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New resources to help communities use parks and greenspaces more.

19 March 2021

New Resources to help communities make full use of parks and greenspaces

NEW resources have been published to help communities, schools, health centres and other groups including community councils to use parks and greenspaces more following the pandemic.

With parks and greenspaces providing a lifeline for many during lockdown Scottish parks and greenspace charity greenspace Scotland have published Better outside – using our spaces more which provides examples, ideas, inspiration and resources for taking indoor activities outside.

The Better Outside toolkit features projects and inspiring ideas, together with downloadable resources which provide more information about making it happen, things to consider, who can help and real-life examples. There are also Technical Resources and a colourful Ideas Source Book which provides ideas and examples of seats, shelters, storage, lights and Wi-Fi from low cost interventions for as little as £5 per person to more ambitious projects that would require professional support and planning.

Julie Procter, Chief Executive of greenspace Scotland said: “At greenspace scotland we’ve always talked about parks and greenspace as our natural health service, our children’s outdoor classrooms, our community and leisure centres without a roof. Now we need them more than ever. The ‘Better outside – using our spaces more’ resources are packed with ideas and examples to help groups take indoor activities outside. As we look ahead to restrictions cautiously easing, now is the time to start thinking and planning for free-range community centres, youth work al fresco, outdoor play and learning, and taking cinema and music outside.”

View Better Outside resources

More info at Greenspace Scotland website