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Derwenthorpe Landscaping

Owner:  Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
Developer:  David Wilson Homes
Landscape Architect

Landscaping of the various open spaces within the development and the belt of parkland around it – including various types of natural landscape ponds, playground, etc.

Integral part of the development whose buildings won an award in the new-residential category last year.   It providing landscaped context for the housing development; recreation spaces for the inhabitants.  It includes a variety of ecologies.  As well as the familiar cut-grass parkland and carefully arranged trees of many varieties, there are areas of meadow flowers and shrubs, a network of waterways and a pond that serve as part of a sustainable Urban drainage and flood prevention system.  The landscape serves not only as a recreational green belt to the development but also serves to minimise the impact of the development on the environment.

In this regard as well as others, the estate is a model for residential developments for the future.  It is gratifying to see many of the Prince of Wales initiatives on planning and urbanism finally bearing fruit.

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