Green Infrastructure

Oxfordshire green infrastructure
An open space for public benefit

Green Infrastructure relates to the spatial planning and management of networks of multi-functional open space, designed and managed for delivering public benefits such as improving quality of life, enhancing biodiversity, reducing flood risk, or increasing resilience to climate change.

TVERC analysed accessible natural green space provision in Oxfordshire using the Natural England Accessible Natural Green Space Standards (ANGSt) for Oxfordshire County Council. The ANGSt standards outline the minimum provision of natural green space that is accessible to residents:

• That no person should live more than 300m from their nearest area of natural green space of at least 2 ha in size;

• That there should be at least one accessible 20 ha sites within 2 km of home;

• That there should be one accessible 100 ha site within 5 km of home;

• That there should be one accessible 500 ha sites within 10 km of home;

• And that there should be Statutory Local Nature Reserves at a minimum level of 1 hectare per 1000 population.

We don’t really need to remind anyone reading this that access to nature is important for supporting good mental and physical health as well as an appreciation of nature to society. There are large numbers of residences that do not meet even one of the five ANGSt requirements. In particular the area of Statutory Local Nature  Reserves is insufficient and there is no accessible site larger than 500ha within 10km of any residences in Oxfordshire.