Contribution of Green and Open Space in Public Health and Wellbeing

The James Hutton Institute has published a report about the contribution of green and open space to public health and wellbeing. The report which has been produced with partners University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, Heriot Watt University, and Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland, presents the findings of the GREENHEALTH project.

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Glasgow's Green Year 2015

In 2015 Glasgow will hold a Green Year to promote its drive to become one of the most sustainable cities in Europe.

The Green Year concept was born out of Glasgow's bid to be European Green Capital 2015. While Glasgow narrowly missed out on the European title - plans to celebrate the city's journey from an industrial powerhouse to a sustainable city are gathering pace.

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Pretty Vacant Pecha Kucha Event

Pretty Vacant was a Pecha Kucha event run by Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) on the subject of temporary use of urban spaces.  This form of event allocates 7 minutes to speakers and they show 20 slides.  Subjects varied from using waste materials to engage the community in creating distinctive spaces, to using vacant spaces as temporary cinemas or for parkour, to innovative food projects such as through community gardens, the Big Lunch campaign or using aquaponics. 

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Vacant and Derelict Land Seminar and Tour

Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership hosted two events in partnership with Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Research. These took place on the 28th August and 5th September on the subject of vacant and derelict land and the opportunities for greening.

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Active Travel - Interchange project

This month, Transform Scotland – the national alliance for sustainable transport – and Sustrans Scotland published a new report that sets out how combining cycling with public transport networks can both increase the reach of Scotland’s public transport networks and help meet the Scottish Government’s ambitions for increased levels of cycle use.

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