Landscaping for schools and colleges in Essex

Designing and implementing landscaping for schools and colleges in Essex, or any other location, involves careful planning to create a conducive and aesthetically pleasing environment for learning. Here is some of the work that our team are able to carry out:

1. Safety and Accessibility:

  • We ensure that pathways and outdoor spaces are designed to be accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities.
  • Our team can incorporate proper lighting for safety, especially in areas used during evenings or low-light conditions.

2. Green Spaces:

  • Integrating greenery and open spaces can provide students with areas for relaxation, recreation, and outdoor learning.
  • We can help you choose native plants that are well-suited to the local climate and require minimal maintenance.

3. Educational Gardens:

  • If required we can consider creating educational gardens, such as a vegetable garden or a butterfly garden, to engage students in hands-on learning experiences.
  • It may be important to use signage to provide information about plant species and their ecological importance.

4. Outdoor Classrooms:

  • Our team will design outdoor spaces that can be used as alternative learning environments. This could include amphitheatres, seating areas, or dedicated outdoor classrooms.
  • It is important for us to ensure that these spaces are equipped with appropriate infrastructure like shade structures and seating.

5. Recreation Areas:

  • We can include recreational spaces such as sports fields, playgrounds, and seating areas to promote physical activity and social interaction.
  • In playgrounds it is vital to install age-appropriate play equipment for younger students and consider multi-use spaces for older students.

6. Sustainable Practices:

  • Implementing sustainable landscaping practices, such as rain gardens, permeable paving, and water-efficient irrigation systems.
  • Using recycled materials for hardscaping and consider incorporating green building principles.

7. Maintenance Plan:

  • We will develop a comprehensive maintenance plan to ensure the longevity and vitality of the landscaping elements installed.
  • Educational establishments may wish to consider involving students in routine maintenance tasks as part of educational programs.


At Ross we are experienced landscape architects and contractors who understand the specific needs of educational institutions and can tailor the design to the unique requirements of schools and colleges in Essex. To find out more about the work we do and to discuss the requirements for your school or college please contact us.