Green infrastructure involves designing multi-functional green and blue spaces into our environment, particularly in urban, or built up settings, either as part of new-build developments or retro-fitting to existing built environments. These aim to provide designed space for water management, habitat biodiversity and linkage corridors, local walking or cycling routes, human space for recreation and wellbeing, and a more sustainable, less intensive way to manage open space.
Associated with our support to climate resilience our clients are increasingly engaging us in relation to development of green infrastructure solutions and appropriate environmental solutions in relation to land management including river and habitat restoration and remediation and effective reuse of vacant and derelict land. The use of assessment techniques such as Biodiversity Net Gain are increasing being used to identify and qualitatively assess the benefits provided by these measures.
Key services in this area that EnviroCentre can provide include:
- Ecological, hydrological and geo-environmental assessment of baseline site conditions
- Technical design of Green Infrastructure (water management, habitat planning)
- Regeneration of vacant and derelict land (habitat planning, tree planting)
- Restoration of physical habitat and natural processes (floodplain reconnection, habitat management)
- Biodiversity Net Gain assessment
- Habitat/species management plans, including Invasive non-native species (INNS)