Liverpool City Region Green Infrastructure Framework

Project description: 

The Mersey Forest has developed a green infrastructure framework for Liverpool City Region, which consists (for the purposes of the framework) of Sefton, Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, Halton, St Helens and Warrington. The framework provides a city region level strategic assessment of green infrastructure. The framework has been partially funded by Natural England and has been accepted by the Local Nature Partnership as central guidance. It is built upon a spatial evidence base covering 28 functions of green infrastructure. For each function, both provision and need are mapped. Together, these are used to help generate a list of recommended actions.

Organisations involved: 

The Mersey Forest

Scale of project: 
Liverpool City Region
Total area covered by project: 
1384 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map economic values of ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
Map health impacts
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

Own categorisation. Developed with other categorisations in mind. Used consistently in all Liverpool City Green Infrastructure mapping projects. 28 functions of green infrastructure were mapped

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Sense of place/heritage
  • Education
  • Health and well-being
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Erosion control
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
  • Noise regulation
Other ecosystem services included: 

Green travel routes

Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Coastal margins
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Baseline data: 
Admin boundaries
Habitat or land cover
Human census
Infrastructure data
Land use data
Protected or designated areas data
Rivers data
Contact name: 
Tom Butlin
Contact job title: 
GIS Coordinator
The Mersey Forest
Risley Moss, Ordnance Avenue, Birchwood, Warrington WA3 6QX
01925 816217