April 20, 2018

The importance of greenspace to be discussed at Glasgow Caledonian University

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The importance of greenspace for youngsters growing up in Scotland will be discussed at an event at Glasgow Caledonian University this summer.

The annual Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Forum will celebrate 2018 as Year of Young People, exploring how the needs and rights of children should be at the heart of decision-making locally and globally.

Experts attending this year’s event will include architect Hanna Johansson, who has been instrumental in transforming Billund into Denmark’s Capital of Children.

The Danish city is leading the way with a 30-year plan to create a biodiverse space, or ‘holistic urban environment’ for both children and grown ups.Keith Geddes, chair of CSGN, said: “Fundamentally, we all recognise the importance of greenspace and outdoor activities for healthy, active children and young people.

“From the importance of child-friendly urban design and access to the natural environment through to children’s health and mental well-being and positive educational outcomes.

“The Forum will look at international and local examples of good practice, and explore the challenges we face and the opportunities available to us in creating an environment in which children and young people can participate actively in the development and use of a high quality built and natural environment.”

Also attending is Adam White, president elect of the landscape institute, and part of the team that designed the regenerated Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, a £5.7 million legacy project from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

He said: “A well designed play space should create a sense of place, unique to anywhere else and offer reasonable risk allowing children to explore their own imagination whilst reconnecting them with nature.

“Our Cuningar Loop project shows how the entire landscape can offer play value and not just a corner of a park or garden. Think grassy mounds, playful planting, tunnels, boulders, beaches, bridges and, cycle tracks all complemented by robust timber play equipment.”

The plan from CSGN is to transform the central belt into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and enriches people’s lives.

For more info on the 2018 forum, head to centralscotlandgreennetwork.org/forum.

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