Landscape Institute to debate cuts tonight

Landscape Institute (LI) members will debate measures to tackle the body's "serious financial difficulties" at a special meeting this evening (22 January).

The extraordinary general meeting has been called to allow members a chance to make their voices heard on the Landscape Institute's proposed cost-cutting measures.

The proposed financial rescue package includes at least five redundancies, and the transfer of the library and archive to another institution.

Six motions will be discussed  at tonight's EGM, being held at the Friends' Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London, from 6pm.

Five have been proposed by members and include:

  • Establishing a temporary special library committee
  • Cutting staff in education and membership; communications and marketing; and secretarial services
  • Retaining the library and archive as a "core objective" of the Landscape Institute

An extra motion has been proposed by the executive committee:

  • The LI will go bankrupt in 2009-10 unless measures are taken to cut expenditure swiftly by 30 per cent; that all possible measures must be taken to avoid bankruptcy and that all other considerations are secondary to this.

The executive committee recommends that members vote for this motion and against all the other motions.   

It states the reason is: "The Landscape Institute is in serious financial difficulties. If the LI does not downsize quickly it will become insolvent."

See Horticulture Week magazine on 30 January for a full report on the EGM.

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