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  2. Hello All, Please let me know if you are still going ahead with the study group as i would be interested in joining. I started the P2C in April. Thank you very much. Aitor
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  5. I'd welcome any views on this subject from the private or public sector please. I'm a landscape architect working in the public sector and our council is currently dealing with a lot of applications for solar farms. In the LVIAs that support these applications we regularly see that the existing hedgerows are often (correctly) identified in the baseline assessment as providing 'screening' or 'filtering views' of the site from the wider landscape. The visual impact of the proposal is then based on the screening provided by those hedgerows in their existing condition. However, the condition (and height) of the hedgerows will change over time, depending on what stage of the management regime is being carried out (and that information is not provided at application stage so is unknown). In almost all cases, the Landscape Strategy simply includes the statement 'hedgerows to be managed to 3m'. Presumably, as the developer understandably wishes to limit and control shading of solar panels. In some cases though, the existing hedgerows are 7m high, so to reduce them to 3m might significantly open up views into the site, having the opposite effect to that described in the LVIAs visual assessment and actually increasing visual impacts. I'm interested to hear views from both sectors as to where in the LVIA the future and ever changing condition is accounted for the in the LVIA process. Solar farm applications are now regularly for 'temporary' permission lasting 50 years and in that time the hedgerows being relied upon for visual screening will need all sorts of management approaches. We surely should all understand that hedgerows cannot be held at a static height or condition. They will cyclicly need coppicing and/or laying for instance, which would remove any visual screening ability for many years. If they really were 'managed to 3m' every year for 50 years (flailed?) they'd eventually just die off. This would not only increase the visual impact of the development on the wider landscape but also lead to a worrying loss of historically characteristic and ecologically valuable hedgerow networks. Where is hedgerow management accounted for in the assessment process and how ought it rightly be accounted for by practitioners carrying out these LVIAs do you think? Thoughts very welcome!
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  7. One could continue, the LI Northern Irish branch is defunct and now Technical Committee has been dismissed.
  8. Hi Sam, I this still happening? I would like to join also. All the best, Laura
  9. Hello Hannah, I am also living in London and would be interested to join a P2C study group. Let me know if this is still happening. All the best, Laura
  10. The Outcome of the Independent Review of the Landscape Institute by Catherine Brown was published on 19 January 2021. The last update from the LI was in December 2021 (i) and it advised that in 2022-23 a "change programme paves the way to better ways of working". So what has happened? Catherine Brown make 37 recommendations. For instance, recommendation 14 “increased transparency”. In December 2021 the update stated: “Members can now access formal records of Board and Council meetings, with minutes published in the LI members’ area as a matter of course within three weeks of each meeting”. In fact as this post is written, in August 2023, the latest minutes for Advisory Council to LI members are from 8 July 2021 and for the Board of Trustees from 13 December 2022. (ii). So much for transparency. But one could go on: recommendation 8, a suitably qualified Board Secretary: is there one? one is not listed on 4 August 2023 (iii) indeed we have lost our CEO, Sue Morgan. One could go on. Overall we have gone backwards. Searching further on the LI website one finds few recent references to the governance review and subsequent action. On the 8 July 2021 Jane Swift, the interim CEO, stated to Advisory Council “Independent Review, etc. has impacted on service delivery and we are slightly behind our normal cycle” and there was a Workshop with a report by Andrew Morris under headings listed as successful , implementation, and communications priorities, (iv). At the Board Meeting on 14 September 2022 it was noted there would be an update on the Independent Review at the joint session with Advisory Council (v) And at the 13 December 2022 Board the then CEO, Sue Morgan, gave a presentation on “R Metrics summary Independent Review recommendations implementation” (vi). But there are no further details. What is happening to the Landscape Institute? Refs. (i) https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/independent-review-progress-update-december- 2021/ (ii) https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/member-content/member-lounge/ (iii) https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/about/team/ (iv) https://landscapewpstorage01.blob.core.windows.net/www-landscapeinstitute-org/2022/01/LI-Advisory-Council-08-July-2021-Minutes-WEB.pdf (3ii of 8 July Advisory Council minutes). (v) https://landscapewpstorage01.blob.core.windows.net/www-landscapeinstitute-org/2023/02/LI-Board-of-Trustees-14sept2022-Minutes-WEB.pdf (vi) https://landscapewpstorage01.blob.core.windows.net/www-landscapeinstitute-org/2023/04/Board-of-Trustees-13dec2022-MinutesWEB.pdf
  11. The Landscape Institute is not chiefly an education charity yet it repeatedly claims it is. For example: "The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape profession. 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." ref.https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/about/about-the-landscape-institute/ "The LI is a professional organisation and educational charity working to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit." ref.https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/about/ Let us be clear it is a chartered professional body and it is its charter which defines its objects and purposes: "5 (1) The objects and purposes for which the Institute is hereby constituted are to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the benefit of the public by promoting the arts and sciences of Landscape Architecture (as such expression is hereinafter defined) and its several applications and for that purpose to foster and encourage the dissemination of knowledge relating to Landscape Architecture and the promotion of research and education therein, and in particular to establish, uphold and advance the standards of education, qualification, competence and conduct of those who practice Landscape Architecture as a profession, and to determine standards and criteria for education, training and experience." Its active role is "promoting the arts and sciences of Landscape Architecture ... for the benefit of the public". It does not itself enhance the natural and built environment, rather its members do. Its role in respect of research and education is defined as "in particular to establish, uphold and advance the standards of education, qualification, competence and conduct of those who practice Landscape Architecture as a profession, and to determine standards and criteria for education, training and experience". It does not call itself a research institute and it should not call itself an educational charity. The government is correct when it lists the Landscape Institute as a professional organisation ref. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/professional-bodies-approved-for-tax-relief-list-3/approved-professional-organisations-and-learned-societies#a The Charity Commission has it right when it states the LI activities as:"To protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the benefit of the public by promoting the arts and sciences of Landscape Architecture". https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-search/-/charity-details/3956984
  12. Hello, Has anyone come across any guidance on the use of recycled plastic for boardwalks particularly in comparison with hardwood (or indeed hardwood treads on recycled plastic supports- if this is suitable). We are trying to weigh up the pros and cons of the options for a series of projects and keep coming up against the maintenance argument that plastic would last 'forever' which is, of course, also one of its downsides! If anyone has any impartial evidence that would be really helpful. Thanks.
