Green Cities Fit for Life

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Bristol

Focus on Parks and Green Spaces

The City of Bristol has made particular efforts to promote parks and green spaces. They are very popular among the citizens and important in the struggle against climate change.

With an approximate population of 410,950, and urban area of 550,200 km2, Bristol is England’s sixth, and the United Kingdom’s ninth most populous city and one of England’s core cities.

Bristol is the largest centre of culture, employment and education in the region – and a city dedicated to sustainable living.  Bristol is blessed with over 450 parks and green spaces, proportionately more than any other UK city.

Parks and Green Space Strategy

Its historic parks are of particular significance, being highly accessible, providing extensive natural and mature landscapes, which allow people to escape the pressures of the city. This has been central to the work in developing the Parks and Greens Space Strategy, which was adopted by the city council in 2008.

Popular Parks for a Better Climate

Parks and green spaces are very popular with local people, and many local community and park groups play an important role in making necessary improvements to their local parks. Over 25 million visits are made by 83% of the Bristol population to parks and green spaces in Bristol every year, making it the most used leisure facility in the city. Their role as the ‘green lungs’ of the city is of increasing importance as the need to tackle the effects of climate change intensify.

Within the Bristol boundary there is an estimated 3.8 hectares per 1,000 residents. The Parks and Green Space Strategy sets local standards for the provision of recreational green space. In doing so, a significant amount of technical analysis and customer research has been carried out over the last 5 years to inform the standards.