Forth Climate Forest
Currently woodland cover across Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Falkirk accounts for 22% of all woodland cover in Scotland. The aim is increase this by 3% by 2032. In practical terms this means planting around 16.4 million new trees planted across 8,300 hectares in the next 10 years.
Not only will the forest make a significant contribution to Scotland’s Climate Change Plan and its targets, but it’ll also help deliver on COP26 commitments.
Working with Forth Valley communities
The Forth Climate Forest will harness the passion for tree planting we already see in many communities, channelling this energy into carefully considered projects that will ultimately generate a range of wellbeing, climate and ecological benefits in the Forth Valley.
Trees are integral to our wellbeing. The forest will benefit 306,000 people in Forth Valley communities by planting trees in school grounds, on vacant and derelict land and across parks. Where possible, existing woodlands will be stitched together to create wildlife corridors. Corridors that boost biodiversity, offering a safe habitat for birds, bats, bees and all manner of woodland animals.
The time to plant is now
Tree planting at this scale is complex. Careful consideration needs to be made of urban infrastructure, ground conditions and maintenance to prevent die-off. But if we get this right, the benefits are huge.
Opting for species-rich forests improves not only biodiversity but also water management.
They help prevent the extremes of flooding and droughts. Tree canopies provide a cooling effect, purify our air and enhance our well-being.
They are hugely helpful with carbon sequestration, absorbing CO2, delivering long-term ecological, climate and social benefits.
About the Forth Climate Forest partnership
The Forth Climate Forest is a partnership hosted by the University of Stirling’s Scotland International Environment Centre which aims to drive a net zero regional economy. The forest will be delivered by Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Falkirk Councils and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. It is made possible due to a significant combined funding package from the Woodland Trust, Forestry Scotland, and the three local councils.