TCPA & GIP conference: Green spaces, healthy places

There is now ample and robust evidence that green infrastructure is good for people’s health. How can we plan, design and manage green spaces to maximise their value to people’s health and wellbeing? How can we improve the health and wellbeing value of existing green spaces? What do we know – and what do we still need to research?

Join TCPA and the Green Infrastructure Partnership at their conference in London on 12th July 2018 and hear a range of high-profile speakers will explore the following topics:

  • Will it be possible to attract funding from health budgets to help maintain green infrastructure? What are the barriers to achieving this?
  • How can we maximise the health and wellbeing benefits of green infrastructure? Do we know enough?
  • What can we do right now to create and enhance green infrastructure to enhance people’s wellbeing?

This conference will bring together public health practitioners, landscape architects, developers, planners, researchers and others to share ideas and good practice, create new partnerships and identify opportunities for re-shaping our thinking about green spaces to give more emphasis to their multiple health and wellbeing benefits. For more information, click here.

Kirkcaldy GI Masterplan

In spring 2014, a Kirkcaldy Charrette was held. Since then there has been considerable progress and change made within area. The most recent development has been the launch of a green infrastructure masterplan. This masterplan builds on the vision set out in the charrette: to improve connections; provide an attractive public realm and to improve links to the coast. The masterplan has been developed by Urban Pioneers and has led to the identification and costing of five key projects that could be taken forward in the future including greenspace and path improvements between Hayfield Road and Smeaton Road and improvements at Denfield Park.

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Scottish Natural Flood Management Network launched

A new website aiming to become a sharing platform for policymakers, researchers, scientists and anyone interested in the use of landscape features to reduce flood risk has been launched.

The Natural Flood Management (NFM) Network Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (through the Centre of Expertise for Waters and the Strategic Research Programme) was launched at an event organised by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Environment Agency and the Chartered Institute of Water and Environment Management.

The NFM website will provide a platform for sharing approaches, raising awareness and encouraging collaboration. It is hoped that access to this resource will create an invaluable tool for those tasked with delivering a sustainable approach to flood risk management in Scotland.

Blue and Green Cities

Author Robert Brears has published a textbook presenting the latest research on urban policy innovations that promote the application of blue-green infrastructure in managing water resources in a sustainable way.

This book offers new research on urban policy innovations that promote the application of blue-green infrastructure in managing water resources sustainably. The author argues that urban water managers have traditionally relied on grey infrastructural solutions to mitigate risks with numerous economic and environmental consequences.

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Primary school green roof designated for wildllife

In 2009, Bauder’s green roof on Sharrow Primary School in Sheffield was declared as a Local Nature Reserve, the first school in the UK to achieve this status. It’s a fitting accolade for a school that defies traditional ideas of what a school should be.

Restricted ground space opened up the opportunity to create green roofs at three levels for play space, 44 sq metres of outdoor classrooms and a 1200 sq metres biodiversity roof designed to replicate a meadow, complete with cornflowers and other urban plants. The roof also acts as a haven for birds and other kinds of wildlife, with rotting tree stumps provided for many kinds of insects. All of the roofs are used as a learning resource with curriculum-friendly uses for all the children.

Photo: copyright Bauder