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Introduction to the Green Infrastructure Framework – Principles and Standards for England


The Green Infrastructure Framework comprises:
Green Infrastructure Principles: the why, what and how of good green infrastructure.
Green Infrastructure Standards: guidance on national standards for green infrastructure quantity and quality.
Green Infrastructure Maps: mapped environmental, socio-economic datasets to support the standards.
Green Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide: practical, evidence-based advice on how to design good quality green infrastructure.
Green Infrastructure Process Journeys: guides on how to apply all the products in the Green Infrastructure Framework.

Of these, the design guide is particularly useful as it contains detailed guidance on specific elements of green infrastructure such as green walls and roofs, raingardens, urban trees, etc.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem creation
  • Governance
  • Implementation
  • Ecosystem management
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Planning
  • Principles and standards


  • Urban

Challenges addressed

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Air quality
  • Biodiversity
  • Food production
  • Health, wellbeing & cultural value
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Natural flood management
  • Water quality

Source | Natural England

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