Thursday, 6 December 2012

The First Falkirk Wildlife Festival


Below is a straight copy of a letter sent to me by the Organisers of the  1st ever "Falkirk Wildlife Festival. They want to have as many people involved as is possible, and are inviting interested parties to a Conference about the Festival which will guide it's progress and development. If you wish to attend please contact them on to keep track of numbers.

It is hoped that with the support & enthusiasm of the Falkirk Community that the event will be a successful and regular event in the Falkirk Area.

Conference to organise a Falkirk Wildlife Festival

Dear friends and associates,

We are inviting you to attend a conference at Grangemouth Town Hall on Saturday 15 December 9:30 – 12:30 (agenda attached).

The idea behind a wildlife festival is that it would be like the Edinburgh Fringe, but instead of shows, it would be various events around an environmental theme all-going on in a concentrated 2-week period.  (E.g. talks, guided walks, street fairs etc)

The overall aim is to increase awareness of the environment in Falkirk.  The hope is that through common marketing and promotion, a ‘buzz’ would be created and far more people would attend than for any individual event.  The more people attending the festival the greater likelihood of attracting new members for your group and for local groups to help each other.

We have been testing this idea with various groups and have had positive feedback.  However, it can only happen if there are sufficient groups or individuals prepared to organise an event(s) and sufficient numbers of people to organise the funding and arrange for the publicity for the festival itself.  The purpose of the conference is to work out what has to happen to make a festival happen and are people up for it.

If you would like to attend, please confirm by Sunday 9th December 2012 by e-mailing your name(s) and group  If you know of other people who might like to attend, please feel free to forward this invitation onto them.  If you already have events planned for 2013 it would be helpful to bring details along with you to the conference.

If you cannot attend but would like to be kept informed, also use the above e-mail contact.  You can also be kept informed of developments from our facebook page

We look forward to meeting you on Saturday 15th December.

Dan Jackman, Sandra Burt, Sonia McLay and Les Wallace


Falkirk Wildlife Festival – What Has to Happen to Make it Happen

Saturday 15th December 2012 at Grangemouth Town Hall

09:30 – 10:00            Registration, including tea and coffee

10:00 – 10:15            Introduction and purpose of the conference

10:15 – 10:45            1st Workshop session
                                    What should be the date for the festival?

10:45 – 11:00            Coffee break

11:00 – 11:30            2nd Workshop session
                                    How should the festival be organised?

11:30 – 11:40            Presentation – Les Wallace, Westquarter Wildlife Group

11:40 – 12:00            3rd Workshop session
                                    Event ideas

12:00 – 12:30            Summing Up and Actions

Falkirk Environment Trust will blog ongoing reports on the progress of the event. 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Funding available from CSGN

The Central Scotland Green Space Network have launched their new award scheme in the Central Scotland Area. Below is a direct copy of their website which was linked to an email that I received today

"Strategic greenspace improvement projects in Central Scotland can now benefit from a share of an additional £270,000 following an extension to the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund.
The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace initiative which seeks to transform Central Scotland into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.
Organisations in the central belt seeking to deliver strategic projects which promote healthier lifestyles and enhance the local environment within the CSGN geographic area can apply for a share of the funding available to new projects.
Successful applications will join around 20 existing projects already sharing over £600,000 previously allocated by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Government in the previous round of the CSGN Development Fund.
Relevant projects include those which encourage regeneration and enterprise and help to join up the network, particularly in areas of multiple deprivation or where there are concentrations of vacant and derelict land.
This year organisations can bid for up to two years of funding, enabling them to plan for the longer term, thereby increasing their environmental impact. In this fourth year of the Fund, the focus is on larger scale projects and so applicants must apply for a minimum contribution of £25,000 in Year 1 (2013/2014). Overall, projects can receive up to 50% of the total project costs, with the balance made up of both in kind contributions and match funding.
Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGN Partnership Board, said: “This significant extension to our Development Fund will ensure we continue to make a vital contribution to projects working towards improving the central belt.
“We are encouraging organisations in Central Scotland to apply for funding in order to help us deliver the CSGN on the ground to improve the landscape of the area and create a better environment. We have seen some fantastic projects supported through the Fund, projects that have made a real and lasting benefit to people, communities, businesses and the environment across Central Scotland.”
Over the past three years, the CSGN Development Fund has supported over 100 projects with almost £3.5 million. In addition, around 20 existing projects will continue to enjoy support totalling a further £1.1 million from the Fund in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
The range of previous projects has been extremely diverse and has included a social enterprise in North Lanarkshire which has promoted beekeeping and community growing, a programme of woodland creation and green network enhancements in Edinburgh, and a project in Glasgow which is transforming an area of vacant and derelict land into thriving community market gardens and orchards.
Funding applications must be submitted to Forestry Commission Scotland by Friday 25 January 2013. For more details on the CSGN Development Fund and the application form, please visit
The CSGN stretches from Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Dunbartonshire in the west to Fife and the Lothians in the east. It encompasses 19 local authorities across 10,000 sq km and has the potential to benefit 3.5million people, equating to 70 per cent of Scotland’s population.
FCS and SNH are lead partners for the CSGN and the CSGN Development Fund is also supported by £450,000 over 3 years from the Scottish Government’s Community Growing budget.


     This fund will in many cases be a ood match for ongoing Landfill Community Funds, so if you have a project idea get in touch with CSGN , and also talk to your nearest LCF Distributive Agent. If you dont know who this is, call Falkirk Environment Trust and I will do my best to find this information for you

Best of luck!