The Sunderland Greenspace Audit and Report 2012 is now available to view.

The quantity and quality of greenspace is vitally important to the city and its residents; it provides people with the opportunity to interact with nature, engage in healthy activities and even promote people's mental well-being.

Successful neighbourhoods require high quality public space in order to retain existing residents and attract new ones. Greenspace also helps to enhance the image of the city and be used as a means to attract future investment in the form of new shops and jobs.

Sunderland is a green city. When greenspace is combined with the amount of open countryside also in the city, it is accurate to report that 57% of the overall city area is undeveloped green field land.

In accordance with best practice, greenspace has been divided into the following types:

  • Parks and gardens
  • Natural and semi-natural urban greenspaces
  • Green corridors
  • Outdoor sports facilities
  • Amenity greenspace
  • Provision for children and teenagers
  • Allotments
  • Cemeteries and churchyards
  • School playing fields and grounds 
  • Civic spaces

The Greenspace report explains the city's greenspace in detail, and sets guidelines and standards that will help to ensure that all areas of the city have a range of quality greenspaces available to them.

Find each Greenspace site in the city or in your area, where it is located and its features in the 'Related downloads' below.

You can also find the responses to the 2012/13 consultation exercise below.

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