UPDATE: 30/06/16 plans announced for new Greenspace Map (including open data version) more

a world first!

Scotland’s Greenspace Map is a world first; no other country has mapped its greenspace in this way. It is an innovative Geographical Information System (GIS) based map which provides comprehensive information on the location, extent and type of greenspace across all of Scotland’s urban settlements (i.e. towns and cities with a population of 3,000 or more).

The Map was compiled in 2011 from greenspace data provided by all 32 Scottish Councils. The local datasets were produced using greenspace mapping characterisation. This involved using GIS maps and aerial photography to categorise greenspaces into 23 different open space types (based on the typology set out in Planning Advice Note 65 Planning and Open Space); these include public parks, play areas, allotments, amenity greenspace, private gardens. Primary and secondary codes are used to capture multi-functional greenspaces, for example, play areas or woodland within larger public parks. More information about the greenspace mapping methodology is available here

Scotland’s Greenspace Map can be viewed as an interactive map and the GIS data can be downloaded by users with appropriate Ordnance Survey licence arrangements. Click on the link below.

Using Scotland’s Greenspace Map

Current developments

Since the launch of the SGM we’ve been investigating options for updating and maintaining the SGM data. Following an encouraging technical evaluation, we have concentrated on working with Ordnance Survey to explore whether the greenspace attribution can be collected at source by OS and provided as part of the MasterMap product. Working with a pilot area in Dundee we are now close to finalising a methodology with Ordnance Survey. 

The Spatial Information Board has agreed that the production of the next iteration of SGM will be taken forward as a collaborative project in partnership with Ordnance Survey in the context of the One Scotland Map Agreement. We are currently in discussions with Ordnance Survey to finalise the details of the partnership project.

This work has been led by the SGM Technical Working Group which involves representatives from greenspace scotland, Scottish Government, Improvement Service, Scottish Natural Heritage, SEPA, Forestry Commission Scotland, Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Dundee City and Renfrewshire Councils.

The findings of the pilot and the new methodology were shared with local authority colleagues and other stakeholders at a workshop in December 2014. A report summarising feedback from the workshop and links to the presentations can be accessed here


developing the map

The project to develop the Scotland’s Greenspace Map was led by greenspace scotland with support from Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland; all 32 Scottish Councils actively supported the project and provided information. You can find out more about how Scotland’s greenspace map was developed by downloading the project report

more about our greenspace

The Second State of Scotland’s Greenspace Report was published in February 2012. For the first time this covers all of urban Scotland. It draws on greenspace data from Scotland’s Greenspace Map and the results of the fourth biennial greenspace use and attitudes survey.

To view the Second State of Scotland’s Greenspace Report click here