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Welcome to our November ebulletin. As the days grow shorter and the leaves turn golden, we highlight some of the great work that is happening across Scotland and further afield to support greenspaces as well as raising awareness of research, funding and events which may interest you and your networks.

greenspace scotland news

Saraband ‘Giving Green’ charity book bundles support greenspace scotland
We’re delighted to have been selected, alongside the Open Spaces Society, as Saraband Books charity partner for their Christmas fundraising initiative. The Giving Green book bundles offer you the opportunity to buy a book alongside a donation to greenspace scotland and Open Spaces Society.
 
Saraband founder and MD, Sara Hunt said: “We have published books on nature and conservation for many years to inspire and help spread the word that our planet needs protecting from devastating human impact. The pandemic has also underlined how important it is for our health and wellbeing to have access to nature and greenspaces. We hope that people will enjoy giving the gift of reading this Christmas, while helping others to savour and protect our precious greenspaces.”
 
Check out the Giving Green book bundles and support greenspace scotland as you shop

 
Meet our Covid Community Memorial team – as they meet each other!
After travelling [virtually] all over Scotland meeting local partners, our Covid Community Memorial Programme team have met in-person for the first time. They discussed the continuing impact of Covid, especially for disproportionately affected communities such as disabled people, older people and global majority communities, and worked on developing the values-led approach to ensure the Covid Community Memorial Programme feels relevant, aware, welcoming and honest for all who connect with it.
 
The team [Kim Simpson, Carla Almeida and John Saich] are working with partners across Scotland to shape the artist commissions which will start being announced later this month. The Advisory Group will also meet [virtually] for the first time; they will support, advise and spread the word about the work. Look out for the new website going live soon – and if you can’t wait and want to know more about the programme, please email Kim  

Green energy project plans for Strathclyde Country Park
The Green Growth Accelerator programme is supporting a project to create a detailed plan for generating green energy at Strathclyde Country Park. The project draws on greenspace scotland's work on ParkPower and would involve the installation of a water source heat pump in Strathclyde Loch and solar canopies within the car parks to generate electricity, as well as energy generating public art. Read more about our work on ParkPower and Green Heat in Greenspaces here 

 
Young Placechangers in Edinburgh
Our Young Placechangers team are working with Edinburgh’s Thriving Green Spaces to engage young people in placemaking activities around developments in Inverleith Park. greenspace scotland is looking for youth groups and other greenspace groups working with young people who are keen to take part in this exciting placemaking opportunity. Email Angela for more information.
 
Young Placechangers in Perthshire
With the support of The Gannochy Trust, we are working with LOGOS in Crieff and the Strathmore Centre for Youth Development (SCYD) in Blairgowrie to engage their members in transforming their outdoor spaces as safe places to meet and for activities. At LOGOS, young people are working on their place-changing plans for Alligan Park. So far, their ideas include looking at green-gym equipment, planting for biodiversity and a general tidy up. They will be reaching out to the wider community for help as things develop. SCYD are focusing on their youth space at Wellmeadow; creating a multi-functional outdoor space for meeting together, events and sharing food.
 
Check out our Young Placechangers resources and toolkits 
 
Tesco Community Grants – apply now for 2022 projects
Tesco Community Grants is always open for applications from charities, schools and community organisations for funding up to £1,500. We are looking for applications from projects that help to tackle food poverty and sustainable food provision in communities. This might include community growing projects, cookery skills, school gardens and supplying food banks. If you fit the bill or know a local group who does please visit our Tesco Community Grants page.  We’re also looking for projects that have a focus on supporting children and young people.  greenspace scotland’s friendly team of Community Enablers are here to help. Follow this link  to find an enabler near you. 

MyParkScotland

The Ross of Mull Community Garden - £1500 target reached with a week to go
Congratulations to The Ross of Mull Community Garden – the Next Steps project. The Community Garden, now one year old, is a vibrant and welcoming space that has been using MyParkScotland to help crowdfund to take their next steps – to purchase a polytunnel. The polytunnel will increase the range of produce grown, will extend the growing season and will provide a dry, warm place for people to come together to work and play in all weathers. Celia Compton from South West Mull and Iona Development Trust said “Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and helped us to reach and go past our target! Any funds over and above the target will be used to fit out the polytunnel with staging and raised beds”.

