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Landscape's leading light Derek Lovejoy dies at 75

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Derek Lovejoy, founder of international land-planner and designer Derek Lovejoy Partnership (DLP), has died in his sleep at the age of 75.

David Blackwood Murray, chairman of DLP, writes: 'From his early days as a student at Harvard, Derek Lovejoy was passionate about landscape architecture and determined to influence both the profession and the future planning and design of post-war Britain. He was elected the youngest president of the Landscape Institute in 1971, having returned to England in 1956 to found the firm over which he presided until his retirement in 1988.

'As consultant and senior advisor to the new partnership he remained as enthusiastic as ever, celebrating the firm's 40th anniversary last year alongside his friends, influential clients, architects and engineers, with whom the firm has collaborated on projects throughout the UK, Europe and overseas.

'Derek was passionate about landscape and always a great sponsor for trees. He was trustee of the Queen's Trees. He used to say: 'We have planted a million trees, ' and he may well have planted that number.

'Derek will be sadly missed by all the directors and staff with whom he had the vision to establish Europe's leading land-planning and design consultancy, leaving a legacy of award-winning work around the world, for future generations to enjoy.'

A woodland will be planted in Derek Lovejoy's name, and a memorial service is planned. For details call Jo Hammond on 020 7828 6392.

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