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 April 2021 E-bulletin 

Climate and Nature Emergency Special Edition

 

Stirling Council declared a Climate & Nature Emergency in October 2019.
It has now published a draft of its plan to respond to the emergency.
This is currently open for consultation  - you can see it here

The plan sets targets, for example associated with managing Council
land for biodiversity and increasing the
number of designated Local Nature Conservation Sites.
There is also a target for tree planting in the Council area

"Number of new trees planted in the Council area
+80,000 by 2023;    +360,000 by 2030;    +1,000,000 by 2045"


There is also a firm commitment to involve people
in tree planting, with a target to

"Plant two new trees for every person living in Stirling by end of 2025.
These 180,000 trees will be a mix of urban and rural trees.
We will work with schools and community groups to grow,
plant and maintain these trees
."


TreeLink welcomes the commitment in broad terms,
and it is especially keen to see these opportunities
for learning about trees fully exploited.
We are concerned that sufficient information
and advice is made available to community groups and schools.

Tree planting requires careful planning and preparation
as well as a long term maintenance commitment.
Schools and groups will require considerable support to make the best 
of this opportunity.  We hope to see detail of the way
that community groups and schools will
be guided and  supported by the Council. 

The report covers a range of issues but TreeLink has limited its response
to issues directly related to  trees.
You can see the TreeLink response to the report here. 
Please read it and then make your own 
personal response. 
TreeLink's response to the Council's plan includes a suggestion
that it joins a growing number of UK local authorities and
affiliates to the United Nations Tree Cities of the World
programme.  To affiliate the Council has to commit to five
standards such as having a dedicated budget for 
tree maintenance and planting. TreeLink believes
that meeting the five standards is crucial if Stirling Council
is to meet its Climate and Nature Emergency targets.
You can learn more about the programme
here. 
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