Developing Open Space Standards


Three CSGN local authorities, Fife, North Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire Councils, have been working with greenspace scotland to develop a framework for producing locally responsive open space standards covering quantity, quality and accessibility. The initial interim report on this work was launched at an SNH Sharing Good Practice event on 31 January 2012.

A workshop in September 2011 with other local authorities to discuss the emerging framework identified a series of next steps which will be addressed during 2012/13. Work will include testing the framework in an urban context and against other approaches; developing guidance; and producing a full report for publication and dissemination.

There is more information about open space standards on the greenspace scotland website.

Good Places, Better Health for Scotland's Children


‘Good Places Better Health for Scotland’s Children’, the Scottish Government’s latest health report, recommends having well maintained and managed public spaces; creating neighbourhoods which support and encourage children's access to the natural world in their everyday lives; and creating a Scottish Neighbourhood Quality Standard that is used as a standard for neighbourhood asset development.

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Celebrating John Muir in 2014 Makes Economic Sense


The CSGN, supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, is developing proposals to extend by 2014 the existing John Muir Way which currently runs from Dunbar to Fisherrow in Musselburgh through to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park-Scotland’s first national park and over to Helensburgh. Studies have shown that such a route will prove attractive not only to native Scots but to many abroad, not only in the United States but around the globe where Muir’s name resonates loudly. The economic benefit study shows that with appropriate marketing some 700 jobs could be created over the first five years of the route’s existence with an estimated 9,000 end to end walkers in the first year.

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CSGN Benefits Highlighted to First Minister


COSLA’s Annual Conference on 17 February provided an opportunity for the CSGN Partnership Board Chair, Keith Geddes, to flag the benefits of the CSGN to Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, and councillors and officials from a number of councils along the proposed route including East Lothian/ Midlothian/ City of Edinburgh/West Lothian/ Falkirk/North Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire. An early ambition for the CSGN is to develop the John Muir Way across central Scotland in time for 2014, both the Year of Homecoming and the centenary of Muir’s death.

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CSGN Development Fund Update

Forestry Commission Scotland have updated the advice for the CSGN Development Fund on their webpage. The detailed "advice to applicants" has also been updated. These updates clarify the the position with regards VAT and eligible costs following some queries that were received.

The deadline for the submission of complete applications is: 12:00 noon on Friday 2nd March 2012.

Forestry Skills Programme for Young People

Through a variety of training programmes within the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN), Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is providing over 200 young people with practical skills and experience in order to positively influence their level of future employability.

Finance Secretary John Swinney has been meeting some of the young people benefiting from one of our funding partners, FCS’s, employment programmes delivered by the Wise Group.

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Partners Wanted for LIFE+ Bid


SNH is  developing a LIFE+ application to reduce habitat fragmentation and improve connectivity across the CSGN, through targeting, facilitating and implementing action on the ground.  With a start date of July 2013, SNH is looking to build a partnership to deliver around £3-5M of activity

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