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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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    • Hackney

      5,000 new street trees to be planted in Hackney

      Hackney Council is set to plant 5,000 new street trees by 2022. This will increase canopy cover by 50% in the single largest investment in trees in the history of the borough. Also, the council will deliver an additional 1,000 high-quality trees in parks and green spaces, and work with local volunteers and the third sector to deliver many more. The new commitment expands the council’s existing promise to plant 1,000 trees by 2022. It will see the same number of street trees planted in the next three years than have been planted since 2000. The programme will take a science-based approach to tree…

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    • Perth

      Perth wins RHS Britain in Bloom 2019

      The Scottish city of Perth has been awarded top prize and crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) 55th annual Britain in Bloom community gardening competition.   The ‘Fair City’ wowed RHS judges with its urban green spaces, pollinator-friendly planting and campaign to raise awareness of and collect plastic waste.   Sustainability is at the heart of Perth’s approach. Parks, gardens and biodiversity hotspots line the River Tay, some of which are designed to mitigate flood risk. Also many seasonal bedding displays have been swapped for plants including foxgloves, Salvia and flowering shrubs to provide year-round food…

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    • Exeter to trial alternative methods of controlling weeds

      Alternative methods of controlling weeds in Exeter city are to be trialled following concerns about glyphosate.   A motion calling for a trial of alternative methods of weeds suppression and management has been backed by the City Council. The trials will be carried out over the next three years. The city council will assess the success or otherwise of the planned reduction strategy in glyphosate use with regular progress reports to the Scrutiny Committee.   The motion that received unanimous backing from the City Council said that there was “increasing evidence of the dangers to both human health and biodiversity…

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    • Carbon capturing peat bog helps fight against climate change

      Glasgow council and a small team of volunteers have been working to ensure Glasgow’s largest peat bog remains in pristine condition.   Commonhead Moss covers a 25 hectare habitat at the far north-east corner of the city and plays a vital role in carbon capture for the city. It is also has a unique biodiversity and plays host to rare species such as bog rosemary and green hairstreak butterfly.   Believed to have existed for at least 4,500 years, the bog has the potential to capture over 100 tonnes of atmospheric carbon dioxide per year. But for the bog to…

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    • Ash dieback strikes in Adur and Worthing

      A community task force has been created for a replanting scheme to help control an infection which could wipe out all ash trees in Adur and Worthing.   A plan to combat the loss of more than 1,200 ash trees, killed after succumbing to Ash Dieback, is now in it’s initial phases at Lancing Ring.   Adur & Worthing Councils’ parks team has been carrying out an urgent study at Lancing Ring in Adur and The Gallops at Findon Valley in Worthing into the extent of the problem. These areas are particularly vulnerable, because of the volume of ash trees. Almost 20%…

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    • Aberdeen City

      Aberdeen City Heritage Trust lectures

      The art of conservation, a visionary thinker and Britain’s greatest gardens will be explored in a series of public talks in the Granite City this autumn. Aberdeen City Heritage Trust – which is supported by Aberdeen City Council and Historic Environment Scotland – is hosting “Aberdeen Heritage Lectures” in association with the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Robert Gordon University, where the lectures will take place. In “From Walling Brick to PhD. What’s the Point?” which was held on October 9, Tim Meek described the importance of lime harl and other traditional coatings as surface finishes throughout Scottish history. Tim’s work includes…

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    • Aberdeenshire council launches green spaces and biodiversity project

      Aberdeenshire council have launched a new scheme which aims to extend and improve green spaces and biodiversity. The initiative will provide a new approach to the creation and maintenance of green spaces across the area. As part of this some grass areas which are regularly maintained will become wildflower meadows. As well as increased tree planting and the creation of woodland areas. One of the key aspects of this project will seek to develop practical enhancements at sites for the benefit of biodiversity, carbon reduction and improved greenspaces, through local community involvement as part of the wider green network. The…

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    • More wild meadows flowering in Glasgow

