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A free environmental conference set to highlight the important part young people can play in shaping the future of greenspace across Central Scotland is coming to Glasgow next month (14 June) and Scots are invited to find out how they can play their part.  

There are just limited spaces left for the 2018 Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Forum on ‘Children, Young People + Green Space = a Healthy Equation’, which will feature a range of thought provoking workshops, sessions and presentations from world-renowned experts who will be sharing their experience on similar projects. One such project is the Billund City Vision, a 30 year plan to transform the town, which is the birthplace of LEGO, into Denmark’s Capital of Children.

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Attendees at the free, one-day event will have the chance to hear directly from Hanna Johansson, the lead architect on the Billund City Vision, who will be discussing the exciting project which has involved working closely with the LEGO Group and the local municipality to create an urban experience informed by creativity, play and learning.

All three factors have been embedded in the design of the project with innovative features such as ‘play streets’ and specially designed spaces for play, social interaction and experiences.

The next generation of environmental leaders will also benefit from the event with tailored workshop and networking opportunities to explore the vital role of young professionals in the sector. The range of topics covered as part of the series of interactive workshops held throughout the day will also include; ‘the healing power of greenspace’, ‘learning outdoors’ and ‘the relevance of play for children and their parents’.

The event will also explore many of the concepts being promoted through the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities and Communities initiative, the worldwide programme that puts the needs and rights of children and young people at the heart of decision-making.

Commenting, Keith Geddes, said; “CSGN is proud to be bring world-renowned insight and experience to Scotland to help inspire and inform the future of Central Scotland.

“We are focused on transforming Scotland for the next generation and it is essential that we involve youngsters, students and young professionals as we work to ensure that Central Scotland is a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.”

Central Scotland is also home to some fantastic projects and initiatives that will be explored throughout the event, including Cuningar Loop, Seven Lochs Wetland Park and Community Led Gardens in Toryglen, and the forum will offer the chance to explore the challenges faced and the opportunities available to create an environment in which children and young people can participate in its development.

Children, Young People + Greenspace = a Healthy Equation will be held on Thursday 14 June at Glasgow Caledonian University. For further information on the programme and to sign up, please visit www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org/forum