2020 has been a difficult year; but it hasn’t changed the fact that the climate and biodiversity crises are the biggest challenges of our lifetime. And with the importance of public green spaces highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the transformative power of landscape is at the forefront of public thought and policy like never before.
On 26 November 2020, people from around the world tuned in to the Landscape Institute’s first ever online Annual Awards ceremony. No stranger to the small screen, presenter Julia Bradbury welcomed attendees: setting the scene for a unique virtual afternoon by discussing the delicate balance between people, place and nature and the crucial need to create habitats in which all flourish.
‘As a nation, and globally too, we’ve realised the value of the outdoors,’ said Julia. ‘...But there’s a lot of us out there for the planet to support - so we need to use space effectively and efficiently.’
The 21 winning projects and entries celebrated over the course of the afternoon demonstrated the myriad ways in which landscape does just that.
‘It’s been another record year for Awards entries, all of such an exceptional standard - especially in our new categories,’ said LI President Jane Findlay, broadcasting from the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield. ‘In line with our climate and biodiversity declaration, we've aligned our judging criteria to include sustainability, and introduced more specific categories based around these topics.
‘The pandemic has really highlighted the vital role that public space, greenery and nature play in our lives. The judges and I saw projects that retrofit our public green space, reimagine our public realm, transform our high streets, and make our cities more resilient to climate change with proper, in-practice sustainability - all such important tasks.’
A full list of the winners can be found by clicking here.