The CSGN Partnership Board was established in March 2010 to help drive forward the development and delivery of the Green Network. It allowed representation from various constituencies to ensure wide participation and involvement in the initiative.

The CSGN Partnership Board operated until March 2014 when its functions were transferred to the new CSGNT Board.

Partnership Board papers and minutes for this period can be accessed in our publications section.


Oversight of the CSGN initiative was provided by the CSGN Programme Committee (CSGN PC) from 2014 to 2017.

The CSGN PC worked to ensure progress was in line with Ministers’ ambitions, as expressed through the CSGN Vision, the National Planning Framework and other relevant plans, policies and strategies.

The detailed remit of the CSGN PC was to:

  • Identify strategic opportunities where cross-cutting links can be drawn between the CSGN programme and other Government plans, programmes and initiatives to achieve greater progress with delivery.
  • Oversee and monitor (on behalf of Ministers) progress with the development and delivery of the CSGN programme, identifying priorities and setting clear objectives for where and how the efforts of Government, the CSGN Trust and partners should be focused.
  • Coordinate Scottish Government financial and other support for and input to the CSGN programme, in particular oversight of the priorities for grant support for the CSGN Trust.
  • Identify and work to resolve risks and strategic barriers to progress in delivering the Scottish Government’s ambitions for the CSGN.

The CSGN PC was chaired by the Scottish Government (SG) Director for Environment & Forestry.

Also represented on the CSGN PC were:

  • Forestry Commission Scotland
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • SG Architecture & Place Division
  • SG Housing Supply Division
  • SG Public Health Division
  • SG Housing Services & Regeneration Division
  • Transport Scotland
  • CoSLA
  • CSGNT Board

Minutes of the CSGN PC meetings are available on the Scottish Government website.

Following a Scottish Government review in early 2016, the governance arrangements for the CSGN initiative were changed in 2017.

Oversight now rests with Scottish Government through the Environment & Economy Leaders Group and there is a new CSGN Delivery Group to help steer a new CSGN Delivery Plan. This group is chaired by CSGNT with members drawn from 'owners' of the delivery plan work strands. The delivery group met for the first time in June 2017.

Minutes of the meetings, once approved, are available to download here.


The Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) was established in March 2014. It was created to provide capacity to help realise the Vision for the Central Scotland Green Network. Its role and activities are intended to be complementary to, and supportive of, the wider CSGN network.

CSGNT seeks to:

  • Drive forward and coordinate the delivery of the CSGN
  • Raise awareness of, and participation in, the CSGN
  • Provide support and capacity to others delivering the CSGN
  • Identify spatial and thematic needs to help target resources
  • Directly deliver with stakeholders projects on the ground

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) is changing the face of Central Scotland, by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

The Scottish Government’s third National Planning Framework (NPF3) identifies the CGSN as one of only 14 National Developments, considered by Ministers to be essential elements of the strategy for Scotland’s long term economic recovery and development.

The CSGN will deliver:

“...a step change in environmental quality, woodland cover and recreational opportunities...[and] make Central Scotland a more attractive place to live in, do business and visit; help to absorb CO²; enhance biodiversity; and promote active travel and healthier life styles”.

It will comprise: A strategic network of woodland and other habitats, active travel routes, greenspace links, watercourses and waterways, providing an enhanced setting for development and other land uses and improved opportunities for outdoor recreation and cultural activity.


Our Vision for Central Scotland

‘By 2050, Central Scotland has been transformed into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.’

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) will change the face of Central Scotland, by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

The CSGN is a national development within the National Planning Framework which aims to make ‘a significant contribution to Scotland's sustainable economic development’. It involves public agencies and stakeholders working together to align their policies, programmes and actions to achieve a common aim.