May 26, 2018

Nominations open for sixth annual Fields in Trust Awards


Nominations are now open for the 2017 Fields in Trust Awards, an annual showcase of the hard work of green space champions across the UK; nominations are invited in nine separate categories.

This year’s Awards ceremony will again be held in the sparkling sporting surroundings of Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, on the evening of Wednesday 29 November.

A new Award for 2017 will celebrate the efforts of ‘Friends of’ groups to make their local green space an amazing part of their local community. Friends Group of the Year is open to any ‘Friends of’ Group in the UK who has been inclusive, creative and effective in support and management of their green space.

Recognising the contributions of individuals to their local green spaces are the Fields in Trust Community Champion and Young Champion Awards. Fylde’s Julie Norman was named Fields in Trust Community Champion for her work at Park View 4 U at last year’s Awards ceremony and nominations are welcomed from those wanting to recognise an individual who really goes the extra mile for their local green space.

The youth variant of the award is supported once again this year by environmental charity Groundwork and is open to UK-based volunteers aged 16 to 24. Kent’s Toni Dixon was named Fields in Trust Young Champion in 2016 for her conservation work in the county.

Following a highly successful national Have a Field Day in July, which saw thousands of people across the country come together to celebrate their local green spaces at hundreds of events, Best Have a Field Day will showcase those events that really had the ‘wow factor’ and highlighted everything that made the green space so special to the community that uses it.

For green spaces protected with Fields in Trust the awards for Most Improved Site and Best Play Initiative return whilst in a change for 2017 there are Getting Active awards recognising projects who have transformed team sports, individual sports and informal activities on Fields in Trust protected sites.

The popular UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU! award will open for nominations later this month.

Nominations in each of the nine award categories run until Sunday 22 October. Those “early birds” who submit their nominations before Friday 29 September will be entered into a draw to win one of three £100 cheques towards travel expenses to Lord’s, should their nomination be shortlisted.

For more information please download the Nomination Pack, or to submit a nomination for any of this year’s Fields in Trust Awards, please follow the link to the story source

Three Eden project visitor centres to be created in China


LDA Design is helping to create the first of the Eden Project’s visitor centres in China.

The Eden Project is embarking on developing visitor centres in the US, Tasmania and three in China. Grimshaw Architects and LDA Design have been appointed to create the first of these – a new ecological park near the port city of Qingdao on China’s east coast.

Water sets the framework for Qingdao, and LDA Design and their ecology team will help to create wetlands, freshwater and salt lakes, swales, reed beds, rain gardens and beaches. One of the Eden Project’s key messages is that the world is ours to make better.  The ecological park will harness Eden’s capacity, proved in Cornwall, to surprise and delight, at the same time as providing an understanding of water purification and how we can go about water protection and conservation.

The new park, which is being developed by Jinmao Holdings Limited, is situated on reclaimed land where two rivers meet. The site will draw on China’s 4,000-year-old relationship with the environment as well as the Eden Project’s ecological principles.

“We are thrilled to be part of the design team developing China’s first Eden Project, enabling people to explore and understand what water means for life on earth,” said LDA Design’s Neil Mattinson, Senior Board Director.  “This is a truly amazing part of the world and our aim is to create an unforgettable, rich experience where lasting memories are made at the water’s edge. We hope it will be a place where people return time and again.”

Since opening in 2001, over 19 million people have visited the Eden Project in Cornwall to discover more about plant life. Built on a former clay pit, the centre – which has become one of the UK’s top visitor attractions – features the world’s largest ‘rainforest in captivity’. It is estimated to have boosted the local economy by £1.7 billion.


Grant Associates wins four gongs at IFLA awards for Gardens by the Bay project


Grant Associates has won a clutch of accolades at the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia-Pacific Awards.

Gardens by the Bay, which was masterplanned by the UK and Singapore based landscape architect, won an ‘Outstanding Award’ in the categories of both ‘Parks and Open Space’ and ‘Lighting and Night Experience’.

