Links to other useful sites

UK wide

Building with Nature a standards framework for creating and maintaining good green infrastructure in new development, backed by evidence-based best-practice guidance. Aimed at local authority planners and developers. Outstanding schemes can achieve a Building with Nature award. The standards are free to use.

Green Flag Award sets the benchmark for well managed parks and green spaces. Spaces that meet the benchmark can be entered for a coveted Green Flag Award.

EcoSystems Knowledge Network shares information and expertise about the value of the natural environment for wellbeing and prosperity in the UK.

Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure practical advice about achieving good green infrastructure through planning policy and practice. By Prof Alister Scott of Northumbria University.

NHS Forest inspires and supports healthcare sites in transforming their green space for health, wellbeing and biodiversity.

Susdrain provides information and resources about sustainable drainage.

Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) provides a range of practical free guides, including ‘Trees, planning and development’ and ‘First steps in urban heat’.

England

Green Infrastructure Standards Framework – the national standard for planning, designing and maintaining all types of green infrastructure, developed by Natural England, launched in 2023.

The Planning Advisory Service has a range of resources about biodiversity net gain for local authorities.

Parks for London works with landowners and managers to protect and improve London’s green infrastructure.

Scotland

NatureScot, the government agency, has useful resources here: Green Infrastructure | NatureScot

The Central Scotland Green Network is co-ordinating a wide range of projects in the most populated central belt area of Scotland.

GreenSpace Scotland is a charity that works with a range of national and local partners on the planning, development, sustainable management, use and evaluation of greenspaces, green networks and green infrastructure.

The Scottish Green Infrastructure Forum is a group of organisations, individuals and businesses interested in promoting and encouraging the building of green infrastructure.

Wales

Natural Resources Wales  runs the Wales Green Infrastructure Forum, a network of professionals from the public, private and voluntary sectors who aim to promote the widespread adoption of green infrastructure in and around Welsh towns and cities.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Environment Link is the networking and forum body for organisations interested in the natural and built environment of Northern Ireland. The website contains information on policy, resources and projects which aim to create a valued, resilient and healthy environment.

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