Review delivers benefit for communities, business and nature

Written by Chris Nabney.
Published at 14:27 on 17 September 2013.
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Communities and businesses across Central Scotland – including Cumbernauld – are set to benefit from changes proposed for Europe’s largest green space project.

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) was created by Ministers in 2009 and has since set about transforming the environment of the area for people, the economy and nature.

Following a review, the Central Scotland Forest Trust, which currently provides support to the project, will undergo a number of changes and become the ‘CSGN Trust’ and will drive forward and coordinate delivery of the CSGN initiative.

The Scottish Government will now coordinate government involvement in the initiative and support for the Trust. This will help to embed the cross-cutting project within relevant Scottish Government policies and programmes.

Under the new arrangements the new CSGN Trust will have increased capacity to:

  • Coordinate action by partners to deliver improvements on the ground
  • Communicate the benefits of the Green Network and secure the necessary resources and commitment to deliver the CSGN vision
  • Support regional and local partners to develop appropriate projects such as greening vacant and derelict land, improving path networks and habitat restoration projects.

Environment & Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:

“The Central Scotland Green Network is a 40 year initiative to transform Central Scotland into a better place to live and work.

“I have seen for myself the good progress that has been made in the first four years of the project and the changes announced today aim to build on the momentum gained to drive forward further improvements.

“These new arrangements will provide greater dedicated resource for local authorities and their partners, whilst also ensuring that support from the Scottish Government is more effectively coordinated.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the initial years of the project for the transformation they have started, which will be of enormous benefit to both the environment and communities. Our aim is to capitalise on the successes they have achieved to date and for CSGN to go from strength to strength.”

Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGN Partnership Board added:

“I welcome these proposed changes, and the additional support for the CSGN that they will secure.

“The current CSGN Partnership Board is fully supportive of all the proposals and look forward to working with the CSFT Board, Government and regional partners to ensure that the new set-up works as effectively as possible.”

Peter Russell, Chair of CSFT said:

“I am delighted that the Trust will continue to play a critical role in the future development of the CSGN initiative, allowing us to further our charitable objectives.”

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