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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The fourth Forum meeting was held on Wednesday 14 December 2016 at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh. Details of the 2017 meetings will be mailed to Park Managers but meantime if you are not on the Park Managers mailing list please email to register your interest.

The Park Managers Forum (Scotland) provides a professional network for park managers from Scottish local authorities. The Forum supports the professional and operational development of park managers – enabling them to share practice across council areas, develop skills and explore challenges so that they can more effectively and efficiently manage Scotland’s parks heritage.

The Forum is one of greenspace scotland’s responses to the ‘Call to Action’ in the HLF’s State of UK Public Parks report which highlighted the increasingly challenging circumstances in which local authority park managers are operating – with reducing resources and capacity.
Read the report here

Park managers told greenspace scotland how infrequently they meet with park colleagues outwith their local authority and how this limits opportunities to share experience and practice, and to develop new approaches to the challenges of managing and maintaining Scotland’s parks heritage with fewer resources and staff.

The first Forum was held in December 2015 and covered a range of topics including valuing parks, open space strategies - tough choices for tough times, ParkPower - putting parks to work, and identifying for priorities for future Forum meetings.  The second Forum was held in May 2016. Copies of the presentations and workshop findings are available for local authority park managers and officers - please email for details.

With many thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting the development of the Park Managers Forum.