The Vision

The Benefits

In line with the Scottish Government’s vision for Scotland, the GCV Green Network has the potential to provide a wide range of meaningful and valuable benefits for this area, its environment and the people living and working here.

A successful, sustainable place
  • Vibrant places that will attract and retain business investment
  • Attractive places where people want to live and work
  • Increased opportunities for formal and informal education activities
  • More active, healthier workforce
A natural, resilient place
  • Enhanced natural environments delivering secure resource availability for industry;
  • A protected natural environment that supports our precious wildlife
  • Reduced damage from extreme weather events
  • Improved air and water quality, helping to reduce costs and improve health
A connected place
  • Well-designed places where communities can thrive and crime is reduced
  • Attractive places providing opportunities for exercise, and promoting mental wellbeing
A low carbon place
  • Attractive off-road routes encouraging a switch to active travel
  • Locking up carbon emissions in restored peatland and new woodland

The Scale of the Task

Delivering the GCV Green Network will be a significant but achievable task and will create a big impact.

The GCV Green Network will provide well connected, high quality, multi-functional greenspaces throughout the region. From cycle paths to allotments, wildlife habitats to urban rain gardens the Green Network will creating new opportunities for people to actively explore our region’s wonderful assets as part of their everyday lives.


A regional Green Network Strategy has been developed which aims to guide strategic delivery of the GCV Green Network. It draws upon the Partnership’s significant strategic planning analyses to describe: the vision and benefits of the GCV Green Network; where and how it will be delivered; and, the ‘major players and the costs of delivery.

The Role of the Partnership

Our Partnership has been a champion of the Green Network Vision for more than a decade. We’ve mainstreamed the way in which the Green Network is considered and raised ambitions for its delivery through strategic planning.

Our film Showcasing the Green Network highlights some of our ground-breaking projects.


GCV Green Network is part of a wider Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) one of 14 National Developments in the Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework.

By 2050, the CSGN aims to change the face of Central Scotland through a programme of strategic greenspace enhancements that will benefit the lives and prosperity of our people.

In the Glasgow & Clyde Valley region (which represents one third of the CSGN area and 50% of its population) we have a significant opportunity to make the Glasgow City region one that is vibrant, resilient and hugely successful, right in the heart of central Scotland.

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

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    Scottish Environment Protection Agency

  • Clydeplan