Our greenbelt has potential

Among the lessons learnt by communities active in the Green Belt
>Movement across the UK for many years is that greenbelts can be very
>much more than underused and unloved scraps of  farmland with no
>purpose or value going forward. When proactively managed for
>community benefit through initiatives such as community woodland
>planting, greenspace and amenity development and local food
>production. Greenbelt land can bring communities together, build a
>common purpose, create opportunities for sustainable livelihoods,
>and over time, build community resilience.
>Successful greenbelt management and planning requires capacity,
>commitment, proper financing, political will and good governance.
>This is requires by a wide range of stakeholders and is not limited
>to local government and commercial interests. But it certainly
>demands ownership by local communities involved, respect for rights
>and, most importantly, that local people remain united behind a common vision.
>Preventing the piecemeal destruction Midlothian’s greenbelt is
>challenging but the rewards to communities and country are manifold
>and potentially provides benefits far beyond simply maintaining a
>narrow buffer between Midlothian and Edinburgh.
>Greenbelts also have a significant local role to play in a
>meaningful local response to the global challenges of climate
>change. For example, when community woodlands are planted or
>wetlands re-created in the right places and their survival is
>ensured. They must also simultaneously improve the livelihoods of
>local communities. The Green Belt Movement’s integrated and holistic
>approach to climate change addresses livelihoods of communities,
>adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development.


Written in response to an article in  The Penicuik Cuckoo @Penicuik_Cuckoo