LISW January 2018 Newsletter

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January 2018



Events for 2018



Dear Members


As Christmas starts to feel like the distant past, we hope you had a pleasant festive season and are settling in well to 2018.  LISW have some interesting events lined up for this year, some of which are set out below, as well as our upcoming AGM & CPD Day in April (details to be released shortly).  We will be looking for new committee members again this year so please do give this some thought ahead of the AGM – this is your chance to shape the themes and topics discussed at events across our region.



Can you Swim? Planning and Climate Change – 8th February


Firstly, LISW along with ICE, RICS, RIBA and CIOB, are supporting the RTPI South West Planning & Climate Change conference on 8th February at We the Curious in Bristol.


Ten years on from the first dedicated policy on climate change, this conference will take a fresh look at what climate change now means for the built environment and what planning can realistically do to deliver low carbon living in a changing climate.


LI Members are eligible for discounted tickets – follow this link for more information and to book tickets. Early bird tickets are available until the end of January.


Digital Placemaking 2 – Place + Health – 22nd February


Following the success of the first LISW Digital Placemaking event last Autumn, the second in this series is back by popular demand!  This will be an evening event held at the Salt Cafe in Bristol.


Speakers will discuss how digital technology is being utilised to enrich health and well being, communicate ideas, inform and shape designs, and enhance people’s experiences of the city.


Image Credit: Caroline Hernandez / Wavelength VR


We will explore elements such as open data to shape and inform the design of cities, digital apps created as a research project linking nature and mental health, and the use of Virtual Reality (VR) and the creation of digital landscapes to assist pain relief.


For tickets and more information please click here.


Planting Workshop – ‘Perennials and Meadows’ – 13th April



Image credit: Dr Noel Kingsbury / Flavia Goldsworthy

LISW are also supporting ‘Perennials and meadows – plant ecology for the landscape profession‘, on 13th April at the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens, Stoke Bishop.


This is a one day workshop with Dr Noel Kingsbury studying the long-term performance of perennials, He will be looking at how plants compete with each other, how to assess prospects for their longevity and their suitability for a variety of locations. There will also be a talk by Caroline Hanks on meadows and how to get the best out of them.


LI Members are eligible for a limited number of discounted tickets costing £90 rather than the full price of £120.

Click this link for more details and to book tickets.



Other news and events


  • NHS Forest Conference ‘Your Green Space and Workplace Wellbeing – 27th February, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol.  Including a talk about ‘Designing green space suitable for health‘ co-presented by our Vice-Chair Sarah Jones-Morris.  Click here for more information and follow this link to book tickets.
  • The Biosecurity Working Group is running a survey on how landscape professionals work with biosecurity.  The survey is anonymous and will help shape tailored advice for LI members.  Please click here for a link to the survey.


We are also looking for volunteers to get involved with a potential pop-up installation on Bristol’s harbourside.  This will relate to the experience of sound in the city, and will build on the themes we explored in a workshop at out last CPD Day in November using a smartphone app.  Let us know if you are interested or would like to know more, by email on


Please also get in touch if you have any suggestions or contributions for future newsletters or events either via email or social media links below.


Best Wishes





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