CENTRAL Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) this week announced that 14 environmental projects across Central Scotland, including The Conservation Volunteers in Stirling, have benefitted from a green funding boost totalling over £355,000.

A total of £17,875 has been awarded to the project that will see the creation of two new community growing sites in disadvantaged areas of Stirling. The funds will also provide a programme of support, training and workshop sessions, which will ultimately deliver health improvements to volunteers and local residents.

The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace initiative which seeks to transform Central Scotland into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality, and projects stretching across East Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Edinburgh and Glasgow are now benefitting.

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham said: “Since 2010 this investment has provided more than £7m and helped more than 210 projects improve green spaces in their local areas. These new projects will continue to build Europe’s largest greenspace project and benefit communities across central Scotland.

“The diverse range of projects to receive funding highlights the many different ways improving green infrastructure can benefit communities and our environment. From community growing, woodland planting and improving cycle and walking routes, each of these community projects is playing a role in our ambitions to create a cleaner and greener Scotland.”

Keith Geddes, Chair of CSGNT, added: “The CSGN Development Fund was created to make a real difference to initiatives across Central Scotland and support the invaluable work they carry out.

“We are proud to be awarding over £355,000 in 2018 to a host of exciting projects which range from local community garden initiatives to transforming derelict space into woodland.

They all share one thing in common and that is that they support the environment from trees, woodlands and green infrastructure through to encouraging community growing and promoting active travel to help transform the quality of life for people living and working in the area.”

For further information about the CSGN Development Fund, please visit www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org

The CSGN Development Fund is administered by CSGNT and supported by Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.