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Important Notice for Existing and Potential Clients:

As from 4th March 2013, Phil Lomax, Director and Principal Consultant of Green Dimensions is moving to take up a position as Principal Ecologist at Thomson Ecology.

The Biodiversity Action Plan for Eastleigh was designed and written with the help of Chris Packham to attract and engage the whole community.
Open grass being converted to a nature area in the inner-city Spinney Hill Park in Leicester.
The completed nature area brought a piece of countryside and the enjoyment of wildlife to inner-city residents in Leicester.
The Hub sports and recreation centre, Bishopstoke (Image courtesy of Eastleigh Borough Council)
Hampshire countryside at Martin

The Consultants

Phil Lomax is the principal consultant and is responsible for managing all contracts and projects.

For several years (up to 2008), Phil was an active member of the Chief Leisure Officers Association (CLOA) in Hampshire.

From 2000 to 2008, Phil was Head of Countryside and Recreation for Eastleigh Borough Council in Hampshire. He managed a Unit of 25 staff responsible for managing leisure centres, country parks and nature reserves, biodiversity conservation, parks and play area development, tree protection and management, sports development and health activities. He directed the production and implementation of the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) for Eastleigh; the Sport and Recreation Strategy and the delivery of a £17 million programme of new sport and recreation facilities;  produced the Parks and Green Spaces Strategy and oversaw the borough Tree Condition Survey and the Review of Tree Preservation Orders.

Prior to this, from 1991 to 2000, Phil was Countryside Services Manager at Eastleigh Borough Council, during which time the number of countryside sites managed by the Council doubled, mostly as a result of land transfers negotiated under planning agreements (eg the 60 acre Telegraph Woods as part of the Hampshire Rose Bowl cricket stadium development).

He managed the development of Lakeside Country Park from a restored sand and gravel extraction site and brought the nationally important Hamble Common (Site of Special Scientific Interest SSSI , and Scheduled Ancient Monument SAM) into positive management through a successful Countryside Stewardship funded programme.

Phil Lomax was a founding member of the Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE) and served on the national committee for several years, taking the lead in the campaign to secure greater statutory recognition and protection for locally important nature conservation sites. He also represented ALGE on the English Nature, Local Nature Reserve Grant Panel for two years.

He also managed the Itchen Hamble Countryside Project which improved the landscape, nature conservation and public amenity of over 100 urban and urban fringe sites, including the award winning * restoration of the Hiltingbury Lakes and Edwardian Water Gardens and North End Nature Park.

Phil directed and co-ordinated the first comprehensive habitat survey of Eastleigh with the Hampshire Wildlife Trust, identifying over 100 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation; an important tool for conservation planning in the borough.

From 1987 to 1991, Phil was the first  Nature Conservation Officer to be appointed at Leicester City Council. Based in the City Planning Department, he produced and co-ordinated the award- winning* Leicester Ecology Strategy. He led the implementation of the strategy including the establishment and management of the Aylestone Meadows Nature Reserve and the design and creation of the Watermead Park Nature Reserve; both as part of the creation of the award- winning* Leicester Riverside Park. He also co-ordinated city-wide action to introduce wildlife friendly management to Leicester’s formal parks and the design and management of urban drainage schemes.

As Urban Nature Conservation Officer for Leicester City Wildlife Project (part of the Leicestershire and Rutland Trust for Nature Conservation) between 1983 and 1987, Phil co-ordinated the Leicester Habitat Survey – the first ever detailed ecological survey and assessment of the whole city. He also supported the West End Community Association in its plans to transform disused railway sidings into an award winning  Community Park* (The Rally) and designed the Rally Nature Gardens at the gateway to the park.

At the invitation of the former Nature Conservancy Council, Phil sat on the UK Man and the Biosphere (MaB) Urban Committee for several years.
For his work in urban ecology and nature conservation, he was described in English Nature’s ‘Urbio’ magazine (spring 2006) as one of the 100 ‘champions’ and a ‘mastermind’ of urban conservation.
“Phil Lomax’s work in the 1980’s put Leicester at the forefront of urban nature conservation”

Phil has always been a keen supporter of partnership working and has worked in many partnership projects. These  include:
         Representing Hampshire District Councils on the         Hampshire County Council Steering Group         responsible for producing the Hampshire         Biodiversity Action Plan(BAP)
         Representing Hampshire District Councils on the         Hampshire County Council Steering Group that         planned and established the Hampshire         Biodiversity Information Centre (HBiC)
         Representing Eastleigh Borough Council on the         Solent Forum which produced ‘A Strategy for the         Solent’ in 1997
        Representing Eastleigh Borough Council on the         Solent European Marines Site Management         Scheme production led by English Nature
        Representing Eastleigh Borough Council on the         River Itchen Steering Group and  was involved in         the production of the Hampshire County Council         funded River  Itchen Management Strategy and the         Environment Agency funded River Itchen         Sustainability Study.

Awards * (referred to above)
1.    British Association for Nature Conservation (BANC) ’Councils for Wildlife’, national        award winners 1989, Leicester City Council, for the Leicester Ecology Strategy.
2.    Europa Nostra Environmental Awards, Diploma of Merit, 1989  Leicester City        Council, for the Leicester Riverside Park.
3.    Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Community Planning national award        winners, 1989, the West End Community Project Leicester, for The Rally        Community Park.
4.    Southern England in Bloom, Regional Environmental Award winners, 1992,        Eastleigh Borough Council, for the restoration of the Edwardian Water Gardens, at        Hiltingbury.
5.    Community Enterprise Awards , commendation, 1993, for Eastleigh Borough        Council’s Itchen Hamble Countryside Project.
6.    Conservation in Action Awards, runner-up,1995, Eastleigh Borough Council and         the North End Residents Association, for the North End Nature Park.

The Grand Union Canal, part of the award winning Leicester Riverside Park.
Formerly dry storm detention area modified to become a water feature and wildlife habitat - Wildern, Eastleigh, Hampshire
Fleming Park Leisure Centre floodlit ATP (Image courtesy of Eastleigh Borough Council)
Unimproved grassland, Netley Marsh
Bee orchid
Hurst Castle and the salt marsh
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