Case Studies Revisited

Over the past year we have profiled eighteen projects and initiatives taking place throughout the CSGN area. These have been well received with over 2500 individual downloads from our website. As we approach the end of 2012, we thought we’d take a few moments to find out what’s been happening to some of the projects and initiatives since their respective case studies were completed.

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City Parks Boost Health and Wellbeing


A new university study has found that urban residents are happier when they live near parks. The research, published in the journal Psychological Science,  looked at people's happiness levels over an 18 year period. Led by Dr Mathew White from the University of Exeter Medical School's European Centre for Environment and Human Health, the study tracked changes in wellbeing over time, using data from the annual British Household Panel Survey between 1991 and 2008.

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Cuningar Loop Woodland Park

Woodland Creation

Planning permission has been granted for a new £5million woodland park on derelict land opposite the Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village.

South Lanarkshire Council has backed the scheme at the Cuningar Loop on the banks of the Clyde close to Rutherglen town centre

The £5m scheme is expected to attract 100,000 visitors to the site by 2021.

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Falkirk Greenspace shortlisted for RTPI Award


Following last year's success as Overall Winner in the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2012, Falkirk Council and CSFT have recently learnt that the Falkirk Greenspace Initiative has been shortlisted in the Exemplary Rural Planning category for the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Planning Excellence 2013.

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Falkirk Greenspace: A Strategy for Our Green Network - Consultative Draft

Larbert Woods

Falkirk Council is pleased to announce the production of Falkirk Greenspace: A Strategy for Our Green Network – Consultative Draft.

This document was approved as a draft for consultation on 19th February 2013 and Falkirk Council are now seeking your views about these proposals for enhancing Falkirk's network of greenspaces.

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'Designing and managing forests for health' Studentship Available


Applications are sought from suitably qualified candidates for a joint ESRC-Scottish Government PhD three-year (‘+3’) studentship. The project entitled ‘Designing and ManagingForests for Health’ has been developed in collaboration with the Forestry Commission Scotland and seeks to examine the links between forestry and community health across Scotland.

The successful candidate will be based in the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) in the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh. They will also be active members of the university’s OPENspace Research Centre and the Human Geography Research Group.

Further details are available on the CRESH website.

Architecture & Placemaking Consultation


The Scottish Government is consulting on how our architecture and places can help provide a better quality of life and better position Scotland on the world stage. As a starting point for discussion, the consultation document considers 4 key themes around which the policy could contribute and asks a set of 12 related questions. Responses are invited by 7 September.

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