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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Zero Waste Scotland

The programme was funded by Zero Waste Scotland as part of the Scottish Government national litter and flytipping strategy Towards a Litter Free Scotland.

community placemaking

Community Placemaking is about bringing people together to find ways of making public spaces useful and engaging. It involves looking at, listening to and asking questions of the people in a particular space to discover their needs and aspirations. This information is brought together to create a common vision and action plan – followed swiftly by practical action to deliver ‘quick-win’ changes on the ground. Learn more about community placemaking here


by giving greenspaces a purpose

This project set out to test the impact of greenspace improvements led by community groups on local environmental quality, littering/flytipping behaviour and on how people in these communities work together.

We knew from our work with urban communities across Scotland that litter and fly-tipping really matter to people and have a daily impact on people’s quality of life. Too many communities are still blighted by wasted spaces and purposeless green deserts, which attract littering and fly-tipping

However, while common sense suggests that environmental improvement projects will have a positive effect on levels of littering, fly-tipping and other incivilities, there is little evidence to show the effect of community greenspace improvements.

In developing the project, we made contact with three communities who had identified litter and fly-tipping issues in specific local spaces and were actively looking for a way to address these issues. The three communities were: Central Dunfermline; Lambhill in North Glasgow and Forth in South Lanarkshire.

Key issues and aims

Across the three communities, we were seeking to address a number of key issues:

  • High levels of littering and fly-tipping in specific locations
  • Presence of underused/vacant sites which are attracting anti-social behaviour including littering and fly-tipping
  • Community dissatisfaction with their local environment
  • Low levels of, or fragmented, community action relating to the local environment

The project had a number of interlinked aims:

  • to investigate the impact of community greenspace projects on local environmental quality particularly with respect to litter and fly-tipping
  • to enable increased community participation in improving local environments including increasing collaborative and partnership action
  • to develop case studies and supporting information/guidance to allow this approach to be more widely replicated.

The local Tackling litter by repurposing greenspaces projects had two strands – place improvement and litter monitoring/evaluation. The place improvements came from greenspace scotland’s Community Placemaking approach and the litter monitoring was initiated using Zero Waste Scotland techniques.

The placemaking reports from the individual projects are available here:

Transforming Rex Park and the Lyne Burn greenspace report
Transforming Forth’s greenspaces report 
Transforming Lambhill’s spaces report - coming soon

Find out more about greenspace scotland’s placemaking approach here

Based on the placemaking reports we also produced three Learning Case Studies for Zero Waste Scotland which will form part of wider lessons learned on a future Knowledge Hub for litter and flytipping. The case studies are available here:

Tackling litter by repurposing greenspace learning case study - Dunfermline
Tackling litter by repurposing greenspace learning case study - Forth
Tackling litter by repurposing greenspace learning case study - Lambhill