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Day 4. 2 Achieving Transformation Change – how nature can lead Green Recovery


An unprecedented scale and rate of new development will require an equally bold and ambitious plan for the environment. A green recovery will require new approaches to planning and designing for change if we are to avoid the mistakes of the past and address the urgent challenges posed by the climate and biodiversity crisis. Ian will outline the need for a ‘nature contact continuum’ in order to deliver the transformational change required and will outline why collaboration amongst a wide range of stakeholders is essential to success.

Rebecca Wrigley, Rewilding Britain; Ian Houlston CMLI, LDA; Dr Peter Shepherd, BSG Ecology; Chair: Jane Findlay CMLI, President of the Landscape Institute

Rebecca Wrigley, Rewilding Britain

Rebecca is Chief Executive of Rewilding Britain as well as one of its founders. She has worked in the voluntary and public sectors for 25 years including for Oxfam, WWF, Concern Worldwide and Oxford University. Rebecca has developed and implemented conservation and participatory community development programmes across four continents in the UK, Mexico, Uganda and New Zealand.

Ian Houlston CMLI, LDA

Ian is an Associate at LDA Design and leads the Environmental Planning Service for the business. His areas of expertise include landscape and visual impact assessment, landscape character assessment and green infrastructure planning and design. Ian has extensive experience advising on the preparation of landscape strategies for developments in rural and urban locations, including in sensitive and protected landscapes.

Dr Peter Shepherd, BSG Ecology

Peter is a founder and Director of BSG Ecology Ltd. He is an urban and vegetation ecologist with a recognised specialism in protected species, especially bats. He is a member of Natural England’s National Bat Expert Panel. Peter has extensive experience advising on the incorporation of biodiversity enhancement into new built development and land management plans in rural and urban locations.

Chair: Jane Findlay CMLI, 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.

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