Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Review


The 2012 review of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy was officially launched on 6 July 2012 by the Minister, Stewart Stevenson. It is introduced as ‘Scotland's response to the European Union’s Biodiversity Strategy for 2020 and the ‘Aichi Targets’ set by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.’ Responses are invited by 26 September 2012.

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Inner Forth Landscape Initiative Receives Heritage Lottery Funding


A pioneering partnership project aiming to enhance the landscape and celebrate the history of the   Inner Forth is one step closer to securing a major funding boost. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that RSPB Scotland, on behalf of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, has received a first-round pass of £1,975,900, including £75,900 development funding through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme.

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Rouken Glen Receives Heritage Lottery Funding


East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) has been awarded over £2.15 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the regeneration and conservation of Rouken Glen Park. The funding will be used to improve and restore many of the park's popular attractions and to deliver a range of activities in the park that will extend peoples' knowledge of the park's heritage through volunteering and learning opportunities. ERC will be augmented the award with £1million of its own funding.

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Diamond Woods fit for the Queen

- Planting a tree for the Jubilee at Cumbernauld Community Park. Iain Moss / Woodland Trust Photo Library

Three large new native woods are being created in central Scotland as part of the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods project. The Woodland Trust has worked with local authorities in Stirling and North Lanarkshire, and Ayrshire landowner Mark Gibson to create the Borrowmeadow Farm, North Lanarkshire, and Shalloch Diamond Woods, each over 60 acres in size.

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I Bike Wins Scottish Transport Award


An innovative scheme aimed at getting more pupils on their bikes, which was piloted at schools in Edinburgh, has won the Best Practice in Travel to School and Work scheme in the Scottish Transport Awards.

The 12 schools involved in the I Bike scheme have reported an increase in the number of children cycling to class, as well as a fall in the number of those being driven. Since I Bike's launch, the number of pupils regularly cycling to school has risen from 10.7% to 19.3%, while the number being driven dropped from 23.9% to 17.2%.

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Vacancies - Clyde & Avon Valley


The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership is now recruiting two posts to form the core of the Landscape Partnership team that will take forward project activities. The main objective of the posts is to successfully implement a Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP) for the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Landscape Partnership Programme in the Clyde and Avon Valley area. The Partnership aims to conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique landscape and cultural heritage of the Clyde and Avon Valleys. A principal element of this will be raising the awareness of the local community to the value and importance of the landscape and implementing projects that restore important landscape characteristics and heritage features.

The Landscape Partnership Community Engagement Officer will be responsible to the Programme Manager for the delivery and implementation of a wide range of community-based projects.

The Landscape Partnership Built and Cultural Heritage Officer will be responsible to the Programme Manager for the delivery and implementation of a range of projects that will enhance and celebrate the history and heritage of the Clyde and Avon Valleys.

Full details of the posts and how to apply can be found on the Clyde & Avon Valley Landscape Partnership website. Applications for both posts should be submitted by Friday 20 July 2012.