Green Infrastructure for Growth

Making space for nature

Cornwall Council has secured funding for a major investment in local urban green spaces across a number of Cornish towns as part of the Green Infrastructure for Growth (GI4G) project. £3.5 million will be spent over the next 3 years on public recreational areas, roadside verges and old churchyards to make them better places for people and for wildlife. The environmental funding will create nature-rich habitat across an area equivalent to 35 rugby pitches.

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Please take a look at our GI4G Infographic for more information.

Seven Cornish towns have been identified to receive investment through GI4G, they are:

  • Bude
  • Camborne
  • Hayle
  • Penzance
  • Pool
  • Redruth
  • Saltash

If you live in one of the GI4G towns, have a green space near you and would like to find out more about the project, please get in touch:

For more information please contact GI4G@cornwall.gov.uk

The GI4G project team will be working to improve urban open spaces so that they become more sociable community hubs, celebrated and enjoyed by local people. We aim to plant wildflower meadows, trees and orchards, create Cornish hedges and ponds, and work with local communities to re-think areas of our green space, whilst encouraging existing uses, such as responsible dog walking and sports to support healthy living.

The University of Exeter's environmental specialists are working with our project team and will help to ensure that we can measure and understand the benefits of the improved green spaces: both for nature and local communities.

In 2015 Cornwall Council launched the Environmental Growth Strategy. Protection alone is no longer enough, through this strategy we are working on investing in and growing the environment as well as protecting it.

The GI4G project is leading the way in environmental net gain. We will be investing in urban greenspaces so that they are of greater benefit to people and wildlife. Through this work we will develop a range of best-practice maintenance techniques that support environmental growth and that can be used on other public open spaces in Cornwall.

The project has received £2,800,500 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund. Cornwall Council has put forward £670,000 of funding, and the University of Exeter is providing £32,500. This includes both capital investment and two years of establishment works.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.