What is a Green Network?


Green networks are connected areas of green infrastructure and open space that together form an integrated multi-functional network.

Green infrastructure includes the green and blue (water environment) features of the natural and built environments.

Green features include parks, woodland, trees, play spaces, gardens, community growing areas, hedges and verges.

Blue features include rivers, lochs, wetlands, ponds, canals, coastal and marine areas including beaches.

The linking together of these natural, semi-natural and man-made open spaces is essential to create an interconnected network that provides opportunities for physical activity, increased access within settlements and to the surrounding countryside while enhancing biodiversity and the quality of the environment.


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Crowdfund Rural Ayrshire

Ayrshire LEADER’s Local Action Group (LAG) is embracing a pioneering new concept in fundraising called #Crowdfund Rural Ayrshire.

The LAG has partnered with Crowdfunder to provide a dedicated on-line platform for local groups, organisations and businesses based in rural Ayrshire to help them raise money, awareness and support using the power of the crowd.

In addition, the LAG may also make financial pledges to projects of up to a maximum of £5,000, where they meet the Programme criteria and have raised half of their on-line crowdfunding target. A total of £250,000 is available for this purpose.

If you are part of a rural community or have a businesses that wants to deliver projects that will foster business and enterprise, connect people and places, promote tourism, culture and local heritage or open up opportunities to access the natural environment, this initiative could be right up your street!

A similar scheme by Plymouth City Council placed £90,000 of funding into crowdfunded projects. In total these have raised more than £500,000 across the city via the partnership.

Chris Savage, Chair of the Ayrshire Local Action Group said: “It’s fantastic to be working with the committed team at Crowdfunder and to be at the forefront of ground-breaking rural development in the UK”.

Claire Monaghan, Head of Communities at South Ayrshire Council said: “As Accountable Body for the LEADER Programme, the Council is delighted to be working with the Ayrshire Local Action Group as it innovates in rural Ayrshire. We are excited about our communities sharing the social and economic benefits of #Crowdfund Rural Ayrshire as this initiative takes off.”

For more information about #Crowdfund Rural Ayrshire and how to get involved contact the LEADER team on 01292 616655 or visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ayrshire-leader


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CSGN Community Project Fund 2017

Central Scotland Green Network has launched the Community Project Fund 2017 to support community projects working to improve their local greenspace.

The £40,000 Community Project Fund – supported by £30,000 funding from the Greggs Foundation and £10,000 from Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) – will provide one-off grants of up to £1,000 to support small-scale greenspace initiatives and to foster community engagement in maintaining and enhancing the local environment.

The fund aims to increase community use of local greenspace, particularly within disadvantaged communities, which will have a positive impact on the quality of life for local residents.

At least 40 grass-roots projects will receive funding through the initiative and these can range from conservation and educational schemes, such as developing a safe natural learning space for children, community gardens for local groups to tend, and biodiversity activities such as planting and improvements to ponds and wetlands to protect local wildlife.

Woodland arts activities and feasibility projects can also apply for the funding, as well as any other new and innovative ideas which engage local communities.

Groups can apply for funds up to £1,000 for projects carried out within the CSGN boundaries.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 1 May 2017.

For further information and eligibility criteria please visit the CSGN website.




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Community Development Officer Post

Central Scotland Green Network Trus

Community Development Officer
12 Month, Temporary Post
(Salary circa £22,000-£25,500)

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) seeks to change the face of Central Scotland, by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

As the lead body, charged with delivering the CSGN, the Central Scotland Green Network Trust is looking to recruit a Community Development Officer to work with communities across the CSGN area. The post will focus on recording and engaging communities who are interested in development or management of their woodlands and community green spaces, supporting community engagement and development of funding applications.

This is a temporary 12 month post (35 hours per week) based in our offices in Shotts, North Lanarkshire. Travel within Central Scotland will be required; a clean driving licence and access to a car are essential. We offer flexible working and are open to alternative work patterns such as reducing 5 days per week to 4 days per week (which could effectively lengthen the contract). We will consider alternative work locations to minimise travel time and we would be happy to consider secondment opportunities.

Application Process
Make our recruitment greener by downloading your application form at www.csgnt.org.uk/about-us/vacancies. Additional information about CSGNT and the appointment is also available for download.

Please send your completed application form along with your CV and any other supporting material in PDF format to recruitment@csgnt.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Monday 31 October 2016
Interviews will be held on 9 and/or 10 November 2016

For particular queries relating to the post, please contact recruitment@csgnt.org.uk

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Ayrshire Leader increased intervention rate

Ayrshire LEADER are increasing the intervention rate across eligible projects for a limited period. LEADER will now support up to 90% of project costs, with a maximum award of up to £200,000.

Farm Diversification projects are now available to single businesses, with an intervention rate of 50% and a maximum grant award of up to £45,000


To be eligible for this funding round all new expressions of interest must be submitted by Tuesday 20th September at midday.

These can be submitted by this link.


All full applications must be submitted by Thursday 20th October at midday.

If you have any queries surrounding the next funding round please get in touch with the LEADER team on 01292 616655.

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CSGN Development Fund 2017/18 Launched


Green projects can bid for a share of £400,000 to enhance woodlands and green infrastructure, boost active travel and encourage community growing. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has confirmed the latest phase of Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) funding is now open for bids. The CSGN aims to transform the central belt into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and enriches the quality of people’s lives. Since 2010 more than 150 projects have benefitted from a share of £6.2 million. In Ayrshire 22 projects have secured over £600,000, 10% of the total funding available.

The CSGN Development Fund is managed by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, with funding provided by Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government. Support is available for feasibility projects as well as physical projects.



“The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace project and has a vital role in improving the health, biodiversity and education opportunities of communities right across the central belt. The next round of the CSGN Development Fund will help communities improve their local environments and engage people with the outdoors. “The fund has a particular focus on disadvantaged communities, who can often benefit the most from improvements to their neighbourhoods. The fund is already helping people enjoy local greenspaces and I look forward to seeing the undoubted benefits of this latest phase of financial support.” Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform



“As Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, the CSGN is working to improve the lives of people in the central belt and this significant extension to the Development Fund will ensure the continued transformation of the region into a better place to live, to do business in and to visit. “Eligible projects are those that will deliver or lead to woodland creation or enhancement, local food growing initiatives which will encourage healthy eating and schemes aiming to improve or create access routes to support active travel. We’re also interested in supporting plans which will breathe new life into vacant and derelict land and improve the lives of disadvantaged communities.” Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust



The closing date for CSGN Development Fund stage 1 outline proposal forms is 5pm, 21 November 2016. For further information and eligibility criteria please visit the CSGN website.

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