Almost £8 million of funding has been announced to help people and nature thrive in some of the most deprived parts of Scotland.

The latest round of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)’s ambitious Green Infrastructure Fund will support seven major projects in cities and towns across the central belt.

Clydebank is home to a community that knows all about overcoming challenges. A cornerstone of the Scottish shipbuilding industry, it suffered terribly in the depression of the 1930s and then during World War Two became synonymous in Scotland with the Blitz.  When the Singer Factory closed in 1979 it was yet one more blow to absorb.

Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund is now open for Round 3 applications.  Please visit the Energy Saving Trust website for further details.

The soil is cut, the heavy machinery is in, and the work has begun. That’s the great news from Southside Housing Association in Cardonald.

Did you know that street trees reduce air pollution by around 50%? That increasing the area of green infrastructure in greater Manchester by 10% could cool the city by 2.5 degrees Celsius? That walking in natural environments produces stronger short‐term cognitive benefits than walking in the residential urban environment?

I doubt if many of us have encountered as ambitious a project as Community Rewilding. Restoring urban greenspaces in Greenock, Yoker and Clydebank lies at the heart of a Conservation Volunteers (TCV) project working with dynamic communities to improve the quality and usability of their local greenspaces.

The enticing name alone conjures up an air of something special.  One of Glasgow’s Southside gems, The Hidden Gardens offer a welcome refuge from hectic city life and a wonderful opportunity for people to connect with nature.

Take a look back at highlights from the day with some additional behind the scenes content.

Newbattle Abbey enjoys a rich and colourful history stretching back over 900 years. Today education is to the fore, and the site is recognised as the home of Scotland’s premier Adult Education Residential College. Since successfully bidding for Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Funds the Forest College here has been leading the way in providing lifelong learning outdoors.