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Funding for growing central belt’s greenspace

Greenspace projects in the central belt can now cash in on funding thanks to an extension of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) development fund.

Organisations can apply for part of the £750,000 available for projects which promote healthier lifestyles, regeneration and enterprise, and help to join up the network, especially in areas suffering from deprivation and dereliction.

For the first time organisations can now bid for three years of financial support, rather than one year as was the case previously.  This new move will allow projects to plan for the longer-term and increase their impact on local environments.

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Campsie Fells Action Plan

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East Dunbartonshire Council and its partners have launched a 10 year plan to protect and promote the Campsie Fells. The action plan covers five key themes to improve accessibility; to ensure that future tourism and visitor activity is sustainable; to raise awareness of the fells as well as enjoyment and education; to support the local economic environment by promoting and facilitating inward investment and all importantly to conserve and enhance the Campsies.

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Green Network Vision for the Clyde

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The Glasgow Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and Clyde Waterfront Partnership have launched a new Green Network Vision for the Clyde. The Clyde Waterfront Green Network Strategy will guide future policy development and investment creating connections, maximizing recreational opportunities and assisting in the regeneration of this once bustling industrial area.

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Woodlands Health Research

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OPENspace has been awarded a £1m grant by the NHS’ National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to assess the effectiveness of a Forestry Commission Scotland programme in Scotland’s ‘central belt’. Spanning seven years and two phases to date, the Woods In and Around Towns (WIAT) initiative focuses on improving quality of life in Scotland’s urban and post-industrial areas through community access to new or regenerated woodland.

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Irvine Bay Green Network

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Irvine Bay Regeneration Company working in partnership with RSPB Scotland, greenspace scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland commissioned The Paul Hogarth Company to undertake a piece of work to develop the Irvine Bay Green Network.   Funded through the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund, the project considered a number of sites across the area and identifies opportunities for environmental improvements and enhanced community and visitor access.

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Woodland Creation Planning Grant

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A new grant to help prepare productive woodland creation proposals is now available from Forestry Commission Scotland.  The aim of the Planning Grant is to promote productive woodland planting by ensuring that woodland creation proposals are based on good knowledge of the sensitivities and local issues and are well integrated with other land objectives so as to secure multiple benefits.

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Forestry Skills for Young People

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Finance Secretary John Swinney today met some of the young people benefitting from Forestry Commission employment programmes in Scotland.


Mr Swinney spent the morning with trainees who are gaining employability skills and experience by helping to improve one of Scotland's main cycle routes near Uddingston in South Lanarkshire. Sustrans National Route 75 of the National
Cycle Network path is also part of the Clyde Walkway. The young people are strimming, tree thinning and pruning to help make the access route a more open and attractive place to use.

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