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The visionary book capturing the learning from Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, Central Scotland Green Network, has been highly commended at the prestigious Landscape Institute Awards.

‘Growing Awareness - How green consciousness can change perceptions and places’ edited by Professor Brian Evans, Head of Urbanism at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), and Sue Evans, Head of Development at CSGN, brings together a significant research effort by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust and the Glasgow Urban Laboratory at the Glasgow School of Art together with contributions of leading experts from across the globe, to inspire the transformation change for future generations through green infrastructure.

The book was highly commended in the Landscape Policy and Research category by the Landscape Institute Awards which celebrate projects that protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment; and that demonstrate the highest levels of innovation, skill and commitment to values such as green infrastructure, health and well-being and natural capital.

Growing Awareness contains fifteen essays by leading worldwide thinkers and practitioners in the field, each of whom has spoken at CSGN forums from 2011 – 2015, organised within a research framework to reflect on the role and the benefits of landscapes and ecosystems in city regions, against a backdrop of climate change, migration, health awareness and ever-increasing urban intensification.

Contributors include Jonathon Porritt CBE, Peter Head CBE, Sir Harry Burns and Tom Armour of Arup from the UK, as well as international projects such as New York’s High Line, the greening of the Ruhr in Germany, Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon River Restoration project and the ‘Clean City, Green Waters’ programme in Philadelphia.

Professor Brian Evans, Head of Urbanism at GSA, said: “We are delighted that the research effort to produce Growing Awareness has been recognised and we hope it will help to spark debate and shape the thinking about the challenges society faces in addressing address climate change and wellbeing in a time of unprecedented urban concentration.”

Sue Evans, Head of Development at CSGN, said: “This is an important accolade for Growing Awareness which is the result of five years of research undertaken by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust to showcase the innovative green infrastructure projects taking place on our doorstep and worldwide. We hope that the book will play its part in inspiring people to take action to transform the environment of central Scotland and provide sustainable places which will enrich the lives of future generations.”

The Landscape Institute Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday 23 November 2017 at the Brewery in London.

Growing Awareness – How green consciousness can change perceptions and places is priced at £35 plus P&P and is available from the RIAS bookshop.