Over 80% of Scotland’s vacant and derelict land (VDL) is found in the CSGN area; in excess of 8,500 hectares across over 3,000 sites. Much of this land is awaiting redevelopment but in the meantime it can blight communities.

The ‘greening’ of vacant and derelict land was reintroduced to the criteria for the Scottish Government’s Vacant and Derelict Land Fund from 2012-13 enabling two local authorities to restore sites to green end uses. We are inputting to proposals for the future of the VDL Fund from 2014-15 and will continue to argue for the inclusion of greening as a legitimate use of the Funds.

Since 2010, 8 projects that address VDL have received CSGN Development funding. Opportunities to raise awareness of the benefits of greening VDL sites and to promote successful projects are also being pursued. Two VDL projects supported through the CSGN Development Fund were showcased at the 2012 CSGN Forum and subsequently published as case studies.

2016 VDL Milestones

  • Greening is retained as an objective in the 2015-16 Vacant and Derelict Land Fund (by December 2015)
  • Good practice and recent experience in greening of Vacant and Derelict Land has been promoted widely across the CSGN area (by 31st March 2015)
  • All sites on the VDL register have been assessed for their suitability and potential for greening and follow-up action has been agreed (by 31st March 2016)
  • All 19 CSGN local authorities have been supported to improve recording of greening potential on the VDL register and/or in local development plans (by 31st March 2016)

Lead Organisation(s)

Scottish Government Housing Services and Regeneration Division, CSGN Trust

Supporting/Contributing Partners

Local authorities, regional Green Network Partnerships, NGOs, A+DS, Scottish Futures Trust, FCS (including Forest Enterprise Scotland) and SNH

The CSGN is working to encourage more action by businesses in delivering, using and managing the green network. Under our ‘Your Green Business Opportunity’ series, a number of businesses have been selected to become CSGN Business Case Studies. Each of these enterprises is delivering green infrastructure improvements or undertaking exemplar sustainability practices.

Read more to the 'Your Green Business Opportunity' campaign page.

This work is being taken forward by the CSGN Support Unit.

The current economic downturn has had a profound effect across all Scottish industries. The impact has not been equally dispersed across all age groups. Young people (aged 16-24) have suffered a huge reduction in employment opportunities.

‘While youth unemployment had improved slightly, young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than members of the workforce as a whole.’ John Longworth, British Chambers of Commerce, Director General, 23 Feb 2014.

Under our a Place for Growth Theme, the CSGN has created a campaign to show how the environment sector can play a positive role in enhancing employment prospects, providing meaningful work experience and support  whilst improving the local greenspace for everyone to enjoy.

More information, and 6 case study reports are available to the 'Employment for Better Greenspace and Job Opportunities' campaign page

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.