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Urban Spaces Aims

1.  Planning permission should be required for the paving, decking and  fake-turfing of more than 10% of any garden.  Private house gardens, when considered together in an urban setting, form a coherent network of green  spaces which are extremely valuable in a city. Paving, decking and fake-turfing these spaces can increase  chances of localised flooding by leaving less soil available to absorb rainwater, as well as removing  important habitat favoured by many declining species, such hedgehogs or house sparrows. 2.  Hedgehog holes should be made compulsory in all new fencing.  The hedgehog, one of the most iconic and loved animals...
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Hedgerows and Verges Aims

1. R eplant hedgerows: we need 300,000km more to get us back to where  we were 60 years ago.  The dramatic loss of hundreds of thousands of kilometres of hedgerows has been predominantly attributed  to lack of management and the advent of modern farming practices. This has resulted in the slow  conversion of hedgerows into lines of trees and shrubs and the formation of relict hedges with large gaps  and no base, caused by careless trimming with flails 6 . 2.  60% of hedgerows currently not in ‘favourable condition’, they should  be repaired by plugging gaps, with financial support for...
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