Greenspaces are the 'green lungs' of our towns and cities contributing to improving people's physical and mental health by providing places for informal recreation - walking, cycling, sitting, socialising and children's play - and 'breathing spaces' to take time out from the stresses of modern life. They bring the countryside into our towns and cities, and make it accessible from our 'backdoors', and help to make neighbourhoods attractive places where people want to live and work.

The quantity, quality, character, distribution and accessibility of greenspace varies across Scotland, reflecting local circumstances. Greenspaces are used in many different ways and include not only areas to which the public have physical access, but also visual access, for example, in the way greenspaces provide settings for buildings, communities and everyday activities.

The greenspace agenda in Inverclyde is currently delivered through Lower Clyde Greenspace, a partnership between Inverclyde Council and Argyll and Bute Council.  It is committed to working in partnership to improve the range, quality and uses of the local environment for the communities of Inverclyde and Argyll & Bute.

The Council completed an Open Space Audit in 2015. The audit, which assessed the quality of all open spaces identified in the Local Development Plan (LDP) Proposals Map, will be used to inform the preparation of the next LDP and will also contribute to the development of an Inverclyde Green Indicator by Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership. The summary report of this audit can be downloaded via the link on this page.

The post of Greenspace Officer is currently vacant. Any enquiries can be made to Margaret Pickett in the Planning Policy team on 01475 712493, who can provide interim advice.