The theme of “habitat” encompasses both the built and natural environment because the development of our buildings and settlements clearly has an impact and is dependent on, the natural world.

We work to inspire sustainable living (that is, living within the capacity of the planet without compromising the needs of future generations (One Planet Living)) and our aim here is to encourage the establishment of sustainable settlements. These would provide:

  • sustainable, affordable low impact homes and workplaces (to include retrofitting of current building stock and more efficient new buildings)
  • access to sustainable forms of transport including reliable and effective public transport and a network of safe cycle routes
  • opportunities for creating sustainable livelihoods
  • the sustainable use of natural materials and processes such as water and energy;
  • increased tree, garden and “wild” cover to benefit both people and wildlife;
  • the potential to grow more local sustainable food using methods that are good for the land and wildlife
  • zero waste and
  • the ability for communities to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Such an approach would improve our own resilience and wellbeing alongside that of the natural world.

The negative impacts on the natural world of development which views nature purely in terms of “resources” to be exploited are increasingly recognised. A contributing factor to this is that we tend to see ourselves as “apart” from the natural world rather than “a part” of it. By reconnecting more with our natural environment and seeking to live more in harmony with natural processes and systems we will help to develop more ecologically sustainable settlements.

Whether it’s sourcing sustainably managed natural materials, or locally sourced building products, spending more time in the natural environment or encouraging wildlife in our gardens, we can all play a role in enhancing our own sustainable habitat.

Our projects such as ‘Picture England’ show the type of work we are doing to support our local habitat.

If you’d like to find out more email contactus@winacc.org.uk.

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