Our Social Value

As a landscape architectural company based in beautiful Cornwall, the planet and all she produces, is our medium for doing what we do best. But our work isn’t just about creating aesthetically pleasing landscapes. It’s about making a positive impact on people whilst protecting and enhancing the world and the environment around us.  So our intention as a pending B-Corp company is to be environmentally and socially responsible in all we do, at work and beyond.

Through green infrastructure and biodiversity integration, we nurture sustainable spaces that are healthy for you, us, and Mother Nature. As technology advances and we learn more, we aim to lead the way as responsible landscape architects, adding substantial social value to our projects and industry. Here’s to doing business better and being a force for good.

Putting purpose and people before profit is a journey, not a destination. So here are our latest social value happenings as we aim for B-Corp status.

Our values in practice

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning


We aim to foster the growth of future Landscape Architects and designers by providing work experience opportunities for secondary school students and placements/internships for University students. Many of these individuals transition into permanent team members.

We recently bid farewell to Ines, our international intern from Ecole d’Architecture et de Passage de Bordeaux in France. We value international internships for the unique cultural immersion and global perspective they provide on landscape issues, both personally and professionally. Additionally, Trish contributes to teaching on the Landscape and Garden Design degree course at the picturesque Eden Project in Cornwall.

Fundraising challenges and campaigns

Fundraising challenges and campaigns


We are dedicated to supporting charitable initiatives and believe in the profound impact they can have, extending our commitment beyond the workplace. Our team actively engages in extra-curricular volunteering and charitable endeavours.

In September 2023, Mike participated in a 20km run along Cornwall’s scenic coast path, supporting Man Down programme.

In November 2023, Trish embarked on a cycling journey from Vietnam to Cambodia, raising funds for Women v Cancer.

Kelly Jeffs generously dedicates her time as a volunteer lifeguard at Perranporth, making a valuable contribution to the RNLI’smission of saving lives at sea.

Time out together

Time out together


Taking time out to connect as a team is what makes us close-knit, so there’s always a bowl of fruit, biscuits and the occasional shared lunch and cream tea in the office – our version of gathering and sharing.

A couple of times a year, we take a break from our computers and take the office out together for a day of fun and shared learning.

One of our recent outings took us to Pendower Beach where we had the pleasure of learning the art of shoreline foraging.   It was fantastic, we all got to get our hands sandy, connected with nature, and expanded our understanding of the environment as a team. Thanks to our super foraging guide Emma Gunn, author of the ‘Never Mind the Burdocks’ wild food series!

Community-engaged design

Community-engaged design


Fostering collaboration and inclusion in our work is important to us and a collaborative design approach forms the backbone of all our projects. We are committed to inclusive design, co-design, and community engagement, achieved through a range of events like community consultations and school design workshops. These initiatives are geared towards fostering collaboration, igniting creativity, and empowering individuals and communities to actively shape their environments. Our overarching goal is to cultivate a sense of pride in the spaces people call home.

In collaboration with St Ives Town Council, Mei Loci’s team, including Catherine, Lou, and Ines, recently visited schools in Carbis Bay to conduct design workshops with students for their upcoming project at Richmond Gardens, a new park.

University collaboration

University collaboration


We recently collaborated with Architecture students from Falmouth University on an exciting sensory project for the ‘Sky Primary and the Eden Project Nursery’.

The students crafted a collection of breathtaking designs for sensory environments and installations within the school, creating a feast for the senses. Elements of sound, light, colour, texture, and fragrance merged to create enriching, fun learning experiences.

Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing


Our approach to landscape design prioritises health and wellbeing by creating high-quality, accessible open spaces that embrace green and blue environments.

We incorporate spaces for nature, ensuring that our designs cater to individuals of all ages and abilities, promoting fitness, health, and relaxation for all.

Working with West Middlesex Hospital, we redesigned the courtyards to incorporate natural and sensory planting and sculptural features, to create spaces that encourage movement and relaxation for patients staff and visitors.

Becoming B Corp

Becoming B Corp


It was brilliant being part of the B23 B Corp cohort in Cornwall from April to July 2023.

Not only did we get to connect with other local B Corps; we also got to share how we use sustainable design practices, ethical sourcing, and community engagement to create sustainable spaces that have a positive impact on people and the planet.

Workshops & events

Workshops & events


We believe in co-design and community engagement. So to foster collaboration, inspire creativity, and empower people to actively shape their environments and take pride in their spaces, we run regular community events and school design workshops throughout the southwest.

Social Inclusion conference for the Landscape Institute South West

Social Inclusion conference for the Landscape Institute South West


We are super proud to have been the organisers and sponsors of the Landscape Institute South West conference ‘Even Ground – Design for Inclusion’ at the Eden Project in October 2023.

This year, we brought together an impressive line-up of industry experts who shared their insights on Social Inclusion. Among them were Make-Space-for-Girls, Touchwood Play, Sensory Trust and disAbility Cornwall, and Jane Simpson Access, to discuss the RIBA’s new Social Inclusion Layer to the RIBA plan of work.

Thanks to Landscape Institute South West and A&G Paving for supporting the event.

Re-generative landscapes, on home turf

Re-generative landscapes, on home turf


To underscore our commitment to the environment, we’ve dedicated 5 acres of land near Truro to our regenerative landscaping and re-wilding project. Over the past 5 years, we’ve planted more than 1,000 trees and converted grazing land into meadows, complemented by orchards and growing gardens.

Our ongoing initiatives extend to restoring over 1.5 acres of land to its natural state, actively contributing to the preservation and enhancement of local biodiversity. This involves the restoration of native woodland, hedges, and meadows. Our small flock of Herdwick sheep plays an important role in naturally managing the grassland, while our ducks and chickens contribute to keeping slugs and snails at bay.

Charity support

Charity support


We support five outstanding charities that all hold a special place in our hearts.  We are ongoing members of the Surfers Against Sewage Ocean Network. Their passion for protecting our beaches, waves and wildlife is utterly inspiring.  We also support the Woodland Trust, we’ve worked with them to plant over 1000 trees on our own land in Bissoe.

Each year we choose charities to share our support. This Christmas, and for 2024, our chosen charities are RSPCA Cornwall, Shelterbox, and Medecins Sans Fontiers.