SCAN’s Wee Wood…Climate Action and Collaboration

To mark COP26, Scottish Contemporary Art Network planted a tree for each of our members.

As all of us look to how to reduce our impact on the planet, we’re thrilled to launch SCAN’s Wee Wood in Barrhead’s Carlibar Park in partnership with East Renfrewshire Council. The project will help reduce SCAN’s own carbon impact, support ecological diversity and introduce young people to the role of art in unlocking climate action. Artist and SCAN member Robyn Woolston worked with Carlibar Park Primary School on a programme of tree planting and art activities. 

 ‘I’m immensely proud to be working towards the realisation of a Wee Wood with the pupils at Carlibar Park Primary and with East Renfrewshire Council,’ says Robyn. ‘The formation of a new Barrhead-based ecosystem will be supported by SCAN, and the 300 new saplings will symbolise their 300 member-strong commitment to COP26 and its climate goals. Never has there been a time when collaborative and cross-sector partnerships are more vitally needed than when facing the impacts and realities of climate-change. By developing and enhancing the ecological fabric of the park, the union enriches not only the diversity of the green space, and its flora and fauna, but directly improves the lives of the community that surrounds the park, whilst also forming part of the Scottish Contemporary Art Network’s commitment to reducing their carbon footprint. Forests and woodlands offer holistic, life-long, learning opportunities to those that encounter them and Carlibar Park Wee Wood is no exception.’   

 ‘We’re proud that SCAN members work so hard to meet their climate responsibilities,’ says SCAN Director Moira Jeffrey. ‘This is a lovely way to share that commitment with young people and communities and to show that art is a great way to share ideas and build a better future. We can’t wait to revisit over the years, to watch our wood grow.’ 

 The Wee Wood has been planted with 300 saplings of native species including oak and aspen. The woodland is one of 26 to be planted by East Renfrewshire Council to mark COP26. 

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