Published: Tuesday, 6th November 2018

Nature conservation lovers are being invited to play their part in keeping the borough's parks and open spaces green and safe.

The call is part of the Council's Green Infrastructure Study. The publication, 'Towards a Green Royal Greenwich: Evidence on green infrastructure, open space and biodiversity', sets out what the Royal Borough's green spaces have to offer. It looks at public parks and green spaces; children's outdoor play provision; allotments; and natural and semi-natural green spaces.

Nature conservation and bio-diversity

One of the main focuses of the study is the borough's 55 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCS). The council is now seeking to recruit a panel of experts with an interest in nature conservation and bio-diversity, to give advice on how to secure the future of these important green spaces.

The panellists can be a mix of local natural history experts and representatives of 'Friends of' groups and other local groups with an interest in land management to work alongside borough officers and representatives of statutory agencies such as Natural England and relevant non-governmental organisations (NGO) such as London Wildlife Trust.

The study also considered the Royal Borough's extensive network of Metropolitan Open Land and the role green roofs and other urban greening features play in developing a high quality network of green infrastructure.

'We welcome those who bring expertise and interest'

Cllr Miranda Williams, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and the Third Sector said: "This green infrastructure study is an in depth look at our green provision in the borough, highlighting the diverse parks and open spaces across Royal Greenwich. These are fantastic assets for the whole community and we welcome the involvement of those who will bring their expertise and interest to help us keep our parks and open spaces green, safe and enjoyable for all."

Download Towards a Green Royal Greenwich: Evidence on green infrastructure, open space and biodiversity