Urban greenspace (including parks, country parks, nature reserves, greenways, and all landscaped open space) makes an essential contribution to quality of life. It provides a recreational resource, a peaceful retreat within the city, an attractive backdrop to built environment development, a relatively safe and exciting play area for children, and a reserve for wildlife. The aim of this research into urban greenspace is to assess how strategic planning and design can maximise the contribution that greenspace makes to urban quality of life and urban environments, while minimising user conflicts and degradation. The research will help determine which greenspace designs maximise public utility without compromising (and indeed enhancing) the function of a city as a place of business and investment.