Greenspace Scotland starts work with first community groups on valuing green spaces

Greenspace Scotland's social return on investment work being carried out with community groups has got underway.

Greenspace Scotland is adopting a cluster approach to working with 12 community groups across the country over the coming months on its Greenspace is good - so prove it! programme.

The work stems from research Greenspace Scotland carried out which provided evidence showing a sevenfold return on investment in parks and green spaces.

The first cluster of community groups taking part are from Alness, Merkinch and Aberdeen.

A new programme manager Karen Carrick has joined Greenspace Scotland to lead the scheme and is now working with the first groups on raising awareness of the value of green space.

The next phase of the programme, from May until December,  will see the community groups carrying out their own social return on investment analyses on their green spaces.

In 2011, a series of workshops and publications will provide reports and briefing notes on the results found through the work.

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