Making Connections

Queendown Warren with people on the hillsideQueendown Warren nature reserve © Beth Hukins

A living landscape is vital for people as well as wildlife. Creating a living landscape is about making sure that we have a healthy natural environment which can provide us with the support we depend upon - for food production, cleaner air and water, to help protect us from flooding and to enable us to enjoy a better quality of life.

In a living landscape, a network of wildlife-rich green spaces extends into towns, creating places for people, close to where they live, connecting people with nature.

Green infrastructure refers to the network of green spaces in and around our towns and cities, including parks, recreation grounds, school grounds, footpaths, cycle routes, allotments, waterways and even gardens. Kent Wildlife Trust have produced a guide to green infrastructure for communities and local authorities.

It is important that people have a say in how this is achieved and how the green spaces in their community are used. On the Hoo Peninsula, we worked with local people and Medway Council to design the Four Parishes action plan for the network of green space there.

Green space is at a premium in urban areas, and needs to provide a number of different uses to local people to ensure the best use of resources. An urban park might provide sports facilities, a haven for wildlife and a place to store floodwater, as well as being a place to play or relax. Our project in Tonbridge town centre looked at the way that green space along the river Medway can be improved for wildlife whilst providing a number of other uses.

Roadside Nature Reserves are an often overlooked link for wildlife in our landscape, linking our towns with the wider landscape.
 

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Tonbridge Case Study 3.13 MB
Four Parishes Plan11.36 MB
its not just about being green945.51 KB