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Green Infrastructure


Green Infrastructure (GI) promotes multifunctional, connected green spaces.


We champion GI and the role of landscape architects in implementing it, through publications, research, events, PR work, and responses to government policy consultations.


This page brings together all our work on GI.



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Green Infrastructure:
An integrated approach to land use (March 2013)

Our most recent position statement showcases a range of successful GI projects, giving fresh insights into the benefits GI can bring. Aimed at public and private sector bodies, clients and practitioners, it shows how collaboration is key to delivering multifunctional landscapes - and how the landscape profession can lead the integrated use of GI to deliver multiple benefits.


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Local Green Infrastructure:
Helping communities make the most of their landscape (2011)

A booklet to inspire local communities and decision-makers to make the most of their land - at the same time helping wildlife flourish, reducing flood risk, providing green open space for all, and delivering a wide range of economic, health and community benefits.



Green infrastructure:
Connected and multifunctional landscapes (2009)

We believe that Green Infrastructure must be afforded the same priority as more conventional 'grey' infrastructure of roads and power lines. This position statement shows how multifunctional green networks are vital in addressing pressing environmental, social and economic challenges. 


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giGI in two minutes
A short animation on GI and the local benefits it can bring.


Policy responses and press statements

Our responses to public policy consultations on GI issues:

Natural Resources Wales
Welsh Government, 2012

Neighbourhood Planning Regulations DCLG, 2012

National Planning Policy Framework CLG, 2011

Natural Environment White Paper
DEFRA, 2011

Local Flood Authorities' contribution to sustainable development | DEFRA, 2011

Draft PPS: Planning for a natural and healthy environment
CLG, 2010

A living Wales : a new framework for our environment, our countryside and our seas
Welsh Assembly, 2010

A living Wales : a new framework for our environment, our countryside and our seas
Welsh Assembly, 2010

Draft PPS: Planning for a natural and healthy environment
CLG, 2010

Planning obligations
CLG, 2010

Press releases on GI issues

Mushroom garden beneath Oxford Street wins High Line for London competition
October 2012

LI publishes six recommendations for delivering the next generation of green infrastructure
March 2013

Landscape Institute to champion a ‘landscape legacy’ following the Games
August 2012

Is this the future of green space in London: High Line for London shortlist
September 2012

How green are our towns and cities? Government commissions
LI and TCPA to report on England’s green infrastructure
February 2012

New design competition: Ideas sought for a new London landscape
in the spirit of New York’s High Line
July 2012

Green Infrastructure and landscape-scale approach welcomed in
Environment White paper

June 2011

LI publishes Green Infrastructure document: there’s never been a better time to invest in ‘green’ instead of ‘grey’ October 2011

Ecobuild seminars - Why Invest in Landscape? Green Infrastructure and Localism February 2011

Draft planning policy fails to demand strategic approach to green infrastructure June 2010

Landscape Institute helps put green infrastructure at the heart of climate change policy March 2010

Green infrastructure to be taken as seriously as grey infrastructure argues new LI publication May 2009


More on the LI's work on Green Infrastructure

Research: An evidence base for the Green Infrastructure Partnership

DEFRA commissioned the Landscape Institute and TCPA to undertake a review of the state of knowledge about GI, to inform the future work of the Green Infrastructure Partnership. 

Summary of the report (PDF) Summary

Full report Theme 1 Report | Theme 2 Report | Theme 3 Report

Theme 1: Climate Risk Documents (Excel)
Theme 3: Local GI Resource Evaluations (PDF)
Theme 3: Gap Analysis (Excel)
Theme 3: GI Reference Sources (Excel)
Theme 3: Local Authority Research (Excel)


More policy areas

Investing in landscape


Climate change

Policy home

Page last updated 02 September 2013

Case studies

GI in recent landscape projects

eastern curveEastern Curve, Dalston, London
- derelict inner city land becomes a popular community green space

leedsLeeds City Region GI Strategy
-  highlights the potential of GI to delivers a wealth of regional benefits

sheffieldManor Fields Park, Sheffield
- a new quality green space for wildlife, local residents and visitors

1Phoenix Park Gateway, Cheshire
- linking a housing estate with a local park

dalzellDalzell Estate, North Lanarkshire
- improving local access to a wildlife reserve, woodlands and wetlands

betjemanBetjeman Millenium Park
- new park developed and maintained by the local community

greening for growthGreening for Growth in Victoria
- retrofitted GI improvements for local business

bury mountBury Mount, Northamptonshire
- restoration of a medieval motte and watermeadows

See all GI schemes in the LI case studies library

More on GI

New London Landscape website

New London Landscape website

The LI, Mayor of London and Garden Museum ran a GI ideas competition to design innovative new green spaces for London. Now you can view 100 of the designs on the New London Landscape website


Policy contacts

Stephen Russell
stephenr@landscapeinstitute.org020 7685 2653/2654

Northern Ireland
Pete Mullin (part-time)  0044 (0) 28 9029 6843

Ruth Williams (part-time)

Rebecca Hughes (part-time)


LI Policy Committee

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