About us

We are a design and environmental practice who specialise in landscape architecture, urban design, landscape planning, arboriculture and ecology.

Our teams work together to overcome challenges and provide clients with solutions and expert advice. We are driven by a shared desire to make a positive impact on people, places and the environment.

Based in Manchester, we work with clients and on projects across the UK.

Diverse teams with a shared vision.

We’re innovative and don’t feel encumbered by traditional ways of doing things and pride ourselves on finding new ways to solve virtually any problem that a client brings to us.

We work closely with our clients and listen to them – a lot. By staying open to new ideas, we remain one step ahead.

Meet the team

Martin King Managing Director

Martin is a natural leader and designer with over 25 years' experience of leading a wide range of projects within the built environment.

He seeks to get under the skin of a project and use his commercial acumen to add value.

A keen eye for detail, art and brutalist architecture, Martin's real passion is his beloved VW Campervan.

Martin King

Matt Taylor Associate Director

Matt leads the studio's multidisciplinary projects, drawing on over 15 years' experience as a Chartered Landscape Architect. He also takes an active role in building strong relationships with our clients and consultants.

One of Matt's claims to fame was that he had schoolboy trials for Liverpool Football Club. Obviously he thought Landscape Architecture had better career prospects.

Matt Taylor

Karen O’Shea Associate

Karen leads our expert Arboriculture team, ensuring clients receive the highest quality of service. Her years of experience as both an arboricultural consultant and local authority tree officer means she has a clear understanding of what is required on both sides of the table.

Karen was a 100m and 200m sprint champion in school but these days she prefers a more leisurely walk around a National Trust garden, followed by cream tea of course.

Karen O’Shea

Natasha Seaward Ecology Manager

Natasha (Tash) is an experienced ecologist (and tree consultant) and manages our Ecology team with acute attention to detail. She is skilled in biodiversity surveying and protected species including bats.

She runs a tight ship and always has a keen eye on the needs of the client and what is required to get the desired result.

When Tash was asked what super power she’d like to have, she replied – superspeed. Undoubtedly so she could be even more efficient than she is already!

Natasha Seaward

Alex Baldwin Principal Ecologist

With over a decade's experience in ecological consultancy, Alex has a vast range of skills and knowledge which allows him to provide the best quality service to our clients, finding creative solutions to any ecological issues.

Outside of work Alex likes to get involved with local wildlife groups (in particular bat and reptile groups) and is also a keen distance runner.

Alex Baldwin

Mark Evans Senior Landscape Architect

As a Chartered Landscape Architect with over 15 years' experience, Mark leads project delivery and specialises in Landscape Planning.

Marks's experience is vast and includes major education schemes and his planning and assessment work includes towers in Manchester city centre and a new university campus in Worcester. He is currently delivering a major housing scheme in Delamere and a TVIA for a new boathouse in Chiswick, London.

Sporty as a teenager, Mark played county football as a striker for Leicestershire and had ambitions to be a stuntman (The Fall Guy in particular) or a weatherman.

Mark Evans

Ste Allan Senior Landscape Architect

A very experienced and proactive Chartered Landscape Architect with a keen eye and passion for innovative design.

Ste has over 10 years' experience, during which time he has successfully delivered a diverse range of projects for a huge variety of clients, briefs and budgets. These include high quality public realm spaces, school projects, residential developments, heritage schemes, playgrounds, major infrastructure works, and award winning flower show gardens.

Not afraid of a challenge when it comes to fun fundraising – Ste has bungee jumped, skydived, abseiled, ran multiple Manchester 10k events, and made a fair few cakes over the years!

Ste Allan

Amy Turner Senior Landscape Architect

Amy has over 10 years' professional experience in the landscape profession with significant public and private sector experience, including major education programmes and significant infrastructure projects.

Ever reliable, consistent and focused, Amy is very much the engine room of the team.

She loves a real ale, travelling off the beaten track and some pretty heavy music!

Amy Turner

Maciej Szumowicz Chartered Landscape Architect

Maciej has recently qualified as a Chartered Landscape Architect having initially joining us 4 years ago on an Erasmus programme.

An integral part of the landscape team, Maciej is self-motivated, confident and passionate with a creative flair and attention to detail that produces high quality design solutions for our clients.

Maciej Szumowicz

Andrew Lewthwaite Landscape Architect

Originally completing his year out at Urban Green Andrew has now returned after graduating with his Masters. With 3 years experience he is now looking to progress his career further by completing his Pathway to Chartership.

Outside of work Andrew enjoys visiting art galleries, making regular visits to Yorkshire Sculpture Park as well as fossil hunting on the Jurassic coast.

Andrew Lewthwaite

Liam McDermott Assistant Landscape Architect

Liam joined Urban Green as a year out from Leeds Beckett University.

A skilled designer, he brings a calming and measured approach to the team.

