Landscape Institute excels at Ecobuild
The Landscape Institute had a stand as part of the Green Infrastructure Pavilion which was the setting for the launch of Green Infrastructure – an integrated approach to land use and New London Landscape, a website devoted to the GI ideas generated by the High Line for London competition. The exhibition featured case studies from the new publication.
Two ministers were welcomed to the stand by LI president Sue Illman.
Don Foster MP, under secretary of state at DCLG, visited on the Wednesday. His responsibilities include localism, decentralization, housing, climate change and sustainable development.
This was followed by a visit from Lord de Mauley who is under secretary of state at Defra with responsibility for climate change adaptation, sustainable development, localism and civil society, plant and bee health, together with the Food and Environment Research Agency.
Sue Illman took the opportunity to discuss the Flood and Water Management Act and its implementation. She explained that the LI would like to see a fully integrated solution to flooding, droughts and water quality in this country – full implementation of the Flood and Water Management Act is a step that would get us closer, adopting full Water Sensitive Urban Design would be even better.
Illman also highlighted the six recommendations for how to deliver the next generation of green infrastructure set out in the new GI publication, explaining that the Landscape Institute is calling for the growing interest in GI to be matched with funding and a new approach to the landscape that enables GI to flourish.
Neighbouring stand CIRIA was the setting for the launch of Water Sensitive Urban Design, a booklet explaining the benefits of this approach to designing with water. This publication is endorsed by the LI and can be downloaded from the Water section of the LI website.