The major tree planting programme is a key element of the Council’s Climate & Nature Emergency Plan with projects being undertaken throughout the Stirling Council area as part of wider plans to tackle climate change and make the area a greener, healthier place for all.
Planting of native species
A number of native species have been planted which suit a wide range of ground conditions, including goat willow, alder and birch that grow well in wetter ground.
Crab apple, rowan and bird cherry trees that provide berries for wildlife, and hawthorn and blackthorn trees for berry bearing hedgerows have also been planted.
Community volunteers work alongside the Council
Volunteers across the community, including residents and community organisations, have worked alongside the Council at various planting sessions, which have taken place at:
- Kildean – Council staff planted 3500 trees.
Funding for the tree planting at Kildean came from the RSPB Inner Forth Futures Wetland Habitat Network which also funded the creation of ponds and sowing of wildflowers.
- Thornhill – Members of the community planted 600 trees.
- Callander – Council staff planted 500 trees at Balvalachlan Cemetery.
- Fintry and the surrounding area – Fintry community and the Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust planted 1300 trees.
Helping address the climate emergency
Convener of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson, said: “We have worked with local communities across Stirling to increase the number of trees being planted.
“Trees are a cornerstone of our landscape and countryside, crucial not only as a home for wildlife and nature, but also forming an essential and cherished part of our cultural identity.
“This latest planting programme can make a real difference to our local environments and be enjoyed by generations to come.”
Vice Convener, Councillor Danny Gibson, said: “Trees are a hugely important part of our plans to address the climate emergency. They can help by reducing carbon dioxide levels, flood risk and improve air quality. They can also provide habitat for many different species, supporting biodiversity throughout Stirling.
“The latest planting work can only enhance our beautiful outdoor spaces whose value has become even more apparent during recent lockdowns when we have not been able to travel far.”