Call for Business Case Studies

Do you know of a business that’s going the extra mile to create a better greener Scotland?

The CSGN Support Unit are looking to profile a number of commercial enterprises across Scotland which are embracing environmental activities and actions. In researching this project, we’ve found lots of examples of companies changing their internal practices (e.g. reducing waste and energy consumption), but what we’re most interested in is identifying businesses who have gone the next step and have undertaken outdoor projects to enrich the local landscape or their local greenspace for people and wildlife.

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John Muir Way Update

Early thinking on a launch event in 2014 is underway as part of a year of John Muir centenary celebrations. Later this year a Scottish Parliament Reception for CSGN will take place which will focus on the John Muir Way.

With a strapline ‘from birthplace to National Park’, reflecting its start in East Lothian and a destination in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, the route is largely confirmed.

By extending the route past Balloch to Helensburgh we also hope to attract coast to coast walkers too, and we continue to explore upgrading of the River Kelvin Walkway to bring a spur into the heart of Glasgow. Suggested works required to upgrade the main route from Dunbar to Helensburgh have been costed at £626K prior to 2014. SNH has allocated £440K over 12\13 and 13\14 as a contribution (70%) to route implementation and promotion, leaving £184K in matching funding to be secured.

An Economic Benefits Study commissioned to test the viability of the route has stimulated interest in some local authorities, particularly from economic and tourism staff and from the media.

The Technical Survey is now complete and the report is being finalised. SNH is meeting with partners along the route to progress implementation discussions and resolve the future management and maintenance of the route.

We are also starting to look at options for website development and guidebook preparation. Details on route stages, accommodation, facilities, transport, places of natural, historical and cultural interest, and links to local path networks, including horseriding opportunities etc., will be covered by this work.

Longer Distance Route Network Proposal

Building on the Aecom report, Planning for Outdoor Recreation and Active Travel (SNH, 2010), SNH has developed and consulted on a statement regarding the promotion and implementation of a network of longer distance routes for recreation. Potential routes and network gaps were identified in this process. These have been examined allowing allow the draft network to be finalised.

SNH is currently consulting with all the CSGN Local Authority Access Officers, the Scottish Government, relevant agencies, NGOs, and green network partnerships and others on the network proposal. Responses should go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11 May.

More Funding to Support Community Growing Projects

We’ve just had confirmation that Scottish Government Food and Drink Industry Division has confirmed a contribution to the CSGN Development Fund of £150K annually for this year and the next two years.

This is excellent news for projects already submitted into the 2011/12 round of funding as the pot for the year has just increased to £900K.

All applications have been assessed and shortlisting is currently under way. All projects will be informed of decisions shortly and the full list of projects that have been successful will be announced after the 7th of May.

Land Use Strategy Update


Scotland's first Land Use Strategy (LUS) was published in March 2011 and provides a framework for sustainable land use. An Action Plan was published in December 2011 setting out how the 13 Proposals in the Strategy would be delivered. This will be followed by the first annual Progress Statement this summer. The Scottish Government is hosting an event that will look at delivery of the LUS and the mainstreaming of the Principles for Sustainable Land Use into land use decision making.

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Free Places on Berlin School Grounds Tour

20 years ago, the school playgrounds of Berlin were un-remarkable areas of tarmac and mown grass, similar to many Scottish schools today. In response to growing playground violence, the City of Berlin undertook a radical programme of re-design and now its schools are famous internationally for their approach to play, outdoor learning, connecting children with nature and empowering children to become effective risk managers. You can see a wide range of images and find out more about the design approach and philosophy in the Grounds for Learning series of Berlin case studies here.

Grounds for Learning can offer a limited number of free places on a 4-day study tour to Berlin in June for senior Local Authority officers and others in a position to influence play opportunities and environments within school estates. Priority will be given to school rather than early years applicants.

There is more information on the Grounds For Learning website.

Last opportunity to enter Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2012

With less than a week remaining to enter the this year’s prestigious Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards and compete for a share of the £7,500 prize money, the country’s woodland owners and managers are being urged to devote a little time to prepare their entries over the next few days.

Entry closes on 31st March and Awards organiser, Peter Wilson is stressing that the entry forms are short and straightforward to complete and encouraging people not to be shy in putting forward their woodlands:

‘Too few people recognise the quality of their own woodlands so my message is don't be shy, enter your woodland project today! The entry form is short and simple to complete so with just a week left to enter the competitions now is the time to sit down and prepare your entry.

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