UK Landscape Conference
The first UK Landscape Conference was jointly hosted by Defra, the Welsh Assembly Government, the Scottish Government and the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland and supported by Natural England, English Heritage, Historic Scotland, and Scottish Natural Heritage. The conference was held in Liverpool over three days in early November 2010 and celebrated the UK’s engagement with the principles of the European Landscape Convention (ELC) with speakers and contributors representing the UK, European and International experience. A site visit on the final morning involved a boat trip out into the Mersey estuary with commentary covering aspects of the cities regeneration along its course.
Delegates were drawn from the landscape professions and other key influencers involved in shaping urban, rural or coastal spaces across the whole of the UK. Keystone were commissioned, to not only be responsible for management of the entire event including marketing and delegate management, but also to generate synergy for the many host and agent stakeholders and to work with partners in developing content to reflect the sensitivities and influence of a changing political environment. Key speakers secured by Keystone included those from the public and private sectors: Dr Mechtild Rössler, Chief, European and North America Section, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, prominent Landscape Architect Rene Bihan, of San Francisco’s SWA Group, Sir Michael Pitt, outgoing chair of the IPC and, as conference dinner speaker, historian Simon Schama.
Keystone also secured facilitator, Quentin Cooper and worked with him in scripting the day to generate lively discussion and ensure that key messages for each of the stakeholders were imbedded in the conference content.