Scottish Cities

Greenspace and openspace in selected Scottish cities

Greenspace citiesClick on graph to expand

This chart above gives a breakdown of greenspace types in four cities in Scotland, as well as a total breakdown for urban Scotland.  Of the four cities, Glasgow and Aberdeen have the smallest proportion of their greenspace taking the form of private gardens and grounds. 

Glasgow has a far higher proportion of amenity greenspace than Edinburgh, with 12% of its greenspace being amenity greenspace.  However, Edinburgh has a higher proportion of its greenspace made up of public parks and gardens (17%).  In Glasgow, 13% of the greenspace is public parks and gardens, more than in Aberdeen or Dundee (5% and 6% respectively).


While quantity of open space is an important consideration for local authorities, proximity, accessibility and quality are more important considerations for levels of use and the benefits derived.  Most local authorities have undertaken some kind of qualitative audit and have developed an understanding of which communities have good access to good quality open space and those which are in deficit. 

The qualitative audits should ideally be repeated every few years to reassess resource prioritisation and to measure progress.  The different methods employed in gathering the data make it difficult to draw comparisons between local authorities across Scotland.

The State of Scotland's Greenspace report can be found here.

More information on greenspace and open space in Glasgow can be found on Glasgow City Council’s website.

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