The Landscape, Design & Conservation Team of Bradford Council has been honoured with two prestigious national industry awards for its efforts in the district.

The team clinched both the Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing Award and the President’s Award for Best Landscape of the Year at the annual Landscape Institute Awards.

In collaboration with various partners, the team has successfully transformed spaces into appealing and inviting places for all. Collaborative efforts were made with Bradford Institute for Health Research, Better Start Bradford, the lottery-funded Better Place Project, JU:MP (Join Us: Move. Play.), led by Active Bradford and funded by Sport England, Well Bradford, Bradford Moor PASS, and Making Space for Girls. Internally, joint ventures were undertaken with Public Health and Planning and Highways, sharing a vision for a health-inspired landscape around the District. Additionally, there were joint projects with Better Start Bradford and JU:MP.

The team actively participates in several European research projects aimed at learning and disseminating best practices in blue (water-related, such as ponds and drainage) and green (such as trees and plants) infrastructure. These initiatives have proven to enhance people’s wellbeing and climate resilience. Notable projects include Interreg BEGIN and URBACT Healthy Cities Action Planning network.

Saira Ali, Team Leader of Bradford Council’s Landscape Design & Conservation Team, said: “We are delighted to receive these two awards. This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the team and recognition for the positive impact we have made in trying to improve the public health benefits of our communities and the built environment.

“We believe everyone should have access to quality spaces, and our work fosters equity in the district through environmental initiatives.”

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said. “Congratulations to the team. They have brought a different perspective of how to address the public health challenges in the district in their collaboration with our community partners. They have also created a portfolio of projects and innovation that fully demonstrate our strategic priorities for addressing health inequalities.”

Carolin Göhler, President Elect at the Landscape Institute said: “This year’s President’s Award for Best Landscape Scheme of the Year highlights the ability of Bradford Council’s Landscape & Conservation Team to find creative, integrated solutions to the social and environmental inequalities and challenges the city faces.

“The awards celebrate teamwork that is both innovative and entrepreneurial, as well as delivering a truly integrated set of solutions by creating healthier urban environments, using intensive research about health within the community within a council with the right policies and design fostering social interactions which transcend cultural boundaries. Creating environments that are greener and healthier holds power that surpasses any prescription a doctor can provide.”