Pupils from Milton School plant a ‘little forest’ in their local community

YOUTH in Milton are planting their own trees with the goal of creating a “little forest” in their community.

A group of ‘Wee Foresters’ will plant approximately 600 trees which will be cared for by Miltonbank Primary students.

The project aims to improve local biodiversity and combat climate change, as well as enabling local communities to connect with nature.

Castlebay Drive Wee Forest is a partnership between the school, The Conservation Volunteers and Wheatley Group, who provide space at Castlebay Drive.

Young people plant their own Wee Forest in their community

Colin Reid, Director of Sustainability for the Wheatley Group, said: “Trees are not only very beautiful, but they play a really important role in directly benefiting the places where we live.

“Not only do they improve air quality, but they also reduce surface water, provide habitat and make places more pleasant.”

Dave Alcorn, TCV Operations Manager, added: “Small forests allow us to connect people and green spaces.

“They make environmental improvements and give us a way to involve the local community in managing their environment.”

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The project was made possible with funding from the Scottish Government, NatureScot and training from Earthwatch.

As part of a larger campaign worth £500,000, NatureScot plans to oversee the planting of 20 small forests across Scotland this year.

NatureScot’s Wee Forests project manager, Karen Morrison, said: “It is fantastic to see pupils from Miltonbank Primary School planting Castlebay Drive Wee Forest.

“The Glasgow Wee Forests network is growing and over the years they will become a source of fun, learning and inspiration.

“As well as the many benefits for people, projects like this also offer communities an important opportunity to help restore nature and tackle climate change by contributing to Scotland’s tree planting targets. .”

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The Wee Forest initiative is also supported by Earthwatch Europe, which will see schools and local people take part in citizen science activities to raise awareness of climate change and the value of urban trees.

Activities include monitoring the butterflies that use forests, calculating the amount of carbon captured, and measuring the impact trees have on slowing torrential rain runoff.

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The planting will use the Miyawaki style of tree planting, which helps build dense native forests and encourages tree growth up to 10 times faster, resulting in a planting 30 times denser than usual.

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Steve Andrews, CEO of Earthwatch Europe, said: “Engaging communities in citizen science where they live is an essential step in understanding and solving our planet’s environmental crises. With Wee Forests, communities can collect the data we need at their doorstep.