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Wild Bloomsbury

UCL research shows that bringing nature into urban environments can improve wellbeing, increase climate-resilience and improve air quality. 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

Working with Camden Council, the University of London and other local partners, the Wild Bloomsbury project 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 on and surrounding campus.

We work to increase health and wellbeing for the Bloomsbury community

We aim to reduce congestion and pollution in Bloomsbury, and provide the infrastructure to enable healthy and active travel choices by working with Camden and other stakeholders. We will also be creating healthier internal environments through our Transforming UCL programme.

 

Nature Based Solutions

Our aim is to create 10,000m2 of additional biodiverse space by 2024. Our community is key to reaching this goal; from growing food, to recording local bird species and making space for bees - see some of our case studies on how UCL students and staff are creating a Wild Bloomsbury.

Active Travel

Active travel such as walking, cycling and scooting is a key means of reducing air pollution and increasing wellbeing. We collaborate 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.

Research

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.