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The High Line in New York, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore and the Bosco Verticale in Milan are just some of the world-renowned examples of green infrastructure which are already being used to inspire the development of projects in central Scotland.

By applying for our travel grant of up to £1,000 (£500 if visiting an initiative in the UK), you could be in with a chance to visit anywhere in the world to learn more about green infrastructure projects like these and to bring the knowledge back to the Central Belt.

Successful applicants will be announced at the 2018 CSGN Forum event. This is a free event, registration will open soon - sign up to our newsletter for details.

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The 2018 CSGN Young Persons Travel Grant is supported by


Green Infrastructure

The natural environment can be used to help solve some of the many challenges our communities face, from those caused by climate change, to societal or economic disparity.

Designing and building places with nature, also known as green infrastructure, brings multiple ecological benefits including storm water management, climate change adaption, improved air quality, increased biodiversity, food growing opportunities and improved water and soil quality, in addition to economic, social, and health and wellbeing benefits.

Examples of green infrastructure includes parks and greenspaces, gardens, sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS), street trees, green roofs and walls, raingardens, woodland, wetland, ponds, canals and rivers.

The Travel Grant

To raise awareness and support delivery of green infrastructure in central Scotland, this award provides an opportunity for people aged 18 – 25 to travel anywhere in the world to develop and share their knowledge on a specific topic related to green infrastructure.

It is also the Year of Young People 2018, so we would also like you to find out about how young people are influencing, being made aware of, or directly engaging with concepts like urban greening and green infrastructure.

Deadline for applications is midnight 1 April 2018.

To view the CSGN area, you can use the FCS interactive map, selecting 'Central Scotland Green Network' from the 'Boundaries' folder on the right hand side of the map webpage.

Areas highlighted in orange are in the 15% most deprived datazones (nationally) according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Use the search function to determine if your project or the population benefiting from your project is located in one of these areas. Click on the highlighted area to obtain the datazone reference to include in your application.


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Purpose of the Fund (Application deadline: Monday, 30 June 2014 at midnight.)

The CSGN Orchard Futures Fund aims to halt the decline in the Scottish orchard sector and help it grow again by creating new opportunities for sustainable orchard business growth and working in collaboration with the component elements of the sector.

The scheme is administered by Forth Environment Link (FEL) and funded by the CSGN Development Fund, in partnership with the Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The Orchard Futures Fund aims to encourage the development of new business ideas. This is not a grant scheme, but a joint venture scheme, where FEL will make a time-limited investment via an Investment Package - both financially, and through other business supports - to help develop the business idea to make it self-sustaining in the longer term. As part of the investment arrangement, FEL will look for a Return on Investment (ROI) throughout the investment period.

The Fund's Objectives

FEL are looking to invest in business ideas that meet one or more of the following objectives:-

  • Develop the productivity and economic value of orchards through theirsustainable management
  • Develop new orchard-related food and drink products
  • Integrate or diversify businesses, or encourage co-operation
  • Develop or enhance the orchard food and drink supply chain
  • Create new employment opportunities within the sector
  • Result in high economic and social impact, and low environmental impact and carbon footprint

Priority will be given to business ideas that seek to involve the wider community, in addition to generating economic and environmental benefits.  Specialist technical support from an orchard expert for orchard creation is available for the CSGN Orchard Futures Fund for successful applicants. 

How much will FEL invest?

The fund will make a total of £15,000 available to encourage the development of new business ideas that will help develop the orchard sector.

How to Apply

  1. Download and read the CSGN Orchard Futures Fund 2014 Guidance Notes from the Forth Valley's Orchards website.
  2. Register to receive a Stage 1 application form -  FVO websiteOnce you have registered, you will automatically be sent a Stage 1 application form.
  3. Submit your Stage 1 Proposals Form -  Complete an online Stage 1 Proposals Form to give FEL an outline of your business idea by Monday, 30 June 2014 at midnight.

Need Help?

If you need help with your application, please contact Diane, the Project Co-ordinator at Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01786 449215.





CSGN Ideas Fund 

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The CSGN Ideas Fund was introduced in 2013. The aim of the CSGN Ideas Fund is to support the development of innovative concepts/projects. Eligible projects would include research, feasibility studies, study trips to bring back good practice, project development or project delivery.


Eligible applicants will include all CSGN stakeholders and partners, local authorities, academic institutions, NGOs, professional, private and community interests.

Entries from previous years should not be resubmitted unless they have been substantially changed.

Applications and Procedures

The CSGN Ideas Fund is allocated to a successful project during the CSGN Forum. Entries are shortlisted in advance of the event and the best three projects will go forward for presentation on the day of the Forum. Representatives of the three projects will have the chance to make a presentation about their proposal after which they will answer questions from our audience. Delegates will then vote for their preferred concept. The winner will receive up to £5,000 to develop their concept/project. The final decision on the value of funding is made by the CSGNT Chair after the conference and depends on the viability and actual costs to take the project forward.


Previous Winning Projects

2016 Nature Harmonics - Edible Green Wall

2015 Buglife - The John Muir Pollinator Vision

2014 RSPB - Future Tides initiative

2013 Seven Lochs Wetland Park - The Green Bridge initiative 

Allanton Primary Nursery Class


In 2011, Allanton Primary Nursery Class from North Lanarkshire Council received £500 Learning Outdoors grant funding to transform their overgrown nursery garden within their school grounds. The aim of their project was to create a special, stimulating natural play environment for their nursery children to explore and learn within. Nursery staff used floor books to consult with the children about what they what they would like to have within their new area, the children then drew and described their idea’s to staff.

