For many of us, our first contact with the natural environment is often through a local greenspace close to where you live.
Greenspace is a combination of a wide variety of types of natural places found in an area. They are found in all areas, from urban to rural. An area’s greenspace includes all the accessible natural places we can visit and enjoy.
Natural greenspaces offer a whole range of opportunities for recreation and enjoyment whether you want a place to meet, play or relax. Well managed multifunctional greenspaces also offer many more benefits for an area and its community - find out more.
Amongst all the types of greenspace, the most natural include:
Some of the most inspiring greenspaces are found in our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and along our coasts. Covering mostly rural areas, they serve both the communities within them and communities from wider away in towns and cities. Often, these areas are easily accessible by public transport.
Town parks and playing fields are great places – many also have great natural environment, complementary with more formally managed areas.
The Green Flag Award is the national quality standard for greenspace of all types, highlighting those sites that have demonstrated their management is high quality – look out for the Green Flag when you visit a greenspace near you.