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Nature Restoration Programme

This programme brings together Scottish Governments Nature Restoration Funding with our Climate Emergency Fund during 2021 to 2023. The focus is on activities that deliver positive effects for biodiversity, local ecosystems and help to reduce the effects of climate change.

The world is in the midst of an interlinked climate and biodiversity crisis. As a landowner, the council has the ability to really contribute to mitigating these impacts by making changes to how we manage our land.

One focus of the Nature Restoration Programme is on pollinators, whose decline has been well documented in the media. This builds on previous work on council land over the last few years, of improving grassland and other habitats. The project also includes other Nature based Solutions that have many benefits for our natural environment.

The sites where work will be taking place are: proposed new Local Nature Reserves; Chatelherault and Calderglen Country Parks; Mauldslie National Nature Reserve; and District Parks.

Different types of activity will be happening, including:

  • Creating wildflower meadows
  • Planting pollinator friendly shrubs and trees
  • Developing plans for the future, for example woodland management plans
  • Invasive plant removal, particularly rhododendron

If you would like to find out more about this project, or make suggestions for biodiversity improvements please email us at cag@southlanarkshire.gov.uk.