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Selling with nature: Why the Berkeley Group committed to biodiversity net gain

In this podcast, Louise Clarke, head of sustainable places at the Berkeley Group, explains how investing in natural environments adds value to its sites

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Woodbury Wetlands
Woodbury Wetlands

Can property development improve the environment?


In 2016, London-based developer the Berkeley Group committed to increasing biodiversity on all its sites. The group’s guidance document, The Nine Concepts: Making Space For Nature and Beauty, outlines its commitment “to create places with more nature afterwards than before”.


The nine concepts are intended to inspire best practice and include: green infrastructure; management; connectivity; species diversity and adoptiveness; seasonality and maturity; habitats and vegetation types; local ecological character and distinctiveness; links to the community; and buildings and hard landscaping.


In this podcast, recorded live at The Developer’s Risk & Resilience conference in November 2019, Louise Clarke, Berkeley Group’s head of sustainable places, explains how the company is using nature to create a distinctive sense of place.



This year’s Festival of Place is happening on 7 July 2020 – go to for updates on tickets and speakers.


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