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    Aberdeenshire council launches green spaces and biodiversity project

    Aberdeenshire council have launched a new scheme which aims to extend and improve green spaces and biodiversity.

    The initiative will provide a new approach to the creation and maintenance of green spaces across the area.

    As part of this some grass areas which are regularly maintained will become wildflower meadows. As well as increased tree planting and the creation of woodland areas.

    One of the key aspects of this project will seek to develop practical enhancements at sites for the benefit of biodiversity, carbon reduction and improved greenspaces, through local community involvement as part of the wider green network.

    The council is also seeking involvement from the community in identifying areas which could benefit.

    The project takes account of a number of national approaches to protecting and enhancing the environment, including the third State of Scotland’s Greenspace Report, the Pollinator Strategy for Scotland 2017-2027 and the Climate Change Bill.

    The bill sets a target of a 90% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. However, Scotland is aiming to become one of the first countries to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions.

    Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr Peter Argyle, said:
    “A meadow is an important and crucial habitat with over 150 different species of flower and grass that support a myriad of insects from bees and beetles to grasshoppers and butterflies, which in turn support many small animals and birds.

    “Changes to the mix of open space classification will support the necessary changes, and also result in improved biodiversity in towns and villages.

    “While this is likely to lead to a reduction in amenity grass areas, the wider benefits are clear, and we’ve already had some positive feedback where this has been trialed to date. I would encourage communities to get on board and help shape this project.”

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