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The Big Green Vote

Preserving green spaces

To help celebrate Telford’s 50th anniversary, Telford & Wrekin Council put up 96 council-owned sites for protection from development, as part of the Big Green Vote.

Funding to the value of £52,000 was made available from the council’s £2m Telford 50 Legacy Fund to help enhance the sites.

All 96, known as Green Guarantee sites, are now protected from development with the top 52, decided upon by a public vote, awarded an equal share of the funding.

It is hoped that the protected Green Guarantee sites will support Friends and other volunteer groups, as there are clear links between spending time in the natural world benefits our physical and mental wellbeing.

Full details of Green Guarantee sites can be found here and for details of volunteering groups or opportunities visit

Did you know?

Telford & Wrekin Council has created more Local Nature Reserves (LNR) since 2016 than any other time in the history of the council.

This means we have around 370 football pitches of protected LNR alone, along with eight Sites of Special Scientific Interest, 47 Local Wildlife Sites, 200 Green Guarantee sites and 52 Ancient Woodland Sites - not including our many parks, Fields in Trust, Village Greens and other green spaces!

We’re really lucky in Telford and Wrekin as 89 per cent of us have a green space within 300m of our homes and live in a town that has nearly triple Natural England’s minimum standard of local nature reserve per population.     


Group of people promoting the Big Green Vote


Some 89 per cent of us have a green space within 300m of our homes and live in a town that has twice the national recommended area of nature reserve forming a rich green network of 13 Local Nature Reserves as well as Fields in Trust, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and woodlands and waterways within easy reach.

The Big Green Vote is your chance to discover new areas that are likely to be on your doorstep and join in with supporting Green Guarantee sites through the interactive vote.

Find out more by visiting The Big Green Vote website and learn about how the Council is working to protect its green network.