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Public invited to have say on Scotlandís first Climate Change Park

24/09/12

Residents are invited to a drop-in session tonight [Tuesday 25 September] as Hazlehead Park bids to become Scotland's first Climate Change Park.

The Climate Change Park initiative is run by Greenspace Scotland and aims to help park managers take practical steps to adapt the design and management of parks to maximise climate change benefits.

This could include changing grass cutting regimes, creating wildflower meadows or planting trees, to green roofs for park buildings and water management schemes.

As part of the process of shaping Hazlehead into a Climate Change Park, Aberdeen City Council is keen to engage with park users and wider communities.

Tonight's drop-in session will be held at Hazlehead Golf Club from 6pm-8pm and will be led by Greenspace Scotland with support from council staff.

Aberdeen City Council Environment Manager Steven Shaw said: "Through climate change, it is believed that we will experience wetter and milder winters, warmer and drier summers, more extreme heat waves, and more extreme rainfall events.

"The idea behind the Climate Change Park scheme is to explore opportunities available to adjust the design and management of Hazlehead Park to maximise climate change benefits. In order to do this we want to have as much input as possible and that includes the input of park users and the local community."

Steven added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Aberdeen City Council and Hazlehead Park to lead the way on climate change action for parks and is the first step in creating climate-proof park management plans across the authority.

"It allows for the council to work closely with the newly formed Friends of Hazlehead group, other partners and the public to develop this new and topical project for the park."