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Greener Greenways project recognised as best practice case study

Cyclists on Greener Greenway

The Greener Greenways project surveys, protects and enhances biodiversity along some of the traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network.

18 July 2017

Our UK-wide Greener Greenways project has been identified as one of five best practice European case studies that highlight planning and delivery of green and active travel infrastructure.

The 'Green Active Travel Routes' case studies were identified by not-for-profit design and landscape architecture practice Here and Now, on behalf of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT).

The Central Scotland Green Network Trust are currently promoting and publicising the case studies to communicate the value and benefits of combining green infrastructure with active travel routes.

Green active travel routes combine natural planting or water systems with paths for people on foot or by bike, creating attractive places and journeys for both people and environment. 

According to the Central Scotland Green Network Trust:

"Green Active Travel Routes deliver a range of benefits. From environmental improvements including increased habitat, biodiversity and climate change resilience, to improved health and well-being for people. They can be retrofitted or newly planned, integrating green infrastructure and provision for active travel from the start."

The five case studies, that include projects from Copenhagen, Hamburg, East Belfast and Edinburgh, provide learning and inspiration by demonstrating international best practice for the deliberate and successful integration of walking and cycling routes with green infrastructure and planting.

What is the Sustrans Greener Greenways project?

The Greener Greenways project started in 2013 to improve and enhance biodiversity on traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network across Scotland, England and Wales.

The project engages volunteers in wildlife recording and habitat management along our green corridors.

Funded by Scottish Natural Heritage in Scotland and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation in England and Wales, the project has improved habitats and biodiversity along more than 50 National Cycle Network routes across the country.

Find out more about our Greener Greenways project

See the list of Sustrans Greener Greenways