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 This week we’ve been at the Valuing Nature Conference in Cardiff, presenting a poster about the work we’ve been doing through SPONGE2020. 

The Valuing Nature Programme is a 5 year research programme which aims to improve understanding of the value of nature both in economic and non-economic terms, and improve the use of these valuations in decision making.

The keynote speaker was Professor Ian Hodge from Cambridge University, and throughout the 2 days we heard talk on a variety of topics including measuring health and wellbeing for an urban green space,  using the arts to engage people with environmental projects, and the impacts of exposure to Green and Blue Spaces on wellbeing and mental health.

The poster we presented on our work in SPONGE2020 can be viewed here.

The SPONGE2020 Somerset pilot is delivered by Westcountry Rivers Trust and Somerset County Council, and is an Interreg 2 Seas project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.