CSGN embedded in National Planning Framework 4

The fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) has now come into effect, embedding the climate and nature emergencies across planning policy and placing a stronger emphasis than ever before on tangible actions to address these twin crises. As a National Development within NPF4, the Central Scotland Green Network is a major driver in delivering these tangible […]

Two Major Vacant & Derelict Sites Transformed

In recent weeks, the CSGN has seen the completion of two large scale projects to transform Vacant and Derelict Land (VDL), at key sites in Falkirk and Glasgow. Following a major injection of funding from the Scottish Government’s Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme, the enhancements at Lionthorn Policy Bing in Falkirk and Avenue End […]

Green Flag Award for Zetland Park’s Raingarden

Grangemouth’s Zetland Park Rose Garden, which reopened this year having been transformed into a fully functioning Raingarden, has received recognition at the Green Flag Awards 2022. Named joint winners in the ‘Best Climate Change Adaptation Project‘ category, the project was recognised for its raingarden’s scalable and sustainable approach to integrating a nature-based flooding solution into […]

Biodiversity Minister visits Forest site on COP27 Biodiversity Day

The Scottish Government’s Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, Lorna Slater MSP, today met with some of the partners responsible for delivering the Clyde Climate Forest initiative that will see 18 million trees planted across Glasgow City Region by 2030. Meeting with representatives of the Clyde Climate Forest and key delivery partner Green […]

Scotland’s Climate Week Encourages climate action across the country

Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

Taking climate action is essential for the future of our planet. Scotland has set the world-leading target of reaching net zero emissions by 2045. The Scottish Government has also committed to building a more resilient, fair, and green Scotland which is ready for the challenges we face – the current cost crisis but also the […]

Nine community growing projects to receive funding boost

Community initiatives across Scotland will receive funding to boost engagement in growing and learning about food, and to promote healthy eating and outdoor exercise. The 2022/23 CSGN ‘Growing Food Together’ Fund has provided the awards through a £100,000 fund provided by the Scottish Government. The latest round of awards through the fund marks the second […]

Cumnock’s dementia-friendly ‘Memory Garden’ officially opens

Cumnock’s new dementia-friendly garden was formally opened on 9th June. The garden, which was developed by Cumnock Action Plan in partnership with the Green Action Trust, has been designed to be a peaceful and quiet greenspace, offering people with dementia and their carers opportunities for fresh air, gentle exercise and social interaction.  Just like elsewhere […]

Community growing projects invited to apply for funding

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) ‘Growing Food Together’ Fund is once again offering a cash boost to community growing projects across the whole of Scotland. Supported by the Scottish Government, projects can apply for part of the £100,000 fund that aims to foster community engagement in growing and learning about food, as well as […]

Local MSP visits Lionthorn Bing greenspace project site

Falkirk MSP Michael Matheson has visited a major greenspace improvement project underway at a former coal mining spoil heap at Lionthorn Policy Bing, Falkirk. Mr Matheson toured the development site at Lionthorn and heard from the environmental regeneration partners, Green Action Trust and Falkirk Council,  about the plans to bring the formerly derelict land back […]

Land Reuse Month places focus on vacant & derelict land in March

Land Reuse Month, hosted by the Scottish Land Commission, will support local authorities in addressing the ‘how to’ of tackling the legacy of derelict land and preventing further sites and buildings from falling into long-term disrepair. Scotland has almost 11,000 hectares of vacant and derelict urban land – an area roughly twice the size of […]