Community campaigners in Renfrewshire hope to restore the ecology on more than 100 square miles of land to tackle climate change and local flooding.
The Yearn Stane Project will see thousands of native trees planted in the Renfrewshire Heights wild area with eroding peatlands reinstated to store carbon and water, which would help alleviate flooding in many areas of Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire and Inverclyde.
Renfrewshire based environmental charity Eadha Enterprises and environmental agency Starling Learning are collaborating on the project.
Rewilding Britain, Woodland Trust and John Muir Trust have funded a six month feasibility study and consultation exercise involving the community, landowners and local businesses.
Project leader Joe Greenlees said:
“Our project’s focus is to repair and restore this precious ecosystem, returning Renfrewshire Heights to good health so that our communities can flourish environmentally and economically.
“The community is at the heart of this project, and so the views of local people in Lochwinnoch, Kilbrinie and the surrounding area vital to the partnership. We very much hope more landowners and businesses will get involved too.
“With the global climate crisis growing ever more acute, it is more urgent than ever that projects such as ours become reality.”