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20 THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE The wellness case for green space


Paul Cassidy of Meadfleet explores how green space in housebuilding projects is crucial for the sake of residents’ health as well as their environment, and the role open space management specialists play.


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f the last year has taught us anything, it is that green spaces, fresh air and exercise are vital to our health and wellbeing. Being outside next to nature has brought a real sense of calm and perspective to our lives as well as a renewed appreciation of the great outdoors.


It is well recognised that access to nearby green space has a positive impact on mental health, as noted in 2019 report “A Spatial Analysis of Proximate Greenspace and Mental wellbeing in London.” Not only that, but green space also improves air quality and mitigates flooding, helping to combat the effects of climate change. For so long now, local authorities’ ability to adopt open space on new build developments has been restricted, with management companies stepping up to take responsibility for these areas. These companies must be experts in open space and all its requirements. They must work with the developer to ensure customer satisfaction, quality service and sustainable living environments.


OPEN SPACE MANAGEMENT


An open space management specialist's aim is simply to maintain, protect and enhance open spaces, taking into account the many different functions these areas must fulfil. Firms are accredited via BS EN ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management and BS EN ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management, with voluntary memberships of The Property Ombudsman Scheme desirable.


It is the duty of all responsible businesses to play their part in WWW.HBDONLINE.CO.UK


reducing carbon emissions. As such, along with all the above, we signed up to the One Planet Pledge, with a commitment to reduce and offset our emissions in order to achieve carbon neutral status in 2021.


BIODIVERSITY


Open space management specialists must be committed to protecting trees under their management, as they are crucial to reducing carbon emissions and important wildlife habitats. Regular Tree Hazard Assessment Surveys should be undertaken to ensure trees are safe and healthy. A mature oak tree can store over 7 tonnes of carbon and support 2300 species including birds, invertebrates, mammals and fungi, so it’s important these assets are preserved.


Also important is working to facilitate the rollout of Biodiversity Net Gain, a new approach to ensure that all development projects leave the environment in a better state than before.


Managing surface water and contributing to sustainable developments, SuDS are considered environmentally beneficial. Climate change and the link to extreme weather conditions


IF THE LAST YEAR HAS TAUGHT US ANYTHING, IT’S THAT GREEN SPACES ARE VITAL TO OUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING


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