Pollinator action plan for local growth

In the hope of nurturing high-quality green spaces and improved health and wellbeing, Buglife Scotland has released guidance to help councils increase pollinator frequency in their respective localities. For details, click here.

Green infrastructure delivery along linear assets

CIRIA has published a scoping study as part of its work to encourage well-designed and properly managed green infrastructure along linear assets such as roads and rail networks. For more details, click here.

First Steps in Urban Air Quality

It is recognised that air pollution is one of the biggest environmental risks to health. The design of our urban infrastructure – including green infrastructure – determines where air pollution is produced, and how it disperses. It is important to dispel myths and work with evidence in understanding air quality which built environment professionals should consider at all stages of urban design and development. The Trees and Design Action Group have partnered with a distinguished group of academics in producing to produce preliminary guidance. First Steps in Urban Air Quality is available here.

AARC search for best practice green infrastructure projects

Only one week left to apply! Deadline of 19th February for the 2018 Adaption and Resilience in the Context of Change Network (AARC) design competition to find green infrastructure projects which increase health, energy efficiency and liveability in buildings. For more details, click here.

Urban Design with Nature Sharing Good Practice

Urban Design with Nature

Wednesday 21 February 2018 – SNH, Battleby Conference Centre, Perth

Organised by Scottish Natural Heritage in partnership with ERZ Studio, WSP, and Glasgow City Council this free event is for urban planners, designers, architects, landscape architects, developers, contractors, engineers, house builders and social housing providers, local authorities, and relevant public sector representatives. 

This interactive event is all about integrating multi-functional green infrastructure (GI) into urban design, planning and delivery and offers a range of sustainable, future-proof solutions and benefits for people and nature.

Green infrastructure helps our urban areas be more resilient and adapt to climate change, reduce energy consumption, mitigate flooding, and improve air quality. These nature-based solutions promote active living, facilitate health and well-being, provide homes for wildlife, and transform our towns and cities into more enjoyable, attractive places to visit, live, work and play in. 

This event will explore a range of forward-looking policy, strategic, and project-level approaches and expertise across a range of themes including:

-              Economic drivers for urban GI

-              Conditions for good integrated GI design

-              Integrated GI in masterplanning

-              International and UK case studies

-              Urban GI and city planning

-              Adaptation and retrofitting

For more information and to download a booking form, click here.