Landscape Institute president-elect Noel Farrer highlights advantages of joint working

Landscape Institute president-elect Noel Farrer has called for landscape architects and garden designers to work together to "promote the values of what we all do."

He said the two professions have "huge things in common" with leading garden design practices employing landscape architects.

"Together we must not devalue our work through undercutting on price or limitations on the quality and range of services we provide."

Speaking at the Society of Garden Designers Awards (24 January), Farrer said both professions complement each other and while garden design courses "are of an absolutely exacting standard, they are perhaps a year or two" against seven years for a landscape architect plus an ongoing professional structure. However, garden designers have "drive, passion to succeed and entrepreneurial skill" from which his profession could learn.

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