David Appleton




David has over 30 years experience as a landscape architect and horticulturist. Prepared and led varied landscape commissions including design and implementation of large scale landscape projects in both urban and rural situations. General experience includes urban regeneration, industrial and commercial projects, healthcare projects, large scale housing projects, landscape master planning, public open space schemes, environmental impact assessments, highway projects, landfill and land reclamation and river valley schemes.

Specific experience includes feasibility studies and proposals for major housing developments and new village settlements, term consultancies for Trafford Park Development Corporation and The Commission for The New Towns, and consultant and lead consultant as part of design teams involved with various major leisure, commercial and highway developments and undertaking tree surveys and risk assessments.

Also very extensive experience in planning appeals and providing landscape evidence and attendance as expert witness at over 90 Public Inquiries throughout Great Britain, working with leading Counsel.

Lorna Cruice




Lorna has over 27 years experience as a professional chartered landscape architect. She has had responsibility for the design and implementation of a broad range of urban and rural landscape projects for both public and private sector clients including work on urban regeneration and townscape based projects. She has considerable experience in environmental impact assessment studies including new village settlements, leisure, housing, commercial and industrial related developments. She also worked extensively on projects involving sensitive ecological habitats and protected species with mitigation and conservation requirements and she is fully conversant with environmental legislation.

Specific experience includes urban park design and involvement with urban regeneration strategies, landscape masterplanning of large scale industrial and commercial developments, design for health care and recreational and residential land use and road and railway corridor studies. Particular expertise in project management and administration of hard and soft landscape projects and long term maintenance contracts and fully conversant with Construction, (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. In the past 5 years has conducted survey work associated with ecological and environmental management issues within the construction sector and she regularly provides consultancy in respect of BREEAM Healthcare and Code for Sustainable Homes. She has considerable experience in undertaking tree surveys for planning applications and in relation to amenity landscapes, risk assessments and public inquiries. She has acted as expert witness in litigation matters relating to trees and arboricultural issues. Lorna also has extensive experience as a consultant working within design teams, in heading up major design team projects and is experienced in planning appeals and attendance as expert witness in Public Inquiries/litigation.

Philip Deeley




Philip began his a career in architecture in both private practice and public authorities before qualifying as a landscape architect and town planner. He now has more than 45 years experience in these disciplines.

Philip has been in charge of the firm’s interests in Merseyside and the Wirral during this time and has undertaken several significant projects, including design co-ordination roles at the Liverpool and Stoke Garden Festivals, regeneration of Southport Town Centre, widening of the M60, the design of numerous parks, housing, commercial and leisure projects throughout Merseyside and Greater Manchester and has recently completed the role of landscape masterplanning and planning consultancy for the largest new monastery in Britain at Maryton Grange in Liverpool.

As well as his landscape role in major projects he continues to be active in development planning, planning appeals and general consultancy in planning matters, combining these skills with those he has in landscape and architecture.

Dave Starkie


Associate Director


David has been with Appletons for over 10 years and is a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute. He has been responsible for overseeing the successful delivery of numerous schemes across the United Kingdom from prestigious garden designs through to multi million pound developments.

David has the ability to take on projects at any stage of the design process from initial conception through to on site supervision. He has a keen eye for detail and a particular flair when it comes to high quality graphic presentations and photographic montages as part of an LVIA. His horticultural and construction background gives him a broad knowledge base which allows him to assist a client in numerous aspects of a design.

He is knowledgeable on Ecology matters and is able to advise on protected species surveys, mitigation and conservation requirements. He is able to offer landscape planning support on matters relating to Landscape & Visual Impact Assessments and Environmental Impact Assessments. He also undertakes Tree Surveys and Arboricultural Impact Assessments to BS5837 for which he recently gained Technician level status with the Arboricultural Association.

David's recent projects have been focused within the Healthcare sector for both public and private clients. He has been heavily involved in the successful delivery of the £50million Harbour Mental Health Unit on the Fylde coast.

Stuart Walker

Stuart Walker BA(Hons) MA CMLI

Landscape Architect


Stuart is a recently chartered Landscape Architect who has been with the practice for just over three years. In his time at the company he has shown a flair for design and has assisted in the successful delivery of community garden schemes along with supporting roles in large scale projects.

His horticultural background allows him to offer support and advice on soft landscape design and specifications. He also has experience in producing landscape tender packages and supporting planning documentation.

He has extensive knowledge in computer software packages including AutoCAD, Vectorworks, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp and ArcGIS.

Paula Bateson


Senior Ecologist


Paula is an experienced ecology consultant with several years of experience and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management. Paula is adept in habitat and species surveys for a wide range of clients from property developers to water companies and renewable energy firms. Survey experience includes Phase 1 Habitat Assessments and subsequent protected species surveys including bat, badger, water vole, otter, crayfish and great crested newt. Paula has designed mitigation strategies for development projects in relation to protected species, and submitted successful European Protected Species licence applications.

Paula has a pragmatic outlook and works to ensure sensible, appropriate recommendations are made for projects in terms of further survey work, licence applications or any working methodologies needed.

Lorraine McKee

Lorraine McKee BSc (Hons), MSc, GradCIEEM

Project Ecologist


Lorraine is an experienced ecologist and a Graduate member of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management. Whilst she is a former academic, she has a background in practical survey work and as an Ecological Clerk of Works. She has worked with a range of clients including rail and utilities companies as well as commercial and small developers.  She holds both a Level 1 Bat License and a Level 1 Great Crested Newt License and her survey experience includes Phase 1 habitat surveys and invasive species surveys as well as surveying for protected species such as bat, badger, water vole, great crested newt and barn owl. Lorraine has also worked on large construction projects and schemes as a project ecologist in order to manage ecological issues that arise in the due course of works.

Lorraine has a realistic and practical approach with respect to ecological advice, providing sensible and appropriate recommendations and precautionary working method statements on a site-specific basis. Additionally, Lorraine has retrained from a background of computing and graphic design and has extensive knowledge of software packages including MapInfo, ArcGIS, and Adobe Creative Suite programs.

Brenda Carter

Brenda Carter



Brenda has been with Appletons for over 24 years and is a key member of our office team.

As well as being part of our accounts team, she also co-ordinates the companies bid and competition submissions.

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