Landscape Management

Landscape managers decide how land and spaces are used over time. They balance human needs with environmental sustainability, so the landscape can be enjoyed and maintained.

This area embraces the scientific, technical and management skills needed to assess specific areas of land. Often landscape managers balance the identity of the site with the purpose of the site. They assess the characteristics, history and potential of sites and landscapes and understand the needs of their owners, managers and users.

Landscape managers develop management plans and strategies, and they give advice on planning, development and care of new and existing spaces. They can work in horticulture, estate management, forestry, and nature conservation, among other areas . On a project basis, landscape managers can work in many different locations from public parks, reclaimed industrial sites and housing estates, to new roads and motorways.

Typical landscape management activities include:

  • Co-ordinating and carrying out site assessments
  • Producing and carrying out plans for the management, maintenance and development of projects
  • Advising on management aspects for new designs and projects
  • Managing projects and contracts
  • Assisting with the surveying of sites to identify existing plant and animal life and natural resources
  • Drawing up contracts and overseeing the tendering process
  • Preparing policy documents and area strategies for long-term management
  • Monitoring and checking work on-site
  • Making sure projects meet clients’ time and cost requirements
  • Gathering the views of land users, owners, managers and other community members where necessary
  • Giving evidence to public enquiries if necessary

Currently, the universities which offer LI accredited landscape management courses are the University of Sheffield and Hadlow College.


Top image: Black Brook Corridor Management Plan © The Environment Partnership (TEP) Limited