Aberdeen and the Dee to benefit from more trees

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Popular green spaces in Aberdeen are set to become even greener with the planting of almost 5,000 trees. In an initiative co-ordinated and delivered by the River Dee Trust and the Dee Catchment Partnership, some 3,200 trees were planted over two hectares at Abbotswells and Inverdee last week, with an additional 1,600 to be planted later this week.

 

Following previous tree planting at the Inverdee site as part of Aberdeen City Council’s ‘Tree for Every Citizen’ scheme, the riverside spot is now home to a further 3,200 trees, thanks to the efforts of 22 individuals who last Friday spent a full day planting Oak, Birch, Wild Cherry, Holly, Scot’s Pine and European Larch trees. Volunteers, many of whom are involved in other environmental projects in the area, were joined by staff from a range of organisations, including the Woodland Trust, Aberdeen City Council Countryside Rangers, the River Dee Trust and the Dee Catchment Partnership.

 

“There were many benefits to planting at this site for a number of parties,” explains Marina Piper, Outreach Officer for the Dee Catchment Partnership, a group of organisations that work together to protect the River Dee and its catchment. “Aberdeen City Council wanted to create a sustainable timber fuel resource, provide carbon storage, and reduce air and noise pollution, while Sport Scotland was keen to reduce the long term maintenance cost of grass cutting. The River Dee Trust and Catchment Partnership have been heavily involved in activities to rid the Dee of invasive, non-native plant species for several years, and the subsequent tree planting is an important way to restore the native habitat and protect the river banks.

 

“We were delighted to organise the planting at the site because trees are vital to rivers and their catchments in so many ways,” continues Marina. “Rivers flowing through wooded catchments are cleaner, slower, better for wildlife and cause less flooding downstream during periods of heavy rain and run-off. They also improve air quality by filtering out harmful pollutants, provide oxygen, and help absorb traffic noise in built up areas. We’re aware the area is locally popular for spring daffodils, but any bulbs which were disturbed by the tree planting will be in full bloom again next year, and we’re really looking forward to seeing the various tree species growing here in the years to come. Walkers will find that paths have been created through the trees to provide a variety of routes in all seasons.”

 

Richard Nicholson, of Aberdeen City Council, added: “Tree planting forms a key component of Aberdeen City Council’s Green Space Network, which exists to connect our urban and rural green spaces to each other and the surrounding communities, bringing a range of social, health, economic and environmental benefits. We’re indebted to the Woodland Trust, who provided the trees free of charge, and very grateful to the River Dee Trust and Dee Catchment Partnership for organising the project, as well as to Sport Scotland and all volunteers, for their instrumental role in its successful delivery.”

 

The River Dee Trust welcomes support from volunteers. Those wishing to get involved should email Calum Hislop of the River Dee Trust at calum@riverdee.org

A podcast interview conducted on the day, can be accessed here.

Associated Projects:

Natural Flood Management

CNPA / James Hutton Institute / FCS / Forest Research

Project Status: Current

We are developing a range of techniques that use natural or semi natural engineering methods to slow the flow of water through the river system. These range from large scale tree planting in the uplands, attenuation features in agricultural areas and green infrastructure in urban areas.

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