Landscape Institute Policy Paper: Land Trust welcomes call for Government to prioritise Green Infrastructure

17th September 2020

The Land Trust has welcomed a policy paper published today by the Landscape Institute, outlining why the Government should put parks and green spaces at the heart of the country’s recovery from Covid-19.

The new paper outlines five principles to guide Government action in advance of its Autumn statement. To achieve a fully sustainable recovery, the Landscape Institute says the UK should:

1) Take a natural capital approach to new infrastructure and housing
2) Invest in maintenance and retrofit of existing places
3) Set higher and fairer standards for green space
4) Invest in natural solutions to climate change
5) Create a step-change in green skills, digital and data

Land Trust Chief Executive, Euan Hall, said:

“We welcome the ambition in the policy paper published today by the Landscape Institute and we urge the Government to listen to the recommendations and prioritise investment in green infrastructure to aid the recovery of our economy.

“Parks and green spaces have played a huge part in helping millions of people across the country as we have dealt with the challenges posed by Covid -19. One of the few positives over the last few months has been the general public’s new appreciation for the environment and we believe the Government has a once in a lifetime opportunity to show they are serious about investing in green infrastructure.

“As well as getting the economy moving again, one of the best ways to protect the NHS and get people living more active, healthier lives is to ensure that people and communities have access to well managed parks and green spaces to use for their physical and mental wellbeing.

“The Government has been saying the right things. Now is the time for them to back up their words with actions.”

You can read the full policy paper here.

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