The University of Plymouth is among the key partners in a city-wide project aimed at enhancing Plymouth’s relationship with its parks and green spaces.
The Green Minds project, led by Plymouth City Council, has received almost €4million in funding from the European Commission.
It aims to re-wild urban parks, gardens and verges, introduce a new system of working with partners and crucially, encourage more people from all walks to life to enjoy the health benefits that our green spaces provide.
The project complements the city’s work on the ground-breaking Future Parks programme, which secured funding in June 2019 to find sustainable ways to manage and fund parks and open spaces across entire towns and cities.
It also ties in with the ongoing efforts that will result in the seas around Plymouth being designated as the UK’s first National Marine Park.
The Green Minds project places particular emphasis on the city’s green and blue infrastructure (GBI), aiming to change attitudes and behaviours to give GBI higher priority and foster a management approach that works with nature rather than against it.
The University, through its School of Art, Design and Architecture and School of Biological and Marine Sciences, is leading one of the project’s work packages through which it will use scientific and digital tools to make nature in the city more visible and exciting.