The document, prepared by the LI Scotland branch, encourages commitment to international best practice in landscape protection, planning and management

LI Scotland presented ‘Landscape for Scotland’ in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament on 14 November 2017. © Nick McGowan-Lowe

Over 100 people, including Members of the Scottish Parliament and prominent landscape, placemaking and natural environment professionals, have attended the launch of a new vision document, Landscape for Scotland.

Landscape Institute Scotland, who prepared the document, presented it in the Scottish Parliament Garden Lobby on Tuesday 14 November 2017.

Focusing on the unique and diverse landscapes and communities of Scotland, the document explores LI priority areas including healthy and wellbeing, natural capital, and the value of landscape. It encourages Scotland’s commitment to international best practice in landscape protection, planning and management, and supports the Scottish Government in delivering its Programme for Scotland. It also demonstrates the role of landscape professionals in shaping the distinctive urban, rural and wild places that make Scotland so special.

Speakers at the launch event included:

  • Gillian Martin, MSP for Aberdeenshire East
  • Andy Wightman, MSP for Lothian
  • Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place at Architecture and Design Scotland
  • Professor Brian Evans, Professor of Urbanism and Landscape and Head of Urbanism at Glasgow School of Art

The exhibition remained at the Scottish Parliament until 16 November 2017. Rebecca Hughes, the LI’s Policy and Influencing Officer for Scotland, along with volunteers from LI Scotland, had huge success sharing the LI’s vision. MSPs including Andy Wightman, Richard Lyle, Monica Lennon, Iain Gray, Claudia Beamish, Clare Haughey, John Mason and Kezia Dugdale are keen to engage further on and progress issues including the environment, housing development, landscape planning, and parks and green spaces.

‘I am delighted that the Institute is providing this invitation to work collaboratively to create and manage better places by design across Scotland,’ said Diarmaid Lawlor. ‘Place is a key focus of the Scottish Government Programme for Scotland, and a key element of tackling the poverty and inequalities agendas across our communities. Better places with more opportunities for socialization and community growth are essential to tackle the loneliness and isolation that limit the opportunities of our communities to be the best that they can be.’

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