About Us

Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning and Landscape Design

Heartland Environmental Design provides a wide range of landscape architectural, environmental planning and related design services throughout Eastern and Central Ontario. Established in 1982 in the Quinte area, our firm has been providing sound advice and creative professional services throughout the course of many diverse projects. Whether the task has been to produce imaginative conceptual design ideas, the formulation of long range goals and policies; or preparing tender documents for construction; Heartland Design is guided by the central philosophy of accommodating the proposed project sensitively and creatively, within the physical, biotic, and cultural landscapes.

Kevin Tribble & Joanne French, Heartland Environmental Design:
Design parks and pedestrian trails Assist homeowners with shoreline restoration plans
Work with municipalities to plan and design sports fields Help community groups achieve their vision for a place
Assist developers in preparing conceptual landscape plans Prepare working drawings for construction
Help property owners achieve sustainable landscapes and much more...

Who We Are

Kevin Tribble, Landscape Architect Heartland Environmental Design is owned and operated by the followning partners:
Kevin J. Tribble,
Landscape Architect,
Project Manager

Joanne French,
Landscape Designer,
Office Manager
Joanne French, Landscape Designer

Our firm, Heartland Environmental Design is located near Stirling, Ontario, just north of Belleville in the Quinte region. Joanne French, (Landscape Designer/Office Manager) and Kevin Tribble, (Landscape Architect/Project Manager) are partners in the firm. Over the past thirty years that Heartland has been consulting in the region, we have built a network of many first rate related planning and design professionals with whom we associate with regularly, in order to provide the best service possible to our clients. Kevin is a long standing member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (O.A.L.A.), the Canadian Association of Landscape Architects (C.S.L.A), the Ontario Association for Impact Assessment (O.A.I.A.), and the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (C.L.R.A.)

Commercial & Residential, Parks, Waterfronts, Sports Fields, Highways, Trails, and More

Heartland Environmental Design has developed an extensive scope of project experience in the field of landscape architecture, environmental planning, park and waterfront planning, urban design, sports field design, highway landscape design and recreational trail design. Our work is carried out within a well-developed system of public participation; a finely honed ability to interpret the physical and cultural landscape, and highly creative design abilities. These talents are augmented by strong graphic communication and technical design skills. Click to view Kevin's resume. Click to view Joanne's resume

Graphic Excellence
Kevin Tribble, Ontario Landscape Architect
Kevin's unique talent for graphic expression through visually engaging hand drawings (an increasingly rare ability) serves to quickly capture ideas and convert them into practical options and opportunities. This approach has proven invaluable during meetings with committees, stakeholder groups and even at public workshops, where designs can be advanced and concepts resolved in real time. This avoids having to convey the ideas and comments generated during the meeting back to a junior designer, or AutoCAD operator, saving time and money. Heartland Design's unique and creative graphic style is evident in all the work produced by our company and our hand rendered and coloured presentation drawings are a rare delight. Complimenting Kevin’s artistic talents are Joanne’s excellent project facilitation, office management and planting design skills.

From Federal Agencies to Private Residences:
A Broad Range of Clientele

Heartland Environmental Design has worked with all levels of government including Federal agencies such as Parks Canada, Provincial agencies including the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Regionally, we work extensively with the various Conservation Authorities and Municipal governments, as well as with many engineering firms, architects, planners, private developers and other individuals. Our recent projects range from work on waterfront master plans for the cities of Belleville and Quinte West; redevelopment of the Sir James Whitney School campus in Belleville; extensive highway landscape rehabilitation for the Ministry of Transportation and the planning of numerous municipal parks, including the historic City Park Playground and splash pad in Kingston, and many pedestrian trail studies, including the Lower Trent Trail which connects Trenton to Glen Ross, and the well developed pedestrian and bike trail system of Gananoque. As well, Heartland Design has played a role in the creative design and construction of many private residential estates and gardens in the Quinte area.

Our Design Philosophy: Understanding Environmental Personality

As we become more aware of the extensive impact our activities have upon the health of the environment, we feel there is a great need for a planning and design ethic based upon a thorough understanding of the environmental personality of the landscape. We believe that a thoughtful analysis and interpretation of the landscape serves the vital purpose of engaging and informing all those involved in the process. We have found that that informed community input will often modify the intended program to better mesh with the inherent nature of the site.

As designers, our task is to create responsive, creative site plans, and to formulate ecologically based guidelines and details that will maintain or enhance the environmental integrity of the site, while allowing for cultural and economic pursuits. Heartland Design analyses a site using the Abiotic, Biotic and Cultural inventory system developed by the late Robert Dorney at the University of Waterloo. We have found that this system is the most comprehensive method of taking all design factors into account, and formulating the backdrop for conceptual planning and design.

Our Process

  • Prelimininary Sketches – Kevin's quick artistic sketching abilities allow clients to consider several options before choosing a preferred concept.

  • Design Stage - Based on our client's program, preferences, and budget; we then move into the final design stage. Heartland can prepare detailed design drawings, including tender and specifications for contractors to bid or simply give you the vision to build it yourself over time. Cross sections, construction details and cost estimates may also be prepared.

  • Implementation and Monitoring - Finally, our staff offers site supervision, and the preparation of progress and deficiency reports, to ensure your vision becomes reality.

Consultative, Collaborative and Fiscally Responsible

  • Project Management – Heartland Environmental Design has considerable experience in project management for a wide variety of projects in the public realm. We take pride in our ability to manage complex projects on time and within budget. Much of our work has been conducted with Federal/Provincial/Municipal agencies, illustrating our ability to work with public sector interests in an effective, efficient, and fiscally responsible manner.

  • Teamwork with Clients – Teamwork and communication are key elements contributing to the success of all projects, large and small. Close collaboration and regular communications with the client on project progress, potential issues, new ideas or changes in direction are communicated through meeting minutes, summary reports, emails and phone call records.

  • Proven Track Record – Heartland Design has been involved in many public design projects and facilitated many successful community/public consultation events. Our firm offers client-specific and focused service. This ensures our clients are satisfied and confident that our approach reflects their needs, goals, objectives, and budget; and that the project is ultimately successful.