Have your say on plans to make Stirling Scotland’s greenest region


Plans to transform Stirling into the greenest region in Scotland are out for public consultation.

Stirling Council’s ‘Alive with Nature’ Plan sets out the actions the local authority and its partners have identified to create a healthier and more resilient natural environment across Stirling.

Developed in partnership with NatureScot, SEPA and the Green Action Trust, the plans address the twin climate and nature emergencies through the protection and restoration of Stirling’s natural environment.

It is a key component of the Council’s Climate and Nature Emergency Plan that was approved recently by Councillors.

Convener of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “Through our ‘Alive with Nature’ Plan, we want to make the Stirling area into Scotland’s greenest region, where our stunning natural environment is enjoyed and valued by everyone.

“The aspirations in the document underline our ongoing commitment to combat climate change and conserve biodiversity across Stirling.

“We all need to play our part to make this plan a success so please join the conversation on this crucial issue by taking part in our survey.”

Recent international reports show the damaging effects of climate change on the planet and that one million species are threatened with extinction. However, both studies also demonstrate that there is still time to turn things around.

The ‘Alive with Nature’ Plan will be the primary route for the Council to achieve the commitments it has signed up to in the Edinburgh Declaration, an international agreement to ensure action is taken at all levels to protect biodiversity.

Some of the high priority actions outlined is in the draft blueprint include:

  • The planting of at least 160,000 new trees by 2025.
  • The planting of more than 1 million new trees by 2045.
  • The rollout of three new active travel routes incorporating green infrastructure by 2024.
  • Changes to land management, including grass and verge maintenance, tree planting and use of pesticides in line with Stirling’s Pollinator Strategy.
  • Bring three vacant and derelict land sites into productive use of nature, business and community. 
  • Engage 1,000 volunteers per year to generate engagement from currently under-represented communities.


Vice Convener, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “By investing in our beautiful natural environment and working in partnership with communities and landowners, we can bring positive change across Stirling, creating healthier, wealthier and happier people and places.

“Whether it’s protecting and restoring our precious ecosystems, creating woodland or growing wildflower meadows, we can halt biodiversity loss and contribute to the achievement of a carbon zero society.

“These are issues that affect us all so please take a few minutes and have your say on our plan for action.”

The consultation on the draft ‘Alive with Nature’ Plan will be open until 13 September, and the feedback from the public will be used to refine the Plan, which will be presented for approval at a future meeting of Stirling Council.

Please head to the Engage Stirling platform to view the plan and take part in the survey

Have your say on Stirling’s strategy for managing trees and woodlands

Stirling Council is seeking the public’s views on its policy for managing trees and woodland across the region.

The Council is responsible for around 15,000 individual trees on land along roads, streets, parks, and other open spaces throughout Stirling.

The new Tree and Woodland Policy, which will contribute to the Council’s wider initiatives and efforts to tackle the climate emergency, details guidelines for managing and inspecting all trees that the Council is responsible for.

It also makes a commitment to increase the number, area, age and species diversity of the Council’s trees and woodlands.

As part of the new Policy, trees would only be felled as a last resort where there is a clear safety risk. The Council would also commit to, where trees do have to be felled, replacing them either in the same location or as close as is suitable.

The woodland areas owned and managed by the Council extend to around 400 hectares, delivering a wide range of economic, social and environmental benefits to Stirling’s residents, visitors and businesses. These include:

–        Improving biodiversity

–        Storing CO2

–        Providing shelter in winter and shade in summer

–        Health benefits

–        Mitigating flood risk.

Please visit the Engage Stirling platform at https://engage.stirling.gov.uk/en-GB/projects/tree-and-woodland-policy-consultation to view the plan and express your views.

Stirling Council Website Survey

Stirling Council is asking the public to help shape its new website.

Working with Scotland’s leading digital transformation consultancy, Storm ID, a survey has been launched to help developers understand how people want to find information on the Council’s official website, with feedback used to inform the creation of a forthcoming new and improved site.

Councillor Margaret Brisley, convener of the Finance and Economy Committee, said: “The creation of a new website is one of several significant investments we’re making to transform how we interact and communicate with our residents.

Stirling.gov.uk had around 2.5million visits in 2020, underlining its role in how we serve our communities during a situation where face-to-face interaction was basically impossible. We want our site to provide a recognisable, trusted experience which gives citizens the confidence to engage digitally with the Council, repeatedly.

The ‘tree test’ survey asks a range of questions based on some of the website’s most popular functionality, such as paying Council Tax or reporting an issue, to test how easy it is to find information, and to follow the user’s logical navigation through the site.

By tracking the steps people opt take through these everyday scenarios, developers hope to build a more streamlined structure for the new site.

Arrangements for user research groups are also being finalised and will be released in due course.

To take part in the ‘tree test’ survey, visit: bit.ly/StirlingTreeTest

Callander Flooding Survey

Stirling Council Media Release

New Callander flood study seeks community’s local knowledge

Stirling Council has embarked on an area-wide survey of historic flooding that has occurred in Callander.

Periods of heavy rain have caused flooding issues for residents, closing roads and car parks and impacting areas around community buildings.

The Council is seeking to gather information about flooding across these various areas, whether the flooding was caused by high river levels, from surface water coming off the Crags or for other reasons.

The historical flooding information gathered by this study will be integral to the formation of the Callander Flood Protection Scheme and Surface Water Management Plan.

As part of the survey, the Council is seeking information in three particular areas

–        Dates and locations of flooding issues

–        Photo or video footage of the flooding

–        Areas affected by flooding

Convener of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson, said: “I would ask that anyone with knowledge of flooding incidents in the Callander area participate in this survey.

“Flooding is an issue in Callander, as demonstrated by the impact of the heavy rainfall we have seen recently. It is important that we gather as much local information as possible to develop a fuller understanding of flood risk in the Callander area and help us move forward with a plan to alleviate it.”

The Callander flood study is one of a range of flood studies that Stirling Council has commissioned to determine the extent of flood risk within the Stirling region, with a study on Strathblane undertaken last year.

Vice Convener, Councillor Danny Gibson, said: “We are committed to doing all we can to help our communities who suffer from flooding issues and to be able to test potential measures. To address flooding in Callander we require the community’s help. I would urge anyone with local knowledge or photographs of flooding to take part in the new flood study and provide us with these important details.”

Letters have been delivered to Callander residents to help gather historical flooding information and knowledge held by members of the community.

To share any historic information, an interactive form can also be found at https://callanderfloodingsite-stirling.hub.arcgis.com/pages/data-collection. Further information on the project is also available at https://callanderfloodingsite-stirling.hub.arcgis.com/.

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