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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celebration spaces

gathering places where people come
together for events and activities

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growing spaces

productive places that nourish
and sustain communities and individuals

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healthy spaces

inviting places which
encourage us to get active

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learning spaces

natural grounds for lifelong learning

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greenspaces are ...

living spaces

attractive spaces on our doorsteps

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meeting spaces

communal places encouraging
communities to come together

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play spaces

safe places where children
can adventure and explore

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purposeless spaces

it could be more than
a boring green desert

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stalled spaces

meanwhile greenspaces instead
of derelict eyesores?

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wild spaces

informal places that welcome
nature back to our cities

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working spaces

attractive places where
people want to live and work

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your space

the greenspace on your doorstep
how will you get involved?

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wasted spaces

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

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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.

would you like us to help?

You can find out more about how greenspace scotland can work with you to create a climate change park in your local area here

and how we can assist you to use green infrastructure to create liveable streets here

You can also contact Deryck Irving, our partnership and enabling manager for more information.

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