Making Connections: A Guide to Accessible GreenspaceMaking Connections: a guide to accessible greenspace

Richard Price and Jane Stoneham


Making Connections is about the connections between people and nature, and how we can make parks, public greenspace and countryside available to everyone, regardless of disability, age or circumstance.

There are millions of people in the UK who do not have access to public greenspace. This book examines the reasons, and offers solutions to the primary barriers and challenges in the form of real world case studies and guidance. With growing awareness of the importance of inclusive environments, the guide remains as relevant today as it was when it was written in 2001.

Sample illustration from the Making Connections publicationSample page from our Making Connections publication

Excerpts (left) shows access improvements; (right) graph shows some surprising high entries in the list of access barriers

The book is based on surveys that highlight the barriers preventing older and disabled people from enjoying greenspace, interviews with greenspace managers and designers and site visits. It is aimed at practitioners involved in the planning, design and management of public open space and anyone interested in making outdoor spaces inviting and usable for the widest range of people.

The publication covers issues such as:

  • the importance of inclusive information and interpretation
  • what motivates people to visit sites
  • how people can be encouraged to use and get involved in sites
  • legislation and policy
  • site design and management considerations

ISBN: 0 9526745 3 X 115 pages, 109 illustrations, 28 in colour.

Article: Inclusive greenspace

people using potager gardens

How to remove the barriers that prevent access to parks and greenspaces for many people.

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