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Green Infrastructure in Practice Planning and Design

22 February 2022 at 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM / North East England / Online

22 February 2022 at 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
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RTPI North East brings this webinar to you as part of the RTPI Online event series.

Green infrastructure put simply is the great variety of green and natural spaces, such as parks, woodlands, gardens, waterways and street trees, that frame and connect our villages, towns and cities. The last two years has underlined the importance of local green space to people and this event will focus on three cases studies in the planning and development of green infrastructure in the region, from a landscape architectural perspective.

This webinar will be chaired by Adrian Clarke, Technical Director - Wardell Armstrong LLP and we will hear from the following speakers.

  • Lloyd Jones, Chartered Landscape Architect at Newcastle City Council
    Presentation 1: North East Community Forest (NECF)
    Founded in July 2021 the North East Community Forest is a 30 year, multi-million-pound project that will see tens of thousands of trees planted across 6,000 hectares to benefit local communities in the north east of England. It is supported by a partnership of local authorities – including North Tyneside Council, Newcastle City Council, Durham County Council, Gateshead Council, South Tyneside Council, and Sunderland City Council - combined authorities, charities and organisations such as the Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust and North East England Nature Partnership. 
    This work will help the North East to fulfil its commitment to tackle the climate crisis, protect wildlife, and reduce the risk of floods. But it will also help the economy and create jobs at a time of economic disruption, give more people access to nature, and green the streets. The programme has been coordinated by Lloyd Jones (CMLI) Landscape Officer at Newcastle City Council, on behalf of and in collaboration with the wider Forest Partnership councils and organisations. In this talk Lloyd will explain more about the programme and its ambitious targets for woodland creation.

  • Lucy Green, Associate Director of Landscape Architecture at Wardell Armstrong LLP
    Presentation 2: Follingsby Park South, Gateshead
    The expansion of a large industrial and distribution development at Follingsby Park provided an opportunity to develop and enhance green infrastructure on a site-wide basis. The development created 90,000m² of B2/B8 floor-space on a 93 acre site, which included 32 acres of green infrastructure surrounding the eastern, southern and western boundaries of the site. A GI strategy was developed for the site which consisted of the formation of attenuation ponds and sustainable drainage features together with the relocation of a population of great crested newts. Wardell Armstrong landscape architects worked with in-house air quality specialists, soil scientists, project ecologists and arboriculturists, and together with Gateshead Council, the Environment Agency and Durham Wildlife Trust to develop a landscape-led masterplan for the site.
    The GI zone forms a range of natural habitats to suit various wildlife including wading birds, water vole, great crested newts, bats and farmland birds. New open wetlands, areas of water-filled ditches, small pools, terrestrial habitats and diverse grasslands have also been introduced. The project incorporates part of the River Don restoration which comprised widening of the channelled route of the river to allow a natural meander and the provision of a mosaic of new habitats within an informal landscape.

  • Ariana Stoyanova, Chartered Landscape Architect at Southern Green Limited
    Presentation 3: Harringworth Wildlands, Northamptonshire
    In an increasingly challenging climate, following COP26 and in the context of the UK Government’s Environment Bill commitment to ‘halt species decline’ - the need to improve biodiversity and improve habitat connectivity has never been more urgent.  Rewilding itself is an evocative term and means different things to different people. What is certain is that Isabella Tree’s bestselling book ‘Wilding: The return of Nature to a British Farm’ has caused a huge debate and popularised the subject like never before. The book has been hugely influential and whilst it would be fair to say that the Knepp Estate has led the way, there are a great many landowners who are looking at the possibilities for wilding across their land holdings. 
    Rewilding Britain defines rewilding as ‘…the large-scale restoration of ecosystems to the point where nature is allowed to take care of itself. Rewilding seeks to reinstate natural processes and, where appropriate, missing species – allowing them to shape the landscape and the habitats within….Rewilding encourages a balance between people and the rest of nature so that we thrive together. It can provide opportunities for communities to diversify and create nature-based economies; for living systems to provide the ecological functions on which we all depend; and for people to reconnect with wild nature.’
    The Bulwick and Harringworth Estate in Corby, Northamptonshire has commissioned Southern Green Ltd. to lead a multi-disciplinary team to gather detailed baseline data over a range of topics including wildlife, habitat, historic environment, water and landscape to inform a long-term management plan to Rewild the landscape.  Emerging proposals include the restoration of Magnesian Limestone Grassland, scrubland regeneration, expansion of locally rare SSSI wet meadow and creation of interconnected open canopy wood pasture to be managed through reintroduction of rare breed stock. In the long term it will create a network of interconnected habitats and ecosystems at the county scale and allow local people to engate with a landscape where natural habitats are integrated with sustainable farming practice.

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