Welcome to Ishmaelandscapes – a new, collaborative, landscape practice based in Norwich.
Headed by George Ishmael, a chartered landscape architect with background in urban design and ecologically sustainable landscapes. This practice is strongly customer focussed and encourages collaborative working with a network of design, arts related and environmentally trained professionals both here and abroad.
We aim to bring out the local distinctiveness of a landscape and actively seeking design innovation, while working with local communities and supporting heritage tourism.
George Ishmael has spent over 30 years with Norwich City Council concerned with landscape matters, variously as designer; leader of the landscape team; manager of the City’s green spaces; and as a champion of landscape planning & strategy. Some highlights of this work include:
- Urban greening initiatives, such as the Green Plan for Norwich (RTPI Planning Achievements Award, 1986); a Green Links strategy to create a network of traffic-free routes (RICS Greening the City Award 1996) and the Norwich River Valleys Strategy.
- A wide range of environmental improvements, from city centre pedestrianisation, civic spaces and housing (Civic Trust and other awards), to parks and nature reserves (RTPI Planning Achievements Award, 1997).
- A range of collaborative work from major prestige projects, such as Castle Mall (RTPI Silver Medal); UEA; Riverside; the Chapelfield development; to low-budget community-based projects (Britain in Bloom Gold Award 2008 and Communities in Bloom International Award 2009).
- Designing some of the earliest urban Eco-parks in the UK and pioneering more sustainable approaches to urban planting (HLF award of £4M for Norwich parks restoration).
- Pioneering national best practice in tree protection, recognized in national government report Trees in Cities 1990 and workshops for Planning Inspectorate 2003.
- Establishing some of Norwich’s first environmental partnerships (BTCV, Wensum Valley Project and Norwich Urban Fringe Project.
- Collaborative work with other cities in the EU Interreg Programme (e.g. Water City International; Liveable City; Spatial Metro), helping establish Norwich’s reputation as a European city.
- George also helped set up the Norfolk Historic Gardens Trust and the Plantation Garden Trust. He is a trustee of the Friends of Norwich in Bloom and Norfolk & Norwich Horticultural Society.
As well as serving on the Landscape Institutes Professional Practice steering group, George has also taught a range of landscape-related subjects, including landscape history, countryside management (Bishop Burton college); garden design (Open College of the Arts) and, currently, landscape architecture to degree level (UCS Otley). He has also led numerous guided walks for a range of organisations in Norwich and Norfolk.