Wednesday, August 11, 2004

creating a green map for Bristol

Green mapping took off at the beginning of the 1990s. Since then over 200 green maps have been published around the world in both printed form and digital form. Many of these maps have an urban focus. These maps show sites of environmental significance: provision of green goods and services; availability of open space; toxic hot-spots; and so on. They make use of a broadly recognised set of map icons called the Green Map System developed by a team of eco-designers led by Wendy Brauwer from New York. Green mapping has the potential to facilitate the spread of innovative greening ideas from place to place.

GreenBristol aims to set in motion a green mapping process in Bristol. The project is being piloted in the Bristol New Deal for Communities area: Barton Hill, Redfield, Lawrence Hill, The Dings. Community at Heart awarded funding to the project in February 2004. It is hoped that the idea will catch on in other neighbourhoods of Bristol too.