News Archive

  • Natural Capital Investment Plan for Surrey for Surrey launched on 1st March 2018.
  • Developing our Investment Plan for naturally richer is underway with one of our first projects looking at how taking a natural capital approach and developing Green Infrastructure can help drive economic regeneration in an area.  The presentations from our first workshop can be found here.
  • Following our launch of naturally richer: A Natural Capital Investment Strategy for Surrey on 4th November 2015 we will be attending the World Forum on Natural Capital in Edinburgh this week.  Follow our updates @SurreyNP #natcap15 for news and views throughout the event.  Download naturally richer – A Natural Capital Investment Strategy for Surrey.
  • Surrey Nature Partnership launch their business plan for 2015-18 at Canon headquarters, Reigate, on 23rd February 2015. The concept of developing a Natural Capital Investment Strategy for Surrey was discussed and talks were given by Dr Tom Tew, Chief Executive, The Environment Bank; Inder Poonaji, Head of Sustainability, Nestle S.A and Mark Pearson, Director of Business Growth, Surrey Connects @ Surrey County Council.
  • Together with Health and Wellbeing Surrey and Surrey Wildlife Trust, Surrey Nature Partnership hosted a ‘Green Space, Physical Activity, Mental Health and Well Being’ workshop on 5th December 2014. A wide range of stakeholders attended including representatives from the NHS, Local Authorities, health and social care providers, third sector organisations and landowners. Delegates engaged in a workshop which captured the ideas of the group on issues affecting access and use of green space in Surrey, potential challenges and goals for the future.
  • Surrey Nature partnership hosted a ‘Future Skills & Employment’ workshop in November 2014 which brought together a number of organisations. The aim of the workshop was to develop a 3 – 5 year programme initially focused on providing training in a range of disciplines within the environment sector to increase employability.
  • Surrey Nature Partnership help to run a collaborative Habitat Creation Workshop on 17th November 2014.  The aim of the workshop was to identify specific sites that could offer potential for biodiversity creation or restoration as well as areas that will link existing sites as set out in the recommendations of the Lawton Report.
  •  Award-winning author and journalist Simon Barnes was awarded the Charles Rothschild and Miriam Rothschild Medal on 6 Nov 2014. You can read his inspiring acceptance speech here; http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/who-we-are/history/our-centenary/charles-rothschild/charles-rothschild-and-miriam-rothschild-medal/s
  • Cate Newnes-Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Surrey Youth Focus has agreed to join the Board of the Surrey Nature Partnership.
  • Surrey Nature Partnership leading storytelling session at Natural Capital Initiative Conference this week. In preparation one of our partners, Surrey Connects ran a Business Roundtable discussion on natural capital recently.  To find out more please read my blog here.
  • Surrey Nature Partnership board visit the landscape-scale wetland restoration project at Nutfield Marshes, Redhill. The board were taken on an informative tour across a variety of wetland sites, lead by Simon Elson, Principal Environment Enhancement Officer at Surrey County Council. The Nutfield Marshes project has created four wetland nature reserves, restored from sand workings along the Redhill Brook, which now form a continuous 3km wildlife corridor. Simon illustrated that by ensuring restoration issues are addressed early on in large mineral projects, the transformation of industrial landscapes back to healthy, functioning natural areas, is entirely possible. Nutfield Marshes now provide habitat for a variety of wildlife, function as vital flood alleviation for Redhill and provide communities with an accessible natural space to enjoy.
  • Government gets red card for wildlife protection, flooding prevention and air quality. The Government has been given a ‘red card’ for its efforts to reduce health-damaging air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding in a scorecard assessment of its green policies during this Parliament produced by the Environmental Audit Committee. The report comes as the main political parties prepare for their manifesto-setting party conferences. The Committee calls for the creation of new legal commitments to protect the environment, to be overseen by a new ‘Office for Environmental Responsibility’ to ensure all Government policies are compatible with those commitments.

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environmental-audit-committee/news/environmental-scorecard-report/

  • Biodiversity offsetting cannot compensate for ‘old growth’ habitat loss. ‘Biodiversity offset’ schemes, which aim to compensate for the loss of unspoilt habitats to development, could lead to an overall loss in biodiversity, a recent study warns. Furthermore, the researchers highlight the considerable time needed, often hundreds of years, to fully recreate an ecosystem.

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/biodiversity_offsetting_habitat_386na3_en.pdf

  •  The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years. The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found in its new Living Planet Index.

http://www.livingplanetindex.org/home/index

  • On the 5th of November Surrey Connects  hosted a Biodiversity Offsetting Seminar for planners and developers with a presentation and question and answer session led by Tom Tew, Chief Executive of the Environment Bank. The Green Paper consultation on Biodiversity Offsetting ended on 7th November and we await the response from Government.
  • The inaugural meeting of the Biodiversity Working  Group was held on 3rd October and agreed to draw up priorities in the light of the outcomes of Biodiversity 2020.  More details from John Edwards at SCC. The notes of the meeting are here; SyNP Biodiversity WG mtg Oct 2013
  • The Surrey Nature Partnership had the first Board meeting on 7th November 2013. There are nine Board members including our chairman, Paul Wickham. The immediate priorities of the Board will be to finalised the terms of reference and draw up a business plan for the partnership.
  • Are your public parks under threat ? A new report from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) reveals a growing risk that could see parks become run down ‘no go areas’ or even sold  http://www.hlf.org.uk/news/Pages/StateUKParks.aspx
  • Join leading companies that are achieving bottom-line impacts by valuing nature’s assets; http://naturalcapitalhub.org/web/natural-capital-business-hub/make-the-case
  • Pitch for Nature – short video showing why your business should invest in Natural Capital, www.pitchfornature.com
  • Biodiversity 2020 Pocket Guide is available here; The Biodiversity 2020 Pocket Guide
  • New Documentary – If you are worried that children are missing out on their contact with nature and watching too many computer screens, you are not alone. Director David Bond was so worried about his own children, he produced a documentary. There are more details on the Project Wild Thing website and a trailer for the documentary ; http://projectwildthing.com/
  • New Guidance – BS42020 Biodiversity – A Code of Practice for Planning and Development, more details ; http://shop.bsigroup.com/en/ProductDetail/?pid=000000000030258704
  • The SyNP response to the draft Enterprise M3 (EM3) EU Structural Investment Fund Strategy Consultation is on this link; SyNP response to EM3 EU SIF Consultation Nov 2013
  • The Natural Capital Committee has published its long anticipated second State of Natural Capital report. The report identifies that: some assets are not being used sustainably and the benefits that we derive from them are at risk; there are major economic benefits to be gained from natural capital and a long-term restoration plan is necessary to maintain and improve natural capital for future generations. Download the second State of Natural Capital report here.
  • Woodland Trust purchases Langley Bottom Farm near Epsom to Commemorate the anniversary of the start of World War 1, more details;http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26515802
  • We must not ignore our Natural Capital. The bad weather last winter caused widespread flooding and damage across Surrey. The clear message from recent events is that those responsible for planning and development should fully integrate into their plans a strategy to conserve and enhance our natural capital and ecosystems. The full article is here; We must not ignore our Natural Capital