With over 70% of people in Scotland living in towns or cities, it’s important that we all have access to good quality natural green space.

Urban nature is needed to ensure people are safe and happy, help improve our resilience to climate change and improve biodiversity.

Nature for health

Access to nature has a strong link to improved mental and physical health.

Living in greener urban areas is associated with lower chance of many different health conditions, but there is often un-equal access to good quality green space.

The increase in extreme weather events and pollution will only further these inequalities. Nature-based solutions offer a cost-effective way to protect and improve the health of residents of Scotland’s towns and cities.

More needs to be done to tackle health inequalities in Scotland and nature offers one possible solution.

Nature-based solutions in action

Edinburgh Living Landscape

A partnership project working with local people to increase and connect nature across Edinburgh.

Cumbernauld Living Landscape

A partnership project improving Cumbernauld’s green spaces for both people and wildlife, helping everyone in the community connect with the nature on their doorstep.

Living Cities

‘Ecological urbanism’ seeks to enhance the underlying natural foundations of the city to help create great places where people and nature can co-exist to mutual benefit.

Towns and cities resource base

Discover the best available resources demonstrating the benefits, challenges and best practice of nature-based solutions in our towns and cities. Follow the link to find out more.

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