Overall, an estimated 1.4 billion kg of air pollutants were removed by woodlands, plants, grasslands and other UK vegetation in 2015, according to a study produced for the UK Natural Capital accounts by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. This pollution removal saved the UK around £1 billion in avoided health damage costs. The Office for National Statistics published an interactive map showing pollution removed by green infrastructure across the UK. Type in your postcode and take a look at your local area here
2018 SURF awards
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Scotlands' Regeneration Forums SURF’s awards. This annual awards process is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government and 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 well-being of individuals and communities.
This year, there are five categories: Scotland’s Most Improved Place, Housing, Creative Regeneration, Youth Employability: Overcoming Barriers, Community Led Regeneration. To submit your application see here.
Local Action Toolkit
Defra’s Local Action Project aims to work with local communities to enhance the value of natural capital in towns, cities and other urban spaces to improve people’s lives, the environment and
economic prosperity. It takes a partnership approach enabling local communities and groups to develop a vision for where they live and to help them to form effective stakeholder-partnerships that work towards that goal.
As part of the LAP, a framework for the assessment of costs and benefits of catchment management programmes in urban landscapes was been developed. Information gathered has been used to develop a framework for the quantification of benefits resulting from interventions designed to enhance ecosystem service provision or mitigate loss of provision in urban landscapes. This framework is scalable, to ensure that it can be applied to a broad spectrum of urban situations, and includes a widely applicable series of metrics that allow all potential benefits to be measured (whether monetisable value or not).
Seattles' Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) uses natural processes like rain gardens and cisterns to slow, capture, and clean polluted runoff before it harms our lakes, rivers, and streams. It also helps add color and beauty to our homes and communities
In 2013, Seattle set a target to manage 700 million gallons of polluted runoff per year with green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) by 2025. This is being addressed through City Council led projects. inclusion of guidance within the Seattle Stormwater Code, and a community focused media campaign. More information can be found here.
Vote for your favourite project!
The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning are one of the Government’s most prestigious awards. They celebrate achievements in planning, right from the detail of processing through to the bigger picture of creating places which will become the legacy of our professionalism.
From now until late September, everyone has a chance to help select the winners of the Peoples Choice Award. This award allows anyone to vote for their favourite shortlisted SAQP entry. The idea is that this Award gives everyone a chance to get involved and express their support for whatever they consider to have been a great project in 2018.
You can find all the projects and vote by clicking here.