbeing standards of the Building with Nature benchmark. This element considers the continual evaluation of public benefit in respect of the marketing of lifestyles and healthy living.

3. Water

The standards for water consider how sustainable drainage can be built into the green infrastructure network and boost the network within the guidelines set out in the benchmark.

4. Wildlife

The wildlife element bears in mind delivery, safety, and improvement of habitats, consideration of applicable species, and the connectivity of neighbouring habitat systems.

Lockhart Garratt is proud to be able to officially evaluate and certify projects via the standard. These four elements offer the impartial evidence base showing how projects surpass the obligatory conditions for biodiversity net gain to deliver authentic gains to a broader green infrastructure.

Lockhart Garratt’s Approach to Building with Nature

Lockhart Garratt approaches the benchmark methodically, maximising the valuable resources in roads and paths to establish rural and urban community connections.

The team at Lockhart Garratt has worked on projects that consider a need for a multi-use greenway and proposed developments of parks and small villages to residential developments. These projects are performed all while promoting and maintaining the standards proposed by the Building with Nature benchmark.

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Our Environmental Planning, Forestry and Design Services

Arboriculture

  • Trees & Development
  • Tree Risk Management
  • Ash Dieback Advice & Management
  • Trees & the Law
  • Expert Witness

Ecology

  • Habitat & Species Surveys and Licensing
  • Habitat Creation, Restoration and Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

Forestry & Woodland Management

  • Forestry Management Advice
  • Operational Management
  • Ash Dieback Advice & Management
  • Timber Sales
  • Grant Applications
  • New Woodland Design
  • Carbon
  • Woodland Evaluation

Landscape

  • Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment
  • Landscape Design & Specification
  • Masterplanning & Urban Design
  • Landscape Management & Planning
  • Green Infrastructure Planning & Design
  • Natural Capital
  • Heritage Landscapes
  • Expert Witness
  • Building with Nature

Soils & Land Restoration

  • Planning Rationalisation & Stakeholder Liaison
  • Land Survey & Management Planning
  • Cost Engineered Landscape & Habitat Design
  • Soil Survey & Advice
  • Restoration & Aftercare Management Plan (RAMP)
  • Implementation Management & Clerk of Works

Arboriculture

  • Trees & Development
  • Tree Risk Management
  • Expert Witness
  • Trees & the Law
  • Tree Protection & Management

Ecology

  • Habitat & Species Surveys and Licensing
  • Habitat Creation, Restoration and Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Ecological Impact Assess

Forestry & Woodland Management

  • Forestry Management Advice
  • Timber Sales
  • Grant Applications
  • New Woodland Design

Landscape & Green Infrastructure

  • Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment
  • Landscape Design & Specification
  • Landscape Management Plans
  • Green Infrastructure Planning & Design
  • Expert Witness

Soils & Land Restoration

  • Planning Rationalisation & Stakeholder Liaison
  • Land Survey & Management Planning
  • Cost Engineered Landscape & Habitat Design
  • Soil Survey & Advice
  • Restoration & Aftercare Management Plan (RAMP)
  • Implementation Management & Clerk of Works

Arboriculture

  • Trees & Development
  • Tree Risk Management
  • Expert Witness
  • Trees & the Law
  • Tree Protection & Management

Ecology

  • Habitat & Species Surveys and Licensing
  • Habitat Creation, Restoration and Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Ecological Impact Assess

Forestry & Woodland Management

  • Forestry Management Advice
  • Timber Sales
  • Grant Applications
  • New Woodland Design

Landscape & Green Infrastructure

  • Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment
  • Landscape Design & Specification
  • Landscape Management Plans
  • Green Infrastructure Planning & Design
  • Expert Witness

Soils & Land Restoration

  • Planning Rationalisation & Stakeholder Liaison
  • Land Survey & Management Planning
  • Cost Engineered Landscape & Habitat Design
  • Soil Survey & Advice
  • Restoration & Aftercare Management Plan (RAMP)
  • Implementation Management & Clerk of Works

Meet our team of arboriculture, ecology, forestry and landscape experts

Lockhart Garratt was established in 1998. Since then it has developed into one of England’s leading independent consultancies. We provide expert, high-quality professional advice with a focus on relationships. In our case, this relates to trees, ecology, woodland, forestry, landscaping and green infrastructure. Servicing our clients across the UK, we are based in 2 offices – Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.

