Darlington's Green Infrastructure Strategy

All green environments - whether it’s a public Local Nature Reserve, playing field, play area, park, green corridor, community forest or private farm land - are known as ‘green infrastructure’. All can play an important part in our everyday lives for sport, recreation, play, walking, cycling, protecting wildlife or growing food. They can also help reduce the risk of flooding and help reduce the impact of climate change.

Darlington’s Green Infrastructure Strategy [pdf document, 11.7MB] was approved by Cabinet on the 1 October 2013. It sets out objectives and priority actions for landscape, biodiversity, movement, outdoor sport and recreation, production, climate change and management and maintenance.

The accompanying Action Plan [pdf document, 9.82MB] identifies key projects across the Borough – many make better use of green infrastructure and add value to existing spaces, others will create new green infrastructure in key locations by 2026.

The Green Infrastructure Guide [pdf document, 20.2MB] is based around Darlington’s 12 green corridors and the rural area. Each has a map which shows the key projects that are expected to take place by 2026. This means that those working in the green environment will be aware from an early stage of the different green features that would benefit each part of Darlington.