South Ayrshire Council are working towards a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The local authority is seeking opportunities to adapt their operations as an organisation, whilst making simple changes to people’s everyday lives to become more sustainable.

During May the council have focussed on the importance of ecosystems, which play a fundamental role in our way of life. Ecosystems provide us with a host of products that we are dependent on such as food, energy, materials and medicines, whilst also providing habitats to animals.

The sand dune regeneration project at Ayr beach, which started in January 2020 is showing fantastic progress with a variety of vegetation flowering, providing new habitats for insects and pollinators. Our Food Growing Strategy also supports local people to grow their own produce, as we have increased the number of allotments available across South Ayrshire.

South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Councillor Ian Cochrane said: “It is vital that we all play a part in tackling the climate crisis, and we are proud to prioritise our green recovery which will contribute to reducing council emissions by 75 per cent by 2030, with net zero emissions by

2045.

“We are making promising progress, demonstrated by initiatives such as our sand dune regeneration project and providing opportunities for our local communities to grow their own food, helping to reduce carbon dioxide that would otherwise be emitted from transporting produce from afar.”

To find out more about the simple changes you can make to help our ecosystems, you can visit the South Ayrshire Council facebook page.