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Green networks are connected networks of multifunctional green infrastructure which permeate urban areas and extend out into the wider countryside.

The components of green networks are:

  • quality local environments which contribute to the liveability and resilience of places
  • network connections – green active travel and habitat network connections which link urban and rural areas
  • natural climate solutions – within urban areas and more remotely; reducing carbon emissions, sequestering carbon and minimising flood risk

High quality green networks deliver a range of functions which include:

  • placemaking – creating:
    • successful, inclusive places for people to live and work
    • an attractive environment for business investment and employment
    • sustainable tourism opportunities
  • climate change action:
    • sequestering carbon through woodland creation; peatland restoration etc.
    • reducing emissions through greater levels of active travel
    • managing and reducing pollution
    • natural flood risk management
    • sustainable urban drainage
    • reducing the impact of rising urban temperatures
  • restoring degraded landscapes and vacant and derelict land
  • protecting and enhancing biodiversity:
    • reducing habitat fragmentation
    • enabling species to adapt to climate change
  • individual and community health and wellbeing:
    • increasing physical activity
    • supporting mental wellbeing
    • improving air and water quality
    • creating environments where communities come together
  • local food growing - scaling up food production closer to the consumer

Visit www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org to find out more about the CSGN.