Landscape Institute to make further £400,000 of cuts

Talks over the financial future of the Landscape Institute are set to begin this week.

The Landscape Institute (LI) is proposing at least five staff redundancies and the transfer of its library and archive to another organisation as part of a financial rescue package.

In addition, the LI is considering moving from its central London headquarters, revealed chief executive Alastair McCapra.

The LI now needs to make cuts of at least £600,000, Alastair McCapra told HW.

It had previously predicted cuts of £170,000 were needed next year and a consultation on the proposed redundancies and transfer of the library was carried out before Christmas.

"It is about predictions of reduced income," said Alastair McCapra.
"Circumstances have changed against us and it is not safe to assume anything the LI does will carry on the way we do it now."   

Increased rental costs for the LI premises, reduced advertising and conference income could all affect the organisation's budget.  

Senior members of the Landscape Institute - including president Neil Williamson, council members and LI fellows - are set to meet on Friday (16 January) to discuss the proposals.
The proposals to transfer the LI library and archive to another organisation have met with criticism from landscape architects concerned about its future welfare.
Garden History Society chairman Dominic Cole is helping lead a campaign to keep the library and archive at the LI's headquarters in central London.
An extraordinary general meeting has also now been planned for 22 January, at the Friends' Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ.

See Horticulture Week magazine 16 January for more on the proposed changes at the Landscape Institute.

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