Useful links

Forestry Commission (www.forestresearch.gov.uk)

A world leader in the research and development of sustainable forestry and Britain’s principal organisation for forestry and tree related research.

Environment Agency (www.environment-agency.gov.uk)

This organisation’s principal aims are to protect and improve the environment, and promote sustainable development. It plays a central role in delivering environmental priorities of central government and Welsh Assembly Government.

ERA framework (www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/planning/40375.aspx)

Ecological risk assessment (ERA) framework has been developed by the Environment Agency and Defra for use in land quality assessments.

Contamination framework (www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/planning/33706.aspx)

Further information concerning land contamination.

Landscape Design Trust (www.landscape.co.uk)

An independent charity which promotes quality landscape through education and campaigning. It aims to influence those who plan, design, build, maintain, manage and use the outdoor environment.

The Landscape Institute (www.landscapeinstitute.org)

An educational charity and chartered body responsible for protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for the benefit of the public. It champions well-designed and well-managed urban and rural landscape.

Green Space (www.green-space.org.uk)

A registered charity working to improve parks and green spaces by raising awareness, involving communities and creating skilled professionals.

Urban Forum (www.ukmaburbanforum.co.uk)

The UK MAB Urban Forum is a network of managers, planners and researchers involved with the environment and nature conservation in urban areas.

UKBAP (www.ukbap.org.uk)

UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP).

Ecosystem services (Defra) (www.ecosystemservices.org.uk)

A Defra research project to establish the basis for an ecosystems approach and how it may be used to make effective assessments of the benefits that the natural environment provides.

Groundwork (http://www.groundwork.org.uk)

Building sustainable communities in areas of need through joint environmental action. It works alongside communities, public bodies, private companies and voluntary sector organisations.

CABE (www.cabe.org.uk/public-space)

Promotes and facilitates action on public space of all kinds, including parks, streets and squares.

Green Flag Award (www.greenflagaward.org.uk)

The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.  The award scheme began in 1996 as a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country. It was also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve the same high environmental standards, creating a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.

IEMA (www.iema.net/news/envnews?aid=18037)

Increase tree planting as a means of reducing concentrations of PM10 in the air.

CL:AIRE (www.claire.co.uk)

CL:AIRE – Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environment.

Landshare (www.landshare.net)

With allotment waiting lists massively over-subscribed and people right across the country keener than ever to grow their own fruit and veg, the aim for Landshare is to become a UK-wide initiative to make British land more productive and fresh local produce more accessible to all.

England

Natural England (www.naturalengland.org.uk)

Government’s advisor on the natural environment. It provides practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone.

Sport England (http://www.sportengland.org./)

Sport England is focused on the creation of a world-leading community sport system.

Open Spaces Society (http://www.oss.org.uk/)

Aims to protect, increase, enhance and champion then common land, village greens, open spaces and public rights of way in England and Wales, and the public’s right to enjoy them.

BUGS (www.bugs.group.shef.ac.uk)

The BUGS 2 project is a study of the environmental and biodiversity value of domestic gardens in urban areas, across five cities in the UK, carried out from 2004-2007. The project developed from work done in the previous BUGS project which examined the biodiversity value of gardens within a single city (Sheffield). BUGS 2, which is jointly funded by English Nature (now Natural England), the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment and Heritage Service (Northern Ireland), Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER), and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs widens the scope of this work to examine the diversity of plants in gardens and the resource that gardens provide for wildlife, in different parts of the UK.

England’s Community Forests (www.communityforest.org.uk)

Aims to deliver comprehensive package of urban, economic and social regeneration, creating high-quality environments for millions of people by revitalising derelict land, providing new opportunities for leisure, recreation, and cultural activities, enhancing biodiversity, preparing for climate change and supporting education, healthy living and social and economic development.

Wales

Countryside Council for Wales (www.ccw.gov.uk)

Government’s statutory advisor on sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment in Wales and its inshore waters.

Sports Council for Wales (www.sports-council-wales.org.uk/)

National organisation responsible for developing and promoting sport and active lifestyles.  Main adviser on sporting matters to Welsh Assembly Government and is responsible for distributing funds from the National Lottery to sport in Wales.

Scotland

Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER) (www.sniffer.org.uk)

Identifies and manages environmental research on behalf of members and stakeholders.

Greenspace Scotland (www.greenspacescotland.org.uk)

Independent charitable company which works with a wide range of national and local partners to improve the quality of life of people living and working in urban Scotland through the planning, development and sustainable management of greenspaces. Activities include policy advocacy, partnership development and support, research, enabling and sharing practice.

N. Ireland

Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) (www.ni-environment.gov.uk)

Aiming to protect, conserve and promote the natural environment and built heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.

International

The Trust for Public Land (Brownfield to Parks) (www.tpl.org/tier2_pa.cfm?folder_id=945)

Helping communities renew contaminated areas and transform them into parks and playgrounds. TPL understands how to assemble park and greenspace funding and has the real estate and technical expertise to secure and clean up these sites on behalf of the public. TPL understands the vision of making formerly unsightly and hazardous land available for public use and recreation.