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Community action Projects[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

  • BuildHUB, social network aimed at the self-build community, link checked 11:58, 5 August 2023 (UTC)

Resources[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]


more video:

Invest in Green Infrastructure on youtube

3Space - Turning Empty Space into an Opportunity on youtube

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Book reviews

Maps[edit | edit source]


Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

  • Where could a parklet be installed to improve access to green space and give streets back to people and nature? Parklet Plotter from, added 09:33, 23 September 2022 (UTC)

Past events[edit | edit source]

Other resources[edit | edit source]

  • Susdrain, Free interactive community supporting the delivery of sustainable drainage (managed by CIRIA) W
  • Ten simple ways to make your street a safe and green place to live,

Rainwater harvesting[edit | edit source]

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Rainwater harvesting in the United Kingdom is a practice of growing importance. Rainwater harvesting in the UK is both a traditional and reviving technique for collecting water for domestic uses and is generally used for non-hygienic purposes like watering gardens, flushing toilets, and washing clothes. In commercial premises like supermarkets it is used for things like toilet flushing where larger tank systems can be used collecting between 1000 and 7500 litres of water. It is claimed that in the South East of England there is less water available per person than in many Mediterranean countries.

Rainwater is almost always collected strictly from the roof, then heavily filtered using either a filter attached to the down pipe, a fine basket filter or for more expensive systems like self-cleaning filters placed in an underground tank. UK homes using some form of rainwater harvesting system can reduce their mains water usage by 50% or more, although a 20-30% saving is more common. At the present time (depending upon where you live in the UK) mains water delivery and equivalent waste water and sewerage processing costs about £2 per cubic metre. Reducing mains-water metered volumes also reduces the sewerage and sewage disposal costs in the same proportion, because water company billing assumes that all water taken into the house is discharged into the sewers.

In recent years, rainwater harvesting has become more common due to increasing water prices. While rainwater harvesting has been employed in high-profile facilities like the velodrome of the London Olympic Park, the UK's ongoing revival has lagged behind other countries such as Germany (the present world leader in modern rainwater harvesting). At present, only about 400 RWH systems are installed in the UK every year. Water butts are often found in domestic gardens and on allotments to collect rainwater, which is then used to water the garden. Rainwater harvesting at large scale may well be appropriate for farms as part of a catchment management strategy to decrease flood risk and diffuse pollution. W

See also: Rainwater harvesting

Neighbourhood Planning[edit | edit source]

Since 2012, (and as of Sep 2017) over 2,200 groups have started the neighbourhood planning process, covering areas of nearly 12 million people across England. Over 400 successful neighbourhood planning referendums have now taken place, with an average 'yes' vote of 88%.[1]

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

  • Empty Homes, works to help people create homes from empty properties and campaigns for more empty homes to be brought into use for the benefit of those in housing need. W

See also[edit | edit source]

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