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.