Tue 1 Jun, 2021

The project’s ambition must be realised quickly, and with a significant proportion of the trees being native woodland Patrick Harvie

Plans to increase Glasgow and Clyde’s woodland by a fifth have been welcomed by the Scottish Greens.

The Clyde Climate Forest, launching today, will see planting schemes across the region with the aim of creating a large interlocking green network, including a biodiversity corridor.

The project is a partnership between the local authorities, Scottish Forestry, NatureScot, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Public Health Scotland and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, with the Woodland Trust providing £400,000 in funding.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader and MSP for Glasgow Patrick Harvie said: “The ambition to grow the Glasgow and Clyde’s tree cover by a fifth is welcome in the year of the COP26 conference, and comes after Glasgow became the first city in Scotland to declare an ecological emergency in 2019, thanks to Scottish Green councillors.

“The project’s ambition must be realised quickly, and with a significant proportion of the trees being native woodland, so that it can play a major part on nature recovery. We are in nature and climate emergencies, so we need all partners and contributors committed to the scale required.”

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