Green Cities (or... Town!)

With so many people living much of their lives in town, it is vital that town exhibits the island vision and environmental values we have. The vision of Paris 2050 (http://parisfutur.com/projets/paris-2050/) sparks an interesting conversation and act of imagination that could really benefit Jersey.

If 'green' additions were made to all Government-owned buildings, and all renovations / constructions going forward were also assessed on their contribution to the environment, this could be the start of a really interesting initiative.

Taken this further, re-thinking the roads that cross through town and re-imagining them as pedestrian / cycle spaces with trees and hedges and flowers and picnic benches, could produce some really wonderful spaces that are shared by people and nature alike.

Not only does this keep the importance of the environment in the forefront of people's minds and allows people to benefit from it, this initiative would have clear carbon-benefits.

Why the contribution is important

This initiative would have clear environmental, carbon, and social benefits. It would cement our committment as an island which takes its responsibilites toward climate change very seriously and feeds into other initiatives (more environmental buildins, promotion of non-motorised transport, local carbon-offsetting).

by JerseyFleur on February 10, 2021 at 03:45PM

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  • Posted by brucecarnegie February 11, 2021 at 10:12

    How wonderful it would be if we could have green linking across urban areas.

    I love the trees in People's Park and the Parade. Whilst it may not be feasible to have large and mature trees across the whole urban setting, it should be possible to bring nature back with an increase in pollinator patches for example.

    Imagine walking from one end of town to the other with a ceaseless flow of green.
  • Posted by lmfry February 16, 2021 at 17:43

    Can we consider living green walls? Could it possibly be an essential thing to give back green land whenever land it taken away to built on?

    Green walls have the potential to be completely self functioning. With the correct design, watering the plants wouldn’t even be a concern!

    This would add so much beauty to existing buildings that aren’t the prettiest to look at!

    All the plants that could be added into town would really help filter the air pollution in St. Helier and improve St. Heliers residents well-being
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