02 May 2018
Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) today (2 May 2018) announced that 14 environmental projects across Central Scotland, including three in Glasgow, have benefitted from a green funding boost totalling over £355,000.
The Concrete Garden initiative has been awarded £13,253 to help develop the community growing enterprise in the heart of one of Scotland’s most deprived areas. The funds will be used to help redevelop its site and improve a learning, therapy and wildlife space as well as covering staffing costs and a programme of seasonal workshops and cookery sessions.
North Glasgow Community Food Initiative has also been awarded with funding of £12,099 to help develop the well-established growing site located in Milton. The money will be used to upgrade and expand the community growing facilities and towards signage to help communicate activities with locals.
Springburn Winter Gardens Trust has been awarded £62,357 to fund a project, which will deliver up to 1,500m of pathway improvements that will help local residents of a disadvantaged area of Glasgow access Spingfield Park. The project will focus on students of Elmvale Primary school - providing them with training and helping them to navigate across two busy roads in order to access the local greenspace more effectively.
The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace initiative which seeks to transform Central Scotland into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality, and projects stretching across East Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Edinburgh and Glasgow are now benefitting.
Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham said: “Since 2010 this investment has provided more than £7m and helped more than 210 projects improve green spaces in their local areas. These new projects will continue to build Europe’s largest greenspace project and benefit communities across central Scotland.
“The diverse range of projects to receive funding highlights the many different ways improving green infrastructure can benefit communities and our environment. From community growing, woodland planting and improving cycle and walking routes, each of these community projects is playing a role in our ambitions to create a cleaner and greener Scotland.”
Keith Geddes, Chair of CSGNT, added: “The CSGN Development Fund was created to make a real difference to initiatives across Central Scotland and support the invaluable work they carry out.
“We are proud to be awarding over £355,000 in 2018 to a host of exciting projects which range from local community garden initiatives to transforming derelict space into woodland.
They all share one thing in common and that is that they support the environment from trees, woodlands and green infrastructure through to encouraging community growing and promoting active travel to help transform the quality of life for people living and working in the area.”
For further information about the CSGN Development Fund, please visit www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org
The CSGN Development Fund is administered by CSGNT and supported by Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.