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Friday, 19 October

Wildflowers Embraced By The University Of York

The University of York' biodiverse new Piazza Learning Centre.

The University of York has had a biodiverse boost to its new campus facilities - the recently completed Piazza Learning Centre.

Situated within a picturesque lakeside setting, the Piazza Learning Centre is both sympathetic to the natural landscape while also being fully accessible to the University of York’s student population. The new building contains a range of learning spaces and facilities for those living and studying on the University’s Campus East.

At the outset of the project, the University developed a very clear and practical biodiversity plan and Wildflower Turf was commissioned by the project’s landscape contractors, J Palmer Landscapes, to provide a wildflower solution that would enhance the existing natural environment.

Over 1,800sq.m of Wildflower Turf’s Native Enriched Turf product. As well as requiring little maintenance, the Native Enriched Wildflower Turf contains over 50 different native and naturalised species and will help the project to qualify for excellent BREEAM standards.

 

Going Wild - Nature Recovery Network

May 1 saw The Wildlife Trusts publish Towards A Wilder Britain – Creating A Nature Recovery Network which shows how new laws could lead to the creation of nature recovery maps - and thus reverse decades of wildlife declines. 

The new report details how a Nature Recovery Network can be established by mapping out important places for wildlife which need to be protected as well as key areas where habitats should be restored. The Wildlife Trusts (TWT) believe new laws are needed, including an Environment Act.

A TWT spokesperson said: "Local Authorities must be required by law to produce local Nature Recovery Maps to achieve the new Government targets that we are calling for. It’s vital that we increase the extent and quality of natural habitats -  to turn nature's recovery from an aspiration to a reality."

Picture: The University of York' biodiverse new Piazza Learning Centre.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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