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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Integrated Habitats Design Competition


This competition seeks to inspire urban designers to put nature at the heart of their work.

The Integrated Habitats Design Competition champions working with nature and natural systems, ensuring biodiversity and biodiverse green infrastructure are integral to the design, construction and management of the built environment. The IHDC is open to all, and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches that show how to combine ecological, spatial and social understanding.

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Pedestrian Accessibility of Urban Greenspace Pilot

greenspace_accessMeasuring the true distance which residents have to travel to access greenspaces in their local area is of interest to a wide range of groups, researchers and organisations across CSGN. A recently developed pilot project, being led by the CSGN Support unit and funded by FCS and SNH, is looking at building on existing work across the CSGN to develop a straight forward methodology which can be replicated across the network to produce data for monitoring change and guiding strategic development.

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