The British Association of Landscape Industries has opened up its membership to students and registered landscape designers.
Both new categories will offer benefits, including networking opportunities and access to helplines, technical notes and industry news.
New chief executive David Spencer said: “We’re trying to encourage people coming into the industry to gain knowledge about rules and regulations. Student interest is phenomenal. Young people are now getting into the industry through colleges, rather than apprenticeships. We’re giving them access to the web site and technical information, which is a big aid to them.
“In our role as training provider, we are conscious of the needs of entrants into amenity horticulture — both young students and adult learners. The new landscape designer membership will provide an ideal forum for designers and contractors to work together under a single banner,” he added.
PR officer Amy Johnson said: “We’ve had quite a lot of interest already. We’ve been thinking about the new categories for quite a while and have compiled a database at different exhibitions. We are currently contacting those people on the database.”
More than 50 people have already enquired after designer membership and there have been over 1,000 enquiries from students.
Applicants must have passed a recognised course of at least two- years’ length in landscape architecture/design.
Members may use the BALI logo. There is a £100 administration fee and a £175 annual subscription.
Student membership will cost £20 for the first year and £10 for subsequent years.
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