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As a landscape architect (not connected to J&L Gibbons), the letter from Alan Stanton (AJ 22.5.03) fills me with equal pleasure and pain.

Pleasure that the scandalous omission of the landscape architect from project credits has been corrected and that the significant role of the landscape architect in this project has been generously recognised, albeit after the main event (echoing the stage that most landscape architects are appointed to projects - but that's another story).

But I am pained by the terminology used to describe this vital role. 'Landscapers' are the guys who turn up in a van and will cut your lawn and trim your privet hedge for £50, with 'landscaping' the result. 'Landscaping design' is to landscape architecture what Changing Rooms is to architecture.

Landscape architects practice landscape architecture, it is that simple.

Chris Rankin, City Design Co-operative, Glasgow

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