      Up to 50 hectares of Glasgow grassland is set to be maintained as traditional meadows as part of a plan to promote biodiversity in the city.   Thirty grasslands across the city have been identified as sites which will be designed to encourage and support small mammals and birds, pollinators, invertebrates and a wide range of plant species.   Further work to enhance the city’s open spaces will also involve planting 250,000 bulbs and plug plants as well as wildflower seeds sown on a range of plots. The plots include parks, road verges and steep slopes that are difficult to…

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    • Cambridge council restricts herbicides as part of response to Biodiversity Emergency

      Cambridge City Council is restricting the use of herbicides in its parks and open spaces as part of its ongoing ambition to achieve a measurable net gain in biodiversity for Cambridge.   This ambition was outlined in a Biodiversity Emergency motion adopted by the council earlier this year. The motion recognises the immediate global biodiversity emergency and the local impact this could have on communities and businesses.   It outlines a series of pledges for the next two years and beyond including:   Making the council estate, including its parks and opens spaces, more hospitable to a wide range of…

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    • Southampton City Council has begun work to rejuvenate Mansel Park

      Southampton City Council has begun work to rejuvenate the play area at Mansel Park in Millbrook. The improvements will create a new and improved space for families to spend time together and to be active.   The £250,000 project includes dedicated toddler and junior areas, a fitness trail and will benefit from a new shelter and seating area. The centre piece is the highlight of the new park. Designed by local artist Andy Frost, it is ‘Docklands themed’ and features a unique play structure in the shape of a container ship that converts into a robot, complete with climbing rings,…

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    • Shoreditch Park

      Hackney Council asks for peoples views on £2m Shoreditch Park improvement project

      Local people’s views will be put at the heart of a proposed £2m programme to improve Shoreditch Park. Hackney Council launches a month-long engagement exercise throughout October to find out what they would like to see in the park.   The public events, workshops, information stalls and drop-in sessions taking place across Hoxton and Shoreditch will give people a chance to tell Council officers what they value in the park and what they would like to see improved.   These will include a public event in Shoreditch Park on Saturday 26 October where people can come along and take part…

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    • Leeds

      Leeds council agree £1.7m scheme to transform city centre

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    • Stanley Park in Blackpool named as the UK’s Best Park

      Voters have crowned Stanley Park in Blackpool, Lancashire as the UK’s Best Park 2019.   The awards received a record number of 364 nominations. All eligible nominations then progressed to a public vote, where 36,832 then voted.   This year your votes also helped give “Much Loved” status to 73 parks and green spaces which placed within the top 20% of nominations.   Receiving an estimated two million visitors annually, Stanley Park was opened in 1926 and as well as an abundance of sporting facilities boasts a number of iconic features. Impressive Italian Gardens at its centre are flanked on…

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    • VIDEO: Adur and Worthing step up action against Ash Dieback disease

      A task force has been created to help control a deadly disease which could wipe out all Ash trees in Adur and Worthing.   Ash Dieback has been discovered in trees at Lancing Ring in Adur and The Gallops at Findon Valley in Worthing. Almost 20% of the entire woodland covering is at risk – that’s estimated to be more than 1,200 of the species.   The disease, spreading across Europe, is currently incurable. This means the most common tree in West Sussex, Ash, could disappear from the landscape forever.   Adur & Worthing Councils’ parks team has been carrying out…

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    • Wildflower meadow

      Blooming Wild Devon scheme launches to create more wildflower meadows

      Devon Wildlife Trust has launched a Blooming Wild Devon Crowdfunder scheme to create more wildflower meadows across the county.   In Exeter the Trust are joining up with the City Council to further enhance the displays of wildflowers that have been bursting with colour on roadside verges, roundabouts and open spaces.   People are being asked to support the scheme by donating to Blooming Wild Devon. People have until Friday to make their pledges and can do so by clicking visiting the Devon Wildlife Trust – Blooming Wild Devon Crowfunder page.   In Exeter the plan is to connect wildflower-rich…

