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Environment minister launches green infrastructure partnership

A new body to encourage and support the creation of green infrastructure in towns and cities was launched today by environment minister Richard Benyon.

The Green Infrastructure Partnership will help communities to convert existing infrastructure, for example by creating rooftop gardens, small community gardens or green walls. Benyon said green infrastructure should be paid as much attention as traditional infrastructure

The partnership will be made up of planning professionals, landscape architects and environmental interest groups alongside organisations such as Natural England, the Landscape Institute and the Environment Agency. It will initially run for up to two years, producing materials to help communities create green spaces, assessing the condition of England’s green infrastructure, investigating the scope for improvements and looking at the barriers to creating green infrastructure.

It will also seek to demonstrate the benefits of well designed green infrastructure and help people to quantify the costs and benefits of investing in green infrastructure but it will not have any powers to affect planning or the re-designation of land.

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  • I really hope that this produces something meaningful, but it has been couched in rather odd terms.

    Green infrastructure sounds like environmentally aware road construction and construction of parks. I am not convinced that helping local communities to "plant over a dull grey wall" (quote from DEFRA) is going to provide much real benefit along those lines.

    Could it be that the government like this because it sounds like something grand, but is actually rather low key? Hopefully it will lead to some interesting projects and I will be shown up as the whiny sceptic that I probably sound like.

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