Through widespread discussion in the landscape industry, a clear need has been established that an organisation should be formed to represent the views and assist the whole of the landscape supply chain in Wales. Accordingly Fforwm Tirlun, Wales Landscape Industry Forum has been set up. Fforwm Tirlun is managed by a representative Council and has an associated company, Fforwm Tirlun, to administer funds.
Fforwm Tirlun has laid out its plans for the coming years to 2007. Activities that it will undertake are membership service activities designed to provide members with information and to promote the industry to clients:
1. Funding applications
2. Hold Council elections
3. Hold Council meetings
4. Manage accounts and arrange audits
5. Website management and development
6. Circulate newsletter
7. Maximise business opportunities
and project activities to improve the standards in the industry and add value to the businesses of members:
1. Raise standards
2. Promote value of the industry
3. Promote sustainable development
4. Identify areas of common interest
5. Improve collaboration
6. Research focal point.
These activities have been costed and funding is being sought from a number of public sources.
The majority of current funding comes from the WDA but it is intended that dependence on external funding for membership services activities will be progressively reduced to zero. Plans are constructed to transfer the source of this income to membership subscriptions, training and networking events and consultancy.