greenspace scotland is an independent charitable company. We work with a wide range of national and local partners to improve the quality of life of people living and working in urban Scotland through the planning, development and sustainable management of greenspaces. 

Our activities include: developing and sharing practice, research and knowledge management, policy and funding advocacy, partnership development and support. We also provide bespoke consultancy, training and support to national, regional and local organisations – see our projects and services

our mission

working together to improve the quality of life of people in urban communities by supporting the development and sustainable management of greenspace

our goal

everyone living and working in urban Scotland has easy access to quality greenspaces that meet local needs and improve their quality of life.

our operating principles

Our work is underpinned by the following operating values and principles:


We are ambitious for what we, partners and communities can achieve through greenspace. We believe that greenspace is not an end in itself but a vehicle for delivering a wide range quality of life impacts. 


We aim to achieve the highest possible standards in all our activities, services and products. Our goal is about achieving quality greenspaces which are fit for purpose, meeting the needs and aspirations of local people – a community-focussed approach to greenspace.


Our actions are rooted in reality; responding to needs identified by communities and on-the-ground delivery partners. We believe in commissioning research and developing guidance for a purpose – to inform policy and improve practice. Our guidance is evidence-informed and draws on emerging best practice from Scotland, the UK and internationally.


We learn from everything that we do. Working in new and innovative ways means things don’t always work out as planned; how we and partners learn from this and apply that learning is important. We recognise that knowledge has little value unless it is disseminated. We value innovation but also believe it is important to support and consolidate existing practice that is tried-and-tested and delivers.

collaboration and partnership

A range of organisations have a role to play in delivering greenspace; no one organisation has all of the skills, knowledge, capacity or influence. We believe that we can achieve more by working together.

our origins

greenspace scotland was originally established in 2003, by Scottish Natural Heritage and partners, to provide a national lead on local action to improve the environment of our towns and cities and to drive forward the Greenspace for Communities Initiative (GfC). The GfC Initiative and greenspace scotland were established in response to a clearly identified need (as set out in a Business Case approved by the Scottish Executive in 2001) for a step change in the quality and quantity of greenspace across urban Scotland. This recognised the lack of quality urban greenspaces and the negative impact that this had on people, places and the natural heritage.

Funding was initially provided by SNH and the New Opportunities Fund (which became the Big Lottery Fund), and subsequently by SNH and Communities Scotland. Following a policy review in 2006/7, our core operating costs were supported by the Scottish Government, from October 2007 to March 2010. We receive funding support from a range of partners for specific research projects and other programmes of activity. Over the last two years we have been working successfully towards a transition to a social enterprise model of operation; for further details see our business plan.

greenspace scotland is a registered Scottish charity (No. SC034078) and a company limited by guarantee, registered Scotland (No. 236105)