Landscape architects perception of their role in the mining industry in England
Landscape architects have a broad based academic training that prepares them to undertake a variety of different challenges in planning, design, construction and management of land. The purpose of this study was to establish their perception regarding their role in the mineral extraction industry in England. The study involved an online survey of landscape architects practicing in different organisations in England. It was established that they deemed their involvement in the industry as very important. They however have a perception that their involvement is not well appreciated. They also indicated that their representation in the industry is very low. For the mineral extraction industry to fully benefit from the expertise of landscape architects, it has to have a better understanding of what the professionals can offer. More importantly, landscape architects and organisations that represent them should endeavour to showcase and market the profession and expertise.
Key words: Mineral extraction, landscape architecture, quarry reclamation, mineral planning authority.