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    • Bridgnorth

      Bridgnorth Town Council sign Woodland Trust Tree Charter

      At a meeting of Bridgnorth Town Council on Tuesday evening (20th August) Bridgnorth Town Council voted to sign up to the Tree Charter developed by the Woodland Trust. The motion was the idea of Councillor Carol Whittle. It commits the Council to working towards 10 principles that will encourage the Council to more consciously consider the benefit of trees and hedgerows and their appropriate management.   The 10 Principles:   – Sustain landscapes rich in wildlife – Plant for the future – Celebrate the power of trees to inspire – Grow forests of opportunity and innovation – Protect irreplaceable trees…

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    • South East

      South East’s Best Parks named

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    • Fields in Trust

      Fields in Trust championing this year’s UK’s Best Parks

      The UK’s Best Park 2019 will be announced at the conclusion of Fields in Trust’s Summer of Parks on Thursday 12th September.   Ahead of that, this summer UK’s Best Park will not just be showcasing the parks to receive the highest number of votes in each Home Nation. Each park that has placed in the top 20% of the total nominations will receive “Much Loved” status, recognising the support it has received this summer from those who use and love it.   In total, 73 parks across the UK will be celebrated in this way. Following the close of…

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    • Hackney Council trials glyphosate-free area

      Hackney Council is trialling a glyphosate-free area to promote biodiversity, increase green infrastructure, and see if abandoning the use of the herbicide means it can continue high standards of street maintenance.   The trial, which encompasses streets, estates and green spaces in the Daubeney area of Homerton, began earlier in the summer. It is hoped that the trial will demonstrate the effect of allowing these areas to grow naturally, so that decisions can be made about the future use of herbicides and other methods of removing weeds.   The trial comes in addition to a number of measures the Council is…

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    • Gateshead council trial battery powered machinery

      Council workers in Gateshead have been trialling new electrically-powered machinery – in a bid not to wake the neighbours.   Work on the central reservation and verges on the A184 Askew Road was able to start from 4.00am.   The busy dual carriageway which links the Redheugh Bridge with the A1 has housing close by and the council was concerned that the noise of grass cutting and other horticultural machinery so early in the morning might disturb local residents.   Instead of using the normal petrol-powered equipment, workers will be using a range of electrically-powered machinery currently on trial with…

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    • Broomfield Park

      Wetland created at Broomfield Park in Enfield

      A celebratory event at Broomfield Park has marked the opening of Enfield’s latest wetland project that will deliver a huge range of benefits to the community and environment.   The Rivers Trust and Thames21 have provided support to Enfield Council who have led the design and creation of the wetland. Funding has come from the Coca-Cola Foundation via a water stewardship partnership between Coca-Cola and WWF.   Guests at the opening were shown all the work of volunteers who took part in mass planting events. They heard about the multiple benefits that the wetland provides and were able to take…

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    • Herefordshire Council

      Ancient woodlands get stay of execution after work is paused on Hereford road schemes

      Ancient woodlands in Hereford are getting a stay of execution after a decision to pause all work on two bypasses.   The Woodland Trust says it is delighted with today’s news from Herefordshire Council but will continue to press for the irreplaceable habitats to be considered as part of the reviews into both the Southern Link Road and Hereford Bypass.   As it stands, the southern project, which already has planning permission, is set to destroy two ancient woodlands – Grafton Wood and an unnamed wood, It will also cause indirect damage from disturbance, noise and pollution to Hayleasow Wood,…

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    • Biodiversity boost for Forest Farm in Cardiff

      Biodiversity is getting a boost at Forest Farm following a successful bid for funding that will see a range of habitats at the popular nature reserve enhanced and restored. Woodland, scrub, ponds, wetlands, orchard, hedgerow and grassland at the site will all benefit from a £60,000 grant from Network Rail’s Greater West Programme. Working with partner organisations Buglife and Plantlife as well as the Friends of Forest Farm, the project also includes plans to survey the site and train a pool of volunteers to assist with future surveys so that the impact of the work on the flora and fauna…

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    • Residents of Hackney invited to set up new community parklets

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