Population - 615,000

Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in Scotland's West Central Lowlands.

Glasgow is focused largely around tertiary sector industries such as financial and business services, communications, biosciences, creative industries, healthcare, higher education, retail and tourism.

It has grand buildings from the industrial era, luscious green parks and numerous attractions along the waterfront.

Connecting Nature Partner – Glasgow City Council

Contact: Gillian Dick - Gillian.Dick@glasgow.gov.uk


Dealing with the link between people and place to encourage ownership and stewardship - particularly driving entrepreneurship amongst the underprivileged.

Dealing with flood management and urban water based on public space.

Explore ways of dealing with management of public space in a period of austerity in public spending.


The green space is valued in terms of its function within the larger green-blue system.  The local community accepts that these spaces help mitigate larger urban generated environmental problems.

There is a greater sense of engagement and entrepreneurship driven by local groups rather than by the city council.

The green network leads to far greater positive outcomes such as jobs, safety, physical and mental health.


5 years’ time

Securing funding for water management.

Local authorities and communities have a common understanding of the problems at hand and can speak the same language.

Communities accept that their public spaces are dynamic and may change based on natural events such as flooding.

Nature-based solutions used to activate other initiatives such as the ‘stalled spaces’.

Community organisations are driven to manage their water challenges.

10 years’ time

Urban generated water is used as a resource that can be fed back into the city’s needs.

Uptake of city-scale urban agriculture.

Cleaner air quality.

Increased entrepreneurship connected to flood alleviation.

Formally contaminated and inaccessible zones are greened and accessible.

15 years’ time

Actions result in scientifically proven outcomes.

Due to the nature-based solutions initiatives, positive secondary results have occurred such as safer streets and public spaces, physical and mental health has been improved.

A collective sense of the value of Glasgow, at a city scale, as a connected city.

Local entrepreneurship has also embedded a greater sense of ‘political engagement’ that has allowed younger actors to break through traditional structures.