Posted Tuesday, June 15, 2021
What is it?
Open space is deemed as an open piece of land that is undeveloped (has no buildings or other built structures) and is accessible to the public. Most new developments are required to have areas of Public Open Space as part of planning requirements, with many Local Authorities becoming less willing to adopt areas of open space, play areas, estate roads, street lighting and drainage systems.
As managing agents, we work closely with the developer and local authorities and environmental bodies to ensure that maximum potential is gained from the land. We encourage neighbourhoods to take an active part where possible, to further our stewardship of these spaces, and raise ecological awareness through natural educational activities.
The more people know about protecting green spaces, the more they want to get involved. It all makes for a ‘greener tomorrow’. We promote environmental service-learning projects, and follow-up activities to illustrate integrated pest management, reduction of toxins in the soil, organic agriculture, and land preservation that is long-lasting hopefully through generations of homeowners, as more people are looking to stay put in their chosen environment than continually move on.
What are the benefits? These fit naturally into four categories; economic, social, environmental and health.
Today more than ever people crave clean air, a place for outdoor enjoyment and a sense of pride in the place they have chosen to be their home. It therefore makes perfect sense for managing agents to know how to get the most from even small open spaces, the possibilities are many and varied, such as planting bee gardens on rooftops, or creating nature trails. With careful consideration, management and maintenance of green spaces will become the norm for more developments.