Thirty nine green community projects in central Scotland have been awarded over £34,000 funding from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Community Project Fund to improve their local greenspace.

Supported by the Greggs Foundation and the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT), the CSGN Community Project Fund has provided one-off grants of up to £1,000 to support small-scale initiatives and to foster community engagement in maintaining and enhancing the local environment.

The Fund aims to increase community use of local greenspace, particularly within disadvantaged communities, in order to positively impact on the quality of life for local residents.

Some 39 grass-roots projects throughout the CSGN area have received £34,470 funding through the programme, ranging from conservation and educational schemes, such as developing a safe natural learning space for children, community gardens for local groups to tend, and biodiversity activities such as planting and improvements to ponds and wetlands to protect local wildlife. 

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, said: “The CSGN Community Project Fund aims to support local groups in delivering the CSGN vision on the ground.

“The standard of applications to this year’s fund was fantastic and we have awarded the grants to a wide range of greenspace activities right across the central belt, from projects supporting outdoor learning and natural play to those promoting community growing and biodiversity. 

“Small-scale local initiatives are instrumental in achieving our goal of creating a high-quality green network across central Scotland to improve the quality of life for local communities.”

The 2016 CSGN Community Project Fund is administered by CSGNT in partnership with the Greggs Foundation, using funds raised through the carrier bag charge in Greggs stores.  The Greggs Foundation is a charitable trust aiming to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged people within local communities.

Tracy Lynch, Manager of the Greggs Foundation, said: “Supporting the CSGN Community Project Fund feels like a natural decision for the Greggs Foundation – it is perfectly aligned to our vision which is to make a difference to people in need in the heart of our local communities.  We look forward to working together and helping to improve not only the environment, but the quality of life for the local communities that will benefit from these worthwhile projects.”

The CSGN encompasses 19 local authorities across 10,000 sq km and has the potential to benefit 3.5million people, equating to 70 per cent of Scotland’s population.  The network is working to change the face of central Scotland, by restoring, transforming and greening the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and Lothians in the east.

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