The impact of a green infrastructure prospectus commissioned by Community Forests North West (the charity supporting The Mersey Forest, Red Rose Forest and Pennine Edge Forest) and Natural England, has been recognised at the Landscape Institute Awards 2009.
Awarding the Landscape Policy prize to the Liverpool and Manchester City Region Green Infrastructure Prospectus, judges said that since its launch in 2005 the document "has had a major effect on national and regional policy and advocacy and has made a real difference."
The prospectus by consultants TEP set the context and identified the priorities for improving the planning and delivery of green infrastructure in the Liverpool and Manchester City Regions. At a time when green infrastructure was a less-familiar concept than it is now, the project presented a vision for the city regions that placed environmental improvements alongside built development: at the core of delivering sustainable communities and quality of life.
Four years on, green infrastructure is now embedded in the Regional Spatial Strategy, we have a North West Green Infrastructure guide and website, both Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region are now developing green infrastructure frameworks, and the green infrastructure approach is informing regeneration initiatives across the region.
As a result the prospectus's key commitments and recommendations to combat shortfalls in policy and action have now all either been achieved or are underway - with a new set of priorities now emerging for the decade to come.