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Communities wanted to share in £400k funding

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​Central belt organisations can apply

Communities across the central belt can bring environmental and health benefits to their areas by bidding for a share of a fund worth up to £400,000.

The 2018-19 round of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) funding offers investment to projects promoting active travel, woodland planting, community growing and restoring land. Since 2010 £6.3 million has been invested in more than 180 projects.

Cabinet secretary for the environment Roseanna Cunningham opened the round of funding on a visit to the New Caledonian Woodlands, which received investment from the fund.

She said: “Since 2010 this investment has helped more than 180 projects improve green spaces in their local areas.

“Whether that’s been through community growing, woodland planting or increasing awareness of cycle and walking routes, each of these community projects is playing a role in our ambitions to create a cleaner and greener Scotland.

“As I prepare to discuss Scotland’s green ambitions at the UN climate change convention this weekend, it’s more important than ever that we recognise how these small individual actions can play a role in reducing emissions, and why getting together to improve our green spaces is so crucial.”

CSGN encompasses 19 local authorities across 10,000 sq km and has the potential to benefit 3.5 million people – 70% of Scotland’s population.

Keith Geddes, chair of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Trust, said: “We are proud to continue our support of the CSGN Development Fund, helping to improve the lives of people living, working and visiting Scotland’s central belt and support the delivery of a better natural environment.”