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  • Photo of Wyevale Nurseries receives ISO for peat reduction targets

    Wyevale Nurseries receives ISO for peat reduction targets

    Wyevale Nurseries has revealed it has passed its ISO 14001 Environmental Audit this year with its prime objective for 2021 being further peat reduction and taking it below 50%. The Hereford-based business has been awarded a certificate for its Environmental Management System, which meets requirements for the production and supply of container-grown stock to garden centres and amenity markets. Steve Reed, production director container division at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We’re delighted to announce we’ve just passed our ISO 14001 Environmental Audit for the 10th year running with our prime objective being peat reduction, followed by a continued decrease in the…

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  • Photo of Builders’ merchant donates to Rainforest Foundation

    Builders’ merchant donates to Rainforest Foundation

    A builders’ merchant is celebrating five years of supporting the Rainforest Trust. EnviroBuild is making its annual donation to the non-profit organisation, not only to fund crucial projects but also to offset the carbon footprint of its own production processes since the company was founded in 2015. The London-based supplier has been donating 10% of its profits to the trust for the past five years. To date, it has helped to protect almost 63 million trees and has supported multiple Rainforest Trust projects. With more than 60 years’ experience in the construction industry, EnviroBuild aims to provide top-quality products, without…

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  • Photo of PM commits £3bn UK climate finance to supporting nature

    PM commits £3bn UK climate finance to supporting nature

    The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is announcing today that the UK will commit at least £3bn to climate change solutions that protect and restore nature and biodiversity over five years. The funding will be allocated from the UK’s existing commitment of £11.6bn for international climate finance and will deliver transformational change in protecting biodiversity-rich land and ocean, shifting to sustainable food production and supply, and supporting the livelihoods of the world’s poorest. Programmes supported by the funding will include the flagship Blue Planet Fund for marine conservation; projects to maintain forests and tackle the illegal timber trade and deforestation; and…

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  • Photo of Gene editing creates potential to protect the nation’s environment, pollinators and wildlife

    Gene editing creates potential to protect the nation’s environment, pollinators and wildlife

    Plans to consult on gene editing – which could unlock substantial benefits to nature, the environment and help farmers with crops resistant to pests, disease or extreme weather and to produce healthier, more nutritious food – are being set out today by Environment Secretary George Eustice in his speech at the Oxford Farming Conference. The way that plants and animals grow is controlled by the information in their genes. For centuries, farmers and growers have carefully chosen to breed stronger, healthier individual animals or plants so that the next generation has these beneficial traits – but this is a slow…

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  • Photo of HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    HS2 will plant more than 300,000 trees this winter as part of the project’s Green Corridor programme. This adds to the 430,000 trees already planted across Phase One, taking the total to over 730,000 by the spring. Up to seven million trees will eventually be planted along Phase One, with many new grasslands, meadows and recreational areas for local communities. Some of the UK’s most experienced and leading ecological consultants are working with HS2, with the winter programme being carried out by a number of specialist ecology companies subcontracted to HS2’s enabling works contractors, in locations between London and North…

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  • Photo of Students to reinvent 18 world cities for new competition

    Students to reinvent 18 world cities for new competition

    Eighteen global cities have launched a competition that will enable students and universities from across the globe to share their vision for a green reinvention of our cities. In a first of its kind, the competition is being led by C40 Cities, the global network of cities committed to bold climate action. The C40 Students Reinventing Cities Competition is dedicated to transforming cities in the face of the climate crisis, by driving an active collaboration between cities and academia. Students entering the competition will be given live projects to work on in cities, including Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Bogotá, Buenos Aires,…

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  • Photo of A series of sustainability talks is launching

    A series of sustainability talks is launching

    A series of talks aimed at the landscape industry will kick off in January next year, focusing on sustainable design solutions in response to the climate crisis. Each session will contain practical, take-home advice on how the industry can reduce its environmental impact and become more sustainable. Garden designers Rachel Bailey and Becca Duncan have put together the talks, which will take place via Zoom, to explore how to create gardens with this in mind without compromising on quality and aesthetics. The first in the series takes place on 5 January. Eustacia Brossart, landscape architect at CMG Landscape Architecture, will…

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  • Photo of Environment Agency submits final plans for Otter Valley project

    Environment Agency submits final plans for Otter Valley project

    A ground-breaking project to help the lower Otter Valley adapt to climate change and create an internationally important wildlife reserve has been submitted to planners. If approved, the Lower Otter Restoration Project (LORP) will reconnect the River Otter to its historic floodplain and return the lower Otter Valley to a more natural condition. The scheme will create 55 hectares of mudflats, saltmarsh and other valuable estuarine habitats. LORP is a partnership between the Environment Agency, local landowner Clinton Devon Estates and the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust that currently manages the estuary. The Environment Agency has submitted plans to…

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  • Photo of Prime Minister commits to protect 30% of UK land

    Prime Minister commits to protect 30% of UK land

    The Prime Minister is committing to protect 30% of the UK’s land by 2030. Existing National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other protected areas already comprise approximately 26% of land in England. An additional 4% – over 400,000 hectares, the size of the Lake District and South Downs national parks combined – will be protected to support the recovery of nature. The government will work with the Devolved Administrations to agree an approach across the UK, and with landowners and civil society to explore how best to increase the size and value of our protected land. The announcement…

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  • Photo of Meadfleet Joins One Planet Pledge

    Meadfleet Joins One Planet Pledge

    Meadfleet have signed up to One Planet Pledge, an ambitious initiative to reach Net Zero by the year 2040. The climate crisis is a real and tangible threat to us all. The climate of the Earth changes naturally over long periods of time, but the current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century. The amount of so-called ‘greenhouse gases’ in the atmosphere such as carbon dioxide (CO2) has reached an unprecedented level due to factors including burning of…

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  • Photo of Kew’s State of the World’s Plants and Fungi 2020 report

    Kew’s State of the World’s Plants and Fungi 2020 report

    RBG Kew’s fourth State of the World’s report takes a deep dive into the state of the world’s plant and fungal kingdoms globally. The new data, the result of a huge and unprecedented international collaboration bringing together 210 scientists from 42 countries, show how we are currently using plants and fungi, what useful properties we are missing, and what we risk losing. Plants and fungi are the building blocks of life on planet Earth. They have the potential to solve urgent problems that threaten human life, but these vital resources are being compromised by biodiversity loss. The report highlights the pressing need to…

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  • Photo of HS2 to host webinar on the new habitats created in West Midlands

    HS2 to host webinar on the new habitats created in West Midlands

    In the West Midlands, HS2’s landscape and ecology programme will create more joined up wildlife habitat including woodland, along with community spaces around the new railway for people to enjoy for years to come. Around 250,000 trees will be planted in the West Midlands and Warwickshire by HS2’s enabling works contractor LMJV (Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons Ltd) and their team of ecologists and landscape architects, with 80,000 already planted. In addition, 40 ponds and many acres of wetland, heathland and meadow in the region have been created. New wildlife habitats in a variety of locations include new badger setts,…

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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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