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".

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.

Moss living walls on trial

The Crown Estate is to trial installations of CityTree in London's West End, following Glasgows example. This moss-based living wall removes harmful particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide from the air. CityTree which was installed in Glasgow last year for a trial, claims to deliver 275 times the air cleaning capability of a single tree while taking up 1% of the space that would be needed to achieve the same results using real trees. For the full article clilck here.

Residential greenspace and depression

Increased urbanisation and the associated reduced contact of individuals with natural environments have led to a rise in mental disorders, including depression. Residential greenness, a fundamental component of urban design, has been shown to reduce the public health burden of mental disorders. A new study has investigated the association between residential green exposure and prevalence of major depressive disorders using a large and diverse cross-sectional dataset from the UK Biobank. A protective effect of greenness on depression was consistently observed and interaction analyses indicated that the beneficial effects of greenness were more pronounced among women, participants younger than 60 years, and participants residing in areas with low neighbourhood socioeconomic status or high urbanicity. For the full study, click here.

Ecosystem Knowledge Network Tool Assessor

The EKN have launched a online resource on analytical tools that link the environment and society: https://ecosystemsknowledge.net/tool-assessor-list-of-tools

A wide range of tools for analysing ecosystem services, natural capital and green infrastructure have been developed in recent years in the UK and globally, and more are in development.  Information about these tools and their functions is often hard to access, and it is not always easy to choose which tool to investigate further. Tool Assessor is focused on tools that help people manage the environment as an asset rather than simply managing it for nature conservation objectives.  It encompasses tools that can be used in the UK.