“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”

Riverside has a beautiful corridor around the river which has many mature trees, but few street trees.  The corridor continues through Forthside but again, street trees are scarce.

Riverside Naturally aims to:

 

  • Work with Stirling Council to ensure that any trees that are lost are replaced – During the winter of 2019/20 a total of eighteen trees were planted.  Some replaced trees which had been removed because of disease.

 

  • Work with Riverside Community Council and Stirling Council to identify places to plant more trees - Three new flowering cherry trees were planted in the Old Harbour area in February 20202 and birches were planted between Forth Crescent and Riverside Quay at the same time.  A new red oak was also planted next to the Cambuskenneth Bridge.  Oaks were also planted at the edge of the A.R.K in March 2020.

 

  • Later in 2020 we aim to produce a planting plan for Riverside and Forthside for the next two or three years.

  • Revitalise the planting in the beds beside the river on Riverside Drive. Our woodland garden project has started with the removal of diseased and overcrowded trees.  Progress has been stalled by the Coronavirus outbreak, but you see more about the project plans here.

 

  • Encourage native tree planting in gardens - By giving information about smaller trees which attract birds, bees and bugs.  Get some help the the Royal Horticultural Society here.

Trees are a very important part of our environment because they

  • Reduce CO2 and release oxygen

  • Reduce air pollution from gasses and particles

  • Provide a a home to hundreds of living things

  • Increase well being - studies have shown that physical and mental health is improved by having trees around.

  • Are a beautiful part of our landscapes.

Please let us know if you have identified a good place for planting a tree in Riverside or Forthside.

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