Green Plan It Challenge

The Green Plan It Challenge is a programme for secondary school students aged between 12-14 to creatively connect with and be inspired by horticulture. The mentor’s role is to guide a group of 6 young people through the ten week challenge, sharing their knowledge about plants and providing an insight into the horticulture industry. This year’s Challenge is being run from Edinburgh but we are looking for mentors to support schools signed up from across Scotland – in particular, Ayrshire, … Read full story

Architecture Fringe and the Edinburgh Festival

The Architecture Fringe is already underway and the Edinburgh Festival is coming up. There are a huge number of events across these two festivals that the LIS thinks would be of interest to those in the landscape profession from exhibitions to talks to film screenings. Take a look through our list of upcoming festival events that focus on landscape, urban design and place making. 57 Degrees North – Bothy Culture – An evening of short talks, music, stories and song celebrating Bothy Culture past and present … Read full story

Tesco Bags for Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK*. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork who is working with greenspace scotland to support successful projects in Scotland.   How does Bags of Help work? Bags of Help is now is always open for applications from charities and community organisations. Applications are … Read full story

‘At Home With Landscape Architecture’ – Doors Open Day September 2017

Following the success of the Festival of Architecture 2016, the Landscape Institute Scotland in association with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland is doing it all over again – FoA2017 is here! The month of September will see Scotland celebrating the Scottish Landscape and Architecture Professions based on this year’s theme, our homes. The LIS wish to participate through the Scottish Civic Trust ‘Doors Open Day’ scheme. We are inviting practices and organisations to celebrate by opening their doors … Read full story

LIS Chair speaks at Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (RIAS) Annual Convention 2017

  Rachel Tennant Chair of Landscape Institute Scotland was invited to speak at the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (RIAS) at their annual convention in Stirling on Friday, 12th May 2017. The theme was Internationalism and Rachel elaborated on her experience of not underestimating the role of serendipity in making decisions about going International as well as the importance of understanding your unique skills in relation to the needs of the world market. Other keynote speakers included Ian Ritchie, Karen Cook and … Read full story

Congratulations to new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI)

The Landscape Institute has announced the names of the 75 new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI), who all satisfied the LI’s standards of knowledge and expertise in the recent Pathway to Chartership Exams held in London and Manchester on 9th-10th and 17th-18th May. The pass rate continues to increase from previous sessions, now standing at 83%, the highest since November 2011. During individual examinations lasting 45-60 minutes, candidates demonstrated to an experienced panel of Chartered Members and Fellows of the Landscape Institute … Read full story

50 Years of Conservation Planning

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation would like to invite you to their event – 50 Years of Conservation Planning. The event will focus on Ayr and Mabole and will include various talks highlighting areas of conversation planning interest. The event will take place on Tuesday the 13th of June at the Ayr County Buildings from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Details of how too book your ticket and a full programme for the event can be viewed here. … Read full story

LIS AGM 2017 & Mark Turnbull Gold Medal Award

The Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) Annual General Meeting 2017 was a real success, and we would like to extend our thanks to all our speakers who shared their reflections and memories on the life and work of Mark Turnbull, our former chair, throughout the evening. Mark Turnbull A Celebration & Gold Medal Award Following a celebration of the life and work of Mark Turnbull at the AGM of the Landscape institute Scotland on the 26th April 2017, Sharon Turnbull accepted … Read full story

‘From the past to the future: towards a new paradigm in landscape and environment’ – Thursday, 1st June 2017

In 2016, Brian and Sue Evans published ‘Growing Awareness: How green consciousness can change perceptions and places.’ The book distils the research and learning from 5 years of the Central Scotland Geen Network (CSGN) Forum in three sections of learning – from thought, place and action. In this talk Brian will put the lessons from ‘Growing Awareness’ in the context of 40 years of practice in Scotland and the seminal influence of Ian McHarg’s ‘Design with Nature’ to which ‘Growing … Read full story

