In June 2018 we announced the three winners of the CSGN Young Persons Travel Grant who between them had chosen to visit green infrastructure projects across London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Nijmegen and Portland.
The three jet-setters have since returned and shared what they learned from their visits around the world.
Stefan Maurice, a community links project officer for Sustrans Scotland, visited a range of sites in key European cities to research successful sustainable urban design projects that were led by youth engagement. The journey will took him to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Nijmegen.
Gemma Kitson, who is studying a Landscape Architecture Master’s Degree, travelled to King’s Cross to research the involvement of young people in a redevelopment project currently ongoing at the London station.
The expansion plans will turn a former industrial site in London into a new neighbourhood with homes, shops, restaurants and schools. The principles of green infrastructure have been integrated into the project with 40% of the area set to become open space as well sustainable drainage systems being used across the site.
While there, Gemma also visited The Global Generation Skip Garden; a community garden which is made entirely of recycled materials and can move to different parts of the development when one construction site is finished. The unique garden produces organic fruit and vegetables which are cooked and eaten locally and it also helps reduce the urban heat island effect.
Engineering graduate, Lee Haywood, set his sights stateside as his plans took him to Portland, Oregon to study the prevalence of green infrastructure in parts of the USA. Whilst there he liaised with Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), the local university’s community engagement groups and the public, to collect information that can be applied to similar future projects here in Scotland.
CSGNT launched the grant, with support from Skyscanner, to coincide with 2018’s Year of the Young People. The inaugural travel grant will provide funding for four young people to visit anywhere in the world to learn more about green infrastructure projects from around the globe and bring the knowledge back to the Central Belt. The winners were announced by Roseanna Cunningham, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, at the 2018 CSGN Forum. The successful applicants have since been able to present at our event in Scottish Parliament, and at the 2019 CSGN Forum.