Green infrastructure can be understood as an interconnected set of natural and man-made ecological systems, green spaces and other landscape features that together form infrastructure networks providing services and strategic functions in the same way as traditional ‘hard’ infrastructure
The GCR hosts a variety of naturally occurring vegetation, including indigenous grassland and forest areas, as well as an array of ‘planted’ vegetation. The latter includes agricultural land largely on the outer urban edges of the city-region, through to planted trees, public and private gardens and golf courses. Layers of this natural and planted green infrastructure connect across administrative boundaries and thread through the GCR’s urban areas. The six maps in this section' give an overview of the different facets that constitute green infrastructure in the GCR. Viewed together, these green assets present a view of the GCR constituted as multi-layered green infrastructure networks.