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Projects

Landscape masterplanning for a new concept and template for retirement living

Landscape masterplanning for a new concept and template for retirement living

Linear Park Construction Management – Hanwood Park

Linear Park Construction Management – Hanwood Park

Bletchley Park – Landscape Design

Bletchley Park – Landscape Design

Fortis Green – Podium Landscape Design

Fortis Green – Podium Landscape Design

The Great House, Sonning – Expert Witness

The Great House, Sonning – Expert Witness

Queensway – Landscape Masterplanning

Queensway – Landscape Masterplanning

Elmhurst Triangle – Design of High Quality Landscape Setting

Elmhurst Triangle – Design of High Quality Landscape Setting

East Witney – Promotion of Large Scale Residential Allocation Site

East Witney – Promotion of Large Scale Residential Allocation Site

Dalton Barracks – Strategic Development Area – Promotion of Large Scale Residential Development

Dalton Barracks – Strategic Development Area – Promotion of Large Scale Residential Development

St Paul’s House – Design of Podium Landscape

St Paul’s House – Design of Podium Landscape

Apton Hall – Events Space Landscape Design

Apton Hall – Events Space Landscape Design

JME Civils, Corby – achieving nutrient rich content

JME Civils, Corby – achieving nutrient rich content

Buccleuch Properties, Kettering – addressing the balance

Buccleuch Properties, Kettering – addressing the balance

D Harding, Leek Wootton – sustainable land-use for future investment

D Harding, Leek Wootton – sustainable land-use for future investment

Viridor, Wangford, Suffolk – a challenging arable restoration; grassland restoration to grazing / hay cropping

Viridor, Wangford, Suffolk – a challenging arable restoration; grassland restoration to grazing / hay cropping

Viridor, Croydon – 60 year restoration across 9 habitats

Viridor, Croydon – 60 year restoration across 9 habitats

Whiting Landscapes, Ellistown – a new community woodland

Whiting Landscapes, Ellistown – a new community woodland

C Gilchrist, Skeffington Wood – a 20-year management plan

C Gilchrist, Skeffington Wood – a 20-year management plan

Hanson Aggregates UK – A sensitive SSSI habitat

Hanson Aggregates UK – A sensitive SSSI habitat

National Forest Company – A six-part report

National Forest Company – A six-part report

The Warren, Abersoc, North Wales – Creating a soft landscaping design scheme

The Warren, Abersoc, North Wales – Creating a soft landscaping design scheme

Oxwich Bay, Swansea – Developing a Landscape and Design Strategy

Oxwich Bay, Swansea – Developing a Landscape and Design Strategy

David Wilson Homes – overturning an LPA decision

David Wilson Homes – overturning an LPA decision

Penny Wakefield Community Wood – creating a new public woodland

Penny Wakefield Community Wood – creating a new public woodland

Pye Homes, Sutton Courtenay – planning permission for housing development

Pye Homes, Sutton Courtenay – planning permission for housing development

Babworth and Hesley Estate – working in operational partnership

Babworth and Hesley Estate – working in operational partnership

Bradgate Park- bat conservation in ancient parkland trees

Bradgate Park- bat conservation in ancient parkland trees

Nettlebed Estate – managing tree risk

Nettlebed Estate – managing tree risk

East Northamptonshire Council – Greenways feasibility study

East Northamptonshire Council – Greenways feasibility study

Kettering Borough Council, Desborough West – upholding planning refusal

Kettering Borough Council, Desborough West – upholding planning refusal

Wellingborough Golf Club – strategy for woodland management

Wellingborough Golf Club – strategy for woodland management

The Corby Woodland Project: Protecting ancient woodland in an urban setting

The Corby Woodland Project: Protecting ancient woodland in an urban setting

Disused naturist park gets new lease of life

Disused naturist park gets new lease of life

Baseline Assessment and Implementation of a Tree Risk Management Policy

Baseline Assessment and Implementation of a Tree Risk Management Policy

Woodland Creation and Sequestering Carbon

Woodland Creation and Sequestering Carbon

Timely Guidance on Soil Handling for Green Infrastructure Creation

Timely Guidance on Soil Handling for Green Infrastructure Creation

Badger Mitigation

Badger Mitigation

Alternative solutions to timber extraction

Alternative solutions to timber extraction

Corporate Woodland Holding “No budget? No problem!”

Corporate Woodland Holding “No budget? No problem!”

Water Balancing Scheme and Open Space Delivery

Water Balancing Scheme and Open Space Delivery

Green Infrastructure Study

Green Infrastructure Study

Landscape Character Assessment

Landscape Character Assessment

LVIA, Landscaping Scheme & Green Infrastructure Supporting Statement

LVIA, Landscaping Scheme & Green Infrastructure Supporting Statement

Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment

Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment

Visual Impact Assessment

Visual Impact Assessment

Effective Woodland Management

Effective Woodland Management

Woodland Management Support

Woodland Management Support

Woodland Design & Implementation

Woodland Design & Implementation

Ancient Woodland in the Chilterns

Ancient Woodland in the Chilterns

Ecological Scope of Works to Support Redevelopment of Vehicle Depot

Ecological Scope of Works to Support Redevelopment of Vehicle Depot

Ecological Support for Expansion of New School

Ecological Support for Expansion of New School

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey to Support Expansion of Existing School

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey to Support Expansion of Existing School

Bat Survey of SSSI

Bat Survey of SSSI

Research

Research

Design for Local Government

Design for Local Government

Development of Interpretation Signage

Development of Interpretation Signage

Interpretation Signage

Interpretation Signage

Parkland Inventory

Parkland Inventory

Tree Risk Management Survey & Policy

Tree Risk Management Survey & Policy

Avenue Management Plan

Avenue Management Plan

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