Engaging communities with their landscape – the Landscape Institute’s annual Jellicoe lecture


    The Landscape Institute’s annual Jellicoe lecture on Wednesday 19 October to an invited audience at Leeds Beckett University will hear from leading educationalists and community activists and will reflect on innovative approaches to engaging communities with landscape and green infrastructure.

    This year’s lecture is entitled From Capability Brown to the Incredible Edible Network – new ways of engaging communities with landscape’ and the speakers will be:

    • Sara Main and Rachel Parkin work with groups that would not otherwise access the inspiring setting of Chatsworth and will discuss the Chatsworth House project. This project is working with deprived communities and refugees to encourage them to explore the landscapes of Capability Brown as part of the Capability Brown Festival.
    • Alan Simson, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry at Leeds Beckett University will make the case for urban green areas to form an integral part of city planning and development. He will speak about his new research which centres on engaging people with urban forestry and green infrastructure.
    • Finally, Pam Warhurst, Founder of Incredible Edible in Todmorden, which helps communities to improve their own neighbourhood through food will present their latest plans to promote urban agriculture.

    President, Merrick Denton-Thomson said:

    ‘Geoffrey Jellicoe was the leading landscape architect of his generation and it is fitting that this year’s lecture is given by four such eminent speakers working across such a diverse field of interest. Landscape touches us all and so much of our happiness and health emanates directly from outside spaces close to where we live and work.’

    The event, will be held on Wednesday 19 October at Leeds Beckett University’s Rose Bowl building. It will also include a public exhibition of Leeds Beckett’s current and past students’ work alongside the Landscape Institute’s annual general meeting (AGM).


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