The Origins of Pleasure Drives and Scenic Routes

Who has ever pulled up in a lay-by in Scotland with a picnic table, an overfull litter bin and no toilet for miles?  Isn’t it time our beautiful landscape and highland roads had beautiful tourist facilities to match?  The Landscape Institute Scotland is delighted to present two inspirational talks by landscape architects Dan Marriott and Angus Corby that cover this topic. Dan Marriott, Principal at Paul Daniel Marriott + Associates, Washington DC, will discuss the evolution of pleasure routes by … Read full story

Annual General Meeting and talk by LI President Elect Noel Farrer

This is to give you notice that the Annual General Meeting of the LIS Branch will be held in Edinburgh this year at Architecture + Design Scotland, Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh from 6.30pm.  Please join us for this event.  Food is available; snacks and soft drinks before the event. The Annual Report by Chairman Mark Turnbull is in the pdf below. Support for the Branch The AGM gives the opportunity for you to get involved in the Branch, providing services to … Read full story

Wilder by Design? (1): Managing Landscape Change and Future Ecologies

15 May 2014 to 16 May 2014 Professor Ian D. Rotherham and colleagues are organising a 2-day seminar in May 2014, which will explore critical issues around wilding or re-wilding, landscape and ecological history, on nature and heritage conservation and on the impacts of current trends and major socioeconomic changes. The seminar will address issues of funding, of skills, of best practice and of awareness in order to consider how conservation writ broad can respond to challenges of environmental change, of climate change, and … Read full story

Native Woodland Survey of Scotland (NWSS) Completed and Available

The Native Woodland Survey of Scotland (NWSS) was carried out between 2006 and 2014 in order to establish for the first time an authoritative baseline picture of Scotland’s native and nearly-native woodlands, along with plantations on ancient woodland sites. The results of the Scotland-wide survey were released in full earlier this month. Summary reports for individual local authorities, both national parks and the Central Scotland Green Network can also be downloaded. The data will be of interest to planners concerned … Read full story

Scottish Government – High Hedges Act

The LIS submitted a response to the Bill. See our submission which you can find archived in the LIS Events Archive pages (dated the 10th January 2013) The Scottish Government’s High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 is now due to come into force having received royal assent last year. The aim of the Act is to help resolve disputes between neighbors over the size of garden hedges. The legislation is intended to provide a solution to problems caused by hedges which … Read full story

Northern Research Station Seminar Series 2013/14

Various dates from September 2013 to May 2014. Seminars run on Friday afternoons from 14:00 – 15:00, and last 45 minutes, allowing time for questions. What are the seminars? A series of free talks covering a variety of topical forestry-related research subjects. Who are the seminars suitable for? Scientists, practioners, students, policy makers and representatives from industry, academic and forestry organisations. Where do the seminars take place? The Library Northern Research Station Forest Research Roslin Midlothian EH25 9SY Maps and travel information Download … Read full story

Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment: Are Scotland’s Places the best places in the World to grow up as a Young Person?

We are delighted to provide information on the next meeting of the Group   This will take place on Tuesday 25 February 2014 in the Scottish Parliament from 6.00 to 8.00pm. (Please note the later than usual time of the meeting)   The Scottish Government is committed to the early years agenda. It is also committed toplace and design. It is an ambition of Scottish Government to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up. What does this mean for places, … Read full story

Design Skills Symposium 2014

Symposium at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. The Symposium will seek learning from preparations for the Glasgow 2014, XX Commonwealth Games, highlighting transferrable lessons for all of Scotland’s places. A website with further information and booking options for the event will be launched shortly. Please save the date and look out for the early bird booking offers. Please visit BEFS Events calendar for a full list of events. … Read full story

The Value of Design in the Built Environment (Scotland) – Appointment of research team

A team directed by  Douglas Wheeler Associates (Douglas Wheeler) with Ryden (Mark Robertson) and (Graham Ross) Austin-Smith-Lord have been appointed by the Scottish Government to carry out research in the Value of Design in the Built Environment. The aim of this research is to provide an analysis of how ‘value’ is handled in the development process in Scotland. This will be achieved through a better understanding of how design value is accounted for and measured within the current system e.g. … Read full story

