Kent Wildlife Trust and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have launched an international competition for the architectural design of a new flagship Visitor Centre for the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve offering key messaging around nature, health and wellbeing. You can see full details here.
Today Michael attended a view of the four shortlisted designs (selected from over 200 submissions).
Kent Wildlife say: ‘The Nature and Wellbeing Centre will be the gateway to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve. It will be the first centre of its kind in the country dedicated to connecting people and nature in ways that evidence and demonstrate positive benefits for both people and wildlife. It will also raise awareness about the importance of conservation work on our own wellbeing and that of the planet.@
Michael has welcomed the Government’s decision to implement a full ban on microbeads.
The announcement was made by the Environment Secretary on Friday 21 July after a public consultation on microbeads, which are found in a wide range of personal care products including toothpastes.
Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic that are proven to have entered the world’s oceans where they are then swallowed by wildlife.
The ban will prevent microbeads from being manufactured and sold in the UK. Legislation to implement the ban will be introduced later this year, with the manufacturing ban due to become effective from 1 January 2018 and the sales ban to follow on 30 June 2018.
The announcement comes after figures that show plastic bag usage has fallen 83 per cent since the Government introduced the 5p plastic bag charge.
Michael said: ‘The UK has always been a leader in environmental protection. We take our responsibility to marine life here and around the world very seriously. Whether it’s banning microbeads or reducing plastic bag usage, I support this Government’s efforts to keep Britain green.’