Mental Health and Green Infrastructure

A new task-force at the University of Surrey called the ‘Green Infrastructure and Health Mapping Alliance of Surrey Academics’ (GREENMASS), will see academics from a range of disciplines use their combined knowledge and expertise to explore whether green initiatives actually make a difference to wellbeing.

Guildford will be used as the initial pilot study area, but it is hoped that GREENMASS will grow to surrounding towns and cities. The team’s aim is to develop a new approach to linking green infrastructure to health outcomes. To read more, click here.

Greenspace benefits toolkit launched

SNH has published a report which describes how to map ecosystem services at a local, regional and national scale using existing and easily available land cover data.

Nine ecosystem services are covered (including soil carbon storage, water purification, urban climate regulation, and accessible nature). It’s a technical step-by-step report describing the ecosystem services it covers, and how the mapping can be applied and used. To see the toolkit, click here.

National Infrastructure Assessment published

The National Infrastructure Commission has called on government to provide a long-term strategy for flood protection which integrates green infrastructure with traditional defence mechanisms. In its National Infrastructure Assessment, released earlier this month, the commission warned of future droughts, recommending that government introduce a nationwide, catchment-based plan which combines green and grey infrastructure. For more details, click here.

Boosting green infrastructure in historic towns and cities

The international green infrastructure project PERFECT has published a blog highlighting findings from a recent study tour in Bratislava. The group tracks changes across the city’s medieval ‘green belt’, considering what is needed to integrate green infrastructure into a historic urban setting. For more details, click here.

Can heat-related deaths be prevented using GI?

The Environmental Audit Committee has said that heat-related deaths may treble by 2050 unless the government takes action, calling for urban green infrastructure targets to help address the problem in cities. For more details, click here.