We set up the Oxford Green and Blue Space Network (GBSN) in 2013 with the aim of enabling partners to work more collaboratively to improve Oxford’s green spaces and blue corridors.
The GBSN is attended by a representative group of agencies and land owners across Oxford. It is chaired by Oxford City Council and includes a wide range of partners who work to improve the city’s green and blue spaces.
The partnership has three priority areas that support the delivery of the city’s Green Space Strategy and also meet the objectives of individual partners. The three priority areas are:
- Sharing best practice
- Developing joined up projects
- Woking collaboratively
These three objectives are underpinned by the two determinants of Funding and Biodiversity.
Core members of the network include:
- Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
- Canal & Rivers Trust
- Oxford City Council
- Oxfordshire County Council
- Oxford City District of the Oxfordshire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
- Oxford & District Federation of Allotment Associations
- Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT)
- Wild Oxfordshire
Main areas of work
The GBSN protects and enhances green space, green infrastructure and blue corridors by:
- Identifying local needs
- Advocating those needs through relevant channels
- Accessing new resources and joining and coordinating resources
- Providing opportunities for networking and sharing good practice.
- Supporting and training Volunteers
- Acting as collective advocating voice for Green Spaces, Green Infrastructure and Blue Corridors
- Improving the workforce and skills
- Linking with partners with wider agendas and strategies such as health and community safety
Oxford Green & Blue Space Network are pleased to announce the Oxford: Naturally Healthy Conference 2018. This event will explore how green prescription can provide wide ranging benefits to physical and mental health. It will also cover using green space as a means to reduce the financial burden on the NHS and addressing health inequality within the city. Places are free of charge for GPs, healthcare providers and those keen to elevate the use of green prescribing in Oxford and beyond.
The conference will pioneer new partnerships and methods in green prescription by connecting healthcare providers with the means to initiate simple, effective green prescriptoin services. We will establish a network of health and green space organisations to form new partnerships and opportunities and access the health benefits of Oxford's parks and green spaces.
Dr Dan Bloomfield, author of the Dose of Nature report and expert on nature based solutions to local health priorities, will give the keynote address.
For more information about this event please contact Ellie Ellwood, Green Space Development Officer by email [email protected] or by phone on 01865 252142.