This confirms the importance of providing green areas in cities and specifically, near to where people live and work, so that this can be experienced everyday. Given that many of our cities are already developed and some have limited parks and gardens, how can more green spaces be provided?
This could be achieved by:
- Taking over derelict urban areas and developing these as food and ornamental gardens.
- Upgrading and greening 'brown route networks' (see Green and Brown networks).
- Requiring all buildings to provide areas of green. On tight congested sites this could be provided in the form of planted beds, roof gardens and creepers or vertical gardens.
- Requiring buildings and sites which develop, or already have gardens, to make these publicly accessible and share these with neighbors and passersby.
These requirements have been included as criteria in the BEST and SBAT tools, which aim to support the integration of sustainability into the built environment.