 
Crossgates Playpark development crowdfund launched
Crossgates is a small village community in Fife. At its heart lies Windmill Knowe Park which has a combination of tired play equipment, play space and open greenspace. The community has developed an ambitious project to create an area with interesting, inclusive, safe, new equipment catering for a wide range of ages and abilities. The community has raised over 60% of the £140,000 target and have launched a crowdfund with MyParkScotland to work alongside all of their fundraising activities.
 
MyParkScotland: Supporting crowdfunds, text giving and parks
If you want to raise funds for your park or greenspace project, then please get in touch. Every project listed on the MyParkScotland crowdfunding page also has the opportunity to raise funds through a unique text code. People can donate from £1 to £20 via text, a super simple way for donors to easily support your project. Email  Ian to find out how MyParkScotland can help you raise funds for your project. Show how much you love parks and greenspaces by helping others achieve their park dreams by making a donation to support an outdoor classroom, play areas, park events or a park bothy.

Project of the month

Green Flag recognition for hospital grounds’ contribution to people and planet
It won’t be news to you that the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)  is underway in Glasgow. Perfect timing for the grounds and gardens of NHS Lothian’s Royal Edinburgh Hospital  to celebrate being awarded a Green Flag - the first for the Royal Edinburgh and the first for a Scottish hospital. There are a range of Green Flag Award criteria which must be met, including that the space is appropriately managed to meet the needs of the community it serves, and that it  is managed following best practice for the environment and climate change.  
 
The Royal Edinburgh Hospital award recognises the effort that many groups and people have put into the site over the years, to make it a welcoming space that helps people to heal as well as contributing to the fight against climate change.
 
Ian Mackenzie, Green Health Programme Manager at Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation, said of the Green Flag Award: “This is such a great achievement for the hospital to be recognised for its well-managed, natural spaces. These spaces not only form a key part of people’s recovery pathway, but have also become an essential asset for patients, staff and the local community. This collaborative approach to continuing to evolve the space to meet current and future healthcare needs will ensure nature continues to be at the heart of the site now and for years to come.”
 
The award highlights the important role the NHS estate and greenspace play in creating climate resilient low carbon health system. It is hoped this project will pave the way for other NHS sites to follow suit.

Photo credit: Will Collier - REH Cyrenians community garden
 
Climate change is resulting in poorer health outcomes, increasing mortality and is a driver of health inequalities. The NHS Scotland Sustainability Conference 2021 takes place on-line on 10 November to coincide with the COP26 Summit. The work and learning of greenspace scotland colleagues based within NHS Lothian is being shared through two Innovation Cafes: Climate change, biodiversity and health: a natural capital approach (Ian Mackenzie, Green Health Programme Manager, NHS Lothian Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation) and Unlocking the potential of Green Health Prescribing for COVID-19 recovery (Dr Rachel Hardie, greenspace scotland Associate and former Consultant in Public Health, NHS Lothian )

Scotland news

Local Place Plans – your views and responses
The 2019 Planning (Scotland) Act included a new right for communities to develop their own place plans and a new set of rules and regulations for the production of Local Place Plans will be published soon. To get an idea of what these might look like, an analysis of the recent Scottish Government consultation has just been published.
 
Local food for everyone consultation
A wee reminder to give your views on the strategy to make high quality food accessible to all and promote the benefits of local food. Deadline 26 Nov 2021.
 
Edinburgh commits to developing as a sustainable food city
Edinburgh has committed to putting food at the centre of its response to the climate emergency, after becoming a signatory to the International Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration.
 
Million Tree City
Edinburgh has officially launched its ambitious target to become a Million Tree City by 2030 as part of its commitment to be net zero by the end of the decade. The move to increase the number of trees in the city will help Edinburgh lessen the impacts of climate change by providing cooling in heatwaves, surface water management for heavy rainfall as well as some carbon storage and a home for wildlife.
 
Funds for refurbishment of play parks
Play parks across Scotland will be modernised and restored through £5 million of funding, following agreement between the Scottish Government and Cosla. Each local authority will receive a share of the funding to improve the standard of existing play parks, enhancing play opportunities for children and young people.

