Michael Cunningham, director at 9Trees, has worked in the conservation and wildlife sector for many years. In his blog post below he…Link
NatureBack to Themes
Imagine a city where nature is thriving, wildlife abounds and everyone has access to inspiring green spaces close to where they live…
Imagine a city which works in harmony with nature, where everyone reaps the benefits of being more connected to the natural environment. A city that is renowned for its beautiful parks and green spaces, which act as safe places for play and relaxation and help improve well-being.
Picture a city full of trees and wildflowers, with bees buzzing, birds singing and otters playing in our docks and rivers. Where habitats and green spaces are connected by ‘green corridors’, allowing wildlife to move easily around the city and to and from the countryside. A city where everyone gets to experience the joys of having wildlife on their doorstep every day.
Visualise the city and its population connected to the stunning landscapes that surround us, which provide havens for rare species to flourish and cherished places where people can connect deeply with nature.
We believe that this can be a reality for Bristol, with many inspiring and innovative projects already taking place in and around the city that conserve wildlife and inspire people to care for the natural environment. However, nature is also facing many challenges, and its fundamental role as the foundation for long term economic and social prosperity is often overlooked in favour of other priorities.
Key areas for action
For five key areas for action and more detail on the above, please see Our Future: A Vision for an Environmentally Sustainable Bristol.
How can your organisation help?
- Take part in Avon Wildlife’s My Wild City, and transform your workplace, business or neighbourhood to benefit people and wildlife;
- Watch this space for further opportunities to contribute to the West of England’s Joint Spatial Plan, which is likely to have a big impact on the region’s natural environment;
- Get Bristol buzzing by taking 5 simple steps to help pollinators;
- Incorporate measures to support nature in your organisation’s, such as planting bee-friendly plants and seeds, or putting up bird boxes or feeders.
- Let people know you care about nature and encourage your MP to sign the Greener UK pledge for the environment and commit to maintaining protection for wildlife after Brexit.
Join the Partnership
We are planning a number of events around nature this year, and will be looking for ways your organisation can help encourage and protect nature in Bristol. To stay up-to-date about these and opportunities related to Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s four other themes (Energy, Food, Resources, Transport), sign up as a member here.
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