To mark our 20th birthday, we wanted to dedicate some of our resources to help charities close to our staff’s hearts. Our headline charity is Sightsavers, which eliminates avoidable blindness and promotes equal opportunities for those with visual disability. As environmentalists, we massively value the gift of sight, through which so many of us experience the natural world. So what better way to mark our 20th birthday than supporting a charity which restores 20:20 vision?! A sight-saving operation in the developing world costs only £30, so every donation makes a life-changing difference.
Each of our offices has also chosen a local charity. Our Market Harborough and Gateshead teams are raising funds for the Air Ambulances in the East Midlands and the Great North. Our London team is supporting Webber Street, a refuge helping London’s homeless. Our Cornwall team chose the Fishermen’s Mission, providing welfare in the UK’s most dangerous peacetime occupation. Our Warrington team nominated Manchester: City of Trees, which invigorates Greater Manchester’s landscape by planting a tree for each child, woman and man who lives there!
So as you read on this page about some of the strenuous and slightly bonkers fundraising activities our staff are doing in their spare time, please consider donating via the links below or by sending a cheque in the name of the charity to our Head Office address.
To celebrate 20 years of working to enhance and manage the environment, we recently held a prize draw with a first prize of a holiday in a unique historic building managed by the Landmark Trust. We also awarded three second prizes of pairs of tickets to a Royal Horticultural Society Show. Thanks to everyone who entered and we will be contacting the lucky people shortly!
We thought we’d share some facts about TEP you may never have realised … and may never have realised you wanted to realise!
TEP’ s dramatic birth!
The idea of starting TEP was born when Ian Grimshaw, David Scott and Francis Hesketh got together in May 1997 around a kitchen table in Ian’s Warrington home. Only an hour or two after the three of them shook hands over the business plan, Ian’s wife went into labour!
20 Years of Cards
Every Christmas we send cards to clients and colleagues. We have always tried to make them a little unusual. In our early years, recipients would often require advanced origami skills to assemble TEP cards, but as more people joined TEP, we started on our famous “crowd-sourced” theme featuring the faces of all our staff! Every year is special, but the directors’ favourite is the 2004 “South Park” card (pictured). Unfortunately during an office move we lost our early origami-style cards from 1998 and 1999 so if any readers kept them, we would love to hear from you!
Famous Alumni – David Scott
Our founding partner David Scott had a long and fruitful career. His early work in the 1970s involved the creation of new town green infrastructure in Warrington and Runcorn. His later career with TEP included landscape masterplaning of several successful new neighbourhoods and country parks, including the 700 house Stamford Brook scheme on former National Trust land near Manchester. Now retired, David was awarded the Peter Youngman Prize by the Landscape Institute for his services to landscape architecture. David now lives in the Northeast with his wife Judi and still keeps us entertained with joke-filled emails, pictures and his own sketches.