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Leaving behind the high energy of long sunny days filled with activity and making / carrying out plans we move into the fresh start of a new season, one of reaping harvests and the fruits of the energy that has gone before and this seems a good time to reflect on some key aspects of Artemis’ year so far.

Around the beginning of the year we became an Associate member of the Arboricultural Association and in March attended their 2 day Intermediate Tree Inspection course at Hyland’s House in Chelmsford. Being the only Landscape Architect in attendance this was a brilliant opportunity to spend time and hear the opinions / experiences of Arborists who have spent many more years working in this sector in a practical way – many of whom were looking to evolve former labour intensive years to a less hands on approach through surveying. It was also great to give the confidence that our experience and knowledge gained over the years from a more theoretical interest, design-led horticultural training and personal research was at an adequate level.

The wealth of information and experience disseminated by this exciting Association enabling us to expand our knowledge and technical understanding of trees, which we see as a natural progression in our careers as Landscape Architects, is an invaluable treasure trove of resources and I highly recommend all Landscape Architects to get involved.

Having previously operated as a Partnership for over 20 years, and motivated by our transition to a Ltd company, we have spent a fair amount of time this year looking at the workings of our business, getting to grips with the day to day running of Artemis’ new structure and how to maximise the potential it brings to improve all aspects of our work.

We have continued to enjoy working with existing long term clients such as Property Developers Laxton Properties and Planning and Heritage Consultancy Smith Jenkins. We have also formed new ongoing business relationships such as with Savills and Smith Foster Ltd, part of the JPP Group bringing a new direction into working on engineering biased projects around retail / industrial park regeneration and with MK based SO Architects.

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