British Landscapes Generate Economic Value
A new report has shown English landscapes to be worth more than £20 billion a year to the economy. The report, which was written about in Horticulture Week online, is said to highlight the range of benefits iconic areas of natural beauty provide to society.
“Our British landscapes are among the most beautiful and precious in the world” said Environment Minister, Rory Stewart. A real emphasis has been put on the importance of British landscapes to the public, and how they can impact our imaginations and identity.
The Environment Minister also touched upon our duty to protect this land, as well as its communities, to ensure that we don’t lose it.
More than 260 million people visit England’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks every year, spending billions of pounds and supporting thousands of jobs. According to the report, our landscapes are not only enjoyed by many, they generate significant economic value.
The Next Steps
To continue benefiting from this economic value, we must endeavour to protect Britain’s natural landscapes.
Already, organisations such as the National Park Authorities, Conversation Boards and AONB Partnerships are working with local people to maintain thriving landscapes and conserved natural assets. The ultimate aim is to help individuals, communities and businesses thrive right now and in the future.
Birmingham Invests in New Innovative Design
Also reported in Horticulture Week online, was the Centenary Square design competition in Birmingham. An Architects company based in Edinburgh, had the winning design for the competition, beating around 200 other designers and architects from around the world.
The competition was run by RIBA and the Landscape Institute on behalf of Birmingham City Council, in order to redesign Centenary Square. A panel of judges chose the winning design, called the Hall of Columns, due to its range of interesting features. These included lighting columns, seating, water, and components that complement the history of the square.
Birmingham City Council hope that the scheme offers the public somewhere to relax and socialise, as well as a place to enjoy events.
So what do you make of this week’s industry news? Is enough being done to protect and develop our landscapes and cities? Let us know…