Landscape Institute public health report shared at international conference

The landscape architect who oversaw a recent Landscape Institute (LI) report showing the connection between landscape and public health will outline the report findings at an international conference.

Dr Val Kirby
Dr Val Kirby
Dr Val Kirkby, a Landscape Institute (LI) fellow, will outline the LI’s position statement, Public health and landscape: Creating healthy places at the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Green City Conference on April 1 and explain how good landscapes can save money on health spending.

The position statement, published in November, laid down five principles of a ‘healthy place’. Kirkby chaired the LI working group which produced it.

She will also outline the LI’s key practical recommendations for integrating landscape into creating better health outcomes.

She said: "The evidence linking the positive impacts that good landscape design can have on people’s health and wellbeing can no longer be doubted. It is now up to professionals on all sides to pull together to make a real difference."

She joins fellow speakers at the conference speaking about urban greening, public health and planning.

Complementing Kirby, President of the Royal College of Physicians, Sir Richard Thompson, will speak about the benefits of plants and gardens to health and how health authorities can use this to help patients even during financially challenging times.

The conference will take place on April 1 at One Great George Street, London. It is followed by a gala dinner at which landscape designer and the planting designer for the London Garden Bridge project, Dan Pearson, will speak.

The event is aimed at landscape architects, green space experts, landscapers, horticulturalists, planners, local authorities, health authorities and the construction industry. Book tickets here.



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