2018 was an exciting year for the Landscape Institute Scotland and we are hoping to continue and expand our work in aid of Scotland’s landscapes and landscape professionals this year. Here are some of the things we have been involved with in 2018
Raise the Political and Public Profile of Landscape & Place
‘Landscape for Scotland’ – We followed the launch of this major policy document with a Senior Practitioners Forum in May 2018 and a facilitated debate in June at the Scottish Parliament with organisations that have a shared interest in Landscape and Place.
Scottish Landscape Alliance to be launched in January 2019 with a focus on raising the political and public profile of landscape through research, topic focussed working groups, leading to a reworking and launch of the existing Scottish Landscape Charter and promotion of a Chief Landscape Advisor as part of the pre-election manifesto’s 2021
Presentations & Exhibitions – LIS and Landscape for Scotland presence and presentations at Scottish Parliament, the Cross Party Group on Year of Youth, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, CSGNT Forum, Europarc Conference at Cairngorms National Park, Liveable Cities Conference, National Scenic Areas event, RIAS and the ILI Awards.
Media – Press coverage has been in The I, ITV news, Scottish Field, Urban Realm, the Mail, The National (Scotland), the Great Outdoors, plus other local newspapers
Policy Consultations – our Policy & Influencing Officer, Rebecca Hughes, has moved on and a new post has been advertised. Consultations submitted recently include the Planning Bill Stage 1 and 2, SG Environment Strategy, LLTNP Woodland Strategy and the SG Forestry Strategy.
Organisation Liaison – LIS are continuing to work with several organisations including SNH, the Scottish Government and agencies (Planning & Architecture, Transport Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland) RTPI, BEFs, RIAS, A+DS, Scottish Green Infrastructure Forum, SUDS forum and a range of Scottish Government Cross Party Groups.
Urban Design Forums – members are on panels in Aberdeenshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and West Dunbartonshire.
Building the Resilience and Confidence of the Landscape Profession
Ambassadors -Thanks to all our members and committee members who have worked as ambassadors at schools’ careers events and Skills Scotland in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
ESALA – We have been working with our Landscape School on the Young Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange; its Architecture Career Exploration Day (ACES) and the LIS Student Prizes
SRUC – Forging links with landscape management, design and science courses
Early Years Agenda – A senior practitioner workshop with A+DS
Mark Turnbull Travel Award: ‘Learn from a world perspective to influence locally’ – (sponsored by Sharon Turnbull) Amber Roberts winning entry -Scotland’s Future Landscapes: Ensuring Resilience for the Profession. Follow her blog on the LIS website as she travels to Japan, Sweden and USA and at the AGM on 24 April 2019.
Collaborative Doctoral Award – ‘Landscape, Infrastructure and Ecology- Scottish Modernist Landscape Architecture through the work of Mark Turnbull’ – success with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
‘ScoMo’ – Online archive of Post War Scottish Modernists has been set up and featured in Historic Environment Scotland’s membership magazine
CPD and Other Activities – In addition to LI events
Young Practitioners Social – with RTPI
Year of Young People – presentation by Adam White, LI President, ESALA
Landscape Character Assessment review – With SNH March 2019
50th Anniversary of McHargs ‘Design with Nature’ – Exhibition & seminar with SNH, RTPI & ESALA – Sept 2019
Scotland’s Natural Capital – CPD Event March 2019 with LI.
FOA 18 Doors Open Day – Harrison Stevens open their doors to explain the profession to the public