Over the next decade, ten trees for every man, woman and child in Glasgow City Region will be planted as part of a new urban ‘forest’ to tackle climate change.
The ambitious planting pledge lies at the heart of the new Clyde Climate Forest, which is part of the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network, 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%.
The move is being viewed as an ideal opportunity for Glasgow City Region to demonstrate its commitment to reaching Net Zero, as it hosts COP26 in November.
The Clyde Climate Forest initiative is endorsed by all eight Council Leaders in Glasgow City Region.
The GCV Green Network Partnership, together with the CSGN Trust, have today launched the Planning for Green Infrastructure brochure, providing a guide to exemplar Green Infrastructure (GI) planning policies.
The planning system has an important role to play in safeguarding existing Green Infrastructure and securing delivery of connected, accessible and well designed new GI, this brochure highlights the key policies to help achieve this.
Launching the brochure, Max Hislop, Manager of the GCV Green Network Partnership said ‘Green Infrastructure is integral to successful placemaking and must be designed in to development proposals from the outset. Our guide is based on the Partnership’s analysis of Local Development Plan GI policies across Central Scotland and we hope the brochure will help to improve the drafting of policies for future Plans’.
Deryck Irving, acting Chief Executive of CSGN Trust added ‘Integrated and managed GI is critical to the delivery of successful places. The GI policies on Water Management, Habitat Enhancements, Access Networks and Open Space provide clarity to planning applicants about the multiple functions that well designed GI should provide.’
A groundbreaking new project, launched today in Glasgow, aims to turn Glasgow City Region ‘green’ with 500 miles of walking and cycling routes and plans for hundreds of new living spaces for wildlife, providing a tangible response to biodiversity loss and climate change.
The Glasgow and Clyde Valley (GCV) Green Network Partnership’s Blueprint project will help make the region a more attractive place to live, work, invest and play through creation of both a habitat network for wildlife and an access network for people through greenspaces.
It will link up existing wildlife habitats creating new pathways to allow species more freedom of movement, and encouraging an increase in biodiversity across the area helping to address and reverse the damage done to the natural habitats of wildlife by decades of urban development, strengthen them in the face of a changing climate, and provide new opportunities for people to connect with nature.
This issue has never been more urgent, as highlighted in the latest UN global assessment report where over 1 million species on the planet are at risk of extinction and for the first time, the issue of biodiversity loss is on the G8 agenda.
The Blueprint will improve walking and cycling routes across the Glasgow City Region.
The Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership has today published its much anticipated Report into the quality of Green Infrastructure (GI) policies across the Central Scotland Green Network region.
The Report is welcomed as a baseline from which discussions on how comprehensive and robust GI policy can be achieved by those who have an interest in seeing good, well maintained multi-functional GI integrated into new housing developments across Central Scotland.
Launching the Report, Max Hislop, Programme Manager for the GCV Green Network Partnership, said “The Green Infrastructure policy review is a crucial step in understanding the current policy environment, what's working well and what lessons can be learned. It provides opportunities for strengthening planning policy and making Green Infrastructure benefits more widely implemented through development".