The 2050 London Infrastructure Investment Plan, establishes the need for the equivalent of 13,000 football pitches of new green space in London by 2050 to deliver the environmental benefits necessary to support economic and population growth. Natural Capital, underlines the need for urban green infrastructure (GI) and sets out the policy changes, governance, valuation and funding needed to deliver this.
GI plays a vital role in mitigating poor air quality and localised flooding, whilst sustaining valuable wildlife habitat – adapting our city to climate change and making it more environmentally resilient. GI in an urban landscape can also promote healthy living and active travel, enhancing the public realm and making it more liveable and attractive for residents, businesses and visitors.
Over the past 10 years, Better Bankside has been working with local public, private and not for profit partners, to deliver a range of large and small scale place-making projects through Bankside Urban Forest. Over this time we have delivered improvements to over 10,000m2 of public space, planted nearly 300 trees and increased green cover in Bankside by 1000m2. Many of these projects have been supported by the Mayor of London, Drain London Fund, Natural England, Forestry Commission and others. Underpinning this work is our Green Infrastructure audit, which we commissioned as part of the Greening the BIDs initiative coordinated by our partners Cross River Partnership.
To showcase the wealth of urban greening projects being delivered by London BIDs through Greening the BIDs short inspirational video, Green Capital – green infrastructure for a future city has been produced. This is accompanied by a user-friendly brochure of successful green infrastructure installation case studies, along with information and advice about the benefits and a delivering GI ‘how to’ guide. You can access that here.
For more information please contact: Valerie Beirne, Bankside Urban Forest Manager