planning

30thNovember 2022

What’s stopping the widescale use of nature-based solutions in our towns and cities?

30.11.22|Categories: Places|Tags: , , , , , , |

This blog post from the Scottish Wildlife Trust explores why nature-based solutions are not being used more to help our towns and cities mitigate and adapt to climate change. A link is provided to the full repprt (November 2022). This ties in with the nature-based knowledge which need to be [...]

17thNovember 2022

Nature-based play: fostering connections for children’s wellbeing and climate resilience

17.11.22|Categories: Places, Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

This Nature-based Play publication (Candiracci, Sara et al, 2022) explores the important relationship between play, nature and climate resilience, considering the perspectives of leading urban development, early childhood, play and nature-based solutions experts. This is followed by case studies from cities around the world that demonstrate how local governments, business and [...]

3rdAugust 2022

Nature based play publication now available

03.08.22|Categories: Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

Play Scotland has shared this new publication (July 2022) Nature-Based Play which is free to download. It has been produced in partnership between Arup and the Real Play Coalition. The publication explores the positive connections nature-based play can make between children’s wellbeing and climate resilience. This aims to  inspire local [...]

19thMay 2022

Can reduction in neighbourhood green space deepen the climate and mental health crises?

19.05.22|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , , |

This article in The Conversation (May 18, 2022) explores the findings of a recent New Economics Foundation (NEF) report.  This indicates a reduction in available greenspace for more recently built housing. The author explores the reasons and implications for our health, connection to nature and concern for the environment.

12thApril 2022

Play Well Podcast – Partnership Working

12.04.22|Categories: Miscellaneous, Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

In this Play Well series episode 8, Play Scotland explores partnership working to plan for play at local authority level. Listen as Play Scotland’s Head of Projects, Cherie Morgan, catches up with Audrey White from Dundee City council. Audrey is the Education Support Officer for the Children and Families Service, [...]

27thJanuary 2022

The importance of Place

27.01.22|Categories: Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

Place based outdoor learning experiences adds huge value to children and young people’s understanding of their world. Check out the new Our Place website. It includes case studies, resources (including for climate and environment) and tools to assess the quality of your space.

20thJanuary 2022

Birds and bees: why new buildings need to support the natural world

20.01.22|Categories: Resources|Tags: , , , , |

This article in The Conversation (19 January 2022) explores how buildings can be adapted to provide homes for species such as swifts, and bees.  Councils can do more to encourage developers to build sustainably and in nature-friendly ways (and this could include school buildings). NatureScot’s campaign also shows how you [...]

12thJanuary 2022

Planning for and with children and young people – FREE seminar in February

12.01.22|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , , |

Play Scotland and A Place in Childhood are offering an invitation to this discussion to help inform responses from the sector to the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) draft, released by Scottish Government in November 2021. NPF4 is not about just about a revised planning system, it sets a vision [...]