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  1. Public engagement is now open on the London Plan Guidance for the Urban Greening Factor (UGF). Development should help to make London greener. To achieve this, London Plan Policy G5 requires all major developments to include urban greening as a fundamental element of site and building design. The policy introduces the use of an Urban Greening Factor (UGF) to evaluate the quantity and quality of urban greening provided by a development proposal. The Mayor will publish draft Urban Greening Factor guidance to support boroughs and applicants in meeting the requirements of the London Plan and would like your feedback. Public engagement on this guidance will close on 20th December 2021. To take part in the consultation, please visit the consultation portal. GLA would love to hear your views and to see you at the engagement events (details and links to register below). UGF engagement events: 4th November 2021 – Applying the UGF to Development Proposals, 2:00 - 3:30pm: This session will take a detailed look at how to calculate the UGF and submit and review a UGF scheme as part of a planning application, as well as the information sources available to help inform urban greening design to optimise the benefits a scheme provides. It is open to all but best suited to those involved in the design and delivery of new developments. 16th November 2021 - Applying the UGF for Local Planning Authorities 11:00am - 12:30pm This session is specifically for development management and planning policy officers, ecologists, and landscape architects from London boroughs. This session will focus on the role and responsibilities of Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) in applying the UGF. We will look in detail at the submission requirements for the UGF, how to evaluate a UGF proposal, and how LPAs can approach setting local UGF targets in their Local Plans and the data and tools available to help to do this.
  2. Book onto the Midlands Parks Forum conference, 30th September @ Snibston Colliery Park, here.... Midlands Green Heritage Conference 2021 Tickets, Thu 30 Sep 2021 at 09:30 | Eventbrite The theme is Green Heritage, and our very own Midlands based LI President Jane Findlay CMLI is a confirmed speaker 😀 Other keynote speakers are: Dr Polly Lord, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Drew Bennelick CMLI, National Lottery Heritage Fund Jenifer White CMLI, Historic England Erika Diaz Petersen CMLI, Historic England Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Brilliant to see so many CMLIs in the line up 🤩 Jane will be talking about 'What does future green heritage look like? Why creating and managing our future heritage must tackle current environmental and social challenges, and what skills are needed to shape our future green heritage?' Midlands Green Heritage Promotion 2021.pdf
  3. Following on from the LI & MPF event in 2020 'Future of Parks: Skills, Innovation and Creativity for C21st Challenges' (available to watch on LI Campus here), we a delighted to be supporting the annual MPF conference - with our very own Midlands based LI President Jane Findlay as a confirmed speaker. More information in the attached file, and booking link below: Midlands Green Heritage Conference 2021 Tickets, Thu 30 Sep 2021 at 09:30 | Eventbrite Places are limited as this is an in-person event with reduced venue capacity to provide a safer environment. Midlands Green Heritage Promotion 2021.pdf
  4. Hi Amanda, I'm on the LI staff team and have signed up to all the branch emails (I'm just quite nosey and like to see what's going on 😄)! The most recent LIYHB newsletter that I can see is from June, which was about the AGM, so I don't think you've missed anything more recent. I do have to check my spam folder as LI emails occasionally sneak in there. Hope that helps 🙂
  5. Whether you're a head of a Registered Practice, leader of a landscape division or work for an LI Registered Practice, the LI sessions are for you. Join us for your opportunity to meet the policy team and feedback on our work in the next sessions. Everyone is welcome to attend our RP sessions, speak to your Head of Practice about coming along to represent your organisation. We'll be giving a policy update, a chance to feedback on the next sector skills survey, and running an embodied carbon breakout session. Checkout the Eventbrite event to read more and register your free place: Tuesday 24 August - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/li-registered-practice-breakfast-session-24th-august-2021-tickets-164006705471 Wednesday 25 August - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/li-registered-practice-tea-break-session-25th-august-2021-tickets-164009511865
  6. Hi Sue, Helen, Rob, and others seeking an update on the Parks & Green Space Network. A key update is that the LI published its latest Business Plan at the end of July; and Parks and Green Space is highlighted as one of the strategic priorities (alongside the Entry Standards, Independent Review and Digital Upgrade projects). For further info and to access the full plan for members see: https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/news/landscape-institute-busines-plan-2021-22/ The main focus this year is the development of a standards based professional development programme for parks and green space managers. There is lots more to do and meetings to set up from September onwards, but in the meantime here's a snapshot of some of the activities so far this year: * Developing sector standards partnerships and a MOU for joint working on the professional development programme * Organising Network Steering Group meeting * Onboarding of the Network to LI Connect * Seeking opportunities to align the sector with LI Policy and Influencing priorities (e.g. Biodiversity Net Gain) * Involvement in TPA transfer activity (led by interim CEO, Commercial Director and Head of Regulations) including the communications plan * Attending several external parks sector meetings/events (including with Natural England; MHCLG; APPG for Parks; Parks Collective; TCPA GI conference; GLA Clever Cities) * Ongoing partnership with Midlands Parks Forum
  7. Following on from Saskia's message, there's a Q&A session on 1st September @2pm for those interested in entering the Start with the Park: St Cuthbert’s Garden Village Ideas competition. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/start-with-the-park-competition-qa-session-tickets-165933825539 %7BfileStore.core_Attachment%7Dmonthly_2021_08/2121222350_StartwiththeParkQASession.jpg.f04e92d1b7d0c6f9a72ba357b3722665.jpg
  8. Hello! Glad you've made it to this brand new section of LI Connect, launched during #LoveParksWeek 2021 Look forward to hearing from our Parks and Green Space Network members and the wider LI membership and LI Connect subscribers I'm the LI's Membership Development Manager so feel free to message me on here with anything you'd like to know about the LI, including our Parks and Green Space Network, or email me at laura.schofield@landscapeinstitute.org
  9. Funny you should mention it @Simon Odell , Floriade is somewhere on my holiday (busman's holiday!) bucket list for next year having visited Almere in 2019 (day trip from Amsterdam by train and bikes). Fascinating city anyway and would definitely go back especially when Floriade is on.
  10. Hello I'm Laura and I'm the Membership Development Manager at the Landscape Institute. What does that involve? Well, in a nutshell it involves developing new membership benefits such as training partnerships; and signposting opportunities for people to join the LI e.g. through our new Entry Standards. I engage with LI members and non-members to help shape my work therefore I'm excited to be joining the Connect party, as it's going to be a great way to help support my role. I'm also a chartered member of the LI, and before joining the LI team, I worked in environmental consultancy delivering projects such as Open Space and Green Infrastructure Strategies; Landscape Management Plans including for heritage parks; and Management and Maintenance Costs and Contracts. I consider myself very lucky to have built a career in the landscape profession and I want to help many more people to do the same! 🙂
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