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  • Photo of Millions of funding for projects to plant hundreds of thousands of trees

    Millions of funding for projects to plant hundreds of thousands of trees

    Hundreds of thousands of trees will be planted in communities across England thanks to funding through the Nature for Climate Fund. Over £12m will be allocated to the successful applicants to four funds supporting tree planting efforts for future generations. 260,000 trees will be planted outside of woodlands as part of the Local Authority Treescapes Fund with 139 local authorities awarded a share of the now £4.4 million pot across 42 projects. Projects will support a variety of ways to get trees in the ground, from natural regeneration and traditional planting to community engagement. Local residents, schools and environmental groups…

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    Environment Act becomes law

    Legislation, the Environment Act, that will protect and enhance our environment for future generations has now passed into UK law. It will halt the decline in species by 2030, require new developments to improve or create habitats for nature, and tackle deforestation overseas. It aims to help us transition to a more circular economy, incentivising people to recycle more, encouraging businesses to create sustainable packaging, making household recycling easier and stopping the export of polluting plastic waste to developing countries. These changes will be driven by new legally binding environmental targets, and enforced by a new, independent Office for Environmental…

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  • Photo of idverde’s top tips for greening up supermarket car parks

    idverde’s top tips for greening up supermarket car parks

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  • Photo of Companies bidding for major government contracts face green rules

    Companies bidding for major government contracts face green rules

    New measures which require businesses bidding for major government contracts to commit to achieving net zero emissions come into force. The implementation of these rules will help deliver the manifesto promises made by this government to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The requirements will apply to any companies bidding for government contracts worth more than £5million a year, not just those who are successful. The UK is the first country in the world to put such a measure in place, underlining the government’s leadership in the fight to tackle climate change. The new requirements come into effect ahead…

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  • Photo of Rewilding half a million acres of Scottish Highlands

    Rewilding half a million acres of Scottish Highlands

    An ambitious 30-year landscape-scale rewilding initiative to link up a majestic sweep of the Scottish Highlands as one vast nature recovery area connecting Loch Ness to Scotland’s west coast has been launched by charity Trees for Life, and joins a select group of prestigious European rewilding areas. The Affric Highlands initiative follows three years of consultation between Rewilding Europe, Trees for Life, and other local partners and stakeholders. It will restore nature across a network of landholdings potentially covering an area of over 500,000 acres stretching from Loch Ness across the central Highlands to Kintail in the west, and encompassing…

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  • Photo of UK’s first Green Gilt raises £10 billion for green projects

    UK’s first Green Gilt raises £10 billion for green projects

    Green projects across the country are set to benefit from funding from the UK’s first ever Green Gilt which will help drive progress to net zero and create jobs across the UK. £10bn was raised from the sale of the Gilt this morning: the largest inaugural green issuance by any sovereign, with the largest ever order book for a sovereign green transaction. This will be followed by a second issuance later in the year. Green Gilts will raise a minimum of £15bn for green government projects like zero-emissions buses, offshore wind and schemes to decarbonise homes and buildings in this…

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  • Photo of GreenBlue Urban’s top tips for greening up supermarket car parks

    GreenBlue Urban’s top tips for greening up supermarket car parks

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  • Photo of Green Up Campaign: Interview with Dr. Duncan Slater

    Green Up Campaign: Interview with Dr. Duncan Slater

    Dr. Duncan Slater, senior lecturer in arboriculture at Myerscough College, tells us why he’s fully behind the Green Up Campaign and offers some key solutions to tree planting which would stop our supermarket car parks being full of dying trees. Why do you feel like the Green Up campaign is needed? Unfortunately, these high public-use areas, which are owned by commercial enterprises, are very often neglected after the initial installation of the landscaping scheme. They often lie at the heart of a town centre, or are key to how a retail area look for visitors and yet they are highly…

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  • Photo of Green Up Campaign: Interview with idverde UK

    Green Up Campaign: Interview with idverde UK

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  • Photo of Green Up Campaign: Interview with Hillier

    Green Up Campaign: Interview with Hillier

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  • Photo of Green Up Campaign: Interview with GreenBlue Urban

    Green Up Campaign: Interview with GreenBlue Urban

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper magazine’s Green Up Campaign

