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Pioneering park funding project launched in Scotland

Words: Roger Milne
Park in Scotland

An innovative way of financing and managing parks and green spaces is set to start in Scotland thanks to support from Glasgow and Edinburgh City Councils and financial backing from Nesta and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A sum of £1 million is being committed to the MyParkScotland project. This web-based initiative is designed to help people and businesses discover and support their local parks. It combines elements of crowdfunding, for individual and business giving to support parks.
Greenspace Scotland has developed MyParkScotland in partnership with the City of Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils, Future Cities and the Edinburgh Friends Forum. Longer term, the intention is to extend it across Scotland.
Julie Procter, chief executive of Greenspace Scotland, said: “Finding new and innovative ways to make the financing and management of parks and green spaces sustainable is vital to ensuring their future. We need to make sure we maintain and keep our parks in good heart today and for the benefit of generations to come. MyParkScotland is our response to this challenge.”
Alistair Watson, Glasgow City Council's executive member for land and environmental services, said: “MyParkScotland will involve the people of Glasgow by giving them a real say in what parks and open space projects they would like to support. It puts the ethos of community planning and decision making at the very heart of the process by bringing local communities together."
Adam McVey, vice-convenor of the Ediburgh's transport and environment committee, added: “We have been developing ways to foster a greater sense of community ownership of parks for a number of years. MyParkScotland will provide a responsive way for communities to identify park priorities, communicate these more widely, and raise resources to realise them.”