Four London areas named among top 10 ‘greenest’ urban centres in Great Britain

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Our areas of London have been named among the top 10 “Greenest Urban City Centres” in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Islington ranked second in the new University of Sheffield study, which ranked 68 municipalities in Great Britain with a population of at least 100,000 based on their tree cover, vegetation and the presence of parks.

The North London borough was only beaten by Exeter, which relegated it to first place.


It beat leafy Bristol, Bournemouth and Cambridge, who came third, fourth and fifth respectively.

The capital performed well overall – Chelsea finished sixth, Ealing seventh and Richmond ninth.

Meanwhile Glasgow came in last place as the least green urban center in Great Britain.

This was followed by Leeds in last place, with Liverpool, Sheffield and Middlesborough in the bottom five.

At 29 acres, Highbury Fields is Islington’s largest green space

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The researchers said their findings, published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Plos One, “reveal a clear divide” between city centres, with the south of England being greenest, and the lowest-scoring east- in the north. Industrial cities.

Dr Paul Brindley, senior author of the study from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape Architecture, said: “By 2050 almost 70% of the world’s population is projected to live in towns and cities.

“Green spaces have been proven time and time again to promote people’s well-being and are essential to biodiversity, but no one ever really noticed how green our city centers are, despite how many people walk around them on a daily basis. How much time do you spend in them?

“The fact that all five greenest city centers are in the south of England, while the five city centers with the least green features are in the north of Great Britain, suggests a clear need to urgently improve the greening of city centres. highlights the need. At the bottom of the list, and to ensure that action is taken by local authorities to close the gap.

To determine vegetation cover, the researchers used a measure known as the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), using satellite observations of light absorption and reflectance.

The team also looked at tree cover and the presence of green spaces.

Sheffield is often cited as the greenest city in the UK overall, with more trees per capita than any other city in Europe. But the researchers pointed out that its center lacks green space due to its industrial heritage.

“This highlights why the study is so important and the critical need to identify green space inequalities even in the least obvious places and promote measures to address them,” Dr Brindley said.

“For example, work is already underway in Sheffield’s city center to bring it in line with green suburbs and vast parks just a short distance from the city centre, making it the greenest overall city in the UK.” Let’s make it full.”


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