Better Places Green Recovery Fund - eligibility and outcomes

What kind of activity will we fund?

The fund will support action in areas of Scotland suffering the most countryside and nature destination related visitor pressures, acting as a catalyst for further planning and action, supporting both long and short term outcomes.

Essential outcomes

  • Visitor management impacts and opportunities have been identified and a start on how to address them has been made.

Additional outcomes

  • Communities and interested parties have a mechanism or way forward to help develop solutions to address visitor impacts and improve local and visitor experiences and place.
  • Designed solutions or options are prepared which lead to improvements to places, including green/blue space, which people visit and live beside.
  • Communities, including landowners, land managers, businesses and visitors are motivated or empowered to help develop plans and action in a collaborative way.
  • Skills and training needs for visitor management have been identified, with the use of volunteers including rangers also considered.
  • Places under pressure and suffering negative impacts from increased visitation are managed in a sustainable way that supports responsible enjoyment.
  • Solutions provide sources of income from visitors to help sustain local services.
  • Solutions are explored and developed that encourage a low carbon impact, particularly in areas prone to high levels of car-based access.
  • NatureScot and its strategic partner agencies, including the Scottish Government, are better informed about local requirements for managing impacts and developing opportunities linked to green tourism.

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from constituted organisations, including registered charities, trusts and community groups. Where applications are received from partnerships or organisations working collaboratively, a lead applicant must be identified.

Applications must be for activity or project delivery in Scotland.

Applications from the following groups will not be eligible:

  • Local authorities and other public sector organisations.
  • Academic institutes.
  • Private individuals and companies (only eligible where there is a significant public benefit).

Examples of the kind of activities we could fund:

Visitor management scoping and evidence gathering:

  • Undertake an 'assets' audit to identify current capacity and provision for visitors and key environmental or community constraints.
  • Prepare a visitor profile gathering evidence on who visits, from where, when, why, motivations, demands/needs etc. and any emerging trends/changes.
  • Gathering and analyse evidence of visitor pressures, issues, conflicts and impact, including local intelligence, user data, traffic counts, visitor surveys, safety issues, erosion data etc.
  • Identify interest groups/stakeholders including landowners and land managers, community, business, visitor interests, organisational interests etc and prepare an engagement plan.
  • Policy review and assessment to identify related plans and local activity such as community action plans, visitor destination/tourism plans, designated or protected areas, active travel developments, core paths, forestry plans, car park strategies etc.
  • Undertake digitally based stakeholder engagement activity.

Developing options and designs for countryside/green infrastructure and/or services:

  • Design of countryside/green infrastructure and/or services solutions and options including preparation of concept drawings, technical drawings, detailed plans, feasibility assessments as part of a holistic approach to addressing issues.
  • Prepare signage and/or local information approaches that support visitor management priorities as part of a holistic approach to addressing issues at 'hot spots' locations.
  • Skills and training development needs for stakeholders and volunteers.

Developing visitor management plans:

  • Develop a co-design framework on which to base future sustainable visitor management planning activity involving wider engagement e.g. vision and objective setting, prioritising areas for action.
  • Update, improve and/or develop an existing or out of date visitor management plan.
  • Undertakes an initial SWOT analysis.