Green infrastructure examples

Green infrastructure is a term used to describe networks of natural features (such as trees and water bodies) that provide benefits to people.  The assessment and development of these networks is part of an ecosystems approach. An ecosystems approach can inform the application of the green infrastructure idea.

The following list contains links to reviews and descriptions of practical projects that show what green infrastructure concept means in practice. Our Green Infrastructure page has links to tools, guides and documents that make the case for green infrastructure. 

  • Natural England has published a series of case studies on the ability of Green Infrastructure to deliver  wildlife habitat, flood defence, places for people and nature, green transport routes and much more.  The case studies are all available on the Natural England Green Infrastructure webpage. Regional case studies of green infrastructure are also available.
  • A webinar about the Worcestershire County Council's work with partners to deliver large-scale GI projects has been recorded by . This covered translating GI strategies into delivery, working in partnership and delivering at a large scale. Please contact Tom.Butterworth[at]NaturalEngland.org.uk for the recording.
  • The Forestry Commission and the Green Infrastructure Partnership’s Local Delivery Group hosted a webinar on the ‘Successful delivery of green infrastructure in Merseyside and Birmingham’. It considered how evidence-based approaches are leading to agreement to invest in green infrastructure and helping secure the most effective locations for delivery of economic growth. The case studies presented are from the North West’s £59 million Newlands programme (Keith Jones, Forestry Commission) and Birmingham’s Ecosystem City Model (Nick Grayson, Birmingham City Council). 
  • The Local Nature Partnership in the Mersey Region, Nature Connected, has published a report Nature at Work. This discusses the spatial distribution of green infrastructure in the Liverpool City Region and Warrington and the social and economic factors it influences/is influenced by. A summary of the report is also available.
  • The Victoria Business Improvement District (BID) has published a Green Infrastructure Audit Best Practice Guide. Victoria BID also carried out a Green Infrastructure audit to see how green features could lower flood risk in the area and make it more biodiverse and attractive to visitors and business. Several other BIDs and business partnerships in London have completed audits of the green and grey spaces in the city, to identify options for installing new green space and enhancing existing areas. These are available on the Greater London Authority website.
  • The Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network is creating a large functional green network for the Metropolitan region. It involves eight Local Authorities and five government agencies. The project is described in the 7th issue of Ecosystems News.
  • A study undertaken on behalf of the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust illustrates how ecosystem services provided by the woodland, heathland and wetland in a metropolitan area can be valued in monetary terms.
  • case study has applied the ‘i-Tree Eco’ model to quantify the structure and environmental benefits delivered by the trees in Torbay, Devon.
  • report on the Natural Economy Northwest partnership, a project that identified, demonstrated and promoted the economic value of the natural environment in the Northwest of England.
  • A suite of Green Infrastructure Plans have been developed in Hertfordshire using a methodology which incorporated ecosystem services. A report summarises the findings on supply of and demand for the functions, services and benefits that green infrastructure provides.