 
Walk the Talk about equalities, diversity and inclusion
Walkipedia signposts key sources of information and evidence relating to walking, pedestrians, and active travel. It now has a new topic on Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion – a source of information on relevant research, statistics, guidance and policy. The team are keen to include more relevant resources. If you have suggestions contact 
 
Green Flag Award People's Choice vote now open!
The People’s Choice Award voting is now open. All you need to do to vote is head to your favourite park/greenspace page on the main Green Flag Award website (found on the map here and click the ‘Vote for this site’ button on the right-hand side of the park’s page. Closes 10 November

Scottish projects round-up

Nature’s classroom in Clydebank
Melfort Park in Clydebank was once a derelict and vacant site but is now a thriving urban community park. It was the site of the old St Eunan’s Primary School, and now local schools enjoy the facilities the park has to offer, and teachers have seized the chance to connect pupils with nature in an urban setting.  Melfort Park is an example of how partnership working can deliver quality greenspaces and whilst the old school is long gone, pupils at the new St Eunan’s retain a link by making regular use of their former school site.

 
The Lost Woods in Glasgow
In March 2020, 50,000 sessile oak acorns were distributed to 135 primary schools across Glasgow to enable children to grow oak trees from acorns. A 13 hectare site has now been secured for a Glasgow Children's Woodland which will involve all the primary schools in Glasgow planting their trees this Autumn. A woodland of this type has not been developed to this scale in the last 40 years in Glasgow and is a collaboration between The Lost Woods, Glasgow City Council and Green Action Trust.
 
Garnock’s Buzzing- Garnock Connections
Garnock Connections is a multi-faceted Landscape Partnership project in North Ayrshire. Harnessing the power of community engagement, its 28 projects emphasise the value of both the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Garnock’s Buzzing is one such project, re-establishing wildflower meadows and proving their value to pollinators and people through engaging school pupils.  

 
Sacro's Garden Project
Sacro's Garden Project in Glasgow supports adults who have been marginalised. The project offers individuals aged 18+ who face barriers to employment and social inclusion the opportunity to learn and develop new skills. In partnership with Glasgow City Council, Land Environment Services and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Sacro are delivering the Garden Project in Bellahouston Demonstration Gardens and Tollcross Park, Glasgow. Their video includes powerful personal testament on the difference this gardening makes.
 
Using Minecraft™ for place-making with children in north Glasgow
Project partners A Place in Childhood, Sustrans Scotland, St Paul’s Youth Forum and St Philomena’s Primary School, responding to the issue of young people’s voices often being overlooked when it comes to community engagement for infrastructure, used  Minecraft™ as an engaging placemaking tool. The approach involved site visits, followed by creating a virtual representation of the site to develop design ideas for how to improve the pedestrian square they had visited.

Image credit: Sustrans Scotland, Pupils from St Philomena’s PS
 
Your community greenspace FAQs
Here’s the place to find help and advice to make the most of your greenspace. At greenspace scotland, we receive lots of calls and emails from people and groups looking to get more involved with their local greenspace, from finding out who owns it, to organising events and volunteering activities, fundraising for improvements and responding to planning applications, through to community leasing and ownership options. There is a lot of information available, but sometimes you need a helpful guide to navigate your way through the plethora of online advice and support. We hope that ‘Your Community Greenspace’ will help signpost you to the right information. Take a look here

UK and international news

Enabling a Natural Capital approach
Defra has released the latest update to its Enabling a Natural Capital Approach (ENCA) guidance for policy and decision makers. The update contains links to data, guidance and tools to aid understanding the value of the environment and how to take it into account. It aims to provide a platform to update tools and guidance as knowledge develops, and to identify new evidence and areas for development. 
 
NATURE Tool BETA version launched
Ecosystems Knowledge Network and WSP, in collaboration with Northumbria University, have released the BETA version of the NATURE Tool. This tool is designed to help practitioners assess the impact of land-use and management changes on natural capital performance with the aim of achieving net gains for the environment.
 
Applying the urban greening factor in London
London Plan Policy G5 requires all major developments to include urban greening as a fundamental element of site and building design. The policy introduces the use of an Urban Greening Factor (UGF) to evaluate the quantity and quality of urban greening provided by a development proposal. The Mayor of London is consulting on draft Urban Greening Factor guidance to support boroughs and applicants in meeting the requirements of the London Plan.
 
Greening pavements - Rotterdam challenges Amsterdam
Like many cities addressing Climate Change actions, Rotterdam is replacing paving with greening. Walk down a block in any neighbourhood of Rotterdam and chances are it will look greener than just a few months ago. 'Tiles' (paving) that once lined the front facades of many apartment buildings, homes and offices have been ripped out and replaced with plants, bushes and trees.