  13. Just wondering is there anyone out there that is preparing for there exam and are doing it internationally? I'm based in Sydney but interested in joining one, don't mined if it 5/6am or 10/11am my time.
  14. Hi, is this study group still going? I would love to join! Thanks Robyn
  15. The Landscape Institute publishes Guidelines for Making a Complaint. To quote “These guidelines contain advice to members of the public and other professions, as well as members of the Landscape Institute, who may be dissatisfied with the professional conduct of an Institute member”. The document then goes on to assert: Unprofessional conduct does not mean ‘negligence’. Why one wonders? Maybe better to go a Small Claims Court where the law of tort covers duty of care and negligence, rather than to the Landscape Institute. Ref. https://landscapewpstorage01.blob.core.windows.net/www-landscapeinstitute-org/2021/12/Guidelines-for-making-a-complaint-Dec2021.pdf
  16. Hi Adam, I have just restarted my pathway after my maternity leave and was looking for an online study group. Although I am based in Southampton was wondering if your group have any sessions online that I could join in with. Many thanks Jenn
  17. Hi all, I am based in Manchester and looking forward to starting a new study group that meets regularly in person to prepare for the exam in May 2024. There are a few P2Cers in our office at different levels with different goals, everyone is welcome and we can discuss about the details later. If you're interested, please drop me an email at yan7sub@gmail.com Kind regards Jiangyan
  18. Hi all. I am looking for a P2C study group to join in Oxfordshire and also struggling to find a mentor - wondering if anyone is volunteering their time to be a mentor? Many thanks! Jessie
  19. Hi all, There are a few of us in our studio who have been on the pathway for over a year and are aiming to take our exam next May. We would like to find people who are also at a similar point on the pathway to make a study group with. Or if there is an existing one and you don't mind having an extra person to join you. We would like the purpose of the group to be exam revision, but we can discuss details later. We are based in the city centre and keen to do a in person meet up. If you are interested, please get in touch. Many thanks, Yi-Hsien (Emma)
  20. Hi Sam, I would like to join the study group, may you please send me the details please?
  21. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/li-yorkshire-humber-branch-agm-2023-tickets-565154411057?aff=Vista&_cldee=0GBAdV_dXrAweapFh6DlKVUbUGzXVyQYy9dUuBJBNJk3Qg4cj6X3uncRF-ILFG0X&recipientid=contact-29ce4054eb4de811a8a90022480173bb-b2e555f8b5914b78ae89c917c2f4d233&esid=cdceccd3-e9da-ed11-a7c6-6045bdd0ef48 LI Yorkshire & Humber Branch AGM 2023 Weds 26th April 2023, University of Sheffield This year the LIYH is holding their AGM at the University of Sheffield, with a talk from guest speaker Giacomo Guzzon. The LIYH AGM will be a face to face event, join us at the University of Sheffield, with a talk from guest speaker Giacomo Guzzon: Designing and nurturing resilient and bio-diverse plant communities in urban areas and will be including Elephant Park within his talk. 5.30 to 6.00 Welcome Reception (Drinks Nibbles & Networking Diamond Building Work Room 1) 6.00 - 6.10 move to lecture theatre/comfort break 6.10 - 6.25 AGM (Diamond Building Lecture theatre 1) 6.25 -6.30 speaker introduction (Diamond Building Lecture theatre 1) 6.30 - 7.30 Giacomo Guzzon (Diamond Building Lecture theatre 1) 7.30-8.30 LI Speaker, Mat Haslam CMLI, Honorary Treasurer (Diamond Building Lecture theatre 1) Join your branch committee The branch nominations and voting has now closed. Nominations will be announced at the AGM. Non-committee roles and branch volunteers In addition to our committees, many non-committee volunteers give their support to the work of their local branch. These roles don't form part of the committee, and don't require an election process. Please contact your LI branch if you'd like to support them as a volunteer. @Elizabeth Blackledge
  22. Hiya, I have started my P2C and thought it would be handy to connect with people who are in a similar position and fancy joining a study group in Central London, nothing to formal. If you wish to join, please feel free to send me a message and I will happily setup chat groups/organise stuff. Many thanks Sam
  23. Inflation and Fees (a revised version of a post of May 2022 with figures updated to 15 April 2023) Having worked through the 1970s (when inflation rose to 27% per annum in 1976) I offer these thoughts and would welcome comments please. It is a time of inflation (currently above 10% per annum) and anyone putting fee bids should be aware of what is happening. go to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) for the national picture, for CPIH, CPI, and RPI, The figures are published monthly so in mid April the March 2023 figures were published as follows: CPIH Consumer Price Index including owner occupier’s housing costs: 9.2% per annum CPI Consumer Price Index: 10.4% per annum RPI Retail Price Index: 13.8% per annum Each of these indices is a basket of prices of consumer goods. Clearly