Scotland’s flowers under threat

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]

Barriers to mixed use development in Scotland

Recently, the Scottish Government released a report completed by Douglas Wheeler Associates With Ann Flint Associates, Austin-Smith: Lord Edinburgh College of Art (School of Architecture-ScotMark). The report was commissioned to investigate the barriers to mixed use development in Scotland.

The report developed several recommendations with numerous suggestions on how they could be achieved. The recommendations included

  1. clearer definition of mixed use development;
  2. government to be proactive in promoting mixed use development;
  3. training of local government officers and giving the public and officers good resources and tools including a series of good case studies;
  4. Government to encourage new pilot schemes and use the Scottish Sustainable Communities for as an intervention for pilot schemes between local planning authorities and developers.

The report also stated

Planning reform in Scotland presents an ideal opportunity to put in place appropriate interventions to deliver more and better quality mixed use development and this will require appropriate skills. In the current economic downturn there are likely to be very significant opportunities to stimulate and deliver appropriate mixed use development using new kinds of ‘delivery models’. Local planning authorities in Scotland could adopt a more proactive role to sponsor, pilot, promote and deliver mixed use development projects.

Download  Barriers to Delivering Mixed Use Development: Final Report

SOURCE: Scottish Government via Architecture & Design Scotland

National Parks Report, Urban Woods and Green Energy Centre opens

Scotland has seen had a lot of green news this week with the National Parks Report being released, which recommends the reducing the numbers of members of the authority and setting up a short term National Parks Strategy Group. The government also earmarked
£1m for a makeover of Urban Woods including upgrading trails and planting new trees(from The Herald). Aberdeen saw the official opening of the Scottish European Green Energy Centre(SEGEC) which will focus on marine energy, offshore wind, long distance super grid development and smart distribution grids, carbon capture and storage, renewable heat and energy efficiency.

IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – pamelaadam

Vital wetland restored to natural glory

JournalLive reports

A 50-YEAR healing operation for internationally-important wetlands in the North has taken a major step forward.

A £700,000 project to push forward the restoration of the 12,000-year-old Border Mires has been completed nearly two years ahead of schedule. Over 2,500 acres of the Border Mires.

Read the full article and watch the video @ the SOURCE: JournalLive – News – Environment – Vital wetland restored to natural glory

Natural Play Area for School in Scotland

A natural play area is being designed and constructed in at Merrylee Primary School in Scotland. It is going to be the only school in Britain with a natural play area within its grounds.

The Evening Times reports

It will have hills, long grass, a flower garden and eco-friendly features including badger set and fox’s den.
They worked with Felicity Steers, who is a parent and a landscape architect, and came up with the design of the Merrylee Urban Jungle.

For the FULL article & video go to the [SOURCE: Evening TimesNaturally Classy]

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT – Felicity Steers of erz studio

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