How can people benefit more from urban parks and greenspace?
(Photo: Patricia & Angus MacDonald/Aerographica)
Parks, gardens and greenspace in and around towns and cities provide opportunities for recreation, health and well-being; they also improve the landscape, support biodiversity and improve water and air quality. Through applied research, the Forest Research team found ways to evaluate this multifunctional greenspace and support green network planning and management.
- Comprehensive review of existing approaches to green network planning and management
- Variability in how local authorities asses the quality and public perception of greenspace
- Large differences in the availability and use of social data between local authorities
- Significantly different approaches to encourage the use of greenspace
- Development of a green network model to inform development strategies that promote walking/cycling through green networks and encourage more leisure use
Funding and partners
The research was funded by:
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership
- Forestry Commission Scotland
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