Jenifer White, from English Heritage, talks about this week’s Landscape Forward symposium.

    The Olympic Park, an award winning landscape-led regeneration project. Image by Peter Neal.

    This week’s symposium ‘Landscape Forward: Policy, Practice, Research’ at Newcastle University brought together organisations to discuss future direction.

    The symposium was a joint initiative between Newcastle University, Natural England and English Heritage based on discussions emerging from Natural England’s Landscape Advisory Group (LAG) which aims to raise the profile of landscape and the importance of understanding the contribution that taking a ‘landscape approach’ can make to local communities.

    The symposium sought to begin a discussion on the many concerns have been raised recently. Two examples are the NGOs ‘Landscapes for Everyone’ vision and the LI’s own public sector members’ meeting in December.

    The Newcastle symposium was packed with passion and commitment for landscape: the countryside, townscapes, seascapes, our heritage, our culture, people and places, and the future. Andrew Sells, the chair of Natural England, led the day and the LI was represented in Newcastle by landscape architects from Natural England, English Heritage, Environment Agency, and other organisations. Drew Bennellick inspired all with the successes of HLF’s Landscape Partnerships approach and everyone readily identified with Cary Swanwick’s plea for the plight of the ‘in-between’ landscapes.

    Key issues and other relevant information will be taken forward to the next LAG meeting and will be made available through Newcastle University’s McCord Centre website.

    – This blog was authored by Jenifer White, Senior Landscape Advisor at English Heritage.

    The Olympic Park, pictured, is one of the most significant landscape-led regeneration projects in the UK. The scheme won theĀ Peter Youngman Award in the Landscape Institute Awards 2009. You can read more in the Case Study library.

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