Pupils sow the seeds of new living landscape

School pupils helped sow a future wild flower meadow today at Saughton Park, as part of the Edinburgh Living Landscape programme.

A partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and other partners, Living Landscape will provide a natural habitat for a wide variety of plants, birds and insects, by creating nature-rich landscapes across the city. Pupils from St Cuthbert’s RC Primary took part in the event to mark the start of the meadow-sowing programme. Seventy new meadows will be created across Edinburgh, helping to increase biodiversity and playing a vital role in preserving native species.

Over the coming months around 35 hectares of the city’s green spaces will be converted into these living landscapes. The plant diversity is expected to draw a range of insects and butterflies, which will in turn attract and support more species of birds. As well as environmental benefits, the programme will also provide excellent educational opportunities, giving pupils the chance to learn about ecosystems and the importance of conservation.

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “By converting four percent of Edinburgh’s green spaces to living landscape features, we will help to promote biodiversity and preserve native species. Not only will this be benefit our local environment but will also create features that residents and visitors can enjoy.

“We are very fortunate to have so many beautiful parks and green spaces throughout the capital and I hope that the new meadows will encourage people to come and explore some of these fantastic new landscapes as they develop.”

Edinburgh Living Landscape has been developed in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Green Surge. Other organisations lending support to the initiative include SEPA, the Cockburn Association, the OPENspace Research Centre, Friends of Saughton Park and Edinburgh University. Nine of the new meadows will form part of the University’s Urban Pollinator research project, which aims to support pollinating insects in city environments.

The wildflower meadow seeds that will be used to sow the new meadows include grasses such as Crested Dog Tail and flowers such as Yarrow, Ox Eye Daisy and Ribwort Plantain.  

Pupils from St Cuthberts RC Primary help sow the new meadow

 Pupils from St Cuthberts RC Primary School help to sow the new meadow

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