The green information gap


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Inside you will find

  • Summary
  • Deliverables of a national database
  • Information about the data collection under way
  • Suggestion for what needs to happen
  • Ideas for moving forward

This will interest

  • Policymakers
  • Local authorities
  • Town planners
  • Sustainable designers

There is a major gap in the national information about England’s urban green spaces: nobody knows how many there are, where they are, who owns them or what they are like.

This makes it difficult to co-ordinate provision, respond to changing social needs or plan for a changing climate. A single, shared, information resource – a kind of atlas – would help piece together the different elements of the nation’s green infrastructure – parks, gardens, allotments, trees, green roofs, cemeteries, woodlands, commons, grasslands, moors and wetlands.

Such a resource could be part of a wider information revolution that makes the most of our nation’s green assets.