Winter placemaking and addressing homelessness in parks
8 80 Cities have launched two special guides focused on creating more inclusive and healthy year-round public spaces. Addressing Homelessness in Parks challenges misconceptions of people experiencing homelessness and highlights promising approaches to parks management. The Winter Placemaking Guide seeks to offer practical solutions to create more equitable, engaging and age-friendly public spaces during the winter season. 

Research 

Young Women Lead 2021 on Glasgow's public parks and bus system
An easy-to-read report that summarises the findings of two surveys gathering the experiences and views of Glasgow's women and non-binary residents to include their voices in urban design and development including public parks. 

Benefits of community-driven green infrastructure
In flood-prone areas of New Orleans, community-based organisations have been increasing stormwater retention capacity through a community-based approach. This report, produced by a collective of Black-led community organisations from New Orleans, analyses the economic benefits of investing in green infrastructure projects to prepare communities for worsening climate crises like urban flooding.


Carbon dioxide emissions and woodland coverage where you live
The levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and woodland coverage vary across the UK. The ONS interactive maps let you see how your area looks, and how it compares with other areas.
 
Biodiversity and benefits for human health
Published in preparation for The United Nations Biodiversity Conference, this research provides evidence to promote increasing access to and improvement of green areas in cities and suburbs to reduce health effects caused by air pollution, excessive noise and extreme heat. Greenspace access and improvement should be a priority for health care and disease prevention, policy making, nature conservation and urban development.
 
Students benefit from study breaks in greenspace
This review on Short-Term Exposure to Nature and Benefits for Students’ Cognitive Performance promotes a no-cost solution to mental fatigue with a study break in a green environment. 14 existing studies are reviewed that investigate students at different educational levels, from elementary school to university, in a short exposure to nature lasting from 10 to 90 min during a study day.    

Funding and support

Each month we feature a small selection of funding opportunities open to parks, greenspace, green infrastructure and community projects. Visit the funding section of our website to find out about lots more funding opportunities

The Tree Council – Branching Out Fund
From £300 to £1500 available for native tree planting where young people up to the age of 21 are involved in the planting, and ideally the planning of the project. Closes 17 December (or before if all funds allocated)
 
Tree Council – Free Orchard and Hedgerow packs for schools
Each school can apply for a maximum of one orchard tree pack (5 fruit trees) and up to two hedgerow packs (up to 10m of hedge).
 
Scottish Forestry - Community Fund
Supports groups and organisations that encourage people to use woods more. Includes natural play, walking routes, volunteer skills, resources to include communities in managing forests and more.
 
Historic Environment Scotland – Historic Environment Support Fund
To support various non-recurring heritage-related events throughout the year, including producing publications and supporting community outreach. Remember: heritage is greenspace as well as buildings. Current round closes 30 November

Stirling Council – Good Food for All Fund 2021/22
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to third sector/community groups across Stirling to tackle food inequalities and insecurities and ensure that everyone has access to nutritious healthy food in line with Stirling’s Food Framework. Closes 11am 8 November
 
Tesco Community Grants
Tesco Community Grants is open for applications and will provide grants of up to £1500 to support projects focused on supporting children and families, and food poverty – including community food growing. The scheme is open to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, including Local Authorities and schools. greenspace scotland’s team of Community Enablers are here to help!

Jobs and volunteering

Research and Admin Intern - DTAS
With Development Trusts Association Scotland - part-time for 6 months. Closes 4 Nov
 
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere – 2 posts
Land Use Advice Officer and Community Officer. Closes 5 Nov

Communications & Marketing Officer (Maternity Cover) – Paths for All
Paths for All are looking for an experienced and talented communicator to join their busy team promoting everyday walking in Scotland. Closes 7 Nov
 
Head of Conservation and Engagement - Fife Coast and Countryside Trust
Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) is an independent charitable trust who work to promote, manage, and maintain Fife’s outdoor spaces and is seeking a Head of Conservation & Engagement who will be an integral part in driving work forward. Closes 8 Nov
 
Community Gardener - Walled Garden, Falkirk – Cyrenians
A Community Gardener is required to manage a programme of maintenance and development for those on community payback orders to participate in, and to bring back into use half an acre of ground within Dollar Park, Falkirk that is open to public. Closes 8 Nov
 
Estates Development Officer (Community Food Growing Strategy) – Falkirk Council
Working within the Council’s Parks and Environment teams to implement Falkirk Council’s Community Food Growing Strategy including assisting in the development and implementation of a series of thematic food growing action plans. Closes 10 Nov
 
Project Manager – Fidra
Fidra is recruiting a Project Manager to develop and lead new initiatives or take on existing initiatives in the area of pollution and biodiversity. Closes 11 Nov

Events and training

With COP26 happening in Glasgow between 31 Oct – 12 Nov there’s a huge number of environmental events and activities taking place both online and in person. We’ve included info on how to register for the main event hubs.
 
