Historic Landscapes

The Backs, Cambridge

Client: Cambridge University colleges

In 2007 we were commissioned to produce a 50-year plan with proposals for the future management of this iconic historic landscape.The completed report and proposals were based on extensive historical research, a specialist arboricultural survey, a visual survey of the landscape and consultation with the Colleges.

The master plan set out to retain and enhance the visual structure of the Backs, while addressing both short and long term arboricultural matters.The proposals were drawn up with a view to improving legibility, coherence and the visual quality of the landscape, all of which is to be achieved through a combination of tree removal and new planting.

The report was presented to expert parties and is being used as a basis for consultation between the Colleges and Cambridge City Council Planning Authority on the future management of the Backs.