Climate FORTH Brief to Tender: Natural Heritage Assets Baseline Surveys and Options Appraisal

As part of the Inner Forth Futures' Climate FORTH (Furthering Our Resilience Through Heritage) projectRSPB Scotland, on behalf of Inner Forth Futures, wishes to commission a consultant or agency to support development of natural heritage resilience activity. The successful contractor will undertake a Natural Heritage Assets Baseline Surveys and Options Appraisal. Interested parties can download the Brief to tender for the supply of Climate FORTH development phase works: Natural Heritage Assets Baseline Surveys and Options Appraisal Please note that the tender return date has been extended to  09:00 on 9 May from 17:00 26 April.

Questions related to the invitation to tender should be directed to Kate Fuller, Climate FORTH Project Manager.

Any tender responses should be emailed to Kate Fuller This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the closing date. The closing date for tender submissions is 09:00 Monday 9 May 2022 (this updates an earlier closing date for tenders to be submitted). Kate Fuller can assist with any enquiries or queries.

This work is possible thanks to National Lottery players, the Climate FORTH development phase is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Update 19 April 2022. The same information will be published on PCS on Monday 19 April

Climate FORTH: £175,000 National Lottery grant empowers Inner Forth area to confront climate change

Inner Forth Futures (IFF) has been given the green light to begin development of Climate FORTH: an ambitious, estuary-spanning climate resilience project made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).

The NLHF development grant supports the first phase of the planned project, through which Climate FORTH (Furthering Our Resilience Through Heritage) hopes to deliver a range of innovative pilots to demonstrate the power of local heritage as a vital driving force in climate adaptation.

Over the next eight months, the project team will consult with Inner Forth communities to blueprint new ways of engaging with the changing landscape. Local voices will directly shape the final proposal for the second phase, which will be put forward for funding in November 2022.

Key activities to be explored through the development of the Climate FORTH project include the formation of a Youth Advisory Panel on local climate adaptation, the piloting of local resilience plans with communities in the area, the enhancement of sustainable travel links to support landscape exploration, and the use of Virtual Reality (VR) to bring the Inner Forth’s changing coastlines to life.

The Inner Forth Futures partnership is made up of RSPB Scotland, NatureScot, Falkirk Council, Stirling Council, Clackmannanshire Council, Fife Council, Green Action Trust, and Sustrans. Historic Environment Scotland act as an advisory body.

Dave Beaumont, RSPB Operations Director South Scotland and Chair of the Inner Forth Futures Partnership Board welcomed the news: “RSPB Scotland is pleased that the longstanding Inner Forth Futures partnership has been successful in securing NLHF funding to develop new work across this landscape. Inner Forth communities and heritage face every-growing pressures due to impacts of a changing climate, economic change, and ongoing recovery from the covid-19 pandemic. Climate FORTH will respond to the local needs of communities and place and put historic heritage, habitats and cultural heritage at the heart of pilot activities that seek to support resilience and inspire action towards Scotland’s net zero targets.”

The planned project range stretches from Stirling to Blackness and Rosyth, and encompasses some of Scotland’s most economically depressed areas. It aims to respond directly to local opportunities and pressures by co-designing climate solutions that benefit residents and enhance life on the Forth.

NatureScot area officer Isla Williams said: “We are delighted that Inner Forth Futures have secured National Lottery Heritage Funding for the development phase of the Climate FORTH project.  We look forward to working with the Climate FORTH team to develop the project and help ensure more nature-rich, climate resilient communities across the Forth.”

Cosmo Blake, Network Engagement Manager at Sustrans Scotland commented: “Sustrans is delighted to continue our support for Inner Forth Futures. We need to make it easier for everyone in Stirling, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire and Fife to leave the car at home and walk, wheel or cycle for more journeys. The Inner Forth Futures partnership is a great example of how we can come together to achieve this. We look forward to continuing to support all of our partners in making a positive difference throughout the Inner Forth Area.”

Emilie Wadsworth, Director of Development at the Green Action Trust, said: “The Green Action Trust has been privileged to work with the IFF partnership for several years and we are delighted that the partnership has secured National Lottery Heritage funding for the next phase of the Climate FORTH project. We are proud to part of this initiative to pilot approaches that can enable people and nature develop resilience not just in the Inner Forth area but across central Scotland and beyond.”

Thanks to players of the National Lottery, the first phase of the project is now underway. With the community’s support, the life, heritage and landscapes of the Inner Forth can be prepared to meet the challenges of climate change with a full range of practical, ambitious, locally-led solutions.

Further information about Inner Forth Futures partnership and Climate FORTH project development phase can be found on the website: www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk

Children visiting Kinneil Lagoons, Falkirk. RSPB.

