The innovative RSPB Future Tides project has received a boost of £5000 awarded from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) 2014 Ideas Fund.

The project - which aims to help school children of the Inner Forth region connect with their local environment is one of 50 within the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, an HLF funded  Landscape Partnership running between Stirling and Blackness.

The funding will allow Future Tides to take pupils from three schools within the area on an adventure through the ever changing landscape of the Inner Forth, exploring its wildlife and land uses to enable a greater understanding of why the landscape is shaped as it is and how it may change in the future.

RSPB Scotland hope this will help the youngsters to build a connection with their local community and the nature that surrounds them, encouraging them to take ownership of its future. The project will examine three different aspects of the landscape, wildlife, industry, agriculture, before looking at how climate change may have an effect on the landscape.

David Anderson, Inner Forth Futurescapes Officer, RSPB Scotland, said: “Over the past few years it has become apparent that children are losing touch with the natural environment and no longer engage with nature in the way they used to.

“Through the Future Tides project we aim to take a small step in changing this by helping school children of the Inner Forth connect with their local environment and understand why it is so special.”

Future Tides scooped the prize in the CSGN 2014 Ideas Fund which invited five shortlisted projects to make a presentation at its annual Forum with delegates voting for the winner.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGNT, said: “As Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, we aim to support organisations in delivering the green network on the ground and the RSPB Future Ideas project is an extremely worthy winner of the CSGN Ideas Fund.

“This innovative project can have a lasting impact for these pupils and for the Inner Forth landscape by encouraging the next generation to understand and appreciate their natural environment and strive to ensure it remains a special place.”