National Cycle Network to become corridors for wildlife

Sustrans’ biodiversity project to transform the National Cycle Network’s traffic-free walking and cycling routes into corridors for wildlife was launched on 12th November 2013. The Greener Greenways project will combat loss of habitats across the UK by protecting and enhancing biodiversity along 300 miles of the National Cycle Network, a series of routes developed by Sustrans which stretch across the country. Funded by Scottish Natural Heritage in Scotland, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and other local partners in England and Wales, Greener Greenways will focus on five areas: the North West of … Read full story

Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020 Stage 2: Final Proposals

(SG 11/12/13) Consultation on the forthcoming round of the SRDP. The Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and Scottish Government, providing support for a range of economic, environmental and social measures. The current programme will end on 31 December 2013. This document sets out our final proposals on how we expect to use the European and domestic funds accessed through the SRDP, and how this will be aligned with … Read full story

Scotland’s Best Places

People and organisations across Scotland have been asked to put forward their ideas on what they think are Scotland’s best places. RTPI Scotland is aiming to identify the top 10 as part of the Institute’s 2014 Centenary celebrations. Scotland’s Best Places aims to give the public and civic Scotland the opportunity to propose their favourite places that have been built, enhanced or protected by planners and the planning system within Scotland since 1914. The deadline for submissions is 10 February … Read full story

Some recent publications

A+DS Annual Report 2013(A+DS 10/01/14) Architecture and Design Scotland has published its Annual Report for 2013 outlining its work in the past year. The report will give you an insight into how A+DS has supported those involved in shaping our places and how we seek to inspire and engage the public with the importance of architecture and place. Planning Series Circular 3/2013: Development Management Procedures [Planning](SG 27/12/13)Guidance on the requirements in relation to applications for planning permission Planning Series Circular … Read full story

Scottish Government News Release

Four Parliamentary Committees to scrutinise national planning framework (SP 14/01/14) The National Planning Framework, which sets the context for development planning across Scotland, will be scrutinised by four parliamentary committees. The third version of the Framework, which has been published today, will be the subject of scrutiny by the Local Government and Regeneration Committee. The Committee will take a strategic overview of the planning process and the Framework as a whole. Proposed National Planning Framework 3(SG 14/01/14)The Proposed National Planning Framework … Read full story

Edinburgh City Council’s ‘Trees in the City’ policy consultation

The Landscape Institute Scotland has provided the folloiwng response to Edinburgh City Council’s ‘Trees in the City’ policy document. City of Edinburgh Council (2013) Trees in the City (Trees & Woodlands Action Plan) The Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS), the Scottish branch of the Landscape Institute, welcomes the opportunity to respond to the City of Edinburgh Council Forestry Service “Trees in The City” – Consultation Draft.  From the outset we wish to acknowledge our appreciation of the hard work that has … Read full story

The LI Scotland has submitted its response to the SNH Wild Land Map proposal

On behalf of the Landscape Institute Scotland, Rebecca Hughes, the Landscape Institute’s recently appointed Policy and Development Officer for Scotland has submitted the following response to the proposed map definition of wild land in Scotland. The response was accompanied by a letter which you may also wish to read. This is available as pdf to download. Q.1. What is your view on the Core Areas of Wild Land 2013 map? The Landscape Institute Scotland Branch (LIS) welcomes the opportunity to comment … Read full story

Four LIS members elected as Fellows of the Landscape Institute

Congratulations to the four LIS members, Sue Evans, Nigel Hackett, Marc van Grieken and James Welch who were elected Fellows of the Landscape Institute in August and collected their certificates at the LI awards in November.  This brings the total number of LIS members who are Fellows to ten. The designation Fellow of the Landscape Institute (FLI) is conferred upon senior Members of the profession, recognising their talent, expertise and particular contribution to landscape architecture. Through its award of Fellowship, … Read full story

The LIS publishes A Summer Conversation on the Future of the Landscape Profession in Scotland. Access the Report here!

