Mei Loci are Landscape Architects with a simple aim- to create beautiful spaces for People and for Nature. We are a passionate team of designers working across Cornwall, the South West and London.

Meaning ‘my place’ in Latin, Mei Loci is at the heart of the vision that sits at the core of our business – to create places that people love, and that they can call their own. Through landscape architecture, we reinvigorate a conversation between land and community, regenerating the essence of what was once before, reviving spaces that inspire common experience and a shared identity.

Creating landscapes that have this kind of power is a collaborative process, one that begins and ends with people. That’s why we take a community-led, co-design approach to all our projects – designing with people, for people.

Our work covers all aspects of Garden and Landscape Design from concept, to completion.

If you think we can help you, please get in touch.



Services

Research and analysis underpin all aspects of our work, forming an intrinsic understanding of the landscape, culture and heritage of each site. From geology, botany and soil-science to arts, heritage and culture, we tell stories of people and cultures through the landscape. We are involved in every aspect of a project – from community engagement, creative design through to master planning, landscape and visual impact assessments and detailed design for all aspects of the built environment.

Our work follows a strong philosophy of environmental sustainability, interwoven with a vibrant dialogue with clients, communities, artists, and other professionals, it is underpinned by our commitment to design beautiful, quality, rich landscape and environments that engage with the people they are intended for.

Concept design
Site planning
Landscape and Townscape Visual Impact Assessment
Public Realm framework & master planning strategy
Technical and detailed design
Bespoke and product design
Contract administration
Landscape construction management
Heritage conservation and analysis
Cultural interpretation
Garden design consultancy
Horticulture design
Plant procurement
Growing and planting installation
Post-design
Post-installation follow-up service and check

Sectors

We work with a wide range of professionals and project partners – locally, nationally and internationally. From urban regeneration and public realm projects in town centres, parks and gardens, to large-scale conservation and Lottery Heritage Fund restoration projects for monuments and historical sites through to smaller private residential gardens, our portfolio includes projects of all shapes, sizes and locations.

Public Realm
Cultural
Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces
Infrastructure
Workplace
Health and Research
Leisure and Sport
Education and Recreation
Residential

Clients

Hayle Town Council

St Ives Town Council

Prior + Partners

Watergate Bay Group

National Trust – Cheddar Gorge

Cornwall Council

PBHH Limited

Glendorgal Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall

Garrack Hotel, St Ives, Cornwall

Newquay Town Council

Tremough University Campus, Falmouth, Cornwall

Leicestershire County Council

Truro City Council

Bournemouth City Council

Medway Council

London Borough of Bexley

Duchy of Cornwall

Sutton Harbour Group

Kingsbridge Town Council

Helston Town Council

SABEF

St Austell Print Company

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

Mid Devon District Council

Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture

Durham Heritage Coast National Trust

Westerleigh Group

Down Syndrome Charitable Association, Saudi Arabia

Le Grey Hotels- Audeh Group

SCGA Landscape Architects

Our Team

Mike Hawes

Mike Hawes, CMLI Director


Graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997, Michael has been working as a Landscape Architect for over 25 years. He has left a global imprint on numerous remarkable projects. His career spans diverse collaborations with influential clients and colleagues who have significantly shaped his work and Mei Loci. Michael specializes in the town centre and urban regeneration, showcasing his expertise in strategic planning and detailed public realm design. His understanding of project economics contributes to shaping spaces for positive change while retaining local character. Beyond work, Michael’s passion for the outdoors and smallholding is matched only by his love for rugby, which he occasionally still plays.

Favourite Plant/Tree:   So many that he loves. Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud) is a current favourite, having seen some lovely specimens recently –  really stunning colour and structure.

Patricia Hawes

Patricia Hawes, CMLI Director


Trish is a founding director of Mei Loci, with over 20 years experience in Landscape Architecture. Her expertise lies in the design of parks and gardens, and heritage settings, with award-winning projects , including Lesnes Abbey Woods in London; Fort Amherst in Chatham and numerous regeneration projects across Cornwall, the UK and internationally. Her work integrates heritage, community and stakeholder engagement to create meaningful landscapes, focusing on access to nature, well-being and inclusion.  Trish has taught at secondary and HE levels, in Design technology and Landscape Design.