Planning in Scotland: Delivering a 360 Degree Planning System

This conference discusses the Scottish Government’s plans to legislate to develop a Scottish planning system which is more strategic and enabling, better networked into other policy areas, rooted in consensual and engaged development planning and more collaborative in its structure, working and funding both internally and externally. In other words, how do we achieve the 360˚ Planning System Scotland needs? A system capable of working collaboratively at all levels to: Access the skills and resources needed internally to make the system … Read full story

SGP event – Cherished Places – making the most of your local landscape designation

Battleby Conference Centre, Thursday 31 August 2017 SNH and HES consulted on Local Landscape Areas draft guidance in early 2017 and will publish revised guidance this summer.  Building on a decade’s experience, the new guidance will refresh the role of Local Landscape Areas in the planning system and promote their contribution towards a number of government objectives.   This event will present the new SNH/HES guidance on Local Landscape Areas and explore the opportunities to make more of these important and … Read full story

Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture 2017

This year’s RTPI Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture will be held on Wednesday the 7th of June from 5:45pm to 8:15pm at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. The guest speaker will be Naomi Eisenstadt  – Independent Advisor to the Scottish Government on Poverty and Inequality After a long career in the Non-Governmental Organisation sector, in 1999 Naomi became the first Director of the Sure Start Unit. The Unit was responsible for delivering the government’s commitment to free nursery education places for all … Read full story

Seeding Success: Learning from Stalled Spaces Scotland

Join Architecture and Design Scotland for a free one-day learning event to explore how communities have used vacant spaces to transform their places. Learn how these projects support town centre regeneration and find out more about the future policy direction. Hear from local authorities, Scottish Government, community groups and others on the impact of the Stalled Spaces Scotland project and how it supports community empowerment. Held in the beautiful Paisley Town Hall, the event will bring you presentations on the … Read full story

LIS AGM 2017

The LIS AGM 2017 was a real success, and we would like to extend our thanks to all our speakers who shared their reflections and memories on the life and work of Mark Turnbull, our former chair, throughout the evening. … Read full story

Tracking Scotland’s Changing Landscape – Scotland’s Landscape Monitoring Programme

A new way of tracking and reporting on Scotland’s ever-changing landscapes was launched by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) on Wednesday, 12th April 2017 – Press Release Scotland’s Landscape Monitoring Programme (LMP) is accessible on SNH’s website HERE, allowing anyone to follow how our dynamic landscapes change over the years.   You can read an introduction to the Landscape Monitoring Programme HERE The monitoring brings together existing and new data to monitor landscape change in a meaningful, practical and efficient way. … Read full story

2017 Central Scotland Green Network Forum

2017 Central Scotland Green Network Forum How green infrastructure is transforming the way we live 15 June 2017 – John McIntyre Conference Facility, Edinburgh This year’s Forum, our seventh, provides an opportunity to explore how green infrastructure projects are transforming the way we develop and repair our cities and towns. As well as a key note Ministerial speech, during the day delegates will learn about three exciting projects which focus on the use of green infrastructure, innovation and liveability: Senior … Read full story

Old and New Towns of Edinburgh WHS Management Plan – draft for public consultation

I’m delighted to let you know that the draft Management Plan for the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site was been approved for consultation by Planning Committee on 30 March. This new plan will replace the current five-year management plan to cover the period from 2017 to 2022.  We would really appreciate your feedback to inform the finalised plan; so please let us know what you think and don’t hesitate to share it.   What is the … Read full story

Place Standard Workshop

  The Royal Town Planning Institute are holding a Place Standard Workshop. This event objectives are to develop the capacity of relevant Community Planning Partnerships staff (and staff from all their partner organisations) in Clydeplan, Ayrshire and Argyll and Bute Council, and to anyone with an interest in applying this tool; and to facilitate the use of the Place Standard. Specifically it will: Introduce the Place Standard – why it exists and who is it for. Illustrate how and where to … Read full story

World Landscape Architecture Month 2017

April is World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), an international celebration of landscape architecture. WLAM introduces the profession to the public by highlighting landscape architect-designed spaces around the world. Established by the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA), WLAM aims to demonstrate how landscape architecture affects our daily lives. Last year, the Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) celebrated by sharing examples of outstanding Scottish landscape architecture every day through social media, encouraging people to go out and discover their local landscape. Following … Read full story

