Emma Skippins from Groundwork Wakefield reviews the recent Pathway to Chartership seminars

The value of Pathway seminars

In April, I attended an excellent day of seminars run by Colin Moore in Manchester. The day was spilt into two sessions. The morning one was on pre-contract procedures for landscape construction and maintenance contracts by Colin Moore, CMLI. The afternoon session was on Environmental Policies and Control by Ian Phillips, MRTPI, CMLI.

The morning began with an introduction to contracts, moving through to construction/maintenance contracts. The often neglected aspect of landscape maintenance contracts was then looked at and one of the fundamentals I learnt from this is that good management and maintenance, including establishment maintenance, are fundamental to the success of a project – practical completion is not the end but the start of the landscape and we need to ensure that adequate management and maintenance are in place so that we can be proud of projects when we visit them five, 10 and 20 years later.

The afternoon looked at Environmental Policies and Control. This huge topic was divided into sections on Environmental Assessment, Environmental Statements, Trees, Countryside Area Designations, Green Infrastructure, Nature and Landscape Conservation, Grant Aid/Funding, Minerals Extraction, Aggregates Levy, Landfill Tax, Waste Transfer Notes, the Environmental Protection Act, SUDS and BREEAM. Ian used his knowledge and experience to explain these topics to the level of detail required for practising Landscape Architects. The seminar provided up to date information on all the relevant legislation and demonstrated to me how much had changed in the six months before the seminar. The seminar illustrated to me how it is vitally important for practitioners to keep up to date on relevant legislation as it is constantly changing, especially with the introduction of a new Government.

Both speakers used their wealth of knowledge on these topics to answer questions from delegates throughout both sessions which sparked several lively debates. An excellent set of notes was provided by each speaker, which act as a valuable resource for both P2C students and professionals. The day was both enjoyable and informative and I would strongly recommend the seminars to both P2C students and  as CPD for practitioners.

Future seminars will be held in Autumn 2010 and subsequently every six months. Email cmseminars@waitrose.com to express interest if you wish to receive details of future seminars.


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