Learning from Edinburgh - The UK's Best Parks Team

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The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN);  the largest greenspace initiative in Europe, wants to celebrate and share learning from the City of Edinburgh Council’s Parks Team after it was voted the top team in the UK.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership, said “We have an example of best practice right here on our doorstep and we plan to ensure the knowledge is communicated across central Scotland. Austerity in the public sector economy does not mean we have to lose quality, as this award shows. We intend to do our bit by helping make sure that best practice is communicated and shared.”  

The local authority team in Edinburgh, one of the 19 local authorities covered by the CSGN area, was voted the ‘Best Service Team: Parks, Ground and Horticultural Service’ at the Association for Public Sector Excellence Awards last month.

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CSGN Community Project Fund

Grants for small-scale, community led projects delivering the green network are now available through the CSGN Community Projects Fund.

Groups can apply for funding of up to £1,000 for projects that:
• deliver green network improvements on the ground; and/or
• increase community use of the green network; and/or
• Increase community involvement in the maintenance and enhancement of the green network locally.

The overall aim of the Fund is to foster community involvement in delivering the CSGN in their area.

For more information see our funding page.

CSGN Learning Outdoors Fund

Calling All Schools - do you want to improve your outdoor environment and get your kids out the classroom but don't know where to start? Then the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Learning Outdoors Fund could be just what you need.

The Learning Outdoors Fund is available to all educational establishments in the CSGN area to help them improve their grounds and local greenspaces to enable more children to participate in learning outdoors and natural play.

More information is available on our funding page.

CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme

Following on from last year’s success, Stirling-based environmental charity Forth Environment Link has announced the launch of another year’s funding of the Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2011/2012.

The scheme, supported by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund 2011, aims to encourage landowners, land managers, community groups, organisations and agencies to establish and manage orchards, and increase orchard biodiversity.  It will cover the whole of the Central Scotland Green Network area across nineteen local authority areas from Stirling to South Ayrshire, and from North Ayrshire to East Lothian.

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Forth Valley Orchards

 Stirling Charity Reaps Funding Reward for Forth Valley’s Orchards

Stirling-based environmental charity, Forth Environment Link, has been awarded funding to continue the development of the Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative.

The award of over £84,000 has been made by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund for a programme of orchard developments until March 2012.
FEL Development Manager, Jane Cullingworth said, “We are absolutely delighted that to have been awarded CSGN funding.   Over the next nine months we will be running a full programme of events that will involve communities, landowners and the wider public.  We will be  providing orchard training workshops, hosting an Orchard Management Certificate in partnership with Elmwood College, undertaking a feasibility study on the economic potential of orchards, and hosting another CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme (across the whole CSGN area)”.

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Development Fund 2012

Green cash boost to transform central Scotland

Thirty one greenspace projects in the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) area are to share in a £1.1million funding boost.

The greenspace funding aims to kick-start the transformation of the central belt region into a better place to live and work.

Projects in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Fife, Renfrewshire, Clackmannanshire, Stirling, Inverclyde and Ayrshire all receive funding.

Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson, said the funding would result in real action on the ground:

“The CSGN project is the biggest greenspace project of its kind in Europe and aims to change the face of central Scotland, by restoring, transforming and greening its landscape.

“Covering nearly 70 per cent of Scotland’s population, the CSGN will make a marked difference to the lives of people living and working in this region.

“This is the second round of funding through the CSGN Development Fund and we will see some very exciting projects take off this year.

“The whole project is very much a partnership affair with local authorities, greenspace and regeneration organisations and communities working together to create change on a massive scale.”

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Scotland's Finest Woods Awards Winners

The Best of Scotland's Woods

A community group from Livingston and a Berwickshire based botanist beat off competition from around Scotland to pick up trophies at this year’s Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards. Environment & Climate Change Minister, Stewart Stevenson presented the Community Woodland Award to the Dedridge Environment Ecology Project and the New Native Woodlands Award to David Long at a ceremony at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston. 

School Award Winner

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