We have recently opened two new Children’s Nurseries in very different locations, one within a rural landscape with an established garden whilst the other a refurbishment of and existing library and car park in a residential setting. Having known Russ and his work for several years we approached Rio Landscapes to use their knowledge of education and child friendly settings to fully utilise each space. Despite both sites being quite different, the brief in terms of usage was similar; we really liked Russ’s enthusiasm to make the most of the spaces whilst not overcrowding them with features and allowing a natural flow between and within obvious functional spaces. At our Bentley Manor site, Russ’s design captured the scale of the gardens, Russ’s knowledge of best practice and new pedagogies in early years childcare assisted us with our choices and I think he really enjoyed the challenge. At our Shirley site, Russ managed to fit an a lot into a relatively small space, covering all of our outdoor space needs as well as making the approach to the nursery look modern, professional and tidy. I would recommend Russ for his thoughtful approach and attention to detail.