When not at work she can be found looking after animals on her smallholding, growing flowers and veggies, and sea swimming!

Favourite Plant/Tree: Eucalyptus pauciflora (Snow Gum)

Graham Prentice

Graham Prentice, Associate Director


Graham is a landscape architect specialising in creative design and implementation for both public and private clients. His work to date has focused on the delivery of public realm projects in collaboration with highly acclaimed architects and design teams, he navigates projects from concept to completion. Key achievements include leading the design, construction, and completion of Cornwall’s Penzance Promenade. Graham’s expertise spans town centre regeneration, housing, and private gardens, working with diverse clients like bunny-homes and Cormac. Edinburgh College of Art graduate (MA Hons, 2008), he gained experience with Anton James Design and LDA Design before joining Mei Loci in 2018. Beyond work, Graham enjoys surfing and cycling.

Favourite Tree/Plant: At the moment he likes any multi-stemmed tree with an umbrella canopy, such as  Amelanchier lamarckii (Juneberry). 

Kelly Jeffs

Kelly Jeffs, Associate Director


Kelly is a landscape architect who is passionate about reconnecting people with nature and improving wellbeing through the use of greenspace.  With over 12 years of experience, Kelly has contributed to diverse projects across Cornwall, the UK, and New Zealand – from large-scale residential developments to school grounds and urban parks. She believes in the transformative power of nature to bring joy and enhance wellbeing, fostering a healthier environment for all. Currently pursuing Chartership with the Landscape Institute, Kelly serves as Mei Loci’s B-Corp lead, upholding high standards in environmental performance. Outside of work, she volunteers at her local beach, practices coastal and botanical landscape art, and holds a Level 3 qualification as a Forest School Leader.

Favourite Plant/Tree: Fagus sylvatica (Beech)

Graham Sansom

Graham Sansom, Associate


Graham initially collaborated on the Bournemouth Pier Approach project in his role with Cornwall Environmental Consultants and officially joined the Mei Loci team in 2022. His journey in landscape architecture began with training at Sheffield University in Landscape Management and Ecology, followed by a Diploma in Landscape Management and Chartership with the Landscape Institute. With almost 20 years of experience, Graham has been based in Cornwall for over a decade and is also an accredited Building With Nature Assessor.

Passionate about the diverse skills involved in landscape architecture, Graham thrives on projects that seamlessly blend people, nature, place, technical considerations, and creativity. His joy is evident when he transforms knowledge of habitat and ecology into spaces for people to enjoy. Graham finds the most fulfilment in seeing projects come to life on the ground.

Outside the professional realm, Graham enjoys cycling, surfing, and boating. His love for experiencing different cultures and landscapes is evident through his passion for travel.

Favourite Plant/ Tree: One of the larger leaved magnolias (maybe Magnolia delavayi)

Nina Maley

Nina Maley, Associate


Nina joined Mei Loci in 2021 as a Chartered Landscape Architect, bringing over 15 years of professional practice experience. Specialising in the design, detailing, and construction of public and private landscapes, Nina has left her mark across various scales – from private gardens to regional parks, streetscapes, and heritage landscapes. Her diverse clientele includes local authorities, Town Councils, private developers, and esteemed organizations like the National Trust for Scotland and Forest and Land Scotland.

Nina’s approach revolves around creating landscapes that embody the history, geography, and ecology of their context, reflecting the diverse communities they serve. Her work is characterized by botanically rich planting and meticulous attention to detail, aiming to establish a distinct sense of place for the benefit of the users.

A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art (2008) with a first-class MA (Hons) in Landscape Architecture, Nina holds an RHS Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture. Beyond her professional pursuits, she finds joy in sea swimming, beach adventures with her daughter, nurturing her garden, and experimenting in the kitchen.

