Tirlun sets out work programme for the coming year
Press Release – 9 November 2002
Tirlun has been set up to represent the whole of the landscape supply chain in Wales, from clients, landscape architects, nurseries and other landscape suppliers, contractors, the construction industry and skills training providers. Its mission is to ensure a top quality and sustainable landscape industry based in Wales.
Michael German O.B.E., Deputy First Minister of the Welsh Assembly, officially launched Tirlun. Mr German stated that the industry plays a crucial role in the economy of Wales and in urban and rural regeneration. He said that the landscape industry should make its voice heard through lobbying government and make use of the funding that could be available in Wales.
A regional launch was held in North Wales where David Hanson MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister also launched Tirlun’s website. Mr Hanson noted that the landscape industry in Wales was as large and important, in terms of both revenue and employment, as some of the recognised industries such as aerospace that received considerable government support. He recommended that landscaping makes sure that it is recognised as a unified and essential industry so that it can attract similar attention.
These events allowed participants from all sectors of the industry to decide upon the work priorities for Tirlun’s coming year.
These will include:
Introducing a programme for raising the standards of training and practice in Wales which will include professional development seminars, undertaking a feasibility study on introducing standards and determining sources of good practice
Introducing a programme for increasing the use of sustainable and environmentally practices in the industry through producing a survey of sustainable practices, producing a directory of sustainable goods and services and holding a seminar on sustainability
Setting up a mentor programme for increasing the use of partnering in the industry
Membership of Tirlun is 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. Membership will be free in the first year whilst the Welsh Development Agency subsidises Tirlun.
Chair of the Council, Nigel Ford, says, “We are very excited about the work programme that we have established and expect it to be of great benefit to those employed in the landscape industry in Wales.”