Plan to encourage bee numbers wins Landscape Institute’s prestigious President’s Award

TACP Landscape Architects has won the prestigious President’s Award at the Landscape Institute’s annual awards today, Thursday 24 November, for its Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Pollinators in South East Wales.  The plan will support and inspire landscape projects on public land to redress the decline in biodiversity and provide environments favouring pollinators.

Over the past two decades, bee numbers have declined worldwide.  The evidence is clear that bees and other pollinators are less healthy and abundant than they have been and if action is not taken it will have serious implications for food production.

Wales has the first action plan of its kind in the UK to tackle the decline and the Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Pollinators in South East Wales identifies measures to benefit pollinators. It outlines actions that could encourage bees and others such as cutting grass to different heights and/or at different times of the year; and the development of wild flower meadows or formal planting areas.

Merrick Denton-Thompson, President of the Landscape Institute, said:

“This plan touches a raw nerve. It tackles the appalling state of the biological quality of so many of our landscapes and demonstrates that we have to improve the biological health of every landscape. The Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Pollinators in South East Wales sets out to transform the number of pollinating insects, looking at the whole lifecycle, across numerous landscape types, from schools to roadside verges, public parks to private gardens.

“For me what was so exciting about the project is that it took a national policy through to local delivery, through collaboration across a number of local authorities and across a number of professions. At the same time it empowers non-specialist members of the public to participate in delivery.  There is a strong commitment to monitoring success by both landscape scientists and citizen scientists. The project has produced a range of advisory booklets to help the public participate in the programme, covering numerous different landscape settings.”

Other winners at the awards include the Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation won by Groundwork London for LIFE+ Climate proofing social housing landscapes. This project has delivered a low-cost retrofit of climate change adaptation measures across three social housing estates in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. The project has helped to reduce these communities’ vulnerability to climate change.

The Landscape Institute Awards are presented in association with Aggregate Industries, Brett Landscape, Ground Control, Hardscape, Historic England, LUC, McParland Finn, Marshalls, Penter, and Wienerberger. The Awards ceremony was hosted by Simon Reeves on Thursday 24 November 2016 at The Brewery, London.

A full list of the winners with project descriptions can be found here.