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More green space in London needed to tackle urban warming

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RICS; The impact of urban climate change could be reduced by increasing the amount of green space in ciites such as London. Temperatures in urban areas are currently up to 6°c higher than rural areas and more should be done … Continue reading

Green Space Management – A park life strategy for planning services

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Parks users have a number of requirements and invariably their needs are determined by the time of day they choose to use the park, the time they have available to them for that visit and the people with whom they … Continue reading

Communities get power to protect green spaces

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People are to be given the ability to protect environmentally and locally important special green spaces, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announced today. The Natural Environment White Paper, published today, includes proposals to give communities new … Continue reading

New contaminated land test could aid construction industry

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Researchers at the University of Reading have developed a new method of testing soil pollution which may mean that more brownfield sites are available for housing developments. The test more accurately replicates the body’s processes when it ingests polluted soil … Continue reading

We don’t want homes destroying our green

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A Worcester parish council has refused to give its backing to plans to build homes on an old Worcester golf course until members have seen the whole plan. Chairman of Warndon Parish Council Ray Morris said there was a risk that “piecemeal” … Continue reading

Key new law will not protect open spaces, say experts

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 An expert group has condemned a key part of the coalition Government’s policy on protecting open spaces. The Open Spaces Society, which campaigns for the protection of greens and commons, said the Localism Bill, due for its second reading in … Continue reading

Bristol Greens condemn “shaky” green spaces sale evidence

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The Green Party in Bristol has condemned the “shaky evidence” used for the controversial plans to sell off so-called ‘low-value’ green spaces in the city. Bristol Liberal Democrats were jeered, interrupted and heckled by the public as the Cabinet agreed plans … Continue reading

Queen’s green message finds favour with access campaigners

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The Queen’s focus on village greens in tomorrow’s Christmas message has delighted access campaigners. Open Spaces Society boss Kate Ashbrook, who two years ago shared a place in a green list with the Queen and was dubbed the ‘high-priestess of … Continue reading