the GiGLer

The newsletter of Greenspace Information of Greater London CIC

Partnership Working

Bigger, Greener and more London-y: The relaunch of #GoParksLondon for National Park City

On the 22nd of July 2019 London became the world’s first National Park City; and this celebration of London’s natural environment has sparked a city-wide interest in the capital’s greenspaces. While there is no official change to how London is managed, the National Park City movement aims to shift the mindset of Londoners to a greener, healthier and wilder city…

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Recording London’s Mulberry Tree Heritage

Until the first London Recorders’ Day conference, I had no idea that I, and Morus Londinium, the project I helped to set up nearly three years ago, was part of a community. But there I was, the final speaker in a day of fascinating presentations, showcasing the extraordinary creativity and dedication of those recording, mapping and helping to preserve biodiversity in London…

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Great Expectations

The draft Mayor’s London Environment Strategy was published last summer, and after a 14 week consultation period that ran from August to November 2017, which received several thousand responses including ours, the final strategy was published at the end of May 2018. The remit of the strategy is very broad…

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Mapping London’s Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land

CPRE London have recently published a report on London’s Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land (MOL), for which GiGL provided our expertise, including data analysis, visualisations and maps. The report aims to raise awareness of MOL and provide information on its distribution, along with that of Green Belt…

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Show & Tell: Net Gain for Biodiversity

Achieving biodiversity net gain means that changes brought about by development conclude with biodiversity faring better than it did before works took place. This should ideally be at the same location, but where that is not possible may be achieved by improvements for biodiversity in other locations…

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Royal Projects

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the close, ongoing partnership between GiGL and The Royal Parks. The first GiGL Royal Parks Officer, Ian Woodward, appointed in 2007, set up the Royal Parks biological records system to GiGL standards. Since then, the role has …

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Money Grows on Trees

A new report values London’s public green spaces in excess of £91 billion and shows that every £1 spent on public green space has a 27-fold return in value. The Mayor of London, in partnership with the National Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund, has produced the report …

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Water for Wildlife

The Freshwater Habitats Trust is a national organisation dedicated to protecting all freshwater life. Our largest current project, the Heritage Lottery funded “People, Ponds and Water” has been running since 2015. We are helping volunteers to take an active part …

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Show & Tell: Stag Beetle Forms

For several years now, one of our most reliable signs of spring at GiGL has been the trickle of stag beetle records sent via our website. The first records in March and April herald the upcoming busy season of stag beetle spotting …

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Liveable Cities

The concepts behind ecosystem services, the multitude of ways in which humankind freely benefit from natural capital, have long been discussed. City planners need tools and guidance to develop strategies for urban development that value and protect natural capital, and some industry standards require businesses to demonstrate net gain outcomes.

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