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Welcome to our January Newsletter

Our plans for the 2016 CSGN Forum are already starting to shape up. If you missed an exclusive earlier this week, the first of our forum speakers was revealed on Twitter. We look forward to being able to announce the full programme here very soon. 

We are reading through the many great projects that have applied for the CSGN Development Fund and will be contacting successful applicants very soon. Meanwhile, we are also finalising details of a CSGN fund for smaller-scale community projects. Details will be sent to you over the coming weeks, so please encourage any groups who may be interested in funding for a community greenspace project to sign up to our newsletter so they don’t miss out. 
CSGN Funding Opportunities
We are currently reviewing applications to this year’s CSGN Development Fund. 45 applications were submitted for up to £700,000 of funding contributed to by FCS, SNH, Transport Scotland and Sottish Government. Successful projects will be notified in due course. 

We are also close to announcing a new funding opportunity for small-scale community greenspace projects. We will send details to you shortly, meanwhile any groups who you think may benefit from this fund, please encourage them to sign up to our newsletter to ensure they are notified:
Green Infrastructure Fund
The Green Infrastructure Fund, managed by Scottish Natural Heritage was launched on 19 January. The fund will support a small number of high impact projects targeted at Scotland’s most deprived communities. In doing so the fund will improve Scotland’s urban environment, increasing and enhancing green space in our towns and cities.

A Q&A event for Green Infrastructure Fund applicants is being held on 1 February 2016.

Climate Challenge Fund To Continue
Community groups across Scotland are being invited to apply for a share of over £10 million Scottish Government funding for action against climate change.
The hugely successful Climate Challenge Fund has supported 756 community-led schemes since 2008, including energy efficiency, sustainable travel and local food growing projects.

Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod has confirmed the fund will continue for another year, after it was allocated £10.3 million in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2016-17.

Scottish Businesses Believe Urgent Action is Needed to Protect Scotland’s Natural Capital
Almost three quarters of Scottish businesses believe urgent action is needed to protect and enhance Scotland’s natural capital, according to our latest research.

The survey conducted for the CSGN found that 72% believe action is needed urgently and whilst 84% of businesses understand the importance of local greenspace and in particular an attractive frontage to the business, over half (54%) of those surveyed think the area surrounding their premises is of average or poor quality.

Natural Flood Risk Management Handbook Launched
SEPA's newly launched Natural Flood Management Handbook will help local authorities and landowners implement natural flood management measures. 

The impact of recent flooding has shown that new ways to manage flooding are needed, and the handbook details how natural flood management can contribute, as part of a suite of measures, to help reduce the impact of frequent flooding on a smaller scale.

Green City: Why Nature Matters to Health – An Evidence Review September 2015
This report reviews 106 studies into the impact greenspace has on physical health, mental health and wellbeing outcomes. It is part of the Healthy Toronto By Design series of reports on how local communities shape the health of their residents. 

Green View from Classroom Improves Teens' School Performance
The University of Illinois Department of Landscape Architecture has found that having a view of greenspace from the classroom improves students’ performance on tests. The research found that students with a green view outside a classroom window performed better on tests requiring focused attention and recovered better from stress.

Wilderness Foundation 
The Wilderness Foundation has developed a working partnership with the CSGN, which led to 12 young people in schools within the CSGN boundaries taking part in wilderness activities in 2015. They formed part of a wider group of 45 individuals who enjoyed an Imbewu experience (which means seed in zulu) last year.  

Volunteering opportunities in the CSGN
CAVLP are highlighting the many opportunities open to volunteers – offering different benefits from getting fit and healthy, to learning new skills. Clydesdale Community Initiatives, the Glorious Gardens, as well as CAVLP themselves are putting a call out to get in touch if you are interested.

The Woodland Trust is looking for community Charter Champions. In this role, champions will bring people in their area together to discover and celebrate the woods and trees at the heart of their community. Visit their website to find out more.
Last Chance to Join UK's Biggest-Ever Seed Sowing Campaign
Registration for free wild flower kits will close on 14 February 2016. The Grow Wild campaign is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and is offering 100,000 free seed kits, which once sown will help to create over one million square metres of wild flowers by summer 2016. Anyone can apply for up to 20 kits containing native seed mixes for Scotland, (as well as for England and Northern Ireland, and a bilingual kit for Wales). 

Greenoakhill Landfill Site Project Officer
CSGNT has employed a project development officer, Virginia Harden, to take forward the restoration of the Greenoakhill landfill site, to a community woodland. Over the next 6 months Virginia will be working with Patersons (the owner and landfill operator) and FCS to develop plans to transform this blighted landscape to an attractive woodland for the benefit of the local communities. The site, which lies to the east of Glasgow, is adjacent to the M74.
CSGNT Board Update
CSGNT board member vacancy 

We are looking for individuals with a range of appropriate skills and experience to add to the capacity of the board, particularly an individual who can demonstrate recent and relevant financial experience, or someone who has a background in private sector development. We particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on our board such as women, disabled people and people aged under 40.

Further details are on the CSGNT website.

The CSGNT Board met on 4 December 2015, the most recent papers are available online.
The CSGNT Business Plan is also available to download.
The latest Regional Advisory Forum meeting minutes are available to download.
Upcoming Events

Q&A Event for Green Infrastructure Fund Applicants
1 February 2016

Following the opening of the Green Infrastructure Fund to applications, SNH are hosting a question and answer event for potential applicants. 


Growing Well Together
3 March 2016

Sharing best practice and collaboration between community gardens, the NHS and other health care services. 


CSGN Forum 2016
21 June 2016

Save the date - the CSGN Forum 2016 will be held at the Glasgow School of Art.
More upcoming events online
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