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Following a successful launch last year, the Clyde Climate Forest (CCF) has this month received a funding boost as part of the Scottish Government’s Nature Networks’ program.

The funding comes as the CCF celebrate National Tree Week with multiple planting projects set to connect up vital woodland habitats for nature.  The projects will soon be highlighted on interactive maps on the Clyde Climate Forest’s new website launched today.

The Scottish Government’s Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, Lorna Slater MSP, recently met partners at one of the new planting sites which will contribute to the pioneering urban forest initiative that will see 18 million trees planted by 2030.

Max Hislop CCF Director and Lorna Slater MSP visit Sauchenhall Farm.

Meeting with representatives of the Clyde Climate Forest and its delivery partner Green Action Trust, the Minister viewed one of the planting projects that will benefit from a recent funding boost from the Scottish Government to develop ‘Nature Networks’.

As part of the Clyde Climate Forest, the woodland being planted at Sauchenhall Farm will create one of many strategically important woodland habitat connections in Glasgow City Region.

Biodiversity Minister, Lorna Slater MSP said: “Scotland’s rich natural environment is an incredible resource but it is vulnerable. Sadly the evidence tells us that we, along with the rest of the UK and the world, has not done enough over the two past decades to prevent the continuing decline in biodiversity.

“That’s why the Scottish Government have increased investment in nature restoration across the country in order to restore our beautiful natural landscape. The Clyde Climate Forest is yet another example of a project which will not only protect local wildlife but allow it to thrive. Initiatives such as the Clyde Climate Forest contribute massively to our ambitious climate targets and a nature positive future.”

Director of the Clyde Climate Forest, Max Hislop added: “Connecting up woodland across the region will not only help us meet our net zero ambitions, it will link up vital habitats and provide a migratory route north for many vulnerable species as the climate continues to warm.  Help is available for interested landowners from Free Farm Woodland Assessments to Forestry Grants, with more land available for planting we hope to significantly increase tree planting in 2023.”

Communities, businesses and landowners can learn more about the project and look at planting sites in their region through the newly launched www.clydeclimateforest.co.uk website.

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