Nature-based solutions and community planning

SNH have published ‘People, Place and the Climate Emergency: The contribution of Nature to Community Planning Partnership Priorities’. It provides an overview of how nature can help address a range of socio-economic outcomes, including inclusive economic growth; addressing climate change; reducing health inequalities; building stronger communities; and empowering our young people. For more information, click here.

9,000 Raingardens for New York

New York Sets a Goal for another 5,000 New Curbside Rain Gardens, in addition to the 4,000 already installed, bringing the total for the City to 9,000.

Seventy percent of the surface of New York City is impervious, this program will put a significant dent in the hard landscape.

“We are deploying all of the resources at our disposal to tackle the challenge of global warming head-on,” said Mayor de Blasio. “We are doubling the size of the largest green infrastructure program in the country, creating green oases in our neighborhoods and protecting our waterways for all New Yorkers to enjoy.”

NHS Lothian publishes Green Health Strategy

NHS Lothian, Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation and greenspace scotland have published Scotland’s first health board-led Green Health Strategy. Greenspace is often described as ‘our natural health service’, with a growing body of research evidence showing its positive benefits for physical and mental health and wellbeing. The Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace and Health Strategic Framework was prepared by greenspace scotland, on behalf of NHS Lothian and funded by Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation.

The strategy was launched with the help of mums from Mums Walk Midlothian an independent, peer support walking group for mums (with babies or children of any age) in Midlothian who are experiencing mental health difficulties such as low mood, depression and anxiety.

A Green Health Programme Manager is being recruited to lead the delivery of the Green Health Strategy.

Financing options for green infrastructure

The European ‘Horizon 20/20’ project has published a document listing the various financing options available for local authorities looking to grow green infrastructure stock. Divided between public and private initiatives, the guide lists the required conditions and limiting factors of each funding method and provides case studies illustrating their successful use. For more details, click here.

SURF Awards 2019 open for nominations

SURF’s annual awards process is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government. It is open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland that are currently in place or that have been completed within two years of the closing date. The purpose of the SURF Awards is:

  • To recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration;
  • To promote and disseminate best practice across Scotland as means of sharing knowledge and experience, and thereby enhancing future policy and practice;
  • To highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

For more information and to apply, click here.