Green infrastructure must have same priority as other infrastructure, says Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute used a conference last week to outline six recommendations to deliver "the next generation of green infrastructure".

Green Infrastructure - Image:HW
Green Infrastructure - Image:HW

Chief executive Alastair McCapra told the High Line Symposium that the issue of green infrastructure (GI) including green roofs and walls and pocket parks had shot up the design and political agendas in recent years.

"Public and private groups now commission and refer to GI while professionals see a growing appetite among their clients. But the benefits can only be realised if GI is given the same priority as other infrastructure like transport and waste management."

The six recommendations are contained on a flier launched at the symposium and is targeted at six key players, said the LI, landscape professionals, local authorities, developers, clients, landowners and business improvement districts.

Suggestions include ensuring GI is a core need in local authority local plans and development briefs. Another is for developers to work with communities and be aware of an area’s strategic GI goals.

The sixth recommendation is for landscape professionals to advise clients, colleagues and decision makers on the value of GI, from country parks and community woods to green roofs and sustainable urban drainage systems.

McCapra told the conference, run with and hosted at the Garden Museum: "The critical part is making the case for investment in green infrastructure, which is why we launched this flier with six key points to six key players on why they need to put their money and commitment on GI."


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