Environment

  • 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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  • Photo of Ground Control carbon neutral four years ahead of schedule

    Ground Control carbon neutral four years ahead of schedule

    Ground Control has reached its goal of achieving carbon neutral certification. This has come four years ahead of schedule. Ground Control’s certification by the Carbon Trust followed a detailed analysis of its carbon emissions. It illustrates the company’s commitment to fight climate change.   Carbon neutrality has been achieved by reducing carbon emissions through a combination of in-house efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy. The business has also offset remaining emissions through external projects.   Ground Control CEO Simon Morrish said:   “We’re delighted to have beaten our initial target of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.   “With…

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  • Photo of Birmingham first UK city to develop an Urban Forest Master Plan

    Birmingham first UK city to develop an Urban Forest Master Plan

    Birmingham is taking a strategic approach to its urban forest. It is engaging experts and key stakeholders to help it prepare an Urban Forest Master Plan.  This project is the first of its kind in the UK and follows a model used in the US and Canada.   The Plan will help Birmingham work towards a vision for its trees that is sustainable into the future.   In the UK, the development of detailed Urban Forest Master Plans (UFMPs) has been slow. A significant reason is the absence of a case study and resultant model.   The Birmingham project will…

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  • Photo of HS2 project team to create 127 hectares of new habitat

    HS2 project team to create 127 hectares of new habitat

    The HS2 team will create 127 hectares of new habitats to lift the local natural environment. It’s called The Colne Valley Western Slopes project. It will be a major contributor in meeting the HS2 carbon reduction targets by delivering ecological gain.   This scheme will reduce the carbon footprint by reducing road haulage and waste treatment activities. It will allow habitats to sequester carbon by replacing arable land with natural habitats.   Plant species and habitats are being selected to be resilient to a changing climate.   65,000 trees and shrubs of 32 species will be planted together with 3.5km…

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  • Photo of Land Studio helping to transform pub in Green Belt project

    Land Studio helping to transform pub in Green Belt project

    Land Studio is part of a project team working to transform a derelict pub into a series of bespoke family homes.  The Stamford Arms pub near Altrincham, hasn’t opened for a decade. Cheshire East Council granted planning approval for the refurb..   Land Studio is working with Novo Property Group on the development.   18 months in the making, the proposals for this heritage site are within the Cheshire Green Belt. It will see the restoration and conversion of the former pub into nine apartments. The stable block and coach houses will become five mews cottages. There will also be…

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  • Photo of RBG Kew launches 10-year strategy to end extinction crisis

    RBG Kew launches 10-year strategy to end extinction crisis

    The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew today releases ‘Our Manifesto for Change 2021-2030’. It’s a new strategy mapping out its mission and areas of focus for the next decade. The world leading plant science institute pledges to double efforts to understand and protect plants and fungi. This is for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.   The institution’s ultimate goal is step up to help to end the extinction crisis. It wants to contribute to creating a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably.   In the wake of a global…

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  • Photo of Bringing nature to life at the home of Rolls-Royce

    Bringing nature to life at the home of Rolls-Royce

    Rolls Royce has announced a ‘rewilding’ project at the firm’s Goodwood manufacturing site. The company has asked young designers to get involved.   Designers are being invited to submit ideas for a feature in the Wildlife Garden. This garden will be at the Home of Rolls Royce, in a nationwide competition.   As well as ideas to nurture wildlife, such as pollinator-friendly plants, trees and flowers, bird feeders, bug hotels and nest-boxes, children can design seats, shelters, sculpture and other items that would make the Garden more appealing to Goodwood’s human population.   The winner will be chauffeur-driven to the…

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  • Photo of ArtificialGrass.com launches revolutionary eco-friendly AIR range

