Edinburgh Living Landscape

Nature in your neighbourhood

The Edinburgh Living Landscape programme is made up of a range of projects that will create, restore and connect green areas of the city to make attractive and biodiverse landscapes, enjoyed by residents and visitors.  Landscapes will be healthy, nature rich and resilient to climate change.

How a Living Landscape will look

For parks and greenspaces, Edinburgh Living Landscape will mean changes to how some of our outdoor spaces will look. The project involves a range of measures such as

  • creation of wildflower ‘pollinator’ meadows
  • reducing how often some areas of grass are cut, and leaving some areas to grow naturally
  • creating woodlands
  • allowing natural grassland to thrive
  • mowing walkways through areas of long grass so they can still be explored and enjoyed.

View examples of Edinburgh Living Landscape in the gallery.

Benefits of Living Landscape

Allowing grassland habitats to develop in a more natural manner in urban settings by reducing grass cutting or sowing flowering plants offers these benefits

  • biodiversity will be increased as birds, mammals and insects are attracted to more natural or wilder areas
  • costs of intensively maintained areas of grassland can be reduced
  • planting flowering species will add colour to the cityscape throughout the seasons
  • less regular cutting reduces CO2 release and helps lock-up carbon in soils.

Key partners

  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 
  • GreenSurge

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