The following sources of data are being used to monitor the CSGN and have been used in the Baseline report.

SNHi - Information Service

Scottish National Heritage has collected data and information on many aspects of Scotland's environment and developed the SNHi online interface to allow easy access to environment and biodiversity related data with associated resources and further information.


Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics

This internet site is the main way in which the Scottish Government disseminates the range of small area statistics including information on health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing, population, crime and social / community issues at the data zone level and above.


Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) is the Scottish Government's official tool for identifying those places in Scotland suffering from deprivation. It incorporates several different aspects of deprivation, combining them into a single index.


Scottish Government National Indicators

Fifty National Indicators help the Scottish Government to track progress towards the achievement of National Outcomes. Indicators have been chosen to demonstrate progress on a range of Outcomes over time.


Scottish Environment Statistics Online Index

These datasets provide, in one place, a wide variety of information on drivers and indicators to the state of Scotland’s environment.


Scotland's Environment Web

A wide range of environmental data collated and published by Scottish organisations and agencies with special emphasis on the local environment via the “What’s In My Backyard” postcode search.


Nomis: Office for National Statistics

Nomis is a service provided by the Office for National Statistics, ONS, to provide free access to the most detailed and up-to-date UK labour market statistics from official sources.


Key Scottish Environment Statistics

This publication aims to provide an easily accessible reference document which offers information on a wide range of environmental topics. The data are supplemented by text providing brief background information on environmental impacts, relevant legislation and performance against national and international targets.


Information Services Division Scotland

The Information Services Division (ISD) is a division of National Services Scotland, part of NHS Scotland. ISD provides health information, health intelligence, statistical services and advice that support the NHS in progressing quality improvement in health and care and facilitates robust planning and decision making.

General Register Office for Scotland

Responsible for the registration of births, marriages, civil partnerships, deaths, divorces, and adoptions. General Register Office for Scotland runs the Census and it and other data to publish information about population and households across Scotland.


Forestry Commission Statistics

The Forestry Commission produces statistics on a range of topics related to forestry. Main statistics are held at this web address, published annually in ‘Forestry Statistics’ and summarised in the publication ‘Forestry Facts and Figures’.

The 2010 Baseline supports the CSGN Vision and describes the main characteristics of the CSGN area and the influences that have changed the landscape over time.

The Baseline presents a dataset of 10 key indicators that capture the starting point of the CSGN in 2010. These indicators will be used to help track the progress of the CSGN towards our ambition of delivering a step change in environmental quality by 2050.

For more information on the data used in this report please refer to the CSGN Baseline Data Sources document, linked below.

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CSGN Baseline Report 2010

Baseline Report Data Sources

The CSGN Support Unit see the collection of robust data that can be measured over time as absolutely essential and are setting up a Monitoring & Evaluation framework which will be used to record outputs and outcomes, report on successes and allow evaluation of progress to show the added value being delivered by the CSGN. This will include a database linked to mapping software in order to provide geographic referencing and further analysis of the data gathered.

The system will allow records to be updated continuously and enable information to be extracted in a variety of formats to suit different requirements. The Framework will cover three main areas: partnership, programme and workplan.

The Partnership

Monitoring the development of the Partnership is critical in evaluating the progress of the CSGN. The Partnership comprises of the many national, regional and local bodies responsible for delivering the physical Green Network. The Support Unit will measure over time the degree to which the CSGN is acknowledged and embedded within partner policies, guidance and practice.


Monitoring will focus on the development and delivery of the Network. Working with Partners the Support Unit will develop a suite of case studies to capture the breadth of delivery. In addition, we will also monitor the progress of initiatives and projects supported through the CSGN Development Fund. The framework will also collect data on themes such as tackling health inequalities, building resilience against climate change and enhancing opportunities for active travel.


The Support Unit will use the annual CSGN Workplan to monitor activity by the Board, lead partners and CSGN Support Unit.

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.