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19 Key Takeaways from SoilsCon 2024

19 Key Takeaways from SoilsCon 2024

SoilsCon returned this week after a four-year hiatus, much to the delight of its 150 delegates. Organised by soil scientist and landscape consultant Tim O’Hare, the one-day conference not only reaffirmed existing knowledge but also brought with it a whole host of new...

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Islington Council launches new scheme to ‘green up’ unloved spaces

Islington Council launches new scheme to ‘green up’ unloved spaces

Islington Council calls for residents to “get greening” with new nature based initiative. The scheme, Islington Greener Together, encourages locals to put forward ideas to improve biodiversity, build climate change resilience and create more attractive neighbourhoods. Residents, businesses and community groups are eligible to submit ideas,...

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Community gardener launches new online course

Community gardener launches new online course

Tayshan Hayden-Smith has today launched a new online course to educate and inspire people to transform community spaces. The community gardener and founder of Grow2Know has created the course with Annabel Kindersley, the co-owner of beauty retailer Neal’s Yard Remedies, for charity platform Earthed. INeal’s Yard Remedies created its first...

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The history behind the living wall

The history behind the living wall

Commemorating the birth of its creator, #InternationalGreenWallDay takes place on 15 February. It's when the industry comes together to celebrate the accomplishments and potential that living walls can present. Invented in 1938 by landscape architect, Stanley Hart White, the living wall continues to be an evolving feature throughout the urban...

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Gove tells “underperforming councils” to build on brownfield sites

Gove tells “underperforming councils” to build on brownfield sites

Councils are being told that they need to prioritise brownfield developments and be ‘less bureaucratic and more flexible’. Housing secretary Michael Gove is encouraging local authorities to build houses on brownfield sites in a bid to deliver thousands of new homes and protect the green belt. Big city councils that are not hitting their...

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Chippenham brownfield site approved for green makeover

Chippenham brownfield site approved for green makeover

After a four-year planning process, Wiltshire Council grants approval for 95 new homes encompassed on an old brownfield site in Chippenham. The Oak Hill Rise development, put forward by Persimmon Homes Wessex will replace the now decommissioned Wiltshire Ambulance Service station. All 95 properties will be no-gas and instead powered by air source...

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Landmark nature legislation launches to tackle biodiversity loss

Landmark nature legislation launches to tackle biodiversity loss

The biodiversity net gain (BNG) legislation launches today, bringing into effect mandatory rules for all new major developments across England in an effort to tackle the decline in biodiversity. From today, under Schedule 7A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 developers will be required to deliver a mandatory biodiversity net gain of 10%...

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Environment charities falling short on racial diversity, study finds

Environment charities falling short on racial diversity, study finds

Around one in 20 people employed in the environment charities sector identified as an ethnic minority last year, compared with one in eight in the wider UK workforce. The second instalment of the RACE (racial action on the climate emergency) Report- which collected data from April to October last year- shows 6% of employees identified as people...

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Tyler Grange announces new managing director

Tyler Grange announces new managing director

Co-founder Jon Berry has been appointed as managing director of environmental consultancy Tyler Grange. He supersedes his fellow co-founder Simon Ursell, who has moved into the position as chair. The two set up Tyler Grange 14 years ago alongside Julian Arthur, who will retain his role as technical director. It has since become a B Corp, renowned...

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Will 2024 be a turning point for environmental change?

Will 2024 be a turning point for environmental change?

‘Climate change’, a phrase many could argue has become quite prevalent in recent years- with it even becoming the children’s word of the year for 2023, according to the Oxford University Press. With temperatures last year being the hottest on record, the recent flooding across the UK and lets not forget the continued decline in biodiversity shown...

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Threatened Plant of the Year 2024 returns this February

Threatened Plant of the Year 2024 returns this February

The search for rare and unusual plants across the UK kicks-off this month with the launch of Plant Heritage’s Threatened Plant of the Year 2024 competition. Open to anyone, from hobbyist gardeners to professionals. All entrants need to do is look for any rare, unusual or special named cultivars growing in their gardens. Submissions must not be...

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Endangered rainforest to be restored with more than 100,000 trees

Endangered rainforest to be restored with more than 100,000 trees

The National Trust plans to establish 50 hectares across three sites in north Devon in an effort to restore endangered rainforest and boost wildlife. More than 100,000 trees are set to be planted close to surviving pockets of the woodland to create new areas of temperate rainforest. Among the trees to be planted is the almost-extinct Devon...

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Six Inches of Soil gets Picturehouse Green Screen tour

Six Inches of Soil gets Picturehouse Green Screen tour

Following its global launch at COP28, regenerative and agroecology documentary, Six Inches of Soil is set to be shown as part of Picturehouse Green Screen. The documentary will commence its 13 cinema tour on Tuesday 19 March, with a red-carpet gala event at Cambridge Arts. Going on to screen at Picturehouse Cinemas in Crouch End (London),...

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Britain in Bloom celebrates 60 years with over two million flowers

Britain in Bloom celebrates 60 years with over two million flowers

Marking 60 years of Britain in Bloom, the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) is celebrating by sharing ‘friendship flower seeds’ to highlight the friendships made through caring for plants and a shared love of gardening. Over two million flowers, including sweet peas, cosmos and nigella will be sown, planted and grown by the three thousand...

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Jubilee Gardens to undergo ‘greener’ transformation

Jubilee Gardens to undergo ‘greener’ transformation

Work commences on transforming Jubilee Gardens into a ‘greener’ and ‘more inviting’ open space in the City of London. The £620,000 project aims to boost the City’s biodiversity, climate resilience and protection against flooding. Improvement works include the planting of 15 new trees, as well as shrubs and perennials to create habitats for...

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Tyler Grange opens its seventh UK office

Tyler Grange opens its seventh UK office

Environmental consultancy Tyler Grange has opened the doors to its seventh UK office in Cardiff. This latest investment looks to support the B Corp firm’s growing involvement with Welsh architects, housebuilders and developers to deliver their projects. Operating from Cathedral Road, north-west of the city centre, the office is led by associate...

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Defra releases new BNG metric tool

Defra releases new BNG metric tool

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published its biodiversity net gain (BNG) metric calculation tool. Ahead of the legislation commencement on 12 February (for large sites), Defra has laid out the statutory biodiversity metric before parliament, and published its statutory metric calculation tool. When BNG becomes...

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Hillier launches website for sourcing high quality trees 

Hillier launches website for sourcing high quality trees 

Hillier has unveiled amenity online resources to showcase its vast offering of field and container grown trees.   Following the successful launch of The Hillier Tree Guide, the enhanced online platform allows customers to browse an extensive image gallery with detailed information about the sizes and shapes of the trees grown too. It also...

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Legacy tree shelters removed for recycling

Legacy tree shelters removed for recycling

National Highways has removed roadside legacy tree shelters for collection and recycling. Led by more than 25 volunteers, a large number of shelters were taken from the A428 across October.  This was supported by Tubex as part of its tree shelter collection and recycling programme launched in 2021. Volunteers collected approximately 2000 used...

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