In this issue Green Horizons Workshops: Collaborating for Success LISW 2022 events update LI Connect Report: January branch meeting The Gardens Trust Defra biodiversity net gain consultation Green Horizons Workshops: Collaborating for Success Design West, Bristol 2, 9, and 16 March Face-to-face events in Bristol – a collaboration between Design West and LI South West. Places […]

    In this issue

    Green Horizons Workshops: Collaborating for Success
    LISW 2022 events update
    LI Connect
    Report: January branch meeting
    The Gardens Trust
    Defra biodiversity net gain consultation

    Green Horizons Workshops: Collaborating for Success

    Design West, Bristol
    2, 9, and 16 March

    Face-to-face events in Bristol – a collaboration between Design West and LI South West. Places are limited to 30 people per workshop, with a discount available for those booking onto all three.

    The climate and biodiversity crises require multi-disciplinary working. Stepping up to meet these challenges means developing new skills for collaborative working between built environment professionals.

    Based on the highly successful Green Horizons workshops in 2019, Design West and the Landscape Institute are running a series of events to develop skills needed for effective collaboration, strategic decision-making, and communication. Covering clients, stakeholders, consultants, contractors, specialists, and occupiers.

    Workshop 1: Green infrastructure and biodiversity net gain

    Wednesday 2 March 2022, 1.00-4.00pm GMT

    With Tom Butterworth, Head of the UK WSP Ecology Team and Director for Biodiversity

     BOOK HERE

    Workshop 2: Placemaking from policy to strategy

    Wednesday 9 March 2022, 2.00-5:00pm GMT

    With Juliet Bidgood, Design West

     BOOK HERE

    Workshop 3: Street furniture and public realm

    Wednesday 16 March 2022, 2.00-5.00pm GMT

    With Romy Rawlings, Vestre Ltd

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    LI South West 2022 events update

    Your committee has been planning activities for 2022. Here are some dates to note in your diaries – and watch out for our future newsletters!

    We have an exciting events schedule planned for 2022, with face-to-face and site visits as well as virtual events to enable as many of our members as possible to participate.

    Our key topics for this year are interdisciplinary workingthe climate and biodiversity emergencieseducation and the LI competency framework; and reaching our members.

    Details and booking links will appear in our mailshots and on social media once available – so ensure you’re subscribed and following us!

    What we’ve planned so far

    Virtual Members Meets

    Free of charge digital meetups on the first Tuesday of April, June, October, and December, from 12.00-1.00pm GMT. (See recent mailshot for details.) Register using this link.

    March (various): Green Horizons workshops: Collaborating for Success

    See above for details and booking links.

    28 April, 3.00-5.00pm – Webinar and AGM

    Virtual, to allow members across the whole region to attend. The webinar – Long-term adaptation and nature recovery – will be free of charge. More information and booking link coming soon!

    May: Westonbirt Arboretum spring site visit (date TBC)

    24 June, 9.30am-3.30pm – LISW CPD Day at Slimbridge WWT

    With the working title Mitigating the climate and biodiversity emergencies – Wetlands, soils and water management. More information and booking coming soon.

    7 July 2022 in Exeter – Planning and the natural environment

    A joint event with the RTPI. Look out for further information and booking.

    September:  Eden Project site visit and lecture (date TBC)

    October: Tortworth Arboretum volunteer day (date TBC)

    November: Bristol Zoo webinar (date TBC)

    December: Local hub Christmas socials (date TBC)

    In addition to the above, we’ll also be reaching out to students and Pathway to Chartership candidates – follow us on social media for updates.

    Please get in touch at mail.southwest@landscapeinstitute.org if you have any suggestions for further events.

    LI Connect

    Please join and register for the LI South West branch group

    LI Connect is a new platform that help members and branches to stay in touch.

    Connect is always improving and evolving. The LI continues to develop the platform, build the community, and create more engaging conversations and support for users.

    There is a LI South West group, and we’ll be using this more as a committee as another tool to keep in touch with our members!

    See the link below for details on how to join:

    Welcome to LI Connect | Landscape Institute

    Report: All-branches meeting, January 2022

    On 18 January 2022, LI branch representatives got together virtually to discuss how we can work together better, and where branches would like more help from LI.

    Abi Palmer-Greenwood, the LI’s new Standards and Branches Engagement Manager, joined the call. Abi will help us at branch level to reach more members and collaborate more closely across regions.

    Topics covered included branch sizes, member engagement, handbook revisions, account issues, member engagement, websites, the LI competency framework, AGMs, and admin issues. Abi will continue to work with the branch committees to address the points raised.

    Explore designed landscapes on your doorstep with the Gardens Trust

    The Gardens Trust is the only UK national charity dedicated to protecting and conserving our heritage of designed landscapes

    Members may be interested to join or attend events with the Garden Trust – the only UK national charity dedicated to protecting and conserving our heritage of designed landscapes.

    The Gardens Trust campaigns, conducts research and conservation work, and encourages public appreciation and involvement. Through a national network of County and Country Garden Trusts, they have access to people and local expertise throughout the UK.

    For more information, including a resource hub, see thegardenstrust.org.

    One of our members, Wendy Tippett, says:

    ‘My own county garden trust is Avon Gardens Trust, which covers the old county of Avon (now Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, and North Somerset). I look after the Twitter account and often make links to the LI’s social media activity.

    ‘AGT has events and outings that non-members are very welcome to come along to. We’re always looking for new members, and there are a lot of shared interests and resources that members of both the LI and The Gardens Trust can enjoy!

    ‘I’d really encourage LI members to take a look…’

    There are a number of County Gardens Trusts in the South West. Each is a stand-alone charity, run by volunteers and organised a little differently. Check out your local Garden Trust for events near you:

    Cornwall

    Devon

    Dorset

    Somerset

    Wiltshire

    Defra biodiversity net gain consultation

    Defra would like your views on how biodiversity net gain will work in practice

    Defra is currently consulting on practicalities of biodiversity net gain (BNG) implementation.

    Consultation on Biodiversity Net Gain Regulations and Implementation – Defra – Citizen Space 

    Defra would like to know what you think about how biodiversity net gain will work in practice. This consultation sets out Defra’s proposals and asks how biodiversity net gain will be applied to Town and Country Planning Act development, and, at a higher level, Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

    Your responses will shape developing legislation, processes, and guidance. This will help ensure the requirement for mandatory biodiversity net gain delivers positive outcomes for nature, improves the process for developers, and creates better places for local communities.

    With best wishes,
    The Landscape Institute South West branch

    Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1073396 and in Scotland, no. SC047057
    85 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 4TQ
    Main +44 (0)330 808 2230  Email the LI
    www.landscapeinstitute.org

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