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Outstanding Achievement Recognition for Falkirk Greenspace

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The Falkirk Greenspace Initiative (FGI) scooped the top award at this year's planning ‘Oscars’.

The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2012 recognised the innovative and visionary project which went on to be the overall winner taking the evening’s top award for outstanding achievement.

More than 1.3 million trees have been planted and over 260km of paths created or upgraded since the FGI was formed by Falkirk Council and Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT) twenty years ago. A mosaic of community woodlands connected by local access networks has provided a major recreational resource for local people and visitors as well as an attractive framework for new developments of all kinds.

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Dale Bridge Grand Opening in Denny

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On Saturday 1 September Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network, attended the official opening of Dale Bridge. The bridge is an important crossing point over the River Carron that has been used for 120 years.

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Launching Soon: Learning Outdoors Fund

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The CSGN Learning Outdoors Fund 2012 will be launch in September. The fund will be available to all educational establishments within the CSGN area to help them improve their grounds and local greenspaces to enable more children to participate in learning outdoors and natural play.

An audit tool is available to help establishments identify where there may be gaps in their provision for learning outdoors (in both school grounds and local woods and greenspace) and hence where you may best target your efforts, including a grant from the CSGN Learning Outdoors Fund.

Further details about the fund will be released in September 2012 and send out through our Network News mailing list.

SNH Online Local Landscapes Toolkit

Snhlogo1366A new web guide, ‘Talking About Our Place’, has been launched by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to encourage communities to get involved in the future of their landscape.

‘Talking about Our Place’ provides online guidance and resources to assist communities, and the
organisations working with them, to think about and discuss their local landscape. The toolkit supports the European Landscape Convention’s approach of encouraging wider community involvement in decisions affecting tomorrow’s landscapes.

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Urban Greening Guidance

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Encouraging urban greening is a key aim of the CSGN, as part of our A Place in Balance theme. Urban greening is fraught with technical difficulties when considering new urban areas or introducing green infrastructure into our existing town and cities. So we are delighted to report on the publication of two highly relevant guides and a piece of research:

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Vacancies - Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

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The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative is seeking to employ three members of project staff to develop the Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Stage 2 bid. A Programme Manager, Community and Engagement Officer and a part-time Administrator are being sought for initially 12 months, but if the stage 2 grant is successful this could be extended to 3 -4 years.

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Heriot-Watt Receives Green Flag Award

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Heriot-Watt University, on the edge of Edinburgh, has become the first Scottish university to receive a Green Flag Award. The Green Flag is the national standard for parks and gardens, and rewards those which meet the highest standards.  The judges were satisfied that Heriot Watt University Estates were carrying out the best possible management of public access landscape.

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