Temple was formed in January 1997 after a group of 20 likeminded individuals, including Mark Southwood, discussed existing shortcomings in our marketplace and how these challenges could be met. The aim was to create an environmental, planning and sustainability consultancy service that was different. Temple then formed an umbrella organisation, for widely respected and trusted consultants and this, allied with strong project management credentials, at the time a unique way of operating.

The Ecology Consultancy (“TEC”) was born in October 1999 in the spare room of founder John Newton’s Brixton flat. From this small beginning the company successfully grew so that 20+ years later it had nearly 100 employees and 6 regional offices.

TEC had a close working relationship with Temple and Mark Southwood. John Newton knew Mark from working together on what is now HS1 when both companies were in their infancy and TEC had continued to work closely with Temple on major projects ever since.  As a result, when John decided it was time to retire, he was happy to sell the company to Mark, and so in 2013 TEC became part of Temple Group Management (“TGM”). John stayed on as Managing Director for a few years then handed over the reins to a team of directors when he retired in 2016.

In 2018, Arbeco, a small consultancy founded by Steph Murphy and offering ecology and arboriculture surveys as well as habitat management services joined TGM.  This expanded TEC’s ecology team and added to the arboriculture services that we offered to our clients.

And now finally, to bring things up to date, in 2020 The Ecology Consultancy and Arbeco joined Temple to become one trading entity, The Temple Group, and formally Temple Group Limited (“TGL”) in April 2021, a wholly owned subsidiary of TGM.

I am proud that Temple continues to lead and inspire good environmental practice. - Mark Southwood, Founder & Chair
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