Sweeney Environments was created as a “one-stop-shop” to offer the best of environmental design, planning and implementation.
This has been a natural progression for Grant Irving and Tina Mullins, who began in local government resource management planning, biodiversity and horticultural advice roles. Grant had been a consultant contractor for a couple of years with Peter Handford, when the opportunity came up to step out on his own as Landmark Consulting. As he had already been undertaking his own contracts in addition to his work with the consultancy, it was a relatively simple decision for Grant. He was soon working on projects such as Paraparaumu Beach and Colonial Knob restoration plans.
Tina was working for Porirua City Council as a Biodiversity Advisor when an avalanche of Landmark project work late in 2011 prompted her to throw her weight in behind Grant’s. Her landscaping skills quickly proved pivotal to the land development projects underway (see more…) [link to Metlifecare Forest and Property Planning project]. As Grant concedes “she has her uses!”
The recent name change has come about partly because of brand clutter around the word Landmark, and partly because Grant and Tina want to honour an inspirational force in their lives, by adopting the family name of Grant’s grandfather. A gentle man, Grandad Sweeney was also something of an entrepreneur, with an interest in creating natural spaces for public enjoyment. Grant and Tina are proud to keep his name alive, as to them he always stood for strong values, friendship, and care for the well-being of his community.
And so, Sweeney Environments is a hands-on family business, allowing for seamless integration of expertise and experience in natural systems management, horticulture, hard landscaping and environmental restoration.
But more than that, it gives Grant and Tina the opportunity to provide solutions that not only solve an immediate problem, but also reversing degraded environments and landscapes in the process, to create long term natural legacies.