We are delighted to be recognised for our hard work by the Landscape Institute by having two of our projects shortlisted for awards this year.

Our Plymouth Landscape, Seascape and Sensitivity Assessment, which was commended by RTPI South West earlier this year, has been picked out by the Landscape Institute’s judges in the Strategic Landscape Planning category.

The study will help Plymouth City Council, adjacent local authorities and the nearby protected landscapes develop a stronger understanding of the character and sensitivity of the landscapes and seascapes within and surrounding the City. The results of our work are already being used to inform landscape policies and site allocations in the emerging Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan. The Seascape Character Assessment provides a framework to understand and account for the city’s strong maritime heritage and recognition as Britain’s ‘Ocean City’. It is one of the first examples in the UK of a fully integrated landscape, seascape and sensitivity assessment.

Our second shortlisted project (in the Landscape Policy and Research category) is entitled ‘New Agricultural Landscapes: 44 years of change’.  This innovative programme has been monitoring landscape change since the early 1970s, established by the then Countryside Commission in response to growing concerns about the impacts of intensive farming on the environment.  We were delighted to be commissioned by Natural England to work on the latest cycle of the programme, undertaking photographic surveys in 10 study areas to powerfully capture visible landscape changes over the last four decades.  This was achieved by aligning images taken from the same viewpoints to allow direct comparisons to be made.  In addition, we undertook a separate analysis to understand whether agri-environment scheme interventions have influenced the changes observed in the landscape.

Click here to see the full list of shortlisted projects.

This year’s Awards Ceremony takes place on Thursday 23 November at the Brewery in London.