Sunrise over the Inner Forth mudflats at Grangemouth. RSPB

 
Image Attributions

Sunrise over the Inner Forth mudflats at Grangemouth. David Hunt/RSPB

Children visiting Kinneil Lagoons. Chloe Wells/RSPB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to Editors

  • Inner Forth Futures is a partnership of RSPB Scotland (lead agency), NatureScot, Falkirk Council, Stirling Council, Clackmannanshire Council, Fife Council, Green Action Trust, and Sustrans. Historic Environment Scotland act as an advisory body. Other organisations contribute knowledge, subject expertise and links to the community through working groups and other meetings.
  • The Climate FORTH project covers areas of Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Fife that comprise the Inner Forth. The boundary of the project area follows features in the landscape and longstanding administrative boundaries. This includes both sides of the estuary including the estuary itself, the inter-tidal zone, floodplain, coastal margins and settlements.
  • The Climate FORTH project has a vision to show how a new future can be built for this place and its people. Despite being dramatically shaped by its industrial past, facing the threat of a changing climate and suffering from the impacts of the covid pandemic, we know from its history that the Inner Forth has a great capacity to adapt to change. We see that heritage can be the asset on which to build a sustainable, healthy, green recovery for the Inner Forth and this project will demonstrate how that can be done.
  • In February 2022, RSPB Scotland, on behalf of the Inner Forth Futures partnership, received confirmed Development Phase grant of £175,660 through the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s grants for heritage programme. This will contribute to development phase works undertaken by the partnership to a value of £228,00
  • A NLHF Development Grant means that NLHF believe that a Project has potential to deliver high-quality Outcomes and value for Lottery players' money. The Application will have been in competition with other supportable projects, so a Development Grant is recognition that NLHF value the proposals and want to have the opportunity to assess them in detail in a Delivery Phase Application. 
  • The Inner Forth Futures website is at www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk. Follow @InnerForth on Twitter, and @InnerForthLandscape on Facebook.
  • About the National Lottery Heritage Fund: Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.HeritageFund.org.uk. Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

Climate FORTH Brief to Tender: Green Heritage Transport Service

Inner Forth Futures seek contractor for feasibility study on a Green Heritage Transport Service for the Inner Forth.

RSPB Scotland, on behalf of Inner Forth Futures partnership, wishes to commission a consultant to undertake a feasibility study into the proposed delivery of an electric Green Heritage Transport Service for walkers and cyclists/bikes within the Inner Forth area. 

Cyclist at Stirling old bridge, Stirling. RSPB.The proposed Green Heritage Transport Service sits within the Climate FORTH (Furthering Our Resilience Through Heritage) project as part of a wider suite of activities that will enhance the active travel infrastructure and provision within the Inner Forth area and support the local economy. 

The work will be undertaken between April and July 2022. The feasibility study is intended to support the development of future work through Climate FORTH and will be submitted as part of a Stage 2 bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This development work is possible thanks to National Lottery players, the Climate FORTH development phase is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Closing date for tender submissions is 5pm Monday 18 April 2022. Queries and completed tender submissions by email to Helene Corrieu, Climate FORTH Project Officer – Visitor & Business Engagement, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interested parties can also view details on the Public Contracts Scotland website.

Climate FORTH Brief to Tender: Alloa Inch Interventions Options

As part of the Inner Forth Futures' Climate FORTH (Furthering Our Resilience Through Heritage) project, Scottish Wildlife Trust wish to commission a consultant to undertake an assessment of principle options for management interventions at Alloa Inch, a small island within the River Forth at Clackmannanshire that has been a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve since 1996.

Interested parties can download the Alloa Inch Interventions Options Invitation to Tender.

Questions related to the invitation to tender should be directed to Tracy Lambert, Reserves Manager for East Central Scotland at Scottish Wildlife Trust by 7 April 2022.

Any tender responses should be emailed to Tracy Lambert This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the closing date. The REVISED closing date for tender submissions is 30 April 2022. Please note that the Invitation to Tender lists the original date of 18 April 2022. Tracy Lambert can assist with any enquiries or queries.

Alloa Inch Options is possible thanks to National Lottery players, the Climate FORTH development phase is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

 

Updated 6 April 2022

Inner Forth Habitat Network Webinar 3 Feb 15:00 - booking open, free event

Thursday 3 February 2022, 15:00 – 17:00. Free. Book at https://bit.ly/3A7sZsf

In early 2019, the Inner Forth Futures partnership piloted an approach to developing a regional scale habitat network. This webinar will share learning from development and use of this network with planners and policy makers considering the future implementation of habitat networks. 

The event will explore the collaborative approach used to develop this regional scale habitat network and explain the ecological coherence approach that underpins it. By describing the Inner Forth Habitat Network tools created, the aim is to support practitioners in translating national policy on nature networks into local plans and making development management decisions that optimise the benefits for nature. 

There will be time for Q&A following talks from:

  • Kate Fuller, Project Manager, Inner Forth Futures - Creation of the IF Habitat Network maps and tools.

  • Emilie Wadsworth, Director of Development, Green Action Trust - The fit with National Policy, including Draft Fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) and the Central Scotland Green Network Plan.

  • Speakers from the partnership on practical uses of the tools

Further information about the Inner Forth Habitat Network including downloadable maps and documents: https://www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk/about/habitat-network-project

 

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