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 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".

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.

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.