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Glasgow City Council is developing a new vision for parks and greenspaces in Glasgow and they are holding an online consultation which will run until Friday 11 May.

The Council are keen to make sure the vision of what Glasgow’s parks and greenspaces may look like, and what roles they will perform in the future, comes from the communities that use and love these spaces. Please note that the consultation only covers sites that are owned or managed by Glasgow City Council.

Following a series of workshops with Friends of Parks Groups, Community Councils and Parks User Groups a report was published in January 2017 which identified the following issues:

  • Communication
  • Improved Parks Forum
  • Community Growing
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Re-wilding
  • Activities and events

The Council are now consulting via the Council’s online consultation hub.

The 2017 Greenspace Use and Attitude survey published by greenspace scotland shows the downward trend in the deteriorating quality of Scotland’s parks and greenspaces has continued.  Whilst the survey confirms that Scots still love their parks, with over 90% of urban Scots saying it is important to have greenspace in their local area, the quality of Scotland’s parks and greenspaces has continued to decline, and this means that fewer people are using their local greenspaces regularly.

40% of people agreed or agreed strongly that the quality of their local greenspace has reduced in the last 5 years (up from 33% in 2011) and this figure rises to 50% for people living in the more deprived areas (up from 35% in 2011).

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greenspace scotland is working with Glasgow City Council to support the development of a Food Growing Strategy for the city. Over the next two years, all Scottish Local Authorities will be required to develop a Local Food Growing Strategy as part of the implementation of Community Empowerment Act (2015).

greenspace scotland will be working in two areas within the city – one in the West and one in the South to identify local priorities and partners, map food growing which is happening on the ground and develop detailed proposals for community growing projects which can be taken forward quickly to ensure that the strategy begins to deliver change as soon as possible. The approach will then be rolled out to the rest of Glasgow (as appropriate).

There will be two events held to begin the process. Click on the link to reserve your place:

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Update on the Broomhill Avenue Greenspace…

Unfortunately, despite having a temporary reprieve in January this year, the Greenspace is once again under threat and a new petition has been set up to fight this latest development.

Glasgow City Council have again been approached with a proposal to have the land declared surplus and sold for development of flats. The local councillors have been asked to comment on this proposal. The likely outcome of this part of the process is unclear. The more signatures we have on the petition, the stronger the case against that proposal will be, and the more pressure we can place on the City Council to listen to the community, and save the Greenspace for the third, and hopefully final, time.

The Friends of Broomhill Avenue Greenspace are also organising a volunteer event at 1pm on Saturday 25 March to prepare the ground for sowing the seeds for a long strip of wildflowers on the south border of the Greenspace. And they need volunteers to help with digging/turning over soil and removing stones etc. We have some spades and forks but bringing your own would be helpful. Under 16’s need to bring a responsible adult.

SPANS_Report_CoverThe results of a new survey – Scotland’s People and Nature Survey (SPANS) – show that urban greenspaces are popular outdoor destinations with an estimated 2.4 million urban Scots making at least one visit to a local greenspace last year, and nearly half of urban residents visiting their park on a weekly basis.

In total, adults in Scotland made an estimated 162.6 million visits to local parks and open spaces in 2013/14 – making them the most popular outdoor destination, accounting for 41% of all visits to the outdoors.

With around three-quarters of urban residents living within a 10 minute walk of their local greenspace, they are great local community assets. Parks and greenspaces are used in a variety of ways for walking, play, sport, relaxation, events and activities.

An extensive body of research shows how quality greenspace impacts positively on people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing; children’s development and learning; community safety and community development.

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