The Landscape Institute CPD Glasgow event “Natural capital: Rural and urban” took place on the 12th March 2019 and invited experts to present, via seminars and workshops, their perspectives on natural capital and how to utilise it in practices.

Speakers included Chris White from Aecom, who discussed natural capital accounting at the local and landscape scale, and Sarah Bryan chief executive officer of Exmoor National Park, who talked about the value of landscape.

Continuing the theme and thinking of the Landscape Institute’s Valuing Landscape Conference 2018, this day of CPD seminars and practical workshops asked the questions that are most pertinent to practitioners today:

  • Where are the investment opportunities and new areas of work?
  • What are the most robust natural capital assessment methods?
  • What’s the opportunity, for your business and for our sector?

The day was split into two sessions:


  • 9:30 – 9:45am
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Merrick Denton Thompson, Landscape Institute Immediate Past President
  • 9:45 – 10:15am
  • Natural Capital: changing the way we are thinking
  • Dougie Peedle, Head of Policy at SWT
  • 10:20 – 10:50am
  • The Nature of Life
  • Ignace Schops, President at Europarc Federation
  • 11:10 – 11:40am
  • The Business Case for Investing in Urban Parks
  • Matthew Bradbury, Chair at the Parks Alliance
  • 11:40am – 12:10pm
  • The Unfrozen Moment?
  • Sarah Bryan, CEO at Exmoor National Park


  • 1:10 – 1:55pm
  • Using natural capital assessment and valuation to determine the impact of proposed developments: a case study from Stirling
  • Dr Jim Rouquette, Natural Capital Solutions
  • Site Visit:
  • Broomielaw, Glasgow – hard landscaping to stand the test of time
  • Aidan Baun – Hardscape / Stephen Bacon – Atkins
  • 2:00 – 2:45pm
  • Our Planet Under Pressure: How applying the Natural Capital Protocol can support more sustainable business
  • Andrew Wells, Crown Estate Scotland
  • 3:20 – 4:05pm
  • An introduction to natural capital accounting at the local and landscape scale
  • Chris White, Aecom
  • 4:10 – 4:50pm
  • The Value of Urban Trees
  • Dr Kieron Doick, Urban Forest Research Group

Hardscape’s Aidan Baun and Atkins’ Stephen Bacon led a site visit down to Broomielaw to view the 10 year old scheme and to see how the natural landscape materials had ‘stood the test of time’ and learn more about the initial design concepts and overall delivery of the project with all the collaborative contributors.

To help bring this fantastic day of content to a wider audience, Hardscape were also on hand to support the live streaming of a selection of sessions and workshops throughout the day. The morning sessions (9:00am to 12:10pm) were free to view, while access to the remaining sessions (1:10 to 4:50pm) were paid for.