CSGN Forum 12 June 2012



Venue: The Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SF

This second annual Forum for the CSGN looks at the health and vitality of our major towns and cities and draws inspiration from green infrastructure projects in London, New York and closer to home. As well as some fantastic speakers, conference delegates will be able to learn about 2 of 8 CSGN-funded case study projects. The Forum also provides an opportunity to meet up with colleagues from across the Green Network.

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High Quality Greenspace Integral to Regeneration Plans


In December the Scottish Government published its refreshed Regeneration Strategy “Achieving a Sustainable Future” which set out its vision of a Scotland where our most disadvantaged communities are supported and where all places are sustainable and promote well-being. The role of the CSGN in achieving this vision is noted in the strategy, and a commitment is made to continued support for projects that improve the environment in regeneration areas through the CSGN Development Fund.

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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.

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