Landscape Live

Landscapes Live! A Children's Journey Through Runnymede

In October 2012 we celebrated our successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, an event which meant that we finally had sufficient funds to start the second stage of the Trust's own journey through our Landscapes Live Project.

Since that pivotal moment we have been busy planning the project in detail and preparing for working with local children and families at Runnymede over the coming summer.  This short journey has, however, really endorsed the importance of a children focussed project and we are delighted to report that we have been joined by new partners who bring not just enthusiasm for our ideas, but very welcome skills and resources as well.     

The National Trust, Runnymede Borough Council and the nearby Egham Museum have become valued partners, donating staff time, ideas, contacts, local knowledge, historic resources, meeting rooms and steaming cups of coffee.  All are involved in planning for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and the 50th anniversary of the JFK Memorial both in 2015 but, despite the pressures of such additional work, have been unstinting in their enthusiasm for our project.  We have also received an enthusiastic response from the Kennedy Memorial Trust and, of course, we would be going nowhere without the skills of the Gatton Trust's Education team who will be working with local schools and community groups in developing the Children's Journey around this historic landscape.

These organisations are supporting us because they understand and share our aims and aspirations.  They, too, understand the importance – for both physical and mental health - of keeping communities, families and individuals in touch with the natural environment, with their local landscapes, and with their local heritage.  As Peter Winfield (Parks and Amenities Manager at Runnymede Borough Council) commented, “[we are] always happy to help with projects like this, that encourage greater use of the outdoors”.

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Access for All, Capability Brown 1716 – 2016: Celebrating 300 years

In 2012 Liz Lake, a trustee of the Landscape Design Trust, was part of the initiative to encourage organisations to participate in the celebration of the tercentenary of Capability Brown’s birth in 2016. In June over 150 delegates visited the Brown landscape at Ampthill Park in Bedfordshire. The purpose of the day was to look at the practical issues that might face owners opening their Brown landscapes for varying periods of time.

The Trust’s contribution to the day was to prepare an advice sheet on Access for All. Since 1996 it has been unlawful to treat disabled people less favourably than other people for a reason related to their disability. Previously called DDA, compliance is now required with the Equalities Act 2010. We defined the aims as the creation of a range of routes to suit different user groups providing dignified access for all without compromising a landscape’s special interest. Advice was provided on parking, types of visitor routes, what people value, identifying barriers and creating accessible routes for all kinds of disabilities.

The advice sheet was very well received by both owners with existing arrangements in place and those with no experience seeking to open for a short period of time.  

Download the advice sheet here.


A Children's Journey

The 'Big Idea':

Landscape and green space makes an enormous contribution to social and physical health yet this resource is under used and under-funded. Our project will use the historic landscape of Runnymede, to provide a teaching resource to connect children to landscape and the history of democracy. This is a prototype for what we hope will become a major new Landscape Design Trust initiative throughout the country.

Welcome to Landscape Design Trust

We promote quality of landscape through education and campaigning. We aim to influence and educate those who plan, design, build, maintain, manage and use the outdoor environment.

We are an independent organisation, registered as a charity. We do not have members or shareholders; we operate through a team of staff and volunteers.

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