How much greenspace is there in your town?

The Understanding Scottish Places website has had an upgrade and now includes new data, including greenspace. You can use the USP website to find out how much greenspace there is in your town – type in your town and scroll down to ‘Connectivity and environment assets’. The data is drawn from the Greenspace Map that greenspace scotland developed with Ordnance Survey. You can find out more about OS Greenspace and how to access and use the data on greenspace scotlands website 

Grassroots GI in Europe

Britain’s Incredible Edible movement, an urban gardening project that brings people together through the production of locally grown food, is among a number of projects listed in Ecolise’s booklet of community-led action throughout Europe. For more details, click here.

SuDS bring nature to the city

A team of scientists working in Inverness has identified simple management and design techniques to make Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) better for wildlife. They found that ecological quality is linked to pond and surrounding habitat characteristics, with ponds offering opportunities for local people to experience more diverse nature than other SuDS features. However, access to diversity of nature wasn’t equally available to all, with less affluent neighbourhoods typically having SuDS of lower ecological quality. Poor design can be remedied by good management, ameliorating this discrepancy. The results can be applied to both the design and management of SuDS to foster good ecological quality irrespective of the neighbourhood, thus providing more socially equitable access to high-quality urban blue space.

How can Europe better respond to extreme weather?

Partners from the international green infrastructure project PERFECT have published an article discussing the impacts of the extreme weather seen throughout Europe earlier this year, which reached a high of almost 46°C in Portugal. Faced with the prospect of increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, the six PERFECT member countries have come together to investigate the role green infrastructure can play in helping places adapt to extreme heat. For more details, click here

LUDWIGSBURG IS DEVELOPING NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO FACE CLIMATE CHANGE

Just like many other cities worldwide, Ludwigsburg too is impacted by climate change. For this reason, the German city is developing renaturing urban plans making use of Nature-Based Solutions. One of the implemented initiatives is the “Mobil Green Room”, a cooling oasis consisting of green walls that can be easily deployed in various urban areas. It provides shade, filter dust and store water, and it also reduces noise and cools down the close-by environment.

Read more here.