Woodland Expansion Advisory Group Update

The papers of the third Woodland Expansion Advisory Group have now been published on the WEAG website.

There are a number of interesting items (covering topics as varied as vacant and derelict land and ecosystem services) including a report by Bob Stubbs which examines the different barriers faced by landowners and forestry investors, and an investigation by Scott McG Wilson into different models of forestry that could help integrate trees with farming and sporting interests.

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Seven Lochs Wetland Park Consultation Underway

The Seven Lochs Wetland Park is an exciting new green network project in the N.E. of Glasgow – spanning the Glasgow and North Lanarkshire Council areas. Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership (GCVGNP), working on behalf of the Gartloch Gartcosh Strategic Delivery Partnership  and supported by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund, has published a draft ‘Seven Lochs Wetland Park vision and masterplan’.

 GCVGNP now want to communicate this plan as widely as possible to organisations working in and around the Park, and gather comments and feedback on the proposals and how they can be further developed.

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Learning from Edinburgh - The UK's Best Parks Team

St Andrew's Square

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN);  the largest greenspace initiative in Europe, wants to celebrate and share learning from the City of Edinburgh Council’s Parks Team after it was voted the top team in the UK.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership, said “We have an example of best practice right here on our doorstep and we plan to ensure the knowledge is communicated across central Scotland. Austerity in the public sector economy does not mean we have to lose quality, as this award shows. We intend to do our bit by helping make sure that best practice is communicated and shared.”  

The local authority team in Edinburgh, one of the 19 local authorities covered by the CSGN area, was voted the ‘Best Service Team: Parks, Ground and Horticultural Service’ at the Association for Public Sector Excellence Awards last month.

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CSGN Community Project Fund

Grants for small-scale, community led projects delivering the green network are now available through the CSGN Community Projects Fund.

Groups can apply for funding of up to £1,000 for projects that:
• deliver green network improvements on the ground; and/or
• increase community use of the green network; and/or
• Increase community involvement in the maintenance and enhancement of the green network locally.

The overall aim of the Fund is to foster community involvement in delivering the CSGN in their area.

For more information see our funding page.

CSGN Learning Outdoors Fund

Calling All Schools - do you want to improve your outdoor environment and get your kids out the classroom but don't know where to start? Then the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Learning Outdoors Fund could be just what you need.

The Learning Outdoors Fund is available to all educational establishments in the CSGN area to help them improve their grounds and local greenspaces to enable more children to participate in learning outdoors and natural play.

More information is available on our funding page.

CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme

Following on from last year’s success, Stirling-based environmental charity Forth Environment Link has announced the launch of another year’s funding of the Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2011/2012.

The scheme, supported by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund 2011, aims to encourage landowners, land managers, community groups, organisations and agencies to establish and manage orchards, and increase orchard biodiversity.  It will cover the whole of the Central Scotland Green Network area across nineteen local authority areas from Stirling to South Ayrshire, and from North Ayrshire to East Lothian.

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