Thirteen projects in the central belt are to share £510,500 funding to improve access to greenspace and help transform the quality of life for people living and working in the area.
The projects, supported through the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund, are based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, North Ayrshire, Midlothian and the Forth Valley and will breathe new life into vacant and derelict land, boost active travel and improve the lives of disadvantaged communities.
The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace initiative which seeks to transform Central Scotland into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.
The funding was announced today by Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod, during a visit to launch the new Camlachie Community Park in Glasgow. The area has had a landscape makeover and is one of the projects which will be supported by the CSGN Development Fund for the next phase of work to create a skate park, bouldering facility and natural play and adventure area.
Dr McLeod said: “In total, £510,500 of greenspace funding through the CSGN Development Fund will go towards 13 different greenspace projects across the central belt.
“The long-term aim of the funding is to kick-start a transformation to make the central belt a better place to live and work within, by delivering a high quality environment for everybody.”
Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGN, said: “This significant extension to our Development Fund will ensure CSGN continues to make a considerable contribution to projects working towards improving the central belt on the ground.
“The successful projects will focus on revitalising vacant and derelict land into valuable greenspace resources and enhancing access routes for the benefit of local and disadvantaged communities, businesses and the environment.”
The additional £510,500 of CSGN funding is on top of almost £5.3M which has already been allocated to over 150 projects in the past five years.
As one of the Scottish Government’s national developments for Scotland in the third National Planning Framework, the CSGN is changing the face of Central Scotland, by restoring, transforming and greening the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.
The CSGN encompasses 19 local authorities across 10,000 sq km and has the potential to benefit 3.5million people, equating to 70 per cent of Scotland’s population.
The funding for the CSGN Development Fund 2015-2016 was made available by Forestry Commission Scotland and Transport Scotland.
The full list of projects to receive funding are:
Causey Development Trust (CDT) has been awarded £18,838 to transform The Causey, an existing greenspace in the south side of Edinburgh, to make it people friendly and less car dominated and to reinforce the green network within Edinburgh by connecting existing green spaces at George Square, The Meadows and Holyrood Park.
Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust has been awarded £36,220 to transform a currently vacant site in Craigmillar awaiting development into a future new high school for the area. The site is at the centre of the wider Craigmillar regeneration area, adjacent to the newly-built Community Hub and library building and with neighbouring plots at varying stages of development. As the school is not scheduled to be built before 2020, landscaping the site will help support efforts to regenerate Craigmillar.
East Renfrewshire Council has been awarded £15,000 to develop design proposals for approximately 15ha of green network within the Barrhead South Strategic Development Opportunity area, as identified within the East Renfrewshire Local Development Plan.
East Renfrewshire Council has been awarded £20,000 to create a new green network connecting the town of Barrhead with Glasgow. The project is located on 8ha of derelict ground beside the River Levern in a narrow strip of greenbelt between two urban areas. It is ideally placed to form a key link in the wider strategic green network.
Glasgow City Council and the West of Scotland Housing Association have been awarded £156,000 for Phase 3 of the 2014 Multifunctional Greenspace Project. The project aims to regenerate a former derelict business park site in Camlachie and is one of Glasgow City Council’s flagship Commonwealth Games Greener Legacy projects and part of Glasgow’s Green Year 2015 celebrations.
Cassiltoun Trust has been awarded £62,705 to support Phase 3 of its woodland improvement and employability programme based in Castlemilk Community Woodlands.
Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership has been awarded £24,950 to develop a plan for the Greater Easterhouse Strategic Development Framework. The plan will focus on greening over 180ha of vacant and derelict land, improving greenspace and woodland in deprived communities, identifying new green routes for walking and cycling and addressing surface water management to reduce flood risk.
Forth Environment Link Fruit Futures Programme has been awarded £50,700 to work with projects operating in areas within the lowest 15% of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation and/or located in or near areas of derelict or vacant land. The project will train and support community and eco-school leaders to design, develop and support their community orchards and will also Identify and seek to develop a demonstration project in order to find other sites to showcase best practice.
Midlothian Council has been awarded £16,000 to improve the quality of a 2.2ha open space within the heart of Gorebridge. Approximately half of the site is derelict because of underground mine-workings and is currently fenced off to the public.
North Ayrshire Council has been awarded £33,500 to create a green corridor along the former railway line between Loadingbank and Ladeside in Kilbirnie. This will bring the vacant and derelict site into positive use for active travel, biodiversity and recreation.
North Ayrshire Council has been awarded £22,000 to construct an all-abilities and multi- user section of the National Cycle Network and create a green network between Nethermains Industrial Estate and Kilwinning Town Centre.
Scottish Wildlife Trust has been awarded £32,026 to undertake a Green Routes Feasibility Project which will deliver proposals for three Green Routes in Cumbernauld that will link disadvantaged communities, promote active travel to and from the town centre, improve environmental quality and re-connect the woodland habitat network.
Renfrewshire Council has been awarded £22,500 to quantify and evaluate the wood fuel biomass available from Renfrewshire Council’s existing and potential future woodlands and to establish a biodiversity baseline in two currently unmanaged woodlands, against which the effects of future management inputs can be assessed.