National Path Demonstration Sites are Live


Paths for All’s new National Path Demonstration Sites website is now online.

The new resource showcases two demonstration paths’ at Scottish Natural Heritage’s Conference Centre, Battleby near Perth and Oatridge College, West Lothian near Edinburgh. The resource is packed full of useful technical information about different path surfaces, bridges, boardwalks, gates and much more.

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First TransPennine Express and Forestry Commission's Green Grants 2012


First TransPennine Express (FTPE) and the Forestry Commission (FC) would like to inspire people to make a positive improvement to their community and improve their local environment. The FTPE and FC Green Grants are available for environmental improvements in relation to trees and/or woodlands for the benefit of the community.

If you have an idea or project that is a physical environmental improvement and will make a long term, visible improvement, then the FTPE and FC Green Grants is for you.

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Community Food and Health (Scotland) Small Grants Scheme


Community Food and Health (Scotland) has an annual small grants scheme open to groups and agencies in Scotland who would like to improve access to, and take up of a healthy, varied and balanced diet. Grants from £500 to £3000 are available.

The small grant scheme is open to groups and agencies working within Scotland’s low-income communities to improve access to, and take-up of, a healthy balanced diet.

Applications are welcomed from groups or agencies working with and within low-income communities throughout Scotland. Individuals or private companies cannot apply.

The deadline for applications is Friday 10 August 2012 5pm. Late, emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Full details on the scheme are available from Community Food and Health (Scotland).

Multifunctionality of Green Infrastructure Research


The Multifunctionality of Green Infrastructure new series of In-depth Reports from Science for Environment Policy, which take a comprehensive look at the latest science for key policy topics.

Green Infrastructure (GI) stands to improve quality of life in many ways, through its environmental, social and economic credentials, based on the multiple use of natural assets which in turn delivers multiple benefits (often described as multifunctionality). Potentially a very valuable policy tool, GI’s multifunctionality could contribute to the achievement of a number of policy aims and fulfil the needs of a variety of stakeholder groups.

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Trees in the Townscape - A Guide for Decision Makers


Trees make places work, look and feel better. As well as playing a role in climate proofing our neighbourhoods and supporting human health and environmental well-being, trees can also help to create conditions for economic success. This guide provides decisions-makers with the principles and references they need to fully realise the potential of urban trees.

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Strategic Directions for the National Forest Estate


Forest Enterprise Scotland is consulting on its strategic directions for the management and delivery of benefits from Scotland’s National Forest Estate. It is looking for views on:

  • the proposed approach to communicating what the National Forest Estate is and what it delivers;
  • strategic directions and management principles for the National Forest Estate;
  • whether there are any strategic gaps or omissions; and
  • how partners and stakeholders might want to be involved with the National Forest Estate.

The draft Strategic Directions document lays out in broad terms the story of, nature of and vision for the National Forest Estate.  It is a successor document to the existing Strategic Plan.

Written responses are invited by 12 October 2012. Further information about this consultation is available online.

Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Review


The 2012 review of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy was officially launched on 6 July 2012 by the Minister, Stewart Stevenson. It is introduced as ‘Scotland's response to the European Union’s Biodiversity Strategy for 2020 and the ‘Aichi Targets’ set by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.’ Responses are invited by 26 September 2012.

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