Forum 2013


The 2013 CSGN Forum was held in June at the Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot Watt University. A new format and a programme of first class international speakers attracted a wide audience who provided excellent feedback. The Forum audience included: Colleagues from Scottish Government and Scottish Government Agencies; the public, private and NGO sectors, and academics.

Images from the day:

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Speaker Presentations

The Conference Moderator was Lesley Riddoch, Broadcaster & Commentator.


Sir Peter Housden, Scottish Government - gave the Governmental Address.This highlighted the potential of the CSGN to inspire government. He praised the efforts of CSGN partners to date and noted the cross-cutting multiple benefits that could be delivered.

Dr Gyeng Chul Kim, President of the Korea Transport Institute, Seoul – The Cheon-gye-cheon Restoration Project

Michael Schwarze-Rodrian, Director of the Department & EU Representative of the Regional Association Ruhr (RVR)– From Brownfields to Nature for People – 25 years of new urban landscape development in the Ruhr, Germany

Dieter Grau, Atelier Dreisetl, Ueberlingen, Germany – Ecological Waterscapes - Celebrating Water in Cities

Robin Gray, Watershed Landscape Project Manager, Pennine Projects – The South Pennine Watershed Landscape Project

The Programme offered opportunities for delegates to get involved in the Forum throughout the day. The following speakers provided presentations during the CSGN Soap Box Sessions:

  • Lynn Wilson, Planning Aid for Scotland
  • Sian James, Sian James Consultancy
  • Mark Smillie, Central Scotland Forest Trust
  • Tim Mullens, Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • David Anderson, RSPB
  • Morag Haddow, Sustaining Dunbar
  • Paul Sizeland, LFGNP
  • Alison Chisholm, LFGNP

The finalists in the CSGN Ideas Fund presented to the full audience in their bid to claim £5000 of funding for their project.

  • Brian Darcy - 10,000 Rain Gardens for CSGN
  • Scott Ferguson - A Green Bridge for Scotland
  • Paul Homes - Beekeeping for Business

The audience vote was close, but A Green Bridge for Scotland was selected as the winning project.

During the event a Twitter commentary was underway with delegates actively participating.

We would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the day. We have taken note of all of your feedback and will use this to inform future events.



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