Landscape strategy and natural capital

Our approach seeks to harness the capacity of green infrastructure to build sustainable communities, mitigate against the impacts of climate change and address habitat and species loss. In practice, this will mean working in new ways to propose how green infrastructure can improve health, enhance economic growth and sustain bio-diversity.

As a practice, we have developed new green infrastructure strategies for the London Boroughs of Barnet, Barking and Dagenham, Lewisham and Croydon. Most of these have included Corporate Natural Capital Accounts (CNCA’s). The CNCA’s demonstrate that the value of economic, social and environmental benefits flowing from green infrastructure significantly outstrips the cost of sustaining these assets. The CNCA’s have provided our clients with robust business cases for investing in green infrastructure and have supported informed decision-making on the investment of scarce resources where the return on investment will be greatest.

The value of the outcomes delivered by good quality greenspace is well-established and Jon Sheaff and Associates’ ground breaking work on natural capital accounting for green infrastructure has developed into best practice across the sector. JSA’s Natural Capital Accounts for the London Boroughs of Barnet and Barking and Dagenham won Landscape Institute awards in 2017 and 2018.