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  • Photo of England’s not so green and pleasant land

    England’s not so green and pleasant land

    New research from Friends of the Earth supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery shows 1 in 5 people in England struggle to access quality green space – be it private gardens, public parks or open fields. The report ranks neighbourhoods from A (the best access to green space) to E (the least access to green space). Almost 11 million people live in E rated neighbourhoods with an additional 7.7 million in D rated neighbourhoods. List of E rated neighbourhoods by local authority is available here or in map form here. Bringing together official data on the availability of green space to…

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  • Photo of Wetland restored as part of No Net Loss project

    Wetland restored as part of No Net Loss project

    Work to restore important wetland habitats at Forest Farm has been completed as part of the ‘No Net Loss’ project, funded by Network Rail. The project has also seen almost 1000 native trees planted to increase species diversity at the site and 5,500 bluebell, snowdrop, wild garlic, wood anemone and primrose bulbs planted at the Cardiff Council owned Nature Reserve, to benefit the biodiversity of the habitat. The pipework feeding the wetland ponds, which are home to a diverse range of wildlife, including Kingfishers, Herons and Otters, were previously blocked and the water levels too low. With the help of…

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  • Photo of The Royal Parks creates car-free spaces to preserve parkland

    The Royal Parks creates car-free spaces to preserve parkland

    The Royal Parks charity (TRP) has begun five important trials to reduce cut-through motor traffic on park roads. This includes making The Mall car-free on weekends during daylight hours, and opening up new car-free spaces for visitors to enjoy the natural environment. The trials across six of the Royal Parks to close sections of roads will begin on 15th August and will last six months, concluding in February 2021. Drivers will be able to park in car parks as usual although access routes to certain car parks will be restricted. Reducing cut-through traffic has long been an aspiration. As a result…

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  • Photo of Mitie Landscapes boosts greener cities with latest launch

    Mitie Landscapes boosts greener cities with latest launch

    Mitie has launched a Plan Zero City Landscaping Service designed to deliver sustainable services for customers with net zero carbon ambitions, by helping reduce emissions in high-pollution areas such as cities and urban environments. The service uses only electric vehicles (EV), battery-powered equipment, such as electric trimmers, leaf blowers and lawn mowers, commits to using no single-use plastic and will generate zero landfill waste. This is part of Mitie’s Plan Zero commitment to champion sustainable services for customers, as well as reaching its own net zero carbon emissions target by 2025. The Plan Zero City Landscaping Service has also replaced…

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  • Photo of PART THREE: Dr Helen Hoyle – Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

    PART THREE: Dr Helen Hoyle – Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

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  • Photo of PART TWO: Dr Helen Hoyle on the importance of colour and naturalness

    PART TWO: Dr Helen Hoyle on the importance of colour and naturalness

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  • Photo of PART ONE: Dr Helen Hoyle discusses futureproofing green spaces

    PART ONE: Dr Helen Hoyle discusses futureproofing green spaces

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  • Photo of Green projects given support to attract private sector investment

    Green projects given support to attract private sector investment

    Four projects which will protect and restore valuable habitats have been selected to receive funding in a pilot scheme to encourage sustainable private sector investment in our natural environment. Defra, the Environment Agency (EA), Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (EFF) and Triodos Bank UK have formed a collaboration to support environmental projects to create sustainable funding models. Having been sourced and evaluated by Triodos Bank UK the projects will receive grant funding from Defra, the EA and EFF to support their development, complete business plans to attract private sector investment, and deliver long-term environmental benefits and sustainable financial returns. The four projects…

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  • Photo of Britain’s public parks and green spaces at risk

    Britain’s public parks and green spaces at risk

    Despite their newfound importance – as a place to get outside, exercise and meet loved ones safely during the COVID-19 lockdown – Fields in Trust’s annual ‘Green Space Index’ suggests Britain’s parks and green spaces are at significant risk of loss to development. And the situation could get worse, Fields in Trust in partnership with the Co-op, estimate that hundreds of thousands more people could lose their local green space in years to come. 2.7 million people already live more than a ten-minute walk from a public park and a further 170,000 people could be in the same position in…

