December 1, 2010 - April 29, 2011

Campsie Fells Review and Action Plan

Locations:
East Dunbartonshire
Types:
Integrated Habitat Network, Landscape Action, Recreation & Active Travel
Funds:
CSGN Development Fund
Contacts:
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Lead Partners:
East Dunbartonshire Council
Partners:
Campsie Fells Steering Group

Context

Located just 19km to the north of Glasgow, the Campsie Fells have long provided an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The area has great variety, with farmland, open moors, steep-flanked glens, attractive woodland and sparkling burns. However, the proximity of the Fells to the city means that influence of human activity is always evident.

Project background

The Campsie Fells Steering Group (CFSG) was established in May 2009 as a working partnership between East Dunbartonshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Stirling Council, Falkirk Council, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Forestry Commission Scotland (FSC). As the Fells cut across local authority boundaries, the CFSG was established to enable coordination between local authorities in the management of sustainable economic, social and ecological development in the Campsie Fells region.

How the project was delivered

In December 2010 East Dunbartonshire Council, on behalf of the Campsie Fells Steering Group, commissioned consultants URS Scott Wilson to prepare a Strategic Review and Action Plan and a Biodiversity Review and Action Plan for the Campsie Fells area. Work was focussed around access, marketing, tourism and recreation, and economic development and business support.

URS Scott Wilson was tasked with:

  • Completing a baseline review of existing activity and a costed short, medium and long-term action plan for each key theme.
  • Identifying opportunities for future revenue-generating activity in the area.
  • Mapping land ownership in the area.
  • Providing a general overview of alternative management models that have been employed in similar areas elsewhere, along with main advantages and disadvantages of each.

In addition to desk-based research, public consultation meetings were held across each local authority area to give the public an opportunity to contribute to setting priorities for the region.

Project outcomes

The Strategic Review and Action Plan has helped focus attention around an agreed set of priorities and actions and has proved particularly useful in coordinating partnership amongst the four councils.

CSGN Support and Learning

The Strategic Review and Action Plan and accompanying Biodiversity Review have both been adopted by the Campsie Fells Steering Group. The projects and initiatives identified in the Plan will either directly or indirectly contribute to:

  • Improved access links
  • Increased awareness and understanding of the Campsie Fells, including its biodiversity and wildlife
  • Improved community capacity and closer partnership working between stakeholders
  • Long-term economic and ecological sustainability of the Campsie Fells

The CSGN Development Fund added value to the project by enabling a more comprehensive piece of work to be and by allowing the project to happen at an earlier stage than otherwise would have happened.

Future development of project

The Campsie Fells Steering Group is now working to deliver the priority actions, such as access and signage improvements. The Steering Group has sought to attract tourists to the Fells and will soon launch a new Campsie Fells website to help with the marketing and promotion of the area.

Funding Details:

Year Fund Value
2010 CSGN Development Fund 19,950

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