The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) is a long-term initiative which aims to restore and transform the landscape of Central Scotland and to promote environmental quality, woodland cover and recreational opportunities.

It covers an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

CSGN Vision and aims

The initiative aims to:

  • make Central Scotland a more attractive place to live in, do business and visit;
  • help absorb CO2;
  • enhance biodiversity; and
  • promote active travel and healthier lifestyles.

The Vision for the CSGN is:

"By 2050, Central Scotland has been transformed into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality."

Grant support for woodland creation

To help deliver the CSGN vision and to support new woodland planting, a CSGN Contribution is available under the Forestry Grant Scheme's Woodland Creation options.

Protection and development of green networks

The protection and development of green networks is increasingly seen as crucial to sustainable economic development and quality of life.

The Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework for Scotland 3 designates the CSGN as one of only 14 National Developments critical to the delivery of the Government’s spatial strategy.

The Woods In and Around Towns programme contributes to the development and delivery of CSGN.

Who's involved?

Scottish Forestry is a joint lead for the development of the CSGN, with Scottish Natural Heritage.

In March 2014, the Central Scotland Green Network Trust was started to deliver the vision for the CSGN, along with the wider CSGN network of partners. You can find out more about how the CSGN is managed and delivered on the CSGN website.


More information

The Central Scotland Green Network website

Virginia Harden Scott
Woodland Creation Officer

Central Scotland Conservancy
Scottish Forestry
Bothwell House
Hamilton Business Park
Caird Park,
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