Two and a half years ago I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the very first steps toward the now 'Building with Nature' Standards, recently launched by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. These standards have been a long time coming and are a fantastic medium to support the creation of high-quality green infrastructure throughout the … Continue reading The Launch of ‘Building With Nature’
Like many of us, I want to lead a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle. But this aspiration is often out of reach with a perceptively high price tag hindered by a limited salary and the high cost of living. But, with much research and a nagging in my gut, I have finally taken key steps … Continue reading Sustainable fashion choices – hunting for ‘green’ labels
The recent article released by the Guardian today [21 October 2017] shares the shocking truth that our insect ecosystems are collapsing due to human pressures. This could be a catastrophe. Insects are an integral part of life on Earth The shocking article titled 'A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe' … Continue reading Insect abundance drops 75% over 27 years
Public space is so important for the health and well-being of our communities, our wildlife and for the environmental sustainability of our cities. This TEDx Talk highlights fantastically what can be achieved to meet the needs of everyone, as well as economic prosperity. Adrian Benep, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for … Continue reading The Power of Sustainable Design in Public Green Space
Whilst much focus lies on renewable energies, the long-term environmental impact of solar farms is still in relative infancy compared to wind turbines and hydropower. But with an appropriate land management plan, solar farms have incredible potential to support wildlife whilst contributing to national biodiversity targets - becoming undisturbed havens for wildlife across the UK. There … Continue reading Can ground mounted solar farms be wildlife havens?
Weeds. Hate 'em or love 'em, they're everywhere. I remember moving into our first home and having my very own 'garden' to love and nurture. It had no lawn or soil, just a yard, so everything was in pots, much of it in desperate need of some TLC. The only flower blooming was my pride … Continue reading Introducing the Summer of Weeds — awkward botany
There are many methods to improve biodiversity, retain and manage habitats and secure enough food and water for a growing global population. Farming is at the heart of all of this, albeit with often contradicting demands on the way we grow our produce. Here, I take a peek into the world of a highly favourable … Continue reading Can ‘Vertical Farming’ save the planet?
Over recent years we have seen strong evidence that suggests investing in green infrastructure can promote economic growth as well as human health and well-being, not to mention support a diverse range of plant and animal species. But as habitat loss continues to be extensive and rapid with agricultural intensification and increasing land take for housing and infrastructure development, … Continue reading Greening the Grey – making the most of our urban green spaces
Is it just me or has the 10,000 step challenge boomed in 2017? Or maybe it simply feels that way because I'm attempting said challenge myself and not one person I've talked to about it has said, 'what's that?'. Most people smile saying, 'me too!' and eagerly show me their step-tracking device. As far as I can … Continue reading Are you stepping your way into new habits?
Botany is my thing. Well, I want it to be my thing. I have found myself spending 99% of my time behind a desk rather than out in the field, leaning towards project management rather than field surveying. My exposure to plants, therefore, has been limited at best, with the knowledge I have built over … Continue reading Tackling Botany – the Identiplant Journey