Tirlun launched by Deputy First Minister

Tirlun has been set up to represent the whole of the landscape supply chain in Wales. Its mission is to ensure a top quality and sustainable landscape industry based in Wales. And its aims are:

Promote the value of the landscape industry in Wales
Help raise standards across the landscape industry in Wales
Maximise business opportunities for the landscape industry in Wales
Improve collaboration within the supply chain
Improve communication within the industry
Be a research focal point
Develop a common understanding across all parts of the landscape industry in Wales
Promote the principles of sustainable development throughout the industry
Identify areas of common interest and maximise the potential for collaboration
Support the work of industry bodies in helping to achieve common objectives

Tirlun is run by a Council that currently comprises representatives from the trade associations, businesses and education. Nigel Ford, of Capita Property Consultancy Ltd., chairs the Council and Rob Evans, of landscape contractors Gerddi Cambria, is vice-chair. The other members of the Council are Gerry Donovan of the Design Council, Ian Forsyth of the Horticultural Trades Association and the Association of Professional Landscapers, Joanne Gossage of Landscape Institute Wales, David Spencer of the British Association of Landscape Industries, Julie Barr, of the Symonds Group Ltd., Phil Bryan of Wyn Thomas Gordon Lewis Ltd., Tim Carter of the Babtie Group, Tim Dorken, landscape architect, Martyn Hughes of Gerald Davies Ltd., Sandra Loton-Jones of Lantra, Hilary Morgan of TACP, Rob Osbourne of Pren Welsh Oak, Mark Simkin of the Welsh College of Horticulture, Nick Ward of the Welsh Development Agency who provide funding and David Skidmore who provides the secretariat through funding from the Knowledge Exploitation Fund.

Tirlun is now to hold its official launch. This will take place at two venues. For South Wales, the launch will take place at the National Botanic Garden on November 8th. Participants will be given a tour of the gardens, which will be followed by the Launch by Michael German O.B.E., Deputy First Minister of the Welsh Assembly. The participants will then be involved in a discussion to set the future direction of the organisation. The day will finish with a talk on fostering supply chain relationships given by Roy Ayliffe, Director of Professional Practice at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

For North and mid Wales, the launch will be held at the Welsh College of Horticulture on November 15th. A tour of the College Grounds and commercial facilities will be followed by an opening address by David Hanson MP. Discussions on the needs of the industry in Wales will be followed by a talk on partnering by Don Ward, Chief Executive of the Design Build Foundation.

The launch will coincide with Tirlun becoming a ‘not for profit’ company limited by guarantee so that it is better able to assist the industry. It will also see the introduction of a website to promote the activities of the organisation and provide a service to its members.

Membership of Tirlun will be open to businesses and organisations and to individuals who have an interest in the landscape industry in Wales and follow the organisation’s code of practice. So, this membership will be drawn from clients, landscape architects, nurseries and other landscape suppliers, contractors, the construction industry and skills training providers. Membership will be free in the first year whilst the Welsh Development Agency subsidises Tirlun.

Chair of the Council, Nigel Ford, says, “Tirlun represents a great opportunity for the industry in Wales to work together as a whole and be competitive at an international level.”

Nick Ward of WDA says, “I am delighted that the industry is taking the lead with this initiative and that we are able to provide initial funding to help Tirlun get established. The WDA’s Environmental Goods and Services initiative has been working with the industry for some time and it is particularly pleasing that Wales is leading the way in the UK with this level of collaboration across the sector”.

As David Skidmore says, “Tirlun is a very exciting development for the industry in bringing the whole supply chain together. By having a Forum that encourages co-operation and high standards, difficulties that are experienced by the industry, in supply, can be resolved more easily. The needs of the industry can be put forward in a unified way and training needs can be addressed effectively. Each part of the industry is pulling together with the trade associations to make better business opportunities.”

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