Reflecting on 10 years of Green Networks

Reflecting on 10 years of Green Networks


More than 10 years ago the Green Network concept was conceived in our region by some visionary strategic planners who were considering the essential components of an economically successful Glasgow City Region. They recognised that a key component of that success was a high quality environment in the form of connected multi-functional greenspace - a ‘Green Network’.

Facilitating Delivery

Since the Partnership’s formation in 2007, we have been at the vanguard of Green Network thinking, leading with the development of guidance (e.g. Greenspace Quality Guidance), analytical tools (e.g. a greenspace map and the Integrated Habitat Network model) and greenspace initiatives (e.g. Branching Out). We have also been instrumental in facilitating the development of major green network delivery projects (e.g. Cuningar Loop Woodland Park & the Seven Lochs Wetland Park). In addition we have developed understanding about the role of green infrastructure in development (e.g. Maidenhill Development Framework) and the important contribution of urban green infrastructure to the delivery of the Central Scotland Green Network (‘Costing’ and ‘Resourcing the CSGN’ studies).

Transformational Change

So, our Partnership has achieved a lot in our City Region in the last decade and influenced the development of Green Network initiatives across urban Scotland. There is huge potential for the Partnership’s accumulated expertise to facilitate transformational change through Green Network delivery across our region. We are developing significant projects in our Strategic Delivery Areas (Yoker, Clydebank and Inverclyde) and identifying potential projects to deliver strategic Green Network connections spanning the region. Significant opportunities exist to realise important benefits for our region (Active health lifestyles, Climate resilience and secured Ecosystem services) through Green Network delivery on vacant & derelict land, underperforming greenspace and the integration of green infrastructure in built development.

We intend to continue to champion the Green Network Vision conceived by those planners over a decade ago and to work hard to see it delivered over the next decade and beyond.

View our Showcase film to learn more about our work >>

About our Partners

The GCV Green Network Partnership was formed in June 2007, and brings together the region’s eight local authorities as well as Forestry Commission Scotland, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health. Each partner is represented at senior level on the Partnership Board.

Need to know more?

t: 0141 229 7746e: enquiries@gcvgreennetwork.gov.ukGCV Green Network Partnership, 125 Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 2SA

  • North Lanarkshire Council

  • wdc

    West Dunbartonshire Council

  • Glasgow City Council

  • South Lanarkshire Council

  • Scottish Natural Heritage

  • Glasgow Centre of Population Health

  • Renfrewshire Council

  • East Renfrewshire Council

  • Inverclyde Council

  • Forestry Commision

  • Scottish Enterprise

  • East Dunbartonshire Council

  • sepalogo1

    Scottish Environment Protection Agency

  • Clydeplan