Central Scotland wins fund boost to support local green initiatives

Bids invited from community groups in drive to transform derelict areas into public spaces.

Work progressing to improve landscape in central belt - image: Forestry Commission Scotland
Work progressing to improve landscape in central belt - image: Forestry Commission Scotland

A green space funding body in Scotland's central belt has been given a £750,000 cash injection by the Scottish Government.

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) development fund will distribute the funding to community groups looking to turn derelict and deprived areas into public green spaces.

Scottish environment minister Roseanna Cunningham declared the network Europe's biggest green space initiative and said the funding would help transform the central belt into a more attractive place to live and do business in.

She added: "It has the potential to make a marked change to 3.5 million people living in the area - that's 70 per cent of the Scottish population."

CSGN partnership board chair Keith Geddes said: "This additional funding is a fantastic boost and takes the amount of money awarded to organisations in central Scotland so far to almost £2.1 million.

"A further £750,000 is a significant contribution to local projects and it will go a long way to improving the landscape of central Scotland."

He explained that the body, which spans from Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Dunbartonshire in the west to Fife and East Lothian in the east, was open to bids from local organisations in the central belt, with a closing date of 31 May.

Greenspace Scotland partnership and enabling manager Deryck Irving said: "I think it's a very important addition to the existing funding. It's allowing us to look at new ways of doing things that will help us in the current economic climate. It will have an impact on things such as health and well-being in these communities."

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