Issue date: 21 October 2011
Environment Minister Richard Benyon has announced a new scheme to generate more green space in England’s towns and cities.
The Green Infrastructure Partnership has been designed to help communities make more innovative use of existing grey infrastructure – such as creating rooftop gardens, small community gardens or living walls.
A recent study of over 350,000 people found that people who lived near to green space lived longer and health inequalities were significantly reduced.
The Natural Environment White Paper is therefore committed to enhancing green infrastructure and improving communities’ health, quality of life and resilience to climate change.
The Partnership, which is being launched as part of the first White Paper on the Natural Environment in 20 years, will initially run for up to two years. Their general aims will be to:
Read the full article on the DEFRA website