Greenspace audit


The city council has conducted the annual audit of greenspace for 2017/18. The audit considers all types of greenspace regardless of quality, whether sites were in public or private ownership, or their degree of public accessibility.

The types of greenspaces can be divided into two broad categories:

Urban open space

  • sports pitches
  • other outdoor sports facilities (for youths and adults)
  • formal parks
  • children's equipped play facilities (play areas for different age groups)
  • public amenity space (informal children's play space)

Wider green space

  • country parks
  • local nature reserves
  • natural greenspaces
  • green corridors and recreation routes
  • allotments
  • cemeteries and churchyards
  • community woodland
  • water features (rivers, canals, streams, brooks, lakes, reservoirs and ponds)
  • urban fringe recreation areas

The audit for 2017/18 identified a total of 2,151 hectares of greenspace within Salford, or 22.1% of the total land area of the city. Approximately 53% of this area of greenspace is freely accessible to the general public, which compares well with neighbouring local authorities.

More detailed information related to the local greenspace standards and policy guidance is available within Salford greenspace strategy supplementary planning document and the open space chapter of the infrastructure delivery plan. The open space chapter also provides further details of the greenspace audit for 2017/18, including the distribution of greenspace by neighbourhood area and comparison to previous audits from 2005/06.

This page was last updated on 31 January 2019

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