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:
Greenkeeper will help to answer all these questions.