Dementia friendly environments

Outdoor spaces can have positive effects on people living with dementia. We're working with partners to find out how to make more environments accessible to people living with dementia.

Dementia friendly Kings Park

We want to ensure that everyone living with dementia can enjoy the benefits of walking, being outdoors, and connecting with nature.

That’s why have been looking at how our paths and walking environments can be more welcoming to people living with dementia.

For this to happen we have been working to raise awareness of the challenges and issues faced by people with dementia in accessing outdoor spaces and develop training, resources, and support for organisations and groups involved in planning, designing, and maintaining paths and outdoor environments.

We have produced a Dementia and the Outdoors Guidance Note to share advice on considerations to make when creating outdoor spaces.  

Dementia Friendly Prestwick Promenade

We are currently working with Dementia Friendly Prestwick to consider changes to the promenade to make it more inclusive.  Find out more here.

For more information about dementia friendly environments email

Dementia Friendly Design at the National Path Demonstration Site  

We have been carrying out work to improve the National Path Demonstration Site at Oatridge in West Lothian. We will be including the latest in dementia friendly design guidelines to improve path surfaces, seating, interpretation, and waymarking on the site. This will help to inform professionals and community groups on the latest accessible design guidance. Find out more.

Dementia Friendly Evanton Community Woodland

In March 2019, we launched Scotland's first Dementia Friendly Woodland. We worked with Evanton Community Woodland to make it more accessible for people living with dementia.

Thanks to £6,000 funding from the Life Changes Trust, Robertson Trust, and The William Grant Foundation the area around the woodland cabin has been resurfaced to make it easier to walk around and new dementia friendly signage has been installed on the compost toilet and outdoor sink.

Other changes include areas around benches being made wheelchair accessible to encourage conversations and activities as well as new a woodland sign and staff and volunteer uniforms to make them easily recognisable as the person to approach to ask for assistance.

Read more about the project here.

Dementia Friendly Kings Park, Stirling

In June 2018, we launched Scotland’s first dementia friendly park in Kings Park, Stirling.

People with dementia, local community groups and organisations were asked about topics including wayfinding, park facilities, atmosphere, safety, and pre-visit information to help identify areas for improvement.

With the help of a working group, the following changes to the park were prioritised and implemented:

A set of recommendations has been made for future development work in the park. Read more about the changes here.

The Dementia Friendly Walking Project is supported by The Life Changes Trust, The National Lottery Community Fund, William Grant Foundation, The Robertson Trust, Spirit of 2012, sportscotland and the Scottish Government.