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Building with Nature in the South West

26 March 2018, Exeter

We had an excellent turnout of 35 people to hear Gemma Jerome of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust present their ‘Building with Nature’ initiative. There followed forty minutes of debate.

Building with Nature is an accreditation for development that delivers high quality biodiversity. What sets it apart from the 20 or so other accreditation systems in the UK that have a biodiversity component are that: (1) it has a post-construction assessment (five years after completion) to ensure that plans on paper are actually delivered on the ground; (2) it measures quality not just quantity; and (3) it attempts to raise standards across all of development (some more expensive and complex accreditation systems have only made 30 awards in the last 10 years, for example).

GWT encourage ecologists to apply to become an assessor. The training takes 2 days to complete. There will be a further four assessors trained by the end of 2018 regardless of independent applications. Members are encouraged to read the guidance available online and free to download https://www.buildingwithnature.org.uk/

Simon Bates MCIEEM, South West England Section Committee

 

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