Green Infrastructure Report by Forest Research heralds green benefits

A Government report that shows how well-planned green infrastructure can deliver huge benefits has been published a week after the axing of its design champion, CABE.

The report came out within days of the comprehensive spending review, which revealed that CABE was winding up because of lack of funding.

Benefits of Green Infrastructure, by Forest Research, was funded by Defra and the communities department and covers parks, allotments, gardens and road verges. It aims to show communities and local authorities how well-planned and managed green infrastructure can deliver multiple benefits, according to Forest Research.

"The report supports decision-making on green infrastructure and highlights cost-effective opportunities to achieve local and national policy objectives," said project manager Carl Foster.

"Green infrastructure's importance and scale of use are enormous. They provide a wealth of facilities and benefits to urban communities. It has been reported that 33 million people in England make 2.5 billion visits each year to urban green space."

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