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Community Greenspace Network

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greenspace scotland has been awarded an Investing in Ideas grant from the Big Lottery to explore if there is a need for what a community greenspace group network for Scotland and if so what it could/should look like. When we say “Community greenspace groups” we mean all sorts of groups involved in all sorts of greenspace, they could be Friends of Parks groups, community growing groups, local environmental groups, Development Trusts, Climate Challenge groups and "In Bloom" groups.

 In order to find out we are facilitating two events for community greenspace groups – one in Edinburgh and one in Glasgow. There will also be an opportunity to feed into a survey later on.

 More details are available on the greenspace scotland website and the event flyer.

Identifying Green Employment & Training Initiatives

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As part of the A Place for Growth theme, the CSGN is seeking to understand the current level of training and employment programmes which deliver green activities within the CSGN area. We want to find out some basic information regarding the nature of the projects, numbers of people involved and outcomes from schemes.

Over the next few months we will start to contact various partners to find out what they are doing in this respect, but in the mean-time, we would love to hear from you. If you’re involved in a green employment and training initiatives please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the CSGN Support Unit.

There is more information regarding the A Place for Growth theme online.

Clackmannashire Council Signs Green Network Concordat

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In October, Clackmannanshire Council became the second Council to sign the CSGN Local Authority Concordat. In signing up to the scheme, Clackmannanshire Council has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to the CSGN, as expressed through the network’s inclusion in Scotland’s second National Planning Framework, as well as the opportunities the CSGN has to offer.

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New Grant Schemes: Year of Natural Scotland

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SNH have two grant schemes currently open, one on Community Action and a second on Natural Projects. Both will prioritise action with celebrates 2013 as the Year of Natural Scotland. In addition, there are two further schemes open jointly with Creative Scotland and Visit Scotland that encourage new events and projects to celebrate the links between culture and nature.

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Making Orchards Your Business

Forth Environment Link is inviting applications from anyone interested in studying for an ILM Level 2 in Exploring Business Enterprise course.

The course, run in conjunction with SRUC Elmwood Campus in Fife, will look at opportunities for setting up a new business, or diversifying an existing business relating to orchards and orchard fruit.  It is open to anyone in the Clackmannanshire, Falkirk or Stirling Local Authority areas, but we would also welcome applications from people in the Central Scotland Green Network area.

The course, which is a project of the Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative, is a contribution towards developing the economic potential of Forth Valley’s orchards, and aims to offer individuals the opportunity to explore enterprise – its purpose, functions and operations, and recognise the basic personal knowledge and skills required to work effectively and successfully within an enterprise. It is important to note that the focus of the course will be on exploring business rather than specifically on orchards.

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Cash Boost for Green Community Projects in Central Scotland

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Environmental community projects in Central Scotland working to improve their local greenspace could be given a cash boost following today's launch of this year’s grant funding from the Central Scotland Green Network’s (CSGN) Community Projects Fund.

The CSGN Community Projects Fund, supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, provides one-off grants of up to £2,000 and aims to encourage work at a grass-roots level to deliver green network enhancements on the ground, as well as increase community use of local greenspace.

All projects must be carried out within the CSGN boundaries, with candidates submitting a short application form by no later than midday on 2 November 2012.

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