Natural England Report: Green Infrastructure – valuation tools assessment

Green Infrastructure – Valuation Tools Assessment (NECR126)

There are an increasing number of tools available that aim to value green infrastructure. Many of these focus on specific services provided by the green infrastructure and estimate the economic value of these services.

This report was commissioned to draw together a number of the most widely used tools and assess them against research standards for natural science and economics. The aim is to help people wanting to value green infrastructure choose the best tool for them. As well as descriptions and the assessment of the tools, links to further information and examples of the use of the tools are provided. The report also points to the key gaps in the tools available highlighting areas for further work.

http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/6264318517575680

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Natural England Report: Green Infrastructure – Valuation Tools Assessment (NECR126)

Green Infrastructure – Valuation Tools Assessment (NECR126)
There are an increasing number of tools available that aim to value green infrastructure. Many of these focus on specific services provided by the green infrastructure and estimate the economic value of these services.
This report was commissioned to draw together a number of the most widely used tools and assess them against research standards for natural science and economics. The aim is to help people wanting to value green infrastructure choose the best tool for them. As well as descriptions and the assessment of the tools, links to further information and examples of the use of the tools are provided. The report also points to the key gaps in the tools available highlighting areas for further work.
http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/6264318517575680

Britain’s parks and gardens are a valuable tourism asset (VisitBritain research) #heritagefutures

Britain’s parks and gardens are a valuable tourism asset

VisitBritain’s latest research shows that of the 31 million people who visit Britain each year, around a third (11.1 million) enjoy going to a park or garden. Surprisingly tourists aged under 35 are more likely to visit a park or garden than visitors in any other age group.

The latest figures confirm that going to a park or garden is one of the most popular activities for visitors to Britain; only eating out, going to pubs and shopping are more popular.

Further info with stats in press release: http://www.visitbritain.org/mediaroom/pressreleases/parksandgardens.aspx

2010 report on visibility of built development in Scotland (SNH report). #heritagefutures

2010 report on visibility of built development in Scotland

Built development could be seen from 70% of the country in 2010, an increase of 1% from 2009 and 5% from 2008.

This is according to a new report published on Monday 13 May 2013 by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Scottish Government’s advisor on nature and landscape.

The 2010 Visual influence of built development National Indicator singles out wind turbines as the principal type of development behind the changes. Turbines were visible from 35.6% of the country in 2010 as opposed to 31.6% in 2009 and 19.9% in 2008.

Tall structures without turbines could be seen from 46.3% of the country. This figure remained unchanged between 2008 and 2010.

Ian Jardine, the SNH chief executive, said: “The purpose of this report is to reveal the changes affecting Scotland’s landscape as a result of built development. This is perhaps unsurprising given the importance of the renewable energy sector in Scotland.”

The report is available on the SNH website at www.snh.gov.uk/publications-data-and-research/trends/scotlands-indicators/natural-heritage-indicators/