City of London adopts the urban greening policy | UGF

The  City of London’s Planning and Transportation Committee, recently backed an ambitious Local Plan ‘City Plan 2036’  This marks a move to improve the quality of the environment of the Square Mile. Furthermore, it recognises the need to deal with the  pressing issues of climate change, health and wellbeing. City of London | Local Plan… Continue Reading

Cambridge green roof policy workshop and seminar May 2018

GIC recently provided a seminar/workshop for Cambridge City Council on green roofs.  The council sees green roofs as an important element within the new the local plan. Therefore, with GIC’s skill and knowledge of green roofs the purpose of the day was to help frame how to take this policy forward. GIC has been instrumental… Continue Reading

Green roof inspections and sign offs are becoming increasing important

Green roof inspections are becoming increasingly important. Inspections are now being required by planning authorities, especially in London, to ensure that a green roof fulfils planning conditions. So where does GIC come in? Firstly,  GIC specialises in detailed green roof specifications. This gets it right from the start. And secondly we have a track record… Continue Reading

Green infrastructure factor – a tool for landscape planning

The Green infrastructure factor is a tool to ensure landscape is properly considered in planning urban development. The Greater London Authority (GLA) is considering incorporating the factor into the new London Plan. Last year GIC worked on a report for the GLA with TEC and Temple Group. Although the green space factor (GSF) maybe a more familiar term,  the green… Continue Reading

The Greening Permit In Paris

Gardening in the streets of Paris? That’s allowed! Since June 30, 2015, the Paris Greening Permit has provided 2500 people with an opportunity to get involved in greening the city. Thanks to this new programme, every Parisian can become a gardener for a local, otherwise barren, site of their choice. There are almost no limits… Continue Reading

Retrofitting green infrastructure around housing estates

Retrofitting green infrastructure into the existing fabric of the city, is all too often overlooked.  It is also assumed to be impossible to achieve.  The focus, by and large, is on  new developments.  Retrofitting, however, is possible and has the potential to deliver excellent results across the sustainability agenda.   Housing is a major part of… Continue Reading

Pollinators and Solar Energy on a green roof – a win-win

Pollinators and energy on green roofs are a potential win-win. A simple sedum solar green roof is not the answer. The reall win-win is a biosolar roof. The roof in question was installed because of a planning condition ten years ago. The simple sedum roof was not performing very well. The City planners did not want… Continue Reading

plants at work celebrating #plantsatworkweek

Plants at work week –#plantsatworkweek organised by European Federation of Indoor Landscape Groups aims to celebrate the use of plants at work – in offices and other work spaces.  Here at GIC we would argue that both Indoor and outdoor plants are of benefit in and outside the workspace. Benefits of Interior Planting – plants at work Interior planting is often characterised… Continue Reading

A dry meadow green roof in the heart of London – GIC Projects

A dry meadow green roof can easily be created. Existing simple sedum green roofs can be transformed into dry meadows with a little thought and design. This is what the Green Infrastructure Consultancy help achieve on this sedum roof in the City of London. Sedum Green Roof in the Shadow of St. Paul’s – 2008… Continue Reading

Wetland Green Roof in London Thriving

London’s first wetland green roof that was installed in the summer of 2013 on the roof of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is flourishing. Three Years on – Wetland Green Roof London The visit in May was undertaken with Leon Blaustein of the the the Kadas Green roofs Ecology Centre in Israel. The… Continue Reading

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City of London adopts the urban greening policy | UGF

City of London adopts the urban greening policy | UGF

The  City of London’s Planning and Transportation Committee, recently backed an ambitious Local Plan ‘City Plan 2036’  This marks a move to improve the quality of the environment of the Square Mile. Furthermore, it recognises the need to deal with the  pressing issues of climate change, health and wellbeing. City of London | Local Plan… Read More

Cambridge green roof policy workshop and seminar May 2018

Cambridge green roof policy workshop and seminar May 2018

GIC recently provided a seminar/workshop for Cambridge City Council on green roofs.  The council sees green roofs as an important element within the new the local plan. Therefore, with GIC’s skill and knowledge of green roofs the purpose of the day was to help frame how to take this policy forward. GIC has been instrumental… Read More

Green roof inspections and sign offs are becoming increasing important

Green roof inspections and sign offs are becoming increasing important

Green roof inspections are becoming increasingly important. Inspections are now being required by planning authorities, especially in London, to ensure that a green roof fulfils planning conditions. So where does GIC come in? Firstly,  GIC specialises in detailed green roof specifications. This gets it right from the start. And secondly we have a track record… Read More