A greener city is a healthier city. This was the motto for the Green Living Spaces Plan, which includes measures to enhance the city’s ecological structure and at the same time provide a healthier environment for its residents. A network of footpaths now connects the many rivers and streams in the city. Close to the central station, one of these footpaths is accompanied by a green wall. Despite its reputation as a drab industrial city, Birmingham turned out to have a surprisingly high biodiversity. This is partly due to the 1000-hectare Sutton Park, the only National Natural Reserve in an urban environment in the United Kingdom. Birmingham is working towards a healthier, green city through physical measures as well as research. An example of this research is the systematic monitoring of the city’s biodiversity.
-City Council Birmingham
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