Bradford Council’s Landscaping Team Shortlisted for Award

Landscape Institute Awards 2023. 30 years of celebrating people, place and nature. Finalist

The Landscape Design and Conservation team at Bradford Council has been shortlisted for the Landscape Institute Awards 2023, for excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing.

The Council’s team of landscape architects are inspired by the natural environment and have been working with community partners to create a diverse range of healthy green spaces across the district.

The approach of the team has increasingly focussed on delivering a range of public health benefits through the development of ‘Blue Green Infrastructure’ – which means building in tune with nature.

Improved health outcomes have become a key driver of projects including JU:MP (Join Us Move Play), in partnership with Active Bradford, to create eight interventions in parks and green spaces that encourage physical activity, and the Better Start Bradford and the Better Place Initiative to develop natural play space for young families.

Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw said: “I am so proud that the incredible work of the Council’s Landscape, Design and Conservation Team has been recognised in this way. They are worthy finalists because public health and well-being underpins all the innovative work they do across the district. The quality of their work and the value they add is second to none.”

Saira Ali, leader of Bradford Council’s Landscape Design and Conservation team, said: “We strongly believe that projects co-created and co-designed with the local community enables a sense of agency and ownership. 

“We are seeking out opportunities to practice this vision with our partners, and to construct green spaces from waste land that encourages social interaction and outdoor activity to support healthier lifestyles and boost social cohesion.”

Director of the Bradford Institute for Health Research, John Wright, added: “One of the key findings from the health research ‘Born in Bradford’ has been how important green space and our urban environment is in shaping our physical and mental health.

“Bradford Council’s Landscape Design and Conservation team has done a brilliant job in using this science to develop a cutting-edge vision for urban redesign to promote wellbeing and health particularly for children and young people. They deserve to win!”

To support their work, Bradford Council has joined a number of European research projects in creating green spaces that promote public health and well-being. 

The winners of the Landscape Institute Awards 2023 will be announced on 3 November 2023.

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