This report looks at the place of green infrastructure in urban regeneration policy and spending, from the early 1980s to the present day.

Our analysis of recent funding for place-based regeneration allocated through the Levelling Up Fund and the UK Community Renewal Fund found that:

  • Less than 5% of funding has been used to support green infrastructure regeneration projects
  • Less than a quarter of funding distributed to local authority areas through the Levelling Up Fund has gone to the half of areas where the average distance to green space is the longest

We argue that green infrastructure is essential to both economic growth and community wellbeing. To truly ‘level up’ local areas, much greater emphasis should be placed on natural solutions in the upcoming UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Published October 2022; Author: Fay Holland, Policy & Research Executive

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