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SNH Online Local Landscapes Toolkit

Snhlogo1366A new web guide, ‘Talking About Our Place’, has been launched by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to encourage communities to get involved in the future of their landscape.

‘Talking about Our Place’ provides online guidance and resources to assist communities, and the
organisations working with them, to think about and discuss their local landscape. The toolkit supports the European Landscape Convention’s approach of encouraging wider community involvement in decisions affecting tomorrow’s landscapes.

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Urban Greening Guidance

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Encouraging urban greening is a key aim of the CSGN, as part of our A Place in Balance theme. Urban greening is fraught with technical difficulties when considering new urban areas or introducing green infrastructure into our existing town and cities. So we are delighted to report on the publication of two highly relevant guides and a piece of research:

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Heriot-Watt Receives Green Flag Award

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Heriot-Watt University, on the edge of Edinburgh, has become the first Scottish university to receive a Green Flag Award. The Green Flag is the national standard for parks and gardens, and rewards those which meet the highest standards.  The judges were satisfied that Heriot Watt University Estates were carrying out the best possible management of public access landscape.

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Vacancy- Partnership Manager

Salary: £30,052 per annum, + 8% pension contribution + car allowance.
Fixed term 2 years, with possibility of extension subject to funding availability. Full-time.

Post based at Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust Offices, Swanston Steading, Edinburgh.
Closing date: 1.00pm on 3 September 2012

The Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership is a regional initiative driven by Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, the four Lothian Local Authorities, Fife Council, Fife Coast & Countryside Trust, Woodland Trust Scotland, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust and Central Scotland Forest Trust. The Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership (LFGNP) is committed to promoting the economic, social and ecological benefits of green networks across our region. As part of the wider Central Scotland Green Network, our aim of creating a quality environment will be achieved through coordinated action by communities, agencies and businesses working together.

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National Path Demonstration Sites are Live

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Paths for All’s new National Path Demonstration Sites website is now online.

The new resource showcases two demonstration paths’ at Scottish Natural Heritage’s Conference Centre, Battleby near Perth and Oatridge College, West Lothian near Edinburgh. The resource is packed full of useful technical information about different path surfaces, bridges, boardwalks, gates and much more.

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First TransPennine Express and Forestry Commission's Green Grants 2012

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First TransPennine Express (FTPE) and the Forestry Commission (FC) would like to inspire people to make a positive improvement to their community and improve their local environment. The FTPE and FC Green Grants are available for environmental improvements in relation to trees and/or woodlands for the benefit of the community.

If you have an idea or project that is a physical environmental improvement and will make a long term, visible improvement, then the FTPE and FC Green Grants is for you.

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Community Food and Health (Scotland) Small Grants Scheme

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Community Food and Health (Scotland) has an annual small grants scheme open to groups and agencies in Scotland who would like to improve access to, and take up of a healthy, varied and balanced diet. Grants from £500 to £3000 are available.

The small grant scheme is open to groups and agencies working within Scotland’s low-income communities to improve access to, and take-up of, a healthy balanced diet.

Applications are welcomed from groups or agencies working with and within low-income communities throughout Scotland. Individuals or private companies cannot apply.

The deadline for applications is Friday 10 August 2012 5pm. Late, emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Full details on the scheme are available from Community Food and Health (Scotland).

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