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Scott Wilson to masterplan sweet vision for Bournville

Scott Wilson's Landscape and Urban Design arm has been picked to prepare a new landscape masterplan for the home of British chocolate, the Bournville Estate in Birmingham.

Built in 1894 as a model village by Quaker George Cadbury, there had been growing concerns about the 'quality and performance of the landscape' of the world-famous community.

The masterplan will produce a new 'vision for the future' of the 400ha Bournville estate, home to more than 27,000 people, and will explore the development of the open spaces, woodlands, play facilities and hedgerows throughout the estate.

It is also planned to overhaul The Green in the heart of the village, which attract visitors from around the globe.

The Bournville Trustees recognise that a significant programme of work is required if Bournville is to remain 'in its rightful position as an international example of somewhere people would like to live'.

Alan Shrimpton, Bournville Village Trust's director of estates, said: 'Beautiful as it is every so often the Bournville landscape needs refreshing to keep it at the forefront of best practise.

'This kind of opportunity only occurs once every generation and we are pleased to be working with Scott Wilson to achieve this end.'

by Richard Waite

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