18 - How can I go wild in Bloomsbury?
Join the Student Sustainability Council to shape how UCL tackles climate change.
Bloomsbury’s largest property owners are working together to bring nature back into the city. We aim to create a Wild Bloomsbury to improve biodiversity and wellbeing, build climate resilience and reduce air pollution for our residents, visitors, workers and students. With our goal of creating 10,000m2 of extra biodiverse space by 2024, we have the opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of nature based solutions, whilst forming strong community partnerships and making a better Bloomsbury for everyone.
We aim to create a vibrant and liveable Bloomsbury by reintroducing nature
Wild Bloomsbury aims to identify areas in Bloomsbury which are suitable for natural interventions such as green walls, brown roofs and pocket gardens to increase resilience to flooding and overheating, improve biodiversity, reduce pollution and provide valuable amenity space. The project provides a unique opportunity for researchers and students to test novel solutions in Bloomsbury.
We seek to increase health and wellbeing for the Bloomsbury community
We want to reduce congestion and pollution, and provide the infrastructure to enable healthy and active travel choices in Bloomsbury. Active travel such as walking, cycling and scooting is a key means of reducing air pollution and increasing wellbeing. We are collaborating with Camden and other stakeholders to make it easier, safer and more enjoyable to get to and around Bloomsbury by improving active travel routes and providing the necessary infrastructure - from showers to cycle confidence training.
Using our research to make Bloomsbury wild again
There is a wealth of research expertise on biodiversity at UCL from using citizen science to monitor wildlife through to assessing the health impacts of air pollution. It is an area of key interest for our community who are self-organising to create bioblitzes, wellbeing walks, bee meadows and more to put research into practice.