LISW local Christmas socials Truro, Exeter, Bristol, Cheltenham 8-9 December 2021, 6.00pm-8.00pm We’re inviting our members to join us for a Christmas social in four locations across the South West Region! After little opportunity to meet up over the last year and a half, we’d love our members to join us for a chat and […]

    LISW local Christmas socials

    Truro, Exeter, Bristol, Cheltenham
    8-9 December 2021, 6.00pm-8.00pm

    We’re inviting our members to join us for a Christmas social in four locations across the South West Region!

    After little opportunity to meet up over the last year and a half, we’d love our members to join us for a chat and a drink at our local Christmas socials.

    Our Hub representatives in Truro, Exeter, Bristol and Cheltenham have booked the following venues and dates:

    Exeter – The Oddfellows, 60 New North Road, EX4 4EP
    Wednesday 8 December, 6.00-8.00pm

    Contact: Tim Arkell, LHC:

    Truro – The Old Ale House, 7 Quay Street, TR1 2HD
    Thursday December, 6.00-8.00pm

    Contact: Trish Hawes, Mei Loci:

    Bristol – The Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, BS1 5TX
    Thursday December, 6.00-8.00pm

    Contact: Sarah Jones-Morris, Landsmith Associates:

    Gloucestershire – The Air Balloon, Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY
    Thursday December, 6.00-8.00pm

    Contact: Rachael Emous-Austin, Austin Design Works:

    As a thank you for all your support this year, we’re offering the first free of charge to LI Members. We hope to see you at one of the events! Just turn up on the day, or email us on (or contact the organisers directly) with any queries.

    Linking up with the Construction Industry Council

    Engaging with CIC on the Carbon Zero climate action plan

    LISW sits on the South West branch of the Construction Industry Council (CIC). The CIC represents related professional bodies and advises government on construction and the environment.

    The Landscape Institute is one of several signatories to a recent Carbon Zero climate action plan that seeks to integrate action from individual institutes. In case you missed it, find out more about the action plan here.

    Delivering Successful Tree Planting

    Webinar and site visit successfully delivered!

    Our 2021 webinar series ended with a successful webinar and site visit exploring good practice in tree planting.

    Our 2021 events series focusing on practical aspects of landscape management and establishment came to a close in November with a very interesting site visit to Plymouth, looking at examples of urban tree planting.

    Natural Infrastructure Officer Hayley Rogers, urban designer and landscape architect Richard Bara, and Arboriculture Operations Manager Alan Rowe from Plymouth City Council showed planting from the Plymouth Tree Challenge (including a newly established community orchard in Hoe Park), and Millbay area regeneration, where a new Millbay Boulevard has been created. (Project managed by Plymouth City Council, with a design team including LDA and AWP, and built by South West Highways and Landscape Matters). The event was a joint event between LISW and the Arboricultural Association Cornwall Branch to share knowledge across disciplines.

    The site visit followed a hugely informative webinar covering topics from the new Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) guidance to ash dieback and Plymouth’s tree strategy. The recording should be available on LI Campus in the near future.

    South West member case studies

    LISW would love to see your work!

    We’re looking for members who would like to use the LI South West platform to showcase their work.

    We’d like to invite members based in the South West region to provide us with image or links to case studies and projects in the South West that we can promote through our social media and website channels.

    This would give our members more opportunities to showcase their work and provide our followers with an insight into the fantastic and varied work that landscape professionals are delivering in the region.

    Raising the profile of landscape is a key objective of our work, and we’d love to hear from you!

    Follow us on social media, email images and links to, and remember to also upload your projects to the My.LI case studies library.

    Local projects among LI Awards 2021 finalists

    Projects in the South West feature among finalists in the Landscape Institute 2021 Awards

    It’s not long now until the LI Awards, which take place virtually on 25 November 2021.

    Attendance is free. Book your ticket here.

    The 73-strong shortlist, covers an impressive array of projects from around the world, including a number of projects and practices from the South West. See the full shortlist here.

    Looking ahead to 2022

    Your branch committee is planning ahead for 2022 to bring you exciting events and support you during the year

    In our monthly committee meetings, we’ve started to plan our activities for 2022, including site visits and a CPD Day.

    The LISW Committee has begun to plan for 2022.  We are looking to focus on the following key topics:

    • Interdisciplinary working
    • Climate change and biodiversity loss – Actions after COP26
    • Education and the LI competency framework
    • Reaching our members

    Our AGM will take place virtually on 28 April 2022, along with a webinar (topic TBC).

    There will be further Green Horizon workshops in Bristol in March 2022. We’re planning a CPD Day in June 2022, as well as a volunteering day and site visits, as well as up to four webinars during the year – watch this space!

    If you’d like to get involved and help shape our work, please get in touch with at

    Bristol Cycling Survey 2021

    Please complete the survey and share with your networks

    The Bristol Cycling Campaign 2021 cycling survey is now underway. The survey is open from 1-30 November.

    This survey is designed to find out what barriers there are to people cycling in the city and what can be done to help remove these barriers. Complete the survey here.

    Back in 2008, Bristol became the UK’s first ‘Cycling City’. Lots has changed since then, but has Bristol really become a city for cycling? The 2021 cycling survey is for everyone, whether you cycle or not. It aims to find out what deters people from using a bike or cycling more, but also what could be done to enable it. Three lucky respondents will receive GoodSixty vouchers worth £50 each.

    Bristol City Council consultation

    Purpose-built student accommodation and shared living: Draft Supplementary Planning Document

    Bristol City Council are asking for views on new draft planning guidance relating to the development of purpose-built student accommodation and other forms of shared living accommodation.

    Bristol Council will use the guidance to support existing and emerging Local Plan policies used to decide planning applications for this type of housing.

    The Council’s policies aim to encourage balanced communities in Bristol by steering development towards suitable locations and preventing harmful concentrations of this type of housing. Policies also expect development to contribute to the mix of uses in an area, to protect the residential amenity and character of areas, and to achieve good standards of accommodation. The guidance provides further detail on the implementation of these policies.

    The results of this consultation will help shape the content of the guidance. The next version will be available for representations next year.

    View the draft Supplementary Planning Document and respond here.

    Reference copies of the document will also be available to view at the Central Library.

    Please return comments by 7 January 2022.

    With best wishes,
    The Landscape Institute South West branch

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