    ArtificialGrass.com launches revolutionary eco-friendly AIR range

    Over 90% of our children breathe in toxic air every day.  Emissions render our living, working and leisure spaces a major health risk.   Deaths attributed in some part to air pollution hit 7 million every year, according to the World Health Organisation. Mature trees are in the front ranks of this fight, their foliage absorbing and purifying. But now there is a new enlisting to the infantry: AIR™ from ArtificialGrass.com.   With every square metre of this product replicating the purifying skills of a mature tree. An average size AIR treated lawn can pack the same pollution-busting punches as…

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  • Photo of Natural flood management methods feature on BBC’s Countryfile

    Natural flood management methods feature on BBC’s Countryfile

    The series of methods including leaky dams, tree planting and Sphagnum moss were featured on Sunday’s Countryfile as part of a pilot project in Crompton Moor, Oldham aiming to show natural flood management options. The project is a partnership between City of Trees, the Environment Agency, EU LIFE IP Natural Course programme, Oldham Council, The Unity Partnership (Local Lead Flood Authority), Moors for the Future, the Friends of Crompton Moor and the Manchester Metropolitan University. Three natural flood management methods are being trialled on the moor to reduce the impact of flooding on the communities in the valley below. The…

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  • Photo of Mitie Landscapes launches UK’s first zero emission gritting service

    Mitie Landscapes launches UK’s first zero emission gritting service

    Mitie has launched the UK’s first zero emission gritting service for commercial use, using an electric gritter and sustainable white marine salt. The service uses the first zero emission gritter of its kind – a 100% electric vehicle (EV) with a battery-powered gritter attached. Both the EV itself and the vehicle-mounted gritter are charged each day at the Mitie Landscapes office in Nottingham, which is powered by REGO-backed renewable energy, meaning the service is truly zero emission. The new service is being trialled in Nottingham, with the gritter following a specially designed route in order to maximise the number of…

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  • Photo of Greener Recovery Festival hosted by Landscape Institute in March 2021

    Greener Recovery Festival hosted by Landscape Institute in March 2021

    The Landscape Institute is inviting built environment professionals to the Greener Recovery Festival. Registration is now open for the virtual event, which takes place on 22-26 March between 9am-1pm. The Greener Recovery festival will welcome a diverse and international audience on an accessible online platform. Exceptional thought leaders will gather to debate ‘greener recovery’ with topics ranging from climate to biodiversity action. Key discussions will be around net zero, environmental net gain, adaptation and natural capital accounting. Rebecca Pow, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defra, will be giving a keynote speech on ‘Natural Capital approach to Green Recovery’. Doctor…

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  • Photo of Ground Control selected to join leading global environmental group

    Ground Control selected to join leading global environmental group

    Ground Control has won global recognition for accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) as part of the company’s commitment to lower its carbon footprint. In being granted membership to The EV100 Group, Ground Control has joined other companies such as Openreach, Centrica, Costain, EDF Energy, E.ON, GSK and DHL which are helping the UK to reach its net-zero goal by both transitioning to 100% electric vehicles and putting in place the infrastructure to achieve this change. The EV100 Group is working to make electric transport the new normal by 2030 and brings together forward-thinking companies dedicated to accelerating the transition…

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  • Photo of Green Achiever Gold Award for Rolawn for second time

    Green Achiever Gold Award for Rolawn for second time

    For the second consecutive year, Rolawn is celebrating the success of its environmental strategy, having retained the Green Achiever Gold Award with Diamond Banner accreditation. The award, which follows an annual independent audit by The Green Achiever Scheme, recognises Rolawn’s continuing improvement on the environmental front. Paul Dawson, Rolawn’s managing director, commented: “Green Achiever is a voluntary scheme in which Rolawn participates so that customers have evidence that the company’s environmental policy is actively practiced. Environmental responsibility is integral to Rolawn’s operations. The business works closely with experts in the field not just to ensure compliance with the latest regulations…

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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 Envirobuild builder’s merchant donates to Rainforest Foundation

    Envirobuild builder’s merchant donates to Rainforest Foundation

    Envirobuild 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 the negative…

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

    Prime Minister 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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