GreenSpace Scotland launches an online map detailing all urban sites

Map brings together data from 32 local authorities to give details of all Scotland's green spaces.

Environmental charity GreenSpace Scotland has launched an online map that shows all of Scotland's urban green spaces - a total area of 1,112sq km.

The map brings together data from all 32 of Scotland's local authorities to show the location and type of all of the country's city parks, playing fields, allotments, play areas and gardens. It means information on all of the open spaces in Scotland is now available in one place.

Members of the public can access the map and search for details and spaces by place name or postcode. Users can also use navigation tools to find out about the extent and type of green space in their area.

Those involved in green space professionally can use geographic information system data to interrogate and analyse the data.

GreenSpace Scotland led the development of the map thanks to funding support from the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.

GreenSpace Scotland chief executive Julie Procter said the map was a significant achievement and a powerful demonstration of how effectively national and local Scottish organisations could work together on projects of national importance.

"Nowhere else in the world can people check out their local green space at the click of a button," she added. "Behind that simple action lies several years of work with local authorities to collate the information."

The map was due to be published on 14 September.

KeyStat

160,000 - The number of football pitches that could fit in Scotland's urban green space.


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