As the world becomes increasingly urbanised, are green walls, green roofs, and nest boxes enough to enhance biodiversity in our homes and work spaces? Or are there more things we could and should be doing?

Hosted by School of the Wild, this half-day experiential workshop will explore approaches to boosting biodiversity in the built environment using by using processes and design ideas inspired by the natural world.

Alongside the climate crisis, we face an ecological crisis in which biodiversity in the UK is under severe and urgent threat. With 50% of the UK’s economy linked to nature and the UK, one of the most biodiversity depleted countries in the world, restoring our natural environments is critical to building our future green economy.

From November 2023, incoming Biodiversity and Environmental Net Gain legislation will mandate a 10% biodiversity net gain on all new development. For all built environment professionals in the UK, this creates a responsibility to ensure that any new development or refurbishment is designed to not only preserve nature, but also enhance it. In addition, nature-positive solutions can build more resilient environments, tackle the climate crisis, and improve people’s lives, health and wellbeing. 

To empower the industry with the knowledge and skills to embrace and exceed the 10% biodiversity uplift in all new developments, we are pleased to offer this immersive learning opportunity. 

About the session

Through extended time outdoors and inspired by nature itself, you’ll explore new ways of thinking and discover practical solutions that can encourage far greater biodiversity whilst playing to your architectural strengths.

Why attend  

  • Understand the relationship between biodiversity, climate and our built environment
  • Explore tangible and practical ideas and concepts that you can take away and share
  • Develop a greater appreciation of the value of nature
  • Draw inspiration from natural processes
  • Boost creative thinking and consider new ways of building
  • Make connections with peers and like minds, grow your network

Who should attend? 

This workshop is relevant to anybody with an interest in incorporating natural systems into urban design and planning, no matter your level of expertise. 

Gold Leaf members can attend this course for free using one of their complimentary learning and development places.

For more information please contact  us.

Workshop facilitators  

Nigel Berman, Founder, School of the Wild
Nigel is founder and CEO of School of the Wild, a company that brings businesses and organisations into nature to think differently. An experienced facilitator, Nigel is passionate about the power of nature to support transformational and regenerative change in the way people work and live. 

Dylan Walker, Found, Wilderlife
Dylan is half entrepreneur, half ecologist, and half educator. Too many halves? He also failed maths at school. Through Wilderlife he runs rewilding workshops that put people first, and facilitates community-driven nature conservation and ecotourism projects. He believes that fostering a deep cultural connection with our natural world is the only way to protect our precious wildlife in the long term.

Event details

Open to

All are welcome.

Who is this event for?

Interest in climate change mitigation

An event to discover how the built environment can accelerate net zero, and discuss where we are on our journey.

Get involved

Learn more and sign up to join here.