Educational outreach work

William Davis School visit the Olympics. © Poppy Smith

LI volunteers represent the landscape profession and engage with and support our educational and career projects as ‘Ambassadors for Landscape’.

These ambassadors raise the profile of the landscape profession by engaging with schools, colleges and universities. They talk to children and young people about their work in landscape practice as well as the landscape training options available to them.
‘Ambassadors for Landscape’ demonstrate the rewarding and diverse nature of landscape practice as a career.

Career events, talks and job fairs: members volunteer

Ambassadors also attend career events and job fairs, give career talks and offer work-based placements.

Ambassadors often volunteer for educational projects that integrate landscape practice into the school curriculum, for example linking geography, art or design with landscape architecture. Ambassadors also work on specific LI projects, such as ‘The Playground Project’, a school-based project and design competition.

Resources for school talks

We provide resources to support members giving talks and presentations, which include a PowerPoint presentation template and a range of interesting videos on careers. Further information on available resources are available in the LI members’ website.

How young people benefit from our educational projects

The potential benefits to young people cannot be underestimated, because our ambassadors have the potential to open children’s eyes to the outside spaces all around them. Some children may never have thought about how our landscape practice helps people and the environment before, so this knowledge can have a profound impact.

The rewards of inspiring and expanding a child’s interests and passions is the main reason our members volunteer. The gift to inspire and educate young people about landscape architecture and how it connects with the real world is what drives our career projects.

How members benefit from school projects

Volunteering is also a great opportunity to step back from work and see landscape through the fresh eyes of a young and motivated audience.

Going into schools for public speaking and presentations helps our volunteers develop their communication skills – so it’s good for professional development. And it’s a great way for our members to help raise the profile of our profession.

Volunteer to be an ‘Ambassador for Landscape’

‘Why do you want to be a landscape architect?’ John Goldwyn, Ambassador for landscape and Director of Planning and Landscape at WATG, found out what inspires the children of Halley Primary School in Tower Hamlets during 2016’s Playground Project.

We welcome all LI members – and the only criteria are enthusiasm and a willingness to volunteer. Volunteers decide how much time they can give and the area of work they would like to be involved in.

If you want to champion the profession and help inspire the next generation of landscape professionals, talk to our Education Development officer Poppy Smith on 020 7685 2656 or email: .