Welcome to Open Spaces, Landscape Architects, Tree and Ecological Consultants.
Established in 1995, Open Spaces is now a medium-sized multi-disciplinary practice, specialising in all aspects of landscape, arboricultural and ecological consultancy. You can be confident that we will provide you with a fully integrated service covering all aspects of landscape design and consultancy, planning, ecology and tree related matters and whether you are an Architect, developer, builder or Planning Consultant, we can offer you and your project practical, pragmatic yet innovative advice and solutions, ensuring the fastest possible progression of your project through the planning system.
We are a Registered Practice with the Landscape Institute, our ecologists are all full members of CIEEM and our tree consultants are all qualified in arboriculture.
Open Spaces is committed to providing a comprehensive, approachable professional service, delivered within a time frame to suit our client. We believe in delivering the highest quality landscape, whatever the scale or nature of the project or budgetary constraints.
Graeme is a Chartered Landscape Architect, a Fellow of the Arboricultural Association and a BALI Registered Designer. With a career that includes working as Tree and Landscape Officer within a local authority and as a University lecturer in Landscape Architecture, Graeme’s experience and qualifications give him a unique holistic understanding of the three main areas of our business – landscape design, trees and planning.
Karolyn is a fully qualified (BSc Hons) Landscape Designer, qualified in Arboriculture to L4, Practice Manager and Member of Society of Garden Designers. With a background in marketing and a former career in the City, Karolyn takes the lead in soft landscape design while ensuring the smooth running of our commissions and all aspects of the office administration.
Carolin has over 12 years experience in landscape design and management and garden design, having graduated in Germany with a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture & Management. She has gained professional experience working for a number of landscape architecture practices and has been recognised with a BALI award for her designs. In recent years, Carolin has added RHS horticulture qualifications to her portfolio.
Tamae graduated from the Higher Certificate in Garden Design and MA in Garden Design at Writtle College with multiple awards. With an extensive experience in working at a large NHS hospital to create the healing outdoor spaces, she specialises in therapeutic landscape design by utilising both Japanese and English landscape philosophy and principles. She is also managing the practice’s CAD and BIM process to maintain BIM Level 2 compliance, and pushing Open Spaces to be at the forefront of BIM. Tamae is a Licentiate Member of Landscape Institute and a member of the Landscape Institute BIM Working Group.
Sophie recently graduated from Writtle University College with a degree in Landscape and Garden Design, winning the Essex Gardens Trust People’s Choice Awards and becoming a finalist of the Society of Garden Designers Awards for her design dissertation. Sophie has especially enjoyed undertaking voluntary work abroad, supporting children with disabilities, with a focus on how landscape can enhance lives of young people. Now immersing herself in BIM and Revit related projects in addition to hard and soft landscape design and detailing. Sophie is also responsible for developing and maintaining social media content across a variety of platforms.
Lydia has over 15 years’ experience working within the environmental sector, having headed up a Landscape and Design Team working on community consultation, engagement and education across a programme of Urban Forest and Edible Playground projects. Delivering high quality green infrastructure that promotes socially engaging landscapes, the Urban Forest Programme included Edible Urban Woodlands, Community Urban Orchards, Community Greening and a Street Tree planting programme across London.
Lydia has a Honours Degree in Landscape & Garden Design and is responsible for delivering high quality landscape design with a focus on developing biodiverse schemes and landscape management plans.
Emi graduated from Writtle University College with a First-Class Honours Degree in Landscape and Garden Design, receiving the highest achieving student award while on the course. Emi also has a Certificate of Higher Education in Horticulture and a range of practical experience working in amenity horticulture, including time spent at Audley End and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and planting works at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. She now specialises in landscape software, designing hard and soft landscape schemes and is currently developing her LVIA skills.
Pete has been an ecologist for over 10 years and worked in ecological consultancy for over 15 years. Experienced in all aspects of protected species surveys and mitigation design, Pete has been involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from single developments to strategic urban renewal schemes subject to full EIAs. Ever pragmatic, Pete is a full member of CIEEM.
Dan is an ecological Consultant with over 14 years experience in a wide range of surveys and ecological work, including Preliminary Ecological Assessments, nesting, wintering and breeding birds, bats, badgers, dormice, great crested newts, reptiles and water voles. Dan has experience in mitigation design and managed many reptile and great crested newt translocations. Dan has a First Class Honours degree in Applied Ecology from University of East London and is a full member of CIEEM.