Newsletter LISW, March 2021

    Landscape management – opportunities, challenges, and best practice

    Your LISW committee is working hard to bring you a series of talks focussed on best landscape management practice as a key consideration to create long-term successful landscape schemes.

    The series will focus on best practice, opportunities, and challenges that will affect how successfully our designed landscapes will establish, flourish, and contribute to the key challenges of our time: climate change, biodiversity loss, and health and wellbeing.

    With talks focussed on knowledge-sharing and case studies from a range of sectors, we hope that the series will add real value to your CPD, your Pathway to Chartership (P2C), and your day-to-day work. After the series concludes, we plan to issue a summary of learning and key points for future reference.

    Provisional dates and topics below – full details to be confirmed. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter and look out for future LISW newsletters for the latest updates.


    March – Principles of writing integrated LEMPs

    With acclaimed Dr. Phoebe Carter from Biodiversity Matters. Scheduled for 22 March – booking below.

    April – Landscape management from the perspective of a landscape contractor

    Hear industry-leading landscape contractors’ hot tips for landscape architects.

    May – Maintenance for biodiversity: opportunities and challenges

    See case studies from various organisations involved in maintenance, including public sector, infrastructure, residential and educational projects.

    June – Establishing and maintaining wildflower areas

    A presentation by the National Wildflower Centre currently located at the Eden Project, with key tips and tricks to get it right with a no-topsoil approach and 100% wildflower seed mixes.

    July – Green Flag Awards: quality of open spaces

    Hear from our very own Carl McClean and two parks managers about how Green Flag accreditation can help to manage for quality.

    September – Trees: establishing and maintaining long-term assets in the built environment

    Arm you with key knowledge needed to integrate your tree-planting proposals with the built environment, and maintain these amazing organisms for long-term benefit.

    October – Contractual arrangements for landscape maintenance

    A look at various contractual arrangements and opportunities that can help to ensure long-term success and biodiversity benefits.

    November – Maintaining adopted landscapes: a local authority perspective

    After the Highways Act, local authorities now maintain many key landscape assets. This talk aims to shed light on how this process affects future maintenance, and important design considerations to create successful and biodiverse landscapes.

    Writing integrated LEMPs

    Book now for the first of our landscape management talks series

    22 March 2021, 12.30pm, on Zoom
    Tickets via Eventbrite

    This lunchtime webinar about integrated Landscape and Ecological Management Plans (LEMPs), brought to you by LISW and Phoebe Carter from Habitat First / Biodiversity Matters, is the first of a year-long series of talks looking at various aspects of landscape management.

    A requirement for many planning applications, LEMPs need to be written in a concise, integrated, and forward-looking way to achieve their objectives. A well-written LEMP will go a long way to contribute to successful landscapes that help to address the key challenges of our time.

    Phoebe will share her expertise on producing LEMPs, including integrating LEMP objectives between disciplines (such SuDS, landscape design, ecology, client requirements, and future maintenance arrangements), principles, structure, and content. Hear how LEMPs help ensure longevity of biodiversity net gain assets, understand the roles of various parties involved, and see practical examples outlining pitfalls and challenges.



    Biosecurity update

    Plant health threat caused by Xylella

    In our fast-changing world, with new threats emerging frequently and existing pathogens spreading faster due to climate change, awareness of biosecurity issues is important for landscape architects.

    New legislation that may affect plant imports is coming into force from 4 March 2021. This article from the Arboricultural Association explains more:

    Arboricultural Association – New legislation to address the plant health threat posed by Xylella (

    The LI’s Plant Health and Biosecurity Working Group has published a wealth of guidance and background documents which are available here:

    Plant health and biosecurity | Landscape Institute

    This includes a note on Xylella from June 2020, with some recommended actions for landscape architects specifying plants.

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