With a busy summer drawing to a close it's still been a great month, with a couple of trips down to London for some great conferences and exciting advances in industry... 

Building Prosperous Cities

On Tuesday, team Hosta travelled down to London’s City Hall for the Building Prosperous Cities Conference. Organised by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network, the conference was centred around the role of Natural Capital and Green Infrastructure. 

The keynote speeches were incredibly valuable, discussing how street layout should be a key consideration for the future of cities, ‘place shaping’ spaces for people instead of cars. The economics of Green Infrastructure was also debated, informing how Natural Capital accounting can be used to measure the value of nature so that our fast depleting natural resources are no longer taken for granted.

It was great to see so many city leaders with a vision for green cities and to take inspiration from projects that are already underway that we could replicate in Nottingham.

We are proud to be a corporate partner of the Ecosystems Knowledge network and look forward to working with and learning from them in the coming months.


NTU Alumni

On September 14th, Nottingham Business school hosted the Alumni Fellowship welcome event for its new Alumni Fellows. As 75% of our team have studied with Nottingham Trent University, and since as a business have received a wealth of support, it is a great way to continue to grow our relationship with the university and give back to the students.

Claire’s application to be part of the fellowship was successful, and she is looking forward to delivering a short talk to final year BA students in October. There are many different ways you can offer support as part of the fellowship, including mentoring, guest lectures, interview support and CV tips.

Huge congratulations also to our Horticultural Project Manager Duncan Wells, who has gained a place on the RHS Master of Horticulture this year. The MHort is the RHS’s most prestigious qualification, and we wish him the best of luck in his studies!


Green roof legislation passed

San Francisco is the latest city (and first in the USA) to set policy requirements for green roofs. Following on from legislation already passed in France and Germany, the law states that all new construction projects are to include planting and/or solar panels on a minimum of 30% or their roof space. (read more on Biosolar roofs)

The legislation was suggested back in 2013 at the Cities Alive Green Roof Conference and was approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission last week. This proves the benefit and power of green conferences in order to drive change to benefit people and the environment.


Tatton Park Relocation

After our success at this year’s RHS Tatton Park flower show, winning a gold medal as well as best in category, our garden is finally being relocated to Nottingham. The ‘pocket park’ inspired show garden has been recreated as a permanent space for Nottingham City Homes residents in Sneinton, which will provide an area to rest as part of a larger landscaping scheme.