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Celebrating 10 years of partnership

The Glasgow and Clyde Valley (GCV) Green Network Partnership this month celebrated a momentous 10 years of partnership.

As part of the festivities a small celebratory event was hosted in the city, at which a brand new GCV Green Network case study and infographic was launched charting the history of the Green Network.

The event brought together some of the key figures in the GCV Green Network’s story including one of its founding fathers, Vincent Goodstadt former GCV Structure Plan Manager and original Green Network visionary.

Vincent GoodstadtVincent said “I’m delighted to see continued ambition and determination to work toward making the Green Network vision a reality and build on the progress that’s been made in the last 10 years”.

“I am encouraged by the enthusiasm still held by key partners like Forestry Commission Scotland, SNH, and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, and at the support lent by the Scottish Government and the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Trust.

“I have no doubt the GCV Green Network will continue to thrive in coming years. This is essential if we are to deliver real change in the quality of people’s lives, especially those most disadvantaged in our communities”

Another of the event contributors, Bridget Campbell, Director of Environment & Forestry at Scottish Government, said, “The GCV Green Network is a vital component of the CSGN covering a third of the CSGN area and home to 50% of its population, in order to make the CSGN happen programmes like the GCV Green Network need to succeed.”

“As a National Development, delivery of the CSGN is a high priority and crucial to Scotland’s economic competitiveness.”

The Partnership’s case study can be found on the website at: http://www.gcvgreennetwork.gov.uk/case-studies/gn-thinking

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Partnership launches showcase film

The Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership (GCVGNP) has today launched Showcasing the Partnership, a film to promote the Partnership’s success.

The film, featuring two key case studies, tells the story of how the Partnership is helping masterplan the Green Network into new development, and retrofitting it into existing areas.

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Seven Lochs set to improve water vole habitat

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The UK’s largest population of water voles is set to be protected on the edge of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park as part of a new scheme supported by a £4,000 award from Grow Wild.

The scheme, delivered by young people at Lochend Community High School will transform the chosen site from a derelict fly-tipped wasteland into a safe, wild flower rich and attractive place. This will support existing water vole habitats and raise awareness of their importance whilst involving the local community.

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A Bold Vision for Green Infrastructure

MORE than a thousand new homes are to be created on a green field release site at Maidenhill, close to Newton Mearns, in one of the most innovative developments seen in Scotland for many years.
 
Indicative Artists ImpressiA radical new approach, some 25 years in the making, will be put into practice, bringing urban life to green spaces with the aim of integrating the two and enhancing both the landscape and quality of life of the community.
 
Some 450 new homes will be created by 2025, and another 620 will follow. Over time, the area will be served by community facilities such as schools and places of worship, shops and useable open space.
 
At the heart of the plans is the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership’s Integrating Green Infrastructure (IGI) approach, which has ensured planners and developers considered all environmental impacts from the very start of the design process. This philosophy will continue until the final brick is laid and the last tree planted.

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Ambitious Plan for 'delivery blueprint'

The GCV Green Network Partnership are setting their sights on creating a comprehensive delivery blueprint for the Glasgow Clyde Valley area.

emscher park imageThis bold master plan will reflect similar plans for the Emscher Landscape Park (photo right) in the Ruhr valley of Germany where strategic sites were identified which link up and out across the whole region.

For Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, the first step in the process will be the testing of the ‘blueprint’ approach through the development of a local-authority wide Green Network Strategy.

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