creating climate change parks

greenspace scotland has initiated a programme looking how existing greenspaces can be managed to address climate change priorities. We began with parks as they are the most recognisable and obviously multi-functional greenspaces. Many of the climate change actions for parks can be applied to other types of greenspace

Working with partners we developed an e-resource for a typical Scottish park. This includes images showing the park ‘before’ and ‘after’ it is managed to deliver climate change action. It identifies how the various elements of the park (e.g. grassed areas, play spaces, sports pitches, paths, parking areas and flower beds) are currently managed; looks at the likely impact of climate change and then develops a series of potential climate change actions with detailed guidance notes.

The ‘climate change park’ resource is available here

‘Pioneer’ climate change parks

We are now working with local partners to use the park resource to support the development of ‘pioneer’ climate change parks. These ‘pioneers’ will provide national exemplars to inspire and inform practice in other parts of Scotland (the UK and Europe).

Find out how greenspace scotland can work with you to create a climate ready park in your area here

Learn more about the two park projects (Hazlehead Park and Dunfermline Public Park) we have already worked on here

The Scottish Government’s Climate Ready Communities pilot also supported work with a group of young people at Whitburn Academy. This group developed an initial Climate Change Park vision for their local park. The concepts developed in this vision are now being investigated by West Lothian Council. More information here





guidance notes

download all the guidance notes (combined PDF) from the retrofitting urban parks to deliver climate change benefits resource here

Climate Change Park reports

greenspace scotland has worked with partners in Aberdeen and Dunfermline respectively on two climate change park projects and with partners in Edinburgh on the use of greenspace for renewable heat generation

Hazlehead Park (Aberdeen) climate change report 

Hazlehead Climate Change Park - Dec 2016 update

Dunfermline Public Park climate change park report 

Edinburgh Park Power report