Giving Mother Nature a helping hand

Thursday, 20 October, 2022

It’s a biodiversity bonanza for East Dunbartonshire following the announcement of funding for a host of environmental projects. 

The wildlife of East Dunbartonshire will be receiving a big boost in the very near future, thanks to the Council being awarded £132,000 from the Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund.

Biodiversity restoration projects within and around all the main East Dunbartonshire towns and villages will be run by the Streetscene Technical Support team.

The projects will be focusing on halting the decline of pollinators and increasing habitat for amphibians, mammals and birds at risk by making more space for native flower-rich habitats and grassland, streams, extended hedges and field margins, native trees and ponds.

The first project undertaken will be wetland meadow enhancement through the planting of wildflowers such as Cowslip, Ragged Robin and Purple Loosestrife and the  introduction of Yellow Rattle into the annual cut and lift areas of Mains Park, in Milngavie and the local community are being asked to get involved.

Two community planting events involving East Dunbartonshire's Countryside Rangers will take place on Saturday 29 October from 11am-12pm and 1-2pm. To register your interest contact Mugdock Countryside Ranger Service on Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Councillor Paul Ferretti, Convener of East Dunbartonshire Council’s Place, Neighbourhood and Corporate Assets committee, said, "Maintaining local biodiversity is fundamental for everyone living, working and enjoying the wonderful countryside and nature of East Dunbartonshire.

"A wealth of projects will be getting underway in the coming months including street tree planting to enhance tree corridors in our urban areas, meadow creation to provide areas rich in pollinating plants and bulb planting to increase biodiversity. 

"We need to act urgently and decisively to help tackle the climate emergency and the hope is that these projects will help to create safe places for nature to recover and regenerate in East Dunbartonshire."

These projects are supported by the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund, managed by NatureScot.