6Cs GI STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOPS A SUCCESS
6Cs Green Infrastructure invited partners to take part in the workshops on 29th and 30th January 2009 to help shape the development of the emerging Strategic Green Infrastructure (GI) Strategy for the 6Cs Growth Point. Over 100 partners took part over the two days and were asked to review the Stage 1 Baseline Audit of Existing GI Assets across the Growth Point, and take part in discussions to highlight opportunity areas for future GI development and investment.
Chris Blandford Associates are working with 6Cs Green Infrastructure to produce the 6Cs GI Strategy and numerous partners across the Growth Point have supplied the partnership with huge amounts of information and data to allow them to compile a baseline audit of GI assets. These workshops provided the first opportunity for partners to get really involved in the process with representatives from EMDA, EMRA, GOEM, Natural England, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Wildlife Trusts, Groundwork, GreenSpace East Midlands, The National Farmers Union, plus many more, taking part over the two days. 45 people from the 20 Local Authorities across the 6Cs Growth Point also took part.
Sharon Jefferies the 6Cs GI Development Co-ordinator said "It is great to see so many partners here today to get involved at this early stage in GI planning and Strategy development for the 6Cs Growth Point. Their input today really can help steer and inform the development of this Strategy, and I certainly hope that today is the first step in us building strong partnerships to establish joint ownership of this Strategy so that we can all work together to make it a success and see it through to implementation and delivery."
Feedback and a write-up of the key findings that arose from the workshops is now available on the 6Cs GI website >>>
Already, in response to the requests and feedback received from partners at the workshops, 6Cs Green Infrastructure have altered the original project programme and will progress work on Housing Market Area GI Network mapping as the next stage of Strategy development. As part of the report to be produced for the Stage 1 Baseline Audit of GI Assets there will be a section sign-posting partners to data sources for the information included in the 6Cs GI Strategy. This will include information about whether data is within the public domain or if partners will need to approach individual owners of the data if they would like to include it within their own GI planning work.
The 6Cs GI Strategy Stage 1 report will be available on the 6Cs GI website mid-April 2009.
'IGNITING AMBITION' THE EAST MIDLAND CULTURAL OLYMPIAD FOR THE 2012 GAMES
Igniting Ambition is a series of annual Showcase events which will take place across the East Midlands between 2008 and 2011, culminating in the East Midlands Great Exhibition in 2012 a region-wide festival of cultural events and activities. They are looking for projects or events that are inspired by, or provide inspiration to the Olympics its ideals and values. This includes themes of sustainability, quality and excellence, health and wellbeing and social inclusion and diversity. Funding criteria are available on the Legacy Trust UK website http://www.legacytrustuk.org/funding-criteria.
Projects can apply for between £5,000 and £20,000 and the closing date is Friday 8th May 2009. For more information including guidance notes and applications forms contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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