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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


"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

"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 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

"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

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

Mr. K Beaty

"The Landscape Agency team were extremely thorough and imaginative"

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

"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 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

"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

"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 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
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.

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

Managing Director

Patrick has run the Landscape Agency for the past 18 years. First projects included landscape restoration works at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and re-creating an 18th century park from an open cast coal mine in Northumberland. Since then the Landscape Agency's achievements have included a Europa Nostra Grand Prix Award for landscape conservation at Hackfall, Ripon in 2011, a Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal in 2013, landscape masterplanning an 2,000 home extension to Cambridge, installing London's first rain garden. Out of work, Patrick looks after his own garden and a Beef Shorthorn herd, both at Sleightholmedale on the edge of the North York Moors.

Lu Liang

Lu Liang

Graduate Landscape Architect

Lu completed her Masters Degree in Landscape Architect at the University of Sheffield. She worked in the Shanghai office of a New Zealand Landscape company for one year before joining the Landscape Agency in 2016. Her research and interests are focused on exploring the balance between sustainability and logical spatial organisation. She has competed a number of international projects and is serving as a volunteer for an online resource for young Chinese designers. Her family lives in Sheffield, but during the week she lives with her friends in York. She enjoys traveling, hiking, camping and cooking in her free time.

Ed Payne

Ed Payne

Senior Landscape Architect

Ed joined The Landscape Agency in 2009 after running his own garden design and build business for three years. Ed has built up a diverse range of experience in all scales and types of projects - from large scale housing development schemes to small scale gardens at Chelsea Flower Show. Ed is a cricket enthusiast and outside of work loves playing for his local village team Bilton-in-Ainsty where he regularly gets a golden duck. Ed was promoted to Senior Landscape Architect in July 2016

Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson

Associate Director

Alex joined The Landscape Agency in 2010 as a chartered landscape architect and has progressed during this time to Associate Director level. Masterplanning, construction support and project management are core areas of Alex's role which take him extensively around the UK. With a farming background Alex spends much of his free time outdoors with family and friends.

Rosie Turner

Rosie Turner

Landscape Architect

Rosie joined the Landscape Agency in the summer of 2013 after completing her Masters at Sheffield University. She has a keen interest in planting design and thoroughly enjoyed working on the redesign of the planting for the roof terrace of the Barbican Arts Centre in London. She is also an avid baker and loves experimenting with new recipes.

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Contact Us

Please note our NEW address from 8th December 2015:

The Landscape Agency

Blake House

2a St Martin's Lane



T: 01904 691 630

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