What is Green Infrastructure?

Green Infrastructure (GI) is a strategically planned and delivered network of high quality green spaces and other environmental features. It should be designed and managed as a multifunctional resource capable of delivering a wide range of environmental and quality of life benefits for local communities. Green Infrastructure includes parks, open spaces, playing fields, woodlands, allotments and private gardens.

Why is Green Infrastructure Important?

Green Infrastructure can provide many social, economic and environmental benefits close to where people live and work including:

  • Places for outdoor relaxation and play
  • Space and habitat for wildlife with access to nature for people
  • Climate change adaptation - for example flood alleviation and cooling urban heat islands.
  • Environmental education
  • Local food production - in allotments, gardens and through agriculture
  • Improved health and well-being – lowering stress levels and providing opportunities for exercise

Green Infrastructure should be provided as an integral part of all new development, alongside other traditional infrastructure such as utilities and transport networks. 

Find out more >> Natural England's Green Infrastructure Guidance