What is Wild West End?
The Baker Street Quarter BID and Arup are part of an initiative called Wild West End, which is a partnership of BIDs and major landowners who hold a shared vision to enhance biodiversity and attract wildlife, establish a network of green spaces and make the West End a better place to live, work and visit.
An essential part of the Wild West End approach is communicating the many benefits of urban greening, not just environmental benefits but also in terms of health and wellbeing, boosting business and making the area a more enjoyable place to spend time in. As part of the initiative, we conduct monitoring and evaluation of green projects across the West End.
Urban green space advice:
- London Borough of Westminster’s Biodiversity Action Plan includes advice on a partnership approach to open spaces and biodiversity, as well as target species and habitats for central London and can be found here
- WWE case studies for urban greening projects can be found here
- The London Wildlife Trust provides useful information on how to design urban green spaces can be found here.
- The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has some specific advice on which species of flowers to include to attract pollinators here:.
- The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) provides useful advice for tree selection here.
- The Better Building Partnership (BBP) has guidance for property management including urban greening here.
- Funding from the Mayor of London and Greater London Authority:
- Funding from Westminster City Council: