Handbook on Green Infrastructure
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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.
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Chapter 7: Planning green infrastructure at a strategic level: experience from The Mersey Forest

Susannah Gill, Paul Nolan, Tom Butlin, Tom Ferguson and Clare Olver


Green infrastructure planning has come a long way in the North West of England over the past ten years. In this time, it has developed from a largely unknown term to one embedded in policy, with a robust evidence base and tools to support the concept, examples of plans and strategies, and delivery funded through non-traditional sources. This chapter explores this journey, told from the perspective of The Mersey Forest, which has been a key champion of the agenda in the region. As such, the focus is primarily on work that it has been involved with. The chapter draws out the relevance from The Mersey Forest’s experience to the strategic planning of green infrastructure elsewhere.

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