Urban Trees Survey

The largest ever survey of urban trees in England has been published.

The survey shows that although national tree health has improved markedly since the last survey in 1992, with trees being maintained much more regularly by councils, there has been a decline in the number of older trees in towns and cities and overall planting rates of new trees has fallen.

Trees play a key role in reducing the impacts of climate change in urban areas and are important to residents of towns and cities. The report found that most trees make a considerable or outstanding contribution to the quality of neighbourhoods.

Urban Trees Survey – article by Landscape Institute.

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America’s 50 Greenest Cities | Popular Science

America’s 50 Greenest Cities
Want to see a model for successful and rapid environmental action? Don’t look to the federal government—check out your own town. Here, our list of the 50 communities that are leading the way. Does yours make the cut?

America’s 50 Greenest Cities | Popular Science.

New guidance published to increase and improve London’s open and green spaces

The Mayor of London has published two reports to support the delivery of London Plan policies that are designed to protect, improve and create open spaces throughout London.

The first – ‘Supplementary Planning Guidance for the East London Green Grid’ – sets out how the open spaces in the east of the city should be enhanced as the area is transformed by both the 2012 Games and major regeneration planned in the coming decade.
New guidance published to increase and improve Londons open and green spaces.

The Green Grid provides a guide for developers and planners on how to deliver the network of interlinked, high quality open spaces that will connect the town centres, public transport hubs, the Thames and the surrounding countryside with the newly created communities planned for east London. This new guidance will help those planners and developers plan where and how the Grid should develop for the future.

The second – ‘Improving Access to Nature’ outlines how boroughs should plan policies for more access to nature in their development plan documents as well as encouraging and facilitating projects that significantly improve biodiversity in parks and open spaces.

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‘Supplementary Planning Guidance for the East London Green Grid’
‘Improving Access to Nature’

Controversial Turner Centre given planning permission

MARGATE’S contentious Turner Contemporary is a step closer to getting off the ground, after Thanet District Council granted the project planning permission.

The decision, which was made last night, paves the way for Kent County Council to appoint a contractor.

Work is expected to begin in the autumn and finish at some point in 2010.

Read more @ Controversial Turner Centre given planning permission | Kentonline.co.uk.

The good, the bad and the ugly fence – Haaretz – Israel News

The fate of the Judean Desert’s separation fences have apparently been decided. The recent terror attack in Dimona placed added pressure on green groups to withdraw their objections. Opposition to a barrier in the southern area, near the Dead Sea, has in particular diminished, and some activists are even starting to see advantages to having a fence. The defense establishment has yet to decide where and when a fence will be built in the northern desert, near Ma’aleh Adumim; there, too, it will surround at least part of the desert. The Palestinians will once again find themselves facing a new fence. Meanwhile, the security establishment is planning to pave a bypass road dubbed “the fabric of life.”

The good, the bad and the ugly fence – Haaretz – Israel News.

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