Landscape architects and designers advise on, plan, design and oversee the creation, regeneration and development of external land areas such as gardens and recreational areas, as well as residential, industrial and commercial sites. Essentially, they combine artistic skills with knowledge of human activity and the natural environment - and can help to protect and conserve the environment
creating plans, designs and drawings using computer-aided design programs
advising on matters to do with environmental conservation
discussing requirements with clients
producing contracts and estimated costs
presenting proposals to clients for approval and agreeing time-scales
overseeing projects as they progress
seeking the opinions of locals, business and others who use the site
liaising with other professionals such as architects, surveyors, town planners and civil engineers.
Landscape contractors normally undertake actual construction or maintenance work, with landscape architects or landscape designers retaining responsibility for the designs, overseeing the project and monitoring progress. Landscape architects normally work in an office and travel to sites as needed.