Seminar: Central Scotland and the natural environment – opportunities and challenges for business

Seminar: Central Scotland and the natural environment – opportunities and challenges for business

Friday 4th March from 10am – 1pm at Scottish Enterprise's Apex House, Edinburgh.

This seminar will introduce the findings and implications of a survey recently carried out by the CSGN Support Unit into business attitudes to their local environment and the on-going work of the Scottish Biodiversity Committee. The workshop element of the event will help us to identify opportunities and next steps for CSGN, Scottish Enterprise and the business community to work together to improve the quality of the environment in Central Scotland. It will do this by considering the role and importance of the natural environment (greenspace and biodiversity) in contributing to business competitiveness and in particular;

  • Importance for business - consideration of natural capital as a business critical resource and driver of productivity alongside energy, waste and water management
  • Importance for the natural environment - what’s the role of business in working towards improved stewardship and enhancement of the natural environment?

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Green Networks Sharing Good Practice Event

Green Networks and spatial planning – from principles to practice

Tuesday 2nd November 2010, The Barceló Hotel, Stirling.

For: Planners and policy makers in local government, agencies, NGOs, Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) partner organisations.

Scotland’s National Planning Framework 2 identifies a Green Network for Central Scotland as the key national project to achieve a step change in
environmental quality. Scottish Planning Policy guides planning authorities to make provision for green networks for their multiple benefits.
This event will:
1) Look at approaches and lessons for the CSGN around mapping and delivering green networks through the planning system.
2) Highlight current research and resources to support the development and delivery of multi-functional green networks.
3) Discuss further work that is needed to support the delivery of the CSGN and green networks elsewhere.

Speakers will address the practical lessons learned so far by SESPLan, Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and The Highland
Council when integrating green networks into spatial plans. Workshops will take a closer look at projects, including the use of SUDS and
masterplans, aimed at creating multifunctional green networks. Discussion sessions will examine how the lessons being learned can help to
build capacity, improve understanding and support practice.

A market place will offer the opportunity to learn about other projects and initiatives that have the potential to contribute to the planning and delivery of
green networks.

More Information about the Sharing Good Practice Event.

Please use this form for booking.

Best Green Campaigner

Best Green Campaigner

Congratulations to Central Scotland Green Network Board Member, Eddie Phillips, who has been awarded the title of Best Green Campaigner/ Activist at the Scottish Green Awards.

At the high profile presentation ceremony in Glasgow, hosted by Jackie Bird and sponsored by Scottish Power, Eddie was recognised in particular for his work with Go Greener in East Renfrewshire. The project founded by Eddie in 2008 aims to improve the environment at a local level and raise awareness of climate change. He said: “I am grateful to my Go Greener colleagues for such terrific support. As a volunteer organisation we have achieved meaningful progress for the local environment”.

Eddie Phillips Consultation

Eddie Phillips (left) being presented with the award by Alasdair Northrop (Editor of Insider Magazine).

Green Roof Survey, 2010

Green Roofs meets a number of core CSGN objectives such as helping to mitigate climate change, reduce rainwater run-off, improve biodiversity and also create usable greenspace in urban areas.

The ‘number of green roof installations’ has therefore been selected as a CSGN baseline indicator. It is essential to obtain this information in order to establish what the situation is right now regarding the installation of green roofs within the Central Belt. This information will establish a benchmark from which to measure progress against.

After consultation with the Scottish Green Roof Forum, it was decided to undertake a survey to find out some basic information about our Green Roofs. Your information is vital! If you have a green roof, please click here and fill in the survey.

CSGN Development Fund Boost

Environment boost for central belt residents

The following news release was issued jointly today, by FCS and SNH:

Plans to improve the environment of Scotland's central belt and the quality of life of its three million residents received a boost today with additional support for Europe's biggest greenspace initiative.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) have confirmed extra support for the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) development fund, which will encourage the creation of better quality greenspace for people and wildlife.

The fund aims to make the central belt, from Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Dunbartonshire in the west through to Fife and East Lothian in the east, a more attractive place in which to live, work and visit.

Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham welcomed the move saying:

"The Central Scotland Green Network is an essential element of our strategy for Scotland's long term development. The fund will act as a stimulus for preparatory work which will lead to real change in the coming years."

The CSGN aims to increase woodland cover by 50 per cent, boost outdoor recreation opportunities, improve the landscape and regenerate derelict and vacant land in within its boundary.

The fund was originally set up with £500,000 from Forestry Commission Scotland. Both FCS and SNH have allocated an extra £200,000 each, bringing the total for the Central Scotland Green Network fund to £900,000.

Keith Geddes, chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, added:

"This additional funding is a welcome boost and will have a direct benefit on the lives of over three million Scots living and working within central Scotland. It is a further step towards creating a greener, more attractive environment for people to live and work and will help create a more attractive environment for companies seeking to invest in Scotland."

SNH's contribution of £200,000 will also widen the eligibility of the fund. It currently offers support for the first stages of development work towards larger scale projects, including site investigation, surveys, planning and design, mapping, data collection and community or partner consultations.

As a result of the SNH funding, £200,000 will now be available for projects without a significant element of woodland planting or management, allowing more people to apply.

Funding is available for high quality projects that include:

  • Woodland creation and management;
  • the development of high quality landscape structures which support development plan settlement strategies (including --- accessible greenspace for communities)
  • the development of strategic routes for active travel and recreation
  • the development of strategic habitat networks and habitat development projects
  • the restoration of vacant and derelict land for green network purposes the integration of woodland, habitat, greenspace and access development with water catchment and coastal zone management.

Projects will be judged competitively against the scheme criteria. Further details can be found at: Closing date for applications is 30 September 2010 and projects need to be completed and the funding drawn down by 31 March 2011.

Design Skills Symposium 2010

West Park, Dundee, Tuesday 31st August 2010 and Wednesday 1st September 2010

Climate change is one of the most significant challenges of our time. Scotland has set out ambitious targets to meet this challenge through the Climate Change Act. The planning reform agenda couples this aim with, ‘the creation of places where people want to be.’ Planning for places in a low carbon future is a key issue for planners, developers, designers and citizens. The Design Skills Symposium is a two day non-residential training event that seeks to provide an opportunity to use design skills to meet this challenge.

The event is a collaboration between Architecture and Design Scotland, Scottish Centre for Regeneration, Improvement Service and Architecture and Place Division. It is aimed at everyone involved in the shaping and delivery of places in Scotland. This includes the delivery and planning of green spaces.

View a detailed flyer please go to : Skills Symposium

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Additional Announcement:
New Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) Chief Executive Jim MacDonald today revealed that Klas Tham, the internationally renowned designer who led the design and delivery of Bo01 in Malmö, will address the Scottish Design Skills Symposium in September. The Symposium is a collaborative initiative between A+DS, Improvement Services, and the Scottish Centre for Regeneration and Architecture and Place Division of Scottish Government.

The application submission date is now 13 August.

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