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

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

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

On a fact-finding mission to Bulgaria to exchange ideas about peatland restoration – by Dr Joshua Cohen, Research Fellow, at University of Leeds

I had the privilege of being one of the representatives from Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP) and University of Leeds who took part in the first WaterLANDS General Assembly which in was held in Sofia last month. This also involved a field trip to the Dragoman Marsh – the biggest natural karst wetland in Bulgaria. Our … Read more

Modelling to reduce flood risk in the Upper Rother 

iCASP has been working with the Don Catchment Rivers Trust (DCRT) for the past two years to better understand which factors influence flooding in the Upper Rother. As our Upper Rother catchment project draws to a close, a series of technical and non technical reports have been produced for landowners and community groups available on … Read more

Monitoring sediment and water quality on the River Skell

iCASP and the SORBY fluid dynamics lab at the University of Leeds have been commissioned, as part of the Skell Valley Project, to monitor fine sediments and water quality on a stretch of the River Skell. We are working with the National Trust to understand where sediment is sourced from, and how natural flood management … Read more

Humble hedgerow have their part to play in mitigating climate change

A new hedgerow standard has been announced as part of Defra Secretary Therese Coffey’s upgraded Sustain­able Farming Incentive package for 2023. Professor Pippa Chapman, expert in soil and biogeo­chemistry, Dr Sofia Biffi, Dr Richard Grayson and Prof Guy Ziv, at the University of Leeds, have written a study –Soil carbon sequestration potential of planting hedgerows … Read more