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World’s first ‘greenspace’ map launched

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September 14 2011

World’s first ‘greenspace’ map launched
A map which documents all urban greenspace in Scotland is claimed to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

Scotland’s Greenspace Map
, published today, brings together data from all 32 local authorities in Scotland to locate parks, playing fields, allotments and gardens.

The map reveals that there are currently 1,112sq/km of greenspace within the countries urban centres, a total which (if combined) would encompass an area over 20 times the size of Loch Ness.

Developed by greenspace Scotland the map is intended to serve as a yardstick by which to measure future growth or contraction in these important amenities - as well as an interactive tool to inform the public.

Julie Procter, Chief Executive of greenspace scotland said:"Scotland's Greenspace Map is a first for the UK and, we believe, a world first. The Map is a significant achievement for Scotland and a powerful demonstration of how effectively national and local Scottish organisations can work together on projects of national importance.

“Nowhere else in the world can people check out their local greenspace at the click of a button. Behind that simple action lies several years of work with local authorities to develop consistent data and collaboration with partners to collate the information and develop ways of making the data widely accessible."

3 Comments

"El"
#1 Posted by "El" on 14 Sep 2011 at 12:30 PM
Not exactly 100% accurate but could be a very useful tool.
RCS
#2 Posted by RCS on 22 Sep 2011 at 14:43 PM
Nice idea but you don't have to look far to find numerous mistakes so am not convinced by its value. For some reason my street is shown as being 'civic space' and the public park next door is shown as being residential amenity ground.
RCS
#3 Posted by RCS on 22 Sep 2011 at 14:45 PM
...a powerful demonstration of how effectively national and local Scottish organisations can work together... too true.

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