The COP26 host city’s Clyde Climate Forest project aims to plant 10 trees for every man, woman and child in Greater Glasgow over next ten years as part of a new urban forest to tackle climate change and protect local nature.
Glasgow’s Clyde Climate Forest to provide “green lungs” for region
Ambitious planting plans pledged to make Glasgow greener as a new scheme will see 10 trees planted for every human in Glasgow City Region. The pledge lies at the heart of the new Clyde Climate Forest and will breathe new life across the eight local authorities in the region. Around 18 million trees will be planted over the next decade, increasing woodland cover in the region from 17% to 20%, according to the Glasgow Times.
new inter-connected forest will provide many lasting benefits
Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council and Chair of the Land Use and Sustainability Portfolio for Glasgow City Region, said:
"Trees are nature’s own green lungs, improving the air that we breathe and soaking up harmful CO2 emissions from our environment. Expanding Glasgow City Region’s woodlands to create a new inter-connected forest will provide many lasting benefits. There are opportunities for communities, schools, businesses and landowners to get involved in our planting mission. We all have a fantastic opportunity to work collectively to improve our living environment whilst tackling climate change at the same time."
tremendous support for project across Scotland
Welcoming the launch of the Clyde Climate Forest, Mairi McAllan, Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform said: "
This is a significant and well timed initiative showcasing all that is good in tree planting as we approach COP26. It is also a first for Scotland, with eight local authorities working together with government and other partners on a major woodland creation initiative. Tree planting is key to tackling the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss and there is tremendous support for it across Scotland. The Clyde Climate Forest taps into this and the benefits will last for generations."
extensive economic, ecological and social benefits expected
Launching the initiative Councillor Aitken, Chair of Glasgow City Region Cabinet and Leader of Glasgow City Council, added:
"This year we have an opportunity to shine a spotlight on Glasgow City Region and showcase how we are planning to adapt to and mitigate climate change while allowing nature to thrive and grow. New community woodlands, trees and forests will bring multiple benefits to our local communities as well as wildlife. The pandemic has brought into focus like never before the value of local spaces as places to exercise, de-stress and engage with nature and this project can help to deliver the Green Recovery. The economic, ecological and social benefits will be extensive"
a place for nature to connect
Dave Signorini, Chief Executive of Scottish Forestry said:
"The Clyde Climate Forest will deliver social and economic benefit to the population of the City Region. It will also provide a place for nature to connect, recover and thrive. Planting trees can help us reduce our carbon footprint and strengthen communities. Scottish Forestry is always ready to advise on the range of forestry grants that are on offer so that we can collectively get more trees in the ground."
All details and information in this article are from the Glasgow City Council website. All photos are of Glasgow, via Unsplash. Read the Clyde Climate Forest Synopsis
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