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

Drop-in sessions organised for Stirling’s Climate Plan

Virtual drop-in sessions have been organised for the public to find out more about Stirling’s Council’s Climate and Nature Emergency Plan.

Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on the first draft of the Plan, which will be key in Stirling’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

As part of the consultation, three live online events will take place on the Council’s Engage Stirling Platform.

Officers from the Council’s Sustainable Development Team will deliver a presentation and those in attendance will be able to send them questions. 

All the events will take place between 5-6pm on:

  • Thursday 8 April
  • Wednesday 14 April
  • Tuesday 20 April.

To take part, please visit the Engage Stirling platform and click on the link when the session is scheduled to start.

Drew Leslie, Stirling Council Senior Manager for Infrastructure, said: “Everyone in Stirling has a role to play in tackling the climate crisis so it’s vital our communities participate in shaping this urgent plan for action.

“We can’t carry out the normal face-to-face engagement due to the ongoing pandemic so we have arranged these virtual drop-in sessions to help the public understand the vision, objectives and actions of the document and to provide an opportunity for people to ask questions.

“Addressing climate change remains at the top of the Council’s agenda and we want this to be the same in our communities, so I would encourage as many people to come along to the events and help us take the next steps in this global challenge.”

The Climate and Nature Emergency Plan spells out a vision to improve residents’ lives, help Stirling’s economy thrive and enhance the local environment.

To view and comment on the plan, head to the Council’s Engage Stirling platform. Those unable to access the digital platform can request a hard copy by calling the Contact Centre (01786 404040).

Stirling’s draft Climate and Nature Emergency Plan

Have your say on Stirling’s draft Climate and Nature Emergency Plan

Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on the first draft of Stirling Council’s Climate and Nature Emergency Plan.

In October 2019, the Council declared a Climate Emergency and the Plan will be a major driver in Stirling’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis head on.

The document spells out a vision to improve residents’ lives, help Stirling’s economy thrive and enhance the local environment, with a focus on five key objectives:

  • Energy Use and Generation – transform our energy systems and help deliver zero-carbon, affordable energy for all.
  • Transport – develop a modern transport system that minimises carbon emissions, improves affordability and provides choice for all.
  • Resource Efficiency – improve resource efficiency by cutting consumption and reducing waste.
  • Nature and Biodiversity – optimise biodiversity and increase the carbon storage potential of nature.
  • Climate Adaption – plan and prepare for the impacts of climate change.


People can provide feedback on the plan via the Council’s new Engage Stirling platform and those unable to access the digital platform can request a hard copy by calling the Contact Centre (01786 404040).

Virtual drop-in sessions with communities are also planned during the consultation process. Details of these will be shared on social media and the Engage Stirling Platform over the coming weeks.

Convener of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “The Council is committed to leading the way in averting climate change, but we can only win this battle through collective action and input from residents and businesses.

“If you are interested in shaping how your community and the wider Stirling area becomes a greener, healthier and more prosperous place to live and work, please have your say on this Plan for urgent action.”

In March 2020, the Council directed officers to develop a climate emergency plan to reduce carbon emissions and help address climate change impacts.

Since then, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, significant work has taken place to make this vision a reality. 

This included a survey over the summer of 2020 which helped measure public opinion on the climate emergency and inform the plan’s objectives.

More than 1,000 residents responded to the online questionnaire – one of the biggest responses to a Council survey – and the results of the closed questions can be downloaded here or accessed on Engage Stirling.

Vice Convener, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “The ongoing pandemic means this continues to be a hugely challenging time for people, but we know climate change remains a top priority for communities from the high number of responses we received in last year’s survey.

“The climate emergency also remains at the top of the Council’s agenda and, while we have made significant strides forward to cut our carbon footprint, we know we all need to do much more.

“This plan is our blueprint to take the next steps forward in this global challenge, so please use your voice to shape a brighter future for Stirling.”

The consultation on the draft Climate and Nature Emergency Plan will be open for an initial eight weeks, 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 express your views.