Work kicked off in 2014 to look at global costs to deliver the CSGN. This work was developed for us by the GCV Green Network Partnership. The report produced identifies a total delivery cost for the CSGN of £2.8b which is well in line with other national infrastructure projects. Scottish Government colleagues then carried out work to look at the benefits arising from this investment. This report identifies multiple benefits in excess of £6b over the next 35 years. Subsequently, GCV Green Network Partnership was re-engaged to look at where resources would come from to deliver the CSGN and identified that currently (2016) there is around £50m of funding a year that can be aligned to help realise the initiative.

Earlier this year, GCV Green Network Partnership broke down the Costing work to look at the implications for each of the four CSGN regions. This work is complete and has been made available to regional partners to consider further.

With stakeholders we are developing a new delivery plan for the CSGN. The plan seeks to provide much stronger direction for the initiative to ensure we meet the CSGN Vision by 2050. The plan builds on the costing work and work strands have (or are being developed) for 7 areas of activity: recreational greenspace, functional green infrastructure, vacant and derelict land, community growing, habitats, active travel and a pan-CSGN wide strand to cover policy, communications and engagement. The intention is to review and update the delivery plan every 5 years so the next plan will be DP30.

The Vision sets out the strategic, long-term direction for delivering the CSGN. Delivery of the vision will require determined effort by all of the CSGN partners over the next 30 to 40 years.

By working together in the future, I am sure we can make real progress in helping to make Central Scotland a better place to live, visit and invest in.”

Keith Geddes, Chair, CSGN Partnership Board, 2011

The CSGN Map shows the extent of the initiative area.

Our Themes cover the current priorities to realise the Vision. These will change over time as actions are realised or opportunities come forward to direct efforts to new areas of activity.

The CSGN is being delivered by an active network of national agencies, regional organisations, local authorities, local delivery bodies, and wider stakeholders, adding substantial value by combining expertise, resources and people to realise ambitious projects.

The long term delivery of the CSGN is a win-win-win for the economy, for people and for the environment. With the evidence and track record of projects that are making a difference to people’s well-being, the CSGN is demonstrating what it can achieve for Central Scotland.

With greater public and private sector support we can do more. We need your help.

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For the Vision to be realised by 2050, the CSGN needs:

  1. Continued championing by politicians, local councillors, public health directors and others to further raise awareness of its benefits and advocate its delivery.
  2. Active commitment of public sector funders to provide capital and revenue resources, and improved partnership working to develop integrated funding approaches. This will ensure that every budget makes some contribution to green network delivery, e.g. regeneration, transport and health.
  3. Capacity to be available in our delivery bodies and partner organisations to help support local communities so they can play their part in shaping the design, delivery and management of their local green network.
  4. The private sector, especially landowners, to develop or manage their land in ways which will deliver the CSGN. Kick-starting action might involve developing incentives to engage businesses in the delivery or management of green infrastructure and the greening of vacant and derelict land.
  5. Employability, training and/or volunteering programmes using the creation of the green network to offer positive opportunities for disadvantaged individuals and engaging large number of people in caring for their local environment.

How you can help

If you are interested helping with one or more of the above points, you can contact:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Chief Executive of Central Scotland Green Network Trust on 01501 824770.

You can write to your local councillor or MSP: www.writetothem.com is a quick and easy way to contact your local representative.

You can raise awareness by tweeting about this campaign, or using other channels such as Facebook or a newsletter that you distribute.

Making the vision a reality means radical change both to the environment of Central Scotland and in the way in which things are done. Five themes provide direction to deliver our vision. For each theme we suggest a range of outcomes and specific ambitions for change over the lifetime of the initiative. These will benefit a wide range of stakeholder groups.

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  1. Our Vision

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.