    Pro Landscaper magazine’s Green Up Campaign

    The climate change movement is an unstoppable force – and so it should be. The global temperature is rising, ice sheets are shrinking, glaciers are retreating, sea levels are rising. Time’s up. At Pro Landscaper magazine, we are constantly striving to showcase people, projects and initiatives which are joining this ambitious but wholly necessary fight against climate change. In fact, our ‘Green’ issues of Pro Landscaper dedicate themselves solely to all things sustainable, ecological, biodiverse and environmentally friendly. But we’re always asking our readers and ourselves what more we can do. That’s why we’ve launched the Green Up Campaign, committed…

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  • Photo of Key to tackling climate change rooted in nature

    Key to tackling climate change rooted in nature

    A new report launched last week by the British Ecological Society highlights how nature can be a powerful source in responding to the crises of both biodiversity loss and climate change. The report offers a complete assessment of the potential of nature-based solutions (NbS) to mitigate climate change and help biodiversity in the UK. Gathering contributions from over 100 experts, the evaluation of the evidence analyses the strengths, limitations, and trade-offs of NbS in a variety of habitats across the UK. Despite the huge range of benefits NbS have, the report makes it clear that they should be seen only…

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  • Photo of How honeybees have changed the floral landscape

    How honeybees have changed the floral landscape

    These tiny pollinators have been essential in understanding how the UK’s fields, hedgerow, wild spaces, gardens have changed since the 1950’s. By using cutting-edge DNA barcoding techniques, scientists at the National Botanic Garden of Wales have identified the plants honeybees appear to favour by looking at the pollen grains trapped within honey. The differences were clear. White clover had been the most important plant for honeybees but, with fewer pastures today and increased use of herbicides and inorganic fertiliser in farming, this has dropped to second place. Now the insects are visiting much more of: bramble – their modern-day favourite…

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  • Photo of New guide for sustainable house building

    New guide for sustainable house building

    New guide highlights the need for biodiversity to be considered at the early stages of planning home developments in order to reduce carbon emissions, encourage wildlife, and help reverse habitat decline. The impact of COVID-19 has shown the need for more accessible green and nature rich space. Over the last 50 years 58% of UK species have declined, and urbanisation is considered to be a key cause of this decrease due to the challenge it poses to local wildlife. The continued expansion of urban area acts as a challenging place for wildlife as it tackles with air, noise and light…

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  • Photo of Wildlife charities raise £8m for nature recovery scheme

    Wildlife charities raise £8m for nature recovery scheme

    The Wildlife Trusts has raised almost £8m just six months after launching its 30 by 30 ambition to kickstart nature’s recovery across 30% of land by 2030. Funds will buy land to provide new homes for wildlife and allow nature to thrive in increasing abundance across wilder, joined-up places. The plan is to reverse decades of steep wildlife decline and threat to the natural world. The Wildlife Trusts coalition has over the past year unveiled 10 new projects, which also include restoring arable fields to heathland, improving wildflower meadows and quadrupling the size of a nature reserve to help a…

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  • Photo of National Trust tree planting scheme

    National Trust tree planting scheme

    Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the National Trust has planted 60,000 young sapling trees across the UK over the last few months in bid to protect landscapes, attract more wildlife, and create new homes for nature. Kickstarting the plans to plant 20 million trees across England, Wales and Northern Ireland by 2030, the idea is to plants trees in the right places – ensuring that any release of carbon through soil disturbance is minimal. The planting project with help with flood management. The trees should be able to slow the flow of water when there is flooding, benefiting the surrounding landscapes…

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  • Photo of Biodiversity Net Gain: the burden of proof

    Biodiversity Net Gain: the burden of proof

    Dr Abigail Barker, Chief Operating Officer at Natural Capital Research talks of the importance of benchmarking biodiversity. Biodiversity is now regarded as critical natural capital asset by government – enshrined in policy and a mandatory condition of planning permission in the 2019 Environment Bill. Government house building targets remain aggressive – still pegged at 300,000 per year by the mid-2020s – and this will mean that whether those targets are specifically reached, many  thousand hectares of land will be developed for housing, often impinging on formerly rural plots. Policymakers, mindful of the impact on biodiversity, have put rules in place…

