North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019
Representation ID: 33001
Respondent: Woodland Trust
Natural greenspace, including woodland, should be included where possible in open space provision in new development. Woodland provides a range of benefits for local communities, including being cheaper to manage than many other forms of urban greenspace.
We would like to see biodiversity included as one of the aims in providing open space. Creating and maintaining some areas of natural greenspace, including woodland, can help to make the areas more attractive for local people. Our Trees or Turf report (available on the Woodland Trust website at http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publications/search/?Query=trees+or+turf&newTemplate=true sets out the benefits of including small areas of woodland as part of urban greenspace and also finds that their ongoing management costs are much cheaper than that for intensively mown grass. Reduced management costs could increase the likelihood of these areas being well maintained, which would enhance their attractiveness to local people.
Some councils have adopted access standards to help them estimate the amount of natural greenspace or woodland that is needed in their area. For example, Natural England have developed an Access to Natural Greenspace Standard and the Woodland Trust has developed an Access to Woodland Standard. http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publications/search/?Query=space+for+people&sortby=date&count=12