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Glasgow is set host to a one-day conference looking at how unused areas of land in cities and urban environments can be transformed into vibrant and productive spaces for people to use and enjoy. 

‘Making More of What We’ve Got – Repurposing Unused and Underused Sites’ will be held at Glasgow Caledonian University on Thursday 6 June and is the ninth annual forum of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN). The event will draw inspiration from across the globe, featuring contributions from a range of experts including Ohio-based researcher, Sandra Albro, leading urban ecologist, Mathew Frith, and Glasgow’s newly appointed and first ever city urbanist, Brian Evans.

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Staff from Lloyds Banking Group staff have swapped the office for a day working in the great outdoors, helping to add colour and interest to a much loved therapy garden in Glasgow. Carrying out a range of practical tasks including weeding, planting and turf laying, the 13 volunteers have helped to transform the garden in just a matter of hours. 

The Rutherglen therapy garden is one of six being created through an innovative partnership project between Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) and The Richmond Fellowship Scotland (TRFS). 

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The Chief Executive of Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Simon Rennie, has announced he will stand down from his position this autumn when he plans to retire. The trust was established in 2014, with Simon’s tenure spanning over 18 years including the charity’s prior operations as the Central Scotland Forest Trust.

Simon has planned his retiral for the end of August to allow an orderly and successful transition to the next chief executive while CSGNT continues to deliver its purpose during that time. The vacancy is scheduled to be advertised by the beginning of March.

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