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Landscape Agency

Exceptional landscape architects delivering quality design inspired by a comprehensive understanding of place.

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About Us

The Landscape Agency was established in 1998 to create an exciting, dynamic and innovative landscape design practice. Given the range of projects we have completed and the number of clients we have successfully worked for during the past seventeen years, we believe we have achieved these ambitions.

All of our clients have common expectations of excellence, inspiring ideas, superb service and reliable support and advice. The repeat commissions we have secured, and the number of projects won via recommendation, are a measure of the extent to which we have fulfilled these expectations.

We would like to thank all of our clients as well as a long list of architects, ecologists, arboriculturalists, surveyors, planners, and many other disciplines with whom we have worked with on a regular basis throughout our history.

Meet Our Team


"Their professionalism and expertise is underpinned by a passion for what they do. We were also impressed with their flexible and positive approach."

Catherine Prasad, Senior Project Manager, The National Trust

"The Landscape Agency team were extremely thorough and imaginative"

Drew Carr-Ellison, Group Chief Operating Officer, Bio City Development

"The Landscape Agency was definitely the right consultant to help us achieve our goals. The process from design to completion was smooth and very professional."

Lesley Urquhart, Royal Parks Foundation

"The Landscape Agency combines several qualities that I regard as really important: creativity, sensitivity, professionalism, commercial understanding and common sense. It is a rare combination."

Roger Hepher, Head of Planning and Regeneration, Savills

"The Landscape Agency was enthusiastic and passionate from the outset, responding with a professional yet personal approach."

Mr. K Beaty

"I have worked with The Landscape Agency for a number of years and have always been impressed with their diligent and professional approach and the consistently high quality of work they produce.”

Leigh Johnson, Senior Development Manager, Redrow Homes

"Four words come to mind when we think of the The Landscape Agency now; creative, problem solving, approachable and helpful."

Lesley Urquhart, Royal Parks Foundation

"The Landscape Agency have demonstrated time and again that they have the in depth knowledge and experience that adds real value to our schemes."

Ruth Duston, CEO, Victoria Business Improvement District

"The Landscape Agency team are highly valued professional colleagues. They are extremely knowledgeable and, most importantly, have a crucial ability to transform ideas into positive action on the ground."

Dr. Margaret Nieke, Historic Environment Lead Advisor, Natural England

"A trusted team of professionals that bring a positive and personal approach to all aspects of their work."

Mark Chesman, Estates Project Manager, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

"The Landscape Agency's ability to deliver on time and to budget, when driven by their enthusiasm and dedicated effort, make them a delight to work with."

Dr. Margaret Nieke, Historic Environment Lead Advisor, Natural England
Landscape Institute Registered Practice

Meet Our Team

Hannah Cummings

Hannah Cummings

Practice Manager

As Practice Manager, a variety of tasks fall under Hannah's care – finance, H.R., I.T., facilities, legal, Company Secretary and health and safety at the very least! She says it's a wonderfully demanding role and Hannah has been on the Landscape Agency journey for over 10 years. She is very proud to live in such a fantastic city as York and enjoys spending time visiting local restaurants, events and attractions.

Gary Griffiths

Gary Griffiths

Landscape Architect

Gary joined the Landscape Agency in 2016 after working for an environmental planning consultancy practice and a Landscape architect practice that specialises in community based projects.

This has given Gary a diverse project background from large scale residential development to small scale community public parks.

Gary's main passions in life are music and brewing his own craft ales.

Lisa Hedley

Lisa Hedley

Project and Finance Administrator

Lisa lives in a village on the outskirts of York city centre and enjoys keeping fit by walking or cycling to and from work.

Lisa joined the company as Office Administrator back in May 2009, during this time her job role and responsibilities have evolved and she now divides her time between projects and finance. Her role tends to be incredibly varied and tasks can range from anything from answering the phones, meeting and greeting clients, inputting crucial financial figures to maintaining the company's order book.

Eleanor Houldcroft

Eleanor Houldcroft

Senior Landscape Architect

Eleanor has expertise in heritage projects and has helped unlock funding for the restoration of some of England's finest sites, working with both private and public organisations.

Eleanor specialises in projects requiring sensitive design approaches and has experience in Landscape / Townscape and Visual Impact Assessments. Her work has helped secure planning approval for a number of innovative schemes.

Eleanor is a volunteer Associate Member of the Historic Environment Advisory Group, which is part of the National Trust's Specialist Advice Network. The group provides an independent viewpoint to Trust staff to inform good decision making.

Patrick James

Patrick James


Patrick established the Landscape Agency in 1998 and continued as Managing Director until 2016. In 2017, Patrick stood down as MD to pursue other interests and promoted Alex Robinson (qv) to MD; Alex is now running the practice whilst Patrick remains as a Director. Patrick's early projects included landscape restoration works at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and re-creating an 18th century park from an open cast coal mine in Northumberland. From 2001, Patrick was lead consultant overseeing the £1m restoration of Hackfall, near Ripon; the project secured a Europa Nostra Grand Prix Award for landscape conservation in 2011. More recently, Patrick has developed a particular interest in the role landscape can play in new development and has worked for the Prince's Foundation and a number of developers. Patrick lives on a family farm on the edge of the North York Moors; he co-wrote a centenary history of the National Trust with Dame Jennifer Jenkins.

Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson

Managing Director

From January 2017 Alex has become Managing Director of The Landscape Agency, replacing Patrick James. Having joined The Landscape Agency in 2010 Alex has a thorough understanding of the business and ability to support and lead the team in producing quality landscape architecture for all our clients. With a farming background Alex spends much of his free time outdoors with family and friends

Matthew Jarvis

Matthew Jarvis

Associate Director

Matt is a qualified Landscape Architect responsible for overseeing the design and technical coordination within the office. Matt is passionate about driving workflow efficiency, mentoring team members and delivering high quality landscape solutions. Matt has extensive experience of a range of urban and rural projects across the country for a wide variety of clients which include large and small-scale developers, private land owners through to local authorities. Matt lives in Yorkshire with his wife and two boys and can often be seen at home building something in the garage or out on the bike with the family.

Matthew Jarvis

Nick Snook

Landscape Architect

Nick joined The Landscape Agency in May 2018. After time working for landscape practices and in the horticultural sector Nick is well placed to combine his design skills and plant knowledge here as a landscape architect. Experience gained across a wide range of project areas in multidisciplinary teams includes urban regeneration, education, healthcare, housing and historic environments is underpinned with Nick’s appreciation and enthusiasm for plants and good design.

A keen amateur photographer, printmaker and outdoor enthusiast, Nick is often out in the Yorkshire countryside walking, looking for that next great shot or idea for a print.

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Contact Us

Our address from 1st August 2017:

The Landscape Agency

Stanley Harrison House

The Chocolate Works

Bishopthorpe Road


YO23 1DE

T: 01904 691 630

Hannah Cummings, our Practice Manager, can be contacted on the telephone number or email address above with any enquiries.