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Our Chair, Keith Geddes, and Mark Smillie, Head of Partner Support & Finance at Central Scotland Green Network Trust, visited a project in Alexandria to launch a new round of the CSGN Development Fund.

Projects can now apply for a share of the £350,000 funding boost with green active travel, woodland creation and community growing projects, helping to enhance the quality of life for the 3.8m residents living and working in the central Scotland area.

The fund was launched during a visit to The Leamy Foundation’s ‘Better Views’ social gardening project. The innovative community growing initiative, a previous development fund recipient, is breathing life back into unused areas of vacant and derelict land, creating a community resource that will increase physical activity, local community resilience and reduce social isolation.

With CSGN support, residents have delivered 336 activities leading to the establishment of the Alexandria Community Food Growing Network route. Residents are planning to take this work forward through active partnership with local community groups, including community tenants and resident groups and local schools and nurseries. Work is also planned next year between local residents and West Dunbartonshire Council supporting the development of a community food growing strategy for West Dunbartonshire.

For further details of the launch, visit the CSGN website news page.

Or apply to the CSGN Development Fund here.