New publication ‘Landscape for 2030’ - Landscape Institute UK
New publication ‘Landscape for 2030’ establishes landscape as a leader in the fight against climate change
A new report from the Landscape Institute (LI), Landscape for 2030, establishes landscape as a leader in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss
LI President Jane Findlay launched the report at the LI’s Greener Recovery Festival – an online CPD week demonstrating how landscape practice can combat the climate emergency, increase biodiversity, and restore the natural environment – in March. This week, the Festival became available to view on the LI’s on-demand platform, LI Campus.
In its 2020 Climate and Biodiversity Action Plan, the LI commits to ‘using all means within [its scope] to respond to the biodiversity and climate emergencies’. With 11 case studies showcasing the value of landscape interventions at all scales, the new report is part of this commitment: an evolution of the Institute’s previous work that rallies the landscape sector to action, promotes best practice, and shows policymakers and developers the huge number of ways in which landscape projects deliver climate resilience and sustainability.
‘We are in a climate crisis,’ said Jane Findlay, President of the Landscape Institute. ‘Climate change and biodiversity loss are the foremost challenges of our age.
‘Landscape practitioners offer a new way not only of tackling climate challenges head-on, but of delivering several secondary benefits at the same time.
‘Our members can – and indeed, already do – find solutions that adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. Our sector is an untapped resource, and we should be shouting from the rooftops about what we can achieve.
‘Our 2020 Action Plan holds us to doing everything we can to respond to the climate crisis. Calling our members to action, equipping them to deliver the best possible work, and demonstrating to stakeholders the tremendous value of landscape – all are vital parts of this commitment.’
The report is sponsored by Peabody, who are currently employing a wide range of landscape-led interventions in Thamesmead, South London.
‘We’re committed to tackling climate change,’ said Phil Askew, Peabody’s Director of Landscape and Placemaking in Thamesmead. ‘We’re doing this by building energy-efficient homes, investing into our cyclical home improvement programme, and working with our residents to help shrink their carbon footprint.
‘We own 65% of the land at Thamesmead, including 240 hectares of parks and green space; 7km of canals; five lakes; 5km of river frontage; and 30,000 trees. Our Green Infrastructure Framework, Living in the Landscape, captures our strategic approach to managing and utilising the vast blue and green spaces of Thamesmead.
‘We are working in collaboration with many partners, including the Environment Agency and Thames 21, to deliver our vision. As part of our Framework, we’ve developed a biodiversity action plan bespoke to Thamesmead. Our Making Space for Nature programme focuses on people engaging with the landscape around them, whether this be
volunteering or education. It is important to involve people with their environment as the impact of climate change becomes a reality for the wider population - many of whom live in cities and urban areas.
‘We believe this report highlights the critical need to immediately address the climate and biodiversity crisis, and Thamesmead demonstrates why it’s so important to act now.’
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Link to report
Link to recording of the Greener Recovery Festival
Links to individual case studies
- Eddington Sustainable Community
- Patina of Time
- Fairbrook Grove
- Communicating Landscape: Change from adaptation and mitigation in a changing climate
- Lingang Bird Airport Sanctuary
- Exploring Climate Change Risks for Coastal Designated Heritage Assets
- Republic East India Dock: New Water Gardens
- Kokkedal Blue Green Garden City Adaptation Plan
- Cator Park, Kidbrooke
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About Landscape Institute
The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape profession. It is the professional home for all landscape practitioners, including landscape architects, landscape and parks managers, landscape planners, and urban designers. It is an educational charity that promotes the art and science of landscape practice. The LI’s aim, through the work of its members is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit. www.landscapeinstitute.org
Peabody has over 150 years of history, experience and expertise. With over 66,000 homes, Peabody is one of the largest housing providers in London and the south-east. We deliver services to 130,000 residents, 18,000 care and support customers, and the wider communities in which we work. We focus on those who need our help the most, working with people and communities to build resilience and promote well-being. We create and invest in great places where people want to live.