Landscape practice

Kyoto landscape, Japan.

Creating inspiring places that connect people to their environment is what drives landscape practice. The knowledge and vision of landscape practitioners, such as landscape architects, landscape planners and managers, can transform the places in which we work and live.

How does landscape add value?

Landscape practitioners have the vision needed to revitalise urban areas and neglected landscapes, creating spaces that benefit us in many ways. Ultimately their work aims to bring people closer to the environments in which they live.

Bringing new life to urban areas

Regeneration projects can bring new life to urban areas and help to foster a sense of community. For instance, developing local parks and housing estates encourages collaboration between people and businesses, leading to a greater sense of identity. A great landscape project can also actively encourage tourism and economic investment.

Examples of urban regeneration projects include Glasgow Sheriff Court and Merry Street Motherwell.

Contributing to public health and well-being

In cities where many people lack access to outdoor space, parks and outside areas can significantly improve quality of life. Creating accessible green spaces in our towns and cities can have a positive impact on health, by helping with depression and social isolation. Eighty-two per cent of counsellors in England and Wales think green spaces are essential features of housing developments, according to a survey by property agent Savills.

Examples of public health projects include Eastern Curve  and the anti-pollution project Cultuurpark Westergasfasbriek.

Protecting and managing historic environments

Landscape practitioners work to preserve the identity and character of historic places, so they can be enjoyed by future generations. The work done by landscape professionals can range from designing country gardens to protecting major landscapes like Stonehenge or the White Cliffs of Dover from the effects of housing developments.

Examples of heritage landscape projects include Barrow Park in Lancashire and the Grade I listed estate Bramham Park in Yorkshire.

Inspiring a sense of civic pride by creating attractive spaces

Beautiful spaces can create a shared sense of identity and belonging. Places such as public squares and local parks bring people together and help to shape local identity and character. Creating public spaces can also play a role in reducing crime and anti-social behavior.

Examples of civic townscape projects include Olympic Parklands public realm and Liverpool Pier Head.

Tackling climate change and protecting our environment

Landscape practitioners create long-term, environmentally sustainable spaces because they understand the important role that green space, such as parks, trees and flowerbeds has on our environment. Landscape protects against climate change by encouraging local ecosystems, supporting wildlife and improving air quality.

Examples of successful green infrastructure and landscape projects include Jubilee River and Tangmere Airfield.