LI Journal Commissioning Editor, Paul Lincoln, calls for articles for the June edition which address the impact of social distancing in light of the coronavirus pandemic

    The way in which we use the landscape in both the city and in the countryside has undergone a rapid change over the past few weeks. Many green spaces have been temporarily closed and the way in which we now use urban space has changed radically.

    Today, LI President-Elect Jane Findlay published a blog entitled: Breathing Space, how coronavirus may change the shape of our cities.

    In the blog, Jane states: ‘Throughout history diseases have shaped cities, as epidemics lead to significant change in planning and development of significant infrastructure. London’s cholera epidemic in 1846-60 led to a modern sewerage system and Victoria Embankment, an iconic feature of London’s public realm’.

    Urban public realm has traditionally been designed to encourage concentration of activities. Green spaces are often managed specifically to bring people together. We do not know how long the COVID-19 lock-down will continue or what the long-term consequences of social distancing and the order to stay at home will be – but it is important to reflect on the potential impact of these changes.

    The June edition of the journal is focused on bringing nature into the city. We are seeking proposals from members for a series of short articles (up to 500 words) addressing the current crisis.

    If you would like to write an article and are able to do so urgently, please send a 150-word proposal to Landscape Commissioning Editor, Paul Lincoln by Wednesday 8 April.

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    1. I would like to share a project that I have been working on for many years. I work for a Local Authority in Somerset and one of my roles as Landscape Officer is managing the Berrow dunes SSSI Local Nature Reserve. More information regarding the LNR is on the council’s website.
      Recently the foredunes have been extensively eroded by high tides and strong westerly wind and it has been a challenge to manage this area. The impact of the Corona Virus has also had an impact as many people decided to visit Berrow Beach as the weather was good and its a great place for dog walking and families to visit. Concerns were raised that people were not abiding by the social distancing guidance and children were playing on the unstable dunes which were a health and safety risk.
      The beach and dunes are now closed until further notice to ensure that public access is restricted. This will also help the foredunes to recover from further erosion taking place form visitor pressure.
      I can provide photos of the dunes following the high tides and also some of the work the Berrow Conservation Group , Bristo University Conservation Corps and Sedgemoor Conservation Group who have been carrying out works over many years to monitor dune erosion and undertake sand fencing and sea buckthorn clearance..

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