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LFGNP is delighted to announce that two new staff took up posts in early December. Paul Sizeland, is the new LFGNP Manager and Alison Chisholm, is the new LFGNP Development Officer. Both will be based at Swanston with Edinburgh & Lothians Green Space Trust.

Paul and Alison are looking forward to leading and developing the next phase of the Partnership which will be to work with partners, communities and landowners to advance the strategic work already in place under the forest and woodland strategies and strategic development plans to realise deliverable partnership projects across the region.

Paul Sizeland, Partnership Manager

Paul comes to LFGNP with a broad knowledge and experience base to take forward this next phase of the partnership. Most recently Paul worked for Sniffer (“knowledge brokers for a resilient Scotland”) leading their sustainable cities work that included; climate change adaptation and mitigation, green infrastructure and environment and health, and management of European urban sustainability projects.

He previously worked for SEPA in a strategic corporate planning role. Paul has fulfilled a number of roles to promote and expand the area of multi-benefit native woodlands in Scotland including 3 years with Tayside Native Woodlands during the late nineties. He has also spent ten years in many parts of rural Nepal delivering community development projects centred around community forestry user groups. Paul’s educational background is in forestry and resource management.

Alison Chisholm, Development Officer

Alison is a chartered Landscape Architect with experience of management, design and delivery of a range of rural and urban projects applying the principles of sustainable design, good place-making and the implementation of green networks. She has worked on a range of natural and built environment projects with organisations such as local communities, housing associations, private landowners, local authorities and government departments. These projects include masterplanning, open space assessment and strategy, residential development, urban regeneration, educational campus, streetscape, urban parks, habitat restoration and flood defence schemes.

Alison has a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture and took part in the ‘Urban Studio’ program during an exchange with the University of British Columbia. She also has an MSc in Remote Sensing and Image Processing.