A week in a life of an international peatland restoration volunteer 

Picture caption: Holyhead port at 1am. Photo credit: Joshua Cohen Day 1, Sunday 3 September As part of the WaterLANDS EU wetland restoration programme, iCASP’s UK Action Site at the Great North Bog has been twinned with the Abbeyleix Bog Knowledge Site in Ireland. During our volunteer week, I visited  Abbeyleix with Action Site Co-ordinator Dr Richard Grayson … Read more

Confluence 2023 – annual event at Horizon Leeds

Our exciting annual event Confluence 2023 will showcase the impact that some of our key projects are having in the region and beyond. Have a look at our video from Confluence 2022 to find out more about what the day will be like. In this video, we explain how iCASP works with partners to help … Read more

Improving access to evidence about nature-based activities for health

 Researchers in an iCASP funded project have summarised evidence from 12 recent systematic reviews of nature-based interventions.  This interactive summary and accompanying report shows what we know, what we don’t know and why it matters. An interactive, online tool is now available on our website to help organisations provide evidence of how the natural environment can benefit your health and wellbeing. … Read more

A cash boost to improve skills & capacity to reduce flood risk

Photo by ALTERED SNAPS Leaders of the West Yorkshire Flood Innovation Programme (WY FLIP) have successfully secured almost £300,000 to help make the region more resilient by boosting the skills and capacity of those who manage flood risk. They have been awarded £286,293 in levy funding from  Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee  (YRFCC)  to … Read more

Hot Summer News

Welcome to the summer edition of our quarterly news bulletin. Five new projects have been approved by our Executive Management Group and we have included a brief introduction to what they set out to achieve. Plans are already underway for our exciting annual event to make sure we can bring you a wide range of top class speakers. … Read more

How to unlock green and place-based public investment with the help of HM Treasury’s Green Book and systems thinking in economics

by Professor Andrew Brown, Y-PERN Academic Director, UPEN Co-Chair and iCASP GBI Business case project lead University of Leeds How should government ensure ‘value for money’ of the public purse?  Recently Bec Riley and I ran a workshop on this question at the wonderful ‘Exploring Economics’ conference attended by nearly 400 civil servants. We discussed … Read more

Soil health expert Prof Pippa Chapman gives evidence in cross-cutting parliamentary inquiry

Soil scientist Professor Pippa Chapman at University of Leeds travelled to London with three other experts to give evidence in a cross-party parliamentary inquiry focused on soil health.   There have been several soil health inquires this year, Pippa attended the second session which focuses on agriculture. The soil health inquiry was heard by the Commons … Read more

World heritage wetland site threatened by strawberry farming

Sunset at Laguna Dulce by Jorge Monje Strawberry lovers might want to check the provenance of their fruit this summer following controversy about a new farming bill which could cause the devastation of an iconic Spanish wetland. Scientists from the University of Leeds and the Spanish National Research Council say urgent protection is needed for the fragile … Read more

Students from all over the world study the impact of research at Hardcastle Crags

International students gave glowing feedback following a visit to University of Leeds, which included a field trip the picturesque Hardcastle Crags to learn more about how the practical value research can have for communities. Two of our project support officers Emma Cowan and Farhana Naz, enjoyed helping host the visit to the National Trust site for a group of … Read more