Scottish green corridors to counter development

Green corridors are to be created across Edinburgh and the Lothians in a bid to counter development and enhance the quality of life for communities and wildlife.

The new green spaces will be created through the Edinburgh and Lothians Forest Habitat Network Partnership - launched by environment minister Michael Russell.

It will advise planners, developers and the agricultural community on managing and improving the region's rich woodland heritage.

A number of key locations have been identified by the Edinburgh and Lothians Forest Habitat Network Partnership.

These include creation of new woodland planting around proposed Core Development Areas, which have been highlighted as being suitable for new housing, business and infrastructure development.

The creation of new green corridors aims to mitigate the impact of future development within these areas and provide communities with attractive places to live.

Russell said: "We are all aware of the issues that arise from development and environmental pressures.

"These pressures are only going to increase as climate change increasingly makes itself felt so it is important that we take every opportunity to help foster stronger, healthier and more diverse natural environments.

"Encouraging small-scale tree planting projects - whether it's new hedgerows, small farm woodlands or street trees and corridors around settlements - will provide significant benefits for biodiversity."

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