Joanne Green: Week 6: w/c 02/07/2012

I’ve been completing questions of a funding application for a project I’m developing as part of the Community Volunteering Project. For those of you who have yet to complete one, it’s a bit like completing an exam. The application must be correct first time or else the application fails though feedback is given. A reapplication re-sit is able to occur months after the original application. I will have left Groundwork by then as I have six weeks left. Therefore the project application is being project managed in an attempt to get the wording correct now. To date I have read criterion, case-studies, exceptions, Scheduled Monuments (English Heritage) and statistics. Reconfiguring these into concise unambiguous responses to the questions has been a worthwhile yet tiring challenge and opportunity and one that looks set to continue.

This week I attended an IEMA:

Renewable Heat Incentive webinar by the Department for Energy & Climate Change. I think that it’s great that compensation costs are included for the rate of return on capital; and

Environmental Impact Assessment Workshop on the future of the Environmental Impact Assessment, a very important piece of legislation in my opinion.

I am happy to reveal a pH tester has arrived for the water workshop. Hopefully the rest will arrive soon too! It’ll be good experience to discuss how the pH levels can alter such as after environmental damage physical, chemical, biological and man-made.

The Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 is well publicised by DEFRA, Environment Agency and NetRegs. Each source states why it is the operator undertaking or omitting to undertake an activity, that is liable for the damage they make to that environment and who must rectify that damage. If they do not, the regulator, who has a Duty to assess the environment, could serve a prevention notice, undertake the work, and then charge the business. Damage is regulated by different bodies depending on where the damage is found. For example:

Land (DEFRA: Environmental Protection Act 1990)

Discharges and abstractions to ground or underground water (Environment Agency: breach of Water Framework Directive and Permitting Regulations)

Species and habitats (Natural England)

Adverse significant damage to human health by operations by Permit (local authority) (Health & Safety Executive: Control of Major Accidents Hazards Regulations 1999).

Friday was wet! However identification and recording of trees and shrubs’ common and botanical/scientific names, leaf, flower, fruit, and recording location continued. My learning style is to draw and to use colour. I undertook this to Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea), Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), Ash (Fraxinus excelsior), Holly (Ilex aquifolium), Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), Beech (Fagus sylvatica), Silver Birch (Betula pendula), Field Maple (Acer campestre), and Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii).




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