of these indices currently the RPI is the most favourable, but because RPI does not meet international statistical standards, since 2013 the Office for National Statistics no longer classifies it as a "national statistic", and instead emphasizes the Consumer Price Index. However, the LI Landscape Consultant’s Conditions of Appointment (2018) refers to the Average Earnings Index for both time fees (clause 4.4) and lump sum fees (clause 4.7) and states they shall be revised at 12 month intervals. It does not give a source for the Average Earnings Index, however, one assumes this may refer to the Office of National Statistics figures for Average Weekly Earnings. This is published with a two month delay so in April 2023 the latest figure was that for March 2023 with an inflation figure of 5.9% for the whole economy, but refer to the source and it is more complicated: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/averageweeklyearningsingreatbritain/february2023 Better than nothing but not as high as the CPI or RPI figures. Closer to construction is the information in the RICS Building and Construction Information Service (BCIS) at a subscription rate, larger practices may subscribe or one might be able to obtain figures from a QS. However, the LI Conditions of Appointment also address late payments by the client as follows: '5.10 Late Payment: If the Client does not pay the agreed amounts when properly due the Landscape Consultants can apply interest on the full payment due in accordance with the Late Payment of Commercial Debt (Interest) Act 1998 at a daily rate of 8% per year above the Bank of England base rate until payment is received.' Current Bank Rate (15 April 2023) is 4.25% so add 8% = 12.25% which is worthwhile prompt to late payers. This is commonly known as Statutory Inflation. The term for payment under the LI Conditions of Appointment is within 14 days (as clause 5.4). The other thing one can do is not to sign for long term fee agreements, i.e. just sign up for each stage of work using the LI 2018 Scope of Services, however, this has its downside in that your commissions will each be for a shorter term, and so such an option offers less long term security. Landscape Maintenance contracts for work and for fee agreements can be for five years. Arguably it is better to sign up for longer term for financial security, but to inflation index any fixed fees (indeed the LI Conditions by Appointment proposes such revision every 12 months). Sources: Office of National Statistics ref. https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices Office of National Statistics Average Weekly Earnings: ref. https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours RICS Building and Construction Information Service: https://www.rics.org/uk/products/data-products/bcis-construction/bcis-online/ Inflation forecasts: Bank of England https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/explainers/will-inflation-in-the-uk-keep-rising (15 April 2023) Office for Budget Responsibility https://obr.uk/forecasts-in-depth/the-economy-forecast/inflation/ (15 April 2023)
  24. Hi, A small group of us have formed a Study Group based in Essex. The idea is to have some online meetings and some in-person so if you are local and are looking to join a study group please reach out via this thread and we can then exchange contact details. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Adam
  25. Hi, A small group of us have formed a Study Group based in Essex. The idea is to have some online meetings and some in-person so if you are local and are looking to join a study group please reach out via this thread and we can then exchange contact details. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Adam
  26. LI Connect is not being promoted by the LI, no link on the website or in Vista. I bet some people don't know it exists, and it's very hard to engage with. I've tried to sign up to be notified of new content but that seems hit and miss; I haven't been notified of this post just stumbled upon it when signing in for another reason. Completely agree about branches needing to be able to email members - their hands are behind their backs at the moment. I understand we have to think about GDPR, but surely 'opting in' to the LI should be enough to opt you in to local branch comms automatically, the local branches are one of the benefits to membership. At present, hardworking volunteers are being asked to jump through more hoops than necessary, and their work is less rewarding because they can't get in touch with the majority of their membership! LI central needs to cut some red tape and trust branch committees with their own email lists. @Jane Findlay @Ruhela Begum @Paul Lincoln @Elizabeth Blackledge @Ahlyah Ali @Benjamin Brown I tried to tag to tag Sue Morgan and Noel Farrar, also various of the relevant LI staff team, who don't appear to be on here, which is telling.
  27. Sounds great - afraid I'm away on holiday but hope you get plenty of volunteers. Do post on LinkedIn, I think more people see that (I thought I'd signed up for LI Connect alerts but haven't been notified of this post...)
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