Two national industry awards for council’s Landscape, Design & Conservation Team

Article dated Monday Nov 20, 2023 at 10:49 AM

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Bradford Council’s Landscape, Design & Conservation Team has received two national industry awards for its work in the district.

The team received both the Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing Award and President’s Award for Best Landscape of the Year at the annual Landscape Institute Awards.

The team has collaborated with a number of partners to transform spaces in to attractive and welcoming places for everyone. They have worked with Bradford Institute for Health Research, Better Start Bradford and the lottery funded Better Place Project, JU:MP (Join Us: Move. Play.) led by Active Bradford and funded by Sport England, Well Bradford, Bradford Moor PASS and Making Space for Girls. Within the council, they have teamed up with Public Health and Planning and Highways on a shared vision for a health inspired landscape around the District. It has also had joint projects with Better Start Bradford and JU:MP.

The team is involved in a number of European research projects to learn and share best practice on blue (water-related, such as ponds and drainage)  and  green (such as trees and plants) infrastructure, which have been proven to improve people’s wellbeing and climate resilience. These include Interreg BEGIN and URBACT Healthy Cities Action Planning network.

Saira Ali, Team Leader of Bradford Council’s Landscape Design & Conservation Team, said: “We are delighted to receive these two awards. This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the team and recognition for the positive impact we have made in trying to improve the public health benefits of our communities and the built environment.

“We believe everyone should have access to quality spaces, and our work fosters equity in the district through environmental initiatives.”

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said. “Congratulations to the team. They have brought a different perspective of how to address the public health challenges in the district in their collaboration with our community partners. They have also created a portfolio of projects and innovation that fully demonstrate our strategic priorities for addressing health inequalities.”

Carolin Göhler, President Elect at the Landscape Institute said: “This this year’s President’s Award for Best Landscape Scheme of the Year highlights the ability of Bradford Council’s Landscape & Conservation Team to find creative, integrated solutions to the social and environmental inequalities and challenges the city faces.

“The awards celebrate teamwork that is both innovative and entrepreneurial, as well as delivering a truly integrated set of solutions by creating healthier urban environments, using intensive research about health within the community within a council with the right policies and design fostering social interactions which transcend cultural boundaries. Creating environments that are greener and healthier holds power that surpasses any prescription a doctor can provide.”  

About the Landscape Institute 

The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape profession and is the professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape architects, landscape and parks managers, landscape planners, and urban designers. It is an educational charity that promotes the art and science of landscape practice. The LI’s aim, through the work of its members is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit. 

About the Landscape Institute Awards 

The LI Awards celebrate people, place and nature, and the myriad ways that landscape projects can connect them. They celebrate spaces that people can be truly proud of.

The awards celebrate the exceptional contribution of landscape designers, managers, planners, researchers, local authorities, and more across the world in levelling up and creating a better place to live.

The Professional Award for Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing celebrates projects which emphasises human health and wellbeing. This award is sponsored by Green-Tech Specifier.

The President of the Landscape Institute selects one piece of work from the winners of the Professional, Open and Student categories for the presentation of the President’s Award for the Best Landscape Scheme of the Year.

Pictured above: Saira Ali (centre) with Carolin Gohler (President of the Landscape Institute) and Justin Rowlatt (Climate Editor for BBC News)

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