A new Strategy has been launched this week to focus in on plans to create a Glasgow City Region wide ‘Green Network’ by 2050.
The Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network will bring a multitude of benefits to the region, creating healthier lifestyles, enhancing biodiversity and helping the region adapt to climate challenges.
The Strategy, entitled, ‘A Green Network Strategy for the Glasgow City Region’, has been developed to drive forward ambitious plans drawn up by the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership.
Launching the Strategy at the Clydeplan Joint Committee Stuart Tait, chair of the Partnership, said “This Strategy comes at a crucial time of change to the way we do business in the region.”
“With emergence of the Glasgow City Region City Deal project there are vast opportunities for cross sector working delivering maximum social, environmental and ecological benefits.”
It is estimated that for every £1 spend on Green Network and Green Infrastructure development that at least £2.14 in benefit is returned. This is a very telling statistic and one which might be easier to understand when we consider projects like the Seven Lochs Wetland Park, one the Partnership’s earliest projects, which is destined to become Scotland’s first urban wildlife park with cycle ways, adventure play, protected habitats and peatland restoration on site.
Stuart added, “As well as these benefits, the impact the Green Network will have on the region economically can’t be underestimated. To attract, retain and protect business interests with crucial green infrastructure must be a key goal. Active travel routes, flood mitigation and a generally attractive environment all contribute to business location decisions.
“The Partnership’s Green Network Strategy sets out these benefits and quantifies what needs to happen to make the Green Network a reality.”
“I commend the publication of this Strategy and I encourage all stakeholders across the region to consider how they might contribute to development of this ambitious, innovative, world-leading Green Network vision.”