The Green Grid is the delivery mechanism for the ‘Greening the Gateway’ initiative in the Thames Gateway. It has two key objectives:
- That a network of varied and well-managed greenspace should be the setting for new and existing residential and commercial areas.
- That the landscape should be regarded as functional green infrastructure, recognising a wide range of potential benefits from healthy recreation, to wildlife protection and enhancement, to flood risk management.
This involves the improvement of existing greenspaces, the integration of existing and new greenspaces,and the creation of networks of cycleways, bridleways and paths between them in order to make the region a more attractive place to live and work. Community engagement and participation plays a vital role in the achievement of these objectives and a large number of diverse organisations and groups are involved with the implementation of the initiative.
The Green Grid has been split into three delivery areas: