LISW July 2018 Newsletter

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July 2018




(Above: Images from the winning portfolio, LISW Student Award)


Dear Members,


Hopefully you are enjoying (or surviving!) the hot weather we’ve been having.  There is lots to let you know about this month….



LISW Exeter Hub Social – 31st July, 6pm.


We cordially invite you to the next LISW social, to be held upstairs in the cocktail bar of the Oddfellows Bar in Central Exeter (60 New North Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4EP) on Tuesday 31st July, 6pm.  Join us for a drink, a catch up and a discussion with fellow practitioners.  The first drink is on us – look forward to seeing you there!


Consultation Draft of Photography and Photomontage in LVIA


Following discussions during our AGM & CPD Day 2018 back in April (presentations from which are now available on our website), you may be interested in the Consultation Draft version of the recent Technical Guidance Note on Photography and Photomontage in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.


Landscape Institute Awards 2018 – Deadline for registration 31st July, 5pm.


Anyone can nominate someone for the New Landscape Professional award (within 5 years of attaining Chartership) or for the Volunteer of the Year award.  Both awards recognise a significant contribution to the profession – nominate someone before the deadline of 31st July!


Events around the region:


  • Planting workshop on plant ecology and design with Dr Noel Kingsbury 9am-5pm, 29th August at the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens.  This will focus on the contemporary naturalistic style, using perennials and grasses for repetition and maximising interest through the year.  Tickets are available on this link.


  • RTPI South West Heritage and Historic Landscapes Seminar, 10am-4.30pm, 12th September, Salisbury.  Discounted tickets are available for LI members, with limited numbers remaining.  Follow this link for more information.
  • The RTPI South West are also holding a Planning & Health Conference, with the support of Public Health England South West, in Taunton on 8th November.  Further info here.



Talking Trees Bristol 


Talking Trees Bristol aims to get Bristol talking about trees and invites you to pledge your support for an ambitious new target to double the city’s canopy cover by 2050.  Bristol City Council, Bristol Tree Forum, Forest of Avon Trust and the Woodland Trust are working together on this initiative, and there are a number of ways you can get involved, including surveying Bristol’s trees or helping to plant FREE trees in schools and communities – follow the link for more information and post a tree selfie to @TalkingTreesUK or @talkingtreesuk to pledge your support.



Green Plan It Challenge


The RHS are looking for landscape architects to become mentors in an educational project aimed at engaging young people in the world of plants through design.  Student teams get matched with industry mentors to create a design for their chosen space, hoping to win the challenge judged by a team of professionals.  Read more here to find out about the mentoring role.


LISW Student Award 


Congratulations to Jacob Neal, winner of the 2018 LISW Student Portfolio Award at the University of Gloucestershire End of Year Show.  Below are some visuals and a project overview of Jacob’s design dissertation for the Gravelly Hill Interchange, Birmingham (aka Spaghetti Junction).



Terrain vague, Urban futures

(Terrain Vague – Essentially describing an inefficient space, waste land or a non-designed space without use)

As the urban fabric becomes ever more precious in our cities, we are being constantly driven to find more efficient ways of getting the best out of all the available land within our urban areas.  Sites such as the forgotten spaces sitting under the Gravelly Hill interchange offer massive potential, with the ability to house possibly ground-breaking and totally unique development schemes that allow the spaces to be fully utilized as public realm, retail, office, learning and residential spaces. 



Above: Images from Jacob Neal’s winning portfolio
With the “Human Experience” as the main element behind the design thinking, this innovative concept aimed to stretch the boundaries and purpose of the space to show the true potential of our cities today.



LISW Policy Review


After the positive response from south west members on proactively increasing the LISW role in reviewing local policies and guidance, and in particular following LISW comments to Bristol City Council on their Draft Urban Living SPD, we are now putting together a framework and process for LISW members to promote local policy reviews. If you are interested in being involved please email  More news on this in the Autumn.


The LISW committee are also assisting in reviewing and commenting on the emerging Bristol Tree Strategy being developed by a working group of the Forest of Avon Trust, Bristol City Council, Bristol Tree Forum and the Woodland Trust, with support from others.


Promote Landscape at Careers Events


LISW are looking for someone in the Poole area to attend a popular Student Careers Event to encourage young people to join the landscape profession.  Please get in touch (on the email address below) if you can help – we can provide promotional materials to assist you.


And finally, if you have an idea for an LISW event near you, or have any contributions for future newsletters, do let us know on or via the social media links below.


Best wishes





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