Central Scotland Green Network launches Ideas Fund 2016

Innovative concepts and projects across Central Scotland are invited to enter a competition to win up to £5,000 funding from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Ideas Fund 2016.

Buglife Scotland wildflowers. Image: Supplied
Buglife Scotland wildflowers. Image: Supplied

Now in its fourth year, the CSGN Ideas Fund supports the development of pioneering greenspace and green infrastructure projects.

To celebrate Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, applicants to the 2016 Fund should have a creative professional at the heart of the idea, and it must make a positive contribution to greenspace or green infrastructure in the region.

Entries should be submitted by noon on 6 June to CSGN. Three shortlisted projects will go forward for presentation at this year's CSGN Forum, which is set to take place in Glasgow on 21 June and will look at the pivotal role of artists and designers in creating vibrant places for people to live and enjoy.

The sixth annual CSGN Forum will feature contributions from acclaimed designers and artists including international landscape architect Andrew Grant and urban design champion Wayne Hemingway.

Representatives of the three shortlisted Ideas Fund projects will be invited to present their proposals and answer questions from the audience at the Forum. Conference delegates will then vote for their favourite concept and the winner will be awarded up to £5,000 to develop their project.

The decision on the value of funding will be made by Keith Geddes, chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust after the conference, depending on the viability and costs to take the project forward.

Geddes said: "As Europe's largest greenspace initiative, we aim to support organisations in delivering the green network on the ground. The CSGN Ideas Fund is an excellent platform which encourages creativity in greenspace and green infrastructure thinking and we're looking forward to seeing what this year's entries bring."

The 2015 Winners

Last year's winner was Buglife Scotland. It was awarded £5,000 for its John Muir Way Pollinator Vision which aimed to work with communities to conserve wild pollinator populations including bees, hoverflies and butterflies along the John Muir Way.

The two runners up were Greenspace Scotland for its Young Place Changers project and the Oat Library initiative by award-winning artist studio NADFLY.

The Oat Library aimed to lend the rural experience to the city. Pocket fields of oats would grow in urban neighbourhoods and contain sculptures, so people could "mindfully" immerse themselves in the crop. When the oats are harvested, the bounty would be shared with the city through a huge communal breakfast in the heart of Glasgow.

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