Friday, 18 June 2010


I may only have a concrete backyard but not only is it my oasis, it's also proof that you can 'green' just about anywhere.

I had an interesting discussion on that very topic this week at work. We were discussing how we respond to a consultation on what could be seen as just another Government initiative - Central Scotland Green Network. On the face of it the idea looks like just another worthy environment type thing. But the real beauty of it is that it connects and exposes the importance and value of green and open space to well being, happiness and economic prosperity. So it's not just about green for the sake of it (valuable though that is) but green space as a key benefit for communities, and an important right for everyone.

So, what's that got to do with my back yard? Well, on an individual scale it proves the point. You don't need a garden to have green space. And you don't need lots of space to grow stuff. And it really does help make a space into a place.

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