Case Studies

The aim of this project is to achieve multiple benefits by spatially identifying sites where there are overlaps between Water Framework Directive (WFD) pressures and opportunities to strengthen or create habitat networks. Four of the sites profiled were then scoped to identify the specific on the ground opportunities where improvement measures could be delivered. Future steps will be to deliver on the ground improvements with wider benefits for international biodiversity targets, climate change resilience and anthropogenic pressures.

Fife Council is exploring opportunities for the temporary use of vacant and derelict sites for greenspace. This has involved the commissioning of a feasibility study to produce designs and costs for selected sites across the CSGN area of Fife. If successful, the approach will be rolled out across a range of further sites. The project is part of a larger strategy to target the impact of vacant and derelict land across Fife by the Council.

A far-reaching Landscape Master Plan has been developed to integrate the David Livingstone Centre with the wider landscape of the Clyde Valley and Clyde Walkway creating a centre of education and exploration. Part of this vision is 'The Works', a unique Natural Play Area developed in the grounds of the Centre.

The Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) has been developed to help combat the lack of available land for community gardening and associated green space activities. It aims to make more land available, and to facilitate access to that land, for use by community gardening and food growing groups across the CSGN area, Scotland and the UK.

This case study profiles a new social enterprise which has created a sustainable business addressing not only the crisis in the UK honeybee population, but also key social and environment issues within the Kelvin Valley.

'Stalled Spaces' is a city-wide initiative which delivers an innovative approach to dealing with issues relating to poor environmental conditions that have become more prevalent due to the economic downturn. The initiative focuses on the temporary use of vacant or under-utilised land to deliver a range of projects including urban growing spaces, community gardens, wildflower meadows, mountain bike trails and art sculpture parks, which enables physical renewal and fosters community empowerment.

Through the 'Better Barrhead' initiative, East Renfrewshire Council has developed a Masterplan for the redevelopment of the town centre. This strategic blueprint places greenspace at the heart of future regeneration activity. It provides certainty on what needs to be done and an indication as to how much it will cost. This will help to inform and speed up the planning process and also assist in the generation of funding packages to deliver key elements of the plan.

This case study profiles a technical project which has adopted a systematic approach to the collection and analysis of green infrastructure data across the whole of Ayrshire. The method is a useful planning tool as it maps the extent and main functions of local greenspace resources. It also examines the need for specific intervention in areas where investment of time and money would have the biggest positive impact.

Living Streets Scotland’s Engaging Communities programme worked with 12 communities across Scotland, providing practical community engagement tools to enable local people to identify and prioritise improvements in their area and take action. This process allows ‘quick wins’ to be identified and implemented and provides the respective communities with evidence that their engagement can bring about a timely and positive change to their local environments.

This case study profiles Green Action an initiative operating in Falkirk and North Lanarkshire which provides young people with practical, hands-on work experience, outdoors on a variety of conservation, landscaping and gardening-type tasks in woodland and canal environments. Volunteers are mostly unemployed young people and come from different backgrounds and abilities. The majority are unskilled with little or no work experience. Green Action offers these people an insight into the world of work and also makes a valuable contribution to improving greenspace and green infrastructure.

This case study profiles the Year of the Bat - a major promotional campaign undertaken by the Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT) during 2011-12. The ambition was to raise awareness of Bats in Central Scotland. It included press releases, radio broadcasts, and corporate events. In addition, a programme of talks, walks, training and survey events engaged members of the public in the topic and an educational campaign provided free resources, activities and information to schools for inclusion in their eco-schools programmes.

This case study profiles the Communities Along The Carron Association (CATCA) which brings together residents from different communities located along the River Carron in the Falkirk area. Working with a diverse range of partners, CATCA works to ensure that the Carron is a clean, safe, attractive, accessible and usable greenspace. 

This project took a fresh look at primary school grounds within the CSGN area and explored how they can be improved to create better environments for children. Eight schools participated in the project, developing bespoke designs and transforming their outdoor spaces from uninspiring stretches of asphalt and grass to active, friendly, natural spaces that enrich learning and play.

This case study reviews a partnership project between The Bike Station and the Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust. The project created a colourful map of Edinburgh’s many off-street pathways and aligned this resource with a programme of physical improvement works and an innovative approach to conservation volunteering.

The East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) delivers a wealth of activities to enhance and extend the New Cumnock Habitat Network, including areas within both the River Nith and Lugar Water catchments. Focusing on wetland habitat enhancement, diffuse pollution and linking to Integrated Habitat Network modelling, CEI work with a wide range of partners, including local landowners, agencies and volunteer organisations, to improve habitats for biodiversity and to monitor wildlife.

This Case Study profiles an innovative approach to using the Green Flag Award Scheme adopted by the City of Edinburgh Council which has achieved multiple benefits. Not only does it showcase the worth of individual sites, it is used as a tool to develop a city wide quality auditing system which has helped to consistently improve the quality of Edinburgh’s greenspace on an annual basis for the last five years.

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