Planning for new and existing communities provides many opportunities to protect and enhance the value of the natural environment while responding to challenges posed by climate change. Thinking about nature should be the starting point of good planning and is an essential component of delivering sustainable development.

This guide (published in 2012) is designed to help planning practitioners understand how green infrastructure and biodiversity can be enhanced and protected through the planning system. It was prepared with the support of a wide range of organisations, including the Wildlife Trusts.

Download the guide here.