Mark Laurence's Blog

Musings on tree care, natural landscapes, vertical greening, sustainability and biophilia

by Mark Laurence

I’m pleased to have launched a new website and blog dedicated to this aspect of my work.  Over time the

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by Mark Laurence

On my most recent trip to Dubai, I enjoyed walking through some of the new landscapes that emerge as projects are completed.  The UAE,

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horticultural robot
by Mark Laurence

The way in which we design, create, maintain and use urban landscapes is likely to change radically in the next

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by Mark Laurence

This article first appeared in Pro Landscaper Gulf – a .PDF copy can be seen here on page 12.  It is

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by Mark Laurence

This review first appeared in Thinking Gardens in February 2016. This book represents a new wave of thinking about “natural”

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hazel pruning methods
by Mark Laurence

In my previous post I talked about a regenerative planting methodology for urban landscapes, in which I suggested you would

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regenerative tree planting methodology
by Mark Laurence

Almost all urban landscapes are contrived and designed, due to their artificial nature and short timescales of development and use.

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Living wall Maintenance
by Mark Laurence

We are now a decade into the explosion of living or green walls.  There have been many successes and some

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A Living wall designed by Mark Laurence
by Mark Laurence

There is something incredibly exciting about living walls.  Stacking green plants on the vertical plane on buildings, where you’d think

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A stream runs down to the pond
by Mark Laurence

I have been lucky enough to have designed and built a lot of water gardens in my time; I’ve been

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