A new Glasgow map has been added to a series of products that aim to reveal the abundant nature in the UK’s cities.
A Community Interest Company, Urban Good, has created the Urban Nature map, alongside others of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Central London to showcase more “green” and “blue” areas.
Printed on the same press as Ordnance Survey maps, the large, folded maps utilise a special Pantone fluorescent ink to highlight all the places to explore on foot or by bike.
Instead of the usual manmade features being at the fore of the map – think road atlas, A-Z, satnav, Ordnance Survey and Google maps – the maps showcase green spaces, such as parks, woodland, playing fields and nature reserves, as well as the blue of rivers, lakes, lochs and coast.
The urban maps also incorporates symbols marking places to walk and cycle, take in views, plus geodiversity sites.
On the reverse of the maps is an atlas of information, graphics, and ideas, to get more people to explore their cities.
Glasgow: Dear green place
Despite being Scotland's largest city, Glasgow takes its origins from being known as "dear green place". Today, there are more than 90 park areas, as well as numerous rivers, such as the River Clyde, which dissects the city.
Urban Good state: “The Urban Nature Maps aim to stimulate people to see the city differently; to think more deeply about the city as a place, and our place in it.
“These are resources to encourage more awareness and more action for people and nature…to help put nearby nature in everyday lives.”
The Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle Urban Nature maps cost £9.99. A “Footways Central London” map costs £5.50. See Urban Nature Maps.
Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.
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