Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database

Large urban public park, Ecological restoration, Urban planning strategies

Thames Chase Plan

A short description of the NSB

Overlooking 40 square miles of countryside surrounding the London/Essex border, the Thames Chase Community Forest encompasses countryside areas situated in Barking and Dagenham, Brentwood, Havering and Thurrock. In the past the Forest has suffered greatly, being damaged by urban sprawls, unplanned industrialisation, pollution and various visual intrusions that arise as a consequence of neighbouring such a large conurbation. These impairments coupled with landfilling, gravel/sand extractions and the rapid loss of woodland and farming area have injured the forest proving a need for restoration. The last 20 years has seen the introduction of schemes designed to improve the Forest. A concerted effort has been made to rejuvenate and regenerate the landscape including enhancing the natural environment for the benefit of wildlife and local people.Since 2010 the Thames Chase Trust has been responsible for coordinating the efforts of all the organisations that have a vented interested in the countryside within the Community Forest. The aim is to transform 30% of all open space with woodland and connect all historical sites in the area so that people can travel from one historical location to another without encountering a single busy road. The Thames Chase Plan has been produced in consultation with our valued partners in local government, the private and public sector, funders and the remarkable team of volunteers, who give their time so generously to ensure the continued vitality of this essential green lung for the people of the whole area. This new plan details five areas of activity _ forestry, landscape regeneration, access, people and promotion _ that will ensure that this Forest continues to thrive for nature and the 650.000 living in and around Thames Chase. By 2030, Thames Chase Community Forest will be recognised as an inspirational example of landscape regeneration where enhanced, connected woodland and green space has made a clear difference to wildlife and peoplesÍ lives.

NBS Implementation context
Location United Kingdom
Status (from - to) Ongoing (since 1990)
NBS Scale City
NBS Impacts scale City Regional
Urban density/ Soil consumption Low (suburb at the limit with rural areas, etc.)
NBS Typology

NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Other 0
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Other 0
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Other 0
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Other 0
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 0
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0
NBS Stakeholders & Governance

Achieving the objectives of the Thames Chase Community Forest project depends upon the active support of a wide range of organisations. It is a partnership of national statutory agencies, local government, voluntary bodies and the private sector. In 2010 through Thames Chase Plan, it was decided that Thames Chase Trust will be led, an environmental charity that took over responsibility for managing and promoting the Community Forest from a Joint Committee of five local authorities in April 2011. This major transition from local authority control through a Joint Committee to management by a board of trustees of a charitable Trust, saw Essex County Council, the London Borough of Havering and Thurrock Council enter into a three-year Service Level Agreement with the Trust.

Initial actors (Leaders) Governments Regional / national government (Forestry Commission, Essex County Council)
Involved actors Governments Regional / national government (Forestry Commission, Essex County Council) Local government/municipality (London Borough of Havering, Thurrock Council, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Brentwood Borough Council) Semi-government organizations / institutions, Community NGOÍs / CSOÍs / interest groups (The Woodland Trust, Essex Wildlife Trust and London Wildlife Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds CBOÍs / neighborhood communities (ïfriends ofÍ groups, community heritage groups and sites, horse riding groups, cycling groups, walking groups, health groups, carer and supported living organisations, other small charities, local businesses, groups undertaking informal activities (social, parents groups etc.), restoration companies and groups (e.g. Ingrebourne Valley Ltd, Aveley Properties Ltd)) Citizens
Ecological scale Regional scale green infrastructure
Governance model CLUSTER 1: Traditional public administration Participatory planning & budgeting
NBS Financial aspects

Since Central Government funding for Community Forests ceased and the Thames Chase Trust was established, continued funding from Essex, Havering and Thurrock has been crucial and without the strong support of these three authorities there would be no Community Forest partnership.

Global (estimated) cost of the project -
Financing mechanism CLUSTER 1: Public financing,CLUSTER 3: Citizen inclusion Volunteering,CLUSTER 4: PUBLIC-PRIVATE Thames Chase partnership
NBS Business Models Archetype
Technological Non applicable
Social Non applicable
Organisational Develop scale-up solutions
NBS Success and limiting factors
Process enablers
Knowledge Awareness Ecological memory
Governance Self- governance Emerging partnerships Grassroots innovations and transition initiatives
Economy Create conditions for new business models and finance schemes
Process inibitors
Knowledge -
Governance -
Economy Budget constraints
IM Keywords
  • Participatory planning & budgeting

  • Regional scale green infrastructure

  • Public financing

  • Volunteering

  • Public-Private financing

  • Develop scale-up solutions