29 Oct - 14 Nov The Sustainable Glasgow Landing
Bringing life to a vacant site on the riverside during COP26 hosting local and global organisations that respond to this challenge. A vibrant programme of activities where the climate and social justice movements meet the arts.
 
31 Oct - 12 Nov – COP26 Green Zone programme of events, Glasgow
Youth groups, civil society, academia, artists, business from all over the world will be hosting events, exhibitions, cultural performances, workshops and talks. Open to the public at the Glasgow Science Centre it will be an amazing opportunity to learn about climate action.
 
1-12 Nov - After the Pandemic @ COP26, Glasgow
After the Pandemic and many partners are creating a space at Strathclyde Union where everyone can take part in the climate conversation and drive positive change. During COP26 they will Rethink, Reimagine & Redesign ways in which communities can be greener and more resilient in the future. Events are free for everyone.
 
1-12 Nov – COP26 European Union Side Events
The EU Pavilion programme has events seeking to stimulate the debate on key thematic areas and showcasing inspiring projects or policies. It includes physical side events in Glasgow, a studio in Brussels, as well as digital side events. All events will be accessible through an online platform.
 
1-12 Nov – Recipes for Resilience, Food Systems at COP26
Together with partners Nourish are bringing to life a 12-day event dedicated to food and climate during COP26. This event will highlight the importance of food systems within the climate conversation with panel discussions, screenings, hands-on events and community engagement.
 
6 Nov - Global Day of Action for Climate Justice, Glasgow and worldwide
Organised by COP26 Coalition with actions, local hubs and regional initiatives. Climate marches in Glasgow from Kelvingrove Park to Glasgow Green and across the world. Wherever you are in the world, now is the time to join the fight for climate justice.
 
7-10 Nov - People's Summit for Climate Justice, Glasgow and Online
As world leaders meet to discuss our future, the COP26 Coalition will host The People’s Summit for Climate Justice. 150 sessions bringing together movements across the world to discuss and strategise for system change. Join in online or in-person in Glasgow.
 
10 Nov – NHS Scotland Sustainability Conference, Online
Innovation Cafés will feature sustainability and climate change initiatives in policy and practice across NHS Scotland including public health, primary care, clinical, property and estates and facilities
 
10 Nov - The social crisis within the climate crisis, Online
In this GCPH seminar, Dr Belkin, Founder and President, Billion Minds Institute, will explore what climate change means for population mental health, the need to redesign our mental health system, what a ‘next system’ looks like, and what we need to do get there.
 
10 Nov - Sustainability: Contribute to lower carbon emissions when building outdoor solutions
Design playgrounds with low carbon emissions using equipment made from recycled materials and of sustainable natural wood. Kompan will introduce you to their new recycled materials for building outdoor activity areas and show what you can do to lower carbon emissions when you design.
 
23 Nov – Park Managers Forum: focus on Participatory Budgeting, Online
The November Park Managers Forum will be focusing on working with communities and using Participatory Budgeting. The Forum is open to all local authority park and greenspace managers and officers. Further details will be mailed soon to all on the Forum mailing list. If you’re an LA parks and greenspace officer and haven’t received info, please email 
 
24 Nov - Community gardens beyond communities Mexico focus, Online
The fourth in a series of seminars with a focus on how community gardens can be catalysts for wider community mobilisation on environmental issues. The programme involves the collaboration of policy-makers, community activists and academic partners from Scotland, Brazil, Portugal, Nepal as well as USA and Kenya.
 
Sustainable Cities: Governing Urban Adaptation Under Climate Change
Online course suited to professionals with a public or private sector background and an interest in building skills in tackling climate change. Discover expert governance strategies for preparing urban areas to face the challenges posed by climate change.
 
Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference
Online course developed by University of Dundee and WeObserve. Discover how to build your own citizen science project to address global challenges and create positive change.
 
On Demand – Green Parklets, Online
The Urban GreenUP External Webinars Series are focused on sharing stories from cities on the implementation of different typologies Nature Based Solutions. This webinar focused on Green Parklets, with stories from Izmir (Turkey) and San Francisco (USA).
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