What's the problem?

Successful urban areas depend on successful green infrastructure, to support not only the environmental but also social economic health of our cities
Yet we are currently unable to measure the benefits they offer or test the impact of change
This leads to a lack of investment under provision, loss of opportunity and even over provision of the wrong type of greenspace

Green spaces, from parks and gardens to street trees and pocket parks, are all vitally important for our quality of life and health in urban areas.

Urban green space can support recreation, relaxation, health and community building. It also provides space for wildlife, absorbing rainwater and removing harmful air pollutants.With such far reaching benefits, how do we ensure that their value is fully understood? And moving forward, how do we ensure these spaces are therefore protected or enhanced by new development when we are delivering urban change?

As we seek to tackle the UK growing housing crisis by building at higher densities within urban areas, we must ensure we do not repeat the mistakes of previous generations. With local authority budgets under increasing pressure however, green infrastructure is frequently seen as a cost rather than a benefit.

Alongside this, town planning which guides its provision, all too often it utilises blunt space standards.

What do we need?

We lack tools which can appraise or value the quality or success of open space, beyond expensive, time consuming and often subjective site surveys.

As a as result, local authorities, park managers, property developers & investors, and anyone else involved in urban creation or development, evolve business and policy cases for urban greenspace investment in a relative vacuum.

How can we:

  • Drive greater use and value within green infrastructure?
  • Understand and engage further with an existing or potential sense of place/ownership?
  • Deliver greater efficiency in space planning?
  • Enable a broader and more targeted response to need?
  • Target existing budgets/funding on the areas of benefit/need?

Greenkeeper will help to answer all these questions.