About the Landscape Juice Network

Founded in 2008. The Landscape Juice Network (LJN) is the largest and fastest growing professional landscaping and horticultural association in the United Kingdom.

LJN's professional business forum is unrivalled and open to anyone within within the UK landscape industry

LJN's Business Objectives Group (BOG) is for any Pro serious about building their business.

For the researching visitor there's a wealth of landscaping ideas, garden design ideas, lawn advice tips and advice about garden maintenance.

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.

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    I'm very excited about this.

    For the very first time, in our industry, you/we have an opportunity to influence policy makers.

    As the text above says 'This project will finally help to put practitioners back on the map'.

  • What I like about the project is how it will be genuinely in the practitioners hands. I can understand a certain amount of cynicism given how many schemes, initiatives and other projects have purported to do the same before, and nothing is forthcoming afterwards.

    I'm part of the team who are helping to co-ordinate things and if any member wants to be more closely involved than just replying to postings on here I,d be delighted to hear from them. There will in the future be opportunities where those with specialisms can assist with the guidance and be paid for doing so - so if you have any skills or knowledge on the construction or maintenance of traditional landscape features please get in touch with me at pipahoward@gmail.com and we can set a small working group.

    I also want to thank Phil Voice for his patience and advise in making this project a reality.

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