Green and Blue Infrastructure refers to the planned network of natural and semi-natural features that are designed and managed to deliver ecosystem services across multiple scales. It includes elements such as green roofs and walls, hedges, individual trees, roadside verges, streams, ponds and rivers. As well as providing valuable habitat in itself, this infrastructure plays a critical role in enhancing the connectivity between otherwise isolated or stranded islands of natural biodiversity and in the protection of ecosystem functions.
Green and blue infrastructure has formed an important part of national and local planning policy for a number of years but it’s value has become far more widely appreciated as a consequence of the Lawton Report and the adoption of climate change mitigation measures particularly in the urban context.
Establishing connections between areas of high quality habitat is fundamental to the recovery of nature in the UK and also is a key component of development planning proposals. Middlemarch Environmental’s ecologists, arboriculturalists and GIS specialists are involved throughout development projects at a range of scales from housing and linear transport schemes to large mixed-use developments, garden town and urban regeneration programmes. We engage from the earliest concept stage to final delivery, advising developers, planners and utility operators on green and blue infrastructure design, mitigation and creation or enhancement opportunities including assessment of baseline site conditions, preservation of key features, optimisation of species selection and planting schemes, infrastructure integration and management planning.