Exceptional biodiversity gain places Terence O’Rourke in Landscape Institute Awards final.
Exceptional biodiversity gain places Terence O’Rourke in Landscape Institute Awards final.

Trumpington Meadows Country Park has been shortlisted for a Landscape Institute Award in the category of Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation and Enhancement.

Trumpington Meadows Country Park, on the River Cam, southwest of Cambridge City Centre, was formally opened in 2016. The 60-hectare country park was designed as a significant part of the green infrastructure network of the award-winning urban extension, Trumpington Meadows. The concept was established by Terence O’Rourke and developed in conjunction with Grosvenor, USS and the Wildlife Trust BCN , who continue an active role in ongoing community engagement, biodiversity monitoring and performance reviews. The Wildlife Trust BCN now manage the park as a nature reserve. The huge success of the park has resulted in 48 hectares of species-rich lowland meadow and a 46% net biodiversity gain.

Acting as planners, masterplanners and landscape architects on the project since its inception in 2004, Terence O’Rourke has been intrinsically involved in every aspect of the Trumpington Meadows project.

Terence O’Rourke’s Director, Richard Burton, explained how the team’s determination to exceed project expectations contributed to the success of the site. “We aimed to significantly over-provide greenspace and go far beyond the basic policy requirements. Our shared view was that the success of the development was measured not just in economic value but in natural capital; the biological richness of the natural habitats and the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors”.

The significant biodiversity gains of the project have resulted in Trumpington Meadows being widely cited as a unique example of a successful, sustainable and vibrant new community.

The Landscape Institute Awards recognise outstanding work of landscape professionals and exceptional work in landscape. The Biodiversity Award is given to projects which emphasise the enhancement or connectivity of habitats for biodiversity.

The Awards ceremony will be held online at the end of November.