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Development Fund 2011

Funding available to grow greenspace

Some of the central belt’s most deprived and derelict areas could be in for a facelift thanks to a cash boost from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) development fund.

£750,000 is being made available in 2011 for projects leading to a transformation of areas suffering from multiple deprivation, lack of access to greenspace and blight of vacant and derelict land.

Bids for the funding, which also enhance enterprise and regeneration, promote healthier lifestyles and build stronger communities, will be given higher priority.

Announcing the funds, Environment & Climate Change Minister Roseanna Cunningham said:

“The CSGN is Europe’s biggest greenspace initiative which aims to transform the central belt of Scotland into a more attractive place to live and do business in.

“It has the potential to make a marked change to 3.5 million people living in the area, that’s 70 per cent of the Scottish population.

“The previous funding round was hugely popular and already 72 projects have been supported, helping to kick-start the programme of transformation.

“Such was the demand we have now made a further £750,000 available to help build momentum.”

The development fund is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, who are both lead partners for the CSGN.

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

The whole project is one of the Scottish Government’s key 14 National Developments, designated in the 2nd National Planning Framework.

Keith Geddes, chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, said:

“This additional funding is a fantastic boost and takes the amount of money awarded to organisations in Central Scotland so far to almost £2.1 million.

“A further £750,000 is a significant contribution to local projects and will go a long way to improving the landscape of Central Scotland.

“We welcome bids from local organisations that need additional funding to create a greener central Scotland to live, work and do business.”

Further details of how to apply for the funding are available at www.forestry.gov.uk/csgndevelopmentfund with a closing date of 31st May 2011.

CSGN Forum

The first CSGN Forum will be held on 14 June at the Westerwood Hotel and Golf Resort.

This event is FREE.

Purpose:

  • To hear some inspirational speakers on Green Network Issues.
  • To celebrate the success of projects that received CSGN Development Funding in 2010.
  • To provide an opportunity to learn about developments over the last year.
  • To meet up with Green Network colleagues and exchange ideas.

Audience:

This event is likely to be relevant to public, private and third sector professionals, working in the fields of climate change, sustainable development, health, transport and access, landscape and biodiversity, and to academics and students.

More details will follow in the coming weeks as speakers and projects are confirmed. Please register to reserve your place and we will keep you updated.

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Community Woodlands Award

Community Woodlands Award – enter now and compete for £3,000 of prize money for projects in the CSGN Activity Area

 The Scotland's Finest Woods Awards are held every year to celebrate all that is best in the management of our woods and forests and to showcase how they contribute to the wealth and wellbeing of Scotland's people.

With 2011 designated as International Year of Forests, this year’s Awards include a special competition to promote the Central Scotland Green Network.

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Scottish Green Roof Conference

Scottish Green Roof Conference

31st March 2011, The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The Scottish Green Roof Conference brings together leading green roof experts from across Europe to talk about the latest case studies, research and policy initiatives. The conference aims to improve understanding and promote the benefits of green roofs in a changing climate, and to inspire those within the built environment sector to implement green roofs wherever practical.

Topics covered include:

  • Scottish planning policy relevant to green roof implementation
  • good practice in green roof design, construction and maintenance
  • the contribution green roofs can make to sustainable urban regeneration and climate change adaptation
  • how green roofs in an urban setting can contribute to habitat provision, health and well-being.

Who should attend

Policy and decision-makers from the public and private built environment sectors, including planners, architects and flood risk engineers, green roof clients, consultants, contractors and manufacturers, ecologists, landscape architects, and biodiversity officers.

View the flyer for the event here.

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Seminar: Central Scotland and the natural environment – opportunities and challenges for business

Seminar: Central Scotland and the natural environment – opportunities and challenges for business

Friday 4th March from 10am – 1pm at Scottish Enterprise's Apex House, Edinburgh.

This seminar will introduce the findings and implications of a survey recently carried out by the CSGN Support Unit into business attitudes to their local environment and the on-going work of the Scottish Biodiversity Committee. The workshop element of the event will help us to identify opportunities and next steps for CSGN, Scottish Enterprise and the business community to work together to improve the quality of the environment in Central Scotland. It will do this by considering the role and importance of the natural environment (greenspace and biodiversity) in contributing to business competitiveness and in particular;

  • Importance for business - consideration of natural capital as a business critical resource and driver of productivity alongside energy, waste and water management
  • Importance for the natural environment - what’s the role of business in working towards improved stewardship and enhancement of the natural environment?

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Green Networks Sharing Good Practice Event

Green Networks and spatial planning – from principles to practice

Tuesday 2nd November 2010, The Barceló Hotel, Stirling.

For: Planners and policy makers in local government, agencies, NGOs, Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) partner organisations.

Scotland’s National Planning Framework 2 identifies a Green Network for Central Scotland as the key national project to achieve a step change in
environmental quality. Scottish Planning Policy guides planning authorities to make provision for green networks for their multiple benefits.
This event will:
1) Look at approaches and lessons for the CSGN around mapping and delivering green networks through the planning system.
2) Highlight current research and resources to support the development and delivery of multi-functional green networks.
3) Discuss further work that is needed to support the delivery of the CSGN and green networks elsewhere.

Content
Speakers will address the practical lessons learned so far by SESPLan, Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and The Highland
Council when integrating green networks into spatial plans. Workshops will take a closer look at projects, including the use of SUDS and
masterplans, aimed at creating multifunctional green networks. Discussion sessions will examine how the lessons being learned can help to
build capacity, improve understanding and support practice.

A market place will offer the opportunity to learn about other projects and initiatives that have the potential to contribute to the planning and delivery of
green networks.

More Information about the Sharing Good Practice Event.

Please use this form for booking.

Best Green Campaigner

Best Green Campaigner

Congratulations to Central Scotland Green Network Board Member, Eddie Phillips, who has been awarded the title of Best Green Campaigner/ Activist at the Scottish Green Awards.

At the high profile presentation ceremony in Glasgow, hosted by Jackie Bird and sponsored by Scottish Power, Eddie was recognised in particular for his work with Go Greener in East Renfrewshire. The project founded by Eddie in 2008 aims to improve the environment at a local level and raise awareness of climate change. He said: “I am grateful to my Go Greener colleagues for such terrific support. As a volunteer organisation we have achieved meaningful progress for the local environment”.

Eddie Phillips Consultation

Eddie Phillips (left) being presented with the award by Alasdair Northrop (Editor of Insider Magazine).