A new woodland spanning 19.5 acres will be created in Renfrewshire with the planting of more than 1,800 trees in Gleniffer Braes Country Park.
It forms part of the Clyde Climate Forest, a Glasgow & Clyde Valley (GCV) Green Network Initiative, which aims to deliver climate and ecological benefits to the Glasgow City Region by planting more than 18 million trees over the next decade, equating to ten trees for every man, woman and child in the region.
Renfrewshire Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and set out the aim of the area becoming carbon-neutral by 2030 and it is estimated the woodland will remove more than 55 tonnes of CO 2 from the atmosphere every year of its lifespan.
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Councillor Cathy McEwan, convener of the council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, has been on site with Paisley Natural History Society to help plant the first of the new trees and is keen to see more trees planted throughout the region moving forward.
Councillor McEwan said: “We recognise the importance we need to place on climate change which is why every decision taken by this council has climate change as a consideration.
“Projects like the Clyde Climate Forest will remove a substantial amount of CO 2 from the atmosphere and we’re actively looking at more locations throughout Renfrewshire where we can add trees.
“With COP26 taking place, now is the time to push forward with our climate ambitions and do all we can to reach our ambitious aim of Renfrewshire being carbon-neutral by 2030.”
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The Clyde Climate Forest, which is part of the GCV Green Network, will breathe new life across the eight local authorities in the region as around 18 million trees will be planted over the next decade, increasing woodland cover from 17 per cent to 20 per cent.
Max Hislop, director of the Clyde Climate Forest said: “It’s really great to see Renfrewshire Council taking positive steps to address the climate and ecological crises by planting so many trees.
“This new woodland will become an important addition to the Clyde Climate Forest. It is also a great example of the kind of collaboration between organisations that will be necessary to bring about a step change in delivery against our ambitious targets for woodland creation.”
The planting of the trees in Renfrewshire is also taking place as part of the Brownside Braes Lesser Whitethroat Project, which is part of the Renfrewshire Biodiversity Action Plan 2018-2022.
The project aims to provide the correct environment for the rare breeding bird to nest successfully and, in addition to the trees, will see hawthorn, gorse, dog rose and bramble planted.
It is a long-term collaboration between the Council and the Paisley Natural History Society, with funding support from external sources including NatureScot, Scotland’s Nature Agency, and the current phase of work is supported by Trees for Cities – a UK charity working at a national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees.
For more information on how Renfrewshire Council is tackling climate change, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/climatechange
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