Asthma attacks reduced in tree-lined urban neighbourhoods

People living in polluted urban areas are far less likely to be admitted to hospital with asthma when there are lots of trees in their neighbourhood, a study by the University of Exeter’s medical school has found.

The study into the impact of urban greenery on asthma suggests that respiratory health can be improved by the expansion of tree cover. In the most polluted urban areas, trees had a particularly strong association with fewer emergency asthma cases. In relatively unpolluted urban neighbourhoods trees did not have the same impact.

Links to the full article can be found here.

Community Rainpark received LI award

Robert Bray Associates won the 2017 Landscape Institute President’s Award for their work on the Bridget Joyce Square Community Rainpark project. The project is a community-driven scheme that sits between a school and two playgrounds in White City, West London. Previous road and parking facilities at the site made school pick-up and drop-off difficult, and caused crossing hazards for children. In addition, due to its location within the famously capacity-exceeding Counters Creek sewer catchment, the road was highly susceptible to surface water flooding. Local residents and the school head teacher instigated the project. The finished project delivers a safe passage to school for children and a place for parents to meet, as well as a landscape that is resilient to unpredictable climatic events.

The project was described as demonstrating an exemplary approach to partnership working. More information can be found here

Cornwalls Grow Nature Seed Fund

Cornwall Council has created a new way to help communities grow their environment. They have launched a seed fund to provide a starting point for fund raising to pay for environmental growth project ideas. The aim is to support small-scale projects that help create more space for nature in towns and villages across Cornwall and contribute to the delivery of the ambitious Cornwall Environmental Growth Strategy.

Priority will be given to schemes that result in tangible examples of environmental growth, for example new habitats or an increase in the health of native wildlife. Funded projects must deliver a clear and demonstrable benefit to the natural environment.

TCPA releases green infrastructure guidance for new communities

The TCPA has released a guide to help plan and implement high quality green infrastructure in new communities, including new Garden Cities, Garden Towns and Garden Villages. Planning for Green and Prosperous Places is aimed at councillors, developers, local communities, planners and others. It has been produced with support from the TCPA-led PERFECT project. For more details, click here.

Trees for Cities new partnership


Trees for Cities has announced a three-year strategic partnership with Redbridge Council to help populate the borough with more trees and greenery. The partnership will work closely with local communities to encourage greener thinking and promote wildlife and air quality regulation. For more details, click here.