greenspace scotland is social enterprise and an independent charitable company. We work with a wide range of national and local partners to improve the quality of life of people living and working in urban Scotland through the planning, development and sustainable management of greenspaces as a key part of the green infrastructure of our towns and cities. Read our 2014-2017 business plan here.
Our activities include: developing and sharing practice, research and knowledge management, policy and funding advocacy, partnership development and support. We also provide bespoke consultancy, training and support to national, regional and local organisations – see our projects and our services.
A range of organisations have a role to play in delivering greenspace; no one organisation has all of the skills, knowledge, capacity or influence. We believe that we can achieve more by working together.
Since 2002, we’ve worked with a wide range of national, regional and local organisations and groups on projects to transform local places; research to develop the greenspace and quality of life evidence base; advocacy to inform and influence policy; action research and pioneer projects to innovate and improve the way we plan, manage and resource our greenspaces; and to share learning and practice.
At a UK level we also work closely with our partners Groundwork to ensure that policymakers and local people throughout the UK understand and can access the many benefits provided by good quality, accessible greenspaces.
Groundwork has a mission to support local communities across the whole of the UK and they fund, manage and deliver thousands of projects each year that make a positive difference to the local and global environment, bring people together and improve prospects. In Scotland they work in partnership with other charities and through existing community networks – Changing Places, Changing Lives.
our area of operation
Greenspace is defined as ‘any vegetated land or water within or adjoining an urban area’. This includes: derelict, vacant and contaminated land which has the potential to be transformed; ‘natural’ greenspaces (natural and semi-natural habitats); green corridors (paths, disused railway lines, rivers and canals); amenity grassland, parks and gardens; outdoors sports facilities, playing fields, allotments, community gardens and children’s play areas. Planning Advice Note (PAN65) sets out a typology of green and open spaces. See Scotland’s greenspace for more about greenspace.
We work across the whole of urban Scotland. Urban is defined as settlements of more than 2000 people and clusters of smaller settlements which are urban in character. For greenspace mapping we adopted a population threshold of 3000 people and a settlement buffer of 500 metres.