TACP Landscape Architects has won the prestigious President’s Award at the Landscape Institute’s annual awards today, Thursday 24 November, for its Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Pollinators in South East Wales. The plan will support and inspire landscape projects on public land to redress the decline in biodiversity and provide environments favouring pollinators.
Over the past two decades, bee numbers have declined worldwide. The evidence is clear that bees and other pollinators are less healthy and abundant than they have been and if action is not taken it will have serious implications for food production.
Wales has the first action plan of its kind in the UK to tackle the decline and the Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Pollinators in South East Wales identifies measures to benefit pollinators. It outlines actions that could encourage bees and others such as cutting grass to different heights and/or at different times of the year; and the development of wild flower meadows or formal planting areas.
Merrick Denton-Thompson, President of the Landscape Institute, said:
‘This plan touches a raw nerve. It tackles the appalling state of the biological quality of so many of our landscapes and demonstrates that we have to improve the biological health of every landscape. The Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Pollinators in South East Wales sets out to transform the number of pollinating insects, looking at the whole lifecycle, across numerous landscape types, from schools to roadside verges, public parks to private gardens.
‘For me what was so exciting about the project is that it took a national policy through to local delivery, through collaboration across a number of local authorities and across a number of professions. At the same time it empowers non-specialist members of the public to participate in delivery. There is a strong commitment to monitoring success by both landscape scientists and citizen scientists. The project has produced a range of advisory booklets to help the public participate in the programme, covering numerous different landscape settings.’
Other winners at the awards include the Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation won by Groundwork London for LIFE+ Climate proofing social housing landscapes. This project has delivered a low-cost retrofit of climate change adaptation measures across three social housing estates in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. The project has helped to reduce these communities’ vulnerability to climate change.
The Landscape Institute Awards are presented in association with Aggregate Industries, Brett Landscape, Ground Control, Hardscape, Historic England, L.U.C., McParland Finn, Marshalls, Penter, and Wienerberger. The Awards ceremony was hosted by Simon Reeves on Thursday 24th November 2016 at The Brewery, London. Awards were presented in the following categories:
Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Pollinators – TACP
Adding Value through Landscape
Sidcup High Street Revival Programme (OLF2) – Untitled Practice
Communications and Presentation
B|D Landscape Architects Review Journal – B|D landscape architects ltd
Design for a Small-Scale Development
Rotunda Community Campus – BCA Landscape
Design for a Medium-Scale Development
Piazza Gae Aulenti – AECOM
Design for a Large-Scale Development
Royal Stoke Hospital – Colour
Design for a Temporary Landscape
The Hive at Kew Gardens – BDP and Wolfgang Buttress
Science, Management and Stewardship
The Crown Estate London Ecology Masterplan – Arup and The Crown Estate
Heritage and Conservation
Pulham Gardens at Worth Park – Allen Scott
Policy and Research
Trees and Design Action Group – Capita Lovejoy
Local Landscape Planning
Woodside, Firhill & Hamiltonhill Development Framework – LUC
Strategic Landscape Planning
South Downs National Park: View Characterisation and Analysis – LUC
Phenomenology within Design – James Trevers, University of Edinburgh
Urban Design and Masterplanning
Torpoint Vision – Clifton Emery Design with Torpoint Town Council
Client of the Year
Nene Park Trust
Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation
LIFE+ Climate proofing social housing landscapes – Groundwork London