West Midlands National Park Lab
|1. prioritising quality of life and quality of the environment||– improving access to nature for physical, social or mental well-being.|
– improving access to education, social networks and the creation of safe neighbourhoods.
– improving biodiversity, clean air, clean water or social engagement.
– spatial and social justice, identity and self-confidence.
|2. seeing the bigger picture by collaborating and crossing boundaries and silos||– working beyond ‘red line’ boundaries to understand the bigger picture, spatially and visually.|
– working across institutional silos, disciplines or sectors, reflected in aspirations, measurable outcomes, innovative governance and financial models.
– convincing responses to international and regional commitments.
|3. strengthening the connection between policy and practice in finance and governance||– clear connections between policy and practice, made evident through integrated measures of planning, performance and efficacy.|
-demonstrable evidence of an embedded culture, fiscal structure or governance that supports the WMNP ethos.
– demonstrable evidence of collaborative working and governance (shared risks, costs and benefits) attaining more than the sum of the parts.
|4. environmentally and culturally productive use and care of all landscape resources||-landscape-led approach valuing all aspects of the land as a cultural, social and physical resource.|
– conserving the region’s natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.
– promoting the understanding and enjoyment of the region’s special qualities by the public.
– provision and implementation of car-free development.
|5. use of expertise to re-imagine the landscape||– demonstration of high-quality, radical thinking and persuasive ideas to reimagine the landscape to engage local communities in their territories.|
– spatial visions, concepts and the expert expression of ideas at all scales.
– design excellence, creativity and artistic sensibility.
|6. supporting community pride, confidence and health||– increasing a community’s sense of pride and identity with their place.|
– improving community engagement and cohesion, especially around aspects of land, access, nature and health.
– using the landscape and nature to engage and support newly-arrived communities.
– collaborative approaches to create socially equitable environments.
|7. learning from local and traditional knowledge||– recording and disseminating traditional and local knowledge, especially in relation to skills, crafts, expertise and place.|
– providing access to high-quality training and employment in local or regional craft or industry.
– (re)engagement with land-based knowledge, e.g. river systems, woodland management, agriculture or metal working.
|8. creating environmental and community resilience through landscape-based culture, identity, stewardship and replenishment||– contributions that grow the local economy and stimulate high-quality sustainable employment supported by education and training.|
– promotion of new and traditional land-based skills in support of urban farming / agriculture, rewilding and a circular economy.
– engaging with young people to support the WMNP ethos.
– transforming existing processes with sustainable technology.
|9. engaging all communities in the climate agenda, focused on transformative action||– initiatives that are clearly based on a perspective of sustainability, resilience and the need to meet zero carbon targets.|
– the use of nature-based solutions to repair contaminated land, water and other aspects of the biosphere (e.g. brownfield development).
– engagement of young people in transformative action to tackle the climate emergency.