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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.

Sustaining Quality Event

Green Network Sustaining Quality Sharing Good Practice Event

9 June 2011, SNH Battleby Conference Centre

Are you a greenspace manager? Do you struggle with resourcing the long term management and maintenance of your urban greenspaces? This event will give you the opportunity to explore different approaches and models that could be used to tackle the cycle of investment and decline.

This event is being organised by Scottish Natural Heritage. To request further information or to register an interest in this event, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Vision is now Available

The Vision

Responding to last year’s extensive consultation process, the new Vision document sets out how the CSGN, building on what has already been achieved, will deliver across Central Scotland a high-quality ‘green network’ that will meet environmental, social and economic goals designed to improve people’s lives, promote economic success, allow nature to flourish and help Scotland respond to the challenge of climate change.

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Scotland's Finest Woods Awards 2011

Calling all community woodland projects in the Central Scotland Green Network Area

Final call for entries for special CSGN Community Woodlands Award

Are you involved in a community woodland project in central Scotland?

  • Would you like to share in £3,000 of prize money to help you deliver your project?
  • Don’t delay, enter today!

Now is your last chance to enter this year’s prestigious Community Woodlands Award and compete for the Tim Stead Trophy and £3,000 in cash prizes.

The prizes will be awarded to the best community or urban woodland project or other social forestry project which engages people with their environment in the Central Scotland Green Network Area.

All over Central Scotland people are working to support their local communities through a social woodland project, our judges want to recognise and reward their achievement!

Find out more about the awards on www.sfwa.co.uk.

Notes:

1. Who can enter?
Entry is open to community, urban or social projects from the Central Scotland Green Network Activity Area which stretches from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

2. Prizes

There is £3,000 in cash prizes - £2,000 for the winning project and £1,000 for the runner-up prize or otherwise at the discretion of the judges.

In addition the stunning Tim Stead Trophy will be awarded at the discretion of the judges with custody for one year. Both also receive a certificate and a wooden display plaque to record their achievement.

3. Award ceremony

The winning projects will be presented with their prizes on Friday, 24th June 2011 at the Royal Highland Show. An additional presentation can be made on the project site so that all those involved can join the celebrations.

4. How to enter

Simply complete a short entry form with basic project and contact details and state in no more than 500 words why you think your project would make a worthy winner of this prestigious award.

The deadline for entries is 21st April 2011 but if you need a little more time please get in touch with the awards co-ordinator to arrange for a later entry date.

5. Further information from Peter Wilson on 0131 226 4665 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Increase in SRDP Grant Rates

Increase in SRDP woodland grant rates

From January 2011 some new woodland creation applications to the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) will be eligible for an additional 10% grant rate.

The extra 10% will apply to capital items (planting work, fences, gates etc) in applications that are either:

  • using any of the three productive woodland creation options on sites recognised as 'preferred' or 'potential' in their local indicative forest strategy; or
  • using any of the woodland creation options within the Central Scotland Green Network area.

You can find further information about the new grant rates on the SRDP website.

New CSGN Identity

New CSGN Identity

Just completed is work to deliver a brand identity, brand values and brand architecture to support CSGN communications. Our design consultants were asked to create a strong and unique identity for the initiative which would aid recognition and understanding of the CSGN amongst the wider existing (and future potential) partnership and stakeholders. We hope you like what has been created.

You can read more about the design process in the branding report and see the new identity and learn how it should be used in the brand guidelines.

Many thanks to those of you who helped in this process through either the phone survey or the ‘bringing the brand to life’ workshops.