Brownfield as green space

What the Land Trust believes

Brownfield sites, particularly in urban areas can have substantial value as green public open space and serving many different purposes.

Brownfield land as green space can deliver many benefits, which include…

Economic benefits

  • Contributing to successful placemaking
  • Creating healthy new developments
  • Attracting investment and creating opportunities for local businesses
  • Creating job opportunities and and work for local contractors

Social benefits

  • Providing existing communities in densely urban areas with access to green open space
  • Improving people’s health and wellbeing – research provides evidence of the multiple physical and mental health benefits of time spent in green space
  • Encouraging social cohesion
  • Providing space for educational opportunities
  • Free local amenity for families
  • These social benefits have positive repercussions on the UK economy.

Environmental and biodiversity benefits

  • Supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, such as slowing water flow, reducing flood risk, reducing temperatures and counteracting heat islands, absorbing pollution and improving air quality
  • Brownfield sites can also be wildlife havens, providing habitats for many important species, such as pollinators.

What we want to achieve

We want to ensure that brownfield sites are not solely considered for development, and that in some instances, they become green open spaces, to then add value to society and the economy.

What we are doing

Using our existing green spaces to demonstrate that:

  • brownfield land, which is not suitable for development, can have greater value as green open space
  • transforming brownfield land into a community green space can have significant positive results for local communities and economies.


Land, in particular public open space and wildlife, has always been my passion and here at the Land Trust I get to make a difference. I enjoy covering a large area of England and Wales and seeing a wide variety of sites. No site is the same, so it makes my job interesting.

Alison Whitehead, Development Manager

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