Examining the benefits of green infrastructure

Forest Research has recently won a contract to examine the benefits of green infrastructure for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

News from Forest Research: March 2010

Family by canal bordered by woodland and trees with gardens and buildings in backgroundGreen infrastructure includes things such as:

  • Allotments
  • Cemeteries
  • Golf courses
  • Canals
  • City farms
  • Community woodlands
  • Gardens.

Often these areas are neglected, but when planned and managed appropriately they can have widespread and profoundly positive impacts on society.

At present there is no clear, simply structured information to show planners and policy-makers how green infrastructure can help deliver local, regional and national policy objectives. Past studies have considered the benefits of green infrastructure one scientific discipline at a time, but few have brought the evidence on benefits together into a single place or examined the relationships between them in an integrated way.

The project will produce comprehensive evidence of the benefits and costs of green infrastructure, supporting decision making and highlighting cost-effective opportunities to achieve central and local government green infrastructure goals.
The research will build on a significant foundation of work that Forest Research scientists have already carried out in this area.

For more information contact Tony Hutchings.


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