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Walking DogBirmingham Dog Control – New Laws

Following a full public consultation, Birmingham City Council is to go ahead with implementing Dog Control Orders under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. These new orders will be introduced on 1 March 2014 and are been seen as measures to tackle issues caused by irresponsible dog owners who fail to control or clean up after their pets. Offences will be dealt with by a Fixed Penalty Notice and fine of £80.

Click Here to download the Poster that you can display on your notice boards.

Blue Sky Green Space Executive Summary – Understanding the importance of retaining good quality parks and green spaces, and the contribution they make to improving people’s lives

Sutton Park LakeMonitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment. The national survey on people and the natural environment – Natural England, Defra and the Forestry Commission commissioned a new survey called Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) to provide baseline and trend data on how people use the natural environment in England.

MENE Spatial Report – To find out more about who visits the natural environment, what motivates them to go, and ultimately what experience they get from visiting.  Pages 18 – 21 show more detailed information on Birmingham – Mene report3 Final JAN12 amends

sunset park ladywood 2011 LSThe Green Living Spaces Plan for Birmingham introduces a new approach, that of valuing all the city’s natural spaces and features as Natural Capital, by applying the latest scientific thinking behind the National Ecosystem Assessment – Email version- Green Living Spaces PlanV7

Benefits of Urban Parks – Green areas and parks provide many benefits to urban spaces. That’s what people have said for years – but without an awful lot of evidence to back it up.

Pathway highbury ParkNow there is an evidence-based report, Benefits of Urban Parks: A systematic review, offering some support to that assertion.

The recent study, one the authors believe is a first-of-its-kind, draws conclusions based on green space related research published in a number of top-level scientific publications.

It offers a comprehensive and critical assessment that evaluates the strength of the evidence supporting a series of park benefits.

Green Infrastructure – Valuation Tools Assessment – There are an increasing number of tools available that aim to value green infrastructure. Many of these focus on specific services provided by the green infrastructure and estimate the economic value of these services.

Residents with judges Civic Close Heart of England in BloomThis report was commissioned to draw together a number of the most widely used tools and assess them against research standards for natural science and economics. The aim is to help people wanting to value green infrastructure to choose the best tool for them.

The Ecosystem Markets Task Force publishes its final report, ‘Realising Nature’s Value’, which makes practical recommendations where interventions would assist in the creation and development of new markets, enhancing opportunities for growth that also benefit the environment.

The Flora Locale Restoration Library contains information on establishing woodland wild flora – with new links uploaded showing how to plant wild bluebell seeds.

The Big Tree Plant – report monitoring the outcomes of the project can be found on the DEFRA website.  Click here to go to the link for the Full Document and the Executive Summary characterising community groups engaged in the Big Tree Plant and identifying the benefits and challenges of involvement for participants.

Health & Green Spaces

Big Bike Cotteridge ParkOur open green spaces are essential to our health and wellbeing. For documented reports demonstrating this please see the links below:

BBC News – Green Spaces Improve Health

BBC News – Green Space Boosts Wellbeing of Urban Dwellers

Natural England – Health and the Natural Environment

Great Outdoors – How our Natural Health Service Uses Green Space to Improve Wellbeing

Community Green – Using local spaces to tackle inequality and improve health – an archived report from CABE

Big Lottery Wellbeing Research – New webpages that showcase evidence about the most effective projects to improve Wellbeing.

Growing Health ReportFood Growing for Health & Wellbeing. This review sets out to demonstrate the strength of evidence for the benefits of gardening and food growing for physical and mental health and wellbeing.