According To Farrer ... Best compromise is the LI should stay in London

Diversity and how we embrace it in all its forms is central to all political agendas we face today. Whether migration, the movement and integration of societies or the more understood agendas of sexism and racism, the challenge of diversity in all its forms underpins the future of people's success in this world.

Fair representation is a real challenge that is continuously considered at the Landscape Institute (LI), as it is in all professional bodies.

The LI has branches in all regions and in each of the devolved nations. Each region and country has differing laws and languages, let alone landscape conditions and priorities.

Where the LI head office and staff are based is just another diversity challenge exercising the profession right now.

The devolved nations and all the regions can make a valid case for their region and can make the case that the office being based in any other region is unrepresentative, or even unfair.

The LI board has called an EGM on 11 May in the face of a member's motion to propose the head office move elsewhere. The board have considered this diversity issue carefully and, I believe, are quite right to put forward Motion 1 to stay in London.

The LI must act in today's complex world. They can't please everyone, they can only do the best for as many members as possible. For me, this means the office in London ain't broke; on balance, it is the best that can be achieved. London is our capital and the home of the UK government that represents all regions. Should our membership extend internationally, it is also a recognised world city. It is to my mind, after examination, still the best positioned to represent our diverse UK membership.

I commend all members to have their say and support their LI and vote to stay in London.

Landscape Institute president Noel Farrer is a founding partner of Farrer huxley associates

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