About Green Earth Landscape

Greenearth Landscape is run by Chartered Landscape Architect Joss Benatt CMLI. We are based in Totnes, Devon but work over the whole of the South West and beyond.

We work with developers and architects on residential, commercial, renewable and domestic projects.  Our work makes it more likely that planning applications will go through smoothly as landscape assessment and design are increasingly a requirement of planning approval and require liaison between landscape architects and landscape officers in local authorities. For information about the Royal Chartered Institute to which Joss Benatt belongs please click this link.

https://www.landscapeinstitute.co.uk/

Qualifications/Awards

  • RIBA award for landscaping contribution to Berry Head Rocks regional award winning development
  • RIBA award for landscaping contribution to regional award winning development Glediswood 2011
  • Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute CMLI (2011)
  • Postgraduate Degree in Landscape Architecture PGDipLA (Distinction) (2009)
  • John Knight Memorial Prize (Landscape Institute Midlands 2009)
  • RHS General Certificate in Horticulture (Distinction)
  • City and Guilds Advanced Certificate in AutoCAD (Merit)
  • Bachelor of Medicine (1993)
  • GMC Full Registration as a Medical Practitioner (1993)

Serving the whole South West- Devon, Cornwall and Somerset

We are frequently involved in projects over the whole of the South West and beyond.

Career History and Experience

I have  20 years of experience in the landscape industry. I originally worked at Scott Wilson Ltd in Plymouth and  then at DKA Garden and Landscape Design in Exeter. Since that time I have been working as a freelance landscape architect. I have been involved in a range of residential, commercial, renewable and domestic projects.

Projects involved in as freelance landscape architect

Poole Crematorium Sculpture Competition, collaboration with sculptor Suzanne Redstone, finalist entry

In collaboration with sculptor Suzanne Redstone, as part of a design competition and following a meeting with the sculptor and client, I produced a landscape plan for the area surrounding her sculpture outside Poole Crematorium. Our finalist’s entry showed an area for quite contemplation, with seating and planting and focussing on Suzanne Redstone’s sculpture.

Berry Head Rocks, Brixham

A landscaping scheme was required to surround a modernist new-build property designed by Stan Bolt Architects on a cliff-side site in Brixham. The landscaping and planting was ecologically inspired. Following consultation with an ecologist planting plans were produced to reflect the particular, unique habitats found on the Berry Head peninsular. Areas of planting were designed to be suited to the microclimates around the house, including:  green roof areas (with cliff -top suited planting); areas just above the beach (shingle seaside vegetation) and sheltered areas (with tender sub-tropical plants). This project included a detailed specification for planting preparation and involved importing 40 tonnes of topsoil and creating an alkaline growing medium by addition of limestone gravel to create conditions similar to those found on nearby limestone cliff tops. The project won the RIBA South West regional award 2013. The contribution of the landscaping to the success of the scheme was recognised in the award.

Dunston, Coffinswell

I produced comprehensive landscape plans to submit to Teignbridge District Council to discharge their conditions of planning approval. This contemporary building designed by Stan Bolt Architects and adjoining barn complex is to be built in a prominent location and would involve considerable cut and fill as well as new planting, with a view to reducing the visual impact of this development. The design of the landscape took into account the effect on the root protection areas of trees of development on the site. The design incorporated mitigation measures for the effects on trees that could not be avoided. The plans were approved by the council.

Court Hall, Monksilver

I designed the gardens around this grade II listed property with a new contemporary extension designed by Louise Crossman Architects. The aim was to create vibrant spaces with areas for outdoor dining, quite contemplation as well as children’s play. I followed the work stages of a landscape architect, from fee proposal leading through to outline plans, detailed design and production of documents for tender.

Highdown, North Devon

A landscaping plan was required as part of a planning submission for a proposed house designed by Annie Martin architect. Obtaining planning permission was envisaged as being difficult because of the bold modern design of the house and its location on a prominent ridge in open countryside in North Devon. The proposed landscape plan took into account statutory landscape designations, landscape classification, visual impact as well as biodiversity considerations. The landscaping plan included details of soft and hard materials and planting informed by a permaculture approach to zoning the land use around the property. This involved a gradual transition from more ornamental/productive areas immediately around the house to areas further away from house that are productive with orchards and productive coppice but which do not need to be accessed so frequently. Particular care was taken in incorporating locally relevant planting with meadow areas that reflect the local Culm Measures and specifying locally significant rare Whitebeam species (local BAP target species).

Gledswood, Chagford

I was appointed to produce landscape plans that were used to discharge the landscape conditions associated with this modernist new-build property designed by Annie Martin architect. The development sits on a prominent position on a hillside within the Dartmoor National Park and my design was based on helping the house blend in well with the surrounding natural environment by linking new planting with existing vegetation and groups of trees and use of naturalistic swathes of planting. I am now involved in producing planting plans for the site.

Gerston Point, Kingsbridge

I was appointed to design the landscape around this new-build property designed by Stan Bolt architects on a strategic position on the Kingsbridge estuary in Devon. The landscape design was submitted to discharge the conditions of planning approval and had to respond to the location and context of the property as the site sits immediately next to the SSSI of the Kingsbridge estuary. The design also had to incorporate aspects of landscape management and planting that fulfill the stringent ecological requirements of an associated Section 106 agreement.

Riverside LVIA

I was appointed to produce a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) of a large proposed housing development in Totnes.  The LVIA was used at public enquiry by objectors to this development.

Lannacombe Landscape Enhancement Scheme

I was appointed by Mannion Daniels Ltd to assess and make recommendations for a 2.8  hectare site in South Devon. The client wanted to increase biodiversity in this environmentally sensitive site within the South Devon AONB. I drew up a management plan to this end indicating management actions and  measures to create varied habitats and green corridors. Measures to improve access to and  the amenity value  of  the site were also set out, including footpaths, benches and viewpoints.

Broadhempston Community Land Trust

 I was appointed by the Land  Society to produce landscape plans for planning for a 6 house eco home development.  The landscape design incorporated significant ecological enhancement and mitigation measures including Devon earth banks, retention ponds and wildflower meadows. To minimise environmental impact permeable surfaces were specified and local natural materials were specified where possible.

Testimonials

Yes, we have a RIBA Award Certificate for you…your landscaping has made a huge contribution to the success of the scheme….so many, many thanks for that…..Stan Bolt Architect

We’ve received lots of compliments about the path which is such a lovely curved design – thank you again for spending all that time at your drawing board and visiting on the day to help mark it outMrs Fabian Miller

Many thanks for all the thought that you have put into this, and all the time and advice you have so generously given to the project so far!Mannion Daniels Ltd

The garden has been an absolute delight things just keep on coming and it blends in beautifully with the wild meadow around‘. J Warner

We are delighted with the new planting. And doesn’t the roof look amazing now!Mr Beale

‘Just want to say we think you have done a fantastic job…the garden is looking amazing-as we said earlier its exceeded our expectations. We love it :)’ R Mawson