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Carnaby celebrates biodiversity with Nature in the City campaign

London’s Carnaby shopping district has launched a campaign to highlight the area’s increasing number of wildlife and green projects. Called Nature in the City, it also includes… View Article

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Carnaby celebrates biodiversity with Nature in the City campaign

London’s Carnaby shopping district has launched a campaign to highlight the area’s increasing number of wildlife and green projects.

Called Nature in the City, it also includes a celebration of this month’s Bees Needs Week which aims to raise awareness of the UK’s  bees and other pollinators.

The campaign is part of Shaftesbury’s sustainability policy across its central London portfolio and its role in the Wild West End partnership. Shaftesbury’s vision in Carnaby is to ensure all capital projects identify and include biodiversity features. The company has already reached its target of increasing coverage by 10% year-on-year, and has increased window boxes and planters by 20%.

Matt Smith, head of sustainability at Shaftesbury, said: “Our city is home to greater breadth of wildlife than many people realise, an estimated 14,000 species have been recorded living amongst the buildings, streets and parks of London.  Shaftesbury has been long committed to creating habitats that enable nature to thrive.  Access to nature also benefits people, studies show that connecting with nature can reduce stress and boost wellbeing.”

 

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