Chartered Landscape Architects in Devon
Greenearth landscape is run by Chartered Landscape Architect Joss Benatt CMLI. We are based in Devon, in Dartington, near Totnes but work over the whole of the South West and beyond. We are involved in private as well as large commercial projects, whether it is new developments, business parks, supermarkets, holiday parks or nature reserves. We have a good working relationship with architects and developers producing plans and specifications for planning and tender/implementation. Our plans often make it more likely that planning applications go through smoothly as landscape requirement are increasingly a requirement of planning approval and require liaison between landscape architects and planning and landscape officers in local authorities. For information about the Royal Chartered Institute to which Joss Benatt belongs please click this link.
- RIBA award for landscaping contribution to Berry Head Rocks regional award winning development
- 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 work in mainly in the southwest, we are based in Dartington, near Totnes in Devon but are frequently involved in projects over the whole of the South West.
Career History and Experience
After working at Scott Wilson Ltd in Plymouth I worked 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 and commercial developments, which are listed below. I have been involved in producing masterplans, layout plans, construction details, specifications and schedules of work for tender submission and for planning purposes. I also have experience of contract administration and project management.
Projects involved in at Scott Wilson Ltd
Redevelopment of Mount Wise, Plymouth
I was part of the team working on the plans for this 250 house development in the historic parkland of Mount Wise in Plymouth. I produced a tree clearance removal schedule and was involved in the contract administration of this project. Close liaison between the design team, contractor and other interested parties was required as the site was large with many historic trees as well as features of archaeological interest. I was also involved in the planning and layout of the outdoor spaces. This involved planning street layouts and pedestrian and vehicular circulation routes as well as production of construction details and a specification (using NBS). I also produced the planting plans and specification for the site with the aim of producing a contemporary style design that fitted in with the parkland character of the site.
Rock Walk, Torquay (Project Manager)
Torbay Borough Council commissioned Scott Wilson to come up with concept plans for a key seafront site in Torquay. I was given my first experience of project management with this project. This role involved close liaison with the client and a public consultation. The aim of the design was to create an area that would be more inviting to the public, with less associated problems of antisocial behaviour. I supervised the landscape team and was involved in the production of concept design sketches and visualisations of the site to this effect. I also developed a planting concept that was ecologically based with the aim of reducing maintenance and resource use. The proposals were well received by the council and the public when they were put on public display.
RYA, Portland (Project Manger)
Project setup and implementation of planting scheme for the RYA Olympic headquarters in Portland. Maritime themed scheme for the main approach to the building.
Bodmin Bypass A30 Environmental Mitigation
I was involved in producing the strategic management plans and post-implementation monitoring and site inspections of this award winning major infrastructure project. The mitigation measures involved creation and maintenance of habitats such as wildflower meadows and woodland. It also involved protection and mitigation measures for protected species, including dormice, badgers and barn owls. Close liaison with the ecologist in the team was required with regard to these species.
Newton Ferrers, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessement
I was involved in producing an LVIA for a new development in a prominent coastal site in the South Devon AONB. I was involved in producing a series of figures setting out the baseline information and assessing the environmental effects.
Coombe Down Landscape Rehabilitation, Bath
Masterplanning and construction details and specification (preliminaries, construction details and site clearance using NBS) and environmentally based planting schemes for a series of ex-mine sites in Coombe Down near Bath. Production of layout plans involved consultation with local planning authority and engineers regarding vehicle circulation. Design of one of the sites involved creating a public park and this required detailing and specification of features such as fencing, seating and play equipment. I was involved in liaising with the council and specialist seed suppliers regarding the creation of wildflower meadow and woodland areas within this park.
Edginswell Business Park, Torquay
I was involved in producing masterplans and planting plans for this business park in Torquay. The masterplanning involved phasing the development, with infrastructure being developed first with a division between council adopted areas and privately managed areas. The privately managed areas included a riparian corridor with wetland planting as the central recreational open space area. The areas around the individual business units were then designed with individual planting plans relating to these. I also produced a site clearance specification for the site that opened up the site to the surrounding areas.
Marsh Mills Unit J
Production of a comprehensive management plan for areas of soft and hard landscaping around this business unit in Plymouth. This involved setting out design objectives and approach to maintenance and included schedules of management actions for a five year period after construction.
Oddhams Wharf, Exeter
Inception and feasibility stages of this project involving the creation of entrance features and an access road to a retail/business park in this sensitive site. Initial assessment of this project involved liaison with Natural England officer and RSPB. Discussions were undertaken with Natural England and the RSPB officer responsible for a nearby RSPB reserve regarding development that might be permissible within this RAMSAR and SPA area. Subsequent design alternatives were based on these consultations.
Projects involved in with DKA Garden and Landscape Design
Northcott Farm, Whimple, Exeter
Production of layout, planting plans, construction details and management plans for the areas around a substantial new-build rural property. The aim was to create stylish paved areas and bold exotic planting that relate to and complement the formal geometry of this classically inspired property. I designed flood prevention measures for the wider landscape around the property, relating to a stream and series of dams and ponds. Measures included reed bed filtration ponds and aquatic planting that was designed to slow down the flash flood water in the winter and trap the sediment that is washed into the stream.
Jamecha, West Hill, Exeter
I produced concept, layout and planting plans for the grounds surrounding a large contemporary architect designed property. The aim was to create a garden that could be enjoyed by a young family; set-off the geometry of the building and blend the garden in with the surrounding areas of woodland. Planning issues concerned screening of the site from the neighbouring property.
St Laurence House, Exmouth
The brief was to provide landscaping to complement a contemporary architect designed property set in a visually sensitive site adjoining the National Coastal Footpath. The concept, planting and layout plans that I produced aimed to provide a modern and naturalistic scheme that fits in with the topography of the site as well as complementing the bold architectural form of the building.
Planting schemes for a range of projects in the Exeter area
I have produced a number of planting schemes for projects around Exeter, including large ornamental schemes, naturalistic schemes, wildflower meadows and bog and aquatic planting.
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.
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).
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.
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.
‘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 out‘ Mrs 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