Landscape Institute to target young people at Glastonbury

Festival goers targetted by Institute to increase interest in profession.

The Landscape Institute is setting up a stall at this year’s Glastonbury Festival in a bid to get more young people into the landscape architecture profession. Announcing the plans at last week’s External Works exhibition in Birmingham, director general Marion Bowman said the decision to exhibit in the festival’s careers pavilion was made to help tackle the skills shortage in the industry. She said: “There is a lot of saving the planet to be done and not enough landscape architects to do it. It does seem perverse at a time when employers simply can’t recruit enough staff to meet the demand for their work that universities all too often struggle to get applicants for their courses. “The most important thing is to get the profession on the map with young people.” She argued that the profession fits in with the lifestyle values of young people — namely the urban street culture of modern cities mixed with the leisure interests that take them out of the country.

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