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Scotland's Finest Woods Awards 2011

Calling all community woodland projects in the Central Scotland Green Network Area

Final call for entries for special CSGN Community Woodlands Award

Are you involved in a community woodland project in central Scotland?

  • Would you like to share in £3,000 of prize money to help you deliver your project?
  • Don’t delay, enter today!

Now is your last chance to enter this year’s prestigious Community Woodlands Award and compete for the Tim Stead Trophy and £3,000 in cash prizes.

The prizes will be awarded to the best community or urban woodland project or other social forestry project which engages people with their environment in the Central Scotland Green Network Area.

All over Central Scotland people are working to support their local communities through a social woodland project, our judges want to recognise and reward their achievement!

Find out more about the awards on www.sfwa.co.uk.

Notes:

1. Who can enter?
Entry is open to community, urban or social projects from the Central Scotland Green Network Activity Area which stretches from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

2. Prizes

There is £3,000 in cash prizes - £2,000 for the winning project and £1,000 for the runner-up prize or otherwise at the discretion of the judges.

In addition the stunning Tim Stead Trophy will be awarded at the discretion of the judges with custody for one year. Both also receive a certificate and a wooden display plaque to record their achievement.

3. Award ceremony

The winning projects will be presented with their prizes on Friday, 24th June 2011 at the Royal Highland Show. An additional presentation can be made on the project site so that all those involved can join the celebrations.

4. How to enter

Simply complete a short entry form with basic project and contact details and state in no more than 500 words why you think your project would make a worthy winner of this prestigious award.

The deadline for entries is 21st April 2011 but if you need a little more time please get in touch with the awards co-ordinator to arrange for a later entry date.

5. Further information from Peter Wilson on 0131 226 4665 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Increase in SRDP Grant Rates

Increase in SRDP woodland grant rates

From January 2011 some new woodland creation applications to the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) will be eligible for an additional 10% grant rate.

The extra 10% will apply to capital items (planting work, fences, gates etc) in applications that are either:

  • using any of the three productive woodland creation options on sites recognised as 'preferred' or 'potential' in their local indicative forest strategy; or
  • using any of the woodland creation options within the Central Scotland Green Network area.

You can find further information about the new grant rates on the SRDP website.

New CSGN Identity

New CSGN Identity

Just completed is work to deliver a brand identity, brand values and brand architecture to support CSGN communications. Our design consultants were asked to create a strong and unique identity for the initiative which would aid recognition and understanding of the CSGN amongst the wider existing (and future potential) partnership and stakeholders. We hope you like what has been created.

You can read more about the design process in the branding report and see the new identity and learn how it should be used in the brand guidelines.

Many thanks to those of you who helped in this process through either the phone survey or the ‘bringing the brand to life’ workshops.

Development Fund 2011

Funding available to grow greenspace

Some of the central belt’s most deprived and derelict areas could be in for a facelift thanks to a cash boost from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) development fund.

£750,000 is being made available in 2011 for projects leading to a transformation of areas suffering from multiple deprivation, lack of access to greenspace and blight of vacant and derelict land.

Bids for the funding, which also enhance enterprise and regeneration, promote healthier lifestyles and build stronger communities, will be given higher priority.

Announcing the funds, Environment & Climate Change Minister Roseanna Cunningham said:

“The CSGN is Europe’s biggest greenspace initiative which aims to transform the central belt of Scotland into a more attractive place to live and do business in.

“It has the potential to make a marked change to 3.5 million people living in the area, that’s 70 per cent of the Scottish population.

“The previous funding round was hugely popular and already 72 projects have been supported, helping to kick-start the programme of transformation.

“Such was the demand we have now made a further £750,000 available to help build momentum.”

The development fund is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, who are both lead partners for the CSGN.

The CSGN stretches from Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Dunbartonshire in the west through to Fife and East Lothian in the east.

The whole project is one of the Scottish Government’s key 14 National Developments, designated in the 2nd National Planning Framework.

Keith Geddes, chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, said:

“This additional funding is a fantastic boost and takes the amount of money awarded to organisations in Central Scotland so far to almost £2.1 million.

“A further £750,000 is a significant contribution to local projects and will go a long way to improving the landscape of Central Scotland.

“We welcome bids from local organisations that need additional funding to create a greener central Scotland to live, work and do business.”

Further details of how to apply for the funding are available at www.forestry.gov.uk/csgndevelopmentfund with a closing date of 31st May 2011.

CSGN Forum

The first CSGN Forum will be held on 14 June at the Westerwood Hotel and Golf Resort.

This event is FREE.

Purpose:

  • To hear some inspirational speakers on Green Network Issues.
  • To celebrate the success of projects that received CSGN Development Funding in 2010.
  • To provide an opportunity to learn about developments over the last year.
  • To meet up with Green Network colleagues and exchange ideas.

Audience:

This event is likely to be relevant to public, private and third sector professionals, working in the fields of climate change, sustainable development, health, transport and access, landscape and biodiversity, and to academics and students.

More details will follow in the coming weeks as speakers and projects are confirmed. Please register to reserve your place and we will keep you updated.

If you need further information about this event please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Woodlands Award

Community Woodlands Award – enter now and compete for £3,000 of prize money for projects in the CSGN Activity Area

 The Scotland's Finest Woods Awards are held every year to celebrate all that is best in the management of our woods and forests and to showcase how they contribute to the wealth and wellbeing of Scotland's people.

With 2011 designated as International Year of Forests, this year’s Awards include a special competition to promote the Central Scotland Green Network.

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Scottish Green Roof Conference

Scottish Green Roof Conference

31st March 2011, The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The Scottish Green Roof Conference brings together leading green roof experts from across Europe to talk about the latest case studies, research and policy initiatives. The conference aims to improve understanding and promote the benefits of green roofs in a changing climate, and to inspire those within the built environment sector to implement green roofs wherever practical.

Topics covered include:

  • Scottish planning policy relevant to green roof implementation
  • good practice in green roof design, construction and maintenance
  • the contribution green roofs can make to sustainable urban regeneration and climate change adaptation
  • how green roofs in an urban setting can contribute to habitat provision, health and well-being.

Who should attend

Policy and decision-makers from the public and private built environment sectors, including planners, architects and flood risk engineers, green roof clients, consultants, contractors and manufacturers, ecologists, landscape architects, and biodiversity officers.

View the flyer for the event here.

For more information and to register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.sgrf.org/news