The literal translation of Glasgow’s name is ‘Dear Green Place’ and the City has traded on this for many years now.
However, an analysis by mapping firm Esri UK ,analysing Landsat 8 satellite images from spring 2016 for the 10 cities with the largest populations in the UK, has found that in fact Edinburgh is far greener and is actually the greenest medium to large sized city in the UK as the image above (from today’s Guardian) reveals.
The top ten was as follows:
10. Liverpool 16.4% green
9. Bradford 18.4% green
8. Manchester 20.4% green
7. Leeds 21.7% green
6. Sheffield 22.1% green
5. Greater London 23% green (good old Royal Parks)
4. Birmingham 24.6% green
3. Bristol 29% green
2. Glasgow 32% green
1. Edinburgh (a whopping) 49.2% green
Sorry Glasgow, but Edinburgh is half again greener than you are.
It’s notable that much of the green in Glasgow is in the East end.
You can read all about it here.