Flexible payment options for members struggling under the COVID-19 pandemic, plus changes to membership grades to welcome new members in future

Manchester Garden, RHS Chelsea 2019. Photo: Nick Harrison

In the run-up to the new Landscape Institute sessional year, the LI is offering its members deferred payment options to help them deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020-21 LI membership year begins on 1 June 2020. Members who pay by monthly Direct Debit won’t need to make any payments for the first three months. From September 2020, they will pay in nine monthly installments.

Visit the member support section to find out more about setting up a Direct Debit and the delayed payment offer.

The LI also reminds members that concessionary membership rates are available for those whose circumstances have changed. In the circumstances, this may be pertinent for those whose incomes have reduced, or who have become unemployed. More information on concessionary rates, and how to apply online, is available in the LI member support section.

This announcement follows a number of other measures the Institute has introduced to support members at this difficult time:

Introducing Associate membership

Following consultation with its members and approval at the 2019 Annual General Meeting, the Institute has welcomed former Licentiate members back under the new ‘Associate’ grade.

This is part of a broader, long-running initiative to make the LI broader and more inclusive, reflecting the changing needs of the landscape sector. The Institute is adjusting its membership and entry standards to welcome more practitioners who work across the breadth of landscape fields.

A consultation on a new LI competency framework is open now and running until 31 May. Members and related professionals alike are urged to have their say and help the LI shape the future of the profession.

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