The Landscape Institute's new College of Fellows has held its first annual meeting after electing nine new fellows to their posts last month.
The meeting was held at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) in Reading, the new home for the institute’s archive.
Chair of the college, Paj Valley, said fellows were a valuable asset and had considerable knowledge and experience.
She added: "Fellows should be able to act as ambassadors for landscape, to help disseminate knowledge. They also have a vital fund-raising role. "
Landscape Institute (LI) president Sue Illman said the group represented "the best of the institute."
In group discussions the fellows compiled suggestions for the way that they could operate. These included:
• Lobbying chief executives of local authorities on how well-designed landscape could help encourage activity among children.
• Lobbying local authorities on their work in public health and landscape.
• Spreading the knowledge to other members of the institute of what fellowship is, and the advantages of applying for it.
• Briefing fellows on LI policy , so that they can help disseminate it.
• Looking at the possibility of creating regional fellows.
• Inspiring young people to study landscape architecture at degree level.
The fellows visited the archives at MERL and University of Reading archivist Guy Baxter explained the range of collections that MERL holds. They include the archives of the Campaign to Protect Rural England as well as Suttons Seeds.