Woodlands Health Research


OPENspace has been awarded a £1m grant by the NHS’ National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to assess the effectiveness of a Forestry Commission Scotland programme in Scotland’s ‘central belt’. Spanning seven years and two phases to date, the Woods In and Around Towns (WIAT) initiative focuses on improving quality of life in Scotland’s urban and post-industrial areas through community access to new or regenerated woodland.

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Irvine Bay Green Network

Irvine Bay

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company working in partnership with RSPB Scotland, greenspace scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland commissioned The Paul Hogarth Company to undertake a piece of work to develop the Irvine Bay Green Network.   Funded through the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund, the project considered a number of sites across the area and identifies opportunities for environmental improvements and enhanced community and visitor access.

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Woodland Creation Planning Grant


A new grant to help prepare productive woodland creation proposals is now available from Forestry Commission Scotland.  The aim of the Planning Grant is to promote productive woodland planting by ensuring that woodland creation proposals are based on good knowledge of the sensitivities and local issues and are well integrated with other land objectives so as to secure multiple benefits.

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Forestry Skills for Young People


Finance Secretary John Swinney today met some of the young people benefitting from Forestry Commission employment programmes in Scotland.

Mr Swinney spent the morning with trainees who are gaining employability skills and experience by helping to improve one of Scotland's main cycle routes near Uddingston in South Lanarkshire. Sustrans National Route 75 of the National
Cycle Network path is also part of the Clyde Walkway. The young people are strimming, tree thinning and pruning to help make the access route a more open and attractive place to use.

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Woodland Expansion Advisory Group Update

The papers of the third Woodland Expansion Advisory Group have now been published on the WEAG website.

There are a number of interesting items (covering topics as varied as vacant and derelict land and ecosystem services) including a report by Bob Stubbs which examines the different barriers faced by landowners and forestry investors, and an investigation by Scott McG Wilson into different models of forestry that could help integrate trees with farming and sporting interests.

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Seven Lochs Wetland Park Consultation Underway

The Seven Lochs Wetland Park is an exciting new green network project in the N.E. of Glasgow – spanning the Glasgow and North Lanarkshire Council areas. Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership (GCVGNP), working on behalf of the Gartloch Gartcosh Strategic Delivery Partnership  and supported by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund, has published a draft ‘Seven Lochs Wetland Park vision and masterplan’.

 GCVGNP now want to communicate this plan as widely as possible to organisations working in and around the Park, and gather comments and feedback on the proposals and how they can be further developed.

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