Community Engagement Projects

Broomhouse Market Garden

Broomhouse Market Garden will be a mini community home farm run on a social enterprise model based in Broomhouse, a deprived area in the SW of Edinburgh. It will be a base of operations for community gardening activities across the Broomhouse and the SW of Edinburgh, and a volunteering, training and work experience scheme for the local retired and unemployed people.

Recovery through Green Infrastructure

The idea of engaging with a wider range of people and improving green infrastructure to support recovery and improve health and wellbeing came from extensive consultation and engagement with a range of NHS Lothian patients, staff and visitors at Royal Edinburgh, Astley Ainslie and Midlothian Community Hospitals, as well as with volunteers and visitors to our community gardens and local community organisations. Project participants are excited at extending the number and type of people taking part in new activities and new locations, resulting in improved green infrastructure.

Renfrewshire Living Water Project

Froglife - Through the Renfrewshire Living Water Project, Froglife will work at three Renfrewshire Council owned nature areas in Paisley. We will be creating and restoring habitats primarily for the conservation of amphibians, but also benefiting a wide range of other aquatic species including hedgehogs, reptiles, birds, invertebrates and plants.

Newbattle Community Forest

Our innovative Newbattle Community Forest Project builds upon our role as Scotland’s first Forest College, offering a learning and training environment in our 125 acre estate. The project seeks to engage people of all ages, particularly those in areas of deprivation. We will involve communities in Midlothian, East Lothian and South Edinburgh in engaging with greenspaces and in particular, the Newbattle heritage estate. This includes Lord Ancrum’s Wood, which is on the east bank of the River South Esk, comprising 21 hectares of woodland.

Garnock Connections

The Garnock Connections project will deliver a number of integrated activities which actively engage people with green infrastructure. The Garnock Connections area is based around the catchment of the River Garnock and has the river at its heart. In this post industrial area lie many, largely unknown, sites of natural significance which face mounting challenges. There is an opportunity to engage local people in the active management and conservation of these resources, for the benefit of the people, wildlife and green infrastructure of the Garnock Connections area.

10,000 raingardens for Scotland project

The 10,000 Raingardens for Scotland (Glasgow pilot) will work intensively with the community around Queensland Gardens in North Cardonald, to produce bespoke, costed, raingarden designs for the area around Queensland Garden.

Edinburgh's Shoreline

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - Edinburgh’s Shoreline will empower and inspire communities along the city’s coast to lead projects to better understand and share their neighbouring coastal green spaces. People will work together with scientists and designers to share their projects through a major exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in summer 2018. READ MORE

Growing Connections

Urban Roots - The Growing Connections Project will develop and deliver an ambitious green spaces improvement and engagement plan in Toryglen, with local people and other third sector organisations. The project will link green space activities in Polmadie Plots Community Gardens and Allotments, Malls Mire Local Nature Reserve, Toryglen Community Base and the green corridors that link these areas. Activities will include volunteering groups to grow food and improve local biodiversity, out of school activities for children and young people, community events and gatherings, taster sessions to encourage wider participation and Citizen Science and training activities to develop skills and knowledge. READ MORE

The Hidden Gardens

The Hidden Gardens is a well-established, welcoming, safe, and free to enter public greenspace located between communities of disadvantage and cultural diversity in Glasgow’s Southside. The project aims to bring together people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities from the very diverse (both economically and culturally) communities of Pollokshields and Govanhill, engaging and inspiring larger numbers of local people to use this space on a regular basis by taking part in a wide ranging programme of activities that include understanding nature and environment, improving health and well-being and encouraging an interest in art and creativity.  READ MORE

Wild Ways Well

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), in partnership with Cumbernauld Living Landscape (CLL) are proposing a greenspace improvement programme that supports individual resilience and wellbeing for people who are at risk of developing a mental health condition.  READ MORE

Community Rewilding

The idea of rewilding has become better known in recent years, however, most rewilding projects in Scotland are large landscape-scale projects and often in remote areas of the Highlands. The idea for the Community Rewilding project came about as a way of bringing the excitement and benefits of rewilding to urban populations in Scotland’s Central Belt. As well as bringing innovative ideas and activities rewilding in urban communities has the potential to bring about many benefits for people and the environment.  READ MORE

In terms of outcomes, Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund (GICEF) projects will mainly contribute towards ‘Involving Communities, and Increasing Participation’. Projects will be bespoke and specific to the communities they engage with. Delivery of the fund will not be prescriptive and will support community engagement projects which have been designed from the bottom up, are locally relevant and are innovative to the area.

Priority will be given to projects which involve groups working in the local area, who both know and are invested in the communities which the project will benefit. Our main target group are communities in urban deprived communities and applications will need to clearly demonstrate how they will engage with the different groups within their community.

We want people to value, use and enjoy their greenspaces, and through this to feel happier, healthier and better connected to their communities. We expect this to lead to inequalities in health and opportunity being reduced, and an increase in how people value and understand what nature does for them. Green infrastructure can also help people develop skills and have the confidence to seek and sustain jobs.

GICEF Round 1 Projects leaflet