Fragmentation of the landscape, loss of its patterns and features and disruption to ecosystem connectivity are major problems. Green bridges can play a part in ensuring connectivity is retained or reinstated and the LI has published guidance for members.
The report on which the attached guidance note is entirely based, without substantive alteration, was written by Land Use Consultants for and following research commissioned by Natural England. Understandably, references are to the regulatory environment in England but the study is based on research internationally and in particular principles and practice developed in the Netherlands. It is of course possible that different regulations, landscape patterns and features, and climatic conditions in other countries may require adjustments to practice but the Landscape Institute believes that the principles are well-established and widely applicable. The Institute therefore commends this guidance to practitioners on this basis.