Landscape Insight December 2017 - Page 11

MONTH IN REVIEW A garden is often a child’s introduction to nature. ” Sarah Eberle, landscape designer PLANNING PARKS CONTRACTS REGENERATION PLANS FOR FILTON AIRFIELD GET THE GREEN LIGHT API SHEDS LIGHT ON PLAYGROUND DECLINE IN NEW CAMPAIGN SARAH EBERLE PARTNERS WITH WALLFLOWER TO RELEASE EDIBLE WILDFLOWER SEEDS Plans by infrastructure and development company YTL to regenerate Bristol’s historic 350- acre site at Filton Airfield have been given the go-ahead from South Gloucestershire Council. Some 2,675 new homes, 62 acres of employment and industrial space, three new schools, community facilities, a new railway station and a dedicated Metrobus route will be built on the site of the former airfield in north Bristol. Grant Associates worked closely with architect Allies and Morrison on the masterplan and developed the overall landscape strategy for the scheme, one of the largest brownfield sites in the UK. YTL Land and Property purchased the site from BAE Systems in 2015. The developer’s vision is to create a new neighbourhood with a unique character, including landscape and public realm, that draws on the site’s aviation and engineering history. The landscape concept traces the airfield’s former runway with a sequence of public spaces, courts and gardens linked by walkways and cycle routes. New research from Fields in Trust showing the ‘crucial’ role of parks and green spaces has prompted the Association of Play Industries (API) to highlight once again the decline in playgrounds it uncovered in its Nowhere to Play campaign. The Fields in Trust findings established a link between an individual’s use of parks and green spaces and an improvement in their life satisfaction, sense of worth, happiness and anxiety levels. The API’s Nowhere to Play report showed that between 2014/15 and 2015/16, local authorities across England closed 214 children’s playgrounds with plans to close a further 234. Furthermore, a recent Heritage Lottery Fund report highlighted cuts to budgets for the running of parks, with 92% of park managers reporting cuts over the past three years. Mark Hardy, chair of API, said: “The Fields in Trust research shows, for the first time at national level, a direct and statistically significant link between public parks and green spaces and health and wellbeing. “We need to act now to reverse the decline in parks and green spaces due to budget cuts and use this and other research data to inform public policy.” He added: “The downward trend in park and playground provision is happening fast and let’s not forget that once a park has gone it’s probably gone forever. We are repeating our call for a £100m investment to replace lost playgrounds and help reinstate children’s access to free play and activity.” Landscape designer Sarah Eberle has teamed up with bespoke playhouse specialist Wallgarden to launch a seed mix of edible wildflowers. The collection has been carefully selected to bring colour to to customers’ gardens as well as bringing flavour to their plates. Its main aim to is encourage families to celebrate and interact with their garden. Sarah Eberle’s unique seed selection will inspire parents to teach children not only about gardening, but about how their food can be grown. The collection of native and non-native plant varieties includes Borage, Chicory, Great Burnet, Hedge Garlic, Meadowsweet, Red Clover, Salad Burnet, Wild Basil, Wild Garlic and Wild Marjoram. Eberle said: “A garden is often a child’s introduction to nature, a beautiful environment to engage with and enjoy all things green. Sowing seeds with your children is not only a wonderful way to inspire a love of their own garden, but this unique collection will also help teach them about where their food comes from and how it arrives on their plates.” Nadine Charlton, founder and director or Wallgarden, added: “Wallgarden’s work with Sarah combines our great passions and shared belief that gardens should be relevant, beautiful and useable places, which inspire a lifelong interest for all the family.