Landscape & Amenity

November 2015

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READER ENQUIRY 4 Water Management A look at drainage Page 20 NOVEMBER 2015 Landscape Amenity PRODUCT UPDATE Artificial Turf Maintenance Keeping pitches in play Page 22-25 Play & Activity Today Latest news and views Page 11-18 In response to the Government consultation on its 'New Strategy for Sport', the Parks Alliance has called for a study of the value of green prescribing. Recognising that investing in prevention is more cost effective than paying for the cure, the TPA calls for a clinical trial to provide the health sector with the verifiable evidence to warrant investment in green participation prescriptions. Green participation prescriptions are where GPs refer patients to non-clinical sources of support to improve their mental and physical health. Measures that could be prescribed include physical activity to address the root causes of ill health. The Parks Alliance calls for green prescribing It is already proven that sports participation and physical activity can help with both physical and mental health and well-being, promote personal growth and resilience and support community cohesion. Parks are already playing a key role in getting the UK active. Parks, largely free at point of use offer a low cost means of grass roots participation to draw in hard to reach groups. Regular participation is better than one- off, so reducing barriers such as costs is an important driver to deliver continued participation. Current schemes include Sport England's investment in Active People Active Parks programme at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which has seen a significant return on first and regular participants and this low cost/ free to try model is delivering significantly more participants than expected. Mark Camley, Chairman of The Parks Alliance, said: 'We all know there is an obesity crisis in the UK and parks can offer a solution to get more people active. "Public parks have always played a key role in sports with football pitches and tennis courts in public parks providing an outlet for generations of young people. "There are always new ways of engaging the young, for instance, park-wide wi-fi in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London has encouraged young adults to visit the park and as a result benefit from hidden, informal exercise. Sport England's improved Active Design Guide provides essential guidance to help planners include sport when designing spaces. In partnership with Public Health England, Sport England has built upon the original Active Design (2007) objectives and produced new guidance to ensure the places we live and work take sport into account when putting plans together. The guidance links health, design and planning by creating the right environment for people to lead active lifestyles. With this in mind, the 10 active design principles have been Revamped Active Design Guide is published developed to inspire and inform the layout of cities, towns, v i l l a g e s , n e i g h b o u r h o o d s , buildings, streets and open Products supplied by Aggregate Industries' commercial hard landscaping division have helped transform Twickenham's town centre as part of an £8 million investment programme ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The plans included the regeneration of the town centre to make it more attractive and pedestrian-friendly for a town with the sporting heritage that Twickenham boasts. With Charcon having previously supplied Willow Buff UK Natural Yorkstone in Richmond, the product's distinct blend of buffs and greys was the Borough Council's preferred stone and it was keen to use this product in Twickenham. Charcon products win through The first phase of the regeneration included repaving areas of York Street, King Street and London Road, widening footways by up to 1.5 metres in some areas to reduce the dominance of traffic. Charcon supplied 8,500m 2 of Willow Buff Natural Yorkstone, creating an attractive paving solution, contributing to the wider regeneration of the town centre and enhancing the townscape for pedestrians and cyclists. Charcon also supplied a further 888m 2 of Granite paving in Church Street replacing the existing paving, as well as a Granite sett road surface. Completion of the Twickenham town centre project is expected in June 2016. Charcon Enquiry 3 CIC 80x270 Ad 11 13:Layout 1 24/10/2013 14:50 Page 1 T h e P a r k , w o r k i n g w i t h I n t e l l i g e n t H e a l t h o n a mobile phone based initiative called Beat the Streets, has e n c o u r a g e d p a r t i c i p a n t s largely school children, to tap in to smart meters and gain points for walking between different points in the Park. The scheme is seeing over 1,000 miles per day walked by participants." Parks Alliance Enquiry 1 spaces, to promote sport and physical activity and active lifestyles. The 10 active design principles are: activity for all; walkable communities; connected walking and cycling routes; co-location of community facilities; network of multi-functional open space; high quality streets and spaces; appropriate infrastructure; active buildings; management, m a i n t e n a n c e , m o n i t o r i n g and evaluation; and activity promotion & local champions. Included in the guide are five real- life case studies of active design principles in action, intended to help inspire and encourage those working in the planning, design and management of our community spaces. Sport England Enquiry 2

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