Primary school green roof designated for wildllife

In 2009, Bauder’s green roof on Sharrow Primary School in Sheffield was declared as a Local Nature Reserve, the first school in the UK to achieve this status. It’s a fitting accolade for a school that defies traditional ideas of what a school should be.

Restricted ground space opened up the opportunity to create green roofs at three levels for play space, 44 sq metres of outdoor classrooms and a 1200 sq metres biodiversity roof designed to replicate a meadow, complete with cornflowers and other urban plants. The roof also acts as a haven for birds and other kinds of wildlife, with rotting tree stumps provided for many kinds of insects. All of the roofs are used as a learning resource with curriculum-friendly uses for all the children.

Photo: copyright Bauder

Constructed Wetland Association annual conference

How to make better constructed wetlands

Date:          12 & 13 September 2018

Venue:       Portsmouth University, UK


Contact:     Kirsty Brown This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07726 359850

The 14th Annual Conference ‘How to make better constructed wetlands’ is taking place on the 12th & 13th September at Portsmouth University, recognised for its long history of wetland research.

Day one (12th September) will offer an ‘Introduction to Constructed Wetlands’ training session, with informative lectures in the morning followed by an afternoon guided visit to see local wetlands in action and apply the morning’s learnings.

Day two (13th September) will bring delegates up to date with the latest developments in constructed wetlands through presentations sharing the knowledge of leading academics and practitioners in the field of constructed wetlands with the key themes:

  • Building partnerships to deliver multiple wetland benefits
  • Using natural ecosystems to reduce pollution in river catchments
  • New approaches to wetland design.

Conference delegates are all invited to join a social evening on 12th September and attend the CWA Annual Meeting on the afternoon of day 2, where they can have their say in the CWA’s direction, strategy and committee for 2018/19.

Speakers and conference sessions will be announced shortly.

Green infrastructure policies in Central Scotland

The Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership has published its report into the quality of green infrastructure policies across the CSGN area. The report provides a baseline to inform discussions on how comprehensive and robust GI policy can be achieved to ensure that good, well maintained multi-functional GI is integrated into new housing developments across Central Scotland. Max Hislop, Programme Manager for the GCV Green Network Partnership, said “The Green Infrastructure policy review is a crucial step in understanding the current policy environment, what's working well and what lessons can be learned. It provides opportunities for strengthening planning policy and making Green Infrastructure benefits more widely implemented through development".

Call for Papers - Constructed Wetland Association conference

Plans for the 14th Constructed Wetland Association Annual Conference on 12th & 13th September 2018 at the University of Portsmouth are well under way, and if you have any wetlands case studies, technology or research to share, there is still time to submit a paper for consideration to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The extended submission deadline is Thursday 31st May 2018. 
Bringing together the key stakeholders from the water pollution control community, this two day event will focus on the key themes of:-

  • Building partnerships to deliver multiple wetland benefit
  • Using natural ecosystems to reduce pollution in river catchments
  • New approaches to wetland design

Your submission should include the following information:-

  • Speaker(s) name, job title and organisation.
  • Session title
  • A brief summary of the scope of your presentation and key learning points (approx 150 words).

More information about the event can be found at

Green Infrastructure for soil sealing

The European Commission has published a report looking at the potential of green infrastructure to compensate for the effects of ‘soil sealing’ generated by urban development, finding green roofs to be more effective than permeable paving. For more details, click here.