FCS Forestry Grant Scheme, CSGN Contribution Update

Since 2009, over 3,900ha of new woodland has been approved for planting throughout the CSGN area and this is set to continue with support from the new Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS).

With funding from SRDP 2007-2013 Rural Priorities, over 860ha of native woodland has been planted, improving the environment for communities throughout CSGN.

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2015 CSGN Forum Delegate Survey

Following the 2015 CSGN Forum, a short survey was sent out to delegates to gain feedback on how they found the event. This information is used to help us continue to develop future events. We have been very encouraged by the positive feedback we’ve been receiving informally, and so we were pleased to see that the survey feedback echoes much of what we were being told.

We have compiled a brief report that provides an overview of the results.

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Green Infrastructure Design Competition Launched

A design competition has been launched by Groundwork London seeking the best ideas for transforming local areas to manage the threats of climate change.

The competition called Design for Life follows Groundwork London’s work with Hammersmith and Fulham Council where local residents of three housing estates in west London were engaged in designing climate change adaptation measures in their local area.

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Environment Minister Launches Biodiversity Route Map

The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Aileen McLeod, launched the Scottish Government’s new biodiversity route map at a Grow Wild Scotland community action day. Scotland’s Biodiversity – A Route Map to 2020 will set out the priority work needed to meet the international Aichi Targets for biodiversity and improve the state of nature in Scotland.

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Vacant and Derelict Land Site Project Provides Active Travel Links for Dalkeith

Two new paths have been created in Dalkeith to make cycling and walking safer, give better access to Midlothian’s open spaces and promote healthier lifestyles.

The two paths, which create a circular route along  both sides of the River Esk, were officially opened by the Transport Minister, Derek Mackay on Tuesday 23 June.

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