Green areas lost equivalent to Suffolk and Sussex: The lost green areas over the last 25 years in the UK span almost two million acres due to urban expansion – this is roughly as large as Sussex and Suffolk combined.

A new satellite analysis conducted by the UK Centre of Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) is one of the findings, which calculated the overall gains and losses in land cover in the country between 2015 and 1990.

Grasslands around the size of Dorset and farmland almost the size of Bedfordshire were concreted over for the development of houses, roads and other infrastructure found the research.

The top three counties were Kent, Essex and West Yorkshire, which saw the highest urban increase, while in Scotland, Argyll & Bute, Sutherland and Inverness gained the largest area of woodland.

Commenting Dr Clare Rowland of UKCEH, who led the analytical study: “This information on how land cover in Great Britain has altered is crucial for understanding the impact of these changes on our environment and helping us plan for the next 25 years.”

Green areas lost equivalent to Suffolk and Sussex

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