The value of Green Infrastructure

Emerging results from the Valuing Nature research projects provide powerful evidence that ordinary elements of green infrastructure hold immense significance, and underpin wellbeing. For older people especially, trees and parks can embody memories: the destruction of local green spaces can undermine mental health. Ordinary green spaces are not well protected by the planning system. Nor is their contribution to wellbeing fully captured by natural capital accounting, helpful though it can be. New techniques for expressing these important subjective values are now being created and should used widely. As the appalling destruction in Australia has demonstrated, the landscapes we live in are immeasurably important to all of us.