Pathway to Chartership Seminar Day

  An exclusive opportunity to attend a Pathway to Chartership Seminar Day, organised by the Yorkshire and Humber Branch. The Day includes a session on Law and Landscape Architecture with Mark Jenkyn-Jones and a session on Professional Practice with Colin Moore. This is ideal for those on the Pathway to Chartership or taking their oral exam in the next few months; or any practitioner who would like a refresher course on current best practice. There are no other seminars anticipated … Read full story

LIS AGM 2017

MARK TURNBULL  – A CELEBRATION THE LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE GOLD MEDAL AWARD AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WEDNESDAY 26TH APRIL 2017 HUNTER LECTURE THEATRE, HUNTER BUILDING, EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART,  EDINBURGH   The LIS AGM will be held on the evening of Wednesday the 26th of April in the Hunter Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh College of Art between 6-9.30pm Before the AGM there will be a celebration of the life and work of the late Mark Turnbull followed by the presentation of … Read full story

BALI Scotland Regional AGM 2017 – Tour of Horatio’s Garden Glasgow & presentation by sponsor Green Urban Blue

Venue – Horatio’s Garden Tour – 1345 Govan Rd, Govan, Glasgow G51 4TF Presentation and AGM – Fairfield Govan Heritage Centre & Workspace, 1048 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 4XS Date – Tuesday 14th March 2017   Schedule:  4.00pm – Tour of Horatio’s Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow 5.30pm – Presentation by event sponsors Green Urban Blue at the Fairfield Govan Heritage Centre & Workspace 6.15pm – Refreshments 7.00pm – Scotland AGM 2017   Tour & Presentation Only: Open to BALI … Read full story

Upcoming webinar – Changes to the EIA Regulations

REGISTER TO JOIN THE FREE WEBINAR – THE EIA REGULATIONS ARE CHANGING – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU? The EIA Regulations are changing – what does this mean for you? What do you need to know about the forthcoming revised EIA regulations and how the stages of the development planning project process are likely to be affected? Here’s your chance to find out what the experts think – and get involved yourself – in a special hour-long online event … Read full story

Gardens Trust Conference: Mid to Late C20 Designed Landscapes: Overlooked, undervalued and at risk?

This Gardens Trust conference aims to promote the understanding and significance of mid to late C20 designed landscapes – those laid out between the mid 1960s and 1990 – and to review how they might be better recognised and conserved. It will consider a wide range of designed landscapes from urban civic spaces to institutional, residential, business and country parks, many of which been treated as of secondary importance to both the gardens of the period and to the built … Read full story

Scottish Government Consults on Land Rights & Responsibilities Statement

A consultation on the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement, which is a set of principles with an overarching vision that will guide the development of public policy on the nature and character of land rights and responsibilities in Scotland. The consultation closes Friday 10th March 2017.   You can read all about the consultation HERE … Read full story

Learning from Larbert Woods – an asset for health improvement at the NHS Forth Valley Royal Hospital Estate

Thursday 23rd February 2017, 1 pm to 2 pm. The Larbert Woods Project has transformed woodland and greenspace surrounding the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Falkirk, Scotland. It was completed in 2013. Through partnership working, imaginative design and long-term management arrangements, the project is providing a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits. An important part of this the project has been enabling hospital staff, patients, visitors and the local community to make greater use of the woodland … Read full story

Scotland: Wind of Change – A consultation on the future of Wind Energy in Scotland – Tuesday, 21st February 2017

The Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) are currently consulting on important policy and technical guidance which has potential implications for the future of wind energy development in Scotland: Scottish Government Draft Scottish Energy Strategy: The future of energy in Scotland (due 30th May 2017) Scottish Government Onshore Wind Policy Statement (due 30th May 2017) SNH Technical Guidance on the Assessment of Wild Land (due 7th April 2017) To ensure that the landscape profession continues to play an important and … Read full story

