Temple is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Trees and Urban Forestry lead Duncan Smith, further developing the department and service offering to our clients and partners.
Duncan takes a strategic view of the role trees play in the urban and rural environment and seeks out new ways to retain, integrate and plant trees to attain the highest level of benefits. Duncan’s specialist combined knowledge of trees and construction provides a unique understanding of their inter-relationship and challenges the standard approach towards tree retention through development.
Arboriculture with Precision and Passion
This appointment further strengthens our Trees and Urban Forestry department, providing valued support to deliver high-quality projects and services. Duncan brings a fresh, innovative and inspiring approach, believing arboriculture is more than ‘just trees’. The importance of this expert service within the built environment sector ensures Temples continued excellence in providing services clients not only need, but want.
“I’m thrilled to embark on this new journey with Temple. Joining this incredible team feels like stepping into a world of endless possibilities. I’m eager to contribute my skills and learn from the talented individuals around me”.
Duncan’s first act as lead was to elevate the name of the department from “Arboriculture” to “Trees and Urban Forestry” to reflect the changing environment we live in.
“The change in name recognises that trees don’t exist in isolation, it’s the interconnection between trees and their surroundings that’s their fundamental benefit. The Urban Forest tag better represents the complex environments with which trees are expected to thrive and provide tangible benefits. Their contribution to people and wildlife are better understood than ever before, and the services Temple provide offer the best ways to measure, assess and promote that contribution for the benefit of all.” – Duncan Smith, Associate Director.
The appointment aligns with Temple’s commitment to delivering the highest quality service and advisory support to clients seeking to implement sustainable practices and development. Temple adhere to the highest standards of environmental compliance and the benefits of a multi-disciplinary consultancy ensure cross-departmental working and client experiences are exemplary.