The Case for Green Infrastructure Investment in Scotland

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Scottish cities are rich in history and heritage, attracting international tourists and revenue. But with the Scottish urban population growing at record rates, with most residing in the central belt and urban areas, work needs to be done to ensure the high quality of life and living spaces in major towns is preserved.

To cater for the surge in city living, mixed-use properties have become increasingly common as developers look to exploit every square metre of land. However, this has come at the expense of green spaces, with air pollution, climate change and even mental health issues just some of the many effects regularly blamed on the built environment.

The emergence of Green Infrastructure (GI) is breathing new life into our concrete jungle, with the government and local authorities proposing major investment to make our cities and towns greener than ever before. Furthermore, the funding for these types of projects in Scotland is on the rise, with two competitive funds, the Green Infrastructure Fund and the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund providing a combined £15 million for regenerating urban areas in Scotland that have low quality green space and an excess of derelict land.

But what exactly is GI and why is it important? Essentially, it is the preservation and development of natural spaces in urban areas. Parks, roof gardens and even cycle lanes can be considered part of the GI concept. They all represent elements of the natural world integrating with the urban environment. Ponds, reservoirs, football pitches and private gardens are all prime examples of Green Infrastructure in action, especially when all linked to a considerate stormwater management design.

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