epd has been involved with this site for over 10 years, developing a masterplan with David Lock Associates and Peter Brett Associates. epd’s Landscape Architects have helped to design and develop multiple large and small scale open spaces, a site-wide tree planting scheme and other site-specific landscape features. Design and delivery are still ongoing.

The tree planting scheme has ensured an elegant and shady network of wide boulevards that gives structure and identity to different areas of the development through the use of key species. The Ridge, a substantial sheltering bund along the boundary with the M1, provides both shelter from easterly winds and a substantial reduction to noise perception within the development. Over 50,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted to date in this new linear woodland.

epd has worked closely with the Council and the Client to deliver public open spaces that provide a wide range of benefits to residents. Both have been very supportive of this collaborative and open approach. Housing sales have been brisk and many new residents have commented positively on the mature parkland setting and the richness of the landscape experience.

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