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".
More than 10 years ago the Green Network concept was conceived in our region by some visionary strategic planners who were considering the essential components of an economically successful Glasgow City Region. They recognised that a key component of that success was a high quality environment in the form of connected multi-functional greenspace - a ‘Green Network’.
Plans for the park were given a major boost in the summer following the announcement that it was successful in a £4.5 million funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Since then plans for the creation of Scotland’s largest urban heritage and nature park have taken a bold leap forward with the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership, who developed and championed the project, handing over the reins to the Seven Lochs Partnership.
To celebrate, a special screening of the film ‘Seven Lochs – Scotland’s Urban Wildlife Park’ was shown. The film revealed plans for the park include creation of 4 Visitor Gateways at Hogganfield Loch, Provan Hall, Drumpellier Country Park and Glenboig Life Centre.