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Jo Wall, TACP Architects Ltd & Kate Stinchcombe, Monmouthshire County Council

Delivering a Green Infrastructure Action Plan for pollinators

Jo and Kate will discuss the context of the project; the study area, links to national and local policy, links to other projects, why manage for pollinators?

The process of development of the GI Action Plan.  Tools developed for delivery including: GIS database, PEGS, Case studies, Guidance booklets.

How has the action plan been used and what opportunities does it present for the future?

The Landscape Institute’s President, Merrick Denton-Thompson describes the intentions of the project: ‘it sets out to transform the number of pollinating insects, looking at the whole lifecycle, across numerous landscape types – from schools to roadside verges, from public parks to private gardens.’ 

Short Biography

Jo is a Director of TACP (UK) Ltd, an environmental consultancy which focuses on landscape architecture, ecology, landscape management and environmental co-ordination, based in South Wales. She has been a chartered member of the landscape architect for 26 years and is a Practitioner member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). She is a CEEQUAL assessor and promotes environmental excellence on all projects. The interdependency of the science and art of landscape has always been important to her work and whilst working in Southern Africa she gained a Field Guide licence for South Africa and Botswana.

Kate graduated in Ecology and Environmental Management from Cardiff University. She is the Local Biodiversity Action Plan Officer at Monmouthshire and has over 12 years’ experience in ecology and conservation. She has developed protocols to deal with the high number of planning applications impacting ecology and co-developed a settlement based habitat connectivity study used in forward planning and the development of Green Infrastructure Planning Guidance.  She is a member of the Green Infrastructure Team which promotes a multi-benefit approach to influence the best possible development schemes and projects for Monmouthshire’s landscape, wildlife and people.  She wrote the Council’s Biodiversity & Ecosystem Resilience forward plan in response to the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 Biodiversity duty.  She initiated the Green Infrastructure Action Plan for pollinators to encourage regional collaboration and give land managers and community groups guidance to make land management decisions for biodiversity.