33 community projects have each been awarded up to £2000 of funding support from the 2012/13 round of the CSGN Community Projects Fund. Supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, the CSGN Community Projects Fund is designed to engage local communities in the delivery of green network improvements on the ground in order to promote increased community use and maintenance of local greenspace.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGN Partnership Board, said: “After the great response our Community Projects Fund received in its inaugural year, it is great to see the programme continue to go from strength to strength and cement our commitment to providing support to grass-roots environmental projects. It is these initiatives which are instrumental in achieving our goal of creating a high-quality green network across Central Scotland that will meet environmental, social and economic objectives and ultimately improve the quality of life for local communities.”

This year’s winners include:

The Ardrossan Nazarene 150 Project has been awarded £1850 to create a peaceful community garden, where neighbours can meet and grow their own food, on what is currently a derelict site in Ardrossan. The Ardrossan Green Spaces 150 Project, which aims to engage disadvantaged young people in regenerating gap sites in the town into usable community green space, will recruit, train and manage volunteers from the immediate vicinity to create the garden

Urban Roots, Toryglen has been awarded £2000 to undertake the management and thinning of 1.6 Ha of Malls Mire Community Woodland. This is the only woodland in the southeast of Glasgow and is of great value to local people. The thinning will improve an area used by the community as a social space and to host ‘Forest School’ sessions.

Alva Glen Heritage Trust has been awarded £1983 to increase volunteer capacity in the management of the woodlands in the Glens of Alva. The Trust’s objective is to change the woodland to a more semi-natural environment, improving it for both amenity and biodiversity.

Rabbit Braes Development Group has been awarded £1574 to get local children involved in building bird and bat boxes to be put up in Rabbit Brae, in the Templehall area of Kirkcaldy, and to have a general clean-up of the area to improve the look of the park before the summer starts.

Sustaining Dunbar has been awarded £2000 to produce a leaflet and install signage to raise the profile of the Dunbar Growing Trail which highlights the various community gardens and food growing projects in Dunbar. The leaflet will illustrate the activities which take place at the community gardens and also indicate where wild food can be found growing wild.