The funding received by the Allanton Primary Nursery Class, was match funded through fundraising events organised by nursery staff and the parents’ committee. The nursery also enlisted the support from the local authority’s Restorative Justice Team’s community payback squad in order to assist with the hands-on grounds work.

Four months and 2000 man hours later, the nursery’s overgrown, under-utilised garden area has been completely transformed into a stimulating, fun outdoor classroom. It provides the nursery children with stimulating opportunities for sensory/natural play and learning as well as raised planters for growing vegetable/plants allowing the children to learn about the environment in a positive, productive way.

Their project has truly enriched their outdoor environment with natural materials which stimulates the children’s senses and provides a wide range of learning experiences and outcomes from the Curriculum for Excellence. 

Currie Community High School


In 2011, Currie Community High School in Edinburgh received a £500 Learning Outdoors grant funding to develop their school grounds and purchase equipment. The school applied for funding to develop a project which would increase the use of the school’s established pond within their wildlife garden, for teaching and learning.

For the past 4 years, classes had been unable to use the pond as a teaching tool for pupils to learn about biodiversity, ecosystems, sampling, etc. as direct access to the pond was unsafe due to an untreated wooden decking area/platform, combined with a lack of suitable equipment for pond dipping.

Funding allowed them to further develop their wildlife pond by purchasing materials to improve the decking around the wildlife pond. Pupils also volunteered after school during January and February to clean and treat the decking, attach chicken wire and make it safer and accessible for classes in all weather conditions. The Quadrangle, containing the wildlife garden and pond, is now considered safe for unsupervised pupil use, and has become an area where senior pupils also spend time socialising during breaks.

To further enhance teaching and learning opportunities, the school also used the funding to purchase a whole class set of pond dipping equipment, including pond nets, trays, bug pots and ID keys. This has resulted in a lesson on sampling freshwater organisms being included in their new S1/2 Curriculum for Excellence Science course. It has also meant that younger pupils can now investigate pond life first hand. The newly funded kit, also allowed older pupils to sample life within the nearby burn, and compare this with organisms found in the pond. 

 Our Lady and St Joseph’s Nursery Class

In 2011, Our Lady and St Josephs nursery class from North Lanarkshire Council received £500 Learning Outdoors grant funding to further develop their pre-existing Forest Kindergarten project and introduce the concept into their primary school classes. Our Lady and St Joseph’s Nursery class focus was upon developing their local surrounding woodlands which lie within the schools grounds, (this in turn also developing their school grounds) for learning and natural play, through the delivery of regular forest kindergarten sessions.

In order to do so, they used the funding to purchase sets of appropriate waterproof trousers and jackets for their children to enable them to use their woodlands in all weather conditions.The nursery found that the funding allowed them to purchase 30 sets of waterproofs, which has in turn enabled them to take all of their pre-school children outdoors, once a week to participate in Forest Kindergarten sessions and freely explore their surrounding woodlands.

The nursery used the remainder of the funding to enhance the children’s learning and development through the purchase of woodland-based resources and equipment. This included: transparent den covers (tarpaulins), which allow the children to watch the rain falling; hammocks to allow a space for the children to relax in; wind-up torches which encourage woodland exploration; and waterproof notebooks which provided the children with opportunities to develop their early literacy and writing skills.

The nursery has found that all of their purchased materials and equipment are being used regularly within their forest kindergarten projects and also within their nursery setting, in turn enhancing all aspects of the children’s learning both within their school grounds and in the surrounding woodlands. 

 Townhill Primary School

In 2011, Townhill Primary School, Hamilton, received £500 Learning Outdoors grant funding to increase and enhance opportunities for outdoor learning. Outdoor Learning being a priority in both the school’s and South Lanarkshire Council’s education resources improvement plans.

The school was able to match fund their £500 from the learning outdoors fund, through fundraising events within the school. This innovative and creative approach allowed the school to further enhance their provision of curriculum for excellence and enriching learning experiences for all.

In order to increase and enhance outdoor learning opportunities within the whole school, Townhill Primary’s focus for the funding was for it to contribute towards provision of CPD (continual professional development) and staff training. Every member of staff participated in training which focused on taking the curriculum outdoors and how to use their outdoor space more effectively across all area’s of the curriculum. This brought lots of new ideas and strategies for outdoor learning and teaching particularly in mathematics, science and literacy.

The school also used the funding to contribute towards the purchase of waterproof equipment and waterproof clothing for the children within the school. This has enabled the children to venture outside more than we could before. We are now seeing the benefits that this is providing through more effective use of the outdoor classroom, no matter what the weather is like. For example, some of the infant classes participated in various outdoor lessons including planting seedlings within the school grounds, as well as enjoying storytelling session outdoors. Smiling and happy faces told us they enjoyed these types of learning activities.

Supporting children’s learning through outdoor learning was a feature that staff at the school wanted to explore further. The funding helped towards supporting a targeted CPD programme for staff in order to look at how we could make better use of the outdoor space we have at Townhill Primary. There is no doubt this funded project has enabled the school to further enhance each child’s learning opportunities through the use of the outdoors.

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.