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									working together –
working smarter
                                                                           making it happen – 19




working together – working smarter
Having a common vision is not enough – successful delivery of outcomes
through greenspace requires a partnership commitment to working smarter.



This	may	involve	joint	working	(projects	or	     greeninverness partnership
programmes	with	partners	working	together)	      The greenspace strategy for Inverness
but often it is simply about working in a more   developed by the greeninverness partnership
coordinated way – better alignment of policies   clearly identified actions for all partnership
and activities. This reduces duplication and     members and also identified where these
wasted effort and allows partners to work        actions were extensions of, or adjustments
to their strengths – with specific partners      to, existing work. This joint ownership of the
prioritising different types of greenspace or    strategy and its delivery has been crucial to the
different uses of greenspace but with everyone   ongoing success of greenspace in Inverness.
understanding each other’s contribution to the   Initially, the partnership had a Development
wider agenda.                                    Officer who worked with the Partnership
                                                 Steering and Advisory Groups, Highland
                                                 Council’s Planners and greenspace scotland
                                                 to develop the greenspace vision and strategy
                                                 for the city. At the end of the Development
                                                 Officer’s contract, delivery of the strategy was
                                      both       adopted by the greeninverness partners with
                            example nd
                   xcellent           a          the recommended actions being included into
    Th is is an e ip development                 mainstream work programmes. The greenspace
    of p  artnersh ing greenspace of             action plan has now been integrated into the
                tream              ence
     of mains Whilst the pres ed                 Inverness elements of the Single Outcome
                 .                  lp
     activities ment Officer he ion              Agreement and, as a result, Highland Council
      a  Develop gether the vis th               has committed £500,000 for community
                   g to              ng
      in drawin ess, it is the stre rtners       focused greenspace projects identified in
       for In vern                e pa
                   mitm  ent of th is vision     the action plan.
        and com nsuring that th
                    e
        which is elivered.
         is being d
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evaluation support                                  third sector delivering greenspace                     communities playing their part
If our aim in developing and managing               Many Scottish local authorities have identified        The work of the community in Ardler in auditing
greenspace is to deliver priority outcomes, then    aspects of greenspace ‘activity’ where local           and monitoring the condition and quality of
it is essential that we evaluate the contribution   or national third sector organisations are well        local spaces has already been described in
that greenspace is making.                          placed to provide services which complement            the ‘understanding the greenspace resource’
                                                    the Council’s own delivery. This includes the          section.
In 2005, greenspace scotland developed the          running of Green Gyms by BTCV Scotland
greenspace Learning Evaluation and Planning         and local environmental trusts working with            Elsewhere, Glasgow Community and Safety
(LEAP)	framework	to	assist	in	outcome	focused	      communities to develop new greenspaces or              Services are implementing an on-line local
planning and evaluation.                            to reinvigorate existing ones. A good example          environmental quality tool called GLEAMS.
                                                    of the latter is the work of the Edinburgh             Using this tool, community volunteers will
The LEAP framework was used to develop the          and Lothians Greenspace Trust and City of              be able to add to the work of local authority
greeninverness strategy and to identify the key     Edinburgh Council to ‘turn around’ a failing           staff to produce a more accurate measure of
greenspace outcomes for the city. In its support    park at Hailes Quarry in Wester Hailes                 environmental quality that will help monitor
and facilitation role, greenspace scotland has      (see	‘managing spaces sustainably’).                   and improve the city’s environment. The city-
recently been working with the greeninverness                                                              wide GLEAMS score will be made public, with
partnership to develop a LEAP-based                 “Working with third sector partners like               anyone able to check how their neighbourhood
framework to evaluate the impact of partner         the Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace                  score compares to the city-wide average
actions in delivering the strategy.                 Trust brings many advantages. They can                 by typing their postcode into the website.
                                                    provide a much stronger focus on a specific            Service managers from a range of services
This framework is now being adapted for use by                                                             and agencies will be able to access more
the wider Community Planning Partnership for        greenspace whereas mainstream council
                                                    services may be relatively thinly spread”              detailed reports on specific indicators and
all	strategic	(outcome-focused)	evaluation.                                                                neighbourhoods of the city, in order to monitor
www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/leap                  “At Hailes Quarry, ELGT were able to find              the effectiveness of management interventions
                                                    and access a much wider range of funding               that aim to improve local environmental quality.
                                                    and significantly grow the budget for works
                                                    and community activities. They provided                “We have already recruited 50 Neighbourhood
                                                    an ‘anchor’ for the project and a focus for            Improvement Volunteers and they will be
                                                    community engagement in the Park”                      beginning to assess their local areas in 2009.
                                                                                                           We expect that the information which they
                                                    Parks Development Officer, City of Edinburgh Council
                                                                                                           provide will identify priorities for services and
                                                                                                           agencies and opportunities for community
                                                                                                           based action”
                                                                                                           Clean Glasgow Community Involvement Manager
                                                                                                           www.glasgowgleams.com
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The Community Woodlands model shows
that communities have the aspiration and
capacity to take a much larger role in decision-
making and management and highlights the
range of approaches to community ownership
and management which exist. In some cases,
communities own and manage local woodlands
through a specially constituted community group:

Crossgates Community Woodland
In 2005, the 16.5 hectares of woodland in the                                             ur
                                                                              ighlight o g
former mining village of Crossgates in Fife was                   amples h                 in
the first ever land sale under Community Right        These ex n that, in the com ing
to Buy legislation. This required the setting up of   e xpectatio ill see an increas e
                                                                  ew                        th
Crossgate Community Woodland Association;              years, w layers involved in . This
                                                                   p                       e
the group now manages the woods for                    range of nt of greenspac rment
                                                                     e                       e
community benefit and for conservation.                 managem mmunity empow ent of
                                                                   co              er alignm ths of
                                                        is about                tt
                                                                    about be                ng
In other cases, the community manages some               but also wing on the stre uality
or all of the local woodland but the land remains        actio  n, dra           reste  d in q
                                                                      rties inte
in the ownership of a public body:                        all the pa e.
                                                                     ac
                                                          greensp
Drumchapel Woodlands
Woodland in and around Drumchapel is owned
by Forestry Commission Scotland but much
of the management is carried out by the
Drumchapel Woodland Group – a group of
local residents. This relationship has been so
successful that in 2008 the Woodland Group
were awarded the Tim Stead Award for Social
and Community Forestry for their work in
Garscadden Woods.
There are also examples where land ownership
lies with an already established community
anchor organisation but management is the
responsibility of a more focused community
greenspace or woodland group:

Lochend Woods, Dunbar
Ownership of Lochend Woods in Dunbar
was transferred to the Dunbar Community
Development Company in April 2007 as part
of a planning agreement with local developers.
Management responsibility was given to the
Dunbar Community Woodland Group who
developed a comprehensive management plan
for Lochend Woods and now actively manage
the woods for community, education, recreation
and wildlife purposes.

								
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