Glasgow & West Scotland

Legal protection for Glasgow's 'dear green places'

Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Image caption Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Dozens of outdoor areas in Scotland's largest city have been given protected status as green spaces.

Glasgow City Council has entered into a legal agreement with the charity Fields in Trust, which aims to safeguard recreational areas.

Under the scheme, 27 sites can only be used as playing fields, open spaces and parks for leisure and sport activities.

The protected sites include Glasgow Green and Cathkin Braes and a number of less well-known locations.

Glasgow City Council leader Frank McAveety said: "It's widely acknowledged that having access to outdoor space and undertaking some level of activity has numerous mental and physical benefits for individuals and families.

"We were delighted to take part in this scheme to guarantee areas for people to use and enjoy now and in the future."

'Healthier lives'

The council said the decision to protect recreational areas was part of the city's Commonwealth Games legacy project.

Brian Samson, chairman of Fields in Trust Scotland, said: "At a time when there is pressure on land for housing and commercial development we applaud the decision to safeguard recreational space for future generations and provide opportunities for families and the wider community of Glasgow to enjoy time outdoors.

"Access to parks and playgrounds contributes to physical health, mental wellbeing and community cohesion resulting in more active and longer, healthier lives."

The sites which now have protected status are:

  • Botanic Gardens
  • Cathkin Braes
  • Darnley Mill
  • Ashtree Park
  • Auldhouse Park
  • Binghams Pond
  • Broomhouse Park
  • Castlemilk Park
  • Dowanhill Park
  • Garnethill Peoples Park
  • Garrowhill Park
  • Gorbals Park
  • Govanhill Park
  • Hayburn Park
  • Holmlea Park
  • Maxwell Square
  • Milton Park
  • Naseby Park
  • Newlands Park
  • Queens Park
  • Riccarton Street Park
  • Robroyston Park
  • Rosshall Park
  • Thornwood Community Park
  • Yoker Recreation Ground
  • Baltic Street
  • Glasgow Green

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