Nottingham publishes revised strategy for green spaces

Nottingham City Council has published a revised strategy for developing and protecting its green and open spaces up to 2020.

The Breathing Space strategy, originally launched in 2007, details projects for the coming decade, specifying that they meet the city's four green priorities - tackling climate change, promoting biodiversity, neighbourhood regeneration and developing community and voluntary sector involvement in local decision making.

The council developed the strategy, mapping the city's open and green spaces and consulting with 1,000 local residents, to identify priorities, problems, levels of park use and general satisfaction. It also announced a two-year programme to improve green space development across the city.

It will produce green space investment plans for each ward, complete a play area management plan for the city's 160 playgrounds, develop an urban forestry strategy to help tackle climate change through better woodland management and produce a food-growing framework for allotments and community gardens.

Councillor Dave Trimble said: "This will be crucial in the future if we are to continue our improvement plans as council finances are curtailed and services are hit."

Meanwhile, the council has put forward two parks for the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge that could see them awarded protected status. Woodthorpe Park and Vernon Park will enter the challenge set up to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

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