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LI Webinar: Collaboration is essential for historic parks & green spaces


Series overview:

In partnership with Historic England and Green Flag Award, the Landscape Institute (LI) hosted a webinar series about the design, management and maintenance of historic public green spaces. The three webinars explored our public park and green space heritage and its green infrastructure role; restoration, stewardship, collaboration and future-proofing.

This session:

Working with communities to conserve and protect their historic green spaces, the second webinar will focus on collaboration. Discussions will delve into the role of heritage in creating a sense of belonging and community cohesion, welcoming and accessible places. Examples will provide insights into successful partnerships; addressing community needs; reinstating lost facilities and features; and financial models for long-term sustainability.

Hosted by the LI, speakers include representatives from LUC, HTA and the Midlands Parks Forum. Join this free webinar open to all LI members and non-members.


Learning Outcomes 
  • Understanding stakeholder and/or community engagement – Insights to fostering participative engagement; seeking out and incorporating stakeholders/community values, concerns and aspirations, and ongoing relationships with stakeholders/community.
  • Research and analysis – Insights on researching and analysis of parks: their history and context, design concept; detailing; condition and issues.
  • Understanding parks management – Introduction to the importance of historic urban green spaces and their many roles (ecological, economic, socio-cultural and heritage) and their wider strategic and functional roles as well as site specific management issues; and balancing of political, societal and environmental needs with the resources available.


Katharina Erne CMLI , Associate, Senior Chartered Landscape Architect, HTA

Katharina is a Chartered Senior Landscape Architect with over 10 years experience and is an Associate at HTA Design LLP. Katharina currently manages a team of Landscape Architects on a range of projects from inception to completion. Katharina has been the lead Landscape Architect on a number of high-profile public realm projects, including the Water Gardens in Hemel Hempstead, Scotney Castle in Kent, Claremont Park in Barnet, Dagenham Green, Sutton Estate in Chelsea. She has extensive experience in the design and delivery of parks, historic landscape and play and has a passion for planting design. Katharina also has a keen interest and expertise in community led landscape architecture, working with local residents, local stakeholders and the wider community. Katharina is a keen speaker and has given talks for Homes England Officers, the Landscape Institute and at Architecture conferences about her work on Cator Park and the importance of biodiversity in landscape design.

Shaun Kiddell, Investment and Compliance Manager, National Lottery Heritage Fund

Shaun Kiddell joined the National Lottery Heritage Fund in March 2013 as the Parks Policy Adviser. At the time this was a new role that came into being following the downturn in the public sector and parks being deemed high risk and how National Lottery Heritage Fund would want to help and support our grantees after projects complete to protect our investment. Prior to joining National Lottery Heritage Fund he spent several decades heading up Local Authority Parks and Greenspace services in three London authorities (Croydon, Lambeth and Camden) as well as several years working for The Royal Parks.  

Shaun formerly chaired the council the Council of the London Parks and Gardens Trust and was a Green Flag Judge for many years, he  also served on the Board of Trustees of Greenspace, the national charity that worked to improve parks and green spaces.  

Matthew Parkhill CMLI, Director, Landscape Management, LUC

Matthew Parkhill is a Director at LUC, responsible for leading the landscape management team. He has over 20 years’ experience of working in the industry and joined LUC in 2007. Matthew has considerable experience of developing strategies for the conservation, management and enhancement of landscapes, which are protected for their cultural and natural heritage importance. Through his work, he has fostered relationships with key stakeholders and developed considerable experience in community engagement reflecting the importance of ensuring ‘buy-in’ in the conservation and management of parks and green spaces. Matthew has supported organisations with reviews of management operations to ensure the sustainable stewardship of landscapes of all scales. His work has helped to secure external funding to support the restoration of parks and green spaces.

Oliver Rock CMLI, Director Landscape Design, Associate Partner, HTA

Oliver is an Associate Partner and Director of Landscape Design at HTA Design LLP. He has over twenty-five years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors and has a particular interest in historic landscape, as well as wider expertise in the regeneration and masterplanning large-scale complex
projects. Oliver runs one of the landscape teams at HTA and in addition to leading projects, he is involved in the development and submission of bids, speaking at
conferences and mentoring landscape architects preparing for their professional qualifications.

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Manager Keep Britain Tidy

Paul Todd has managed the Green Flag Award including the Green Heritage Site Accreditation for 20 years. In that time the number of sites has grown to over 2,400 in 16 countries. The Green Flag Award sets the international benchmark for the management of quality green spaces and the Heritage Accreditation rewards those sites that recognise, conserve and share the heritage value of their park or green spaces. Paul is also Tresurer of the Friends of Norris Green Park, a historic Liverpool Park.

Jenifer White MBE CMLI, Principal National Landscape Adviser, Historic England

Historic England’s purpose is to improve people’s lives by championing and protecting the historic environment. Our three areas of focus are thriving places, connected communities and active participation. Jenifer leads on Historic England’s advice, guidance and research on historic designed landscapes and nature recovery. She has been involved in championing the conservation of our public park, cemeteries and urban green space heritage for more than 20 years. In Historic England’s 2020 review of post 1945 landscape design, several public parks were added to the Register of Parks & Gardens of Special Historic Interest. More recently, Jenifer has been collaborating with Natural England on developing the new Green Infrastructure Framework. Climate change adaptation and sustainability is an ongoing high priority in her work.


Paul Lincoln, Editor of Landscape the Journal of the Landscape Institute 

Paul Lincoln is editor of Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute. Showcasing the best in landscape design, management, and thinking, the journal gives landscape professionals a broad view of the key issues facing the profession, while also equipping them with tools and knowledge to make them better at their jobs. Paul also curates content for a range of projects. These have included the LI’s 90th Birthday Festival in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and three exhibitions at the Building Centre, including Beyond the Green Belt and Rethinking the Urban Landscape.


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