Book now to take advantage of the excellent early-bird rate of just £295 for the LI conference in Sheffield on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 March.

Join the LI conference in Sheffield for two days of CPD and debate

Book now to take advantage of the excellent early-bird rate of just £295 for the LI conference in Sheffield on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th March. This will deliver two CPD days packed with high-profile speakers, practical seminars, site visits to acclaimed landscape projects in Sheffield and a dinner and drinks reception to network with your peers.

The line-up of speakers has now been finalised. Over two days, the event will look at how we can create beautiful landscapes in an age of austerity and how to make beautiful landscapes functional and sustainable.

The debate will be led by speakers including: James Hitchmough and Nigel Dunnett from the University of Sheffield, co-designers of the planting at London Olympic Park; Andrew Grant, founder of Grant Associates who led the design team on the award-winning Gardens by the Bay project in Singapore; Professor Brian Evans, head of urbanism at Glasgow School of Art; Caroline Julian from think tank ResPublica which is leading the debate on a community right to beauty; Clare Devine from Design Council CABE and Jenifer White from Historic England who will be looking at the way in which beauty is valued in their work.

The conference will make the most of being in Sheffield with guided site visits to notable landscape projects including the Gold Route, Sheffield’s major investment in city centre landscape; Sheffield City Council’s ‘Grey to Green’ project; Sheffield Cemetery; the Winter Gardens; Parkwood Springs; Manor Fields and the Botanical Gardens.

CPD breakout sessions will include:

  • Using green walls in the urban environment to deliver ecosystem services with Professor John Dover of Staffordshire University
  • Benefits that trees can bring to Urban Futures with Professor Alan Simson of Leeds Beckett University
  • Building green bridges with Kate Ahern of LUC and Clare Warburton of Natural England
  • Inclusive design with Helen Allen from hada/David Bonnett Associates
  • Closing the gap – how to select trees with Keith Sacre of Barcham trees
  • Soil specification and testing with Institute of Professional Soil Scientists’ council member, Tim O’Hare of Tim O’Hare Associates
  • Fracturing landscapes – hydraulic fracturing and other new energy technologies with Olaf Schroth of the University of Sheffield
  • Natural play with Adam White of Davies White Associates
  • The sublime and the picturesque in the contemporary context with Professor Brian Evans of The Glasgow School of Art
  • Drawing for landscape architecture from sketch to screen to site with Edward Hutchison
  • Proportionality guidance with Mary Fisher of LDA Design;
  • Writing for Landscape – advice to contributors with the editor Ruth Slavid
  • Economic benefits of investing in the environment with Thomas Harle and Tim Sutherland of Natural England

Tickets for the conference include dinner at the Grade II listed Cutler’s Hall on Thursday evening and a drinks reception on Friday. Book tickets for the conference.

We do hope you will be able to attend and contribute to the debate initiated by James Corner, when he spoke at last year’s Jellicoe lecture, and Fiona Reynolds, who issued a passionate call for beauty as a driving force in the creation of new landscapes at the LI Awards.

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