In Glasgow, there are several neighborhoods with significant populations of people who are not white. In the Pollokshields East neighborhood, for example, almost half of the population is non-White. In contrast, the non-White population is only 2% in the other two neighbourhoods of Springboig and Barlanark. As a result, the non-White population is growing significantly in these areas.
The city is one of the poorest in the UK, and the increase in non-White ethnic minority populations is associated with a Glasgow City Council arrangement with the UK government to house refugees and asylum seekers. Recent work has also shown that the city's economic conditions may be linked to the political and historical reasons for the high proportion of minority non-White residents in the area. It would be a significant undertaking to understand the interactions between the changing population and the context in which these residents live.
Overall, greenspaces in Glasgow City score highly in terms of physical accessibility, security, and proximity to bus routes. However, they score less well in terms of aesthetics, tranquillity, and greenness. The proportion of residents of non-White communities is expected to remain high, reaching over 5% of the total population in 2031. In other words, the non-White population of Glasgow will remain relatively steady, with just under 35,000 residents of Pakistani origin representing 28% of the non-White population.
As with any research, there are a wide range of social and economic factors that can influence the perception of greenspace. In Glasgow, these factors may have an impact on how people perceive the quality of greenspace and how accessible it is to deprived areas. This study is an important supplement to top-down assessments of greenspace and site-specific consultations with local residents. These studies also offer an evidence-based, city-wide view of the greenspace quality in Glasgow.