This third edition of the bestselling Landscape Architect’s Pocket Book, written by leading practitioners, incorporates updates and revisions to environmental and building regulations, contracts, and a range of design guidelines including materials, SuDS, environmental impact, and landscape character assessment.

The book is an indispensable tool for all landscape architects, providing a timesaving guide and first point of reference to everyday topics, both out on site and in the office. The pocket book covers all major subjects, including hard and soft landscaping, national guidelines and standards, and key planning policy and legislation.

Providing concise, easy-to-read reference material, useful calculations, and instant access to a wide range of topics, it is an essential resource for landscape architects, construction industry professionals, and students.

1. Hard Landscape. 1.1 Natural Stone. 1.2 Metals. 1.3 Stainless Steel. 1.4 Timber. 1.5 Timber Protection. 1.6 Exterior Finishes to Timber. 1.7 Brick and Brickwork Construction. 1.8 Concrete. 1.9 Mortar. 1.10 Lighting. 1.11 Drainage. 1.12 Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems – SuDS. 1.13 Environmental Impact and Lifespan of Landscape Materials. 1.14 Recycled Materials and Products. 1.15 Typical Footpath Edging. 1.16 Typical Footpath Details. 1.17 Typical Fence Details. 2. Soft Landscape. 2.1 Definition and Specification of Tree Sizes. 2.2 Definition and Specification of Shrub Sizes. 2.3 Native Trees in Britain and Ireland. 2.4 Native Shrubs in Britain and Ireland. 2.5 Plants for Encouraging Wildlife. 2.6 Tree Science: The Benefits of Urban Trees. 2.7 Requirements for Urban Tree Planting. 2.8 Common Poisonous Plants. 2.9 Grass Seed Mixes. 2.10 Wildflower Mixes. 2.11 Subsoil. 2.12 Topsoil. 2.13 Times of Year for Planting. 2.14 Tree Planting. 2.15 Plant Protection. 2.16 Composts, Mulches And Top Dressing. 2.17 Soft Landscape Maintenance. 2.18 Soft Landscape Maintenance Programme; Routine Operations. 2.19 Green Roofs. 2.20 Geotextiles. 2.21 Rules of Thumb for Planting Distances and Densities. 2.22 Quantities and Rates of Grass Seed for Sports Pitches. 3. Planning And Legislation. 3.1 Planning and Development Control. 3.2 Listed and Protected Areas. 3.3 Tree Preservation Orders. 3.4 Hedgerow Legislation. 3.5 Notifiable Weeds and Control of Species and Pests. 3.6 Environmental Impact Assessment. 3.7 Landscape and Visual Assessment. 3.8 Landscape and Townscape Character Assessment. 3.9 Planting and Water Bodies Near Airfields. 3.10 Guidelines for Construction around Trees. 3.11 Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. 3.12 Ecology Surveys. 4. Design Guidelines. 4.1 Dimensional Data. 4.2 Steps and Ramps. 4.3 Guarding and Handrails. 4.4 Tactile Paving. 4.5 Design of Cycleways. 4.6 Playgrounds and Play Equipment. 4.7 Designing for Schools- Guidelines. 4.8 Standard Sports Markings. 4.9 Water Features and Ponds. 4.10 Signage. 4.11 Construction of Free-Standing Walls. 5. General Information. 5.1 Landscape Architectural Work Stages: Landscape Design. 5.2 Glossary of Construction Contracts. 5.3 Setting a Sundial. 5.4 Gradients. 5.5 Conversions and Calculations. 5.6 Paper Sizes. 5.7 Common Graphic Symbols