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Hosts announced for the LI Awards 2018

The LI’s annual awards recognise the exceptional work of landscape professionals. They encourage excellence, innovation, and creativity in shaping the natural and built environment. The hosts for this years event are below:
New York Times best-selling author and journalist Florence Williams will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. The Brewery in London will host the ceremony on the 22 November.
Florence Williams is a Fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University. Journalist, author and public speaker, Florence’s work explores environmental, health and science issues.
Her most recent book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative is an investigation into nature’s restorative benefits. It also looks at the science behind it’s positive effects on the brain.
Florence’s research examines the science at the confluence of environment, mood, health, and creativity. It delves into the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation.
BBC Radio London presenter, Ebs Akintade, will act as compère.

Adam White, President of the Landscape Institute said of the awards:

“As the professional body representing the landscape profession, these awards provide an opportunity for us to showcase the importance of creative and innovative landscape design, planning and management. We want to inspire the profession to deliver projects that benefit people and place not just for today also to inspire future generations.
“We want to see projects that respond to the environmental challenges we face. Aiming for them to help share knowledge and ideas so that landscape architects are correctly perceived to offer sustainable ways of living to the communities they serve.
“We are extremely pleased to announce Florence Williams as keynote speaker this year and Ebs Akintade as one of our hosts. She has a particular interest in promoting nature as a catalyst for health and creativity.
“Landscapes can promote positive mental and physical wellbeing. In an era of children having reduced access to outdoor space, it is fantastic to consider how benefits show in the Award entries. We are looking forward to the Awards and can’t wait to reveal the incredible shortlisted entries this year.’
The event is on Thursday 22 November 2018 at The Brewery, London, EC1Y 4SD.
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