Jason King, is a Senior Associate at Greenworks and an enthusiastic landscape architect who shares his passionate views at his sites Landscape+Urbanism and veg.itecture. He is also a member of the Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (see our interview). He has has just posted Elements of Urban Agriculture on his blog Landscape+Urbanism. His post is a great summary of a ideas of a lecture he attended given by Marc Boucher-Colbert.
Jason goes through all the ideas of Urban Agriculture and gives a synopsis of each one.
BBC NEWS reports
One in four species of wild flower in Scotland is under threat according to the campaign group Plantlife Scotland.
Among those flowers most at risk are the corn marigold, heath cudweed, and the lesser butterfly orchid.
The group said the most significant declines are taking place in uplands and farmlands.
Read more at the [SOURCE: BBC NEWS – Under threat: Scotland’s flowers]
DIEBACK is threatening 40 per cent of South-West native plants species and has pushed some toward extinction, scientists warn.
Department of Environment and Conservation says a destructive pathogen which causes Phytophora dieback, known as the biological bulldozer, is spread through soil, water and plant tissue.
read the full article at the [SOURCE: PerthNow – Dieback threat to WA plant species].
SINGAPORE is taking a unique approach to conserving its biodiversity and is doing well, an expert said yesterday.
Unlike many other countries, it makes its natural biodiversity accessible to the public through nature parks such as Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and parks in urban areas, said Harvard physician Aaron Bernstein at the start of the inaugural Asean Conference on Biodiversity yesterday………
Read more @ the [SOURCE: asiaone – Singapore conserving biodiversity well: Expert]
BBC NEWS reports
Conservationists at the Skinflats RSPB sanctuary, near Falkirk, are preparing to allow sea water to flood the site.
They hope to create saline pools and salt marshes, boosting the the number of birds and otters on the reserve.
The £150,000 project is also designed to alleviate pressure along the coast, which has suffered from flooding.
read more at the SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Project to create wetland habitat.
PARK(ing) Day is occurring across the world on the 18th of September. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day global event where artists, activists and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.
PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in an area of San Francisco that is underserved by public open space.
To find out the nearest PARK(ing) Day in your city go to the map at the event website
SOURCE: PARK(ing) Day
Clive is looking at new facilities suggested by a new plan approved by the City last week. The facilities include a nature center, community gym and a dog park.
Genus Landscape Architects has developed a plan for a nature center that could cost between $1.5 to 4 million depending on scope and detailing for final construction.
SOURCE: Clive council eyes recreation, nature centers | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register