Favourite Plant/Tree: Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)

Catherine McLaren

Catherine McLaren, Landscape Designer


Catherine apparently wanted to work as a Landscape Designer from a young age as her 11 year old self wrote that when she left school she would go to work designing gardens. She then took a bit of a detour via a degree in English, then training to become a secondary school teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge and teaching at secondary schools around the UK and in East Africa, before retraining at the Eden Project to fulfil her childhood ambitions, where she graduated with Distinction in Garden and Landscape Design. She loves being able to use her experience of working with young people to create beautiful public and private spaces which bring people of all ages together with nature and allow everyone to really feel they are welcome. Ensuring her landscapes work with nature and the local character, whilst treading gently on the important resource that is our soil, is also important to her work. 

When she’s not working she likes to play cricket, practise ballet, attempt to regenerate her own garden and watch her children grow. 

Favourite plant/tree: Rhus typhina (Stag’s Horn Sumac)

Louise Gunning

Louise Gunning, Landscape Designer


Louise joined Mei Loci in 2023 following the completion of her training in Garden and Landscape Design at the Eden Project. 

She loves public realm projects and creating spaces that bring people and nature together using sustainable biophilic design. People, planet, and communities are a key focus of her designs, maximising the benefit of nature on health and well-being by reconnecting people to plants, nature and green-spaces.  She is passionate about developing designs that are aesthetically beautiful and wildlife friendly, creating habitats and allowing a space for nature alongside people.

When she is not working or wrangling her own children, she loves to read, watch bands, sea swim or you will find her in a plant nursery or online obsessing over plants and grasses!

Favourite Tree/Plant: It’s tough to choose –  maybe Amelanchier lamarkii (Juneberry) or she loves Alliums!

Fenglin Zhang

Fenglin Zhang, Landscape Technician


Fenglin, a recent graduate from the University of Sheffield (2022) with an MA in Urban Design, has joined Mei Loci as a Landscape Technician.

With a background in urban design and a passion for Placemaking, she is actively transitioning into a professional Landscape Architect. Proficient in Adobe Suite, Auto CAD, SketchUp, and traditional drafting, Fenglin has particular skills in producing high-quality visual graphics, and supporting fellow landscape architects with technical drawings, graphics and illustrations.

Beyond work, she indulges in travel, especially to the seaside, and enjoys cooking. Yet, her most cherished moments involve sipping hot chocolate at Christmas markets. Fenglin is an excellent cook, preparing delicious food from her homeland in China which she shares with the rest of the office!

Favourite Plant/Tree: Any large Maple tree, especially when it is brightly coloured in autumn. 

Natalie John

Natalie John, Landscape Designer


Nat has always been interested in gardens and the outdoors – beginning from a very young age. Her green thumb emerged at the age of 3 when she planted snowdrops in her parents’ garden, a legacy still flourishing today. Nat began her career in Interior Architecture and Design at Nottingham Trent University, practising in Cardiff, Bristol, and Cornwall. However, her love for plants led her to pursue RHS Level 2 Practical Horticulture and an HND in Garden and Landscape Design at The Eden Project.

As a Landscape Designer, Nat finds joy in connecting people of all ages to nature, advocating for access to beautiful outdoor spaces for mental and physical well-being. Beyond work, she cherishes time with her dog Bizkit, manages her children, and indulges in the pleasures of the garden, sewing, and cooking whenever time allows.

Favourite Plant/Tree: Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea (Purple Beech)

Alison Wilson

Alison Wilson, Office Manager


Ali spent 14 years as the studio manager of Cornwall’s first Design and Print bureau before becoming a freelance graphic designer. She also works part time at Mei Loci, keeping the accounts and timekeeping software in order, and helping with interpretation design and graphics for various projects such as Lesnes Abbey Woods, Command of the Heights and Truro Loops.

When not working she loves cooking (especially curries from scratch), reading, pilates and going to her outdoor, all weather bootcamp.

Favourite Plant/Tree: Allium or Cornus capitata (Himalayan Dogwood)

Peggy

Peggy, Happiness Coordinator


Studio

As a team of landscape architects, design professionals and horticulture specialists we deliver complete solutions, from concept and planning, through to detailing, specifications, local authority liaison, project management and quality completion on the ground.