The former President of the LI was one of a group discussing the current problems with newly appointed floods minister Rory Stewart

Sue Illman meets floods minister

Sue Illman met with the new floods minister Rory Stewart MP on Thursday 7 January alongside representatives from the National Flood Forum, ICE, RICS, RIBA, ABI, FOE, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, RSPB and CIWEM.

The recent severe floods have brought a new reality to how we deal with water and our flood defences. Landscape architects are well positioned to provide a holistic approach and the Landscape Institute and members are working with the UK government to address the problem.

It was a highly productive meeting, with its main focus on Cumbria owing to the recent severe floods there.  It was proposed that the group should look at Cumbria as a case study to consider how a ‘catchment-based approach’ might influence new approaches in national policy. The group hopes to meet again with  Rory Stewart in three to four weeks to progress this further.  The LI will keep members informed of the outcome.


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