In a climate of considerable change across economic, social and environmental challenges, the report seeks to engage with what issues or opportunities these challenges may present for the landscape profession in Scotland. The overall aim is to use the document as a starting point in having constructive debate in setting out a roadmap for the future of the profession in Scotland. The report sections describe the context in which landscape architecture is practiced, and attempts to identify the various challenges … Read full story

Built Environment Forum Scotland News Bulletin 28th November 2013

Welcome to the BEFS e-Bulletin. BEFS held its fourth Annual Congress on Linlithgow on 19 November. Attended by over 80 delegates the event featured a diverse range of speakers from the public and private sectors and national and local government. The theme ‘Mainstreaming the Historic Environment’ – a key Scottish Government policy objective, was addressed at a number of levels including: looking at how other organisation handle advocacy; featuring case studies showing successful regeneration and redevelopment projects; and setting out … Read full story

New Staff announcement!The LIS welcomes Rebecca Hughes as our new Policy and Development Officer!

The LIS is delighted to welcome on board Rebecca Hughes. Rebecca is taking up the newly created post as the LIS’ Policy and Development Officer. We are very pleased to have Rebecca joining Carol, our Administrator, to support the work of the committee and all of our LIS members. The Policy and Development Officer will assist with ensuring that the views of the Landscape profession in Scotland are represented in a balanced, purposeful and timely manner to elected representatives and … Read full story

LIS Policy and Development Officer

The LIS is delighted to welcome on board Rebecca Hughes. Rebecca is taking up the newly created post as the LIS’ Policy and Development Officer. We are very pleased to have Rebecca joining Carol, our Administrator, to support the work of the committee and all of our LIS members.

New support tools to help small firms identify, protect and grow their intellectual property (IP) assets

The potential for businesses to succeed and grow received a big boost today (30 October 2013) with the launch of new support tools to help small firms identify, protect and grow their intellectual property (IP) assets. The Intellectual Property Office launched ‘IP for Business’ – a suite of five business tools which make sure firms can tap into up-to-date guidance to help manage their IP. It will also help firms get more relevant advice from their accountants and other business … Read full story

BEFS Newsletter

Welcome to the BEFS e-Bulletin. We are very pleased to confirm that additional speakers at our Congress on November 19 will be Chris Stewart, CEO of the Chris Stewart Group and Elisabeth Michiels Director, of Monumentenwacht, Belgium. Places are being booked and we would encourage you to register now. BEFS Calendar is filling up with events across Scotland from a wide range of organisations through to May 2014 and if you have a talk, seminar or conference on the built environment that you would like added … Read full story

Forest Health in New Zealand’s Plantations

New Zealand is an isolated country that very much depends on primary produce for its economic well being. Lindsay Bulman from Scion will talk about the biosecurity research programme in general terms and then give special attention to two pine foliar diseases – Dothistroma needle blight and red needle cast. Northern Research Station, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9SY View details Organised by:Forest Research … Read full story

Forest Research events

Forest Research, part of the Forestry Commission holds regular events on a variety of themes. For details and to enrol on their mailing list, please visit the Forestry Commission web site and follow the links to the Forestry Research pages or follow the link below. … Read full story

Presentation by Sue Evans FLI to the Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment

At the recent meeting of the Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environmment, Sue Evans FLI of the Central Scotland Green Network gave a presentation on the CSGN and placemaking. Sue has made her presentation available and it is with pleasure that the committee of the Landscape Institute Scotland has been able to include it on our web site. Please follow the pdf link below. Download PDF … Read full story

Scotland’s Garden History Revealed

The National Trust for Scotland is offering a major study course into the history, conservation and management of Scotland’s gardens. During twelve day long sessions top specialists in the field of Garden History and heritage gardening will unravel the history and management behind some fascinating landscapes so that others may be preserved. The NTS is custodian to some of the finest Gardens and Designed Landscapes but is also a resource for learning traditional gardening methods and techniques through its School … Read full story

Capability Brown – new web site launched to celebrate his work and achievements

An influential group of organisations, landowners and individuals have come together to create a website dedicated to the life and work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown as the first step towards marking the 300th anniversary of his birth in 2016. The Capability Brown 300 Celebration and Festival website can be found by visiting It is being created by Kolab and will be completed in three phases. Once completed it will be the first website to commemorate Brown’s work and legacy, … Read full story