Glasgow has recently installed CityTrees on Royal Exchange Square and Killermont Street. Glasgow is the first UK city to have CityTrees installed in key city centre locations. Their arrival is a major boost for the city.

Created by Berlin-based Green City Solutions, the CityTrees contain a plant mixture of mosses and vascular plants which provide environmental benefits and introduce additional “greening” to the city centre by removing dust and nitrogen dioxide from the air.

The CityTrees include information panels which provide technical details about the installations and advice on air quality, health, and sustainable travel. The installations are largely self-maintaining, with solar panels providing power for irrigation and sensors which monitor the plants and the surrounding environment. Rainwater is also gathered and recycled through the irrigation system.

In addition to providing stability, the benches on both sides of the CityTree provide convenient spots to watch the world go by.

Watch a time-lapse video of the Killermont Street City Tree installation at https://youtu.be/bE8INQS785s

Glasgow supported the UK’s first National Clean Air day on 15 June 2017 to encourage people to take simple steps to improve their health and reduce air pollution.

Partner Contribution: GCC’s Sustainable Glasgow