Green MSP Ross Greer has welcomed the launch of a project to plant 18 million trees in the next decade across the Clyde Gateway, including Renfrewshire.

The Climate Forest Project, launched this week, has the backing of Renfrewshire, Glasgow City and six other councils and aims to reach 20% tree cover across the region. The project intends to plant trees in locations which will support local wildlife, as well as tackle the climate emergency by absorbing carbon emissions. The project’s launch comes as Glasgow prepares to host the COP-26 global climate talks later this year.

Mr Greer told Renfrewshire News: “This is a very welcome development. If it’s successful, it’ll make a big contribution towards tackling the climate crisis and reversing the huge decline in native wildlife we’ve seen in Scotland over recent decades. It will also create new jobs at a critical time for our economy.

“This has to be just one part of a wider plan though. At the same time as backing tree planting, councils need to be doing more to end the use of fossil fuels, to support active travel, improve public transport and protect green spaces – particularly ancient woodland – from unnecessary development.”