LISW Newsletter September 2017

LISW Drinks Social & Westonbirt Visit 

Dear Members


To mark the end of summer we are holding a LISW Social on the evening of 27th September – join us for a drink at the Watershed Cafe Bar, Bristol, 6pm – 8pm (in the ‘link’ section) to catch up with fellow professionals and meet members of the committee, the first drink is free!

As autumn descends upon us, the LISW will visit Westonbirt Arboretum on the 9th October where we’ll be joined by representatives from the Tree Health Advisory and Diagnostic Service and Plant Health team at the Forestry Commission for a ‘walk and talk’ on tree pests and diseases.  A range of potentially damaging pests and diseases threaten some of our most widespread native tree species and a variety of Forestry Commission initiatives aim to respond to this threat.  Following the talk members will be free to explore the arboretum for the rest of the afternoon.

Click below for tickets:,556NZ,PUNXYS,JR630,1

Upcoming Local Events and Activities


Bristol Open Doors is on from the 7-10th Sept – A couple of landscape based events include:

  • The Golden Hill Community Garden (BS7 8NE) – Fri 12 – 2pm.
  • Blaise Community Garden (BS10 7QS) – Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm.

For more events and info click here.


The Arboricultural Association’s National Amenity Conference 2017 ‘Protect and Survive’, the first International Conference on Arboricultural Biosecurity, takes place at Exeter University on 10th – 13th September.  (Tickets no longer available, but for interest more details available here).


The Creation of the Oudolf Meadow is a talk by Adam Hunt and Lulu Urquhart at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts centre in Bruton, on 16th September.  More info here.


The University of Bristol Botanic Garden Friends Lecture by Timothy Walker titled ‘What have plants ever done for us?’ is taking place at 7.30pm on 21 September 2017.  Details here.


Landscape Views from Lansdown is a 5mile walk led by Cotswold AONB Voluntary Wardens around the Lansdown plateau on 22nd September, as part of the Bathscape Walking Festival organised by the Bathscape Landscape Partnership.  Click here for details.


The RHS Green Plan It Schools Challenge kicks off in the south west on the 28th Sept with a Launch Event at the Bristol Botanic Gardens where mentors from the landscape and horticultural professions will meet with their assigned teams to kick start the 10 week challenge where schools compete to imagine or design a garden or community space.  For more info click here.


The Philosophy of Massive Small ‘The crucially overlooked importance of condition making to unleash smallness in cities’ is a talk for anyone interested in how cities work by Andrew Campbell also on the 28th September at Redbrick House Coworking Space, Bristol.  Details here.


The South West Growers Show for the horticultural, amenity and landscape sectors is on Wed 4th Oct 2017 at the Matford Centre, Exeter.  Click here for further info.


Making the City Playable is a one day conference exploring how public space, creativity and imagination combines to create unexpected interactions, at the Watershed, Bristol on 19th October.  Info here.


On a slightly separate note, as mentioned in our previous newsletter, the deadline for submissions to join The Creating Excellence South West Design Review Panel is 22nd September.  More info here.

We look forward to meeting some of you at our Digital Placemaking seminar on Thursday evening at the Tobacco Factory – tickets for this event are now sold out.


Finally, the Landscape Institute’s AGM and Jellicoe Lecture will be held in Bristol this year, on 2nd November at Bristol’s City Hall.  This will be combined with a conference based around the theme of designing health into the built and natural environment.  Keep an eye out for more details and tickets available soon.  The LISW will be helping with this event and if you would like to be involved, or can offer assistance, let us know!


As ever, if you have any suggestions for inclusion in the newsletter or for an event do get in touch on or on social media links below.


Best wishes


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