Levelling up through urban green infrastructure

Commissioned by the National Trust, a new report by Vivid Economics calls for at least 1% of the £640 billion of gross capital investment on infrastructure be spent of greening the poorest neighbourhoods. Such valuable investment could bring £200 billion in physical health and wellbeing benefits. The three interventions proposed are greening urban streets, upgrading poor quality parks and creating regional parks and forests in the urban fringe. The report can be found here.

Building with Nature training survey

Building with Nature are developing free training packages for local planning authorities (LPAs) across the UK, and is asking for help in designing this training to ensure that it is effective and delivers on LPA priorities. If you are interest in being considered for Building with Nature's free training offer, please complete the online survey by 14 Aug 2020. 

Susdrain 2020 SuDS Awards

CIRIA has announced that the Susdrain 2020 SuDS Awards are now open for entries. The awards invites submissions from SuDS projects across the UK to showcase their outstanding and innovative high quality SuDS schemes. Submissions will close on 30 April 2020. To enter, please click here.

Groundbreaking "greenprint" for Greater Manchester

All Our Trees is Greater Manchester’s tree and woodland strategy and quantifies the incredible value of the city region’s 11.3 million trees. Produced by charity City of Trees and endorsed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the strategy sets out clear objectives on how to maximise the benefits of trees and woods in the region. In addition the strategy will be key in helping Greater Manchester to respond to the climate emergency that each of the 10 local authorities have declared. For more information, click here.

The hidden potential of urban horticulture 


A new study published in Nature Food Journal, investigates how we can sustainably integrate local food growing into the existing urban fabric. The issue is explored using a case study city to map green and grey infrastructure which has the potential to help expand the urban horticulture system. The study can be found here.