Whilst at the LI Conference 2017 in Manchester, I was fortunate enough to speak with a number of high profile attendees & speakers:
Merrick Denton-Thompson, the President of the LI has been an advocate for the city region and devolution agenda and has been keen to engage younger generations, to inspire them to develop a more meaningful relationship with the landscape and associated professions. In a lively and inspiring introduction to the conference, Merrick was unafraid to set out the challenges the Landscape professions face and the political and economic constraints that currently impact upon the delivery of the highest quality schemes. Frances Hesketh, plays a leading role in building a strong team at The Environmental Partnership that has worked hard to regenerate areas in the Northwest and beyond.
Chair of the North West branch of the Landscape Institute Krishanti Carfrae and Senior Project Manager at ARUP , shares with us that the conference was a perfect opportunity for knowledge sharing; with International speakers highlighting their case studies. We also discussed best practice and how Landscape should have equal policy at the planning stages.
With over 20 years of experience in both public and private sectors Krista Patrick Natural Co-ordinator at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority is at the forefront of delivering a number of key green infrastructure projects including the LIFE project. We discuss the the challenges to engage developers and communities to educate on the benefits green and blue schemes deliver.