Green Cash Boost for Community Projects in Central Scotland

Community projects working to improve their local greenspace in central Scotland could be given a cash boost following the launch of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Community Project Fund 2016.

Supported by the Greggs Foundation with £20,500 and the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) with £20,000, the £40,500 CSGN Community Project Fund will provide one-off grants of up to £1,000 to support small-scale greenspace initiatives and to foster community engagement in maintaining and enhancing the local environment.

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Scottish Businesses Believe Urgent Action is Needed to Protect Scotland’s Natural Capital

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Almost three quarters of Scottish businesses believe urgent action is needed to protect and enhance Scotland’s natural capital, according to new research from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN).

Three fifths of Scotland’s businesses are located within the central belt and as Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, the CSGN is working to transform the area into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where enterprise can flourish.

The survey found that 72% believe action is needed urgently and whilst 84% of businesses understand the importance of local greenspace and in particular an attractive frontage to the business, over half (54%) of those surveyed think the area surrounding their premises which they are responsible for is of average or poor quality.

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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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