The UK’s largest population of water voles is set to be protected on the edge of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park as part of a new scheme supported by a £4,000 award from Grow Wild.
The scheme, delivered by young people at Lochend Community High School will transform the chosen site from a derelict fly-tipped wasteland into a safe, wild flower rich and attractive place. This will support existing water vole habitats and raise awareness of their importance whilst involving the local community.
MORE than a thousand new homes are to be created on a green field release site at Maidenhill, close to Newton Mearns, in one of the most innovative developments seen in Scotland for many years.
A radical new approach, some 25 years in the making, will be put into practice, bringing urban life to green spaces with the aim of integrating the two and enhancing both the landscape and quality of life of the community.
Some 450 new homes will be created by 2025, and another 620 will follow. Over time, the area will be served by community facilities such as schools and places of worship, shops and useable open space.
At the heart of the plans is the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership’s Integrating Green Infrastructure (IGI) approach, which has ensured planners and developers considered all environmental impacts from the very start of the design process. This philosophy will continue until the final brick is laid and the last tree planted.
The GCV Green Network Partnership are setting their sights on creating a comprehensive delivery blueprint for the Glasgow Clyde Valley area.
This bold master plan will reflect similar plans for the Emscher Landscape Park (photo right) in the Ruhr valley of Germany where strategic sites were identified which link up and out across the whole region.
For Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, the first step in the process will be the testing of the ‘blueprint’ approach through the development of a local-authority wide Green Network Strategy.
Clydeplan will replace the current GCV Strategic Development Plan next year. The Green Network will continue to feature as a key component of this strategic city region plan.
To ensure resources and effort are targeted effectively the Partnership has undertaken GIS based opportunities mapping analysis to identify regional Green Network priorities or “Strategic Delivery Areas (SDA)”.
Fergus MacLeod has represented Inverclyde Council on the GCVGNP Board for the past five years. As Fergus’s article elaborates his engagement with the Green Network agenda has grown during that time leading to Partnership commissioned studies now being embedded in Inverclyde’s Local Development Plan. Fergus will shortly retire from the council and so his time on the Partnership Board has come to an end. He leaves as an advocate for Green Network thinking. We thank him for his contribution to the work of the Partnership and wish him well for the future.