Urban Green Spaces

The future of Urban Green Spaces in NI study is a project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, led by NI Environment Link in partnership with the National Trust.

Watch Again – the NI Urban Green Space webinars can be accessed here

In August 2022 we started on a journey to co-design a vision for Urban Green Spaces across Northern Ireland. NI Environment Link and the National Trust have been joined on this journey by hundreds of experts, leaders and enthusiasts from Local Authorities, VCSEs, Health Sector, Private Sector, Investors, Academics and members of the public. This project was funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

This work has culminated in the production of a vision document, a routemap & action plan, along with a lot of background studies, strategic policy context information, research reports and an economic study.

You can download the various reports here:

  • Vision, Routemap & Action Plan – Full Document pdf
  • Vision, Routemap & Action Plan – Summary pdf
  • Appendices
    • A Policy Review
    • B List of stakeholders
    • C Stakeholder Workshops 1 and 2 Analysis
    • D Public Engagement Report and Ethnic Minority Study
    • E Public Survey Findings
    • F Ethnographic Study Report
    • G Economic Value of Urban Green Spaces
    • H Access to Green Space in Urban Areas NI
    • I Potential Funding Sources






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Contact lizzy@nienvironmentlink.org



Urban Green Spaces in Northern Ireland

The following charts show visually the:

  • The percentage of publicly available green space within the town/cities development limit (average is 6.2%)
  • The total area in m2 of publicly accessible green space (average is 1120ha)
  • The area of green space per head of population as per the 2011 census (average 31m2 per person)

The green spaces are strictly within the town/cities development limit so do not take into consideration any publicly accessible green space that it immediately adjacent to the urban area. It therefore does not reflect the complete picture of residents’ access to green space.

N.B. The Craigavon urban area includes Aghacommon

Some examples of great work already happening in Urban Green Spaces in Northern Ireland include:

(click on the links below for more information)


To find out more information about the project click below to listen to the launch event.

Speakers included Paul Mullan from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Eleanor Potter from the Future Parks Accelerator Team and Julie Procter from Green Space Scotland.

Julie Procter presentation on urban greenspaces

Launch Event Slides

To find how other cities in Europe have carried out actions relating to Urban Greening and bringing nature back into cities click here

Check out the work of Green Space Scotland for more ideas about Urban Greening.


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