SNH is drawing together a funding bid to deliver a programme of Green Infrastructure (GI) development. This would form part of Scotland’s programme for European and Structural Investment Funds 2014-2020. The proposal will support a number of strategic projects with a total value of approximately £40 million over the seven year programme.
If successful, the EU funding could provide about £15m towards these projects. These will cover activities such as:
- greening cities (e.g. sustainable urban drainage schemes, investing in public parks and local nature reserves, restoration of urban water courses, natural flood management);
- green recreation and health (e.g. green exercise projects including green gyms, health walks, path networks on urban rivers, canals and loch corridors);
- access to nature (e.g. increasing access for all to green infrastructure particularly through improving greenspaces in areas of multiple deprivation)
- green corridors (e.g. creating wildlife corridors through joining up green sites within and around Scotland’s cities);
- vacant and derelict land (e.g. improving safe access to vacant land, transforming vacant and derelict land into functional green space);
- community growing (eg creating new allotments, orchards, community gardens)