Greenspace

Greenspace

Public greenspaces provide a range of benefits for communities, the environment and local economy. They give us opportunities for recreation, sport and play, and healthier lifestyles, support wellbeing, contribute to a sustainable natural environment, provide vital habitats for wildlife and visually enhance the urban environment. They also provide valuable ecosystem services and support climate change action.

This page provides information on Council strategies to improve our greenspaces. These are:

  • Open Space Strategy
  • Green Network Strategy
  • Community Growing Strategy

For information on the maintenance of parks and other greenspace please see:

Parks and greenspace maintenance

Open Space Strategy

All local authorities are required by Scottish Planning Policy to prepare an audit of their open space provision and from this produce a strategy. This sets a framework for current and future open space provision and seeks to increase the quantity and quality of our open space.

The full East Dunbartonshire Council Open Space Strategy 2015-2020 and associated Audit maps are available in the Documents section. Through partnership working, the Strategy aims to provide open spaces that are inclusive, accessible and ‘fit for purpose’ - to increase the quality of life for residents of East Dunbartonshire, contribute to environmental enhancement, benefit the local economy and provide ecosystem services in response to the effects of climate change. Opportunities for improvements are set out by settlement area within the strategy.

An interactive map of the Open Space Audit is also available.

The Strategy was determined to have potentially significant positive and negative effects on the environment and it was therefore subject to a full Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), the findings of which can be found in the Environmental Report on the SEA documents page.

Green Network Strategy

Where areas of open space are connected to one another they can be said to form a green network. Connections can take the form of paths which we can use to access local greenspace or the wider countryside, or they can take the form of habitat connections which wildlife may use to move around an area to find food or shelter.

In association with the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership, the Council has produced a Green Network Strategy for East Dunbartonshire. The Strategy, covering the period 2017 – 2022, was approved by Committee in March, following public consultation. The purpose of this Strategy is to:

  • Map the existing green network in East Dunbartonshire
  • Establish opportunities to enhance and improve our existing green network
  • Identify priority areas for expansion of the network to realise a range of benefits, including improved habitat links, increased active travel, improved access to greenspace, enhanced health and wellbeing, and adaptation to the effects of climate change

The Green Network Strategy was formally launched at Mugdock Country Park in September 2017 and is available to download as a pdf from the Documents section. Paper copies are also available in libraries, hubs and Council offices.

The Council also re-signed the Central Scotland Green Network Concordat at the launch event, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to working in partnership.

An interactive version of the Green Network Strategy in the form of a Story Map is also available.

The Story Map presents a reduced version of the Green Network Strategy through a combination of interactive maps with text and pictures. We hope you enjoy exploring it. This is the first Council strategy to be produced as a Story Map and we would welcome any feedback you have on its design and how user-friendly you find it. Feedback can be sent to: sustainability@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Food Growing Strategy

Over recent years the popularity of 'growing our own food' has increased. Many people are attracted by the health benefits associated with growing your own fruit and vegetables and potential reductions in food bills from locally grown produce as well as contributions to reducing their carbon foot print by reducing the distance their food has to travel. In response to the requirements of Section 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, East Dunbartonshire will be preparing a Food Growing Strategy which will help to raise awareness of local food growing opportunities and give communities the chance to grow their own food and plants.

To help gauge demand and guide the development of the Strategy, we have held a series of events where we invited local communities and individuals to share their views and aspirations for food growing and to develop confidence to take on food growing projects in their local area. This was accompanied by an online survey.

As part of the Kirkintilloch Canal Festival (14 to 20 August 2017), a food growing stall will be present on Sunday 20 August from noon to 5pm at Barleybank Car Park, Kirkintilloch as another opportunity for locals to share their views on food growing and see what we are doing in order to develop the Food Growing Strategy. All of the responses at the previous events, Kirkintilloch Canal Festival food growing stall and to the survey will help inform East Dunbartonshire Council’s Food Growing Strategy.

For further information about food growing, including any upcoming events, and the Food Growing Strategy please email sustainability@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Useful Food Growing Links

There are a number of resources that can be used to help individuals and groups to feel confident to grow their own, either at home or as part of a community initiative.

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

Practical advice, problem solving, information on plants, how to grow your own and design advice for creating your own growing space.

Garden Organic

Advice and guidance on growing organic produce as well as using organic manure.

Carry on Gardening

The National charity, Thrive, helps people with a disability to start or continue gardening.

National Vegetable Society Guide

Advice and articles on gardening and how to grow fruit, herbs and vegetables.

BBC Gardening Guides

An online resource with gardening guides from practical gardening essentials, community gardens, making the most of your garden, expert growing advice, how to get children involved and dealing with different weather conditions.

Edinburgh & Lothian Greenspace Trust

Find out how to improve and get involved with your own greenspace,

Edinburgh & Lothian Greenspace Trust

Guide to community gardening.

Grow Your Own Scotland

Grow Your Own Scotland provides information on different ways to grow your own site.

Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society (SAGS)

View a series of guides for the allotment community in our Documents section.

Greenspacescotland 

View Our Growing Community pack in the Documents section.