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Councilís Climate Change Park bid to take root with helping hand from local school children

28/02/13

Aberdeen City Council's bid to create Scotland's first Climate Change Park will receive a helping hand from local school children this weekend.

The youngsters will visit Hazlehead Park on Friday [01 March] to help plant trees, build bird boxes, collect litter and spread woodchip in the play area.

It will be followed by a community volunteer day on Saturday [02 March] which will feature the same activities as well as the planting of a commemorative Hazel tree for the winner of a competition to design a new logo for the park.

The competition was organised by the Friends of Hazlehead which is supporting both events.

The Climate Change Park initiative is run by Greenspace Scotland and aims to help park managers and custodians 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.

Aberdeen City Council Environment Manager Steven Shaw said: "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.

"This could be through simple measures like tree planting to more ambitious initiatives like introducing new water management schemes for the park.

"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, schools and the public to develop this new and topical project for the park."

Myles Edwards of Friends of Hazlehead added: "It is fantastic that so many children and volunteers are keen to get involved and play their part in transforming Hazlehead Park into a place for people of all ages to enjoy.

"The great attendance at our launch and open evening on Tuesday demonstrates that residents are behind these plans and that the park holds a special place in their hearts.

"These two events are a sign of progress and although they are small steps to restoring the park to its former glory, this is the start of history in the making."

Saturday's volunteer day will be held from 10am-noon and all are welcome.