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