Meet Nigel Dunnett

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Nigel is an ecologist, horticulturist, designer, and pioneer of the new ecological approach to planting gardens and public spaces. His work revolves around the integration of ecology and horticulture to achieve low-input but high-impact landscapes that are dynamic, diverse, and tuned to nature. Nigel’s work is based on decades of detailed experimental work, and widespread application in practice: he works as a designer and consultant and has worked with Patrick James and the Landscape Agency for ten years on a range of projects. These have included:

Grosvenor Greening Strategy – a strategy for environmental improvements across Mayfair and Belgravia across Grosvenor’s London estate.

Central London’s first street-side rain garden at the head offices of the John Lewis Partnership and the Diamond Garden at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace – for the London Victoria Business Improvement

Re-design of Beech Gardens and The High Walk at The Barbican, London for the Corporation of London.

2013 – Gold Medal Winner at the Chelsea Flower Show for the Royal Bank of Canada. The garden brought together the ideas and concepts of Nigel’s research and practice in ecological design and planting design to a wide audience.


Nigel was also closely involved with the London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where, together with James Hitchmough, he was principal horticultural and planting design consultant in 2012.


In 2016 Nigel was appointed as an Ambassador for the Royal Horticultural Society to spearhead their ‘Greening Grey Britain’ campaign. Nigel has authored and co-authored key books on water-sensitive design, SuDS, and urban rainwater management (Rain Gardens: sustainable management of rainwater in the designed Landscape (Timber Press 2007), Green Roofs (Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls (Timber Press 2003)), and Urban Landscape Planting (The Dynamic Landscape: design, ecology and management of urban naturalistic planting (Taylor & Francis 2004).


The Landscape Agency
Stanley Harrison House
The Chocolate Works
Bishopthorpe Road
York, YO23 1DE


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