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Birmingham Parks Strategies

Policies and Strategies

For some time now your Parks Service has been putting together a strategy for Birmingham's Parks, Recreation Grounds and Open Spaces. This document was approved by Cabinet on 26 November 2006 and is now published as a Supplementary Planning Document, part of Birmingham's Local Development Framework.

Please find attached at the bottom of this page a low resolution downloadable copy of the Birmingham Parks Strategy and its accompanying documents. The main strategy document is split into 2 chapters.

Ward Open Space Plans
Nature Conservation Strategy

Biophilic Cities Network / Connecting Health, Nature and Economy


The Biophilic Cities Network is an international group of cities and biophilic urbanists who care about, seek to protect, restore and grow nature in cities around the world.

Cities today face a myriad of issues, from very bad air quality, to the need to adapt to climate change, to a variety of health-related problems including diet, rising obesity and a lack of physical activity. These are complex and challenging issues to deal with and one potential solution is to explore and develop more integrative, holistic models that seek to tie together these problems, and develop solutions that are integrative and catalytic.

Birmingham, which is now on the cusp of developing a new approach and strategies that will explicitly connect health, nature, and economy, is also the first city in the United Kingdom to declare itself a Biophilic City. The articles featured in this newsletter detail Birmingham's accomplishments, and discuss the city's plans for a biophilic future.


Making Greener Cities - A Practical Guide URGE - Development of Urban Green Spaces to Improve the Quality of Life in Cities and Urban Regions

Designed for practitioners and planners dealing with urban green spaces, the URGE Project has produced a practical guide to summarise the work carried out across Europe and the tools developed during the project. It provides a toolbox to analyse the urban green structure of a whole city and to evaluate individual green spaces.

We trust the practical guide help to realise its aim to MAKE GREENER CITIES!

A Practical Guide to Making Greener Cities

Japanese Knotweed Strategy

Japanese Knotweed was introduced into Britain from Japan in the early 1800s. It was originally grown as an ornamental plant, but unfortunately in the early 19th Century escaped and began to colonise both the countryside and towns. It spreads very quickly along transportation corridors such as railways, motorways, canals and rivers. It can easily be spread through fly-tipping.

A Short Life Working Party was established in October 2005, under the chairmanship of Councillor Neville Summerfield, to look into the increasing concerns over invasive weeds. The group met and took evidence from many quarters and subsequently produced a draft policy and strategy document on invasive weeds, based on their findings.

This strategy document is attached at the foot of this page.

Some information about Japanese Knotweed is also attached at the foot of this page, and further information about Japanese Knotweed is available from the Environment Agency

Birmingham Parks Strategy Plan (Size: 19.9 Mb Type: PDF )

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Japenese Knotweed Strategy.Pdf (Size: 407 Kb Type: PDF )

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