Having experienced considerable decline over many years, Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street has benefitted from Region Deal funding and a scheme of revitalisation.
Central to the Green Avenues plan was to increase canopy cover in urban areas. Sauchiehall Street was selected for the pilot scheme to showcase how green infrastructure can be used to change human behaviour by challenging the dominance of vehicles in the public realm.
28 specimen trees have been planted in full GreenBlue Urban ArborSystems, providing a strong visual segregation between vehicles and pedestrians/cyclists. The tree pits are linked together, providing maximum rooting space in uncompacted aerated soil, giving the trees the best opportunity of attaining species potential.
As well as the aesthetic attractiveness, (encouraging a pavement café culture atmosphere) these trees also provide a measure of pollution absorbance, and help cope with stormwater management by treating water run-off from the paving areas through the tree pit soil.
Various tree species were chosen to give visual interest all year round, with different leaf colours, blossoms and shapes carefully selected to enhance the street scene.
GreenBlue Urban worked closely with Glasgow City Highways, Civic Engineers, landscape architects Urban Movement, and tree consultants Ideverde Ltd to ensure that the scheme was simple to specify, easy to install and requires minimal maintenance – guaranteeing long-term canopy cover for future Glaswegian generations.