THE EXCURSIONS

PLANNED EXCURSIONS

Thursday 8th June 2017

Green-blue Infrastructure in the Clyde Gateway Regeneration Area

Date: Thursday 8th June 2017
Location: Dalmarnock
Start Time: Afternoon
Excursion Duration: 2 hours (excluding travel time, which is intended to be by train from Exhibition Centre to Dalmarnock)
Price per person: £20
Please note, train fare is NOT included in excursion ticket price. (return ticket price approx. £3.00)

The Clyde Gateway is a national urban regeneration area in a former heavily industrialised part of the city. This visit will consist of a walking tour led by an officer from the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership. It will show delegates how a heavily industrialised area has been cleaned up and returned to the market as an attractive prospect for housing and mixed office/commercial use through the extensive use of green-blue infrastructure. It will include a tour of the award-winning Commonwealth Games Athletes Village, which is a model of sustainable housing and a climate adapted place.

How a Smart City Approach can help to Address Adaptation Challenges

Date: Thursday 8th June 2017
Location: Eastgate Centre, London Road
Start Time: Afternoon
Excursion Duration: 2 hours (excluding travel time, which is intended to be by train from Exhibition Centre to Bridgeton)
Price per person: £30
Please note, train fare is NOT included in excursion ticket price. (return ticket price approx. £4.00)

This visit will consist of a tour of the city’s state-of-the-art Glasgow Operations Centre, which is a major smart city resource and a legacy of Glasgow’s delivery of the UK Future Cities Demonstrator programme. The Centre is increasingly being used to assist the city in its response to weather events and will be linked to an innovative project in the north of the city, which will manage water levels in the canal to accommodate excess rainwater.

Port Dundas: Adaption as Regeneration

Date: Thursday 8th June 2017
Location: Port Dundas and the surrounding area
Start Time: Afternoon
Excursion Duration: 3 hours (excluding travel time via minibus/coach from the Exhibition Centre)
Price per Person: £25

This visit will consist of a walking tour led by an officer from Scottish Canals. It will show how previously neglected resources – particularly the canal and nearby buildings – have been transformed as assets to support the regeneration of the area and make it more resilient, especially to climate change.

Seven Lochs: Where the City meets Nature

Date: Thursday 8th June 2017
Location: Seven Lochs Wetland Park
Start Time: Afternoon
Excursion Duration: 3 hours (excluding travel time via minibus/coach from the Exhibition Centre)
Price per Person: £30

Glasgow is creating a high quality urban green network that brings together 20 km2 of lochs, parks, nature reserves and woodlands – securing high quality habitat on the edge of an expanding metropolitan area. This excursion demonstrates how enhancing our natural environment is delivering major benefits for adaptation in the region. This visit will consist of a walking tour led by an officer from the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Greenspace Network.

Friday 9th June

Hearing Climate Ready Stories from Glaswegian Communities

Date: Friday 9th June 2017
Location: Lambhill Stables
Start Time: 10am
Excursion Duration: 2.5 hours (excluding travel time via minibus/coach from the Exhibition Centre)
Price per Person: £35

Delegates will meet communities in the north of Glasgow who have been working with partner agencies on developing more resilient places that are adapted to the impacts of climate change. Delegates will learn about some of the projects being delivered in the north and the real impact they are having on local lives and share a climate change lunch with institutions and communities engaged in the adaptation agenda.

Natural Flood Management in the Eddleston Water Catchment

Date: Friday 9th June 2017
Location: The Eddleston Water, north of Peebles
Start Time: 10am
Excursion Duration: Full Day (Eddleston is 1hr 30 min via coach from the Exhibiton Centre)
Price per Person: £40

The Eddleston Water Project was established by Scottish Government and SEPA to investigate and quantify the effects of habitat restoration and land management changes on flood attenuation and ecological status. It is coordinated by Tweed Forum who work with landowners to incorporate natural flood management measures into their farming and forestry businesses which include remeandering, woodland planting, wetland creation, wood placement, to slow down and store water. The works are intensively monitored on a number of fronts and this work is headed up by Dundee University. This excursion will be of interest to policy makers, scientists and practitioners.

