Over the summer six students from Writtle School of Design spent a month each with Liz Lake Associates on work experience contributing to a landscape survey for Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council. Pamela Rayfield, Petra Holly, Daisy Parsons, Haruka Kobayashi, Louise Dolan and Luciana Aliker, all from the MA Landscape Architecture with Conversion course each worked under our direction collecting a wealth of background data on the Parish including our natural resources, the landscape character, wildlife and recreation. The first group prepared proposals for the Mountfitchet Estate and attended a public consultation but the main contribution by the students was to accurately plot all the trees that the council has responsibility for in a digital format. Each student had to present their findings to the Parish Council.
Maureen Caton, the chair of the Open Spaces Committee praised the students for their very high quality work saying ‘The final document gives the Council, and especially the Open Spaces Committee, a reference document on which to build a vision and strategy for our village, open spaces and future development of the area overall.’
The students say they found the experience ‘ invaluable’, ‘eye opening’ and ‘extremely useful’ particularly as they are all going back to complete their Masters this semester. And what about us? Well their challenging questions kept us all on our toes and we were impressed at how quickly the students picked up new skills, with their ability to organise themselves and to work to a deadline. With students like this the future for the profession looks rosy.