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Forth Valley Orchards

 Stirling Charity Reaps Funding Reward for Forth Valley’s Orchards

Stirling-based environmental charity, Forth Environment Link, has been awarded funding to continue the development of the Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative.

The award of over £84,000 has been made by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund for a programme of orchard developments until March 2012.
 
FEL Development Manager, Jane Cullingworth said, “We are absolutely delighted that to have been awarded CSGN funding.   Over the next nine months we will be running a full programme of events that will involve communities, landowners and the wider public.  We will be  providing orchard training workshops, hosting an Orchard Management Certificate in partnership with Elmwood College, undertaking a feasibility study on the economic potential of orchards, and hosting another CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme (across the whole CSGN area)”.

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Development Fund 2012

Green cash boost to transform central Scotland

Thirty one greenspace projects in the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) area are to share in a £1.1million funding boost.

The greenspace funding aims to kick-start the transformation of the central belt region into a better place to live and work.

Projects in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Fife, Renfrewshire, Clackmannanshire, Stirling, Inverclyde and Ayrshire all receive funding.

Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson, said the funding would result in real action on the ground:

“The CSGN project is the biggest greenspace project of its kind in Europe and aims to change the face of central Scotland, by restoring, transforming and greening its landscape.

“Covering nearly 70 per cent of Scotland’s population, the CSGN will make a marked difference to the lives of people living and working in this region.

“This is the second round of funding through the CSGN Development Fund and we will see some very exciting projects take off this year.

“The whole project is very much a partnership affair with local authorities, greenspace and regeneration organisations and communities working together to create change on a massive scale.”

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Scotland's Finest Woods Awards Winners

The Best of Scotland's Woods

A community group from Livingston and a Berwickshire based botanist beat off competition from around Scotland to pick up trophies at this year’s Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards. Environment & Climate Change Minister, Stewart Stevenson presented the Community Woodland Award to the Dedridge Environment Ecology Project and the New Native Woodlands Award to David Long at a ceremony at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston. 

School Award Winner

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Additional Places - Forum

CSGN Forum: 14 June, Westerwood, Cumbernauld

There has been heavy demand for places at this year’s Forum, so to meet this demand we are making available a further 20 delegate places.

If you would like a place please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. this week. Places will be allocated on a first come basis. More details about the Forum, are available on our website.

We look forward to seeing many of you next week.

John Muir Trail

John Muir Trail

On behalf of the CSGN Board, SNH has been developing proposals for the John Muir Trail as part of a wider network of longer distance routes within the CSGN.

Following a workshop in February 2011, SNH has met with all 19 local authorities and other partners. These meetings have been valuable in shaping up the route proposal for the Trail and has helped develop thinking on the wider network.

SNH has now launched a consultation draft proposal and is seeking detailed feedback from those local authorities and partners whose areas and interests the route would pass through.

In addition SNH welcomes more general comments from others both on the route proposal and the wider network.

Consultation questions on the John Muir Trail have been provided to help guide responses. Comments by tracks changes or otherwise are fine, or please call Ron McGraw or Rob Garner to discuss the proposals

Responses are welcomed by 8 July. Please respond to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01786 435394 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 0131 316 2682

Following the consultation, SNH intends to refine the proposal and prepare for implementation, including undertaking a technical survey. Over the summer, SNH will also be in contact with all local authorities with draft maps for the wider route network (to check for accuracy) before later consulting more widely on the network proposal.

Consultation Paper (.doc)

Maps:

John Muir Trail Overview (.pdf)

Dunbar to North Berwick (.pdf)

North Berwick to Musselburgh (.pdf)

Musselburgh to Cramond (.pdf)

Crammond to Linlithgow (.pdf)

Linlithgow to Kilsyth (.pdf)

Kilsyth to Strathblane (.pdf)

Glasgow link (.pdf)

Strathblane to Balloch (.pdf)

Cultivating Urban Greenspace

Cultivating Urban Greenspace Day Symposium

1 June 2011 Time: 10:00-17:00

School of GeoSciences (Geography), University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh

The symposium is aimed at bringing together researchers, policymakers and practitioners interested in urban greenspace with a particular focus on urban cultivation, community gardening, urban orchards, and the regeneration of public/private greenspaces within the city. More broadly, it will be of interest to those interested in the links between greenspace and health, access to outdoor environments, urban open spaces, sustainability, human interaction, nature-society relationships, and horticultural therapy. It is hoped that the day will provide an opportunity to discuss issues relating to urban cultivation in more depth and, where possible, act as a springboard for future collaborations.

Confirmed speakers:

Caroline Brown (Heriot Watt University)

Elaine Gibb (Greenspace Scotland)

Anna Jorgensen (University of Sheffield) Elizabeth Richardson (University of Edinburgh) Hillary Vipond (Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens)

The symposium is free to attend but places are limited.

To book a place, please email Patrizia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 23 May 2011.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The symposium is being co-ordinated by Dr Nina Morris and is sponsored by the Human Geography Research Group (HGRG) in association with the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH).

IUCN Peatland Conference

'Investing in Peatlands - Delivering Multiple Benefits' Conference

University of Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA

Monday 20- Wednesday 22 June 2011

The focus of this second annual Conference is on securing peatland ecosystem service benefits through different funding opportunities.

Programme highlights include keynotes from Prof Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen; Sir Graham Wynne, Committee on Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee; Micheal O’Briain, Natura 2000, EU Commission; and Prof Nick Hanley, University of Stirling.

For more infomation, visit the conference webpage.

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