A living roof, drains which lead to sunken wetland, water heated with solar panels – it sounds like something from a green home in the future but these are all standard features of a new housing development in Northampton.
The properties, which all lie just off the A45 by Sixfields, boast a ‘sustainable urban drainage system’ which offers an alternative to traditional drains.
Instead of using sewers for rainwater, the development has specially designed reed-bed ditches which create habitats for wildlife, as well as reducing the risk of flooding in heavy rains.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Northampton Chronicle and Echo – Living roofs, solar panels – all standard in new homes
This year’s Student Landscape Institute Council summer trip will be to Amsterdam and IFLA 2008.
The trip will run from Saturday 28 June to Saturday 5th July.
“The theme for IFLA this year is Transforming with Water, and as well as the IFLA events themselves we will be visiting central Amsterdam, Westergasfabriek Park and Borneo Sporenburg in Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands,” says Ian Lanchbury, SLIC chair.
“People who cant make all the days but want to attend just part of it are more than welcome.”
If you wish to take part, contact Ian Lanchbury by Friday 13 June. After this date, SLIC will be reserving accommodation, and making travel and meeting arrangements will be made.
“SLIC won’t be making advanced payments for trip attendees, so if you wish to attend, we will provide all the details of where and when to book, to allow you to easily do so yourself – A 3-Day student ticket to IFLA 2008 costs 150 euros. Someone from SLIC will be at the Hostel to meet you on arrival.”
If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: Landscape Institute – UK
Sustainable Housing Awards – deadline for entries 27 June 2008
The Sustainable Housing Awards would like to hear from entrants for all the award categories, but particularly for the Biodiversity / Landscaping Award.
This new awards scheme will celebrate those projects and organisations at the vanguard of housing sustainability best practice.
These awards are free to enter and are open to projects that have been completed between the start of 2005 and 1st June 2008.
The awards will be staged at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London on 11 November 2008.
For more information and an entry form click here
Sustainable Housing Awards – deadline for entries 27 June 2008 – SOURCE: LandscapeInstitute.org
Construction officially started on the London 2012 Olympic Park today as the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) began work on the Olympic Stadium – three months earlier than originally planned.
The work to create the permanent foundations for the Stadium was witnessed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown who had an opportunity to meet workers on site. In the next few years over a thousand workers will help build the venue.
The Stadium will be the centre-piece for the London 2012 Games with over 4bn people across the world watching the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the track and field events.
SOURCE: London2012.com – News: Olympic Park construction gets early start.
Every year the Royal Horticultural Society hold the Chelsea Flower Show which also gives garden designers to show their skills and some of the latest garden trends. But the most prominent trends is going ‘green’ and not just the plants.
Many designers are showing the public how to use their garden for sustainable purposes and reinvigorate trends such as maximising small spaces, indigenous vegetation, solar energy, water harversting, vegetable plots, and the biggest current trend – green vertical landscapes (green walls).
The Chelsea Flower Show show starts tomorrow(20 May) and runs until the 24 May.
IT’S WILD, it’s out there and it matters to almost everybody, even if they hardly ever see it. Scotland’s remote and untamed mountains, moors and glens have been given overwhelming backing in a major new poll for the conservation agency, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
Over 90% of people interviewed said they thought it important for Scotland to have wild places. Of the 1304 who were questioned, only six suggested wild land was not important.
More than 60% of Scottish residents said that action was needed to protect wild areas from being damaged by modern buildings, bulldozed tracks, mobile phone masts, electricity pylons or wind turbines. About 50% thought that wild places were under threat.
SOURCE: Sunday Herald – Majority Of Scots Values Scotlands Wild Places And Wants Action To Protect Them
Residents in 23 towns and cities in England are to be given the chance to monitor noise levels in their area using interactive maps.
A Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website shows the level of environmental noise from road and rail networks in the areas.
Users can search by postcode to monitor noise levels. The 23 areas include London, Manchester and Sheffield.
SOURCE: BBC NEWS – UK – Maps chart noise in urban areas.