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East Renfrewshire's green networks

Well planned and well designed green networks are a fundamental component of successful place making and help deliver better, more sustainable places.

Grow Wild - Barrhead Water Works Wild Flowers

The Think Green Team want to help promote the planning and development of enhanced greenspace and diverse habitats for the benefit of people and nature!

Do you or your community have a Green Network project that you would like to take forward? If so then get in touch:

What is a green network?

The green network comprises a local network of natural, semi-natural and man-made greenspace - including watercourses, woodland and other habitats - as well as active travel and recreational routes.

The importance of a good quality environment is increasingly highlighted as an essential component of successful, healthy and sustainable communities. Greenspace, opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities and the natural services provided by nature, contribute to our overall wellbeing and prosperity.

As part of our continued efforts to make East Renfrewshire a thriving, attractive and sustainable place for residents and businesses to grow; we want to promote our green networks and greenspace to encourage the public to discover more of East Renfrewshire, and to enjoy our countryside through exercise and outdoor activities.

What are the benefits?

Green Networks can provide a wide range of benefits for the urban environment including:

  • Opportunities for physical activity and healthier lifestyles.
  • Supporting biodiversity.
  • Encouraging walking and cycling.
  • Reducing the risk of flooding.
  • Carbon storage.

They also provide a valuable local resource for residents and encourage inward economic investment.

Where are the green networks and projects?

East Renfrewshire are developing various projects to improve the environmental qualities of the area. Ongoing projects include:

Barrhead green network

  • Barrhead water works
  • Carlibar Park
  • Cowan park
  • Auchenback Greenspaces
  • Barrhead South (including Aurs Glen)

Newton Mearns green network

  • Capelrig 'Green Corridor'
  • Maidenhill
  • Shawwood Greenspace Enhancement Project: the results of the consultation on proposals to enhance the large area of greenspace between Mearns Road and Shawwood Crescent can be viewed under related information.

Waterfoot Community Fund Reports

The Netherlee masterplan

The Netherlee masterplan, landscape strategy and consultation report outlines access and environmental enhancements in and around the Netherlee public area.

Netherlee is rich in facilities and amenities. However, strategically important links are missing in the pedestrian and cycle networks. Greenspaces are poorly accessed and maintained and the streetscape has the character of a busy main road rather than a community hub.

The creation of a community led masterplan focusing on access, landscape, public area and streetscape represents a strategic approach to :

  • encourage more active travel such as walking and cycling
  • improve access and quality of local greenspace
  • support local economies
  • improve an overall sense of place

The masterplan aims reconnect Netherlee to create clear paths and cycle routes. These will connect to an improved and more user friendly set of spaces and places for play, social activity and leisure.

pdf icon Download the Netherlee masterplan [24Mb]

Further information

The following external sites are excellent resources on Scotland's green networks and green spaces

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