Category Archives: Urban green space

May 4 2016

The secret lives of the LSE bees

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Lucy Woods joins LSE Beekeeping society on one of their weekly visits to the LSE Bees and reports back on what she learnt.  In London’s rare afternoon sun, urban beekeeper Claire Ratinon leads a small group of curious visitors, covered … Continue reading

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Mar 18 2016

COP21 & the Greening of Paris: Célia Blauel comes to LSE

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  “There were some days when I thought: wow, this is so great! There are people from all over the world, coming to Paris, to save the planet.  And then, there were days when I thought: but wait, if this … Continue reading

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Oct 5 2015

Grow Dat: phoenix from the floods

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Grow Dat is a community farm in New Orleans, founded in 2011 on the site of a former golf course that had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.  Jeanne Firth, one of the farm’s founding members, has just started a PhD … Continue reading

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Feb 18 2015

4 things I learnt during Green Week

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  By Mary Leong, MSc Media and Communications student at LSE. 1. Bees! Someone (commonly mis-attributed to Einstein) famously said that humans wouldn’t survive for much longer if bees died out. Thankfully, LSE Bees is doing its part with four small colonies of European honeybees … Continue reading

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Jan 28 2015

U.S. Bees

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John Fry is an LSE alumnus (MSc International Relations, Politics of the World Economy, 1994), and now keeps bees in Washington DC.  Here he shares his experiences of beekeeping in the US, including laws that banned beekeeping, and a nifty … Continue reading

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Sep 26 2014

Urban greening in the City of London

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Michelle Warbis, LSE Environment and Development student, proposes an amendment to the  City of London’s  ‘Community Infrastructure Levy’ that could promote the growth of urban green space in the Capital – despite a policy landscape that has previously hampered greening … Continue reading

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Feb 26 2014

Urban green spaces as socially sustainable places

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Meredith Whitten, LSE PhD candidate in Regional and Urban Planning, compares two very different urban parks – London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and Gezi Park in Istanbul – to make the case that publicly accessible green space is vital to … Continue reading

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Oct 25 2013

Harvesting LSE’s honey

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Dr Luke Dixon of UrbanBeekeeping.co.uk is LSE’s resident beekeeper.  Here he gives an update on the recent LSE honey harvest. There are honey bees atop the LSE.  There are two hives on the roof of Connaught House on campus, and another … Continue reading

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Sep 4 2013

Garden under siege

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Hayley Reed, the LSE Communications Assistant, grapples with one of the great the dilemmas of the would-be organic gardener:  to spray, or not to spray?  [Disclaimer:  no lots of blackflies were harmed during the making of this blog post…] I … Continue reading

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Aug 14 2013

LSE bees, and the plight of the pollinators

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Dan Reeves, LSE Residences Sustainability Officer, argues that urban beekeeping can help combat the decline in bee numbers, supporting biodiversity and the food chain. Insects are responsible for pollinating around 80% of Europe’s crops, which means that the current decline … Continue reading

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