The project has been awarded nearly £3.5 million of Horizon 2020 European funding.
Partners in the project include Liverpool City Council, The Mersey Forest, the University of Liverpool and organisations in Valladolid (Spain) and Izmir (Turkey).
Over the next five years the Liverpool partners will undertake a range of innovative research projects and work with local communities and organisations such as the Business Improvement Districts to identify and retrofit a number of 'green corridors'.
Liverpool has many open spaces – both high quality parks and waterside spaces created by the Victorians – but also has a large number of derelict sites left over as a result of depopulation in the twentieth century. These poor environments can have a serious impact on human health, quality of life, wellbeing and security, as well as being detrimental to the city's image. There's also great potential to utilise many of these spaces as 'nature based solutions' to environmental challenges that are increasing thanks to climate change.
The sites which will be transformed include locations within the Baltic Corridor, the business and commercial district of the city centre and the Jericho Lane and Otterspool areas. Work will include planting trees, introducing green walls (also known as vertical gardens) and establishing rain gardens and sustainable urban drainage systems – and improving and creating pedestrian and cyclist routes in and out of the city.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730426