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Handbook on Green Infrastructure

Handbook on Green Infrastructure

Planning, Design and Implementation

Edited by Danielle Sinnett, Nicholas Smith and Sarah Burgess

Green infrastructure is widely recognised as a valuable resource in our towns and cities and it is therefore crucial to understand, create, protect and manage this resource. This Handbook sets the context for green infrastructure as a means to make urban environments more resilient, sustainable, liveable and equitable. It then provides a comprehensive and authoritative account for those seeking to achieve sustainable green infrastructure in urban environments of how to plan, design and implement green infrastructure at different spatial scales.

Chapter 19: Community involvement in green infrastructure

Annie Coombs

Subjects: environment, environmental management, environmental politics and policy, urban and regional studies, urban studies


As the concept of green infrastructure has become more widely understood, so has an appetite for communities to have their say in what happens to green infrastructure. The author draws on over 35 years of experience on green infrastructure projects to illustrate the points with a range of short project profiles, referenced for further reading. The benefits of community involvement are described. The emergence of community involvement, patterns of how it occurs in theory and in practice and its drivers are explored. The challenges of defining ‘a community’ and ensuring they can feel they have made a difference are illustrated. From the examples, the most important attributes for community involvement in green infrastructure identified are vision, leadership, partnership working, excellent communication, creativity in engagement, maximising opportunities for training and education, and the provision of technical support.

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