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greenspace scotland recently published The State of Scotland’s Greenspace report which shows that Scotland can rightly claim to be a nation of green towns and cities. Urban Scotland is more green than grey, with greenspace covering over half (54%) of the urban land area.

The total area of greenspace in urban Scotland is 1,593 square kilometres – that’s equivalent to 22 Loch Lomonds or one-third of the area of the Cairngorms National Park. At a more human scale, that translates into a tennis court sized area of ‘publicly accessible’ greenspace per person.

Public parks and sports areas (which are the accessible public spaces most often used in daily life) account for 4% and 9% of greenspace respectively. Of real concern is that 40% of respondents agreed or agreed strongly that ‘the quality of my local greenspace has reduced in the past 5 years’ (up from 33% in 2011 – and rising to 50% for respondents from the most deprived areas)

A spokesperson commented, The State of Scotland’s Greenspace Report highlights the need for urgent action to reverse the declines in greenspace quality and use – and the negative impacts they are having on our health, our communities and our environment.”

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SCC_Planter_01Scotstoun Community Council have been planting spring flowering bulbs and perennial hardy geranium in various ‘green plots’ and planters across the Community Council area. The project has been funded by the Ward 13 Area Partnership area budget.

SCC_Goldberry_GreenPlotEach ‘green plot’ has been planted with 8-10 plants facing the pavements or paths. The intention is to create a short line of colour at these borders as a visual indicator of Scotstoun Community Council’s project and to improve the appearance of the area. The planted borders have been prepared and will be maintained in the first instance by SCC volunteers and hopefully in subsequent years by residents or local businesses in the vicinity of the sites.

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SimplePleaures_ImageAs part of Glasgow’s Green Year 2015 the official ‘re-opening’ of the recently upgraded section of the National Cycle Network route 7 that runs from Whiteinch to Yoker in west Glasgow and the official launch of the Simple Pleasures Easily Found map for west Glasgow will take place at 1.30pm on Friday 27 March 2015 at Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, G14 0BL.

The re-opening and Simple Pleasures map launch event is being hosted by Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust (DRCET) as part of a week long series of events and activities that are taking place to celebrate the completion of the £250,000 project to upgrade the section of the cycle path. The project has been funded by Glasgow City Council and Sustrans Scotland and is part of a wider investment programme in improving cycling infrastructure across the City.

Route7G14UpgradeBothThe Simple Pleasures map has been produced by Scottish Natural Heritage in partnership with DRCET to celebrates Glasgow’s natural assets and aims to help connect people with where they live and to where they want to go – local parks, the canal and places of interest. The map is based on a 10 mile circuit linking the cycle path to the Forth & Clyde canal tow path and back to the cycle path via Whitecrook, Knightswood and Victoria Parks and other local green spaces.

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Main Office
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow G14 0BL
t: 0141 433 0427
e: getinvolved@
dumbartonroad.com

De'ils On Wheels
Wed 11am-3pm, Thu 1pm-5pm
40 Kingsway Court, Scotstoun, Glasgow G14 9SU
m: 07515 879747
e: deilsonwheels@
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DRCET is a recognised Scottish Charity (Charity No SC035954) and a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland (Company No SC273114). Registered office as shown above.

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