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New charter announced for diversity, equality and inclusivity

Representatives from a number of associations have agreed to sign a charter, with the intention of putting together guidance notes for implementing best practice or policies that can be aligned.

The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter for the Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscaping & Garden Media profession came about after BALI’s Access All Areas webinar last December. Associations and organisations including the LI, RHS, SGD and APL have all pledged their allegiance to the charter, which can be amended and added to over time. Other member organisations are also welcome to sign, though businesses and individuals are currently not being asked to do so.

Signatories will be confirming their commitment “to progress the breaking down of barriers in the industry and increasing access and progression for all” and “to work openly and respectfully with other chartered members”.

What is in the charter?

  • We commit to create an inclusive culture and measure how we engage and improve representation.
  • Support the development of our industry from an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion perspective – regardless of area of specialism, through the sharing of work and good practice.
  • To recognise and monitor Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion across the industry, using a set format to benchmark performance.
  • Provide access to resources for educating and upskilling colleagues and members on diversity and inclusion.
  • Promote the Industry as a fully inclusive and accessible environment with opportunities forlifelong rewarding careers.

Those committed to signing the charter:

  • Sue Morgan, Landscape Institute (LI)
  • Mollie Higginson, Young People in Horticulture
  • Chris Moncrieff, Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
  • Mo Kebbay, Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
  • James Barnes, Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)
  • Darryl Moore, Society of Garden Designers (SGD)
  • Lynne Marcus, Society of Garden Designers (SGD)
  • Michelle Ryan, Arboricultural Association
  • Phil Tremayne, Association of Professional Landscapers (APL)
  • Holly Youde, Association of Professional Landscapers (APL)
  • Michael Palmer, Garden Media Guild
  • Adrian Wickham, British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)
  • Tessa Johnstone, British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)

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