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Scotland’s most deprived areas suffer from multiple negative outcomes. People living in areas of multiple deprivation often have poorer quality environments and therefore reduced ecosystem services, which can have a disproportionate impact on the poor, deprived and vulnerable in society. Poor and degraded local environments are associated with health inequalities, and poor quality local greenspaces have an adverse impact on people’s perceptions and use of the outdoors. The results of the Scottish Household Survey show that people who live in the most deprived areas are more likely to have less local greenspace close to where they live, are less likely to visit the outdoors or local greenspace and are likely to be the most dissatisfied with their local greenspace. They are therefore less likely to experience the acknowledged benefits of spending time outdoors for physical and mental health and well-being. These same areas often suffer from low economic growth and the poor quality environment can be a barrier to attracting inward investment.

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Urban Design with Nature Sharing Good Practice Event - 21 February 2018 - Battleby Conference Centre, Perth

Organised by Scottish Natural Heritage in partnership with ERZ Studio, WSP, and Glasgow City Council this free event is for urban planners, designers, architects, landscape architects, developers, contractors, engineers; house builders and social...

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Associate Feature: Greening the grey - why Scotland needs green infrastructure

Holyrood Magazine has published an article written by our Chairman, Mike Cantlay, setting out the importance of Green Infrastructure and the positive impact it can have on communities.  You can view it ...

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
The Adult Health and Social Care Crisis - Green Infrastructure as part of the solution

Rather than regarding green infrastructure as a burden on hard-pressed public finances, we should embrace it as an important part of an approach to sustainable healthcare, says Ben Williams.

Friday, November 24th, 2017
LCTT Challenge Fund Round 2 now open

Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund is now open for Round 2 applications.  Energy Saving Trust administers the fund on behalf of Transport Scotland.  Click...

Thursday, October 26th, 2017