FAQ’s and Glossary of Terms

Q. What is the difference between a landscape architect and a landscape designer?
Landscape Design focuses more on the artistic merits of design, while Landscape Architecture encompasses the artistic design as well as structural engineering. Landscape design and Landscape Architecture, both take into account soils, drainage, climate and other issues, because the survival of selected plants depends on those.

Q. What is the difference between Landscape and Visual Effects?
Landscape and visual effects are two distinct but related areas, which are assessed separately and do not necessarily, coincide. The distinction between landscape and visual impacts can be summarised as follows: Landscape impacts relate to the effects of the proposals on the physical and other characteristics of the landscape and its resulting character and quality. Visual impacts relate to the effects on views experienced by visual receptors (e.g. residents, footpath users, workers, tourists etc.) and on the visual amenity experienced by those people.

Q. What is Landscape Sensitivity?
Landscape sensitivity is a component of the landscape inventory that estimates the sensitivity of the landscape based on:

The visual prominence and importance of features

Conditions that affect visual perception; and

Social factors that contribute to viewer perceptions.

Q. What is Landscape Quality?
Landscape Quality is a term used to indicate the value of a landscape based on character, condition and aesthetic appeal. (Landscape guidelines, 1995).

Q. What is a landscape Character Assessment (LCA)?
Landscape Character Assessment is the analytical technique which identifies, describes and maps areas of the countryside, which is classified according to various landscape character types. The forces of change in each type are then assessed, together with an evaluation of the capacity to accommodate change without altering its intrinsic character.

Q. What is an Environmental Impact Assessment?
Environmental Impact Assessment is the process by which the environmental effects of a development proposal by virtue of such factors as nature, size and location are systematically assessed, also giving consideration to alternative solutions and mitigating measures.

Q. How much will it cost?
The cost of a landscape services are dependent upon the type service required, the site and information currently available.

Q. What area do you cover?
Enzygo operates across the UK, Ireland and Europe.