The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Annual Review 2018/19 has been published and is available to download.
The review provides an insight to our partners’ work that, by improving the environment across central Scotland, is making healthier places to live, and more attractive places to invest and do business in. It brings a focus to the national significance of the CSGN, projects that are being delivered at scale, and action that is benefiting people at a community level.
The commitment and efforts of the many partners helping to deliver the CSGN have made this a very successful year. For example, 2018/19 has been a record year for woodland creation with the national target to plant 10,000 hectares being surpassed, helping to mitigate the effects of the planet’s climate emergency.
The John Muir Way has been successful in accessing funding to continue to increase awareness and use of the long distance walking and cycling route. Local businesses and attractions along the route are also being engaged as we seek to increase footfall, and support stronger and more sustainable local economies.
A key strength to the success of the CSGN’s delivery is our partners’ ability to work together. In 2018/19 we saw a number of partnership programmes draw to a close – the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, Clyde and Avon Valley Partnership and EcoCo LIFE. In addition to the impact they have made, they leave a legacy of benefits, as well as bringing new opportunities and ventures.
New partnerships are also emerging such as the Leven Programme, a regeneration initiative involving government agencies, non-government organisations, private sector and local communities to help deliver environmental improvements in and around the River Leven.