LIS Reflections Series – Glasgow NOW – Wednesday, 29th March

  The Landscape Institute Scotland Reflections Series of talks and events aims for greater debate and knowledge within the profession. The Glasgow NOW talks focus on three of the biggest projects happening in Glasgow right now. The speakers for the event include: Kirstin Taylor and Rory WIlson of LDA Design. They will be speaking on Sighthill TRA Graham Ross from Austin:Smith-Lord. He will be discussing The Districts Duncan McLean from LUC. He will be discussing Shawfield Masterplan For more information … Read full story

SNH Publish Technical Guidance for Assessment of Impacts on Wild Land Areas

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have published Technical Guidance for the Assessment of Impacts on Wild Land Areas in Scotland, along with accompanying wild land area descriptions for all 42 Wild Land Areas. You can read the Technical Guidance and WLA descriptions HERE The draft guidance has drawn on experience of assessing effects on Wild Land Areas (WLAs) since publication of Scottish Planning Policy in 2014. It includes annexes containing illustrative examples and frequently asked questions. The methodology draws on the descriptions … Read full story

Glasgow’s Draft Housing Strategy 2017-2022

Glasgow City Council, as part of its City Centre Strategy, is to develop a residential strategy for the area.  Glasgow city centre is already home to 28,000 people. The council has appointed international real estate advisor Savills to assist on this residential strategy, forming a team with expertise in economic development, local regeneration, housing, property and planning.  The team will consult with a range of city centre stakeholders. In the review of this residential strategy, the team will consider the … Read full story

SNH & HES Consultation on Local Landscape Area (LLA) Guidance

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES) are currently consulting on revised guidance on Local Landscape Areas (LLAs). The revised guidance aims to help Planning Authorities identify or review their local landscape designations and maximise their benefits.  SNH & HES would like you to comment how useful you think the guidance will be, and how it might be improved? You can find out more about the consultation HERE and HERE Download the draft guidance HERE The consultation is open until Friday, … Read full story

Malcolm Fraser Lecture

Help make a Vision for Edinburgh In celebrating James Craig New Town 250th anniversary. we ask ourselves what are we, the current generation, going to leave the next century? Are we planning a better future? Or are we just muddling along? The EAA is leading a forum that asks that we put our professional knowledge to good use, make partnerships across the city with all other related professions and colleagues, and make our input heard and put into action. These … Read full story

Skills Scotland 2016 – Glasgow & Edinburgh

Skills Scotland Glasgow – LIS were invited to share the CITB stand at the Skills Scotland event  taking place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on the 26th and 27th October and in Edinburgh on the 8th November  . This is the annual careers event for final year students in the West of Scotland. James Spence Watson was ably assisted by Ambassadors Andrew McLatchie of DWA Landscape Architects and Robert Hewitt, Landscape Architect, Environment and Ground Engineering, AECOM. … Read full story

Congratulations to new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI)

On Wednesday, 7th December the Landscape Institute announced the names of the 70 new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI), who all satisfied the LI’s standards of knowledge and expertise. The pass rate remained high at 80%. Amongst the successful candidates were eight Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) members First Name Last Name Company Mentor Alexandra Gardiner Energised Environments Andy Follis Jenny Elliott HERE + NOW Liz Thomas Kirsty Knott Rankinfraser landscape architecture Liane Bauer Marie Davis Ian White Associates John Farquhar Naomh Turbett Connon … Read full story

Greener Gardens

GREENER GARDENS PROJECT AIMS TO GROW IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE Part of an innovative project that will provide free water butts to 80 new homes As Scotland sees 2016 as the opportunity to focus on Innovation, Architecture and Design, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has been working in partnership with the Scottish Government, Central Scotland Green Network Trust and academia on an innovative ’Greener Gardens’ project – that looks at how gardens of new homes can be used to contribute to green … Read full story

Upcoming talk: Careers in Landscape Architecture

In keeping with Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the Landscape Institute Scotland, is running a free session for career advisors and teachers to update their knowledge on landscape architecture, a fantastic career path for students passionate about art, design, sustainability and the built environment. The evening will start with an introductory talk for all members of the public on ‘what is landscape architecture’ from Rachel Tennant, acting chair of the Landscape Institute Scotland and Fellow of the Landscape … Read full story

