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Green and safe spaces

Newport has healthy thriving ecosystems where all communities feel connected to nature and have easy access to safe, quality green and blue space for health, well-being, play and recreation.

Intervention Lead: Steve Morgan (Natural Resources Wales)

Intervention Lead: Huw Jakeway (South Wales Fire & Rescue Service)

Partnership Team Support: Emma Wakeham (NCC) / Harriet Bleach (NRW)

The Green and Safe Spaces Board has reviewed its vision and the steps outlined in the well-being plan, with the proposed changes agreed by the PSB in March 2021. For full details read the Green and Safe Spaces Review 2021. The updated steps are shown below:

Step 1: Maintain, protect, enhance and increase nature, green and blue infrastructure, health and resilience of ecosystems, connected greenspace & biodiversity across Newport.

Short Term (0-5 years)

    • Develop a green infrastructure tool which sets out the value of green and blue spaces across Newport for use in planning decisions, wider decision making and promotion
    • Develop and support a Green Infrastructure Assessment and Strategy
    • Enhance and increase connected green infrastructure across Newport, specifically in the city centre, with native planting, Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), green roofs and walls etc.
    • Engage with businesses in retrofitting green infrastructure solutions by demonstrating the multiple benefits (social, economic, environmental & cultural)
    • Implement initiatives that take effective action and nature based solutions on climate change mitigation and adaptation, improve air quality, including raising public awareness

Medium Term (5-10 years)

    • Continue to enhance and increase green and blue infrastructure, connected quality greenspace and biodiversity
    • Continue to promote understanding of the multiple benefits of Newport’s green and blue spaces, that healthy and resilient ecosystems simultaneously address local need and key issues
    • Continue to implement initiatives that take effective action and nature based solutions on climate change mitigation and adaptation, improve air quality, and raise public awareness

Long Term (10-25 years)

    • 25 year vision: Newport is Wales' most improved urban area
      • The city is completely navigable on integrated sustainable active travel routes that form part of the connected green infrastructure network
      • The benefits of green infrastructure are being maximised and are generating multiple economic and cultural benefits
      • All communities have access to local quality green spaces nearby and are using these for health, play, recreation, physical activity and active travel
      • Good air quality
      • Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) reduce flood risk

Step 2: Understand safety issues and take action to reduce barriers that affect individual and community use of green spaces, and enable easy access for all communities.

Short Term (0-5 years)

    • Identify where crime, fly tipping, arson and antisocial behaviour is taking place in green spaces, working with Safer Newport Community Safety Partnership, and apply a collaborative, preventative approach to reducing these
    • Implement a communications plan to challenge negative perceptions that deter people from using green spaces, and generate pride in the area
    • Involve and empower all communities to take ownership of green spaces to reduce likelihood of misuse
    • Identify areas with a deficit of local quality greenspace with a view to increase provision, reducing inequality of access
    • Work to improve access points into green spaces so they are inclusive and widely accessible to all
    • Develop an app to promote green and blue spaces across Newport and their different uses

Medium Term (5-10 years)

    • Continue to apply a collaborative, preventative approach so that measurable levels of fly tipping, arson, crime and antisocial behaviour have stabilised, and a downward trend is evident
    • Continue to increase local provision of quality greenspace where there is a deficit
    • Continue to improve access points into green spaces so they are inclusive and widely accessible to all
    • Identify further barriers e.g. low confidence or cultural perceptions. Support projects that connect people with nature, encourage positive behaviour change, build knowledge, motivation and confidence to use greenspace.

Long Term (10-25 years)

    • Environmental crime, fly tipping, arson, and antisocial behaviour is minimised
    • All communities have access to local quality green spaces nearby and are using these for health, play, recreation, physical activity and active travel

Step 3: Empower all communities to take an active role in making decisions and managing local green spaces long term, connecting people with nature to realise the multiple health and wellbeing benefits.

Short Term (0-5 years)

    • Empower all communities to spend time in green spaces for health, play, recreation, physical activity and active travel
    • Increase the number of green flag sites across Newport
    • Develop and support projects which connect nature with the arts, culture and heritage of Newport
    • Implement a marketing plan to promote Newport’s quality green and blue space assets, the multiple wellbeing benefits, to connect people with nature
    • Develop and support sustainable inclusive projects to encourage all communities to use green spaces to improve health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities (Green prescribing, food growing)
    • Support and develop green volunteering opportunities that will foster sustainable community skills
    • Work with partners and community groups, provide support, funding and resources to enhance existing and unused green spaces, create new greenspace to benefit people and nature, and enable people to contribute to maintaining green spaces sustainably into the long term

Medium Term (5-10 years)

    • Continue to support, facilitate and enable mass participation of communities to take an active role in maintaining, managing, deciding upon and benefiting from their local green spaces based on their well-being needs
    • Continue to promote understanding of how all communities and partners can lever benefits, create jobs, and prosper from Newport's green and blue infrastructure resource
    • Continue to support and develop the Green and Safe Spaces Network and action plan, encouraging collaboration in delivery, and diverse membership. Promote and support existing good practice and projects.

Long Term (10-25 years)

    • All communities are actively involved in managing their green spaces
    • All communities have access to local quality green spaces nearby and are using these for health, play, recreation, physical activity and active travel
    • All communities and partners have clear mechanisms for how they can lever benefits, create jobs, and prosper from Newport's green and blue infrastructure resource

Performance

The reporting dashboards developed for this intervention can be accessed via the performance reporting page along with the Annual Reports for 2019-20 and 2018-19.

The Annual Report 2019-20 also includes case studies that demonstrate progress made against the well-being objectives during the year. The case studies related to this Intervention can be accessed below:

Promoting the Newport Offer - Eng / Wel

City Centre Greening / Green Infrastructure - Eng / Wel

St Woolos Community Garden Regeneration - Eng / Wel

Lysaght Community Garden Green Flag - Eng / Wel

Family Fun Day - St Pauls Walk - Eng / Wel

Pill Walkabout Action Days - Eng / Wel

Green and Safe Network - Eng / Wel

Greening Maindee - Eng / Wel

Electric Vehicle Charging Points - Eng / Wel

Bee Friendly City - Eng / Wel

Linking Our Landscapes - Landscape Profiles - SE Wales Area Statement - Eng / Wel

Lived Experience Climate Change Engagement Project - Eng / Wel

The Annual Report 2018-19 also includes a number of case studies that show the positive partnership work undertaken during the first year of the plan. The case study produced for this intervention can be accessed here.

The Green and Safe Network work together to deliver the Green and Safe intervention of Newport’s well-being plan. Watch this video from 2019 to find out more about the work of the network.

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