Landscape Institute East of England Region
I am Liz Adams and have been LIEE Chair for 2016-2017
Over the past year your committee has been engaged in a variety of different activities and first I’d like to highlight the less visible aspects of the committee’s work: we have represented the LI and Region at both Writtle and Cranfield Universities that offer LI Accredited courses, and in addition have student reps from both universities on the committee, we have bid for funds from the LI to support events and activities and our regional rep has attended LI board meetings and away days and brought to the committee LI requests for discussion and response including topics such as LI support for regions and the Region constitutions. In addition our rep was been part of the Office Location Working Group leading to the EGM last May. I was approached by RIBA Suffolk to nominate Members to participate in RIBA design review panels and two members have so far contributed- please do contact me if you have experience of urban design projects and would wish to take part.
The committee has presented a wide range of CPD and social events across the east of England region during 2016-17:
May– CB300 festival and LIEE supported a full day conference to celebrate the life and work of Lancelot ‘Capability‘ Brown in association with the event organisers Essex Place services, held at Audley End, Essex, and chaired by Liz Lake, had notable speakers and an informative tour. LIEE sponsored free tickets for student members and were pleased to see a number of Writtle students participating.
Our June committee was an open meeting in Cambridge when the year’s programme was put together.
July – saw the start of the Public sector working group in the east of England with the aim to draw the diminishing number of public sector members together to identify key ways to maintain the profile of Landscape professionals in the public sector. The group has met bi-monthly throughout the year across the region and proposes to continue into 2018.
In August the branch advertised a RHS challenge to members, and advertised other branches’ PTC courses. During the year we have advertised events on social media by other linked groups to help raise the profile of Landscape in the design and construction world for example Ladies in Property in Suffolk evening events.
September found us at Fullers Mill Garden close to Bury St Edmunds with Noel Kingsbury learning about the long term performance of Perennials for landscape schemes.
September also saw the LIEE awards to Writtle students for planting design and management.
Sixth form Careers fairs in October were supported at St Mary’s school Cambridge and in Woodbridge school, Woodbridge.
Our major event of the year was held in Milton Keynes In November – a Conference in association with Cranfield University and LISE– Ecosystem Services by Design – a range of excellent speakers covered the topic from its academic origins to practical use in landscape projects.
Ongoing throughout the year has been support for PTC candidates by providing a meeting room and speakers, we would like to offer our congratulations to those who have reached Chartered Membership this year.
February– winter social in Cambridge – a much enjoyed informal get together with a talk from Dan Cook, CEO of the LI sharing his ideas for the new strategic direction of the LI in the current world economic, political, social and environmental change and from that developing the business plan for the next 5 years. This week the 2017-18 business plan has been shared with members and Eleanor will talk further on this later today. Members were given the chance to give an illustrated talk and one member Rachel Bodiam did so giving an informative talk about a housing site development from inception to site including local consultation and RSPB sites.
A request was put out for suitable photographs to go on a vertical LIEE banner – none have come forward to date from registered practises, it is not too late!
During March we switched to online banking which is making the Treasurer role easier. The treasurer post remains unfilled from last year – please do consider coming forward today.
And that brings us to our current meeting in Chelmsford a Walk and talk and social with LI presentation, I’d like to thank Place services, Essex for sponsoring the room and Chelmsford City Council for helping organise the programme and speakers and Area Landscape Architects for their contribution. .
I’d like to thank all of last year’s’ committee for their hard work and commitment in what has proven to be a busy year for all at work, on committee and at home. Over the year we have said good bye to two members both of whom have moved on to exciting new career positions and we like to think that their contribution to the committee helped them achieve this. Today we say goodbye and thank you to Dawn Purves who has been on the committee for a number of years including two as Chair, I know Dawn continues to support the LI through PTC mentoring and wish her well in that.
I’d also like to thank all those LI members who have freely given their time to Branch events as presenters or as chair. Many other members also give time to the LI by, for example, contributing to technical committees, being a council member, being a PTC mentor or supporting the profession by giving time to the Universities or doing school careers fairs amongst other voluntary work and I would draw your attention to the LI Landscape Ambassador scheme to record such time.
The branch committee works closely with the LI and are looking forward to welcoming and working with Eleanor Manson- who we understand will be supporting the branch next year.
Your committee has enjoyed putting together the programme for last year, we have met in pubs or meeting rooms always with food and drinks to plan the Events, discuss LI matters and usually have time to share landscape practise. Travel expenses are paid to attend.
We have a number of ideas for Future events for 2017-18 and you may have more:
Booking is open for– Tour of Barcham tree nursery/Angelsey Abbey June 29th
Other ideas are a horticultural/science event possibly at Bressingham, in September a Play seminar day, a LVIA /renewable energy site visit and seminar, a winter social, in February 2018 a joint event with Place Essex : Landscape History: Trees in Essex, to continue with PTC – support and the public sector meetings before coming round again to next year’s AGM.
To achieve some or all of these we need more help and especially need a treasurer- examples of how to become involved could be: could your practise organise a social or CDP event local to you in association with the branch? Would you like to join the committee to help organise an event or social you would particularly like to see happen? Could you offer a PTC session or “mock “interview?
Or would you like to be a committee member to bring you closer to the decision making in the LI?
Please volunteer today-especially a treasurer!