Greater Manchester Green City Region. Creating a greener, greater city region differently

Why Do We Need Green Walls?

We know that green walls look beautiful, but their performance goes way beyond aesthetics. If urban planners, businesses, and local authorities can capitalise on this opportunity to utilise the vast surface area walls take up in our urban areas we could transform how the built environment functions.

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Why Do We Need Urban Green Space?

During the coronavirus lockdown, the extent to which we all truly need green spaces to live happy and healthy lives was brought into stark clarity. As around 85%[1] of the UK population live in an urban area, the importance of understanding the benefits these urban green spaces bring is critical to making smart choices about how we invest in, build and maintain them.

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Why Do We Need Street Trees?

The IGNITION project has begun to review the evidence that shows the well-known and some lesser known benefits of trees on our streets.

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Why Do We Need Sustainable Drainage Systems?

A damaging combination of urban development and increasing rainfall means we can no longer expect the urban environment to channel all rainfall into our drainage systems and eventually our waterways. This can lead to major flooding events. As we begin to harness nature to soak up rainfall and ease this pressure, we need to also recognise how sustainable drainage systems are the way forward for society, people and wildlife. The IGNITION project has made the evidence available to begin this conversation.

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Getting the Green Light – How Do Nature-Based Solutions Perform?

The IGNITION project has collated over 1000 evidence items on the performance of nature-based solutions into a database that is now available to use, alongside supporting documents and a 'how to' webinar.

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Why Do We Need Green Roofs?

World Green Roof Day (6th June) is a celebration of green roofs all over the world and the benefits they bring to people and nature. But what can green roofs do for us? The IGNITION project has made the evidence available to begin this conversation.

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How are businesses in the UK driving climate resilience?

Business in the Community’s Sam Hartley reflects on the role of business in climate resilience and nature-based solutions in our latest IGNITION blog.

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