• Florence Clayton

    Florence Clayton

    MLA, BA(Hons)

    LDA Design

    Florence is a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with a wide range of skills, who has been working for LDA Design for a number of years. She has experience of working on a variety of projects, from strategic masterplans to detailed designs. Inspired by the characteristics which make places unique and the intrinsic value of nature, she is driven to design places which connect people to the environment and facilitate new opportunities for social interaction; whilst referencing the local area and its history.

    Ecology, Landscape, People & Place

  • Len Croney

    Len Croney

    MBA, DMS, Final Dip PRA, Dip Hort, Cert, ARB

    Based in Cornwall, much of Len’s work has been around assisting public bodies to improve the quality of design proposals from developers. This has included writing developer contribution policies and minimum standards of open space and community provision. He worked extensively with Local Authorities through CABE on open space strategies. He has been engaged by individual Local Authorities, Sport England, Play England and Natural England to write policies on standards of Provision, e.g. "Nature Nearby"

    Ecology, Landscape, People & Place

  • Ben Croot

    Ben Croot

    BSc (Hons), MSc, CMLI

    LDA Design

    Ben is a Chartered Landscape Architect with over 17 years’ professional experience. He has worked on a range of development projects, including nationally significant infrastructure projects. He has co-authored technical guidance for the Landscape Institute and regularly acts as an expert witness. Ben believes strongly in design as both a process and an outcome and the importance of understanding place and the wider context to shape a clear and compelling narrative that underpins projects to deliver memorable and cherished places.

    Ecology, Heritage, Landscape, Strategic Development

  • Caterina di Garbo

    Caterina di Garbo

    BA(Hons) DipLA

    Portus + Whitton Landscape Architects

    Caterina is a skilled landscape architect with almost a decade of experience; currently specialising in ecological, regenerative, and permaculture design. She's focused on honing design skills to bring effective and creative solutions to our time of rapid change and in the context of the wider biodiversity and climate crisis. Caterina's work has been primarily based in rural areas, often highly designated and publicly significant sites, which have expanded her professional capacity through unique challenges and learning opportunities.

    Ecology, Heritage, Landscape, People & Place

  • Lincoln Garland

    Lincoln Garland

    PhD MSc BA(Hons) CEnv MCIEEM

    Biodiversity by Design

    Dr Lincoln Garland has been practicing as an ecologist and eco-masterplanner in environmental consultancy, academia, and for wildlife NGOs for over 30 years. He has a particular interest in eco-urbanism and has worked on many residential schemes. Lincoln recently had two chapters included in the Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology and regularly contributes articles to the Nature of Cities web based platform. Lincoln also regularly works overseas including in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Middle-East.

    Ecology, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Birgit Hontzsch

    Birgit Hontzsch


    Cornwall Council

    Birgit is a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI) with over 20 years’ experience. She is acting Chair of the Landscape Institute South West Branch and a committee member of the Constructing Excellence Cornwall Hub. After many years in the private sector, she now works in the public sector, supporting delivery of Garden Villages. Her specialisms include Green and Blue Infrastructure, Biodiversity and Climate Change Resilience. She is a member of the Soils Taskforce.

    Climate, Ecology, Landscape

  • Kate	Jeffreys

    Kate Jeffreys



    Kate is a Director of Geckoella and an ecologist with over 20 years' experience within both private and public sector. Her fieldwork skills, specialising in bats and botany, provide the grounding for her knowledge of development control and planning across terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. The ecology sector is very dynamic at present, and Kate is looking forward to the technical and practical challenges of making policies such as Biodiversity Net Gain and Nature Recovery deliver for wildlife and communities, both at the individual site and at the landscape scale.

    Climate, Ecology, Landscape

  • Matt Jones

    Matt Jones


    EAD Ecology

    Matt is a Director of EAD Ecology and has over 25 years' experience as an ecological consultant. He is passionate about ecological design and enjoys the challenges and opportunities of integrating ecological understanding, policy and legislation with the aspirations, demands and creativity of development. Matt regularly presents on ecological matters such as Biodiversity Net Gain and acts as an Expert Witness. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and Full Member of CIEEM.

    Climate, Ecology

  • Peter Neal

    Peter Neal

    BA (Hons), DIP LA, MDeS (Harvard), Dip Ecology, FLI

    Peter Neal Consulting Ltd

    Peter is a landscape architect, environmental planner and ecologist. He specialises in planning, design, funding and management of green infrastructure frameworks, urban parks and the public realm. Formerly head of public space at CABE, he has given evidence to Select Committees on the Future of Public Parks, appointed as a Green Space Commissioner by the Mayor of London, is a project mentor for the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a fellow of the Landscape Institute.

    Ecology, Landscape, People & Place