Landscape Institute in talks with Defra over new awards scheme

The Landscape Institute (LI) will find out this week if it has been successful in a bid to run a new European landscape awards scheme for Defra.

The LI has been in talks with Defra over managing the department's new European Landscape Convention awards, which will launch next year.

LI chief executive Alastair McCapra met Defra officials in Bristol on Friday (20 November) after being shortlisted to run the awards.

If successful, the LI will provide judging and organisation of the awards, which will be open to non-governmental organisatiosn and local government, but Defra will run the ceremony.

McCapra told HW he expected that bodies such as Groundwork, the National Trust or RSPB might enter. 

The LI is also waiting to sign the contract on an awards scheme for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Academy.

The body has been tasked by the HCA Academy to run its Future Vision awards from 2010. Designed to promote sustainable communities, the awards are aimed at students and part of the prize is work experience at a landscape architecture firm.

The grant-funded awards will provide some extra income for the institute, and will be combined with next year's LI Awards in November. THe LI held its own awards ceremony on 19 November in London.

McCapra told HW: "It's not a huge money-spinner. We are not going to get rich quick running the awrads but it's useful in terms of our charitable objectives. We will be wanting registered practices to host the winners."

For full details of the Landscape Institute awards winners 2009 see Horticulture Week magazine on 27 November.


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