12.8.2019

Explore pollution levels

A new tool by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) allows users to explore how much PM 2.5 (micro particulate matter) is removed from the atmosphere by UK woodlands each year. Using an interactive map, the platform provides an estimate of how much woodland cover is present across each local authority—including any recent addition or removal—as well as a monetary value for pollution removal. For more details, ...

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12.8.2019

Green infrastructure given emphasis in planning guidance

The government has updated and strengthened the green infrastructure section in its planning practice guidance for England. The documents now refer to the 25 Year Environment Plan; clarify the links between green infrastructure, health and the economy; and include a section on 'net gain'. For more details, click 

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12.8.2019

Landscape protections need reform, says review

England's countryside protections are fragmented, misunderstood and sometimes marginalised, according to the interim report of the designated landscapes review commissioned by Michael Gove MP. In a letter to the former environment secretary, Julian Glover, the review’s lead, said that governance of national parks was particularly in need of reform, claiming that boards are often too big and don’t do a good job...

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