ENVIRONMENTAL CHARITIES are hoping to restore natural ecology on more than 100 square miles of land in Renfrewshire

The Yearn Stane Project wants thousands of native trees planted in the Renfrewshire Heights wild area, alongside reinstated peatlands to store carbon and water, which it claims would help alleviate flooding in many areas of Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire and Inverclyde.

Renfrewshire based environmental charity Eadha Enterprises and environmental agency Starling Learning are collaborating on the project, while Rewilding Britain, the Woodland Trust and the John Muir Trust have funded a six month feasibility study and consultation exercise involving the community, landowners and local businesses.

Project leader Joe Greenlees said: “Our project’s focus is to repair and restore this precious ecosystem, returning Renfrewshire Heights to good health so that our communities can flourish environmentally and economically.

“The community is at the heart of this project, and so the views of local people in Lochwinnoch, Kilbirnie and the surrounding area are vital to the partnership. We very much hope more landowners and businesses will get involved too."