Glasgow City Region Adaptation Strategy - report

Glasgow City Region Climate Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

Community management in Scotland’s largest urban wildlife site On the boundary between Glasgow and North Lanarkshire, Seven Lochs Wetland Park integrates seven lochs, five nature reserves and a country park within housing developments. Surrounding communities experienced high levels of deprivation; development of the park has helped to regenerate the area socially, environmentally and economically. After an engagement period, it was identified that there was a need for permeable boundaries, ensuring existing communities had access and were connected to expanding green networks. Seven Lochs Wetland Park protects and enhances biodiversity and natural heritage, safeguarding it from a changing climate. Community groups help manage biodiversity and support cultural heritage through projects such as archaeological digs discover lost history whilst outdoor education and conservation volunteers improve understanding, awareness and management of key wetland habitats.

“Good quality, well-linked open spaces can help provide a range of benefits. They allow individuals to interact with the natural environment and provide habitats for wildlife. They can also be important in defining the character and identity of settlements. Connecting them

in a green network can provide enhanced benefits for people, the environment and biodiversity.”

Gillian Dick, Spatial Planning Manager, Connecting Nature, Glasgow City Council

Flower power for pollinators and people Volunteers at a community run wildflower nursery in Pollock Country Park grow 10,000 locally sourced wildflower seedlings, providing training opportunities for communities and building personal connections. The wildflowers from this Connecting

Nature project support biodiversity projects across Glasgow, helping to address the devastating 97% decline in wildflower habitats seen in the UK. Use of locally grown wildflowers reduces carbon emissions from transportation and makes sure the plants are better adapted to survive in Glasgow’s climate. “Demonstrating how nature-based solutions can contribute to wider objectives of the council including health, well-being and climate adaption helps to get support from strategic partners who champion nature-based solutions in a way that embeds them

in policies that will support the transformation of the city.” Gillian Dick, Spatial Planning Manager, Connecting Nature, Glasgow City Council


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