greenspace scotland is working with partners across Scotland to create exemplars of using greenspace as an integral part of climate change action. We want to create better places to live, work and visit which are also more resilient to the predicted changes in the climate.
In 2011, greenspace scotland produced the report Developing the role of greenspace in climate change mitigation and adaptation. This highlighted the need for better examples of action from Scotland and for greater partnership working, including support for communities to play a more significant role in identifying and delivering changes.
The current phase of the project is taking forward work on a series of Scottish exemplars looking at the potential for changes in the design and management of greenspace and public spaces to contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. There are four strands to the programme: creating a climate change park; urban greening in streets and civic spaces; generating renewable heat from greenspace and work on wider community resilience in the face of climate change - looking at the scale of whole neighbourhoods or settlements.
In support of our climate change parks work, we launched the retrofitting urban parks to deliver climate change benefits resource. The 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.
Find out more about how greenspace scotland can work with you to create a climate change park in your local area here
Find out more about how we can assist you to use green infrastructure to create liveable streets here
Find out more about our work on renewable heat generation here
or alternatively contact Deryck Irving, our programme manager for more information.