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Abi Palmer-Greenwood

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  1. A new report from the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (WWT) outlines how creating wildlife-rich wetlands in deprived urban communities could help address health and social inequalities associated with lack of access to quality green and blue spaces by relieving stress, lowering temperatures, reducing air and water pollution, alleviating flooding, and improving biodiversity. From wwt.org.uk Read the full article here
  2. Analysing trends across diversity, urban population growth, poverty and inequality, urban economies, green infrastructure, planning, public health, governance, technology, and resilience, UN Habitat's World Cities 2022 report envisions an optimistic post-pandemic future in which urban areas are sustainable and adaptable to future challenges. From unhabitat.org Download the full article here
  3. UK100 - a network of local authorities aiming to shift their communities to net zero ahead of the government’s 2030 target - have published a report analysing the progress made towards delivering climate action through nature restoration a local level in the past year, and recommended actions to progress this work across the UK. From uk100.org Read the full article here
  4. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) will award neighbourhoods in England funding to create or improve over 100 local parks. Significantly, the government has allocated the £9 million Levelling Up Parks Fund based on identified need. Rather than a competitive bidding process, DLUHC has used data from Natural England’s Green Infrastructure Mapping Tool to identify 85 areas – including Liverpool, Birmingham, Carlisle, and 16 London boroughs – where residents have the least access to outdoor space. The pre-selected local authorities will be able to choose where and how to spend their allocated funding. DLUHC has published a prospectus that sets out how the Fund will operate in England. Alongside the announcement, the LI has published a policy briefing on the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill currently making its way through parliament - more on this below. Read more here
  5. New guidance from Homes England, the public body that funds new affordable housing in England, sets out best practice for highway authorities and housing developers in designing healthy streets. From gov.uk Read the full article here
  6. During heat waves, urban areas tend to record the highest temperatures. Many studies have shown that urban forests can reduce the urban heat island effect, and many policies focus their attention on large green spaces - but they often overlook the contribution that small green spaces make to urban cooling. This article from the Conversation looks at examples of how yards, green roofs, and other small vegetated spaces can help reduce local surface and air temperatures. From theconversation.com Readt he full article here
  7. Tuesday 19 July was the UK's hottest day on record, with temperatures hitting a high of 40.3 degrees Celsius. Network Rail closed its East Coast and Midland Mainlines, as the rail network struggled to cope with the extreme weather. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC that it would take 'many years' to upgrade the UK's rail infrastructure to be able to cope with the heat. But could nature-based solutions provide an interim solution? In this study from the University of Glasgow, researchers present nature-based solutions as potential alternatives to current grey engineered adaptation options, and make the argument for further research into the use of green infrastructure in rail. from sciencedirect.com Read the full article here
  8. We have partnered with the London Borough of Barnet (LBB) to launch a two-stage design contest to select an outstanding designer or team of designers to prepare proposals to transform the West Hendon Playing Fields from its current form to an exemplary destination park. The design team should be led by a chartered landscape architect and/or a Landscape Institute registered practice. We're looking for innovative ideas and proposals to work with and take advantage of the unique constraints and opportunities of the site in order to design a transformational greenspace for the local community. LBB intends to award a contract to the winning entrant for the development of the winning scheme, with a total project budget of £18.8m. Entries are open starting from 19 July 2022. Find out more about the competition and how to submit below! Find out more
  9. Hi Cheryl Our London Branch do host events online, I will pass this on to them and ask them to come back to you as I think the may be able to help. Many thanks Abi
  10. Welcome @Adam Yardley I have passed this on to the LI East of England committee as they may be able to help you 🙂
  11. This is great! I know the LI London Branch do some P2C sessions to help canidiates but it's great to see you helping each other on your journey! 🙂
  12. Hi @Jemima Line-Symonds Thanks for your post. I think @Birgit Hontzsch will be able to help you here? Many thanks Abi
  13. Hi Robert Thank you for your post. We will absolutely set up some more specific groups when they are needed but at the moment we need to focus on ensuring the groups we have are being used. We will be holding some more specific marketing campaigns to ensure the membership are encouraged to use the platform, this will be a continuous campaign across all availbale medias. Please do encourage any of your contacts, colleagues and fellow professionals to get involved with LI Connect as that will increase support, information sharing and engagement. I will continue to monitor the platform and will create more specific groups as the membership and conversations build. Many thanks, as always. Abi
  14. The LI is seeking members to join our CPD Panel and ensure our members' practice, knowledge, skills, and techniques are up to date. This voluntary position is a fantastic opportunity to boost your CV, give back to your Institute, and help shape the future of the profession. Read the full details and apply here
  15. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are widely available and have a direct application to landscape, urban design, and planning. They provide innovative survey possibilities: operating in a ‘hover space’ between human scales of landscape observation and low-flying light aircraft, they can provide near-range visual information to complement other sensory data sets. UAVs are a powerful, cost-efficient tool for design, surveillance, and client and public consultation. This new technical information note helps landscape professionals understand the use of UAVs within landscape and systems, and the procurement of UAV services. Read more and download TIN 02/2022 here
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