Let’s bring your local spaces to life…

'Dunfermline Public Park is really transformed since the [community placemaking] consultation. It’s a good example of the lighter, quicker, cheaper approach rather than having a traditional masterplan - Kevin O'Kane, Greenspace Officer, Fife Council'

Community Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to revitalising, planning, designing and managing places. It is based on the premise that successful places are characterised by lively, secure and distinctive public spaces that function for the people who use them. It involves working with the people who live in and/or use a particular place, in order to discover their needs and aspirations. This information is then used to create an agreed place vision and action plan which focuses on people and function rather than design-led solutions.

The Community Placemaking process involves systematic observations, interviews, surveys and place evaluation workshops with local communities and their partners. There is an emphasis on making both short term, often low cost, and long term changes. The place vision can evolve quickly into an implementation strategy, beginning with small scale, do-able improvements that can immediately bring benefits to places and the people who use them.

The process encourages a unique sense of community ownership and stakeholder support, enabling those with a diverse range of interests to identify and achieve a common purpose for the benefit of all. Community Placemaking can yield benefits far beyond making better spaces for people developing community identity, skills and capacity. Find out about the Placemaking process

Increasingly, we use community placemaking as a tool in our wider projects - particularly our work with young people; our community growing programme and our work on greenspace and climate change.

We can offer a range of consultancy services and training


would you like us to help?

If you would like to find out more about our Community Placemaking services, please contact Ea O'Neill, our Programme Manager email

We can provide a range of services, support and training. Costs vary depending on the size, complexity and range of Placemaking support services required and the number of staff needed to support the Place Evaluation.

Please contact us to discuss your needs and budgets – we are happy to provide a no obligation quotation.

our experience

greenspace scotland has been placemaking with communities in Scotland since 2005. We’ve worked with community organisations, local authorities, urban regeneration companies, housing associations, private developers and planning/design firms - take a look at some Placemaking case studies.

Our team has been trained by the internationally renowned US based Project for Public Spaces (PPS) greenspace scotland is the only UK organisation to be accredited by PPS as a provider of placemaking services and training.