Levelling-Up for People and Nature – Sharing five years of insight from Building with Nature
Building with Nature was launched in 2017 in order to make high-quality green infrastructure integral to placemaking in the UK; maximising benefits for both people and the natural environment. Find out more below…
The Building with Nature Standards are available for use in the planning and design of every type and scale of built development across the UK, including new schemes and retrofit of existing places. In this webinar, members of the team behind Building with Nature will share their insight into what it has achieved to date. Through practical how-to guidance and drawing on findings from their UK-wide case studies, they will show how it is possible to deliver the levelling-up agenda through a clear and measurable commitment to design quality and placemaking, recognising that “place affects all of us”. A project that has applied the Building with Nature (BwN) Standards can evidence that it has enhanced and optimised nature, in line with the National Model Design Code, and is committed to delivering homes and communities that are resilient to the climate and ecological emergency – demonstrating practical responses to Net Zero, Net Gains and ESG demands on development – without compromising on the need to create places that bring delight and beauty, and support people’s health and wellbeing.
Dr Gemma Jerome, FLI
Director of Building with Nature (BwN)
Gemma is the Director of Building with Nature (BwN), a national benchmark and accreditation system for green infrastructure. She is an environmental planner specialising in the delivery, management and maintenance of development that puts nature at the heart of its decision-making. BwN is the UK’s first Standards Framework for high-quality green infrastructure and provides industry with how-to guidance to create great places for people and wildlife. She recently co-chaired the British Standards Institute panel for the BS8683 Biodiversity Net Gain standard, sits on the advisory group for the Natural England Green Infrastructure Standards Project, and has acted in an advisory capacity on various Government roundtables directing design quality and placemaking. Gemma became a Fellow of the Landscape Institute in 2021, in recognition of her services to industry, and acting as a bold and fresh ‘voice’ for nature in the planning and development sector.