Penny was brought up from an early age to recognise the native wild flora of our
lovely land, and this heritage of knowledge passed on by her mother, has been instrumental
in her love of establishing and encouraging a diverse range of habitats on all the
sites she works on. Habitat creation and management are intrinsically linked and
Penny is experienced in both writing management documentation and guiding landscape
managers in their role of establishing and managing the developing flora and fauna.
At The Springs, a diverse range of habitats have been developed including marginal
and deep water wetland, a range of grassland habitats based on a varying pattern
of mowing regimes, scrub, hazel coppice, native woodland, gorse, meadow flora, heritage
orchard, modern fruit and ornamental shrubbery for a start! Penny has recently worked
with the client to develop winter fodder crops for over-wintering birds to extend
the season for the migrant bird population. As a result the diversity of the wildlife
which lives in close proximity to the caravan users is extensive, and this has been
recognised by David Bellamy’s Gold Award and highest recognition of merit.
In London, the design for the Blackwall Tunnel had as part of the design remit to
promote biodiversity. A range of both native and more ornamental tree species were
linked with Cornus, grasses, yarrows, tulips for an increased sources of nectar for
the insects and butterflies in this harsh locality.
Gardens can be one of the richest sources of biodiversity for wildlife and Penny’s
designs reflect both an extensive plant knowledge but importantly how these can benefit
the flora and fauna. Nectar sources do not need to be from just native plants, and
the wealth and array of plant material available can extend the role of our native