In his spare time, Liam enjoys walking in the Peak District and visiting Dublin. When he was younger, he played junior level football in the Sheffield league (watching instead of playing nowadays)

Liam McDermott

Oliver Loomes Assistant Landscape Architect

Oliver recently joined Urban Green as a year out placement from Leeds Beckett University. From September he will be studying for a MA in Landscape Architecture, working towards his Chartership and hopes to have his own practice in the future.

As a volunteer for Camps International, Oliver has built classrooms for a school in Kenya, worked with seaweed farmers in Tanzania and built a nature trail through the cloud forest in Ecuador. Also keen skier and runner, he aims to complete a marathon in the coming years.

Oliver Loomes

Kevin Swindells Environmental Planner

Kevin’s role is diverse, ranging from the production of Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments (LVIAs), Townscape and Visual Impact Assessments (TVIAs), Landscape Appraisals, Green Belt Studies, and Site Promotion documents, to attending site visits, taking and processing site photographs, and co-ordinating with other internal disciplines, local councils, planners and architects.

Kevin also is a committee member of the FFT (Forum For Tomorrow) Manchester, organising networking events for young professionals within the construction industry, to provide a platform to develop professional relationships and enhance their careers.

By night, Kevin provides the soundtrack to some of Manchester’s most popular bars and restaurants as resident DJ.

Kevin Swindells

Russell Pearce Arboricultural Consultant

Russell has experience of working in both the private and public sector having previously worked as tree officer at Kent County Council and Medway Unitary Council.

Russell loves nothing more than hiking and camping in the Lake District with his young family.

Russell Pearce

Matt Lally Arboricultural Consultant

Matt has worked in the arboricultural industry for almost 14 years, initially as a tree climber working in Germany, Austria, Norway and the UK. Following which he set up his own tree surgery business and studied at Myerscough College, since which he has worked as a arboricultural consultant.

Matt enjoys nothing more than keeping fit, hiking and growing his own vegetables. He is a big sci-fi buff, enjoys a good game of Zelda or Mario and a good pint of real ale.

Matt Lally

Greg Thorne Graduate Arboricultural Consultant

Originally working in the construction industry as a site manager, Greg took a career change into arboriculture. Having worked as a groundsman and climbing arborist he has practical arboricultural skills.

When he's not working, Greg is busy renovating a 1910 terrace property.

Greg wanted to be a professional downhill mountain biker when he was younger and is now a keen mountain biker and snowboarder.

Greg Thorne

Rosie McEwing Ecologist

Rosie is dedicated to improving diverse habitats and protected species using the knowledge gained from her MSc in Natural Capital. She is skilled in using GIS and is a strong research professional in the field of ecosystem ecology.

Her focus is on natural capital and urban greening to make our cities better places to live.

Super sporty as a youngster, Rosie had trials for England cricket team, was a county badminton player and aspired to be an astronaut when she grew up. For those who know her, that could still be a career option!

Rosie McEwing

Jess Flanagan Ecologist

Jess is a skilled botanist with a broad knowledge of protected and notable species with a personal licence for great crested newt surveys. She has a keen focus on botany and how wildlife can be best integrated into the built environment.

Given her gentle demeanour it comes as something of a surprise on a trip to the pub to discover Jess plays a mean game of darts and drinks pints of bitter.

Jess Flanagan

Jana Baeumer Ecologist

Jana has a real passion for ecology, nature conservation, protecting biodiversity and increasing green spaces within cities.

Following her Masters degree which saw Jana study the behavioural ecology of bank voles in Finland, Jana worked as a researcher for over 2 years. Here she studied wild western lowland gorillas in Gabon and mountain gorillas in Uganda; with a keen interest in their social interactions and feeding ecology.

Working as a seasonal ecologist with Urban Green since 2018, Jana enjoys the field work aspect of the role, especially wading through ponds for newt surveys!

As a language tutor at the Deutsch Centre Manchester, Jana teaches German to adults. In her spare time she loves to travel and hike within the UK’s National Parks - and aims to climb all 8 mountains of the Virunga Mountain Range in East Africa (with 2 already ticked off!).

Jana Baeumer

Matt Pilkington Assistant Ecologist

Matt is currently studying a degree in Wildlife Biology at Manchester Metropolitan University and has a keen interest in developing his knowledge of UK animal species, flora and fauna.

Matt is a keen runner and is currently training for the Manchester Marathon. A little known fact, Matt previously worked as a chef in a Michelin star restaurant.

Matt Pilkington

Demi Burns Office Manager

Demi is so much more than our office manager – she can turn her hand to everything and anything. Bright, bubbly, brilliant (and occasionally bossy), we’d be lost without her.

She’s also a secret beauty blogger, social media guru, make-up artist and photographer – responsible in fact for all the photos you see here.

Demi Burns

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