Ownership and oversight of the CSGN initiative was transferred to the Natural Resources Division in the Scottish Government (SG), effective from April 2014. (Prior to this date, the initiative had been led jointly by Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage).

The CSGN Programme Committee (CSGN PC) ensures progress is in line with Ministers’ ambitions (as expressed through the CSGN Vision, the National Planning Framework and other relevant plans, policies and strategies). It also seeks to establish mutually supportive links with other relevant policies and programmes.


The CSGN Regional Advisory Forum was established in 2011 to act as a forum for regional green network partnerships in the CSGN to enable them to share experience and activity and to feed into decisions being taken about the development and delivery of the initiative. Its terms of reference are to:

  • Act as an interface between the regional partners, the Scottish Government CSGN Programme Manager and the CSGNT Board/staff
  • Contribute to CSGN policy development, work programmes and activities.
  • Assist emerging structures where there are current gaps in the existing network of Regional Partnerships.
  • Act as a “sounding board” to ensure that the policies / programmes being developed adequately reflect what is realistic, achievable and desirable at a regional level.
  • Ensure that there is a two way flow of information and ideas from strategic level to grass roots and vice versa. In so doing to achieve more effective networking and delivery of outputs on the ground.
  • Make recommendations on the future direction of the CSGN initiative and contribute to the development of papers to the CSGN Trust Board and the Environment and Economic Leaders Group in Scottish Government as appropriate, inputting regional knowledge and operational know how.

Members of the Regional Advisory Forum are:

The Forum meets five times a year. Secretariat Support is provided by the CSGNT.

Meeting Papers

The support and action of Local Authorities are seen as key to the successful delivery of the CSGN.

Through the CSGN Local Authority Concordat, the 19 Councils which cover the CSGN area are committing to:

  • Adhere to the CSGN principles expressed in the CSGN Vision.
  • Embed the CSGN in all relevant policies, strategies and plans - most notably in Single Outcome
  • Agreements, community plans and development plans.
  • Develop and enhance their partnership work to realise the CSGN.

As a National Development within the third National Planning Framework, local planning authorities are required to take account of the CSGN when preparing their development plans and when making planning decisions. SNH continues to monitor good practice in planning for green networks and has provided guidance for local authorities on green networks and development planning.

SNH is also working with local authorities in respect of their Single Outcome Agreements to ensure they understand the role that the Green Network can make in supporting a range of social, economic and environmental outcomes.

Specific actions are set out on the partner’s page for those local authorities which have signed their Concordats to date.

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.