The Landscape Institute has elected nine new Fellows while changing the criteria for entry and moving from yearly to biannual assessments.
Landscape Institute (LI) council member Merrick Denton-Thompson, head of development at Central Scotland Green Network Support Unit Sue Evans, LI president elect Noel Farrer of Farrer Huxley and LDA Design senior partner Colin Goodrum are all now Fellows under a process which places more emphasis on contributions to the profession.
Also joining are technical director of URS Infrastructure and Environment UK Nigel Hackett, environment improvements officer at Exeter City Council Paul Osborne, LUC principal Mark van Grieken, Groundworks Hertfordshire senior landscape architect Julia Watts and director of Optimised Environments Limited James Welch
Applicants now do not need to show they have made specific contributions to the Landscape Institute, as in the past.
Chair of the Fellowship Admissions Board John Stuart Murray said: "We wanted to ensure those members who are shaping the profession, but who may not yet have played a large role in Institute affairs, also gained the recognition they deserved."
The LI has seen a rise in applications in recent years and the College of Fellows, chaired by Paj Valley, wants to see this continue.
He said: "We have worked with the Fellowship Board to streamline the application process. Promoting Fellowship is one of our core aims and we look forward to more members being recognised by their peers.
"We will be writing to members whom the college have identified as eligible for Fellowship over coming weeks. But we would also encourage anyone who feels they have made a significant contribution to the profession or to the Institute and who holds chartered status to also apply."