It's been an exciting month for us so far; delivering a talk on sustainability, attending CPD events and a new member of staff joining our team! Take a read of our March newsletter...

Chartered Landscape Architect Joe joins our team

We are delighted to welcome Joe to Hosta Consulting who will take on the role of Chartered Landscape Architect. Beginning his career as an Architectural technologist, Joe has over 17 years of experience in the design and construction sector.  It’s great to have Joe join our team, who will to help us grow our business and expertise, and facilitate larger projects.

  

Helen presents the Business Case for Sustainability at Clean Tech event

Earlier this month, Hosta were invited to present at Intropy’s latest Clean Tech Connections event at the Nottingham Sustainability and Enterprise centre. Helen chose to speak about the Business Case for Sustainability, how it is integral to corporate responsibility and should be integrated within all business operations.  

The presentation emphasised that to operate as a sustainable business, it is up to all employees, stakeholders and clients to be involved, and therefore as business owners there is a responsibility to create a culture of sustainability within the organisation.

It was great to meet other businesses from the clean tech industry and learn about what actions they are taking to become more sustainable. We look forward to future events and would like to thank the D2N2 Growth Hub and Inntropy for having us!

 

Landscape Institute reports on the Natural Capital revolution

We were thrilled to see the Landscape Institute report on Natural Capital in their latest journal. It’s a topic we've been hearing more about over the past few months, and one that we think really has a chance at creating positive environmental change. The article suggests that a 25 year plan is needed, along with thorough accounting to really see a change in the way we view nature and the ecosystem services it provides. 

Natural Capital considers how natural assets can be measured and given a recognised value, as opposed to making assumptions. The article goes on to suggest that nature should be considered in Government budgets in the same way that economy is monitored so that we spend (and save) it a lot more efficiently. As Natural Capital includes both nature that is renewable (sustainable energy, timber, fishing etc), and nature that is not (oil, gas etc) there is quantifiable measurements that can be taken. More complex maybe to place a value on the intrinsic values that nature give us, for example, flood mitigation and improvements to health and wellbeing. 

 

Eden on Prescription

This month we came across something so inspirational we thought we’d shout about it!

‘Social prescribing’ was a programme launched last year by the Eden Project, to support and treat people with a range mental and physical health conditions. 

The project has been formed from the belief that spending time around nature and sharing social experiences contributes greatly to our health and wellbeing. It gives doctors the opportunity to prescribe non-clinical services such as exercise and nature based activities in the same way that they would prescribe medicines. 

Examples of Eden’s ‘prescriptions’ include walking groups, lunch clubs and horticulture therapy.

We hope that this has a knock on effect and triggers other initiatives like this across the country. 

 To find out more you can visit their website.