Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) today (2 May 2018) announced that 14 environmental projects across Central Scotland have benefitted from a green funding boost totalling over £355,000.
The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund supports trees, woodlands and green infrastructure, encourages community growing and promotes active travel to help transform the quality of life for people living and working in the area.
A total of 14 projects have been awarded covering East Ayrshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire in the west and Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian in the east.
The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace initiative which seeks to transform Central Scotland into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality and projects stretching across East Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Edinburgh and Glasgow are now benefitting.
Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham said: “Since 2010 this investment has provided more than £7m and helped more than 210 projects improve green spaces in their local areas. These new projects will continue to build Europe’s largest greenspace project and benefit communities across central Scotland.
“The diverse range of projects to receive funding highlights the many different ways improving green infrastructure can benefit communities and our environment. From community growing, woodland planting and improving cycle and walking routes, each of these community projects is playing a role in our ambitions to create a cleaner and greener Scotland.”
Keith Geddes, Chair of CSGNT, added: “The CSGN Development Fund was created to make a real difference to initiatives across Central Scotland and support the invaluable work they carry out.
“We are proud to be awarding over £355,000 in 2018 to a host of exciting projects which range from local community garden initiatives to transforming derelict space into woodland.
They all share one thing in common and that is that they support the environment from trees, woodlands and green infrastructure through to encouraging community growing and promoting active travel to help transform the quality of life for people living and working in the area.”
The CSGN Development Fund is administered by CSGNT and supported by Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.
List of projects below that were awarded funding.
- Eadha Enterprises - awarded £7,000. The initiative has been awarded £7,000 to aid the Coalfields to Wildwood project in East Ayrshire which will work with local groups, organisations and schools to create pioneer woodlands on reinstated opencast sites.
- New Caledonian Woodlands Ltd - awarded £11,190 to continue to develop Fruitful Futures, a social enterprise involving local people in the management of Burdiehouse Community Woodland in Edinburgh.
- Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust - awarded £15,000 to work on a feasibility study that will establish a route running from the base of the Pentland Hills to Portobello on the coast in Edinburgh.
- North Glasgow Community Food Initiative - awarded £12,099 to help develop the well-established growing site located in Milton. The money will be used to upgrade and expand the community growing facilities and towards signage to help communicate activities with locals.
- The Concrete Garden - awarded £13,253 to help develop the community growing enterprise in the heart of one of Scotland’s most deprived areas. The funds will be used to help redevelop its site and improve a learning, therapy and wildlife space as well as covering staffing costs and a programme of seasonal workshops and cookery sessions.
- Springburn Winter Gardens Trust - awarded £62,357 to fund a project, which will deliver up to 1,500m of pathway improvements that will help local residents of a disadvantaged area of Glasgow access Spingfield Park.
- Inverclydebuzz - awarded £18,197 for a project which aims to improve and regenerate an area of the National Cycling Network through Inverclyde
- Gorebridge Community Development Trust - awarded £10,560 to improve the landscape around a new multi-purpose community facility called The Beacon.
- North Ayrshire Council - awarded £80,000 for a project which will help regenerate Lochshore, a major brownfield site in Kilbirnie.
- East Kilbride Community Trust - awarded £40,776 for a project which will assess a range of interventions that will improve local biodiversity and East Kilbride's Woodlands.
- Lesmahagow Development Trust - awarded £19,713 to upgrade a successful community growing site, following increased local demand for more growing space.
- The Conservation Volunteers - awarded £17,875 for a project that will see the creation of two new community growing sites in disadvantaged areas of Stirling
- The Leamy Foundation - awarded £33,830 for a project which will establish a social gardening network across Alexandria.
- Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust - awarded £13,525 to carry out a feasibility study of a proposed shale trail in West Lothian. The trail will highlight key heritage sites linked to the history of shale extraction and processing in the area.