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The Central Scotland Green Network Trust held a parliamentary reception with Alex Neil MSP on 4 December 2018 at Holyrood.

The event, Investing in Young People; Investing in our Environment, focussed on the Year of Young People 2018, highlighting the contribution our young people are making to greening the central belt through local and strategic action, and the benefits they enjoy from the CSGN.

In addition to displays covering the many themes of the CSGN, eight projects exhibited the work they are doing with young people. Amongst these were greenspace scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, the John Muir Trust, Cumbernauld Living Landscapes, Beechbrae, Scottish Wildlife Trust and CSGNT. We were fortunate to be joined by young participants from these projects who were able to share their experiences with guests.

Mairi Gougeon MSP, Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment, made a speech at the event, and along with the event sponsor Alex Neil MSP, had the opportunity to present six young people from New Stevenson Senior Youth Group in North Lanarkshire with their John Muir Awards.

Recipients of the CSGN Young Persons Travel Grant also attended the event, presenting an overview of the projects the visited after receiving the awards at this year’s CSGN Forum. Their travels took them to see innovative greenspace and green infrastructure projects in the UK, Europe and the US.