Call for case studies and an illustrator to work with the LI on its campaign leaflet to highlight the value of green infrastructure for local communities

Campaigning for green infrastructure

Green infrastructure (GI) works at all spatial scales. The Landscape Institute’s position statement on the subject remains as valid as ever, but the emerging localism and Big Society agendas require the LI to explain the ways in which GI can be planned, delivered and managed at the local level.

Despite the change of government, the increasing awareness and understanding of GI has not been lost. Defra’s recent discussion document, An invitation to shape the nature of England, highlighted the importance of GI and acknowledged the need for its careful planning and delivery. The LI believes there is a great deal of scope for GI to be promoted as one of the key ways in which various government objectives can be achieved in the years ahead.

It is, however, important to consider the impact on GI of changes since the formation of the new government, including:

  •  The revocation of Regional Spatial Strategies
  • The establishment of Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • The creation of new designations to protect green areas of particular importance to local communities
  • The Big Society and localism agendas
  • The reduction of the budget deficit

Responding to these changes, the LI’s Policy Committee is in the early stages of producing a campaign leaflet to complement its green infrastructure position statement, which was published in May 2009. The aim of this second publication will be to engage people who make or influence decisions at a local level and convince them of the important role of green infrastructure within their communities, particularly with regards to some of the key green infrastructure functions and benefits:

  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation, water management and flood alleviation
  • Biodiversity
  • Crime, safety and antisocial behaviour
  • Employment and training
  • Health
  • Economic investment
  • Beauty/pride of place
  • Good design, robust, fit for purpose

The campaign leaflet will be published in January 2011.

Call for case studies
Case studies will be used in the leaflet to demonstrate green infrastructure at a local level. We are inviting all members to submit projects for consideration by the Policy Committee’s GI Working Group, consisting of Annie Coombs FLI, Richard Copas CMLI and Ian Phillips CMLI, MRTPI. Case studies will be selected against the following criteria:


  • Delivered – either on the ground or, if the case study is strategic, then this must be complete and still current
  • Strategic link – not necessarily a GI strategy, but something similar
  • High level of community engagement – from the design and planning stage through to delivery and ongoing responsibility (e.g. in the form of community groups, charitable trusts)
  • The project needs to demonstrate the principle of connectivity
  • The project needs to demonstrate at least one of the GI functions and benefits above
  • High quality images (at least 300dpi) need to be available


  • Outline details of funding, the source of which should still be available today
  • Successful models of maintenance and management in place
  • Demonstrates cooperation between neighbouring local authorities and/or multiple organisations / agencies / stakeholders

The deadline for submitting your projects for consideration by the GI Working Group is Wednesday 10 November. In no more than 1000 words, please explain how your project meets the criteria set out above. One or two images to support the submission are encouraged. All submissions should be sent to Stephen Russell, Policy and Public Affairs Officer (details below).

Illustrator required
We want this document to include a diagram/illustration explaining GI, which we would like to become the acknowledged illustration for GI in the local context. We envisage an illustration of a hypothetical, sub-regional scale landscape, incorporating settlements and various land uses, drawing attention (probably using annotation) to a network of multifunctional GI services including energy, food, leisure, forestry, transport, water, flood alleviation etc.

We think hand drawn style will be best but would be open to alternative suggestions.

We are looking for someone with exceptional illustration skills, who also has a good understanding of the GI agenda, to create this illustration. A fee of £500 will be paid for the selected work, the illustrator credited, copyrights being vested in the Landscape Institute.

The work will involve one briefing meeting in London (expenses paid) and discussion with a nominated policy committee representative during the production process.

Please submit examples of your hand-drawn work, scanned and sent electronically, and a brief explanation of your GI knowledge to Stephen Russell at the above address by Wednesday 10 November 2010.

Selection of the preferred illustrator will be based primarily on the quality and appropriateness of the drawn work submitted and on the knowledge demonstrated about GI.

Further queries and submissions:
020 7685 2649


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