Twenty-seven of Scotland’s most influential public and third-sector organisations have jointly called for the country to “walk back better” as society reshapes following Covid-19.
A statement, written on behalf of bodies listed below including Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage and The University Edinburgh has called on the nation to embrace recent positive societal impacts in relation to walking experienced during the pandemic.
The organisations involved in the statement comprise the Delivery Forum tasked with implementing the Scottish Government’s ambitious National Walking Strategy.
The response to the current pandemic has meant the introduction of new behaviours to many aspects of our day-to-day lives. The process of easing lockdown will require changed behaviours for some time to come, as well as new approaches to the places, spaces, and buildings that we live and work in.
While it is likely that some of these new behaviours will be temporary, it may actually be sensible to retain some of them in the longer term - not just to control risk, but because they are actively good for us. Accommodating this may mean we need to take steps to improve and adapt our towns and cities, our streets, our workplaces, and our public buildings.
Projects in central Scotland that bring communities together to enjoy the benefits of growing fruit and vegetables could be given a cash boost following the launch of the Central Scotland Green Network’s (CSGN) Growing Food Together Fund, managed by CSGNT as part of our work to drive forward the delivery of the Central Scotland Green Network.
Supported by the Scottish Government, projects can apply for part of the £100k fund that aims to foster community engagement in growing and learning about food, and promote healthy eating and outdoor exercise.