Festival of Architecture 2016: An invitation to participate

  The Committee of the Landscape Institute Scotland is pleased to announce an exhibition at the Dundas Street Gallery in Edinburgh which will run at about the same time as the finale of the Festival of Architecture 2016. The purpose is to showcase Landscape Institute Scotland’s members’ work by celebrating the balance between architecture and landscape, underlining the links between the disciplines. The emphasis is on architecture in the context of landscape. Material for the exhibition can be historical or … Read full story

LIS FOA2016 – A House and Grounds for an Art Collector – A Competition: Awards Presentation

  Eight teams entered the competition and six submitted proposals. Judging and presentation of awards took place on Wednesday, 28th September 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow. The LIS would like to thank the team of judges: Noel Farrer (Past President of the LI), Bill Cairns FLI, Jill Gerber of Cyril Gerber Fine Art and Compass Gallery, Sandy Robinson (Scottish Government Architect) and Glasgow architect and Past President of GIA Fiona Sinclair. The judging team was … Read full story

UK Plant Health Guidance – Xylella fastidiosa

In mid-September, a highly informative three-day event was held on the bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa at the Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA). The first morning was an open session for scientist, policy makers and those working across the forest industry.  This included talks from European and UK scientists and Plant Health inspectors on the current outbreaks in Italy and France, the EU Directives and Emergency Control Measures that are being undertaken – and the practical application of these … Read full story

SuDS and our landscapes: Landscape Institute Scotland symposium

  Speakers: Bob Bray, Principal of Robert Bray Associates  – SuDS in everyday living Dr Rebecca Wade, Urban Water Technology Centre at Abertay University Danny McKendry, Landscape Architect at Architecture + Design Scotland – SuDS and Placemaking Andrew Hemingway, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency – Regulation, opportunity and best practice David Winter, Scottish Water – Sewers for Scotland : present and future Swaantje Ridegh, Scottish Natural Heritage – The benefits and opportunities of SuDS   Summary 51 attended this event on … Read full story

SNH SGP Event – Onshore Renewables: Repowering the natural heritage considerations – 7th December 2016

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) Sharing Good Practice is a unique programme of events for people from a wide variety of sectors, including land managers, local authorities, health, business, education, voluntary and government. These events provide an opportunity for practitioners with differing levels of experience to network, learn from experts, influence future policy, share ideas, gain new insights and inspiration. As the onshore wind energy industry matures, some older wind farms are nearing the point where they will be decommissioned, refurbished or repowered. This … Read full story

Event on planning law in Edinburgh

JHplanning and the Improvement Service are running an event covering elements of planning law in Edinburgh on the 3rd of November 2016. Overview Planning is about the skills associated with placemaking, community engagement, project management and development finance, but it is also about understanding the complex legal framework within which the planning system operates.  As we await the Scottish Government’s response to the Planning Review and the inevitable changes in legislation and regulation that will follow, this event looks at … Read full story

SuDS and our landscapes : Seeking beautiful, and multi-functional places

Landscape Institute Scotland Symposium – Friday 4th November 09.30 – 14.00 SuDS are now in the mainstream, promoted for their role in water quality and flood attenuation. But are SuDS making sufficient contribution to place-making here in Scotland? The ‘4 pillars of SuDS design’ are Water Quantity, Water Quality, Amenity and Biodiversity; is sufficient weight being given to the latter two? SuDS provide an opportunity for the different professions to engage and work together towards better places. This symposium aims … Read full story

BALI Scotland Networking and Professional Development Event

Kindly hosted by long term BALI supporters CED, the night provides a fantastic opportunity to see the new developments at the CED Depot at Castlecary followed by a presentation by Michael Heap, founder of CED, on Paving with Natural Stone – How to achieve a successful long-term quality surface, both technically and visually at the Castlecary Hotel. We will also have an update on training qualifications and development opportunities for the landscape industry. Where – CED Scotland, Castlecary Depot, Allandale, … Read full story