The University of Glasgow has planted 20,000 trees in the north-west of the city.

The planting of the trees, which were done across 11 hectares at Cochno Farm and Research Centre, is part of the institution's effort to become a leading institution in sustainability.

Dr David Duncan, University secretary and chief operating officer, said: "Cochno Farm is the University’s centre for veterinary teaching and research and is increasingly vital for our work on environmental sustainability.

"Projects such as this tree planting not only contribute to sustainability through carbon sequestration, but provide a living laboratory for any future research related to sustainability."

Glasgow Times: The trees include include native species such as Scotch Pine, Silver Birch, Downy Birch, Rowan,


Among the 20,000 trees planted include native species such as Scotch Pine, Silver Birch, Downy Birch, Rowan, English Oak, Sessile Oak, Hawthorn, Black Alder, and Goat Willow.

The initiative is in line with the university's mission to enhance biodiversity in the area and create an environment that contributes to the broader objective of sustainability.

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Dr Roddy Yarr, director of sustainability, said: "The planting of 20,000 trees at Cochno Farm is an important step towards the University’s long-term sustainability strategy.

"Efforts such as these are important for increasing biodiversity and creating habitats that enhance the Farm as a leading centre for teaching and research.

“The University also seeks to provide tangible evidence to our staff and students as well as the local community who use this area regularly that we are really engaged and acting towards the climate emergency on a local level”.

Glasgow Times: Dr Yarr said the planting of the trees at is an important step towards the University’s long-term

Cochno Farm and Research Centre spans 850 acres entirely owned by the University located north of Clydebank.

The University recently ranked 20th out of 1,403 institutions in the QS World University Sustainability Rankings 2024.

It was the first Scottish University to formally declare a Climate Emergency, implementing a sustainability strategy, ‘Glasgow Green’, to attain net-zero by 2030.

Professor Jaime Toney, director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions, said: “These initiatives are important because they demonstrate the University of Glasgow recognises its role as a world changing university, and projects focused on sustainability are vital to our efforts to tackle the worldwide challenge of the climate emergency.”