Landscape architects need to intervene at local level on green infrastructure (GI) policy.

Peter Wilder CMLI.
Peter Wilder CMLI.

That was the challenge issued at a joint LI-WRAP breakfast seminar held in London last week to publicise the publication of the LI’s position statement on green infrastructure.

Paul Lincoln, LI director of Policy and Communications, chaired the event. He said: “A gulf exists between the Government’s vision on tackling climate change and the practical reality. Landscape architects are ideally placed to fill this gulf: they understand green infrastructure and have the expertise to implement it.”

Paul Mathers, programme manager for landscape and regeneration at WRAP, opened proceedings with a talk that focused on the importance of using compost made from recycled materials and the business case for doing so.

Annie Coombs FLI gave a presentation based on the key principles behind the LI’s recent position statement, ‘Green infrastructure: connected and multifunctional landscapes’. She cited several case studies to demonstrate how GI can be implemented.

Colin White MRTPI, Planning Officer for the Chilterns AONB Conservation Board, spoke about how GI can overcome the difficulties of managing an AONB that receives 55 million visitors a year and is the only one in the country to have a tube station serving it.

Peter Wilder CMLI, director of Macfarlane Wilder, rounded off the seminar with a presentation on how green infrastructure can be applied to the design of new towns with particular reference to housing, using examples from his practice’s work designing the BRE Innovation Parks in Watford and at the former Ravenscraig steelworks site in Motherwell, Lanarkshire.

He also highlighted his work on sustainable suburbia and criticised the Government’s proposed eco-towns, labelling them unsustainable.

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