Forth Environment Link is Growing a Team of Voluntary Master Orchardists Across CSGN

Forth Environment Link (FEL) is working with Helping Britain Blossom to offer a nine-month (January to September 2016) programme of training and support to start growing a new crop of community volunteers, dedicated to sharing their knowledge and experience.

This programme, the Master Orchardist Volunteer Programme, funded by Helping Britain Blossom and the CSGN Development Fund 2015, is all about helping local people create, restore and access orchards in order to enjoy and use for good in their own communities.

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First Minister heralds value of CSGN in World Forum on Natural Capital conference

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, addressed the World Forum on Natural Capital conference in Edinburgh on 23 November 2015.

In her speech she focused upon the work of the CSGN in delivering major environmental benefits across the central belt. She highlighted how the John Muir Way contributes towards active travel, and the value of several projects supported through the CSGN Development Fund such as Castlemilk Woodlands in Glasgow.

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Business Benefits from Investing in Green Infrastructure

Three fifths of Scotland’s businesses are located in the CSGN area. Through our ‘A Place for Growth’ theme we are making the central belt a better place for these enterprises to flourish in.

We recently surveyed private enterprises to find out what the decision makers within them feel about green infrastructure. Our findings demonstrate that businesses know that local greenspace can be commercially important and if used effectively it can deliver bottom line benefits. Despite this, many feel that they are not making the most of their greenspace assets and would like to know more.

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CSGN Development Fund 2016/17 Launched

Projects in Central Scotland that support trees, woodlands and green infrastructure, encourage community growing or promote active travel can now apply for a share of up to £700,000 with the announcement today of the latest phase of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund by Environment Minister Aileen McLeod.

Dr McLeod made the announcement during a tour of the innovative Castlemilk Woodlands Project in Glasgow, which has previously received support from the Fund.

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GREEN SURGE Launches its European Learning Alliance

GREEN SURGE, a collaborative project between 24 partners in 11 countries, has recently launched its European Learning Alliance (LA), a virtual community of urban green infrastructure planners, practitioners and other experts.

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Project to Bring Benefits of Walking to People with Dementia

Paths for All's new project will support people with dementia and their carers to benefit from walking and physical activity.

Paths for All have recently started a three year project funded by The Life Changes Trust, to develop their existing walking networks to be dementia friendly.

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