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Natural England Update

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Presentation given by David Solly, Specialist, People and Access, Natural England, GSNF, Feb 2011

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Natural England Update

  1. 1. Natural England update Greenspace National Forum 2 nd Feb 2011 David Solly Specialist, People and Access
  2. 2. Accessible Greenspace – creating a map-based toolkit
  3. 3. What we know <ul><li>Natural England holds data (from which maps can be created) on many types of accessible land across rural and urban England. </li></ul><ul><li>This data covers approx. 80% of all accessible land in England. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes Open Access Land, Rights of Way, Country Parks, Accessible Woods, Wildlife sites, National Trust land, Historic parks and gardens, urban parks. </li></ul><ul><li>Our data is robust and consistent. We collect shape data to quality standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Over past two years we have been adding to this data (eg all Country Parks) and cleaning data from other sources. We have been collecting data both nationally and in each of our regions and we are now combining into one dataset. </li></ul><ul><li>As a result of current work, we estimate that we should have data on over 90% of accessible land by Spring 2011. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Example of data (in map form) Postcodes within 300m of an LNR Are these people actually able to cross the train line to the Greenspace?
  5. 5. Why we need this data <ul><li>We need data and maps on accessible green space, including routes and trails, to support our role as adviser on the provision of opportunities for open air recreation. </li></ul><ul><li>To monitor provision. </li></ul><ul><li>Advise on distribution and deficits in green space (eg contribute to land use planning discussions). </li></ul><ul><li>To provide evidence on the economic, social and environmental benefits and impact of providing accessible green space. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Our plans and aspirations <ul><li>To share this information with others – partners, possibly at community level. MAGIC is a mechanism for this but it is not well structured for use by the less technically minded. Possibility to adapt or devise another toolkit? </li></ul><ul><li>To fill the gaps in our data – categories of land (eg greenspace around housing estates), and type of information (eg quality, naturalness of place). </li></ul><ul><li>To develop this further in partnership (have raised with several public bodies including CABE, FC, EA, Play England – but no definitive plan). </li></ul><ul><li>To create a Green Space Toolkit for use at various levels, including local communities. </li></ul><ul><li>We are interested in views, challenges, support! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Country Parks Accreditation - Purpose <ul><li>Service standard for Country Parks and ‘related sites’ </li></ul><ul><li>Confirms the core facilities and services delivered </li></ul><ul><li>Enhances the status established by the 1968 Countryside Act </li></ul><ul><li>Reclaims the Country Park ‘brand’ </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthens public profile of sites that are delivering </li></ul><ul><li>Helps mangers demonstrate to funders/politicians that a site is meeting expectations or needs to improve </li></ul>
  8. 8. Accreditation – why? <ul><li>Clarity on services and facilities this type of sites deliver </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of where sites are doing well, where improvement is needed </li></ul><ul><li>Clear, simple and easy to engage with </li></ul><ul><li>Gives profile and status to the brand </li></ul><ul><li>Simple and cost effective system (applicant and assessors) </li></ul><ul><li>A quick win? </li></ul>
  9. 9. David Solly Specialist, People and Access Environmental Advice and Analysis Team 0300 0601612 [email_address] Country Parks Accreditation Scheme Administration E-mail: [email_address] Web page: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/enjoying/places/countryparks/accreditation/default.aspx www.naturalengland.org.uk Contact:

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