Multifunctionality of Green Infrastructure Research


The Multifunctionality of Green Infrastructure new series of In-depth Reports from Science for Environment Policy, which take a comprehensive look at the latest science for key policy topics.

Green Infrastructure (GI) stands to improve quality of life in many ways, through its environmental, social and economic credentials, based on the multiple use of natural assets which in turn delivers multiple benefits (often described as multifunctionality). Potentially a very valuable policy tool, GI’s multifunctionality could contribute to the achievement of a number of policy aims and fulfil the needs of a variety of stakeholder groups.

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Trees in the Townscape - A Guide for Decision Makers


Trees make places work, look and feel better. As well as playing a role in climate proofing our neighbourhoods and supporting human health and environmental well-being, trees can also help to create conditions for economic success. This guide provides decisions-makers with the principles and references they need to fully realise the potential of urban trees.

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Strategic Directions for the National Forest Estate


Forest Enterprise Scotland is consulting on its strategic directions for the management and delivery of benefits from Scotland’s National Forest Estate. It is looking for views on:

  • the proposed approach to communicating what the National Forest Estate is and what it delivers;
  • strategic directions and management principles for the National Forest Estate;
  • whether there are any strategic gaps or omissions; and
  • how partners and stakeholders might want to be involved with the National Forest Estate.

The draft Strategic Directions document lays out in broad terms the story of, nature of and vision for the National Forest Estate.  It is a successor document to the existing Strategic Plan.

Written responses are invited by 12 October 2012. Further information about this consultation is available online.

Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Review


The 2012 review of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy was officially launched on 6 July 2012 by the Minister, Stewart Stevenson. It is introduced as ‘Scotland's response to the European Union’s Biodiversity Strategy for 2020 and the ‘Aichi Targets’ set by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.’ Responses are invited by 26 September 2012.

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Inner Forth Landscape Initiative Receives Heritage Lottery Funding


A pioneering partnership project aiming to enhance the landscape and celebrate the history of the   Inner Forth is one step closer to securing a major funding boost. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that RSPB Scotland, on behalf of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, has received a first-round pass of £1,975,900, including £75,900 development funding through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme.

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Rouken Glen Receives Heritage Lottery Funding


East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) has been awarded over £2.15 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the regeneration and conservation of Rouken Glen Park. The funding will be used to improve and restore many of the park's popular attractions and to deliver a range of activities in the park that will extend peoples' knowledge of the park's heritage through volunteering and learning opportunities. ERC will be augmented the award with £1million of its own funding.

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Diamond Woods fit for the Queen

- Planting a tree for the Jubilee at Cumbernauld Community Park. Iain Moss / Woodland Trust Photo Library

Three large new native woods are being created in central Scotland as part of the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods project. The Woodland Trust has worked with local authorities in Stirling and North Lanarkshire, and Ayrshire landowner Mark Gibson to create the Borrowmeadow Farm, North Lanarkshire, and Shalloch Diamond Woods, each over 60 acres in size.

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