The ‘Building with Nature’ scheme has been developed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the University of the West of England’s Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments. It encompasses the planning and design stages and the long-term maintenance of green infrastructure features. It has been piloted in the South West of England and will now be rolled out across the UK.
Photo: David Owen, Chief Executive of GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership
Building developments now need to demonstrate that they have included green infrastructure in their plans and Building with Nature scheme aims to support companies to meet these requirements. The benchmark is available for housing and commercial developments and covers three key themes, wildlife, water and wellbeing, through the incorporation of features such as play areas, street trees, natural flood management solutions, parks, allotments and ponds.
“The benefits of high-quality green infrastructure are well documented, but until now there has been no benchmark for standards and no system for ensuring that elements are maintained,” says Dr Gemma Jerome, Building with Nature’s Project Manager.
Photo: Dr Gemma Jerome and Simon Spooner, Operations Manager at Gloucester Services
We are delighted that Gloucester Services were able to host the launch of the scheme on 9 November at Gloucester Services Southbound. Our site was also awarded “achieved” status, reflecting our business approach to integrating green infrastructure features on site, including wetland and meadow areas whilst complementing the surrounding landscape.
John France, Environmental Manager at Westmorland Family, says, “We’re delighted that the Gloucester Services site has been recognised by the scheme. We know that the three key themes, wildlife, water and wellbeing, come with huge benefit to all those using the site, wildlife included, so we’re delighted to be involved.”
Wildlife photos taken at Gloucester Services by our Environmental Manager, John France