News Archive

  • 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