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  • Photo of Garden envy has inspired outdoor makeovers this lockdown

    Garden envy has inspired outdoor makeovers this lockdown

    Facebook and Opinion Matters have teamed up to find out what Brits are doing outdoors in their gardens during lockdown, following Facebook seeing a spike of 1 million more people joining UK gardening groups since 1st March. Latest findings from Opinion Matters show that around a third of Brits have been inspired to makeover their gardens due to growing garden envy from seeing friends, family, and even celebrities showing off their outdoor spaces. Almost half (45%) of those with outdoor space said that lockdown had inspired simple touches to spruce up their gardens, no matter the size of space, such as…

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  • Photo of Ground Control launches £5m sustainability impact venture fund

    Ground Control launches £5m sustainability impact venture fund

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  • Photo of Fields in Trust bringing parks to you this spring

    Fields in Trust bringing parks to you this spring

    Whilst we’re all staying home and less able to get out to enjoy our nation’s parks this spring, green space charity Fields in Trust are bringing parks to people with a virtual tour of the UK, discovering beautiful parks and green spaces which are much loved and valued by their communities along the way. At a time when communities across the country are revaluing the benefits their local parks usually provided for sport, nature and play, the tour will be moving around the UK exploring locations online by showcasing town and city parks which you can ‘visit’ from your home…

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  • Photo of Studio 31 tells us how we can enjoy nature in isolation

    Studio 31 tells us how we can enjoy nature in isolation

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  • Photo of 68 New Parks to Inject Green Space Into Urban Areas

    68 New Parks to Inject Green Space Into Urban Areas

    On World Wildlife Day, the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced winners of £1.35 million fund to create 68 new Pocket Parks. Community groups in every region of England will receive funding to revive unloved or run-down urban spaces. These will be transformed into thriving parks and green spaces. Aimed to increase biodiversity, encourage community integration and tackle loneliness.   Announced on World Wildlife Day, the funding will help community groups to create 19 brand new parks, as well as refurbishing 49 currently unused and unloved plots of land. These new grants will fund the third round of Pocket Parks since…

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  • Photo of James Scott explores what we can do as an industry to address climate change

    James Scott explores what we can do as an industry to address climate change

    James Scott, MD and principal designer at The Garden Company Ltd, shares his views on climate change and what we as an industry should be doing. As garden designers and landscapers, what more can we do to tackle climate change and improve the sustainability of our industry? It’s a formidable challenge for us all and no doubt one that we are already tackling as individuals and businesses in some shape or form. I feel sure that the participants at the FutureScape Summit headed home with the good intention to do more. In my view, a long-term, effective solution to these…

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  • Photo of Environmental Bill Takes A Step Forward Following Second Reading

    Environmental Bill Takes A Step Forward Following Second Reading

    The UK has moved a step forward today with the Second Reading of the Environmental Bill.   Environment Secretary George Eustice says:  “The Prime Minster is clear and so am I. We will deliver the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on Earth. This transformative Bill is at the heart of our work. It will see us recycling more and wasting less, breathing cleaner air, planting trees, safeguarding forests, and supporting nature recovery. Working to tackle climate change and reach net zero emissions. “And this is just the start. 2020 is a massive year for our natural environment. The…

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  • Photo of Exclusive Results of our Green Poll

    Exclusive Results of our Green Poll

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  • Photo of £100m Biodiverse Landscapes Fund announced

    £100m Biodiverse Landscapes Fund announced

    Biodiversity is declining worldwide faster than at any other time in human history.   To help address the challenges facing nature today, the UK Prime Minister announced at the 2019 UN General Assembly a £220m International Biodiversity Fund. This includes a new £100m Biodiverse Landscapes Fund to restore key landscapes and their ecosystems.   The joint Defra-DFID Biodiverse Landscapes Fund will deliver lasting protection and improvement of biodiversity in five global biodiversity hotspots. It will do this by aligning nature conservation and human development objectives at a landscape scale. Each landscape will be eligible for between £10 to 20m over…

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  • Photo of Andrew Grant member of group calling for ‘quality’ design principles

