Saltram Countryside Park, Plymouth Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan: Valuing Ecosystem Services

Project description: 

This case study assesses and values the likely changes in ecosystem services resulting from the interventions detailed in the plans for the Saltram Countryside Park, Plymouth. The development of the Saltram Countryside Park plan is regarded as a key requirement to support sustainable growth and a high quality of life in the area. It is identified as one of the priority projects arising from Plymouth’s Green Infrastructure plan. The Saltram Project aims to provide a regionally significant recreational resource on the edge of Plymouth in ways that are sensitive to, and enhance, the area’s exceptional biodiversity, landscape, historic assets and productive farmland. A Natural England report outlines the ecosystem services that will be affected by the Saltram Project and summarises the changes that will likely happen. A baseline is established, and a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the changes is calculated. A monetary valuation is estimated for each of the ecosystem services investigated. Baseline economic values are estimated, and a monetary value for ecosystem service changes is assigned.

Organisations involved: 

Natural England

Scale of project: 
Plymouth, Plympton and Plymstock
Total area covered by project: 
6 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map economic values of ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

Not specified

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Education
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Spiritual/religious
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Energy
  • Fibre
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Flood control
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Habitat or land cover
Human census
Land use data
Contact name: 
Dr. Rob Tinch
Contact job title: 
Lead researcher on case studies: Valuing Changes in Ecosystem Services
425 Chaussee de la Hulpe, Brussels, B-1170
32(0)2 7911003