Vertical gardens, SuDS and cycle routes will improve environment and reconnect citizens with nature

The Royal Liver Building overlooks the Mersea

A proposal to create ‘green corridors’ across Liverpool has won €4m (£3.4m) of European funding via the Horizon 2020 programme.

The city’s URBAN GreenUP programme plans to introduce more trees, green walls, rain gardens and pedestrian and cycle paths along routes in the Baltic corridor, business and commercial district, and the Jericho Lane/Otterspool area.

Researchers from the University of Liverpool will lead a team including Liverpool City Council and green-space network Mersey Forest to develop environmental improvements to biodiversity, air quality and surface water drainage.

Dr Ian Mell, lecturer in planning and civic design at Liverpool university, said: ‘The URBAN GreenUP project is a fantastic opportunity to look at what makes an attractive and useful landscape and how people from all walks of life can reconnect with nature. Delivering the URBAN GreenUP project will place Liverpool at the forefront of European research for Nature-Based Solutions.’

Development of the green corridors is scheduled to start in spring, supported by community and voluntary groups, and will be based on outline recommendations made in the Liverpool Strategic Green & Open Spaces Review, published in October 2016.

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