greenspaces are ...

creative spaces

inspirational spaces encouraging
creativity in an outdoor setting

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greenspaces are ...

breathing spaces

oasis of calm amidst city
bustle, a place to unwind

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greenspaces are ...

celebration spaces

gathering places where people come
together for events and activities

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greenspaces are ...

growing spaces

productive places that nourish
and sustain communities and individuals

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greenspaces are ...

healthy spaces

inviting places which
encourage us to get active

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greenspaces are ...

learning spaces

natural grounds for lifelong learning

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greenspaces are ...

living spaces

attractive spaces on our doorsteps

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greenspaces are ...

meeting spaces

communal places encouraging
communities to come together

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greenspaces are ...

play spaces

safe places where children
can adventure and explore

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greenspaces are ...

purposeless spaces

it could be more than
a boring green desert

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greenspaces are ...

stalled spaces

meanwhile greenspaces instead
of derelict eyesores?

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greenspaces are ...

wild spaces

informal places that welcome
nature back to our cities

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greenspaces are ...

working spaces

attractive places where
people want to live and work

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greenspaces are ...

your space

the greenspace on your doorstep
how will you get involved?

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greenspaces are ...

wasted spaces

use your imagination...
this could be a community garden,
a play space ...

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This resource explores the opportunities to adjust the design and management of parks to maximise climate change benefits. Although the emphasis is on retro-fitting parks to deliver climate change actions, the concepts and actions explored in this resource can be applied to a wider range of greenspace types and to newly created greenspaces.

It is structured around ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictorial representations of a typical urban park with resource sheets describing climate change actions for key components of urban parks (e.g. pitches, paths, ponds, grassed areas).

Download the About this resource PDF for information on:

  • Why urban parks
  • Scale of greenspace action for meaningful climate change impact
  • Legal and statutory requirements

Who is it for?

It was developed for people and organisations who are involved in making decisions about the management of urban greenspaces; this includes park managers and Friends of Parks Groups. It will also be of interest to people managing other types of greenspace. It is designed to be an illustrative tool which helps people think more widely about different management options and opportunities for retrofitting green infrastructure into urban parks.

Click here to open the "What does a climate change park look like" PDF (Note this will open in full screen)