‘Creating an environment where nature can flourish’.

Outcomes:

  • Habitats and species will become more resilient as a result of an integrated habitat network
  • Characterful, high-quality landscapes add value to the region

Ambitions:

  • Delivering an integrated habitat network across the CSGN with wildlife corridors joining up important sites and habitats
  • Making sure that every settlement in Central Scotland sits within good-quality landscape

Who will benefit:

  • Individuals as they experience nature on their doorstep
  • Individuals and communities as everyone lives in an attractive place
  • Businesses as the landscape supports increased tourism.

‘Creating an environment that people can enjoy and where they choose to live and bring up their families’.

Outcomes:

  • People want to live here and move here because “...it’s a great place to live...”
  • People feel safe in and have pride in their surroundings
  • People feel that they live in communities, not in isolation
  • People are involved in volunteering and in community action
  • More people taking part in, and appreciating, cultural activities

Ambitions:

  • Everyone can use the CSGN to improve their health and well-being through physical activity and enjoying nature
  • The CSGN is a community resource which encourages local pride and ownership and provides opportunities for volunteering, education, training and developing skills

Who will benefit:

  • Individuals as they appreciate good surroundings and feel valued in their community
  • Communities as places become more vibrant and attractive
  • The public sector as the population becomes more willing, and able, to take action.

‘Creating an environment more in balance, one that will support Central Scotland to thrive in a changing climate’.

Outcomes:

  • An environment that can adapt to climate change
  • Communities which function well and can cope with change
  • Properly maintained natural resources cost less to maintain
  • Natural resources are valued and managed
  • A region in greater carbon balance

Ambitions:

  • Increasing woodland cover in line with the Scottish Forestry Strategy target
  • Supporting water catchment and coastal zone management
  • Reducing the effect of climate change by capturing, storing and retaining carbon (for example, through protecting peatland, planting trees and other land-management practices)
  • Investing in our public parks, tree planting, roof gardens and other forms of sustainable urban drainage to improve the green infrastructure of our major towns and cities

Who will benefit:

  • People will be less exposed to the effects of a changing climate
  • Disadvantaged communities as they see environmental inequalities being reduced
  • Businesses through measures to reduce the amount of energy and water they use
  • The public sector as the costs associated with dealing with the effects of climate change (for example, flood defences) are kept as low as possible.

‘Creating an environment which supports healthy lifestyles and good physical and mental well-being’.

Outcomes:

  • People feel good about their physical surroundings
  • More people use and enjoy outdoor spaces
  • Improved levels of physical and mental well-being
  • A reduction in health inequalities
  • A reduction in cases of preventable health problems

Ambitions:

  • Creating attractive, safe, and well-maintained green space or accessible countryside within easy walking distance of every home in Central Scotland
  • Significantly increasing the area of land used by the community for growing plants, fruit and vegetables, such as allotments, orchards and gardens
  • Developing a strategic network of high-quality routes for active walking and cycling and recreation throughout Central Scotland

Who will benefit:

  • Individuals and communities as they become healthier
  • Businesses by having a healthier workforce
  • The public sector through having to tackle fewer cases of preventable health problems.

'Creating an environment for sustainable economic growth'.

Outcomes:

  • Businesses want to be based in Central Scotland
  • Increased levels of economic activity, competitiveness and employment
  • Increased levels of enterprise and creativity
  • A strong ‘green industry’

Ambitions:

  • Creating high-quality environments for businesses
  • Bringing vacant and derelict land into beneficial use
  • Increasing employment and training in land-based, ‘green’ and low-carbon industries

Who will benefit:

  • Individuals through more job opportunities
  • Businesses as they will find it easier to recruit and keep staff
  • Businesses through the delivery of goods and services related to the CSGN
  • The public sector through increased tax income.

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.