Recognising the Biodiversity of Vacant and Derelict Land

When considering conservation, we tend to immediately recognise designations such as Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), country parks, local nature reserves and maybe even sites that have local designations, often called Local Nature Conservation Sites (LNCS) or Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).  There are of course many places that wildlife can thrive away from designated sites, ask any gardener.  But maybe former industrial land is not the sort of location that springs to mind.

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Green Flag Award for Housing Launched in England

The National Housing Federation & Neighbourhoods Green and Keep Britain Tidy recently launched the Green Flag Award for Housing. Following two years of development, the award is now open to housing associations.

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Benefits of Urban Greening

Two recent articles have come to our attention via the European Commission Science for Environment Policy. They look at the benefits of urban greening – the first relating to green walls which can lower energy consumption, support biodiversity and reduce flooding. This particular report explores the benefits green walls can also have on noise pollution.

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SRDP and WIAT Grants for Planting and Managing Woodlands in CSGN

New woodland creation and management of existing woodland will continue to be well-supported in the CSGN through the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 – 2020 Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) which will be delivered jointly by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and Rural Payments and Inspections Division (RPID). The scheme will open to applications in March or April 2015.

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Health Benefits of Being Active

Health reports have been cropping up over the past month. We've been noticing that inactivity is a theme present throughout these, and how perhaps the CSGN, and the work that is being done in promoting active travel, could be a way to tackle the issues raised in the reports.

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