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Landscapingrefers to any activity that modifies the visible features of an area of land, including:

  1. Living

    elements, such as

    flora

    or

    fauna; or what is commonly called

    gardening, the art and craft of growing plants with a goal of creating a beauty within the

    landscape.

  2. Natural elements such as

    landforms,

    terrain

    shape and elevation, or

    bodies of water; and

  3. Abstract elements such as the

    weather

    and lighting conditions.

Landscaping requires expertise inhorticultureand artistic design.

​The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley is a metropolitan borough of West Midlands in England. It was created in 1974 following the Local Government Act 1972, through a merger of the existing Dudley County Borough with the municipal boroughs of Stourbridge and Halesowen. The borough borders Sandwell to the east, the city of Birmingham to the south east, Bromsgrove to the south in Worcestershire, South Staffordshire District to the west, and the city of Wolverhampton to the north.

Being a metropolitan borough Dudley is effectively a unitary authority, with the exceptions of Transport for West Midlands, (publicly branded as West Midlands Network), fire and police services, and the local government pension fund (West Midlands Pension Fund), which are jointly run by the seven metropolitan boroughs of the West Midlands county.

For Eurostat purposes, Dudley is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG36), and is one of seven boroughs or unitary districts that comprise the "West Midlands" NUTS 2 region.[2]

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