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Thames Chase Plan

A short description of the NBS project

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 peoples’ lives.

NBS Implementation context
Location UK, United Kingdom
Status Ongoing (since 1990)
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale city
NBS Impacts scale • City • Regional
Urban density/ Soil consumption Low (suburb at the limit with rural areas, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
if other
NBS Typology
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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
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Governments • Regional / national government (Forestry Commission, Essex County Council)
Contracting Authority
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project.
Cluster Governance Model Description
cluster1_traditional_public_administrationParticipatory_planning_and_budgetingSince 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 -
Cluster CLUSTER 1: Public financing; CLUSTER 3: Citizen inclusion CLUSTER 4: PUBLIC-PRIVATE
FM • Volunteering; • Thames Chase partnership
Description of the financing mechanism 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.
Business Model
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Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
Expected life time of the intervention
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought
Success and limiting factors
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversAwareness • Ecological memory -
Governance_driversSelf- governance • Emerging partnerships • Grassroots innovations and transition initiatives
Economy_driversCreate conditions for new business models and finance schemes
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Economy_driversBudget constraints
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Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
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