Natural England - Yorkshire and the Humber Green Infrastructure Mapping Project

Yorkshire and the Humber Green Infrastructure Mapping Project

Find out more about Natural England's Green Infrastructure Mapping Project and how it is helping us and our partners.

The Yorkshire & Humber Green Infrastructure Mapping Project was carried out to help local authorities protect and create green infrastructure through their Local Development Frameworks (LDFs). Natural England, working in partnership with all local authorities in the region as well as other partners, worked to ensure a consistent approach was taken to green infrastructure mapping.

Natural England is keen to see this evidence used to support projects and policy at both strategic and local levels.  It has already been used by Leeds City Region and South Yorkshire to inform projects, as well as being an evidence base for LDFs. This work should used by local authorities, statutory agencies, voluntary sector organisations and the private sector to:

  • protect green infrastructure

  • be a starting point for more detailed or localised green infrastructure work

  • increase awareness of where green infrastructure functions exist and how they complement each other

  • establish a baseline of green infrastructure from which change can be measured

  • inform planning decisions and development proposals

  • provide evidence for policy and strategy creation

  • form the basis of subregional delivery projects

  • focus green infrastructure enhancement where gains can be maximised


In March 2010, Natural England held a conference to share the results of the work and promote the importance of green infrastructure. A report from the conference: (918kb)pdf document is available.


The output from the project is available below. The methodology explains the process used and suggests some uses of the data. The results are presented as written descriptions of the corridors and as regional maps

Methodology: (188kb)pdf document

Corridor descriptions: (793kb)pdf document

Regional Green Infrastructure Map – Score: (10.39mb)pdf document

Regional Green Infrastructure Map – Corridor: (4.77mb)pdf document

Regional Green Infrastructure Map – Diagrammatic: (1.47mb)pdf document

Green Infrastructure Map – Legend: (205kb)pdf document

Interactive maps

To enable users without specialist software to view and manipulate the results of the project, we have created a green infrastructure map with interactive functionality.  This pilot map, developed in partnership with the East Riding Data Observatory (ERDO), shows green infrastructure in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

GIS files

The GIS files are available in ESRI Shapefile and MapInfo TAB formats. If you have any questions about the GIS files, please contact Simon Coleman.

Download GIS Files (ESRI Shapefile): (3.34mb)compressed zip file

Download GIS Files (MapInfo TAB): (2.12mb)compressed zip file

Further information

If you would like further advice about the project please contact David Fanaroff.

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