Since establishment in 1995, the practice has always aimed for high quality design in new and restoration projects of all types and scales, rural and urban, working primarily within Devon and Cornwall.




Andrew Rathbone BSc MA CMLI PgDip


Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute - 1986

PgDip Architecture Conservation (Distinction) University of Plymouth - 2012

MA Landscape Design Sheffield University - 1980 - 82

BSc (Hons) Geography Loughborough University - 1977 - 80


Charlotte Rathbone MA MA CMLI MA


Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute - 1988

MA Creative Practice Plymouth College of Art - 2011

MA Landscape Design Sheffield University - 1983 - 85

MA (Hons) Geography Cambridge University - 1979 - 82


Both have worked widely in the UK, including some years in the Far East, developing knowledge of international hard and soft landscape design, masterplanning down to the detail of construction and planting; including tree transplanting techniques, tendering and contract management, statutory requirements, land management, landscape assessment and public consultation.


The approach is an energetic personal commitment to a project and team, bringing with them imaginative design, crisp thinking, a serious consideration of the environment and design implications, and a thorough knowledge of traditional and modern materials.


Verbal presentation skills are complimented by traditional drawing craft (much preferred as presentation media) as well as modern CAD techniques.


A telephone call will find Charlotte or Andrew who will be delighted to spend time, explaining how to commission the Practice and to discuss client ambitions.

Tate St.Ives roof garden for the gallery's Phase 2 extension is now finished and open to the public on the 14th.October: design uses cliff-top Cornish herbaceous species within a wild-flora base seeding. Architecture applauded in Press.


EDF's HQ at Cannington Court (near Bridgewater) for their new Hinkley C power station has won Michelmores Heritage Project of the Year 2016 award, a restored Monastery.....we designed the soft landscape gardens including formal lawns, herbaceous borders and espalier apples.


National Memorial Arboretum (Staffordshire): with Walter Jack Studios and Simon Holden Structures (famous for the Kelpies sculpture) we are still at the design stage for the new National Police Memorial.


Plymouth School of Creative Art at Millbay has won the RIBA SW award 2016, is very red and also features in the September 2016 Architects Journal (architects FieldenCleggBradley)...we designed the externals and streetscape @


Charlotte presented much of the Summer 2016 Sharpham/Schumacher symposium Language, Landscape & the Sublime, to celebrate Capability Brown's birth tricentennial.

Andrew is on the Plymouth Architectural Trust committee and the Cornwall Design Review Panel.


Our Swinhay Mansion parkland-garden-lake feature in BBC Sherlock Holmes Series3/episode3 (now re-broadcast, starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman) and featured in National newspapers (see Country Gardens).



Alain de Botton's Living Architecture scheme at Chivelston in the South Hams, designed by the famous Swiss architect Peter Zumthor (Serpentine Pavilion and RIBA Gold Medal winner) is onsite...we supplied the context site design; completing 2018.




'The design and planting has created a beautiful wild Cornish garden'.

Mark Osterfield Executive Director of Tate St Ives


'We wouldn't be where we are without the support and design input from the Rathbone Partnership'.

Father James & the Head Gardener speaking of our designs for the Monastic Gardens and St.Cuthberts Conference Centre at Buckfast Abbey


'The Rathbone Partnership have outlasted all the different architectural practices we have employed..tackling diverse projects with enthusiasm and design flare'.

Lawrence Butler Devington Homes.


'The attention to the detail has paid excellent end result that does not detract from the grand prominence and the 'classy' feel to the main building setting'.

Mark Evans (Plymouth Planning Services) of The Grand Hotel redevelopment on The Hoe. 


The house looks fine ...YOUR GARDEN looks amazing(!) is really coming into its own'. 

Jane Lawson private client of Rectory Barn.


'On both projects you delivered a scheme of high calibre which showed a good understanding of the clients was an absolute pleasure to work with Rathbone Partnership and would highly recommend them'.

David Bailey (National Trust General Manager, Herefordshire) of Croft Castle & Castle Drogo.







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South Devon

PL21 0QR


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