John Muir Festival

tland Green Network - John Muir

SNH are inviting involvement and participation in a programme of John Muir events. One of the signature events in Homecoming Scotland 2014 is the John Muir Festival, which will run from 17 to 26 April. Highlights of the Festival will include the launch of the John Muir Way on 21 April and the international opening of the Helix and Kelpies near Falkirk. The Festival will celebrate and explore the life and legacy of John Muir, a Scots born naturalist and founder of America's National Parks, taking place along the length of the John Muir Way.

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Nesta, the Heritage Lottery and the Big Lottery Launch Rethinking Parks

Nesta Re-thinking Parks

Voluntary and community sector organisations and public sector organisations from across the UK may apply for grants of between £50,001 and £100,000 as well as nonfinancial support to carry out their innovative ideas to make the UK's public parks financially sustainable.

The grants programme will help park managers and those responsible for park funding and maintenance to test new options for generating income and managing their park. Grants can be used to fund new staff, external consultancy and advice, training for staff and volunteers, publicity and marketing, equipment and limited capital works.

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East Lothian Council Signs Green Network Concordat

Local communities in East Lothian will benefit from a unique agreement between the Central Scotland Green Network and East Lothian Council, which will help to improve the social, physical, cultural and environmental well-being of the area.

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Grow Wild funding will help communities bloom

Hot on the heels of the announcement of the Scottish Grow Wild Flagship Project at The Waterworks in Barrhead, here's your chance to bring Grow Wild to a space near you. Communities, youth groups, environmental trusts and other local organisations are invited to apply for grants of £500 to £5000 from Grow Wild to create exciting transformational wild flower sites in their local area.

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Fife Council Signs Green Network Concordat

Local communities in Fife will benefit from an agreement between the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) and Fife Council, designed to help improve the social, physical and environmental well-being of the area.

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Brownfield site gets thumbs up in awards

Central Scotland Green Network - Brownfield Award

Old Mine Nature Park, near Uddingston in North Lanarkshire has received two highly commended awards from the Brownfield Briefing Awards 2013 in the Best Public Participation and the Best Redevelopment on a Brownfield Site categories. Old Mine Nature Park's development is a partnership between site owners North Lanarkshire Council and Forestry Commission Scotland.

The awards are for how the Council and the Commission have carried out the redevelopment work on the site, including public engagement around the naming competition of the park by local school children.  The naming  project was also shortlisted for an award at the Chartered Institute of Press Relations recent awards ceremony last month.

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Play Implementation Fund

Inspiring Scotland

Inspiring Scotland have launched the Go2Play Implementation Fund, building on their commitment to support the play sector. The Play Strategy Implementation Fund will invest in charities with innovative approaches to support 'play' that will deliver the Play Strategy Action Plan. £90,000 will be available in 2014 from this fund. Inspiring Scotland will launch the process for applications at end of 2013 which will consist of three funding rounds during 2014.

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