Local green projects get an early Christmas present

Green community projects in East Dunbartonshire have received an early Christmas gift this year after being awarded £6,000 funding from the Central Scotland Green Network’s (CSGN) Community Projects Fund to improve their local greenspace.

Supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, the CSGN Community Projects Fund provides one-off grants of up to £3,000 to support small-scale projects at a grass-roots level to enhance the quality of their environment.

The fund aims to increase use of and foster community pride in local greenspaces and is directed at ventures which benefit children and young people under 16 years old, or which involve this age group in the project.

In total, £6,000 has been awarded across two projects in East Dunbartonshire:

Cairnhill Woods Group in Westerton, Bearsden, has been awarded £3,000 to create a wood sculpture trail through the woodland. Children from Westerton Primary School will be given the task of helping to design the sculptures and carved timber seats and will have opportunities for outdoor learning and natural play as part of the development process.

And Merkland Local Nature Reserve Management Group has been awarded £3,000 to install three carved log seats, one for each of the local primary schools, at key sites in the Reserve in Kirkintilloch.

Pupils will be involved in the design of each seat.