Community Projects Fund 2013/14 now open for applications

This year’s CSGN Community Projects Fund is now open. Groups can apply for grants of between £1,500 and £3,000.

This year we want to focus on projects undertaken for the benefit of, and/or involving children and young people under 16 years of age.

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Household Survey Reveals Link Between Health and Access to Greenspace

The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) annual report was published on 28th August. The survey, which took place in 2012, included questions on access to greenspace.

It revealed that those who regularly use their local greenspace are more likely to say that their health is good or very good when compared to those who don't use it at all. Similarly, those who never use their local greenspace are almost three times as likely to say that their health is bad or very bad when compared to as those who use it regularly.

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Funding Boost for Rare Habitats

Rare habitats located within 10 miles of landfill sites across Scotland are set to benefit thanks to a half a million pound funding boost from not-for-profit environmental body WREN.

Grants of between £75,000 to £250,000 are available for projects dedicated to restoring, maintaining and expanding priority habitats across the country, while helping to protect dependent species of birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The money is available for site-based habitat management costs, capital infrastructure, or on site project management and delivery.

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Walkable Communities in Scotland

Active Travel Scotland

Living Streets Scotland’s Walkable Communities project supports communities to improve their local walking environment and encourages more everyday walking. Using its highly commended Community Street Audits, it has successfully worked with communities to improve conditions for walking. It has reduced litter, removed obstructions, renewed surfaces, improved lighting and lots more.

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ADAS Launches Free Ecological Site Screening Service

ADAS ecological consultants is offering free a desk based screening service to identify any possible major ecological issues on your site. For example your site could be near to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), nature reserve or Special Area of Conservation (SAC), all of which may delay or increase the cost of development.

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Vote for Scotland’s Favourite Park

Keep Scotland Beautiful are calling on Scots to cast their vote for their favourite park. They announced in July that a record-breaking 51 parks and greenspaces in Scotland had been awarded the coveted Green Flag – now the public get a chance to have their say and vote for the nation's favourite.

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Brunstane Burn Path Re-opens

An upgrade to an overgrown path in the east of Edinburgh is making a real difference for local residents.

The path will form part of the John Muir Way and has been completed in preparation for the official opening of Scotland's newest long distance route on John Muir's birthday on 21st April 2014.

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