Landscape Institute Eden Project event "reinvigorates" profession

Landscape architects from across the country converged last week on the Eden Project for a day of training, the Landscape Institute annual general meeting and the annual Jellicoe Lecture.

After a day of continuing professional development (CPD) the group heard about the Landscape Institute's achievements over the past year from president Sue Illman.

Treasurer Penny Beckett said the LI's accounts were healthy, with just under a £40,000 surplus between revenue and expenditure.

Then the landscape architect responsible for the Eden Project design, Dominic Cole, gave this year's Jellicoe lecture, outlining his career highlights, past and present.

LI vice-president Ian Phillips said it had been one of the most successful AGMs ever.

"To have this many people attending at a venue this remote as well is really good. A lot of people have taken the trouble to come up. The combination of CPD, AGM and this venue was brilliant and it has reinvigorated A  lot of landscape architects who were feeling a bit jaded."

Phillips said that landscape architects were still underworked and he described the political climate as not condusive to creating the kinds of projects most landscape architects wanted to create.

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