    Andrew Grant member of group calling for ‘quality’ design principles

    Andrew Grant, founder and director at Grant Associates, is one of ten expert members of a design group tasked by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to develop quality design principles for national infrastructure projects. Launched by the Design Group on 5 February, the UK’s first ever Design Principles for National Infrastructure seeks to embed four key considerations – climate, people, places and value – into the planning and delivery of projects to construct and renew nationally significant infrastructure: Climate – infrastructure must help set the trajectory for the UK to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner and…

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  • Photo of Thousands ask Prime Minister to stop and re-think HS2

    Thousands ask Prime Minister to stop and re-think HS2

    A letter from The Wildlife Trusts, signed by over 66,000 people was delivered today [04/02/20] to 10 Downing Street highlighting the huge risks that HS2 poses to the environment, and asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the impact on nature is properly assessed as a matter of urgency.   The Woodland Trust is also handing over 42,000 comments, including 7,000 handwritten responses condemning the potential loss of ancient woodlands and thousands of trees which will be impacted or felled to make way for the line.   Nikki Williams, The Wildlife Trusts’ director of campaigns and policy says:   “People…

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  • Photo of The Environment Bill will be introduced today

    The Environment Bill will be introduced today

    The Environment Bill will be introduced today (30/01/20) following its return to Parliament after the General Election. The Environment Bill is said to help ensure that we maintain and improve our environmental protections as we leave the EU. Measures will be introduced to improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution and restore habitats so plants and wildlife can thrive.   The Bill will ensure that this government – and future governments – are held to account if they fail to uphold their environmental duties. This includes meeting net-zero by 2050 and wider long-term legally binding targets on biodiversity, air…

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  • Photo of Natural capital tool launched to help protect the environment

    Natural capital tool launched to help protect the environment

    An ambitious new online resource has been launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to help ensure better environmental decision-making by valuing our ‘natural capital’. The ‘Enabling a Natural Capital Approach’ (ENCA) project is a comprehensive and integrated set of evidence and guidance about UK natural capital that is now accessible from one place. The aim is to help policy makers, businesses, landowners and public sector organisations make better planning decisions in order to protect and to boost natural capital. ‘Natural capital’ is the sum of our ecosystems, providing us with food, clean air and water,…

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  • Photo of Cambridge Canopy Project launched to create urban forest

    Cambridge Canopy Project launched to create urban forest

    Cambridge City Council has launched a project to increase the area of the city under tree canopy cover. The Cambridge Canopy Project will see the growth of Cambridge’s urban forest through a number of approaches during the next three years, including: Planting 2,000 new trees on council-owned land Distributing approximately 1,500 trees to residents through the council’s Free Trees for Babies scheme Working with residents and businesses to plant 12,500 trees in gardens and on other privately-owned land. Cllr Katie Thornburrow, executive councillor for planning policy and open spaces, officially launched the project on Friday 17 January by planting a…

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  • Photo of HS2 – new report reveals exorbitant cost to nature

    HS2 – new report reveals exorbitant cost to nature

    A new report published by The Wildlife Trusts reveals, for the first time, the vast scale of the destruction and impact that HS2 will cause to nature. ‘What’s the damage?  Why HS2 will cost nature too much’ is the most comprehensive assessment of the environmental damage that HS2 will cause. It assesses the broad range of impacts across all phases of HS2 on protected wildlife sites, species and landscape restoration projects. The report finds that HS2’s current proposals will risk the loss of, or significantly impact:   5  Wildlife refuges of international importance, protected by UK law 33  Sites of…

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  • Photo of Boningale Ltd launches Potback to recycle plastic plant pots

    Boningale Ltd launches Potback to recycle plastic plant pots

    Boningale Ltd has developed Potback, an innovative plastic plant pot recycling process for use by clients, preventing pots from being sent for landfill. Currently, plastic plant pots containing carbon black pigment are not widely accepted in kerbside collections, meaning many pots are sent to general waste, with landfill as a final destination. With an estimated 500 million plastic pots in circulation every year, the issue is far-reaching, and has contributed to a stigma around industry attitudes towards waste management and recycling. Boningale Ltd’s Potback aims to minimize these issues by reducing the number of pots sent to landfill. Potback facilitates…

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