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  • Photo of Sustainability key in future highway design

    Sustainability key in future highway design

    Key considerations of future road design will be sustainability and climate change, thanks to a panel of design experts who are working closely with Highways England. The Company’s Strategic Design Panel has published its fourth progress recommendations report. The report discusses the Panel’s progress over the past year and a half (June 2019 to end of 2020) and suggests key recommendations to take forward in the second period. The Panel recommendations include: accelerate communication and training to promote and embed its design vision and principles into its processes and culture act on the Panel’s recommendations for adapting to climate change,…

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  • Photo of UK sets new net zero targets

    UK sets new net zero targets

    To keep the government’s commitment of achieving net zero green-house gas emissions by 2050 on track, it is estimated that around 350,000 new construction jobs will need to be created by 2028. The Building Skills for Net Zero report by the Construction Industry Training Board explores and discusses the need for green building specialists to reduce carbon emissions. This produces huge opportunity for the construction industry to meet new demands through the adaptation and development of new skills and services, driving a green job bloom. In turn this adds value to communities, people, and clients. The UK Green Building Council…

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  • Photo of Green spaces key element in new housing in the North East

    Green spaces key element in new housing in the North East

    Greener building and conserving wildlife work in unison in the North East as a new path to sustainable development prompts action. Natural England’s district level licensing (DLL) scheme, which primarily prioritises protecting wildlife, also helps support the Government’s ambitions to build greener. The program has been launched in Northumberland, Durham, Tyne & Wear and Tees Valley. Great crested newts are protected under UK and EU law due to their dramatic decline in population over the last 60 years. It is an offence to harm or disturb them. Therefore, developers must apply for a licence prior to any construction on or…

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  • Photo of Liverpool City Council Protects all parks and green spaces, forever

    Liverpool City Council Protects all parks and green spaces, forever

    Liverpool residents will be guaranteed access to park and green spaces, forever. This removes the threat that any might be built on or sold off. It’s all part of a new strategic partnership between Fields in Trust and Liverpool City Council. Liverpool is the first local authority to ensure local access to green space for all residents by protecting each of their eligible parks and green spaces.   The city council’s Cabinet has committed to protect 100 parks and green spaces across the city. It totals over 1,000 hectares. It sets the ambition that everyone will live less than a…

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  • Photo of RHS to be peat free by 2025

    RHS to be peat free by 2025

    The RHS has committed to being 100% peat free by 2025 as it trials alternative responsibly sourced growing media. Peatlands, from which the end product is harvested, are the world’s largest carbon store and provide valuable ecosystems for wildlife. As such, the charity has long championed the use of peat-free growing media among its members and over the next few years will be trialling sphagnum moss from sphagnum farming, anaerobic digestate, forest co-products, and waste materials to achieve peat-free status. RHS gardens are currently 98% peat-free with the exception of some rare and exotic plants. The RHS also stopped selling…

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  • Photo of Broughton Sanctuary ‘biggest tree planting scheme in England this year’

    Broughton Sanctuary ‘biggest tree planting scheme in England this year’

    Broughton Sanctuary at Broughton Hall Estate has become home to the largest tree planting scheme in England this year. Working in partnership with the White Rose Forest, 160 hectares of trees will have gone in the ground between December and April 2021. That’s equal to 224 football pitches.   By slowing the flow of water runoff into local rivers, the trees planted at Broughton Sanctuary will help protect communities in the Aire river valley, from Skipton down to Leeds City Centre, from the risk of future damaging flooding events.   The project is important within the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme…

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  • Photo of Mobilane joins Green Roof Organisation

    Mobilane joins Green Roof Organisation

    Mobilane has joined the Green Roof Organisation (GRO) as supplier members. Mobilane is a pioneer in the development of green roof technology and products with their MobiRoof green roof systems.   The Company is pleased to be able to support the organisation as they look to encourage the retrofitting of green roofs to existing buildings. They also promote installations of high quality green roofing in every city and town. The GRO represents all elements of the UK green roof industry. This includes specialist contractors, suppliers, other trade bodies, NGOs, ecologists, architects and designers.   Aligned with Mobilane’s own aims, the…

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