Glasgow gives 27 green spaces legal protection

Twenty-seven Glasgow green spaces are now protected in law through a Fields in Trust initiative, meaning they can only be used for recreational purposes.

Queen's Park, Glasgow. Copyright Chris Haikney/Wikimedia
Queen's Park, Glasgow. Copyright Chris Haikney/Wikimedia

The arrangement with the Glasgow City Council means that the sites will only be used as public playing fields, open spaces, parks or for recreation, leisure or sporting use. It has been carried out as part of a 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy project.

Fields in Trust Scotland chair Brian Samson said the council is "leading the way" by protecting forever s significant proportion of its public green spaces.

"At a time when there is pressure on land for housing and commercial development we applaud the decision to safeguard recreational space for future generations and provide opportunities for families and the wider community of Glasgow to enjoy time outdoors. Access to parks and playgrounds contributes to physical health, mental wellbeing and community cohesion resulting in more active and longer, healthier lives."

The sites in the scheme cover some well-known parks in the city including Cathkin Braes, Rosshall Park and Glasgow Green but also includes lesser-known playing fields, recreation and grounds such as Riccarton Street Park in Govanhill, Binghams Pond off Great Western Road, Milton Park and Ashtree Park near Pollokshaws.

Following a due diligence and legal process the 27 sites are being given a Fields in Trust designation. In the event that the council wished to change the use of a site, to sell, or build upon a site, Fields in Trust must give their consent.

In addition if the council wanted to remove an area from the Fields in Trust scheme, an alternative site must be added to the list in substitution.

Founded in 1925 by King George V, Fields in Trust (formerly known as the National Playing Fields Association) works to ensure that all citizens have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation.

The Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge  was the charity's flagship UK-wide programme to protect outdoor recreation spaces. It celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, London Olympics and Paralympic Games and closed with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Botanic Gardens
Cathkin Braes
Darnley Mill
Ashtree Park
Auldhouse Park
Binghams Pond
Broomhouse Park
Castlemilk Park
Garnethill People's Park
Dowanhill Park
Garrowhill Park (excluding Community Centre, Tennis & Bowls)
Gorbals Park
Govanhill Park
Hayburn Park
Holmlea Park (including extensive informal sport facilities)
Maxwell Square (including extensive informal sport facilities)
Milton Park
Naseby Park
Newlands Park
Queens Park
Riccarton Street Park
Robroyston Park
Rosshall Park
Thornwood Community Park
Yoker Recreation Ground
Baltic Street
Glasgow Green (excluding Fleshers Haugh)

Image copyright Chris Haikney / Wikimedia, used under Creative Commons

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