The Gardens, which are a favourite destination for Singaporeans as well as an international tourist destination attracting over 30 million visitors since opening in 2012, also scooped an ‘Award of Excellence’ for ‘Cultural and Urban Landscape’.

Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Friendship Park, a new 41 hectare city park planned for northern China, took an ‘Award of Excellence’, in the category for unbuilt projects of ‘Analysis and Masterplanning’.

Launched by IFLA Asia-Pacific President Damian Tang in March 2017, the award programme aims to provide an international platform to showcase and promote the work and achievements of landscape architects working in the region.

The awards ceremony will be held at the IFLA Asia-Pacific Region Congress on 2–5 November 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mike Wood, Associate Director at Grant Associates Singapore, comments: “It’s an honour to achieve no less than four IFLA awards. The fact that Gardens by the Bay continues to attract accolades is a testament to its vision and ongoing evolution. We’re likewise proud that Tianjin Eco-City Friendship Park has been recognised within the sole category for unbuilt projects. It is encouraging that the work of landscape architects continues to be recognised in these fantastic city-making projects.”

For more information about the IFLA Asia-Pacific awards, please click here.


EU Withdrawal Bill ‘inadequate to deliver “Green Brexit”‘, warn professional bodies


The LI is among seven institutions that have called for a new independent body to scrutinise government and safeguard the environment.

As MPs begin to debate the landmark European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, leading scientists, engineers and professionals in the environment sector have called for meaningful parliamentary scrutiny of environmental policies and laws.

The Environmental Policy Forum (EPF) today warned ministers that the Withdrawal Bill threatens the future of the environment in the UK. Representing a collective membership of around 70,000, the EPF comprises seven professional bodies that have come together to promote environmental sustainability and resilience.

The Conservative Government committed in its manifesto to ‘be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than it inherited’. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has also spoken of his ambition for a ‘Green Brexit’. But the Bill, the EPF warns, threatens the ability to achieve either.

In letters to MPs Michael Gove, David Davis and Pete Walker, the EPF warned that the Bill fails to ensure appropriate parliamentary oversight during the repeal and replacement of EU laws. They also warned that it fails to provide for the full transposition into UK law of the ‘precautionary principle’, the ‘preventive principle’ and the ‘polluter pays principle’ – the three fundamental foundations of environmental protection in Europe.

The institutes called for continued collaborative working with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, warning against constraining the devolved nations from pursuing their own tailored environmental policies.

The EPF has called for the legal establishment of a new body, answerable to parliament and independent of government, that would take on the investigatory role currently performed by the European Commission – which has in the past allowed citizens and organisations to take governments to court for falling short of their environmental obligations. The bodies have also called for parliamentary committees to scrutinise the number of laws that Ministers can approve as EU laws are made workable in the UK.

Professor Will Pope, Chair of the EPF, said: ‘The government has welcome ambitions for the environment, with a new 25-year plan imminent and a commitment to improve environmental quality for future generations. Yet plans without appropriate tools and measures for delivery and scrutiny will be doomed to failure. Brexit offers certain opportunities to manage our environment in a more effective manner, more bespoke to UK needs. Yet it also presents real risks that measures which have achieved cleaner rivers, seas, towns and cities could be eroded. We are calling for appropriate checks and balances to be established from the outset, to ensure we do not risk becoming the “dirty man of Europe” again.’

Read the EPF’s full briefing on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill at

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LUC attends Landscape Institute LGBT+ Diversity and Inclusion workshop


LUC was present at the Landscape Institute’s recent workshop on LGBT+ diversity and inclusion, led by Diversity Trust.

The workshop, which is the first of its kind at the Landscape Institute, aimed to help inform the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

LUC supports the LI’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy, with representation at the workshop by our Director of Landscape Planning Rebecca Knight.

Over the months ahead the diversity and inclusion Working Group will convene workshops on the five priority areas of its work, including disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and social and economic background. The aim of these events is to:

1) Highlight the issues faced by minority groups within the profession.

2) Make recommendations for addressing these issues to be incorporated into the LI’s D+I strategy.