Green space found to boost economic growth

There is clear evidence for the economic benefits of green infrastructure investment at local level, a report has found

Improvements to trees, parks, rivers and other features of the local environment brings clear economic benefits, according to a study for DEFRA.

The 14 August report draws on five case studies to demonstrate this, including Birmingham’s canalside redevelopment and the improvements to Glasgow Green as part of the regeneration of the city’s east end.

The £15m Glasgow Green project attracted visitors who spent an extra £30m, according to the report. It also drew in additional council tax revenue estimated to be between £800,000 and £2m.

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