Forum 2014


The 2014 CSGN Forum took place in June at the Glasgow Central Hotel. Representatives from the Scottish Government, local authorities, and third and private sectors contributed first class presentations to an equally diverse audience, sparking discussion and debate about CSGN and its implementation.

The speaker presentations were introduced by broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson, and are available for you to watch online: 

Welcome address: Keith Geddes, CSGNT Chair

Ministerial address: Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning


Strategic Planning for Green Infrastructure:  Cathy Johnston, MLI, Group Manager in Development and Regeneration Services Department, Glasgow City Council

Masterplanning for Green Infrastructure: Stephen Tucker, RTPIS Convener, Barton Willmore

Delivering Green and Blue Infrastructure: Richard Millar, Head of Heritage, Scottish Canals

Keynote speech: Jonathon Porritt, CBE, Forum for the Future

The afternoon session focused on how we can accelerate change in key areas of need. Afternoon Workshops were:

Vacant & Derelict Land
Chair: Paul Sizeland, Programme Manager, Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership
Speaker: Mike Batley, CSGN Trust – Learning from VDL Scoping Studies
Speaker: Frazer MacLeod, Glasgow City Council – Learning from Glasgow’s Stalled Spaces Programme

Active Travel
Chair: John Lauder, Director, Sustrans Scotland
Speaker: Janice Gray, Paths for All – The Active Travel case studies
Speaker: Penny Morris, Living Streets – Designing Streets for Active Travel

Urban Greening
Chair: Max Hislop, Programme Manager, GCV Green Network Partnership
Speaker: Deryck Irving, greenspace scotland – Glasgow Five Streets Urban Greening Project
Speaker: Vinny Fryars, Bauder – Delivering living roofs on new and existing buildings

Residential Greening
Chair: Steven Tolson, FRICS, Senior Vice Chair RICS
Speaker: Gary Watt, Development Manager, ISIS – The Igloo Footprint process
Speaker: Stewart Stevenson, RMJM – Designing the Athletes’ Village GCWG 2014

The final session of the day saw presentations from five finalists, all aiming to secure this year’s CSGN Ideas Fund award of £5000.

After a series of questions and an audience vote, Future Tides presented by David Anderson, RSPB was chosen as the winning project. Press release

We would like to extend our thanks to all attendees and contributors to the day. Your feedback is important to us, we have taken note of your comments from this year to help us inform future events.


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