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by Sofia Villegas
22 November 2023
Glasgow City Council launches online call to boost reforestation plans

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Glasgow City Council launches online call to boost reforestation plans

Glasgow City Council has launched an online platform calling for suggestions for its plan to boost environmental sustainability across the region by 2030.   

The tool will allow the public to recommend sites where the council could continue their reforestation plans. 

Since 2018, around 70,000 trees have been planted to make the area more pleasant after the Third State of Scotland’s Greenspace Report showed that Glasgow had the smallest areas of greenspace among the most populated cities in the country. The council plans to plant 18 million trees by 2030.   

“Planting more trees in Glasgow will help reduce air pollution, flooding and soil erosion, as well as providing habitat for a huge range of wildlife, increasing much needed shade as temperatures rise and helping to tackle global warming”, Glasgow convener for climate, Angus Millar said. 

Currently, the city has one of the worst air quality indexes in Scotland, according to the real-time ranking provided by tech company IQair.  

Following the call for suggestions, authorities will select a tree species suitable to the size and growing conditions of each site that is chosen. 

The current four priority areas in Glasgow’s Tree Plan are Bridgeton and Dalmarnock, Govan, Levern and District, and Possilpark. 

Those interested in volunteering to plant the trees can also do so via an online portal.  

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