The Landscape Juice Network is now a part of the HERCULES project.
Joining the HERCULES project is the result of working behind the scenes for several years now to try and establish a method of empowering the land management practitioner (landscaper; gardener; designer).
OUR industry should be at the forefront of sustainable development as well as in charge of the maintenance and protection of historic and cultural landscape features. As more and more research realised this also it became apparent to the European Commission that a project which helped to span the chasms between policy makers, the academic and the industry itself was required.
The European Landscape Convention, sits at the core of the HERCULES project. Its text defines Landscape and the importance of landscape. Member states of the Council of Europe, who have ratified the ELC, which includes the UK, sign up to: "Wishing to provide a new instrument devoted exclusively to the protection, management and planning of all landscapes in Europe"
Landscapers and other land management practitioners are therefore key to these ambitions.
What will this mean for LJN members? Well in simple terms you will have a say in helping to produce 'good practice' guidance for land management in Europe.
As the project develops, LJN will be passing on information from academics and others and vice versa. Some of this information will be useful for practitioners on the ground, some of the information will be more useful to policy makers, helping them to understand the issues surrounding land management.
This project will finally help to put practitioners back on the map, quite literally in some circumstances, after a long period where our knowledge and place in the landscape has been at best ignored, at worst usurped.
At all stages of the project your opinion and input will be listened to and incorporated.