- Councillor Gordon MathesonLeader of Glasgow City Council
- Sadie DochertyLord Provost of Glasgow
Make Glasgow a National Park City
Let’s turn Glasgow into Scotland’s first urban National Park that encompasses the third largest city in the United Kingdom. Together we can let Glasgow flourish.
A Glasgow City National Park* aims to help strengthen our health, biodiversity, recreation, and aesthetic attitudes when living, working and playing in our city. Campaigning for National Park status will stimulate a debate around how we value nature and wild places in Glasgow. It will encourage different people to think creatively about how the benefits of National Parks can be shared and celebrated within a city context. And it will provide a truly ambitious message during Glasgow's Green Year 2015.
A Glasgow National Park would embrace all natural and cultural heritage – from 300 million year-old fossilised trees, to Commonwealth Games 2014 legacy parks. It would welcome new thinking, modern solutions and opportunities across a range of agendas. We can transform how we tackle health inequalities, improve education opportunities and attainment, increase our nature connection, improve visitor experiences, influence planning decisions for people, and much, much more.
Glasgow is diverse. Throughout its history it has welcomed migrants from all over the United Kingdom, and from across the world. 15.4% of the city is of a minority ethnic group. The entire region surrounding the conurbation covers about 2.3 million people, or 41% of Scotland's population. A City National Park would help celebrate diversity in a modern Scotland.
Located on the River Clyde, Glasgow has over 90 parks and open spaces, more than any other city its size. The network of green spaces accounts for over a fifth of the City. Glasgow has 26 allotments and is brimming with garden space, canals, ponds and river potential. From Local Nature Reserves to community led gardens – Glasgow has it all. Over 6,000 species of bugs, animals, plants and fungi have been recorded within Glasgow.
Although it may seem counter-intuitive at first, Glasgow City would make an outstanding National Park for residents and visitors to enjoy and value. National Parks are currently funded by government to conserve and enhance their natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage; and promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of National Parks by the public, and promote sustainable economic and social development of the area’s communities. There is no reason why this thinking could not be applied to an incredible urban habitat like Glasgow - as much as a remote and rural one.
This is not a proposal to change planning policy in the city - the role of the Glasgow City National Park would be to inform, inspire and coordinate best practice. Nor would it replace the countless national organisations and grass-roots groups who are already doing incredible work across the city.
The Glasgow City National Park would be a new kind of park, a 'National Park City'. It is an idea that thousands of us could get behind to improve our communities, wildlife and habitats.
With your help the Glasgow City National Park could be turned into a reality. People make Glasgow. Let’s help Glasgow flourish. Please show your support and back it now!
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Thank you for your help. Together we can make this happen!
*Currently a Notional Park
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- Leader of Glasgow City Council
Councillor Gordon Matheson
- Lord Provost of Glasgow
Make Glasgow a National Park City
Please create the Glasgow City National Park, a new kind of urban National Park that encompasses an entire major world city.
A Glasgow City National Park would radically change how people see, think about, enjoy, shape and value the city. From highlighting Glasgow as a smart green city and promoting opportunities for residents and visitors, to better coordinate the existing green infrastructure, there are countless benefits to becoming a National Park City.
Despite meeting many existing National Park assessment criteria, Glasgow does not need to be a traditional National Park. Instead Glasgow could be named as a National Park City, a new class of National Park that would aim to reflect the creativity and needs of Scotland's largest city.
Glasgow City Council has the power to create this new and innovative class of National Park.
As a first step please support the debate around how the people of Glasgow can benefit from valuing and connecting with nature, and agree to fund (or part-fund) a study into making the Glasgow City National Park a reality.
Thank you very much for your time.
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