Grant Associates becomes Rainforest Concern corporate partner
Grant Associates, the pioneering international landscape architecture practice, has pledged its support to Rainforest Concern by becoming a corporate partner of the Bath-based charity, as the practice continues to commit to its promise to ‘Act Global & Act Local’, supporting environmental and social change for the better.
Rainforest Concern has helped to protect over five million acres of rainforest since it was founded 28 years ago, with a wide range of successful conservation projects in Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, India and Romania. The charity’s work includes creating hatcheries for endangered leatherback turtles in Costa Rica, protecting rare spectacled bears and eagles in Ecuador and empowering rural women to re-forest the Western Ghats in India.
Funded entirely by grants, donations, sponsorship schemes and annual membership programmes, the charity recently launched Corporate Partnership opportunities to selected businesses, with Grant Associates becoming one of the first to pledge its support.
The practice, globally-recognised for its environmentally-driven work such as the iconic Supertrees and Gardens by the Bay in Singapore and the Tower of London Superbloom project, will be directly supporting Rainforest Concern to deliver on its ambitious future goals, including the upcoming launch of a forest twinning project that will encourage UK landowners to twin the acreage of their land with the purchase and protection of an equivalent area of rainforest in the Tropical Andes – the most biodiverse region on the planet.
Megan Witty, Corporate Partnerships Manager of Rainforest Concern, comments:
“We are delighted to partner with Grant Associates and are great admirers of the practice’s wonderful landscape architecture work, bringing people closer to nature and helping to address the increasing threats of urbanisation, climate crisis and biodiversity extinction. As a fellow Bath-based organisation with a similar ‘local yet global’ outlook, we are very much looking forward to working with the practice on a number of projects, including the expansion of our Neblina Cloud Forest Reserve in Ecuador to create protected ecological corridors for threatened species such as Andean bears - which Paddington was based on - and also our new Forest Twinning programme, due to be launched in the Autumn.”
Peter Chmiel, Director at Grant Associates and Landscape Institute Fellow, comments:
“Environmental and social responsibility lies at the heart of our work as a practice and we recognise the climate and biodiversity emergency as the defining challenge of our times. As we focus on investing in research, creating partnerships to share knowledge and formulating more detailed plans to guide us through the challenges ahead, we are delighted to now become a Rainforest Concern Corporate Partner.
We have always approached the design of landscapes with a clear focus on people’s place in nature. Preserving the world’s existing rainforests and the biodiversity they contain is arguably the best, most natural and cost effective means available to combat the climate crisis and protect the indigenous people dependent on the forests for survival. Today, with climate change, biodiversity loss, human poverty and migration all such huge issues impacting our world, we need to Act Global & Act Local. We are very excited to support a Bath-based charity with shared values.”
To find out more about Rainforest Concern, visit https://www.rainforestconcern.org.
Rainforest Concern photography credit: Murray Cooper.
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About Grant Associates
Grant Associates is a pioneering international landscape architecture practice. Our work reconnects people with nature in insightful, delightful and distinctive ways whilst addressing the global challenges of urbanisation, the climate crisis and biodiversity extinction.
Our design process is underpinned by a knowledge of human behaviour, nature and ecological science combined with innovative design technology. We bring original thinking, creative collaboration and are exploring what regenerative design and the circular economy means to landscape architecture.
Our varied portfolio includes ambitious large-scale, landmark projects through to small, local ventures.