More trees, parks, greenery and wildlife

A carbon neutral Portsmouth would require more trees, green roofs, parks, wildlife corridors and locally grown food.

Portsmouth now

  • 87,000
    Trees in our city

    60% are on private land whilst only 10% can be found in residential streets. By comparison Southampton has 267,000 trees.

  • 182 acres
    of additional green open space needed

    This is to meet the recommended level for a city with our population. That’s 91 football pitches worth.

  • 2593
    Number of species in Portsmouth

    This includes grey seals, kingfishers, hares, many types of bat and bottle-nosed dolphins. There are 3 SSIs and 7 protected wildlife areas.

Portsmouth transformed

Greening Portsmouth can help it reach net zero, as well as become healthier, more scenic, and prosperous. Here’s a few ways to do so:

Planting more trees

UK cities are getting hotter every decade due to climate change. In addition heavy rainfall events are increasing: with February 2020 the wettest on record. Read more

Green roofs

In densely populated cities like Portsmouth, space for new green areas is hard to find. One way around this is to have roofs that are covered in vegetation or even gardens. Read more

Wildlife and pollinator corridors

Particularly in summer closely mown parks, lawns, and amenity spaces can emit carbon due to drying and exposure of soil. The best way to stop this is to relax mowing at these times, and allow more flowering. Read more

Greening schools

Greening schools can lead to much better air quality in the playground, as well as offering children important contact with nature. It can go beyond just the planting of greenery to incorporate new projects for lessons,… Read more

Pocket parks

Green oases offer people a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of life to relax, improve health, learn about nature and spend time together. Not all communities in Portsmouth enjoy easy access to such usable… Read more

What you can do

  1. Grow an air quality garden

    Certain plants capture air pollution particles and gases: this Phyto-Sensor toolkit provides resources for learning which ones and how to arrange them in a garden.

  2. Start growing food

    in your home or garden. This means less packaging, transportation emissions and food waste. Join the Incredible Edible Portsmouth Facebook group for advice and support. And/or download the free RHS app.

  3. Re-wild some of your garden

    or use window boxes to provide a sanctuary for insects, bees, songbirds, and other wildlife. The Ark project and Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust both offer advice about how to go about this.

  4. Depave

    at least part of your forecourt and/or back garden – see the Grey to Green Guide.

What you can do with others

  1. Join Waste of Space campaign

    The Wildlife Trust is looking for spaces that are underused and devoid of wildlife and colour. We'd love to work together with you, the community and council to breathe new life into them.

  2. Green your school

    Register as an Eco-School to become part of a green educational network. See this RHS guide and website which details how to get planting stuff at school. Join with other parents or young people to get the climate emergency on the curriculum.

  3. Create your own ‘pocket park’

    Pocket parks are green sanctuaries, that help people connect with nature in a city. If you'd like to find out more about pocket parks and how you can create one where you live, then get in touch.

  4. Plant a 'tiny forest'

    A Tiny Forest is made by planting a wide variety of species very close together to recreate the layers of a natural forest. These forests can be as small as a tennis court so are ideal for cities with little space. Email us for more details.

  5. Set up your own community orchard or urban farm

    Get in touch and follow this link and this for more information.