Landscape is often described as having 'Character'. This refers to the combination of geology (the underlying rocks and soils), the land form (hills, plains and valleys), vegetation (trees and shrubs, plants and grasses) and human influences (farms, roads, buildings etc), which make an area distinctive.
South Cambridgeshire has a really diverse landscape.
Our team always try to make sure that existing areas of landscape are conserved and enhanced, and that new development will contribute by including a high quality of landscape design.
We aim to provide the best possible environments for people to both live and work in, and enjoy.
Yes, to a very limited extent - where design work would assist in explaining detailed planning advice, for example.
The landscape Service works along side the Urban Design Service who can also offer design advice.
Yes, but most trees are the responsibility of the individual owner, the local Parish Council, landlords or developers. We can advise on design or planning issues affecting trees.
The team can provide advice on a wide range of spaces both large and small, urban and real.
This can include:
South Cambridgeshire is still a largely rural Borough, and historically, most local open spaces will be the responsibility of the Parish Council.
However, with increased development, the provision of larger open spaces is becoming more common. These spaces are normally managed by interested outside bodies and trusts, sometimes set up specifically for the management of the individual space.
Our Landscape Team is committed to the growth of sustainable landscapes and development, which can assist in reducing the effects of climate change.
The Landscape Team work closely with the Council's Ecology Officer on these issues
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