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TDAG Launches New Consultation Document

3rd June 2014

Capita’s Martin Kelly, Chair of the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG), outlines the group’s new guidance document ‘Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery’ which has been launched for consultation. This is a companion document to the earlier Trees in the Townscape: A Guide for Decision Makers...

“The starting point for Trees in Hard Landscapes is that the decision has been made to plant trees and so it is aimed at those at the delivery end tasked with planting and maintaining trees in hard landscapes which are considered to be the most challenging areas to do so successfully. Many issues need to be resolved to achieve long term success and this can best be supported through cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration which is why the Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE),  the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) have partnered TDAG in this document and been active members of the steering group reviewing and advising throughout the development process.

TDAG’s approach to developing guideline documents is through research. For Trees in Hard Landscapes this included interviews with over 120 practitioners from many different backgrounds and the development of 60 documented case studies. In addition there have been valuable European field trips especially to Stockholm in Sweden and Lyon in France.

Trees in Hard Landscapes will not provide prescriptive ways of planting trees. It focuses on processes and how to make the most appropriate decisions in given circumstances which will, of course, vary.

Martin Kelly

Martin Kelly

Chair of TDAG

I am delighted that the Capita logo is once again on the sponsors page as supporters of this second significant document in support of urban trees because research is showing that trees have a very wide role to play in the urban realm and this role is promoted through the work of the land planning team, part of Capita’s architecture, environment and planning business.”

The consultation period for Trees in Hard Landscapes is 27th May to 13th June 2014.

All TDAG documents are available as free downloadable PDFs on the TDAG website.

For further information contact Martin Kelly here


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