Communities and the environment

Working to protect and enhance our lineside surroundings and the wider environment

Network Rail is the fourth biggest landowner in Britain and our work has wide ranging impacts on communities and the environment. It is important that we manage these impacts as stakeholder buy-in and the environment are essential to the successful running, and continued growth, of the railway. Network Rail brings together these two aspects and builds upon existing work in both areas by using the environment as a tool to inspire communities, leading to protection and enhancement of lineside surroundings.

Why is connecting communities with the environment important to Network Rail?

What is Network Rail’s approach to connecting communities with the environment?

Primarily, Network Rail connects communities with the environment through community engagement, either in a voluntary capacity or through public briefings for upcoming project works. As well as informing communities of the potential impacts and changes that our work will have on the local environment, Network Rail actively engages with railway communities to make use of under-utilised land through planting community gardens and creating wildlife habitats.

Network Rail Vegetation Management Review

As one of the country’s largest public landowners, the biodiversity and natural capital across Network Rail’s estate is substantial. Network Rail has a responsibility to run a safe, efficient and effective railway, and to act as steward for these national assets by not only preserving, but also to enhance them.

The Vegetation Management Review lays out findings and recommendations, however, these are yet to be accepted, so this page will be updated in due course.




Use volunteer leave to connect communities with the environment

Volunteering for local charities and community organisations is a good way to invest in local communities and improve your social impact. See the guidance note in the side-bar or visit for suggested volunteering opportunities.

If you work for Network Rail, visit connect/volunteering to find out more or email for further support.

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For general enquiries, please email

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