Greenspace brings a lot of environmental benefits as well as health benefits to our staff, patients and visitors. The Sustainability Team would like to implement greenspace into areas with a lot of potential and opportunity across various sites. There has already been a number of greenspace projects in various health centers and hospitals such as Gartnavel General and Possilpark.
Having access to greenspace provides staff, patients and visitors with the opportunity to go outside and even take part in various activities such as gardening. Having access to greenspace encourages exercise and improves physical and mental health.
In relation to biodiversity under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act (2004), all public bodies in Scotland are required to further the conservation of biodiversity when carrying out their responsibilities. In addition, it is required under the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act (2011) to provide a public report on the actions which they have taken to meet this biodiversity duty.
The board are required to report to the Scottish Government every three years as part of Scotland’s Biodiversity Route map 2020. This brings together the key work needed to deliver on the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy: 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s biodiversity.