Green network funds youth centre

In the last six months, community projects in South Ayrshire have received over £3,000 funding from the Central Scotland Green Network’s (CSGN) Community Projects Fund to improve their local environment.

The CSGN Community Projects Fund aims to foster community involvement in delivering the CSGN by awarding money to projects which are delivering green network improvements on the ground, and increasing community use and involvement in the maintenance and enhancement of the green network.

The £3,494 funding was awarded to a number of projects in South Ayrshire to purchase plants and materials to enhance the landscape setting of a youth centre in Maybole; to develop a parkland grotto for children’s outdoor play; and to create a school garden at Alloway Primary School.

Keith Geddes, chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, said: “This is the first year of the CSGN Community Projects Fund, supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, and we are pleased to be able to provide funding for grass roots community projects.

“The funding is a fantastic opportunity to support community groups that are helping to deliver the CSGN and it is great that we are beginning to see the results of their hard work.

“We are committed to a long term strategy that will improve the quality of life of people and their communities and we believe that projects such as those run by The Carrick Centre Environmental Improvement Project, Auchincruive Allotment Association and Alloway Primary School and Nursery Class will make an invaluable contribution to that goal.”

63 environmental community projects in total across the CSGN area received a share of the £50,000 funding boost.

As one of the Scottish Government’s 14 ‘National Developments’ in the second National Planning Framework, the CSGN will change the face of Central Scotland, by restoring, transforming and greening the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.