CCW’s work on urban greenspace is central to
our aims to improve the quality of the environment close to where
people live and to encourage people to participate in the
For many people, these places are the only way to experience the
health and well-being benefits of the outdoors and contact with
nature. Lack of time, money or transport may prevent people from
travelling far from where they live or work in order to enjoy the
outdoors, making the provision of quality, accessible, local
greenspace critical to increasing participation.
Urban greenspace ranges from public parks and gardens, playing
fields, derelict land, to woodlands, wetlands, farmland and coastal
areas on urban fringe. All of these greenspaces can provide for the
experience of nature close to where most people live.
CCW’s urban greenspace work is about facilitating partners to
plan for provision and improvement of accessible green areas.
The Green Space Toolkit is designed to help local authorities
plan and improve natural green areas for people in towns and
cities. The Toolkit sets out Accessible Natural Greenspace
Standards in order to help local authorities in identifying the
current level of provision of accessible natural greenspace.
It’s about ensuring that people have places to enjoy the
outdoors nature close to their homes. Research has shown just how
important these spaces are for social contact and for promoting
people’s physical and mental well-being.
Some accessible natural greenspaces such as Country Parks and
Local Nature Reserves, are shown on CCW’s Outdoor Wales onLine maps
which also provide information on how accessible these places are
for everyone, including walkers with families and less able
visitors, together with details on how to reach walks and sites by