A new e-resource launched by greenspace scotland, in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage, will help park and greenspace managers respond to the challenges of climate change by creating ‘climate change parks’.
The Climate Change Park e-resource will help park managers and Friends of Park Groups take practical action by adapting the design and management of parks to maximise climate change benefits – this includes relatively simple actions like changing grass cutting regimes, creating wildflower meadows and tree planting, to green roofs for park buildings and water management schemes. Although the emphasis is on retro-fitting parks, many of the concepts and actions can also be applied to a wider range of greenspace types and to newly created greenspaces.
The e-resource starts with a picture of a ‘typical Scottish park’ with images showing it ‘before’ and ‘after’ it is managed to deliver climate change action. There are action notes for specific components of parks including: buildings, grassed areas, parking, paths, pitches, play areas, ponds and wetlands, woodland, watercourses. These look at ‘traditional’ management, the likely impact of climate change, potential climate change actions, case studies and costings.