Scotland’s soils are a great natural resource and provide many essential services to society, so it is important that they are sustainably managed and protected for future generations. Scotland’s Soils Website aims to make authoritative, scientifically robust soils information and data more accessible, both to help decision-makers and to increase public understanding of soils.
The Vale of Leven Industrial Estate in West Dunbartonshire is benefiting from the implementation of a new integrated landscape framework. In this plan, the importance of the green network is recognised in supporting and enhancing the economic potential of the area. Proposals include the revitalisation of a stunning woodland walk on the banks of the River Leven with resurfaced paths, new signage and information boards.
Approximately £350 million is spent on flooding in Scotland each year and the cost of flood control is escalating. This Case Study reviews a study by EnviroScience who have tested an innovative and sustainable method for controlling storm water using tree and forest cover. The research provides firm evidence that planting trees can be a more effective and cheaper approach to mainstream flood prevention mechanisms and it can also has several other important green network benefits.
Urban Roots evolved from a community based gardening club in Toryglen, Glasgow. It has set up a vibrant Community Market Garden on a former vacant site. The garden has been very successful; not only in producing fruit and vegetables for the local residents, but also as a catalyst for community led learning and regeneration within the area.
Destined to become Scotland's largest urban wildlife site, the Seven Lochs Wetland Park is an exemplar of Green Network planning and delivery. Straddling the Glasgow/North Lanarkshire boundary at Gartloch Gartcosh the Wetland Park sits at the heart of a Spatial Priority for Green Network delivery. Integrating new green infrastructure into planned development and regeneration will protect and enhance the Green Network and support the creation of a major new visitor attraction.
Irvine Bay Regeneration Company delivers social, environmental and economic improvements to an area of North Ayrshire which has struggled with economic decline and environmental neglect. A key tool for the Company is a consistent green network strategy which identifies a series of local level greenspace improvements that, together, can deliver the ambition of wholesale regeneration for the area.
Although the past twenty years has seen a significant regeneration of in the built environment of Castlemilk, the woodlands which run through the heart of this community have not received the same attention. Since, 2010, Cassiltoun Housing Association has led a multi-partnership approach which has transformed the woodlands from a no-go area into a green space that brings important health, environmental, social and economic benefits to the local community.
The Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens is a pilot project managed by local charity Edinburgh Cyrenians. The vibrant three acre community gardens are located on the fifteen acres of NHS Lothian owned land at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital The initiative adopts a holistic approach to health promotion, recognising the long term beneficial impacts of community gardening: opportunities for improving physical and mental health, healthier eating, contact with nature and social inclusion.
The Green and Growing project aims to revitalise redundant and neglected greenspaces in Raploch by turning them into community growing spaces. It also aims to give local people the support, skills and confidence that they need to grow their own food.
The Lesmahagow Paths to Progress (LPP) project has delivered a new network of woodland paths linking the community of Lesmahagow to the countryside around the village. It also provided a range of woodland habitat enhancement and environmental improvement activities. The works were delivered as an employability project, providing work experience and training opportunities for unemployed local people. Participants are supported to progress from the project into sustainable employment, utilising their newly acquired skills.
Through the ‘Area Renewal and The Inverclyde Green Network’ project Inverclyde Council has taken forward an innovative approach to establishing proposals from Concept to Case Study within five areas of Greenock and Port Glasgow. The project places the Green Network at the heart of future area regeneration and establishes a means of securing long term benefits for Inverclyde’s communities and visitors. This is achieved by setting out how three strategic links and two neighbourhood parks can be enhanced and delivered via early action projects.
Since 2009, the Forth Valley Orchards' Initiative has been capturing the enthusiasm and passion for orchards amongst landowners and communities across Forth Valley and the wider CSGN area. With a focus on orchard creation, community involvement and capacity-building, the initiative has been nurturing local expertise in the creation and management of orchards, whilst making friends and links with other similar initiatives and projects across Scotland and the UK.