Living with a Changing Coast: Exploring Coastal and Marine Climate Change Adaptation Challenges and Opportunities around the Firth of Clyde

Date: Friday 9th June 2017
Location: Various destinations around the Firth of Clyde (Prestwick, Saltcoats, Inverclyde)
Start Time: 9am
Excursion Duration: Full Day (excluding travel time via coach from the Exhibition Centre)
Price per Person: £50

The coastal and nearshore marine zone are already experiencing the increased pressures from rapid urbanisation and increasing development in the nearshore marine environment such as wind farms. These areas are also already impacted by a changing climate as evidenced by the impacts of recent storm events on infrastructure and livelihoods and the risks of ocean acidification on shellfish. The effects of climate change are thus very acute here where essential infrastructure (e.g. rail and road networks) is increasingly at risk. Conventionally held notions of the ‘coastline’ being fixed or protected are unlikely to be viable in the future so effective adaptation plans and funding mechansims are needed. We also need to identify ways of maintaining essential coastal and marine ecosystem services as the climate changes, to ensure the viability of our coastal communities. This field trip will explore these topics on the ground and in doing so foster practical discussions about how we can better adapt our activities at the coast to enable us to improve our resiliency to coastal change.

An Environmental Strategy for a Changing Climate in the Whisky Industry

Date: Friday 9th June 2017
Location: Fife
Start Time: 10am
Excursion Duration: Half Day (excluding travel time via coach from the Exhibition Centre)
Price per Person: £35

Scotland is the home of Scotch Whisky and the greatest concentration of distilleries in the world, with more than 100 distilleries making malt whisky using centuries-old methods. This excursion will provide delegates with a first-hand introduction to the whisky production process. We will also present our world-leading industry environmental strategy – which looks at our interaction with Scotland’s ecosystems and activities to minimise our impact on the environment in a changing climate.

Edinburgh World Heritage Site: Edinburgh Adapts

Date: Friday 9th June 2017
Location: Edinburgh
Start Time: 9am
Excursion Duration: Full Day (5 hours excluding travel time via train from the Exhibition Centre)
Price per Person: £30
Please note, train fare is NOT included in excursion ticket price. (return ticket price approx. £24.00)

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, is a UNESCO world heritage site for its two contrasting historic areas, the distinct Old Town, dominated by the iconic Edinburgh Castle; and the neoclassical New Town, whose development from the 18th century onwards had a far-reaching influence on European urban planning. Historic Environment Scotland and Edinburgh World Heritage are working with local partners to implement “Edinburgh Adapts: Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan 2016-2020” and manage the impact of climate change on the historic environment. This excursion will show projects in historic buildings, from the internationally significant to domestic dwellings, which demonstrate maintenance and retrofit to ensure that they are resilient to climate change.

A Stirling Approach to Sustainability: Retrofitting, Renovating and Reducing Energy in Historic Sites

Date: Friday 9th June 2017
Location: Stirling
Start Time: 9am
Excursion Duration: Full Day (5 hours excluding travel time via train from the Exhibition Centre)
Price per Person: £30
Please note, train fare is NOT included in excursion ticket price. (return ticket price approx. £13.00)

An exciting opportunity to see the climate change mitigation and adaptation measures at the spectacular 12th Century Stirling Castle plus a visit to the Engine Shed, due to open in Spring 2017 as Scotland’s first dedicated building conservation centre, which will showcase traditional skills and materials.

Climate Ready Forestry: Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Date: Friday 9th June 2017
Location: Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, near Aberfoyle
Start Time: 9am
Excursion Duration: Full Day (5 hours excluding travel time via minibus/coach from the Exhibition Centre)
Price per Person: £40

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is on the southern edge of the Scottish Highlands covering 67,000 hectares of native woodland, productive forest, water courses and areas of open space. The Forestry Commission Scotland is using the site as part of the Climate Ready Forest Network to research and demonstrate how forest management can create resilience to climate change. This requires careful planning and consideration from seed, to stand, to saw. This excursion will take you into the forest park to learn how land managers, scientists, policy makers and communities creating climate ready forests.