Specialist Services

Planning & design services

We offer a range of services at the planning and design stage of a project, including site surveys, feasibility studies and landscape design.


Getting your project started

Turning an idea into a solid proposal requires specialist expertise, from surveying the land and its habitats to building GIS databases and testing design concepts with stakeholders.

We can deploy our skills in any of these areas to support your project and help to get it off the ground.

Browse our specialist planning and design services below for more information and contact us if you would like to find out more.

In detail

Our planning & design services

We offer a range of services to help you scope and design your project.

Commission a Feasibility Study

Before a spade goes in the ground, we will assess a project’s viability. This can be crucial to having funding approved, making grant applications, or simply testing the water with local stakeholders.

We have all the experience needed to put together comprehensive feasibility studies for your particular environmental regeneration project. That could mean checking planning regulations, consulting with local residents, or incorporating on-site research, like ecological surveys.

If you need to commission a feasibility study for a greenspace, woodland, or other environmental project, get in touch.

Site Surveys

A site survey is an essential component of any construction or planting project. It plays a crucial role in ensuring accurate site planning and successful project execution.

From identifying service infrastructure to analysing terrain features and undertaking comprehensive risk assessments, we provide vital data that enables architects, engineers, construction and planting teams to make informed decisions.

We also undertake ecological surveys to establish baseline biodiversity data for monitoring outcomes linked to habitat enhancement and restoration.

If you need support with site surveys for an environmental project, please get in touch.

Commission our design team

We manage the full design process, from creating concepts to testing designs through stakeholder consultations and producing the final construction plans.

Our in-house landscape architects can work with you to produce project proposals and communicate these to your organisation and stakeholders using 2D or 3D visualisations.

Get in touch with our team for more information.

GIS Data Management and Mapping

We provide a range of specialist Geographic Information System (GIS) services to assist the planning and execution of environmental regeneration projects.

These services include GIS data management and delivery of data, along with technical expertise in spatial analysis and visualisation of geographic data.

We can also offer bespoke development and implementation of innovative GIS solutions, tailored to your project.

For more information, contact our team.

Speak to the experts

From advice on developing a proposal, to surveying a site, it all starts with a conversation. Get in touch with us to start the ball rolling.


Why commission Green Action Trust

Four decades of experience goes a long way, but it’s not just about how many years we’ve been operating. Commissioning or partnering with us means tapping into our ability to add value to projects, literally by accessing funding, but also by taking a holistic view of long-term environmental and planning policy and best practice.


A holistic approach

We look at the bigger picture, not only by offering a complete solution from inception to delivery, but by taking a holistic approach to delivering interconnected outcomes. You can also rely on our insight and advice on national policy, frameworks and targets.


Leverage Funding

Our intricate knowledge of funding streams means we routinely multiply the value of projects. Alongside leveraging our involvement in national programmes, this allows us to deliver more outcomes for clients, without increasing their own budget.


Feasibility & Scoping

As our mission is to deliver positive environmental outcomes for Scotland, we will actively look to develop ideas with potential partners and scope their feasibility. 

Project examples

Browse our projects

We have been planning and designing environmental projects across Scotland for four decades. Browse the gallery for a selection of our work and visit the projects page for more in-depth examples.

Leven Programme

The Leven Programme is a series of connected projects along the River Leven in Fife, which have the environment, heritage and people at their heart.

Clyde Climate Forest

Delivering a vision to plant 18 million trees in both urban and rural parts of Glasgow City Region over the next decade.

Queensland Court, Glasgow

Greenspace creation at Queensland Court, Glasgow. This shows the site during construction of the new raingarden, which we facilitated through a process of community consultation and local events.

Ravenscraig Park

We helped North Lanarkshire Council transform this site from a former steel works into usable greenspace and outdoor recreation facility for local communities.

Zetland Park Raingarden

We adapted and enhanced the Zetland Park Rose Garden by integrating a raingarden into its redevelopment.

Avenue End Road Greenspace Enhancement

We were commissioned by Glasgow City Council to transform an area of vacant and derelict land into a community asset, creating woodland and wetland habitat, a teaching circle and preserving important water vole habitat.

Lochshore, Ayrshire

Woodland creation project at Lochshore.

Cart & Kittoch Woodland

Creating a native broadleaf woodland south of Glasgow for local communities to use and to connect woodland habitats across the city.

Cadder Woods

A multi-phase project to make Cadder Woods a safe, accessible and enjoyable place where nature and community can thrive.

Polmont Woodlands

This project for Falkirk Council aimed to improve the resilience, amenity, and conservation value of woodlands across the Polmont area.

Glendevon Drive Greenspace

Making the greenspace along Glendevon Drive more climate resilient and turning it into a more welcoming park space for the local community.

Crossmill Weir Removal

Opening up the Levern Water for migratory fish, improving the river’s physical condition and ecological status.

Shotts Nature Park

Enhancing biodiversity and improving accessibility in this popular outdoor space in North Lanarkshire.

Safer Routes to School, Denny

We were commissioned by Falkirk Council to develop this safe active travel route in Denny.

Kilmacolm Community Woodland

Our aim is to work with the community to create a woodland site that can be enjoyed by all and remains a haven for wildlife.

Rannoch Park

We are working with Falkirk Council and Inner Forth Futures to make Rannoch Park more climate resilient and welcoming for the local community.

Polmont Woodlands Phase 3

This project for Falkirk Council aims to improve the resilience, amenity, and conservation value of woodlands across the Polmont area.

Black Moss Nature Park

West Lothian Council commissioned us to manage and improve the woodlands and peatland in this nature park in Armadale.