Investing long term in green space

What the Land Trust believes

Investing long term in green spaces has significant social and economic benefits, contributing to a more resilient country, improving people’s health and wellbeing and creating greater economic vitality.

As with all infrastructure, green space needs managing and maintaining to ensure it remains in good quality. Therefore, securing the long term investment for green spaces from the outset will ensures this whilst reducing additional costs over time.

Therefore, long term investment of green space should be accepted as an integral part of any design and development process.

There is too much focus on the cost of maintaining green spaces, and not enough recognition of the value they bring. However, secure long term investment enables green spaces to be well managed, have onsite rangers to undertake the maintenance, engage with local communities and bring them alive, so that they deliver multiple benefits, which include:

  • Creating strong communities and contributing to successful placemaking
  • Maximising the potential of development sites
  • Supporting local businesses
  • Increasing values of housing and commercial property
  • Uplifting the local economy through the integration of the natural and built environments

What we want to achieve

We want to ensure that green spaces are on the political agenda; are given the same weighting as other public services; that the financial mechanisms for green space are in place and this is reflected in policy.

What we are doing

We are working at national and local levels with government and other stakeholder to champion the importance of frameworks for long term investment mechanisms for managing green spaces.

We are using our own funding models, which include up front endowments, Section 106 payments and service charge arrangements to demonstrate how secured investment can add significant value to local areas and benefit of local communities.

For some children it's probably their first encounter with wildlife, so for them it's a really good educational place.

Emily, Site Ranger, Bentley Community Woodland


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