London Geodiversity Partnership

The London Geodiversity Partnership seeks to share good geodiversity practice, influence regional policy and establish cross-regional working for geodiversity.

Objective 2 (Theme 2)

Recognition in policy

  • ‘London’s Foundations’ - a London Plan Implementation Report
    London’s Foundations is a new London Plan Implementation Report published by the Greater London Authority. Compiled by the British Geological Society, it was commissioned by the London Geodiversity Partnership. London’s Foundations describes a geodiversity audit of London, including a review of the available geodiversity documentation for the city and field auditing of 36 sites across the capital. The LGP are promoting the report to borough planners to make sure the capital’s geodiversity is protected for the benefit of all Londoners.

  • Influence local/regional policy
    The LGP have commented on the Geodiversity Policy in the Replacement London Plan, to ensure the views of the group are represented and geodiversity protection, enhancement and conservation is appropriately considered in the Plan revision.

Objective 3 (Theme 2)

Demonstrate relevance to sustainable development

  • Influence local/regional policy
    The LGP have commented on the Geodiversity Policy in the Replacement London Plan, to ensure the views of the group are represented and geodiversity protection, enhancement and conservation is appropriately considered in the Plan revision.

  • Links with other organisations
    Presentations are provided by the LGP at various events, such as the London Boroughs Biodiversity Forum and the Association of London Borough Planning Officers meeting, to raise the profile of London’S geodiversity amongst planners and conservation practioners.

  • Parks and Geodiversity project
    In partnership with EH and NE, the parks and geodiversity project is making the links between geology and geomorphology and formal park design. This will be a nationally funded scoping project – using London as a pilot and will consist of information gathering/research and production of a short report. The aim to is to look at lessons for future park design as well as gather historic examples of good practice.

Objective 4 (Theme 2)

Advocate design that enhances

  • Influence local/regional policy
    The LGP have commented on the Geodiversity Policy in the Replacement London Plan, to ensure the views of the group are represented and geodiversity protection, enhancement and conservation is appropriately considered in the Plan revision.

Objective 5 (Theme 3)

Establish audit

  • ‘London’s Foundations’ - a London Plan Implementation Report
    London’s Foundations is a new London Plan Implementation Report published by the Greater London Authority. Compiled by the British Geological Society, it was commissioned by the London Geodiversity Partnership. London’s Foundations describes a geodiversity audit of London, including a review of the available geodiversity documentation for the city and field auditing of 36 sites across the capital. The LGP are promoting the report to borough planners to make sure the capital’s geodiversity is protected for the benefit of all Londoners.

Objective 8 (Theme 4)

Share good practice

  • Parks and Geodiversity project
    In partnership with EH and NE, the parks and geodiversity project is making the links between geology and geomorphology and formal park design. This will be a nationally funded scoping project – using London as a pilot and will consist of information gathering/research and production of a short report. The aim to is to look at lessons for future park design as well as gather historic examples of good practice.

Objective 9 (Theme 5)

Make relevant to the wider world

  • London’s Foundations launch event
    The official launch event for the London’s Foundations report included geological activities promoted by a local primary school; a series of activities at Gilberts Pit geological SSSI, including sieving for sharks teeth and looking for fossils. The children also took part in an art competition in the build up to the launch that focused on the geological history of Gilberts Pit.

Objective 10 (Theme 5)

Use the arts to involve people

  • London’s Foundations launch event
    The official launch event for the London’s Foundations report included geological activities promoted by a local primary school; a series of activities at Gilberts Pit geological SSSI, including sieving for sharks teeth and looking for fossils. The children also took part in an art competition in the build up to the launch that focused on the geological history of Gilberts Pit.

Objective 14 (Theme 6)

Encourage working together

  • London Region GAP 2009-2013
    Building on geological site audit information gathered as part of the London’s Foundations work, the GAP aims to provide a framework for understanding, conserving and using the unique wealth of geodiversity resources found within our capital, so that social, economic and environmental benefits are provided to London’s urban communities and many visitors. Coordinated by the LGP, the GAP will be delivered by the LGP and their many partners across the region.

  • Promoting the use of existing Building Stone projects and resources
    UCL’s Department of Earth Sciences have a collection of approximately 150 building stones and provide a series of external web-based learning resources for teachers and students about geology in the landscape and buildings of London. The LGP are working to maximise the use of these resources and making links with similar projects and activities around London to promote geodiversity using existing materials and contacts.