Green Connections

The challenge

Green spaces including parks, playing fields, woodlands, wetlands, allotments and gardens, cycle routes and footpaths all provide access to the natural environment and opportunities for us to be naturally active. Other benefits of this Green Infrastructure (GI), as it is known, include natural flood alleviation services, wildlife habitat and climate regulation. Attractive environments also bring in economic investment and provide places where people want to work and live. Despite its benefits, Green Infrastructure is sometimes viewed as an optional extra, rather than as an essential, with funding instead focused on grey infrastructure (i.e. roads, sewers, utilities, etc.).

With support from Natural Devon and its partners, GI strategies are now being developed by local authorities across Devon in order to ensure that existing GI is improved, and that green spaces and networks are incorporated into new developments. Exeter Science Park and Sherford are both leading the way. GI is also being used to manage recreational pressure and enable growth near such environmentally sensitive areas as the Exe Estuary and East Devon Pebblebed Heaths.


Our vision

Devon is known as a great place to live, work and do business, because high quality Green Infrastructure is integrated into, and connects, all housing and commercial developments.


We will

  • Promote a better planned, co-ordinated and consistent approach to the provision and management of Green Infrastructure across Devon, with a particular focus on the areas with most growth.
  • Encourage greater investment in Green Infrastructure provision.
  • Showcase how Green Infrastructure can deliver growth and essential services through keynote events run with developers, local planning authorities and neighbouring Local Nature Partnerships.

Theme contacts

  • Board lead: Mark Williams, CEO, East Devon District Council
  • Executive lead: Simon Bates, GI Manager, Exeter and East Devon Growth Point

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