planning

20thJanuary 2022

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

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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

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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 [...]

19thAugust 2021

Benefits found for children living near woodland

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This article in Child in the City (18 August 2021) shares research findings that suggests that proximity to woodlands links with better cognitive development and a lower risk of emotional and behavioural problems in children and young people. The lessons learned could help influence planning decisions in urban areas.

4thAugust 2021

The benefits of nature during Covid – international findings

04.08.21|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , , |

Science Direct shares this Environmental International paper (Vol 154, September 2021) Exposure to nature and mental health outcomes during COVID-19 lockdown. A comparison between Portugal and Spain. This found that exposure to nature was associated with better mental health outcomes during lockdowns, but the natural features associated with improved mental [...]