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Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Review

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The 2012 review of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy was officially launched on 6 July 2012 by the Minister, Stewart Stevenson. It is introduced as ‘Scotland's response to the European Union’s Biodiversity Strategy for 2020 and the ‘Aichi Targets’ set by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.’ Responses are invited by 26 September 2012.

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Inner Forth Landscape Initiative Receives Heritage Lottery Funding

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A pioneering partnership project aiming to enhance the landscape and celebrate the history of the   Inner Forth is one step closer to securing a major funding boost. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that RSPB Scotland, on behalf of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, has received a first-round pass of £1,975,900, including £75,900 development funding through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme.

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Rouken Glen Receives Heritage Lottery Funding

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East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) has been awarded over £2.15 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the regeneration and conservation of Rouken Glen Park. The funding will be used to improve and restore many of the park's popular attractions and to deliver a range of activities in the park that will extend peoples' knowledge of the park's heritage through volunteering and learning opportunities. ERC will be augmented the award with £1million of its own funding.

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Diamond Woods fit for the Queen

- Planting a tree for the Jubilee at Cumbernauld Community Park. Iain Moss / Woodland Trust Photo Library

Three large new native woods are being created in central Scotland as part of the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods project. The Woodland Trust has worked with local authorities in Stirling and North Lanarkshire, and Ayrshire landowner Mark Gibson to create the Borrowmeadow Farm, North Lanarkshire, and Shalloch Diamond Woods, each over 60 acres in size.

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I Bike Wins Scottish Transport Award

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An innovative scheme aimed at getting more pupils on their bikes, which was piloted at schools in Edinburgh, has won the Best Practice in Travel to School and Work scheme in the Scottish Transport Awards.

The 12 schools involved in the I Bike scheme have reported an increase in the number of children cycling to class, as well as a fall in the number of those being driven. Since I Bike's launch, the number of pupils regularly cycling to school has risen from 10.7% to 19.3%, while the number being driven dropped from 23.9% to 17.2%.

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CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme 2012/13 Launched

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Forth Environment Link has announced the launch of a third round of funding of its Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2012 / 2013.

The scheme, supported by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund 2012, aims to encourage anyone with an interest in orchards – including communities, schools, public agencies and landowners - to plant and manage orchards, use them for learning or celebrations, or use the fruit more productively.

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