Landscape Institute London Branch AGM Minutes, 27th April 2016

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54 present (as signed in register)


Robert Holden

Anka Sieczak

2.0 MINUTES OF 2015 AGM (Tuesday 28th April 2015)


Adopted and agreed by the Quorum. No matters arising.

3.0 CHAIR’S REPORT (a review of 2015-2016 branch events and achievements)


Jan Anderson welcomed attendees and gave a short report on the year’s achievements and events.


The Branch organised 16 events, including:


  • Noel Kingsbury talk and visit to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Potters Fields (a joint event with LI North East)
  • Designing with water: talk by Julian Gladman of Ocmis and visit to the Diana Memorial water feature in Hyde Park
  • Christmas party with guest speaker Nigel Dunnett
  • Sarah Eberle talk on the importance of spatial quality in garden design
  • Dan Pearson talk on design in the public realm
  • Legacy of the Games – Landscape Management at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • Great Dixter Garden tour
  • Young Landscape Professionals networking event
  • Joseph Paxton 150th anniversary celebration – tree planting in Crystal Palace Park
  • Sky Garden/Crossrail – talk and tour with Armel Mourgue of Gillespies.
  • London 2020 and beyond: Mayoral Hustings with the built environment professions prior to the May 2016 election. This was a joint event with CIOB, Landscape Institute London, New London Architecture, Planning Futures, RICS, RIBA London, RTPI London and the Urban Design Group
  • Design on the River Thames: talks by Elaine Hughes on the floating Barge Gardens on the river in SE1 and by Studio Octopi on the proposed floating lido Thames Baths.


Technical seminars included:


  • Barcham trees and Treeconomics speakers focused on trees in the landscape and i-tree
  • CDM updates – 2 seminars


P2C events included:


  • 3-day Pathway to Chartership course run at the University of Westminster
  • Construction site visits x 2
  • Seminars on contracts and planning
  • “Exam Speed Quiz” for P2C candidates to practise exam prep with mentors


JA thanked the Committee members for their work during the year. She reminded the meeting that the Branch Committee is formed of volunteers and encouraged members to get involved.


There was little to report on policy during the year. The Branch has no Policy Officer. However, London is the focus of a great deal of landscape and related policy and the Branch is in discussion with the LI about the possibility of recruiting a dedicated Policy Officer.



As the outgoing Treasurer for 2015-2016, Hanna Salomonsson invited Branch members to volunteer for the post.


HS explained that LI Central (the Branch’s main source of income) is interested in sponsoring Branch events and invited members to come forward with any ideas for events.


HS gave a summary of the year’s accounts and details of spending for 2015-2016 together with a forecast. A financial breakdown sheet was handed out to all attendees. Ticket income from events in the year 2015-2016 amounted to £4,000.


Balance at start of year: £9,901.86

Total income 2015-2016: £10,621.03

Total expenditure 2015-2016: £11,940.99

Balance at year end 2015-2016: £8,581.90


A vote to approve the accounts was carried.



JA advised that three member posts require holders to be Chartered Members of the LI. These are Chair, Treasurer and Council Rep. A quorum was held and the positions shown below were agreed unanimously (no positions were contended).


Chair: Jan Anderson

Secretary: Wendy Fidler

Treasurer: vacant – no nominations. Hanna Salomonsson outgoing Treasurer to cover until a replacement is found)

Council Rep: Hanna Salomonsson

Events Reps: Tristram Bushby

Events helpers: A list of prospective volunteer helpers has been compiled

P2C reps: Tom McCreesh, Louise Pearce


JA reminded attendees that the London Branch is the biggest of all the regional LI Branches and relies on its volunteer members for the running of the Branch and organisation of events. JA invited members to consider taking on the remaining Committee posts and/or to come to any London Branch Committee meeting if they wished to volunteer.







7.0 DONM


April 2017. Exact date to be confirmed early 2017.



The AGM was followed by statements in advance of the EGM (11th May 2017) with reference to the central LI office location. Statements were made both in support of retaining a London location and in favour of relocation outside London. Speakers included Noel Farrer, Ian Phillips, Carolin Göhler, Michelle Bolger and Tom Turner.



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