The right way to introduce green infrastructure into new garden communities

The design of most towns and cities reflects centuries of change. Places continually adapt to meet the needs of their population at a given time, responding to modern trends, industries and predictions about future living.

In the 1950s, for instance, most people believed that future societies would be heavily reliant on vehicles and therefore adapted their habitats to priroritise cars and parking spaces. Today we're moving away from vehicle ownership, particularly in cities, towards more sustainable forms of transport.

Green spaces, healthy places

Parks and trees have always been a timeless feature of any town or city, though until recently they were celebrated mostly for their aesthetic.

We now know that green streets, although beautiful, serve much wider societal needs, including regulation of health and wellbeing, economic growth and carbon offsetting.

Building a new community provides an opportunity to assess and overcome the shortfalls of traditional towns and cities. Parks, trees and green infrastructure provide a low-cost and effective solution for many of the problems faced by modern societies—but they must be designed properly.

The TCPA's guide for planning for green and prosperous places provides practical advice for installing green infrastructure in large-scale developments and new communities.

This document was created as part of a series of practical guides for creating new communities. To read other volumes of the guide, click here.