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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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It’s two years since greenspace scotland launched MyParkScotland and they have been supporting groups with their crowdfunding projects through training, mentoring and workshop sessions. They have now pulled all of this experience together, and worked with crowdfunding experts at Twintangibles, to prepare the MyParkScotland Crowdfunding Resource Kit which was launched recently.

The MyParkScotland Crowdfund Resource Kit has been designed to help groups wanting to crowdfund for parks and greenspace projects.

Funded by Awards for All, Scotland the Resource Kit introduces and explains the concept of crowdfunding and helps groups plan, run and deliver their crowdfunding campaigns. Included within the Resource Kit is the Crowdfunding Campaign Planning Worksheet, this editable document is designed to help groups think about key elements of their crowdfunding campaign including growing your “crowd”, getting the messaging right, how to get that message across and what to do when your campaign is complete.

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greenspace scotland has announce that they have received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to kick-start the development of an Endowment Fund for Scotland’s parks.

This project will develop a £1million endowment fund for Scotland’s parks.  It is the first step towards our ambition for a multi-million endowment fund which will help to keep Scotland’s parks in good heart for future generations to enjoy. Over the next 3 years, the HLF grant of £500,000 will be matched with donations from individuals, businesses and trusts to raise that first magic million. The funds will be invested to provide an endowment to support Scotland’s parks in perpetuity.

Julie Procter, Chief Executive of greenspace scotland said:
“Scotland’s parks are well-used and much loved. We want to ensure they continue to be cherished and nurtured so that we hand them on in good heart for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. The Scottish Parks Endowment Fund is an easy and simple way for everyone who uses and loves Scotland’s parks to make a donation, large or small, to support our treasured parks. And it’s a great way to grow the value of your donation: the HLF matching grant means that every £10 donated with gift-aid, becomes a £25 investment in the Park Endowment fund; every £100 becomes £250 and so on.”

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parksgreenspaces_headerLast year Glasgow City Council commissioned Pidgin Perfect to facilitate a series of consultations to inform the strategy for Glasgow’s parks and greenspaces. The four informal creative workshops explored four key themesYour spaces; Community spaces; Ecological spaces and Connected spaces.

Since the workshops Pidgin Perfect have been looking through all of the postcards and map markers that were filled out and compiling the suggestions, ideas and opinions. All of the information collected has been bought together into a report, which contains detailed information about all the topics discussed as well a series of suggestions to be taken forward to the next round of public consultation.

The following areas were identified for further development as the consultation moves forward:

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

Download the report here 170117_stage2_parksgreenspaces_report2 And there will be further consultation and opportunities to get involved over the coming months. For more information about the report please contact Pidgin Perfect.

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parksgreespaces_headerOver the next two years Glasgow City Council will be running a series of consultations to inform the strategy for Glasgow’s parks and greenspaces.

The initial consultation will take the form of four informal creative workshops exploring four key themes which effect all Glasgow’s parks and green spaces. The four themes are:

  • Your spaces – Sat 1 Oct, 10am to 1pm
  • Community spaces – Tue 11 Oct, 5.30 to 7.30pm
  • Ecological spaces – Tue 25 Oct, 5.30 to 7.30pm
  • Connected spaces – Sat 5 Nov, 10am to 1pm

All four workshops will take place on the ground floor of the Council offices at Exchange House, 231 George Street G1 1RX and are being faciltated by the team at Pidgin Perfect.

There is more information in the images below and you can follow on social media using #GlasgowGreenspaces

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MyPark_LogoMyParkScotland has been delighted to accept an invitation from Architecture+Design Scotland for an exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. The MyParkScotland exhibition will be on the second floor of The Lighthouse, outside the A+DS offices and will run until Sunday 2 August 2015.

The exhibition celebrates the wonderful diversity of Scotland’s parks and highlights how they make a difference to our lives and communities.  Many of us have treasured memories of days out in the park and so we’re encouraging visitors to share their memories, stories, pictures and ideas.

MyParkScotland which provides a new way to discover and support parks in Edinburgh and Glasgow (and we’re looking to extend to other areas) so the exhibition is a great way to find out more about this exciting project.

Please pop in and take a look – and please share your park stories and ideas.

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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