Plants and green landscaping have a wide ranging positive impact on the local environment. They:
Planting also delivers social benefits that are frequently overlooked. Evidence highlights that increased levels of planting and green space can:
To help us highlight the tangible benefits of plants and to raise awareness of the worrying reduction of up to 50% in the amount of planting appearing on planning proposals for new urban developments, please download the letter below, Greening the UK - Template Letter to Councillor, to send to your local councillor.
On 17 September 2010, the Campaign launched its most recent report "The Green Democratic Deficit: Local Authorities' Attitudes to Urban Planting". The report analyses survey responses from councillors and planning officers across the country. These reveal that developers are not sticking to the landscape and green planting conditions of their planning applications for new developments.
In a foreword to the report, Greg Clark MP, Minister of State for Decentralisation said "Urban green spaces provide much needed oases in the midst of developed areas - and can greatly improve the quality of town and city life. When planned and delivered properly, they can enhance biodiversity, reduce overheating, increase energy and hep to prevent flooding."