Vacancy - Woodland Creation Programme Manager

Central Scotland Forest Trust in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland are recruiting a full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment (two years) to work across the Central Scotland Green Network Area:

Woodland Creation Programme Manager

(Salary £26k - £32k and benefits, dependant upon skills and experience)

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, well organised and dynamic individual looking for a role to stimulate the creation of new woodland in Central Scotland.

An application form and further information on the post is availalble from the CSFT website.

Closing date for applications is Monday 2 July 2012 with interviews on Tuesday 10 July 2012.

CSGN Contribution to Community Growing Event


Stephen Hughes, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the CSGN Support Unit, presented the findings of our Community Growing Audit, part of the 2010 CSGN Baseline work at a recent SNH Sharing Good Practice Community Growing event in Battleby. This event was opened by keynote speaker, Stewart Stephenson MSP, who announced a £600,000 package of support to encourage the development of more community growing and support the growth of Scotland’s grow your own sector.

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Inner Forth Landscape Initiative Profile

innerforthIn 2010, a group of agencies and organisations came together to form the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, an ambitious and large landscape scale project to enhance the natural, cultural and historic wealth of the Forth Estuary between Stirling Bridge and Blackness Castle, and make it more accessible to residents and visitors. The Initiative will have a significant and lasting impact on an important landscape that is currently neglected and whose historic and ecological importance is largely overlooked, through action to conserve, restore and celebrate its natural and built heritage features, and by providing opportunities for people to take part and develop appropriate skills.

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Vacancy - CSGN Path Development Officer


Scottish Natural Heritage is currently advertising for a CSGN Path Development Officer. The role of this post will be to project manage the delivery of the John Muir trail and CSGN Strategic Routes.

The post is temporary until 31 July 2014. Further details are available on the SNH Jobs website.

New Chair for CSGN Regional Advisory Forum

rebeccamaxwellThe Regional Advisory Forum met in April and the minutes of the meeting are now available. The Forum agreed to a new Chair.

Rebecca Maxwell, who is Deputy Chief Executive of Stirling Council and a member of the CSGN Partnership Board, has agreed to take on the role of Regional Advisory Forum (RAF) Chair from Keith Wishart FCS. This will create an excellent link between the Board and the RAF and will provide increased representation for the Forth area of the CSGN at the RAF. We are currently looking at dates for the next meeting of the RAF.

Minutes for the Regional Advisory Forum are available from our website.

Green cash boosts central belt’s economic prospects


Thirty eight greenspace projects in the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) area are to share in a £2.2 million funding boost.

The cash will help kickstart a variety of projects aimed at revitalising the region into a better place for people to live and do business in.

Youth employment initiatives, community growing, path network upgrades and projects transforming vacant or derelict land into attractive greenspace will receive funding.

Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson announced the funding. He said:

“The CSGN project is the biggest greenspace project of its kind in Europe. The area involved is huge with 70 per cent of Scotland’s population potentially being affected.

“The long-term plan is to transform the central belt into a more vibrant place with better economic potential for business.

“The funding announced today will act as a catalyst in preparing the way to bringing change to life right across the central belt.

“I am pleased that the projects will directly improve the environment but also give many young unemployed people a chance to improve their employment prospects for the future.”

The funding comes from the Central Scotland Green Network Development fund which is administered by Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, which are both joint leaders of the CSGN project. The fund has been boosted with a £450,000 contribution from the Scottish Government.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network added:

“Delivering the CSGN is a long-term initiative and we rely on local environmental projects to help us deliver a greener, stronger, healthier central belt on the ground.

“It is fantastic that the CSGN Development Fund is able to give these 38 projects some financial support towards their work which will not only bring environmental benefits across the 19 local authorities, but also have a positive impact on business and employment, health and wellbeing, and community spirit.”

Amongst the projects to receive funding are:

Fife Council: £46,346 to support the creation of a Core Path Implementation Team in Fife. They will recruit young unemployed people between 16-24 over a two year period to undertake a programme of signage and improvement works to the path network.

The Dalmanock Centre: £198,688 for a new employability and green skills programme in forestry, woodland creation and landscape maintenance. Unemployed people will be given apprenticeships, training, skills and qualifications whilst on the programme.

The Cassiltoun Trust: £133,544 for a two year employability programme for young unemployed people to help revitalise the woodlands and path network in Castlemilk.

Glasgow City Council: £115,000 to plan, design and implement four site specific green network projects across the city. The project will use the four sites as pilots to learn more about climate change adaptation issues including flood risks, greenspace deficits, transforming derelict land and water quality

City of Edinburgh Council: £46,346 to create a natural play facility within Magdalene Glen, an area identified as a priority for improvement for communities.

The CSGN stretches from Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Dunbartonshire in the west through to Fife and East Lothian in the east.

For further information on funded projects, please see our funding page or contact Steve Williams in the Forestry Commission Scotland Press Office (0131 314 6508).

Vacancy- Central Scotland Ranger

Central Scotland Forest Trust, working in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland, are recruiting for a Central Scotland Outreach Ranger to woek across the Central Scotland Conservancy Area.

This is a fixed term appointment of two years, full time post (35 hours per week). You will work in partnership with a wide range of community groups to support the expansion of health, education and engagement projects within woodlands across the Central Scotland area. This post will be based at the Forestry Commission Scotland office in Hamilton.

For full details on the vacancy, see information on the Central Scotland Forest Trust website.

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