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Quality local environments

The Carron Dams Local Nature Reserve has been enhanced by bespoke sculptures created by pupils of Larbert High School. The trio of sculptures were part of a wider initiative which aimed to connect local people and visitors to the area’s rich natural and cultural heritage.

Following previous phases of work delivered by partners (including CSGNT, Falkirk Council and Scottish Wildlife Trust) that focussed on improving the pathways/linkages and habitat enhancements, this phase of the project sought to celebrate and bring to life the sites rich heritage. CSGNT helped the pupils develop their conceptual ideas into detailed designs, managing the production and installation of the sculptures and nature reserve enhancements.

Winner of Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning - People's Choice Award and Overall Winner

  • Stanrigg Park 

A park improvement project that has transformed a former sports pitch and includes a stone seating area, new areas of woodland and wetland habitat, greatly improved paths and a unique three metre high climbing boulder.

CSGNT managed all aspects of the project with significant support from the local community. This included appraising the site and scoping options, developing the design, securing funding, tendering and managing the delivery contract and ongoing community liaison, consultation and feedback throughout.

  • Dalrymple community garden 

Working over a period of time with a group of local volunteers, this project has delivered a new community garden and play area in the centre of the village on Barbieston Road, transforming a grass field, into an attractive, accessible greenspace for people and for wildlife.

CSGNT was involved in all stages of the process, from early engagement and consultation, sketch and detailed design processes, securing all permissions (including planning) on behalf of the community group and fundraising. We were responsible for the contract management and administration, through to practical completion of the project. We are now overseeing a one year maintenance contract before passing the project fully to the community group.

Network connections

The pumptrack has transformed an area of derelict land into a world-class outdoor facility. Craigneuk is an area of multiple disadvantage and a priority community for regeneration with North Lanarkshire Council. The bike track has turned the site into a positive asset that is building partnerships between local people and organisations, reducing antisocial behaviour and supporting new local social enterprise.

CSGNT has been a longstanding partner in regeneration plans for areas in and around the Ravenscraig VDL site. We worked closely with the local community to develop and deliver the project, through consultation, design, fundraising and contract management.

10km of upgraded pathways has been delivered as part of a wider woodland management programme to increase biodiversity, maintain historical features and improve access. The income generated through the sale of felled timber enabled the work which has restored some fantastic views across the Avon gorge, and regenerating native woodland will improve the park for wildlife.

CSGNT worked with the council, funders and stakeholders to develop the £350k programme of path and woodland improvement works and secure funding to undertake the work. We commissioned and managed a contractor on behalf of the council to completely reconstruct and rejuvenate the park’s path infrastructure.

  • Easter Carmuirs Park 

An ambitious programme of park improvements in the Carmuirs area of Camelon will help make the park a more attractive place to visit and bring benefits to the local environment. The improvements have also been designed to open up access to and from the surrounding communities, shops and services, and provide a more direct, off road link to the neighbouring Carmuirs Primary School.

To deliver the project, CSGNT worked with various groups including landowner negotiations, liaison and coordination with stakeholders, and engagement and consultation with the local community. We also managed fundraising and cash flow for the project, and all design, procurement and project management.

Natural climate solutions

  • Whitelea Burn woodland creation 

2018/19 has been a record year for woodland creation in Scotland with the national target to plant 10,000 hectares being surpassed. CSGNT’s most recent contribution to this is the completion of the 100 acre Whitelea Burn woodland creation project in West Lothian.

In addition to the woodland design, FGS grant application and claims, tendering and supervision of works, CSGNT managed the liaison with the landowner and with Scottish Forestry, and is now managing the ongoing maintenance of the site.

  • Hillhouseridge Demonstration Raingardens 

Raingardens are areas of plants and vegetation designed to absorb water and reduce the likelihood or severity of flooding and help to protect our rivers and waterways. They capture rainwater which runs off hard surfaces and then slowly release it back into our drains. To assist our partners’ project development and encourage their use, we have designed and installed a range of demonstrator raingardens at our head office.

 

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