New strategy to improve Aylesbury Vale environment


A GREEN infrastructure strategy to be launched next week promises to deliver flagship projects to enhance wildlife, neighbourhoods and historic landscapes in the Vale of Aylesbury.

On Monday the Bucks Green Infrastructure Consortium, which includes local authorities, charities and community groups, will launch the Aylesbury Vale Green Infrastructure Strategy which sets out priority areas where new green spaces are needed and of how to design and manage green spaces.

Potential flagship projects outlined in the strategy include improvements to Bernwood Forest. The are was once a vast the ancient royal hunting forest straddling North Bucks and Oxon, but can now be roughly defined at the area boarded by The River Great Ouse, Padbury Brook and Claydon Brook.

Strategy defines an opportunity to improve heritage and access to the area which supports the rural economy and provides social, cultural and environmental benefits for the region.

Councillor David Thompson, AVDC’s Cabinet member for leisure, said there is well-established link between green spaces and the quality of life and added: “We know, for example, that the reason many people enjoy living in the Vale is because of the easy access to the countryside and its high quality parks. The strategy aims to ensure that green spaces enhance the local environment, are accessible, attractive, safe and enjoyable for all.”

Other projects could include the Grand Union Canal Triangle and the restoration of Whaddon Chase. View the strategy at