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    • Photo of 500 Volunteers Join Together to Create New Woodland

      500 Volunteers Join Together to Create New Woodland

      A new woodland of 3,500 trees was planted in Hylands Park on Sunday 1 March, with the help of over 500 volunteers. It is part of the commitment by Chelmsford City Council to plant one tree for every resident over the next ten years. The saplings, which are all native species, bring the total number of new trees planted in Chelmsford this winter up to 12,435 to date, leaving 162,565 left to go. They are very small at the moment and will be protected by animal-proof fencing while they grow. But these two-foot-tall whips will do important work for everyone…

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    • Photo of Birmingham earns Tree Cities of the World status

      Birmingham earns Tree Cities of the World status

      The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with the Arbor Day Foundation has recognised Birmingham with Tree Cities of the World designation. The international programme celebrates cities across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests. To achieve recognition as Tree Cities of the World, Birmingham met the five core standards: – establish responsibility – set the rules – know what you have – allocate the resources – celebrate achievements. Cllr John O’Shea, cabinet member for street scene and parks at Birmingham City Council, said: “Within Birmingham, we…

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    • Photo of Greater Manchester to invest over £1.5m in new tree planting

      Greater Manchester to invest over £1.5m in new tree planting

      Greater Manchester has secured funding from The Urban Tree Challenge Fund, matching existing resources, to plant both small saplings and large urban trees. The Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) is a £10m government fund for planting both large and small trees in and around towns and cities in England. The fund is being delivered by the Forestry Commission as part of their work to expand woodlands and tree cover across England.   City of Trees has been co-ordinating the bid for Greater Manchester in partnership with the ten districts and registered housing providers.   In total, over 2,500 trees will…

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    • Photo of Green wall protects kids at school in Enfield

      Green wall protects kids at school in Enfield

      The pupils of George Spicer Primary School, Enfield have had a living green wall installed on the Southbury Road side of their playgrounds. This vertical garden of growing ivy should reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions in their playground by up to 20% and help to protect the children from transport noises from one of the busiest roads in Enfield, the Southbury Road. The Council has a commitment to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030 and for Enfield to contribute to London-wide carbon neutrality. The efforts will be led by the Climate Change Task Force, which is chaired by Enfield Council’s…

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    • Photo of Cambridge Canopy Project launched to create urban forest

      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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    • Photo of New 6,500-tree edible forest to be planted in Hackney Marshes

      New 6,500-tree edible forest to be planted in Hackney Marshes

      Hackney Council is joining forces with charity Trees for Cities to plant a new edible woodland in Hackney Marshes.   The woodland will see a mix of around 6,500 fruit and nut trees, broadleaf specimens, and shrubs planted. The trees and shrubs are being funded by Honest Drinks through the charity Trees for Cities.   Local people are being invited to come along and help plant the woodland with local voluntary group Tree Musketeers.   The Council, Trees for Cities, and Tree Musketeers are then set to continue working together in the new year and beyond, by planting over 20,000 additional…

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    • Photo of Islington Council is consulting on plans to boost air quality and green space

      Islington Council is consulting on plans to boost air quality and green space

      Islington Council is consulting on plans to boost air quality and green space by reconnecting the north and south sections of Highbury Fields and closing part of Highbury Crescent to motor traffic. The road could be transformed into a green space, joining the north and south sections of Highbury Fields. The section of Highbury Crescent has been closed since 2014 and was previously used by Transport for London (TfL) as a construction compound for the work to transform Highbury Corner. TfL left the site last month and the council has introduced an Experimental Traffic Order to keep this section of…

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    • Photo of Improvements underway at Worthing’s Beach House Park

      Improvements underway at Worthing’s Beach House Park

      Widespread improvements to make Worthing’s Beach House Park more attractive to visitors and wildlife are underway. Teams from Worthing Borough Council’s parks team will be spending this winter carrying out a range of enhancements to ensure it remains a much-loved open space for years to come. The work will not only improve biodiversity, but also increase the types and varieties of plants to ensure the open space can better adapt to the ongoing effects of climate change. The council is also taking steps to work with the local community to establish a new Friends of Beach House Park group so…

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    • Photo of Exeter council using new kit to help city become carbon neutral

      Exeter council using new kit to help city become carbon neutral

      Parks staff in Exeter are moving away from traditional petrol-driven equipment and helping to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. It is investing in battery powered equipment such as hedge trimmers and leaf blowers. The plan is to introduce battery powered strimmers, chainsaws, mowers and pruning shears in the future.   The council is looking to be a carbon neutral city by 2030. Using battery powered equipment will help towards this and it is also cheaper to run, quieter and causes less vibration for the operator.   The public & green space team in Exeter currently have two battery powered hedge…

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    • Photo of Funding awarded to improve Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Garden

      Funding awarded to improve Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Garden

      Plans to restore and enhance Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Garden have been awarded funding.   The National Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded initial support and development funding of £214,400 to progress plans to improve and enhance the historic garden and apply for a major National Lottery grant bid for £3.4 million.   Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the tourism, equalities, communities & culture committee said:   “This is fantastic news for the city and an important step in securing the future of this important and well-loved public space.    “The project presents a landmark opportunity to change people’s understanding and valuing of…

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    • Photo of VIDEO: Salford City Council release drone footage to promote greenspaces

      VIDEO: Salford City Council release drone footage to promote greenspaces

      Salford City Council has released aerial footage to encourage people to visit the city’s green spaces. These spaces have seen over £127 million of investment in recent years. This includes £10.2m flood protection scheme at the Wetlands in Kersal which provides more protection to 1,400 homes and 500 businesses. The basin is opened when river levels rise. It can capture up to 650m  litres of water and release it slowly when the river levels drop. And also featured is Peel Park, one of the first public parks to be opened in the country in 1846. In 2013 the park was…

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    • Photo of Rochdale Borough Council is reducing its use of pesticides

      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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    • Photo of 5,000 new street trees to be planted in 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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    • Photo of Perth wins RHS Britain in Bloom 2019

      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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    • Photo of Exeter to trial alternative methods of controlling weeds

      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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    • Photo of Carbon capturing peat bog helps fight against climate change

      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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    • Photo of Ash dieback strikes in Adur and Worthing

      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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    • Photo of Aberdeen City Heritage Trust lectures

      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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    • Photo of Aberdeenshire council launches green spaces and biodiversity project

      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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    • Photo of More wild meadows flowering in Glasgow

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

      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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    • Photo of Southampton City Council has begun work to rejuvenate Mansel Park

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

      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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    • Photo of Leeds council agree £1.7m scheme to transform city centre

      Leeds council agree £1.7m scheme to transform city centre

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

      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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