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Celebrating John Muir in 2014 Makes Economic Sense

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The CSGN, supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, is developing proposals to extend by 2014 the existing John Muir Way which currently runs from Dunbar to Fisherrow in Musselburgh through to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park-Scotland’s first national park and over to Helensburgh. Studies have shown that such a route will prove attractive not only to native Scots but to many abroad, not only in the United States but around the globe where Muir’s name resonates loudly. The economic benefit study shows that with appropriate marketing some 700 jobs could be created over the first five years of the route’s existence with an estimated 9,000 end to end walkers in the first year.

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CSGN Benefits Highlighted to First Minister

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COSLA’s Annual Conference on 17 February provided an opportunity for the CSGN Partnership Board Chair, Keith Geddes, to flag the benefits of the CSGN to Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, and councillors and officials from a number of councils along the proposed route including East Lothian/ Midlothian/ City of Edinburgh/West Lothian/ Falkirk/North Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire. An early ambition for the CSGN is to develop the John Muir Way across central Scotland in time for 2014, both the Year of Homecoming and the centenary of Muir’s death.

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CSGN Development Fund Update

Forestry Commission Scotland have updated the advice for the CSGN Development Fund on their webpage. The detailed "advice to applicants" has also been updated. These updates clarify the the position with regards VAT and eligible costs following some queries that were received.

The deadline for the submission of complete applications is: 12:00 noon on Friday 2nd March 2012.

Forestry Skills Programme for Young People

Through a variety of training programmes within the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN), Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is providing over 200 young people with practical skills and experience in order to positively influence their level of future employability.

Finance Secretary John Swinney has been meeting some of the young people benefiting from one of our funding partners, FCS’s, employment programmes delivered by the Wise Group.

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Partners Wanted for LIFE+ Bid

 

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SNH is  developing a LIFE+ application to reduce habitat fragmentation and improve connectivity across the CSGN, through targeting, facilitating and implementing action on the ground.  With a start date of July 2013, SNH is looking to build a partnership to deliver around £3-5M of activity

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Development Fund 2012-2013

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Funding for growing central belt’s greenspace

Greenspace projects in the central belt can now cash in on funding thanks to an extension of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) development fund.

Organisations can apply for part of the £750,000 available for projects which promote healthier lifestyles, regeneration and enterprise, and help to join up the network, especially in areas suffering from deprivation and dereliction.

For the first time organisations can now bid for three years of financial support, rather than one year as was the case previously.  This new move will allow projects to plan for the longer-term and increase their impact on local environments.

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Campsie Fells Action Plan

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East Dunbartonshire Council and its partners have launched a 10 year plan to protect and promote the Campsie Fells. The action plan covers five key themes to improve accessibility; to ensure that future tourism and visitor activity is sustainable; to raise awareness of the fells as well as enjoyment and education; to support the local economic environment by promoting and facilitating inward investment and all importantly to conserve and enhance the Campsies.

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