Sustainable landscapes for the future: Research, design and management

18 July 2013, 9.30 AM - 18 July 2013, 9.30 AM

Wills Hall Conference Centre, Parry's Lane, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, BS9 1AE

City Academy Meadow, Bristol

City Academy Meadow, Bristol

The University of Bristol is pleased to be hosting a one day conference that will bring together different sectors of the landscape industry on the subject of sustainable landscape research, design, and management.

The aim is to facilitate discussion between a wide range of people working in the landscape industry leading to future research ideas and opportunities.

This event is aimed at landscape architects, landscape planners, academic researchers, industry researchers, environmental practitioners (local councils, charities), anyone with an interest in the sustainable management of landscapes.

Confirmed speakers

  • Meeting Chair: Kirsten Henson, KLH Sustainability

    • Professor Jane Memmott, University of Bristol - "The Urban Pollinators Project"
    • Professor Nigel Dunnett, University of Sheffield - "Sustainable urban drainage, water sensitive design, bioswales and rain gardens" (Provisional title)
    • Stephen Alderton, DLF France - "Low maintenance & Carbon Sequestration: Top Green grass variety research at DLF France's research station, Les Alleuds Angers, France"
    • Kym Jones, Landscape Architect - "Incorporating sustainability in landscape design" (Provisional title)
    • Tim O’Hare, Tim O’Hare Associates LLP - "Topsoil Manufacture – the way forward for landscape soils"
    • Rob Donald, Twyford Twenty Ltd. - "Carbon Grasses: The sustainable answer to urban and amenity permanent/managed grassland areas"
    • Becky Coffin & Teija Ahjokoski, Bristol City Council - "The use of urban flower meadow displays as an environmental approach for cityscapes" (Provisional title)
    • Dr Sarah Webster, Defra - "Environmental Landscape policy, future responses" (Provisional title)
    • Howard Wood, Environmental and Sustainability Consultant, Grass Engineering - "Case study: The city of Lyon Parks Department sustainable landscape management policy 2003-2006"


The registration fee for the one-day workshop is £85. This includes lunch and refreshments during the day.

To book a place please download and complete the registration form and return to the following address along with payment to cover the conference and any additional events: Grass Engineering, c/o Mrs Jo Young, Crown Lane, Horwich, BL6 5HP

If you will be bringing a poster please provide details on the application form.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. The deadline for registration is Monday 1 July 2013.

There will be an optional networking opportunity for delegates staying in Bristol the evening of 18 July 2013. This will be a hot buffet dinner at Racks Bar and Kitchen at the Clifton Hotel in Clifton, Bristol and is intended to be an informal networking event. The cost will be £20 per person. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to attend and ensure the cost is included in your registration payment.

There will also be an opportunity to visit public flower meadow sites in Bristol on the morning of 19 July 2013. We will be hiring a coach to transport everyone between sites. There will be an additional cost of £10 per person to cover coach hire. Please indicate if you intend on participating in this aspect of the meeting on your application form and ensure that the cost is included in your registration payment.

Registration form


The main workshop event will take place between 9.30 and 17.30 on Thursday 18 July 2013 at the University of Bristol Wills Hall Conference Centre.

The morning will be composed of invited presentations from a range of speakers. In the afternoon delegates will break into working groups to discuss relevant topics with the aim of identifying areas of concern in the landscape industry which may impact upon sustainable objectives.

Delegates are encouraged to bring posters highlighting research, design and management practices. Poster display boards will be available.  Delegates intending to bring posters should indicate the number of posters on their registration form so that sufficient poster board space can be arranged in advance.


The main workshop event will be held at Wills Hall Conference Centre, Parry's Lane, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, BS9 1AE.

Map showing location of Wills Hall

Limited parking will be available at Wills Hall on the day (free of charge). Alternatively free on-street parking is possible along Saville Road (see map above). From here it is a short walk to the Wills Hall Conference Centre.


Delegates intending to stay the night before or after the conference will need to arrange their own accommodation. We recommend that delegates stay in the Clifton area as this is near to the evening networking event.  It is approximately a 30 minute walk from the Wills Hall Conference Centre to The Clifton Hotel and Racks Bar and Kitchen where the evening event will be held.

Hotels in the Clifton area


Howard Wood, Environmental and sustainability consultant

Dr Katherine Baldock, University of Bristol

Contact for all enquiries:

Download the poster for this event (PDF, 336kB) [PDF, 320 KB]

City Academy Meadow, Bristol

City Academy Meadow, Bristol

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