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    • £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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    • 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…

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    • 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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    • 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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    • Natural capital

      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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Potback

      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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    • Rolawn celebrates two environmental achievements

      Rolawn is celebrating two milestones in its environmental strategy, with the unveiling of a solar panel installation at their site in Seaton Ross, East Yorkshire plus an upgrade to their independently audited Green Achiever award which gives them the coveted Diamond Banner status.   After months of planning, site-preparation and installation, the on-site solar panels are anticipated to make a significant contribution to the production facilities at the Head Office site.   The business is embracing a carbon-friendly future with this proactive development which was identified as an enhancement to operations as part of an ongoing drive for efficiency.  …

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    • Pro Landscaper

      Pro Landscaper will now arrive in compostable packaging

      To all those at FutureScape 2019 asking Pro Landscaper to step forward in leading the charge to combat climate change, we heard you and we agree. We’re starting the year how we mean to go on – with the magazine arriving every month in more sustainable packaging. The new packaging is compostable and can be disposed of in your household garden or food waste bin. Made out of Polycomp TM it uses biopolymers, which are obtained by means of pioneering proprietary technologies using starches, cellulose, vegetable oils and their combinations. Polycomp TM conforms to EN13432 so is compostable in open air…

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    • Millboard’s top five tips on how to be eco-friendly this Christmas

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    • London Stansted wins gold at Green Apple Awards for environmental best practice

      London Stansted’s first ever Biodiversity Week in March this year saw the airport hand out 3,000 silver birch trees to staff. Due to this it has won gold at the prestigious Green Apple Awards for environmental best practice.   It’s the second year running the airport has picked up the top prize at the awards. In 2018 it won for its ongoing support of local foodbanks in Uttlesford, Essex and East Hertfordshire.   Stansted’s environment manager Martin Churley collected the honour at a special event held at the Houses of Parliament. Speaking of the award he said:   “ To win…

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    • 700 acre mountaintop woodland of 100,000 trees to be planted in Scotland

      A groundbreaking bid to help save Scotland’s almost-vanished mountaintop woodland and their wildlife is being launched by Trees for Life. This will be with the creation in the Highlands of what is thought will be the country’s largest planted area of rare high-altitude woodland. Centuries of overgrazing by sheep and deer have left most of Scotland stripped of the once-common, tough, waist-high trees.    In a major expansion of action to reverse the loss of these unique woodlands Trees for Life is establishing a 700-acre mountaintop woodland of 100,000 trees at its Dundreggan Conservation Estate in Glenmoriston near Loch Ness.…

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    • New rules on plant health to come into effect

      New rules on plant health, designed to stop diseases spreading or jumping borders, will become effective on Saturday( 14/12/19). The EU Regulation 2016/2031 on protective measures against plant pests was steered through the European Parliament by UK member Anthea McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands. It became law in December 2016 and is directly applicable in all EU countries from December 14. Miss McIntyre, Conservative spokesman on both agriculture and the environment, said: “Plant disease can have a devastating effect commercially, on biodiversity and the environment generally, so it was vital that we should make ourselves more resilient. “In…

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    • Brambledown

      Brambledown Landscapes and local school help improve Stockton estate

      Brambledown Landscapes were appointed as main contractors at Portrack Estate in Stockton.   They contract was for £100k of environmental improvement works in the estate. It also included improvements to the outside of shopfronts.   The project overseen by Groundwork North East took around 3 months to complete.   The scheme involved steel fencing and chicanes to prevent motorcycles from using footpaths. Hedge planting and tree and shrub planting was also included.   Improving the outlook of large parts of the Portrack Estate was the sole focus of the project. Community engagement was high on the agenda.   Pupils from…

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    • What is biodiversity net gain?

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    • David Austin Roses launches sustainable packaging for bare root planting

      David Austin Roses have announced that its range of bare root roses now comes in sustainable packaging.   Without the need for a pot, these dormant plants have until now been packaged in an inner carrier made of plastic, accompanied by paperwork protected in a separate plastic covering. Designed to lock in vital natural moisture and prevent dehydration during delivery and storage, these carriers provide vital protection in transit.   Richard Austin, head of marketing explains this more:   “Removing these carriers in their entirety wasn’t an option but we knew a plastic-free solution was out there. We wanted something…

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    • alpine blue-sow thistle

      Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh working to save rare and endangered alpine blue-sow thistle

      Conservationists at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh working to ensure the survival of the rare and endangered alpine blue-sow thistle in Scotland are attempting to establish a new population of the species. The beautiful but elusive flower has now been planted along a small gorge at the Water of Clunie in the centre of the village of Braemar in Aberdeenshire, where it is hoped it will thrive.   Alpine blue-sowthistle (Cicerbita alpina) is an extremely rare plant in the UK, with only four populations known to survive naturally in the wild, on ledges and in gullies on remote mountains in the…

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    • Martino Ginepro -Thoughts on the Environmental Bill

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    • Mobilane install ivy green screens at school in Sheffield

      Mobilane were chosen to supply their ivy green screens to Hunter’s Bar school in Sheffield. Mobilane have been speaking with the University of Sheffield Department of Landscape Architecture on their air quality research and Mobilane living green screens have already been planted and are working hard against pollution around a number of other schools across the UK. At Hunters Bar, the screens have been planted as the first line of defence against air pollution in the school’s #GoGoGreen campaign.   The #GoGoGreen project includes screening and planting and is the culmination of eight months of the school’s fundraising, community and…

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    • Rochdale Borough Council is reducing its use of pesticides

      Rochdale Borough Council is reducing its use of pesticides, which are commonly used to treat public land.   The council’s commitment to find alternative treatments builds on the steps taken in recent years to improve the local environment and increase biodiversity across the borough. This has involved increasing wildflower planting and naturalising the highway verges.   The council’s currently conducting research into alternative weed control options and has met with local campaigners and representatives from national charity, Pesticide Action Network.   This year the council’s stopping the use of glyphosate, a commonly used weed killer, on shrub beds in parks.…

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    • Tree Cities of the World

      Tree Cities of the World programme unveiled

      Trees for Cities leads the Tree Cities of the World programme in the United Kingdom   The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with the Arbor Day Foundation have unveiled their Tree Cities of the World programme in the United Kingdom. It is an initiative to recognise cities and towns across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests. Trees for Cities is leading the initiative to recruit and support cities throughout the UK to apply for designation.   To achieve recognition, cities must meet the programme’s five…

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    • Climate and Biodiversity

      Landscape Institute’s new Climate and Biodiversity Panel

      The Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Response panel, alongside consultant Dr Alex Hilliam, will examine ways that the LI and its members could make a positive contribution towards national climate change targets and international obligations.   Following the Landscape Institute (LI) Board’s declaration in June of a climate and biological diversity emergency, the LI has formed an expert panel to coordinate our response over the coming 6 months.   LI Chief Executive Dan Cook said:   “I’m proud that we’ve committed not just to a declaration, but to change and real action. We know we have much to do, but as…

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