Birmingham Green Living Spaces Plan

Project description: 

Birmingham is the first city in the UK to undertake a comprehensive assessment of green infrastructure at the city-scale using the National Ecosystem Assessment approach (NEA, 2011). The value of ecosystem services was assessed, and these values expressed in monetary terms. Services were valued at £11.66m per year. From this assessment, a series of supply and demand maps were created for five ecosystem services considered most important for the city of Birmingham. A multiple challenge map was created, showing the extent to which the multiple functions of green living spaces are meeting their full potential. The assessment, and mapping of ecosystem services, formed the basis of Birmingham’s Green Living Spaces Plan. This plan will be adopted with The Birmingham Development Plan 2031.

Organisations involved: 

Birmingham City Council

Scale of project: 
Birmingham, UK
Total area covered by project: 
267 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map economic values of ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
Map health impacts
Create accounts
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Sense of place/heritage
  • Education
  • Health and well-being
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Spiritual/religious
  • Drinking water
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Flood control
  • Pollination
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Baseline data: 
Admin boundaries
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Human census
Land use data
Protected or designated areas data
Rivers data
Contact name: 
Nick Grayson
Contact job title: 
Climate change and sustainability manager
Birmingham City Council
PO Box 2122, 300 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 1TZ
07766-923-340 & 0121-464-1045