Nature Based Solutions in a Growing City

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

When: 11:30am - 12:30pm

More info:

Building with nature in mind: Plymouth’s green/ blue aspirations and investing in nature for health. Speakers from Plymouth City Council, European Centre for Environment and Human Health and Building with Nature.

Preparing soil by the roadside

This free webinar is brought to you by Green Minds, a city-wide movement to find innovative nature-based solutions to solve environmental challenges and give nature a voice.

We all know by now, business as usual is not enough if we are to stop the destruction of the natural world and the massive impacts to our way of life. With Sir David Attenborough’s recent documentary ‘Extinction: The Facts’, shocking many, California wildfires raging, and the residents of Fairbourne being declared as the UKs first climate refugees - it is clear a shift change is needed in thinking and action.

This webinar will feature the change happening right here in Plymouth, and how we can learn from other organisations developing and supporting nature-based solutions that restore nature, manage environmental challenges and support our communities. Hosted by Zoe Sydenham, Projects and Partnerships Manager at Plymouth City Council; we are delighted to introduce you Dr Phoebe Carter, Kat Deeney and Becca Lovell.

The South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) is a is a collaboration of three research institutions: the University of Exeter, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the University of Plymouth – working together with a large group of highly engaged business, policy and community partners.

Not available at the time of the webinar? Don’t worry – please continue to register your place as this webinar will be available to attendees after the event!

The speakers

Phoebe is the Principal Ecologist at Biodiversity Matters, the Chief Ecologist at Habitat First Group and an approved Building with Nature Assessor ( She has more than 20 years conservation experience in the UK and overseas, including as a Trustee for The Mammal Society.

Kat is the Head of Environment Planning at Plymouth City Council and led their development of a nature-based approach to growth.

Becca is leaving on Investing in Nature for Health as part of the South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity. She is a lecturer at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, WHO Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health at the University of Exeter Medical School. Becca focuses on synthesising and translating evidence of the links between natural environments, of all kinds, and health for policy and practice and has undertaken work with and for bodies such as the WHO, PHE, Defra, Natural England and MHCLG. Becca is currently working on how better understandings of social and health values of natural environments could inform Green Infrastructure decision making, the economic valuation of the health benefits of urban greenspaces, and is contributing to multiple studies on the effectiveness and implementation of green health interventions.