Events in March will tackle two current issues

LI to run masterclasses on trees and SuDS

The Landscape Institute is to hold a series of masterclasses in London on trees in hard landscapes and on SuDS.

The trees in hard landscape masterclasses will consist of two half-day events on 23 and 30 March, aimed at all professions involved with trees in towns. They are aimed at those seeking to understand how trees can achieve design ambitions and deliver financial and environmental value to a project.

Speakers will include Anne Jaluzot, lead author of Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery (2014); Keith Sacre, sales director, Barcham Trees and lead author of BS 8545:2014 Trees: from nursery to independence in the landscape – Recommendations; and, David Finch, senior associate at Grant Associates.

On 25 March there will  be a masterclass that will provide a detailed introduction to the issues around planning and designing with SuDS.

It will review how and why the legislation has developed, and explain the currently proposed system (as far as is known), its benefits and weaknesses.

The principles of SuDS design will be explained, along with their component parts, and delegates will be shown how to approach integrated site design.  This will be demonstrated further by group work to plan a simple SuDS scheme for a site.

The leaders of the masterclasses will be Steve Wilson and Sue Illman.

Steve Wilson  is a chartered engineer and environmentalist with a long experience of geotechnical and environmental engineering.  He has applied his knowledge of geotechnics, drainage and his understanding of pollutant transport and fate mechanisms in the ground to the design and construction of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). He is co-author of several design guides relating to a wide range of SuDS and has helped prepare much of the UK guidance on concrete block permeable pavements.  Steve was part of a team working for DEFRA on preparing the Draft National Standards for SuDS and the evidence base on the cost of SuDS.  He is also working on updating the CIRIA SuDS Manual.

Sue is managing director of Illman Young, and initiated its interest in the sustainable use of water in 2005.  Since then, the practice has developed a specialism in integrated SuDS design and water sensitive urban design (WSUD).  Sue has been part of the Susdrai nproject steering committee as well as the WSUD (Water Sensitive Urban Design) steering group.  She is currently contributing to the new SuDS Manual for CIRIA.  She is a regular lecturer on the integrated design of SuDS and has run a wide range of training courses on the subject.  She has recently sat as a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment’s Inquiry into Flooding and Resilience, and has been heavily involved in writing the finished report.

Book places on parts one and two of the urban trees masterclasses.

Book a place on the SuDS masterclass here.

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