Festive Greetings

What a Year!

Well what a year we have had in 2014! Laura and I have been working our socks off this year and have been lucky enough to be involved with lots of exciting projects. These have ranged from private home owners seeking to gain permissions to renovate or refurbish homes, to continuing to build on many long-standing relationships with multi-national construction firms. Enjoyably, we have also both worked on projects close to our own hearts. As per our current projects page- we were fortunate enough to win a lovely piece of botanical work for Natural England surveying a large part of the River Camel Valley and Tributaries SSSI & SAC, a site of outstanding importance to wildlife in Cornwall. A large part of October was therefore spent out in the field surveying a range of habitats including woodland, mire and grassland communities. I assisted Laura during many of the surveys by carrying the ever-so-important supplies of chocolate, always ready to serve her a few tasty morsels when energy levels were low! Laura really did do a fantastic job and I am very grateful to her for all her efforts. For me, working closely with several Community Land Trust (CLT) groups in Devon and various charitable trusts has proved to be extremely fullfilling work. The enthusiasm of the local people involved with these projects- from their interest in wildlife, sustainability and community involvement aligns with my own desire for a more holistic approach to undertaking development work. I hope to work with many more such groups in the future and we certainly have some exciting project involvement already lined up for 2015...

Moving forwards into 2015...

As updated recently on our projects page we have been engaged by the Totnes Community Development Society (TCDS) to work as part of the design team on the Atmos Totnes project at the former Dairy Crest site in Totnes. TCDS have already undertaken a comprehensive community engagment and consultation process which has enabled the local communtiy to actively input their ideas into the design of the site. The old Coco's Nursery next to the train station was used as base-camp for this consultation and TCDS set up rooms with story boards, light boxes, mood boards and all manner of interactive tools as a conduit for local people to express their ideas. As Atmos Totnes is the first project of its kind in the UK it’s a real opportunity to model this community-led development process and we are delighted to be involved! In terms of other projects- we have been fortunate enough to work with some lovely clients this year and we aim to continue to build on, and strengthen these postive working relationships. We also look forward to meeting all of the new clients that 2015 may bring...

So now- Laura and I would very much like to wish you all a *Wonderful Festive Season* and look forward with great anticipation to what may come in the New Year!