Assessing equality in neighbourhood availability of quality greenspace in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Baka, Anastasia and Mabon, Leslie (2022). Assessing equality in neighbourhood availability of quality greenspace in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Landscape Research (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2022.2051458

Abstract

We assess the relationship between neighbourhood-level deprivation and local greenspace quality in Glasgow, Scotland. There is interest globally in inequality within the accessibility of urban greenspace. It is recognised that social and political inequalities can lead to less well-off areas having less or lower-quality greenspace. We evaluate the relationship between neighbourhood-level deprivation and greenspace quality by combining socio-economic data with assessment of neighbourhood greenspace from Google Street View, subjecting our observations to statistical testing. On nearly all measures of greenspace quality, there is a statistically significant correlation between deprivation and greenspace quality, with more disadvantaged areas having lower-quality greenspace. We show it is not only the presence or extent of greenspace, but also the characteristics within greenspaces, that vary with deprivation. As existing research suggests, greenspace attributes such as tranquillity, greenness and perceived safety are important to unlock the health, wellbeing and resilience benefits that good quality greenspace can provide.

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