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    • True value of Birmingham city’s parks and open spaces calculated at £11billion

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    • Greener Grangetown wins prestigious Roy Edwards Award

      Greener Grangetown has won the Roy Edwards Award at the ICE Wales Awards 2019, which recently took place at the Marriot Hotel in Cardiff.   The innovative project catches, cleans and diverts over 40,000 square meters of rainwater run-off directly into the River Taff, rather than pumping the water over eight kilometers through the Vale of Glamorgan for treatment, before being pumped into the sea.   The scheme collects surface water from roofs and roads from twelve residential streets in Grangetown. Channeling and filtering it through over 100 rain gardens before draining to the river Taff. Through the scheme, significant…

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    • Birmingham bids to become a Tree City of the World

      Talks to establish Birmingham as the first officially designated “Tree City” of the UK are set to be held between the city council and an international foundation today.   Council officers and Cabinet Members Cllr John O’Shea and Cllr Waseem Zaffar are due to meet a delegation from the US-based Arbor Day Foundation about the possibility of becoming a member of the Tree Cities of the World Network.   The bid is being formally launched during the talks, which come on the first day of Love Parks Week (July 12-21). Achievement of the status requires the city and the council…

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    • Manchester council to trial hybrid grass technology

      A section of Piccadilly Gardens will be sown with reinforced hybrid grass designed to withstand tough conditions, as part of wider works to maintain the grassed areas in the public square.   The trial will see a small area adjacent to the fountain sown with the hi-tech turf, which is a mixture of natural and synthetic grass.   The hybrid technology delivers a natural surface that is far more resistant than standard grasses and will prove more cost-effective over the long term, reducing the amount of maintenance required.    Should the hybrid grass prove successful, the Council will then consider…

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    • Clean air scheme to protect school playgrounds from traffic pollution

      A new pilot scheme which aims to boost air quality in school playgrounds located next to major roads is set to launch in Manchester.   Scientists from Lancaster University have designed a programme which they believe has the potential to transform national policy, by demonstrating how evergreen hedges can be used as a natural shield to reduce the impact of traffic pollution on pupils.    The “Protecting Playgrounds” project – which will be delivered by Groundwork, with funding from Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester – will produce results which could benefit other schools in Manchester and beyond.…

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    • Low emission neighbourhood to be created in Walworth

      Southwark Council is building on its extensive program of air quality initiatives, with the announcement of an exciting new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood. The council has secured a £500,000 air quality grant from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund. It will match fund this, resulting in £1m for projects designed to help reduce air pollution and make living and passing through the new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood, a greener, cleaner and safer experience.   The council will consult on possible changes to the streetscape, aimed at opening up the roads for those who live on them. Proposals will also look at…

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    • Smart technology pilot scheme for Belfast parks

      A ‘smart’ pilot project using sensors, artificial intelligence and community currency is underway in a number of locations across Belfast. It is aimed at helping Belfast City Council manage its parks and open spaces as part of the Council’s Smart Belfast programme. The ‘Amazing Spaces, Smart Places’ initiative is being trialled for two weeks. Following a competition launched last October, five companies have been awarded funding of up to £20,000 each to explore how data and innovative technologies can help Council manage open spaces in Belfast. It will look at issues such as safety and the user experience, as well…

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    • Former school to transform into a community green space

      Work to transform the site of the former St Eunan’s Primary School in Clydebank into a community green space is set to begin next month.   The £1.3m project will see new biodiversity areas, raised bed allotments, outdoor exercise equipment, play areas for children and areas for outdoor education all added.   The history and heritage of Clydebank will also be represented in the area.   Open pathways will be created through the site, providing accessible connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the town centre to the south, and residential areas to the north of the site.   The project…

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    • Tree Charter

      Edinburgh becomes first Scottish council to support Tree Charter

      Councillors from across the political spectrum in Edinburgh are adding their signatures to a UK-wide Tree Charter for Trees, Woods and People today. This makes them the first local authority in Scotland to do so.    Elected members from all parties are signing the Charter today. This is alongside a meeting of the Full Council at Edinburgh’s City Chambers on the Royal Mile.    Signing the Charter was first proposed in a motion to Council by Green Group Councillor Claire Miller on 22 November 2018.    Cllr McVey said: “Edinburgh is the UK’s greenest city, with more trees than people,…

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    • Rea Valley

      Ambitious plans to create the Rea Valley Urban Quarter

      Birmingham City Council has today started a public consultation on ambitious plans to transform 73 hectares of the city centre, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter. Delivering the next phase of the Big City Plan, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter will become a vibrant mixed-use area delivering jobs, homes and a network of green spaces and pedestrian routes. Accommodating over 5,000 new homes the area will provide new housing, attracting families to the city centre supported by a range of community facilities and employment space. Expanding out from the Birmingham Smithfield development the area will focus on a reimagined River Rea…

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    • Wildflowers in Adur and worthing

      Wildflowers to be planted across Adur & Worthing

      As part of a commitment to promoting sustainability and biodiversity while making the best use of open spaces, Adur & Worthing Councils is embarking on a widespread programme of seed scattering.   Where The Wild Flowers Grow will see parks staff work with community groups and residents to scatter seeds in carefully cultivated areas.   Councillor Emma Evans, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “I’m delighted once again to announce that we will be creating this colourful display on sites across the whole of Adur. With the help of communities across our area, a little bit of endeavour…

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    • Bee Corridor

      Brent Council are creating a bee corridor

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    • Birmingham City Council

      Birmingham City Council unveils 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden

      Birmingham City Council’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show entry for 2019 celebrates a year of clean and green community action.   The council is working in partnership with Baroness Floella Benjamin and sponsored by Veolia. The garden will feature in the show’s Discovery Zone. It has been designed to educate, question and explore our environment and the contribution made by volunteers to sustain and improve it. This will be achieved through four key themes: air quality, water conservation, reducing waste and community involvement.   Central to the display is a three meter head, comprised of more than 3000 tubes, which will…

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    • verges

      New grass verge scheme is the bees knees

      Grass verges across Rochdale are going to look a bit different this summer as a scheme set to boost bees, butterflies and small insects gets under way.   This year, 15 sites across the borough have been chosen as part of a scheme to host pollinator friendly informal flowering lawns or clover verges. Chosen sites include Bury and Rochdale Old Road, Sandy Lane and Hollingworth Road.   The days of manicured grass verges are coming to an end but the less formal replacement provides a host of benefits to a wide range of wildlife.   Like wildflower meadows, informal flowering…

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    • Elm trees planted across Adur to attract endangered butterfly

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