Natural England believes green infrastructure should be an integral part of the creation of sustainable communities. It can provide multiple benefits for people and wildlife and encapsulates many of Natural England’s strategic outcomes through its links with biodiversity, access to natural green spaces, sustainable land use and enhancing an area's robustness for future environmental change.
In the South West region we are helping with many projects that range from supporting the development of Green Infrastructure Strategies to the delivery of new green spaces on the ground. We are prioritizing areas across the region that are under most pressure from development (such as the land around Growth Points), or are demonstrating successful approaches in delivery of new green infrastructure (around Plymouth or in Cornwall).
To integrate Green Infrastructure into everyday life and planning for the future, it has to be delivered and supported by local and regional groups, partnerships and organisations. Some organisations influence regional policy and programmes, whilst others are focused on Green Infrastructure delivery at a local level.
The South West Green Infrastructure Network represents the coming together of these organisations.
The South West GI web portal is managed by a task group, formed of members from the South West Green Infrastructure Network.
The web portal was designed as a means for collating and sharing the region's GI knowledge, expertise, case studies, communications channels and other relevant information with those who have a specific role in GI or just those who are interested in the public benefits that natural spaces bring, and particularly the role they have in supporting sustainable living.