Forest Research publishes new reports on the benefits of green infrastructure

A synthesis of the evidence on the positive benefits which green infrastructure brings to society

News from Forest Research: October 2010

Family walking in urban woodland near Drumchapel, Glasgow. Central Scotland ConservancyForest Research scientists have recently completed a critical review of the evidence on the ‘Benefits of green infrastructure’ funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Communities and Local Government.

A summary report has been produced providing a synthesis of the evidence on the positive benefits which green infrastructure brings to society, based on sound research and evidence. It supports decision-making on green infrastructure and highlights cost effective opportunities to achieve the delivery of local and national policy objectives. The report  shows how well-planned and managed green infrastructure can deliver multiple benefits to local authorities, communities and businesses.

Cover of reportBenefits of green infrastructure - summary report (PDF-2362K)

An in-depth technical report supports the summary report by providing a full critique of the current evidence; alongside a series of supporting evidence notes; and case studies, that detail examples of where green infrastructure has been successfully used to provide economic, social and environmental benefits.

Cover of reportBenefits of green infrastructure - main report (PDF-1211K)

The reports, evidence notes and case studies can be accessed via our benefits of green infrastructure knowledge portal.

For further information see also:

Urban Regeneration and Greenspace Partnership
Providing information on maximising the benefits of green infrastructure (GI) to community groups, local authorities, planners, developers, researchers and government departments.