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Day 1. 2 Who are our communities?


More so than before, the coronavirus pandemic has put greater onus on community engagement, and made us realise we have a responsibility to ensure consultation remains inclusive and harnesses the opportunity to champion social value in our communities. This session will uncover principles for inclusive community engagement for the creation and re-imagining of our public open spaces. It will then highlight through case studies how partnerships with horticulturalists, often as a first form of community engagement, can act as a catalyst to engage and connectwith communities. Great part of our job is also to understand the relation between darkness and safety and security and how lighting could tackle this issue and ASB more in general. This session will also explore how lighting could be not just a design element but a way to engage communities to understand use of the space after dark.

Chair: Jane Findlay CMLI PLI, President of the Landscape Institute

Jane Findlay is a Landscape Architect, the founding director of Fira and President Elect of the Landscape Institute. She is an experienced masterplanner and designer of the large and complex projects, particularly experienced in the design of the healing landscape for healthcare and delivered some of the most complex healthcare projects in the UK.


Gabrielle Appiah, Project Coordinator, Soundings

Gabrielle is passionate about ensuring that engagement is empowering and inclusive of the diverse communities she works with as a Project Coordinator at Soundings community consultation organisation on mixed-use projects across London involving the re-imagining and creation of public open


Pamela Smith, Senior National Consultant for Gardens & Parklands, National Trust

A horticulturalist with over 35 years’ experience of working in public parks, botanic and historic gardens, including park and botanic garden restoration and management, landscape design, landscape art commissions and
partnerships. She is a former Director of the University of Birmingham Botanic Garden and former Vice Chair of Plant Network, 2009 CABE Space scholar.


Elettra Bordonaro, Founder and Director, Light Follows Behaviour

Elettra is co-founder and creative director at Light Follows Behaviour, a lighting design studio with the aim to design with people and for people. She has focused her attention on lighting design and associated research initiatives for over 15 years.

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