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    What is the Green Network?

    The Glasgow City Region's 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 provide easy and well-linked access to the outdoors for people of all ages.

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    Our Vision

    Our vision is of a transformed environment, one that improves lives and communities and lets business flourish. Through the Green Network, we aim to make the Glasgow City Region one of the most attractive places in Europe in which to live, work and play.

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    Benefits

    The Green Network will transform the City Region providing attractive places for people and wildlife by creating:

    • a successful, sustainable place;
    • a natural, resilient place;
    • a connected place;
    • a low carbon place

Clyde Climate Forest Launched

Ten trees will be planted for every person in the Glasgow City Region as part of a new urban 'forest' that is to be created to tackle climate change.

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Anna Beswick is the manager of the Adaptation Scotland programme. Adaptation Scotland give advice and support to help ensure Scotland is prepared for, and resilient to the impacts of climate change.

anna image 09.01.13 edit and border websiteShe advises and works in partnership with public, private and community sector organisations to raise awareness and encourage action to address the challenges that Scotland faces as a result of climate change.

She is currently working with the Partnership on the 'Climate Ready Clyde' project and on defining the critical role the Green Network should play in preparing the Glasgow City Region to deal with climate change hazards.

 

We asked Anna to reflect on her experience of working for the Partnership, and what influence she sees it having on her work.

1. What role do you think the Green Network has in delivering a city region resilient to climate change?

The establishment of green networks across our towns and cities will play a critical role in helping Scotland adapt to the impacts of climate change. For example, green networks have a key role to play in helping us cope with projected increases in autumn and winter rainfall and will play a critical role in managing flood risk as part of integrated flood risk management planning. Green networks will also help us adapt to long term increases in temperatures by providing services such as natural shading and the ability to absorb heat.

2. How do you see the GCV Green Network Partnership adding value to strategic planning for climate change adaptation?

As an active participant in the Climate Ready Clyde project the GVC Green Network Partnership is already contributing significantly towards securing the development of a regional climate change adaptation strategy and action plan for Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. The partnership is pushing forward with innovative research and projects that clearly demonstrate the role that green networks can play in ensuring that Glasgow and the Clyde Valley builds resilience to the impacts of climate change. This work places GCV Green Network Partnership at the heart of adaptation planning for the region.

3. How can strategic planners lead the way in applying Green Network approaches for climate change adaptation?

The increased introduction of green network approaches such as street trees, green roofs and walls, urban wetlands and green corridors is vital if our towns and cities are to be resilient to the impacts of climate change. Strategic planners have a vital role to play in helping the delivery of green network approaches become a reality. It is important that planning practitioners are provided with information and advice as to the climate risks that exist and the role of green networks approaches, alongside other adaptation options, in addressing these risks.

Benefits

The region's Green Network can provide a wide range of benefits for people and wildlife.

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Our Role

The Executive Team deliver the work programme of the Partnership and more beyond.

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Working Together

We bring people together, we think strategically and act as a catalyst for action.

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Publications

All our Strategies,
Reports, Guidance and Corporate brochures.

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Case Studies

  • Maidenhill is a large scale residential development site which has the Green Network and Green Infrastructure as central components of its Masterplan and Design Guidance.

    It is an exemplar of how planning policy and guidance should give Green Infrastructure the same level of importance as “grey” infrastructures such as roads and energy and be ‘designed in’ to new developments from the outset.

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  • At more than 16km2 the Seven Lochs Wetland Park is destined to become Scotland's largest urban wildlife site, and an exemplar of Green Network planning and delivery.

    Straddling the Glasgow & North Lanarkshire boundary between Easterhouse, Coatbridge and Stepps the Seven Lochs is a fantastic asset at the heart of the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network.

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  • The Clyde Gateway takes in an area of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire totalling 3.3 square miles. It is identified in the third National Planning Framework as a National Regeneration Priority.

    The Clyde Gateway has in recent years undergone massive transformation and this change will continue for years to come. The principle of integrating the Green Network as a fundamental part of the regeneration process has been embraced by delivery partners from the outset.

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  • The Partnership has been at the forefront of Green Network Thinking for more than 10 years. From early development of the concept to integrating it into the planning system and promoting it across disciplines.

    Today the Green Network is built into many national, regional and local policies & strategies, take a look at our timeline which highlights key moments and vital pieces of work which have shaped the Green Network over the years.

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The Blueprint

The Blueprint sets out how the Green Network will allow people to move around and between their communities via off-road paths and greenspaces and identifies where these connections currently exist and where there is a need to complete the Network.

This will allow identify areas which need to be protected, enhanced and created.

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