What is green infrastructure?
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I have been interested in green infrastructure, on and o, for a long time, since the early 1990s, even though it wasn’t called green infrastructure then. In the dim and distant past, I worked for an environmental consultancy company, and one project I handled was to produce the evidence base to support the green corridors policy which Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council (based in Huddersfield) were proposing for their Unitary Development Plan. It was clear to me then that green spaces and biodiversity in towns provided a number of benefits to the community (and I mean this in the broadest sense of people, public services and enterprises) and I recommended that they recognised that in their policy (Dover, 1992). Moving back into academia, I subsequently did some rather more esoteric work on wildlife corridors (Dover & Fry, 2001) and urban ecology (Dover, 2000), amongst other things, and in 2006 worked for the regeneration agency Renew North-Staordshire on ‘embedding green infrastructure in housing market renewal’ (Dover, 2006a, 2006b) which ‘renewed’ my interest in using biodiversity to deliver important ‘ecosystem’ services to humans.