The Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership (LFGNP) is a joint initiative between Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, the City of Edinburgh Council, Midlothian Council, East Lothian Council, West Lothian Council, Fife Council, Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT), the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT), Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) and the Woodland Trust Scotland.
Read more about our partners below:
The local authority partners are those located within the South East Scotland strategic development plan area and are also located within the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) activity area. Local authorities are compiling their local development Plans which, in accordance with NPF2 will identify opportunities and development of the CSGN and Green Networks. Local authorities within the LFGNP region are:
The local authorities within the partnership also progress the aims of the CSGN by delivery of on the ground projects.
Government Bodies / Agencies
Forestry Commission Scotland
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) serves as part of the Scottish Government’s Environment and Forestry directorate, advising on and implementing forestry policy and managing the national forest estate. Our mission is to protect and expand Scotland’s forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment. FCS supports the LFGNP by: providing core funding for the partnership; having a role in governance of the partnership via the steering group; and promoting the aims of the CSGN.
Scottish Natural Heritage
SNH is the Government’s adviser on all aspects of nature and landscape across Scotland. Its role is to conserve and enhance the natural heritage, to promote it’s sustainable use and management and help everyone understand, value and enjoy Scotland’s nature and landscapes. SNH supports the LFGNP by; providing core funding for the partnership; having a role in governance of the partnership via the steering group; and promoting the aims of the CSGN.
Trusts and Environmental Charities
Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust
The Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our communities by re-connecting people with their local green spaces. Their inspiring, ground-breaking and imaginative programme of environmental and community projects enables them to work for the benefit of people, wildlife, landscape and heritage.
Central Scotland Green Network Trust
The Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) was established in March 2014. They were created to provide capacity to help realise the Vision for the Central Scotland Green Network(CSGN). This Vision is that: ‘by 2050 Central Scotland will have been transformed into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality’.
Fife Coast & Countryside Trust
Fife Coast & Countryside Trust is a registered environmental charity that manages, conserves and enhances the biodiversity and countryside of Fife. Parts of the countryside present exciting opportunities to improve and develop these aspects of life for the benefit and enjoyment of those living, working and visiting Fife as well as enhancing the natural environment. We are at present managing over 70 countryside sites on behalf of Fife Council.
The Woodland Trust want to see a country rich in native woods and trees enjoyed and valued by everyone. Their aims are to: Work with others to plant more native trees; Protect native woods, trees and their wildlife for the future; and Inspire everyone to enjoy and value woods and trees.
The Partnership hosts an annual forum and will be open to a wider audience including council members, project partners, heads of service, senior managers and other public, private and third sector organisations or business with an interest in green network development. The LFGNP annual forum will be held on the 9th October 2013.