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.

CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme 2012/13 Launched


Forth Environment Link has announced the launch of a third round of funding of its Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2012 / 2013.

The scheme, supported by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund 2012, aims to encourage anyone with an interest in orchards – including communities, schools, public agencies and landowners - to plant and manage orchards, use them for learning or celebrations, or use the fruit more productively.

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Vacancy - Project Co-ordinator


South Ayrshire Council are currently advertising for a Joint Planning Project Co-ordinator to support the delivery of the CSGN by Ayrshire Green Network Partnership.

This is a fixed term 2-year post. Applications close on 6 July 2012. More information can be found on My Job Scotland.

Vacancy - Woodland Creation Programme Manager

Central Scotland Forest Trust in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland are recruiting a full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment (two years) to work across the Central Scotland Green Network Area:

Woodland Creation Programme Manager

(Salary £26k - £32k and benefits, dependant upon skills and experience)

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, well organised and dynamic individual looking for a role to stimulate the creation of new woodland in Central Scotland.

An application form and further information on the post is availalble from the CSFT website.

Closing date for applications is Monday 2 July 2012 with interviews on Tuesday 10 July 2012.