Plans put forward for a greener Scotland

Scottish forestry sector calls for more green urban spaces

Scotland’s urban spaces could become greener, thanks to moves by the Scottish Executive. Forestry minister Allan Wilson told delegates at a woodlands conference in Cumbernauld last week that he had asked the Forestry Commission Scotland to “find ways of moving woodland expansion and forestry activity closer to where the people of Scotland live and work”. Wilson said: “There is a growing awareness that woods in highly populated areas can provide much more than just recreation opportunities — they can also, given proper investment and care, help regenerate derelict and under-utilised land. “Trees are a fascinating and effective catalyst for bringing people together to undertake valuable community development.” Wilson recently visited Thames Chase Community Forest in London where formerly derelict land is being restored to become community woodlands. The Central Scotland Forest Trust is planting 1,555ha of land in a comparable regeneration scheme. Wilson added: “Our Scottish forestry strategy sets out a direction not just for rural forestry, but also for the urban and peri-urban landscape, and for urban as well as rural communities.” Forestry Commission Scotland manages 666,000 ha of land.

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